Multiple cases of disease that can be transmitted from dogs to humans confirmed in Iowa

The Iowa State Veterinarian confirmed “multiple” cases of Canine Brucellosis, a disease that can be transmitted from infected dogs to humans and other animals. The disease originated at a small dog commercial breeding facility in Marion County, the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship said in a statement. The animals and the facility are quarantined as dogs undergo testing, the department said. While the threat to pet owners is low, “dog breeders, veterinary staff and anyone who comes in contact with blood, tissues and fluids during the birthing process…

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Low-dose aspirin linked to bleeding in the skull, new report says

Taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke is associated with an increased risk of bleeding in the skull in people without a history of those conditions, according to a new report. Researchers analyzed data from 13 previous studies in which over 130,000 people ages 42 to 74, who didn’t have a history of heart disease or stroke, were given either low-dose aspirin or a placebo for the prevention of these conditions. An aspirin is typically defined as low-dose if it is between 75 and 100 milligrams, but most over-the-counter pills are…

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The challenges of mental health treatment in Virginia: ‘That helplessness is overwhelming’

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Laura May and her daughter Harley have seen firsthand what the shortage of psychiatric beds in Virginia can mean for families. Harley has been diagnosed with depression and is receiving treatment, but on a couple of occasions, May said they struggled to get Harley access to emergency mental health crisis services at local hospitals. “She needed help, and we sat for 24 hours in an emergency room waiting, and she was unable to get into a facility,” May said. “As a parent, that helplessness is overwhelming……

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Dinwiddie kindergarten student diagnosed with Scarlet Fever

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. – A Dinwiddie County student has been diagnosed with Scarlet Fever, a bacterial illness involving a distinctive pink-red rash. School officials say they learned about the case on Thursday and a letter from the health department was send home to the parents of more than 50 students who are in the same class or ride the same bus as the diagnosed student. The student has been identified as a kindergarten student at Southside Elementary School, according to School spokesperson Christie Clarke. Clarke says the child’s case first…

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Diabetes drug may cause infection that destroys genitals, study warns

A certain type of drug used to treat diabetes may help manage the disease, but a new study advises physicians to look for troubling signs of a dangerous flesh-eating infection in patients taking that drug—one that could even kill. Per USA Today, the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined ties between sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors, used in Type 2 diabetes treatment, and a genital infection called Fournier gangrene, an “extremely rare but life-threatening” disorder, per the Food and Drug Administration, which looked at 55 cases of patients with the infection. All of…

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Former Purdue Pharma president called addicted people ‘victimizers’ in emails

The former chairman and president of pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma once called people who are addicted to drugs “victimizers” and lamented not being able to publicly blame users for the pitfalls of addiction, according to emails submitted as evidence in a lawsuit filed by the Connecticut attorney general. The former chairman and president of pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma once called people who are addicted to drugs “victimizers” and lamented not being able to publicly blame users for the pitfalls of addiction, according to emails submitted as evidence in a lawsuit…

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Trump administration to require drug prices in TV ads

Drug makers will have to start including the list price of medications in their television ads, the Trump administration announced Wednesday. The move is the first rule implemented from the administration’s blueprint to lower drug costs, which was released a year ago. “Requiring the inclusion of drugs’ list prices in TV ads is the single most significant step any administration has taken toward a simple commitment: American patients deserve to know the prices of the healthcare they receive,” said Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Lowering drug prices has been a…

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Drug campaign touts ‘female Viagra’ in the name of equality

Studies have never defined a “normal” level of sexual desire. Despite that, there’s a website and an online quiz to help you decide if you’ve got a problem. Called “Right to Desire,” it brands libido as a feminist “right,” and its home page offers the defiant, in-your-face prompt: “Yes, I want my desire back.” Click a few boxes and you’re instantly directed to a remedy (and an online doctor to prescribe it): a pill called Addyi from Sprout Pharmaceuticals. “This particular product should not have been approved by FDA, but…

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Federal judge strikes down physicians-only abortion law in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. — A Federal judge has struck down a state law that says only physicians can perform first-trimester abortions. On Tuesday,  he ruled that requiring a doctor to perform most abortions in the Commonwealth is unconstitutional. His opinion would have the effect of increasing access to abortions by allowing more medical providers to perform the procedure. The ruling is a victory for abortion rights advocates who argue that first-trimester abortions are safe enough to be performed without a physician. In the past, the state has argued unsuccessfully that there…

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