Teen accuses Mayo Clinic of ‘medical kidnapping’

Watch Video In a jaw-dropping moment caught on video, an 18-year-old high school senior rushes to escape from the hospital that saved her life and then, she says, held her captive. At the entrance to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, the young woman’s stepfather helps her out of a wheelchair and into the family car. Staff members come running toward him, yelling “No! No!” One of them grabs the young woman’s arm. “Get your hands off my daughter!” her stepfather yells. The car speeds away, the stepfather and the patient inside,…

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Mom warns parents after mosquito bite leaves 6-year-old son in ICU

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina mom recently used Facebook to warn parents about La Crosse encephalitis, a virus transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. “And so it’s breaking all of our hearts to see the spunkiest one out of five brothers down,” LoriAnne Surrett told WLOS . The heartfelt words about her son Noah have been shared more than 1,400 times on Facebook. Her 6-year-old was hospitalized last weekend. Saturday he complained of a headache and eventually had a seizure. “I’ve got five kids, and this is absolutely…

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FDA approves 1st birth control app, long-term vaginal contraception ring

An app designed to track fertility and prevent pregnancy in women 18 and older is the first to win US Food and Drug Administration approval to be marketed as a contraceptive, the agency announced Friday. The Natural Cycles app was approved as part of the agency’s new Digital Health Innovation Action Plan, designed to fast track approval for new low-to-moderate-risk devices. “This new app can provide an effective method of contraception if it’s used carefully and correctly,” said Dr. Terri Cornelison, assistant director for the health of women in the FDA’s Center for…

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Australians urged to get tested for syphilis after unborn baby death

Australians are being urged to get tested for syphilis after a rise in cases of the sexually transmitted infection (STI), which recently caused the death of an unborn baby. Around 1,340 cases of syphilis were recorded in Victoria in 2017, an increase of 41% on two years prior and a record high. Congenital syphilis — the form of the infection passed from mother to child, which can cause serious birth defects and worse — also saw a reemergence for the first time since 2004, with two cases recorded last year,…

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436 sick, 20 hospitalized due to parasitic illness linked to McDonald’s salads

The CDC now says 436 people have been diagnosed with a laboratory-confirmed intestinal illness linked to salads sold at McDonald’s. The cyclospora infection is part of an ongoing outbreak that began in May. Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a statement confirming 395 illnesses. That number increased to 436 this week. At least 20 people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness in people who consumed contaminated food or water. Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite.…

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Boxers of briefs? How your choice could affect your chances of becoming a father

Appearance aside, boxers may be the optimal underwear for men aiming to be fathers. Men who wear looser-fit boxer shorts have higher sperm concentration than men squeezed into tight underwear, a new study published Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction found. Sperm concentration, which is the number of sperm per milliliter of semen, is one of a few standard metrics of male fertility. However, men who preferred “bikinis,” better known as briefs, and other tight-fitting underwear had higher levels of follicle-stimulating hormone compared to the men in boxers. Because this…

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J.B. Watkins Elementary recognized by American Heart Association as #1 school in Virginia

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Students at J.B. Watkins Elementary in Chesterfield took their health into their own hands throughout the 2017-2018 school year –  raising more than $42,000 for the American Heart Association in the process. The AHA declared J.B. Watkins as the No. 1 school in Virginia – and the No.19 school in the country – for their participation in 400 heart-healthy challenges, including pledging to either drink water in place of sugary beverages, eating a fruit or vegetable with every meal or exercising for 60 minutes a day.…

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EPA is ordered to ban farm pesticide chlorpyrifos

A federal court on Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide used widely in farming. The 2-1 ruling on a lawsuit brought by public health groups and state attorneys general ordered the agency “to revoke all tolerances and cancel all registrations for chlorpyrifos within 60 days.” Concerns that the insecticide can harm the brain and nervous system led to the EPA banning the household use of chlorpyrifos in 2000. But the agency had allowed the chemical to continue to be used in commercial agriculture, where, some scientists say,…

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Rate of women addicted to opioids during pregnancy quadrupled in 15 years, CDC says

Nationwide, the rate of opioid use disorder among women delivering babies more than quadrupled over the 15-year period ending in 2014, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Use of opioid drugs, whether heroin or prescription painkillers, during pregnancy harms the health of both mother and child and can lead to stillbirth, preterm labor, neonatal abstinence syndrome and, in some cases, death of the mother. “More and more women are presenting with opioid use disorder at labor and…

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