Babies exposed to drugs are kicked out of other daycares. They come here instead

7-week-old Oliveah just started daycare, and when she cries, her teachers ask all the usual questions: Is she hungry? Does she need a diaper change? Is she coming off of opioids? That last question might sound unusual, but this new childcare center in Huntington, West Virginia, is unusual: It serves only babies and toddlers who were exposed to drugs in the womb. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in the country — and there’s a waiting list to get in. That’s because at Cabell Huntington Hospital, the…

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Illinois resident dies after lung illness that could be linked to vaping

Illinois health officials announced on Friday the death of a person who had vaped and later developed a severe respiratory illness. The death comes amid reports of a growing numbers of lung illnesses across the country that doctors say could be connected to e-cigarettes. On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was aware of 153 possible cases of severe lung disease in 16 states that could be caused by vaping — but there were no known deaths at the time, the agency said. The number of confirmed and possible…

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Doctors pull brown recluse spider out of Missouri woman’s ear

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Doctors in Missouri recently pulled a brown recluse spider out of a woman’s ear after she complained of discomfort, according to WDAF. Torres, who despises the creepy, crawly arachnids, said she first noticed some discomfort in her ear Tuesday morning. “I woke up Tuesday hearing a bunch of swooshing and water in my left ear. It was like when you went swimming and you have all of that water in your ear,” Torres said. At first, she just thought it was the effects of an allergy…

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Dogs help the people who own them maintain a healthier heart, a study finds

Dog’s aren’t just our best friends, they’re also good for our health, new research suggests. A study published Friday in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings says that owning a pet, especially a dog, may help maintain a healthy heart — in case you needed any more reason to head to your local animal shelter. The study began in 2013 and 2014, when researchers gathered health and socioeconomic information on over 2,000 people in Brno, Czech Republic, and scheduled follow-up evaluations for every five years until 2030. The latest was this year, in 2019, when…

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Virginia health officials warn of ‘V8’ male enhancement supplement after illnesses

RICHMOND, Va. — A male sexual enhancement supplement has been pulled off shelves after reports that men in the Richmond area have become ill after taking the pills, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). The agency is warning consumers not to purchase or use V8, a dietary supplement, which is advertised for male sexual enhancement. The Virginia Department of Health has received three reports of men in the Richmond area experiencing severe hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar) after taking V8 pills. Officials say a preliminary…

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CDC sounds alarm over deadly drug-resistant salmonella

A deadly strain of salmonella that has sickened more than 250 people may not respond to the antibiotics commonly prescribed to treat the foodborne infection, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published on Thursday, the CDC said that from June 2018 to March 2019, 255 people in 32 states were infected with the strain, with 60 being hospitalized and two dying from the infection. “We are continuing to see cases occurring among patients,” Dr. Ian Plumb, an epidemiologist in…

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153 cases of severe lung disease in 16 states possibly linked to vaping, CDC says

ATLANTA – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now aware of 153 possible cases of severe lung disease in 16 states that could be caused by vaping, the agency said Wednesday in an update to a multi-state investigation. The cases — reported from June 28 to August 20, 2019 — have popped up in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. They have primarily affected adolescents and young adults. This is an increase…

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Air pollution can kill, even when it meets air quality guidelines, study finds

Even when air pollution is at levels below air quality guidelines and regulatory limits, it can still pose a hazard to public health, a new study finds. In a 30-year analysis of 652 cities in 24 countries and regions on six continents, researchers found that increases in air pollution were linked to increases in related deaths. The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, was one of the largest international studies to look at the short-term impact of pollution as a cause of death, the researchers said.…

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Public urged to avoid portions of Lake Anna due to harmful algae bloom

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is urging the public to avoid portions of Lake Anna due to the presence of a harmful algae bloom (HAB). The impacted areas include the Upper and Middle Pamunkey Branches as well as the Upper North Anna Branch of Lake Anna in Orange, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties. Test results collected on August 13 at the sites contained potentially harmful algae (cyanobacteria) which exceed safe swimming levels. Cyanobacteria can cause skin rash and gastrointestinal illnesses, such as upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and…

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