How The Sisters Network plans to save women’s lives this year

RICHMOND, Va. — From a block walk to a health fair, every year The Sisters Network Central Virginia is on a mission to inform and save lives. “There is life after breast cancer. I’m a 19 year survivor,” Zelma Watkins said. Watkins, the event chair and founder said the group’s mission will stay the same, but this year’s breast cancer awareness event will be a little different It’s a health forum with five breast cancer doctors making up the panel. “Where can you go and receive information from all these…

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73-year-old woman gives birth to twins

ANDHRA PRADESH, India — A 73-year-old woman in India has given birth to twin girls. Erramatti Mangayamma, a farmer from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, is believed to be the oldest person ever to give birth. She became pregnant through IVF and doctors delivered the babies via caesarian section Thursday. “The surgery went well … the mother and the babies are all healthy with no complications,” Dr. Sanakayyala Umashankar, the director of Ahalya IVF, who performed the C-section, told CNN. Mangayamma and her husband, 80-year-old E. Raja Rao, have…

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Salmonella infection outbreak linked to dog treats expands to 35 states

A Salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats has now sickened 143 people across 35 states, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier this year, the CDC warned animals and their humans can get sick from simply handling pig ear dog treats or caring for a dog who has eaten one. According to the CDC, 33 people have been hospitalized and 26 illnesses are among children younger than 5 years. No deaths have been reported. Symptoms of salmonella infection in humans include diarrhea,…

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Vitamin E chemical is ‘key focus’ in vaping illness investigation, health officials say

An investigation into the link between vaping and severe lung illnesses has yielded the discovery of extremely high levels of the chemical vitamin E acetate in nearly all cannabis-containing vaping products that were analyzed, New York health officials said Thursday. At least one vape product containing this chemical has been linked to each person who fell ill and submitted a product for testing in the state. Laboratory tests conducted at the New York Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center in Albany showed “very high levels” of vitamin E acetate in the cannabis-containing samples,…

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How new surgeries are helping people with debilitating spine conditions

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Degenerative spinal problems can affect almost every structure of the spine, causing pain, numbness and discomfort. Most patients complain of pain in their neck, arm, back or leg. Dr. Richard Singleton, a neurosurgeon at Johnston Willis Medical Center, said degenerative conditions such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis can impact almost anyone, but patients ranging in age from 50 to 80 tend to be most at risk. “That’s usually when folks who have degenerative problems start to develop enough of a problem where they’re…

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Michigan will be the first state to ban the sale of flavored vaping products

(EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images) Michigan is set to become the first US state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, according to an announcement Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The ban gives sellers 30 days to comply and lasts six months — though the governor can decide to renew it. This includes sales in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as online sales. Citing these products’ appeal to kids, Whitmer also ordered the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to “ban misleading marketing of vaping products, including the use of terms like…

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Want to live longer? You may want to ditch these drinks

Brace yourself, lovers of diet sodas and sugary drinks. It’s more bad news and yet another reason to consider ditching your favorite soda or soft drink. A new study followed more than 450,000 people from 10 European countries for up to 19 years and found those who drank two or more glasses of any type of soda a day had a higher risk of dying from any cause of death than people who drank less than a glass each month. None of the people had cancer, diabetes, heart disease or…

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Teen goes blind after diet of Pringles, white bread, and French fries

Eating a diet of French fries, Pringles and white bread was enough to make one teenage boy lose his sight, according to a case study published in a medical journal. Scientists from the University of Bristol examined the case of a young patient whose extremely picky eating led to blindness, and have warned of the dangers of a poor diet. The unidentified patient told doctors he had only eaten fries from the fish and chip shop, Pringles potato chips, white bread, slices of processed ham and sausage since elementary school,…

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Back to work blues are real and treatable

Dreaming at your desk about your recent vacation? Having trouble concentrating? Feeling depressed and wishing you were anywhere but at work? You are not alone. Doctors don’t officially have a name for this. There’s nothing specific in the official manual of mental disorders. But the Twitterverse calls your sadness #backtoworkblues or #holidayblues. Feel familiar? This crankiness about the first day back to work is perfectly normal according to Dr. Angelos Halaris, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Loyola University in Illinois. “The stark contrast of the joy and…

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