2 more flu deaths confirmed in Allegheny County | WPXI

February 6, 2018 wpanews 9

2 more flu deaths confirmed in Allegheny County The county already has more than 6,000 confirmed cases. The latest state and local numbers come out Tuesday. There are concerns about the effectiveness of the flu shot, but doctors say it’s worth it. While it takes a couple weeks for the flu shot to take full effect, doctors say it’s never too late to get one. RELATED: Nurse fired for violating […] READ MORE

How a little alcohol could help ‘clean’ the brain | Inquirer Lifestyle

February 5, 2018 wpanews 0

New research suggests for the first time that it could help with the brain’s cleaning process and potentially lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The new animal study focused in on the glymphatic system, the brain’s unique cleaning process which was first described by Nedergaard and her colleagues in 2012. The system pumps the body’s cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) into brain tissue to flush away waste, including the proteins beta […] READ MORE

CDC: 16 more children dead from flu, peak still to come

February 4, 2018 wpanews 0

  (CNN) — There were 16 flu-related deaths reported this week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday in the weekly flu report. This brings the total number of pediatric flu-related deaths to 53 for the season which began in October. According to the report, influenza activity is now widespread in 48 states and Puerto Rico, down from 49 states during the previous two weeks. Oregon joined […] READ MORE

Lady Gaga halts tour due to ‘severe pain’ – BBC News

February 3, 2018 wpanews 0

The singer, who has fibromyalgia, says she is “devastated” but needed to put herself first. In the statement, it said the “tough decision” had been made on Friday night with “strong support from her medical team”. Ticket holders can apply for a refund from 6 February, the statement added. Lady Gaga reveals chronic illness in new documentary I have fibromyalgia, the same condition as Lady Gaga Lady Gaga announces two-year […] READ MORE

2 soldiers dead, 60 hospitalized in past month after vaping synthetic cannabinoids

February 2, 2018 wpanews 0

The U.S. Army is warning about the dangers of vaping synthetic cannabinoid oil after about 100 soldiers and Marines experienced serious medical problems. In a Monday public health alert, the U.S. Army Public Health Center said military personnel have suffered headaches, nausea, vomiting, palpitations, dilated pupils, dizziness, agitation and seizures. All these symptoms are associated with synthetic cannabinoids. Two Marines have died in accidents blamed on synthetic cannabinoid-induced seizures. Source: […] READ MORE

CDC head resigns after report she traded tobacco stocks | TheHill

January 31, 2018 wpanews 3

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned Wednesday, one day after reports that she traded tobacco stocks while heading the agency. Politico reported Tuesday that Fitzgerald bought a share in Japan Tobacco one month into her leadership of the agency, which is responsible for reducing tobacco use among Americans. The stock was one of about a dozen new investments Fitzgerald made after she took the job, according to Politico. […] READ MORE

A city that’s home to 4 million people is about to run dry

January 29, 2018 wpanews 0

Authorities warn Cape Town is less than three months away from the situation becoming so dire that it must shut off its taps, an eventuality known as “Day Zero.” Sitaara Stodel Samantha Reinders / for NBC NewsSaving water in buckets is a normal thing. Based on current projections, “Day Zero” is forecast for April 12, according to officials. That would make Cape Town the world’s first major city to run dry. The […] READ MORE

Report: Employees fired after photos of unwrapped meat being transported in shopping carts go viral

January 29, 2018 wpanews 0

Two employees from a California meat company were fired as part of the fallout over a photo that showed raw, unwrapped meat being transported via shopping cart to a San Jose grocery store, according to the Modesto Bee. San Jose resident Loretta Seto posted photos of two men transporting slabs of unwrapped meat via Costco grocery carts to a 99 Ranch Market in San Jose. (There is a Costco warehouse located […] READ MORE

Massive brain discovery stuns scientists

January 29, 2018 wpanews 0

Scientists have just stumbled upon what could be a major finding in the battle against Alzheimer’s, depression, and other debilitating brain diseases. A new paper determined that eating a daily helping of turmeric, and specifically of curcumin which is found in turmeric, may help boost one’s memory and uplift one’s mood. Curcumin has long fascinated scientists for its ability to act as an antioxidant and as an anti-inflammatory agent. It […] READ MORE

Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson’s, retires from touring – NY Daily News

January 23, 2018 wpanews 0

Neil Diamond will stay off the road. “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows,” Diamond said in a statement on his website. Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, […] READ MORE

Flu cases continue to rise in Western Pennsylvania | TribLIVE

January 23, 2018 wpanews 0

Allegheny County reported 2,982 flu cases through Saturday, up from 1.842 a week earlier , and Westmoreland County had 924, up from 658. There have been 377 cases so far in Butler County and 773 in Washington County. Source: Flu cases continue to rise in Western Pennsylvania | TribLIVE