Poison control calls ‘spike’ due to online laundry pod challenge

Watch Video It used to be that washing your kid’s mouth out with soap was seen as a punishment. Now, authorities are trying to keep teens from doing just that. Teens have been increasingly biting into laundry pods, with some posting the videos online as part of a “challenge,” according to a statement Tuesday by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The results can be potentially harmful or even deadly. In the first 15 days of the new year, poison control centers received 39 such calls — the same number they…

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Here are the best ways to cure your sore throat

RICHMOND, Va. — Sore throats can be a real pain in the neck. According to the National Institutes of Health, viral infections cause most sore throats, usually triggered by the common cold or flu. Antibiotics, of course, don’t work against viruses and therefore can’t soothe the throat, but there are several options you can try. Gargling with salt water may seem like an old wives’ tale, but experts say it can be very effective way to ease a sore throat. A 2016 study found that rinsing with saline (salt water)…

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Doctors want President Trump’s head examined

Watch Video President Donald Trump is “in excellent health,” White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, said following his physical Friday. But it’s not clear whether any mental health tests were conducted, despite urging from mental health professionals. Jackson received an urgent letter from dozens of doctors and health professionals Thursday urging him to perform basic mental health tests on the President. While reviews of the past five presidents’ physical exams show only a brief mention of mental health and none of the records includes a readout of the mental health tests, this letter points…

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Veteran says he found VA hospital scalpel in his abdomen after excruciating MRI

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – An Army veteran is suing a Connecticut Veterans Affairs hospital after he says doctors found a scalpel that had been left in his body four years earlier. According to attorneys at the Faxon Law Group,  Glenford Turner, 61, and a United States Army veteran from Bridgeport,  was at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven Campus, for a scheduled MRI after experiencing a recent episode of dizziness and long-term abdominal pains. The MRI was stopped when Turner started having  severe  abdominal pain. Attorneys said that X-rays…

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IV bags in short supply across US after Hurricane Maria

Before Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 30, the United States had already experienced intermittent shortages of IV bags, which are used to administer and dilute medications. The devastation caused by the Category 4 hurricane — the first to hit the island in more than eight decades — amplified the IV bag shortage, in particular sodium chloride 0.9% injection bags, which are ubiquitous in medical facilities and hospitals. Puerto Rico, which produces more pharmaceuticals by dollar value for the nation than any of the individual 50 states or any foreign…

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Parents say 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking Tamiflu

Watch Video ALLEN, Texas – Parents of a 6-year-old in Texas say their daughter had hallucinations and tried to harm herself after taking a dose of Tamiflu, according to KTVT. The little girl took the medicine to treat the flu. Her family, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they were shocked by her alleged reaction to the common medication. They said she started seeing things that weren’t there, running out of school and doing at least one thing that could have resulted in serious injury. “The second story window was…

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Travelers warned of possible measles exposure at Chicago’s O’Hare airport

CHICAGO – A passenger arriving on an international flight at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport last Wednesday may have exposed some people in the airport to measles, health officials say. While they stress there is no current risk to the public, the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement that anyone inside O’Hare between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on January 10 may have been exposed to the measles virus. On January 10, a passenger on an international flight with a contagious case of the measles arrived in O’Hare’s Terminal 5…

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Scientists identify what may have killed millions in mystery epidemic

In the 16th century, an epidemic known as “cocoliztli” that caused bleeding and vomiting swept through large areas of Guatemala, Mexico and even reached Peru. It wiped out 80% of the population, killing millions of people. Ancient DNA and a new technique have been used to determine the likely cause of this mysterious epidemic that contributed to a “cataclysmic” population decline. Salmonella genomes, which cause typhoid fever, were recovered from DNA within the teeth of 10 skeletons buried in an undisturbed “cocoliztli” or “pestilence” cemetery in Oaxaca, Mexico. This would be the…

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CVS will stop airbrushing photos it uses to sell beauty products

CVS said it would no longer significantly retouch its beauty images, per the photo on the left. Instead, it will display and post images like the one on the right. CVS wants women to be able browse for lipstick and moisturizer without worrying whether their lips are full enough or their forehead is smooth enough. On Monday, the company said it would step away from using “materially” airbrushed photos to promote its beauty products in stores, online and in marketing materials. “We will not digitally alter or change a person’s…

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