Richmond hospital now performs lower risk brain aneurysm surgery

RICHMOND, Va. — HCA’s Johnston-Willis Hospital has performed Central Virginia’s first Woven Endovascular Bridge, a new procedure offering patients a low-risk surgical option to treat brain aneurysms. “[Aneurysms are] quite common,” Dr. Efstathios Spinos, M.D., a neurovascular specialist at Johnston-Willis, said. “Three out of every 100 people have them, so in the U.S., anywhere from 9 to 10 million people are walking around the aneurysms.” An aneurysm is a weakness in the wall of a blood vessel in the brain that can leak or rupture. While only 1% of aneurysms…

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Researchers eliminate HIV from the DNA of infected mice

Researchers have successfully eliminated HIV from the DNA of infected mice, a promising step toward a cure for the nearly 37 million people living with the virus. In a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications, researchers from Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) coupled genome editing technology with a slow-release virus suppression drug to eliminate HIV cells entirely from some infected mice. Current HIV treatment cannot eliminate the virus entirely but does suppress its replication. Antiretroviral therapy, or ART, requires lifelong…

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Trader Joe’s, Green Giant and Signature Farms packaged vegetables recalled due to Listeria risk

Some packages of butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and vegetable bowls sold under the brands Green Giant, Trader Joe’s and Signature Farms have been recalled, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The vegetable products were voluntarily recalled by manufacturer Growers Express due to concerns about possible contamination with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, the FDA said in a Monday statement. The packaged vegetables were produced at a factory in Biddeford, Maine, and were distributed to grocery stores across the United States, primarily in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maine. The FDA issued…

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Can states hold drug companies accountable for the opioid epidemic?

CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. — Sparks flew in a historic Oklahoma opioid trial on Monday when an attorney for the state grilled a key witness for Johnson & Johnson, demanding to know whether drug companies acted as “snake oil salesmen” in promoting opioids and whether the expert was there to tell the truth. The courtroom drama played out during the sixth week of the trial, one that is testing whether a state can hold a drug company accountable for the opioid epidemic impacting its residents. Brad Beckworth, a lawyer representing the…

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Woman dies after cutting leg on Florida beach; family blames flesh-eating bacteria

ANNA MARIA, Fla. — A woman died two weeks after cutting her leg while walking along the coast on Anna Maria Island, Florida, according to her family. Her leg became infected with necrotizing fasciitis, commonly called flesh-eating bacteria. A life in Florida had long been the dream of Carolyn “Lynn” Fleming, who was originally from Pittsburgh but was most recently a resident of Ellenton, Florida. “Mom only moved down there three or four years ago, but she loved it, and she had so many friends there,” son Wade Fleming said.…

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62 people have been sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to fresh papayas

Sixty-two people in eight US states have fallen ill this year from Salmonella related to fresh papayas imported from Mexico, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illnesses range from mid-January up to June 8, with the highest number occurring in April. Of those who’ve gotten sick, 23 have been hospitalized. So far, no deaths are reported. Salmonella, which rarely affects how food tastes or smells, lives in the intestinal tracts of animals, including birds and people. If you’re not sure where your papayas have come from,…

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What to drink to help you sleep

When winding down you might enjoy sipping a beverage before bedtime, but are there any drinks that could be particularly helpful or harmful for quality sleep? It turns out that that experts advise to avoid certain beverages before bedtime — whereas the research on beverages to promote quality sleep remains not as clear. Overall more than a third of adults in the United States don’t get enough snoozing time, sleeping less than seven hours in a 24-hour period, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Things that…

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Your dog may be at risk for heart disease based on their food, FDA says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning dog owners of a possible link between certain dog food brands and a serious form of canine heart disease. The FDA has investigated more than 500 cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in certain dogs eating certain types of food, according to their statement. DCM is a condition that effects a dog’s heart and results in an enlarged muscle. Dogs with DCM tire easily, cough, and have difficulty breathing. FDA identifies 16 dog food brands When the FDA first alerted the public in 2018 to cases of…

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Henrico’s East End has a new mental health center that’s twice the size of the old one

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — More than 1,000 people a month will be helped at the new Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MHDS) East Center, according to the county. Henrico County officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the new Nine Mile Road facility. The $10 million, 30,735-square-foot East Center replaces a clinic — about half its size — on Laburnum Avenue. “The East Center represents Henrico’s continuing commitment to enhance and expand services for all of our residents,” Henrico Board of Supervisors…

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