McDonald’s has a plan to reduce antibiotics in beef

McDonald’s says it will reduce the use of antibiotics in its beef around the world. Like many others, the restaurant chain uses antibiotics to treat sick animals in its supply chain. According to the World Health Organization, the overuse and misuse of certain antibiotics make them less effective at treating human diseases. With a policy announced Tuesday, McDonald’s plans to reduce — but not eliminate — the use of antibiotics important to human health in 10 countries from which it sources more than 85% of its beef, including the United States, the United…

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CDC reveals deadliest drug in US

Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid skyrocketed by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016. The number of total drug overdoses jumped 54% each year between 2011 and 2016. In 2016, there were 63,632 drug overdose deaths. According to Wednesday’s report, which analyzed death certificates for drug overdose deaths…

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10 ways to maintain your weight through the delicious holiday season

NEW YORK — The average person gains one to two pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and those who are overweight often gain more. That includes children. Research shows that holiday weight gain is a major contributor to total yearly weight gain, so why not resolve to maintain your weight this holiday season? Here are 10 tips that may help. Never go to a party or dinner famished Start the day with a protein-rich breakfast — eggs, a smoothie, Greek yogurt — as this can help control your appetite…

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CDC says don’t eat raw cookie dough (even though it’s delicious)

For many, one of the best parts of making cookies for the holidays is the spoonful (or 10) of raw dough snuck from the bowl before it’s scooped, baked and turned into actual cookies. Well, the health experts at the Centers for Disease Control say eating unbaked products can technically “make you sick.” That’s because the uncooked eggs in cookie dough could be contaminated with salmonella. The CDC estimates there are over 1 million cases of salmonella illnesses in the U.S. each year, usually caused by contaminated food. While salmonella…

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Man coughs up blood clot shaped like lung passage

SAN FRANCISCO. – A 36-year-old man has died after suffering from chronic heart failure and coughing so severely that he spit out a bright red blood clot perfectly-shaped like the airway passages of his right lung’s bronchial tree. The unidentified patient was receiving treatment in the intensive care unit at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, according to a November 29 article in the New England Journal of Medicine. A 36-year-old man was admitted to the ICU with an acute exacerbation of chronic #heartfailure. After a ventricular assist…

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Woman dies from rare, brain-eating amoeba after using neti pot with tap water

SEATTLE, Wash. – When a 69-year old Seattle woman had a seizure earlier this year, doctors at Swedish Medical Center thought she may have had a brain tumor. However, during surgery, they discovered it was something much more unusual, according to KCPQ. Dr. Charles Cobbs said when he operated it was just dead brain tissue. Dr. Cobbs said she most likely became infected by Balamuthia mandrillaris, an amoeba that kills the brain cells slowly over time. Swedish Medical Center didn’t identify the patient who died just a month after being…

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New medicine reduces the risk of breast cancer recurring by 50 percent, researchers say

RICHMOND, Va. — Thirty-eight-year-old Ticiana Machado is going through her second round of chemotherapy. The wife and mother of two was diagnosed with breast cancer two months ago. “How you doing? How you feeling?” said Dr. Mary Helen Hackney. Ticiana’s doctor Mary Helen Hackney with VCU Massey Cancer Center says a new drug combo may help patients like Ticiana who’s diagnosed with HER2 positive breast cancer. The cells in that type of cancer can grow faster and those patients are at a higher risk of their cancer coming back after…

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Australian researchers develop 10-minute cancer test

Researchers in Australia have developed a 10-minute test that can detect the presence of cancer cells anywhere in the human body, according to a newly published study. The test was developed after researchers from the University of Queensland found that cancer forms a unique DNA structure when placed in water. The test works by identifying the presence of that structure, a discovery that could help detect cancer in humans far earlier than current methods, according to the paper published in journal Nature Communications. “Discovering that cancerous DNA molecules formed entirely different 3D…

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Infant ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart and Family Dollar recalled

A recall has been issued for infant ibuprofen sold by CVS, Family Dollar and Walmart, Tris Pharma said this week. The three recalled lots of Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL may have concentrations of ibuprofen that are too high and therefore could be dangerous, according to the recall announcement. The over-the-counter liquid pain reliever and fever reducer is meant for infants who are between the ages of 6 months and 23 months old. Adverse events from the medication may include nausea, vomiting, upper abdominal pain,…

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