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  • Second case of Chikungunya found in Dallas County

    Second case of Chikungunya found in Dallas County

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:12:31 GMT
     A second case of the Chikungunya Virus has been confirmed in Dallas County...More >>
     A second case of the Chikungunya Virus has been confirmed in Dallas County...More >>
  • WHO Urges Stiff Regulation on E-Cigarettes

    WHO Urges Stiff Regulation on E-Cigarettes

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:05:30 GMT
     The World Health Organization recommended Tuesday that nations regulate electronic cigarettes and ban them from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders. It also called for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products, and to either forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship.The Geneva-based agency said the "apparently booming" $3 billion global market for more than 400 brands of e-cigarettes means appropr...More >>
     The World Health Organization recommended Tuesday that nations regulate electronic cigarettes and ban them from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders. It also called for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products, and to either forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship.The Geneva-based agency said the "apparently booming" $3 billion global market for more than 400 brands of e-cigarettes means appropr...More >>
  • One Thing NOT in Starbucks' Pumpkin Latte: Pumpkin

    One Thing NOT in Starbucks' Pumpkin Latte: Pumpkin

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:51:27 GMT
    Is Starbucks out of its gourd?One high-profile consumer advocate is strongly criticizing Starbucks for, she says, not fully and clearly disclosing to consumers all of the ingredients in its wildly-successful Pumpkin Spice Latte.The blog also blasts Starbucks because of one thing you won't find in its Pumpkin Spice Latte: pumpkin.The beverage just made its annual return to stores for the fall season.Vani Hari, an influential nutritional advocate who goes by the name Food Babe, p...More >>
    Is Starbucks out of its gourd?One high-profile consumer advocate is strongly criticizing Starbucks for, she says, not fully and clearly disclosing to consumers all of the ingredients in its wildly-successful Pumpkin Spice Latte.The blog also blasts Starbucks because of one thing you won't find in its Pumpkin Spice Latte: pumpkin.The beverage just made its annual return to stores for the fall season.Vani Hari, an influential nutritional advocate who goes by the name Food Babe, p...More >>
  • Nail Polish Alerts the Wearer of Date Rape Drugs

    Nail Polish Alerts the Wearer of Date Rape Drugs

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-08-26 14:58:26 GMT
    Undergraduates at North Carolina State University are being credited with creating a new kind of nail polish.According to the Triangle Business Journal, the polish doubles as a way to prevent sexual assault. The nail polish changes color when the person wearing it is exposed to date rape drugs.How it works:The person wearing the nail polish has to use their finger to stir their drink. If the drink has a date rape drug in it, the nail polish will change colors.The Washington Post rep...More >>
    Undergraduates at North Carolina State University are being credited with creating a new kind of nail polish.According to the Triangle Business Journal, the polish doubles as a way to prevent sexual assault. The nail polish changes color when the person wearing it is exposed to date rape drugs.How it works:The person wearing the nail polish has to use their finger to stir their drink. If the drink has a date rape drug in it, the nail polish will change colors.The Washington Post rep...More >>
  • Docs Urge Delayed School Start Times for Teens

    Docs Urge Delayed School Start Times for Teens

    Monday, August 25 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-08-25 15:06:12 GMT
    Let them sleep!That's the message from the nation's largest pediatrician group, which, in a new policy statement, says delaying the start of high school and middle school classes to 8:30 a.m. or later is "an effective countermeasure to chronic sleep loss" and the "epidemic" of delayed, insufficient, and erratic sleep patterns among the nation's teens.Multiple factors, "including biological changes in sleep associated with puberty, lifestyle choices, and academic demands," negat...More >>
    Let them sleep!That's the message from the nation's largest pediatrician group, which, in a new policy statement, says delaying the start of high school and middle school classes to 8:30 a.m. or later is "an effective countermeasure to chronic sleep loss" and the "epidemic" of delayed, insufficient, and erratic sleep patterns among the nation's teens.Multiple factors, "including biological changes in sleep associated with puberty, lifestyle choices, and academic demands," negat...More >>
  • U.S. Ebola Patients Discharged; Pose No Public Risk

    U.S. Ebola Patients Discharged; Pose No Public Risk

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:19:10 GMT
    (USA Today) -- Two American aid workers treated for Ebola are scheduled to be released from an Atlanta hospital today.Emory University Hospital announced early Thursday that it will discuss their discharge.Bruce Ribner, medical director of the hospital's Infectious Disease Unit, will talk about the decision to release the patients during a press conference at 11 a.m. ET.The hospital said one of the patients, Kent Brantly, will be present at the conference and is expected to make a statement. ...More >>
    (USA Today) -- Two American aid workers treated for Ebola are scheduled to be released from an Atlanta hospital today.Emory University Hospital announced early Thursday that it will discuss their discharge.Bruce Ribner, medical director of the hospital's Infectious Disease Unit, will talk about the decision to release the patients during a press conference at 11 a.m. ET.The hospital said one of the patients, Kent Brantly, will be present at the conference and is expected to make a statement. ...More >>
  • Peanut, Almond and Nut Butters Recalled on Fears of Salmonella

    Peanut, Almond and Nut Butters Recalled on Fears of Salmonella

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:38:05 GMT
     The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling several lots of peanut, almond and other nut butters on fears of salmonella contamination. The company was made aware of the risk after routine testing showed a potential link between consumption of these products and four instances of illness.The affected products include Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nu...More >>
     The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling several lots of peanut, almond and other nut butters on fears of salmonella contamination. The company was made aware of the risk after routine testing showed a potential link between consumption of these products and four instances of illness.The affected products include Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nu...More >>
  • Second Positive Case of West Nile Confirmed in Central Texas

    Second Positive Case of West Nile Confirmed in Central Texas

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:20:06 GMT
     The second positive case of West Nile Virus in 2014 has been confirmed in Central Texas.Mosquitoes collected by the Brazos County Health Department on August 5 tested positive for West Nile.The positive mosquito site was on May Street in Bryan.Here are some tips to prevent mosquito bites:• Drain standing water around the house, including tires, cans, flowerpots, rain gutters, buckets, wading pools, puddles, etc. Trim grass and shrubs and do not over water lawns and gardens.• Wear in...More >>
     The second positive case of West Nile Virus in 2014 has been confirmed in Central Texas.Mosquitoes collected by the Brazos County Health Department on August 5 tested positive for West Nile.The positive mosquito site was on May Street in Bryan.Here are some tips to prevent mosquito bites:• Drain standing water around the house, including tires, cans, flowerpots, rain gutters, buckets, wading pools, puddles, etc. Trim grass and shrubs and do not over water lawns and gardens.• Wear in...More >>
  • Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile in Central Texas

    Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile in Central Texas

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-08-14 15:33:58 GMT
    Mosquitoes captured in Central Texas have tested positive for West Nile.On Monday, August 4, mosquitoes that were collected by the Brazos County Health Department tested positive for West Nile Virus.The positive mosquito site was at the Texas AM UniversityGolf Course.This is the first positive West Nile Virus case in Brazos County in this year.Here are some tips to prevent mosquito bites:• Drain standing water around the house, including tires, cans, flowerpots, rain gutters,buckets...More >>
    Mosquitoes captured in Central Texas have tested positive for West Nile.On Monday, August 4, mosquitoes that were collected by the Brazos County Health Department tested positive for West Nile Virus.The positive mosquito site was at the Texas AM UniversityGolf Course.This is the first positive West Nile Virus case in Brazos County in this year.Here are some tips to prevent mosquito bites:• Drain standing water around the house, including tires, cans, flowerpots, rain gutters,buckets...More >>
  • WHO Panel Says Untested Drugs Are Ethical As Ebola Death Toll Tops 1,000

    WHO Panel Says Untested Drugs Are Ethical As Ebola Death Toll Tops 1,000

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-08-12 15:52:32 GMT
    The first two doses of an experimental serum created to treat Ebola went to American missionaries.Then the drug was sent to treat a Spanish priest.The two Americans, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, appear to be recovering. The priest, Miguel Pajares, died Tuesday morning.That's the problem with experimental drugs that have never been tested in humans: No one knows if they'll work -- and if they do, in whom.This week, the World Health Organization gathered a group of ethicists to...More >>
    The first two doses of an experimental serum created to treat Ebola went to American missionaries.Then the drug was sent to treat a Spanish priest.The two Americans, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, appear to be recovering. The priest, Miguel Pajares, died Tuesday morning.That's the problem with experimental drugs that have never been tested in humans: No one knows if they'll work -- and if they do, in whom.This week, the World Health Organization gathered a group of ethicists to...More >>
  • Report: Ebola Outbreak Probably Started With 2-Year-Old in Guinea

    Report: Ebola Outbreak Probably Started With 2-Year-Old in Guinea

    Monday, August 11 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-08-11 20:03:15 GMT
    The worst outbreak of Ebola, which has killed 961 people and triggered an international public health emergency, may have started with a 2-year-old patient in a village in Guinea.About eight months ago, the toddler, whom researchers believe may have been Patient Zero, suffered fever, black stool and vomiting. Just four days after showing the painful symptoms, the child died on December 6, 2013, according to a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine.Scientists don't kn...More >>
    The worst outbreak of Ebola, which has killed 961 people and triggered an international public health emergency, may have started with a 2-year-old patient in a village in Guinea.About eight months ago, the toddler, whom researchers believe may have been Patient Zero, suffered fever, black stool and vomiting. Just four days after showing the painful symptoms, the child died on December 6, 2013, according to a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine.Scientists don't kn...More >>
  • Chikungunya Positively Identified In Texas Mosquito

    Chikungunya Positively Identified In Texas Mosquito

    Thursday, August 7 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-08-07 18:20:28 GMT
    The chikungunya virus has been positively confirmed in a mosquito in Texas...More >>
    The chikungunya virus has been positively confirmed in a mosquito in Texas...More >>
  • 2nd American Ebola patient arrives in U.S.

    2nd American Ebola patient arrives in U.S.

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-08-05 16:24:24 GMT
    A small plane carrying Nancy Writebol, the second American Ebola patient from Liberia, arrived in the United States Tuesday, making a brief refueling stop in Bangor, Me, en route to Atlanta and Emory University Hospital.The same plane, a Gulfstream jet specially outfitted with an isolation pod, brought the first American patient, 33-year-old physician Kent Brantly, to the medical center from Liberia on Saturday, WLBZ-TV reports. The plane was on the ground in Bangor for less th...More >>
    A small plane carrying Nancy Writebol, the second American Ebola patient from Liberia, arrived in the United States Tuesday, making a brief refueling stop in Bangor, Me, en route to Atlanta and Emory University Hospital.The same plane, a Gulfstream jet specially outfitted with an isolation pod, brought the first American patient, 33-year-old physician Kent Brantly, to the medical center from Liberia on Saturday, WLBZ-TV reports. The plane was on the ground in Bangor for less th...More >>
  • Shigellosis Cases On The Rise In McLennan County

    Shigellosis Cases On The Rise In McLennan County

    Monday, August 4 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-08-04 17:32:56 GMT
    Shigellosis cases are on the rise in McLennan County.According to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, since June, they have had 84 cases this year, with half of those cases occurring within the last two months. There were only 27 cases in 2013.Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most people who are infected with Shigella develop diarrhea, fever, vomiting and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to th...More >>
    Shigellosis cases are on the rise in McLennan County.According to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, since June, they have had 84 cases this year, with half of those cases occurring within the last two months. There were only 27 cases in 2013.Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most people who are infected with Shigella develop diarrhea, fever, vomiting and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to th...More >>
  • Ebola Coming to U.S. for First Time as Atlanta Facility Readies to Receive Patients

    Ebola Coming to U.S. for First Time as Atlanta Facility Readies to Receive Patients

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:23:01 GMT
    (CNN) -- The Ebola virus is coming to the United States for what's thought to be the first time, as two Americans return home after getting infected while helping others cope with the outbreak ravaging West Africa.The patients will head to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. One "will arrive in the next several days, and then a second patient will be coming a few days after that," according to Dr. Bruce Ribner, who oversees the Emory isolation unit where the pair will be treated."The patien...More >>
    (CNN) -- The Ebola virus is coming to the United States for what's thought to be the first time, as two Americans return home after getting infected while helping others cope with the outbreak ravaging West Africa.The patients will head to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. One "will arrive in the next several days, and then a second patient will be coming a few days after that," according to Dr. Bruce Ribner, who oversees the Emory isolation unit where the pair will be treated."The patien...More >>
  • Three West Nile Cases Near Houston

    Three West Nile Cases Near Houston

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:54:10 GMT
    Three cases of West Nile have already been confirmed in Montgomery County and in and around The Woodlands area. The confirmed cases are a man in his 70's, a man in his 60's and a man in his 30's. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile Virus will have no symptoms. However, some cases result in serious illness or death.Symptoms include: Headache, high fever, neck stiffness, tremors, muscle weakness and paralysis.More >>
    Three cases of West Nile have already been confirmed in Montgomery County and in and around The Woodlands area. The confirmed cases are a man in his 70's, a man in his 60's and a man in his 30's. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile Virus will have no symptoms. However, some cases result in serious illness or death.Symptoms include: Headache, high fever, neck stiffness, tremors, muscle weakness and paralysis.More >>
  • FDA issues warning about aspirin

    FDA issues warning about aspirin

    Monday, May 5 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-05-05 21:50:24 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration is reminding everyone that aspirin therapy is not for everyone.
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  • Infographic: Would You Pay for an Extra Hour of Sleep?

    Infographic: Would You Pay for an Extra Hour of Sleep?

    Monday, May 5 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-05-05 17:20:47 GMT
    It’s National Better Sleep Month. More >>
    It’s National Better Sleep Month. More >>
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