Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds

Whether you eat breakfast might be linked with your risk of dying early from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Skipping breakfast was significantly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular-related death, especially stroke-related death, in the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on Monday. After a person’s age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, diet, lifestyle, body mass index and disease status were taken into account, the study found that those who never had breakfast had a 87% higher risk of cardiovascular mortality compared with people who…

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US inches closer to measles record, with more than 600 cases reported

There have been 626 cases of measles reported in the United States this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 71 more than the agency reported last week in its weekly update. Just four months into the year, the number of cases is only 42 away from surpassing the record of 667 cases in 2014, the highest number since the illness was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. “In the coming weeks, 2019 confirmed case numbers will likely surpass 2014 levels,” the agency said on…

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FDA OKs first medical device to treat ADHD in children

The first medical device to treat childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was OK’d Friday by the US Food and Drug Administration. Designated for children ages 7 to 12 who are not currently on medication for the disorder, the device delivers a low-level electrical pulse to the parts of the brain responsible for ADHD symptoms. “This new device offers a safe, non-drug option for treatment of ADHD in pediatric patients through the use of mild nerve stimulation, a first of its kind,” Carlos Peña, director of the Division of…

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Pentagon, DHS considering designating fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction, memo reveals

Top military and Homeland Security officials are considering classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, according to an internal DHS memo. The synthetic opioid, blamed in health surveys for surging drug overdose deaths in the United States, has for decades concerned national security officials because of its potential widespread lethality in terror attacks, and in recent months, officials from DHS and the Pentagon have met to discuss an official WMD designation as a tool to disrupt the drug’s widespread availability on the black market, the memo says. “Fentanyl’s high…

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Recall of blood pressure drug losartan expanded

If you take blood pressure medicine, you’ll want to double-check your bottle. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has expanded its recall of losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets. Tests found trace amounts of a potentially cancer-causing impurity called N-methylnitrosobutyric acid in some of these drugs. The company is recalling 36 additional lots, it said Thursday. A full list of recalled drugs is available on the US Food and Drug Administration website. The company hasn’t had any reports of users getting sick, but the impurity level in these pills is above what the FDA considers an acceptable daily…

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This flu season is the longest in a decade, CDC says

It’s official: This year’s flu season is a record breaker. There have been 21 weeks of elevated flu activity reported in the United States during the current 2018-19 flu season, based on data from the weekly flu report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s one week longer than the previous 10-year high, which occurred in the 2014-2015 season and lasted 20 weeks, according to CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund. “This season has been record-breaking in terms of duration,” she said. The latest weekly report includes flu activity through…

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Mom suing Colorado doctor over daughter’s infection

AURORA, Colo. – A 13-year-old girl and her mother claim the girl’s urologist stopped seeing the girl when her care became too complicated. Now, Abaigeal Holbrook and her mother Carrie are suing Children’s Hospital Colorado and Dr. Duncan Wilcox. In 2014, Dr. Wilcox implanted a device in Abaigeal’s lower back to help her with bladder control issues caused by a disease called transverse myelitis. The medical device is a miracle when it works, but it became a nightmare when it caused multiple infections over a 2-year period. “It was really painful, to…

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It’s now legal for your meat to have trace amounts of fecal matter

This product “may contain feces.” That’s the label that one consumer rights advocacy group wants for the government to require meat distributors put on the food they send out to grocery stores. The recommendation is tongue-in-cheek, Deborah Press, an attorney for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, tells CNN. The group represents 12,000 physicians whose mission includes promoting plant-based diets and ethical scientific research. But it gets at real concerns the PCRM has about the US Department of Agriculture’s food safety inspection system. The US Department of Agriculture has a…

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Israeli flight attendant in coma after getting measles

KFAR SABA, Israel – An Israeli flight attendant has slipped into a coma after contracting measles, according to health officials. The 43-year-old woman has encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, a well-known and potentially deadly complication of the virus. She was otherwise healthy before getting measles. “She’s been in a deep coma for 10 days, and we’re now just hoping for the best,” said Dr. Itamar Grotto, associate director general of Israel’s Ministry of Health. The flight attendant, who works for El Al, the Israeli national airline, might have contracted the virus…

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