93 more ex-students accuse former USC gynecologist of sexual misconduct, attorney says

Ninety-three additional women have come forward to accuse longtime University of Southern California gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall of sexual misconduct, according to the attorney in the case. Tyndall was the only full-time gynecologist at the school’s Student Health Clinic for 30 years. Attorney John Manly said the 93 former students are represented in two new lawsuits. The former students allege that USC ignored complaints about the doctor for decades, and concealed the doctor’s actions. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Manly called on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate USC. The…

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Drug-resistant salmonella from chicken sickens nearly 100

At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with a variety of raw chicken products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Twenty-one of the sick patients have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported. The source of the raw chicken is unclear from lab tests, and no single common supplier has been identified. The strain has shown up in samples from a variety of raw chicken products including pet food, chicken pieces, ground pieces and whole chickens.…

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Most burger chains fail annual antibiotics report card

Watch Video Twenty-five of the top US burger chains were graded on their antibiotic policies in a collaborative report released Wednesday. Only two chains received As, Shake Shack and BurgerFi; the other 23 got a D minus or F. “It’s really exciting to hone in on beef because we know that Americans love burgers. It’s one of the most favorite foods in our country, and taking a closer look at what is and isn’t happening when it comes to responsible antibiotic use in that sector seemed particularly important,” said Lena Brook, lead researcher of the report and…

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127 cases of polio-like illness under investigation, CDC says

Watch Video The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 127 patients under investigation for acute flaccid myelitis this year. Of these, 62 have been confirmed by the CDC, and the remainder continue to be investigated, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the agency’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. noting that the confirmed cases are in 22 states. Acute flaccid myelitis, also called AFM, is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system and causes the muscles and reflexes to suddenly become weak, she…

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First child in Florida has died of flu this season, state reports

A Florida child died due to flu-related illness during the week ended October 6, according to the state’s Department of Health. The child, the first to die in the state, had not received a flu vaccination. Florida health officials identified the lethal strain as influenza B, which is less common and generally less severe than Influenza A, though both strains infect humans. The child, who was healthy before getting sick with the flu, had no known health conditions, according to the department of health. Additional information, including the child’s age,…

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World’s smallest pacemaker giving woman second chance at life

It’s hard to imagine this little device alone can power your heart. Described as the world’s smallest pacemaker, this is now changing lives for patients at one local hospital. The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is made by Medtronic. It’s about the size of a large vitamin and is about 1/10th of the size of this traditional pacemaker! “There’s nothing to see, there’s nothing to feel, no constant reminder that I’ve got a pacemaker,” said Dr. Gopi Cherukuri, interventional cardiologist with Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital. This tiny technology is delivered directly…

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Young survivor of rare polio-like illness now thriving

Watch Video Lydia Pilarowski had a fever and cough that developed into intense pain, she had unusual weakness, and she couldn’t move her left arm. The young girl’s sudden frailty and agony puzzled and frightened her family. That was in 2014, when Lydia was 6 years old and diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a rare but serious polio-like neurological illness that affects the brain and nervous system. Symptoms can include sudden limb weakness, loss of muscle tone and reflexes, facial and eyelid drooping, difficulty moving the eyes, difficulty…

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C-section deliveries nearly doubled worldwide since 2000, study finds

No matter where a family lives, welcoming a baby into the world can be a joyous occasion — yet how a woman experiences birth varies drastically from country to country. The number of births by cesarean section is on the rise, climbing from about 16 million (12.1% of all births) in 2000 to 29.7 million (21.1% of all births) in 2015, according to a study published Thursday in the journal The Lancet. “We knew that globally, C-section rates were increasing for quite some time now, but that now more than one in…

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Montel Williams opens up about stroke with warning to others

Montel Williams is happy to be alive, thankful for his wife, and glad he’s a viewer of “The Dr. Oz Show.” The TV personality and host opened up to Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” about a stroke that nearly claimed his life. Williams was in New York City for work back in May when, while working out, a loud pop and realized he was starting to exhibit the symptoms of someone who’d just had a stroke — including vision problems and drooling on one side of his mouth. “Maybe…

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