Veterans returned to the U.S. after fighting in the jungles of Vietnam during the war half a century ago, but hundreds of them may be dying from a silent bullet — a slow-killing parasite living in the men decades after the war, a new study revealed.
Source: VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets
Doctors say they have “never seen anything like this” – with the longest worm 27cm (11in) long.
Source: N Korea defector has ‘enormous parasites’
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was in critical condition Thursday after undergoing an emergency heart procedure at a hospital in Austin.
Source: TOM RIDGE: Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge in critical condition after undergoing heart procedure
The study linked the severity of abnormalities in glucose metabolism with the severity of Alzheimer’s pathology. For example, the study found that severe reductions in brain glycolysis and important enzymes were related to a more severe expression of Alzheimer’s.
Source: Diabetes of the brain is connected to Alzheimer’s, new study shows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A Harlem pre-K school closed after the death of a toddler with a dairy allergy — who his family says was fed a grilled cheese sandwich.
Source: Harlem pre-K school shuttered after boy with dairy allergy dies – NY Daily News
A program that prepares service dogs for permanent placement with wounded veterans and their families has been axed from two military hospitals.
Source: Program that pairs service dogs with veterans booted from Fort Belvoir and Walter Reed – WTOP
Researchers provide more evidence that not all pain needs to be treated with powerful and potentially addictive opioids
Source: Non Opioid Pain Relievers Just As Effective as Opioids, Finds Study
Rates of the disease rose 63% in five years, led by infections in young heterosexual city dwellers.
Source: Australia gonorrhoea cases surge 63% – BBC News
UPMC has revealed a five-year, $2 billion investment to build three new “digitally based specialty hospitals” adjacent to three of its existing facilities.
Source: UPMC reveals $2 billion plan for three all-new specialty hospitals in Pittsburgh
The Pennsylvania Health Department reported on Thursday that more than 1,000 people registered on the first day of applications for the state’s new Medical Marijuana Program.
Source: More than 1,000 register for medical marijuana on Pennsylvania’s first day | TribLIVE
Pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables may hurt women’s fertility, according to a new study that researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health wrote in the Oct. 30 issue of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Source: Pesticide Residue on Fruits, Veggies, Linked to Lower Fertility in Women
Medical marijuana is coming to western Pennsylvania, but what is involved with producing medicinal cannabis and how will its production affect the communities in which it is produced and sold?
Read Source: Going inside a grow operation: What will and won’t happen when medical marijuana comes to Western Pa.
The condition is called hematohidrosis
In cases of hematohidrosis, blood seeps out of unbroken skin, just as sweat normally does. It’s most common on the face, ears, nose and eyes, according to the National Institutes of Health Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, and it’s often associated with fear and emotional stress. Some people with the condition even cry bloody tears.
Source: Hematohidrosis Is a Rare Disease That Makes You Sweat Blood | Time.com
A pair of twins who were formerly connected at the head are sitting up on their own and continuing to hit crucial developmental milestones after undergoing separation surgery in June.
Source: Formerly conjoined twins thriving after separation surgery | Fox News
A seven-year-old boy has left doctors baffled after he fell asleep, and didn’t wake up for 11 days.
Source: Boy baffles US doctors after sleeping for 11 days straight
The child is in intensive care with internal and external burns. Read Friday’s paper review.
Source: NI paper review: Boy critical after ‘soap can explosion’ – BBC News
The disease has wreaked havoc on the state’s homeless population, who experts say are vulnerable.
More than 500 people in California have contracted the viral disease since November, many of whom are homeless.
Hepatitis A, which attacks the liver, is usually spread through faecal matter, transmitted through sex or by touching contaminated food or objects.
It is the second-largest US outbreak of hepatitis A in the past 20 years.
Source: California hepatitis A outbreak death toll climbs to 19 – BBC News
In a rare case, a woman contracted a potentially deadly bacterial infection while on a 12-hour flight from Japan to Germany, according to a new report.
Source: Woman contracts rare bacterial infection on 12-hour flight | Fox News
Rebecca Bredow, 40, of Ferndale, has religious objections to vaccines and served five days in jail for refusing a court order to immunize her son.
Source: Jailed mom ‘devastated’ to learn son was vaccinated
San Diego opened its first city-sanctioned homeless camp on Monday in a public works yard near Balboa Park.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the opening of the site last week in response to a hepatitis A outbreak that has disproportionately affecting the homeless, leaving 17 dead and hundreds hospitalized.
Source: Homeless women see hope moving into city-sanctioned campsite – The San Diego Union-Tribune
Med-Fast Pharmacy has to pay more than $2.5 million after facing serious criminal allegations.
Source: Med-Fast Pharmacy agrees to $2.6 million fine after federal allegations | WPXI
The new rule could strip birth control coverage from millions of women, demolishing an Obama provision.
Source: Trump rolls back access to free birth control – BBC News
With concerns over head injuries increasing, some regions of the country are seeing steep drops in high school football participation.
Source: Football’s decline has some high schools disbanding teams
We’ve been told since childhood that breakfast is the most important meal — but a new study says this meal has a benefit that goes straight to your heart.
Source: Skipping breakfast could cause hardened arteries
Most Medicare Advantage plans sold in Western Pennsylvania will cost about the same or a little less in 2018 than they did this year, and seniors have a few more plans to choose from in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, according to federal data released Sunday.
Source: Medicare Advantage prices to remain stable in Western Pennsylvania for 2018 | TribLIVE
The patient was just seven years old when he sniffed up the miniature traffic cone.
Source: Medical Error: This Lung Cancer Tumor Was Actually a Tiny Toy Cone Inhaled 40 Years Ago
In 2016, Americans were infected with more than 2 million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, the highest number ever reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Source: STDs: New cases hit record high in US, CDC says – CNN
Surgeons fit a nerve stimulator into the man’s chest to reverse 15 years of unresponsive wakefulness.
Source: Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy – BBC News
U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer.
McCain underwent surgery in July for a brain tumor that was later found to be a form of glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that took the life of his former Senate colleague Edward M. Kennedy in 2009. McCain tells CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday night that he thinks about Kennedy a lot.
McCain says he has “feelings sometimes of fear of what happens,”
Source: McCain calls brain cancer prognosis ‘very poor’ – ABC News
Someday, kids might only have to endure a single jab to get the benefits of several vaccines, thanks to a new technology by a team of MIT engineers. They’ve created a method that allows a single injection to carry enough doses for the first one to two years of a child’s life, with each dose released at a specified time.
Source: MIT combines several vaccines in a single injection
Study compiling data from every country finds people are living longer but millions are eating wrong foods for their health
Source: Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths, global disease study reveals
“This is a very vicious form of cancer that I’m facing,” McCain, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008, told CNN’s “State of the Union” program. The 80-year-old Arizona senator was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, after surgery in July for a blood clot above his left eye.
Source: John McCain Says He’s Facing ‘Very Vicious Form Of Cancer’ | HuffPost
Ruff news: Man’s best friend may keep you from getting sleep.
Source: Don’t let your dog sleep with you in bed: study – NY Daily News
For the first time, scientists have precisely identified and targeted an area of the brain which is involved in “hearing voices”, experienced by many patients with schizophrenia.
Source: Scientists discover and target brain area in patients with schizophrenia who ‘hear voices’
Sharon police officers saved the life of a woman who was going into anaphylactic shock Friday morning.
Source: Police Save Woman Suffering From Spider Bites With EpiPen « CBS Pittsburgh
People who get less REM sleep, or take a long time to reach REM sleep, may have a higher risk of developing dementia.
After adjusting for age and sex, researchers found that for every percent that REM sleep was reduced, there was a nine percent increase in the risk for all forms of dementia and an eight percent increase in the risk of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.
Source: Lack of REM sleep linked to higher dementia risk – Futurity
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has cited the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in the death of a 6-year-old boy whose temperature topped 107 degrees
Source: Pa. hospital cited in death of boy placed under heating blanket – The Morning Call
Scientists have found an association between talc and ovarian cancer, but they don’t agree on exactly what that means.
Source: Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer? A Jury Says Yes. Scientists Aren’t So Sure : Shots – Health News : NPR
Car crashes caused by overdosing drivers are becoming so commonplace, authorities say, that some rescue crews immediately administer the antidote, naloxone, to any unresponsive driver they find at an accident scene.
Source: Drugged driving puts authorities on high alert | TribLIVE
Australian researchers may have finally found a cure for peanut allergies in children. In a small but long-term medical trial by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, two thirds of children were cured of their allergy. What’s more, the desensitisation to peanuts lasted for four years.
Source: Peanut allergy cure for children could be close after Australian researchers make major breakthrough | The Independent
Medical marijuana clinics are popping up all over Florida, and doctors are specializing in recommending the drug now that it is legal in the state.
Dr. Joseph Dorn watched his terminally ill patients suffer and discovered that some of them were illegally using marijuana to alleviate their pain.
He went on to become medical director of one of the handful of companies licensed to grow medical marijuana in Florida and had patients calling him who couldn’t find a doctor to help them obtain the drug.
Now Dorn is among the entrepreneurs who are entering a burgeoning new business: medical marijuana clinics.
“This is probably the most meaningful thing I’ve done in medicine because it helps people,” said Dorn, 64, who personally treats 2,000 medical-cannabis patients at clinics in The Villages, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.
Source: Medical marijuana clinics multiply in Florida – Orlando Sentinel
American Green Inc., a maker of cannabis products, is taking an unusual step to attract new customers as it capitalizes on California legalizing marijuana: It’s buying an entire town.
Source: Cannabis Grower Buys California Town to Build Pot-Friendly Outpost
Men in Europe, North America and Australia have had dramatic declines in sperm quality, according to a meta-analysis of 185 studies.
The research — the largest and most comprehensive look at the topic, involving data from 185 studies and 42,000 men around the world between 1973 and 2011 — appears to confirm fears that male reproductive health may be declining.
Source: Sperm concentration has declined 50 percent in 40 years in three continents
Yemen is currently witnessing “the biggest outbreak of cholera in the world”, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said today.”We arrived yesterday in Yemen, which is facing the biggest outbreak of the cholera epidemic in the world … and we will do everything in our power to promote a common response to the epidemic,” the UN official said.
Source: WHO: Yemen suffering world’s largest outbreak of cholera
With the rise of deadly opioids, police K-9 units are being trained on how to save their dogs from an overdose.
It would take a “microscopic amount” of these synthetic opioids to be fatal to a dog, said New York-based veterinarian Paul McNamara.
McNamara runs ODIN’s Fund, a non-profit that provides first aid training to K-9 units across the country. He said he’s been inundated with questions from police agencies recently about how to train officers to give Narcan to dogs.
Source: Maryland police officers trained to save their drug-sniffing dogs from overdoses – Baltimore Sun
There are around 26 million people around the world who suffer from heart failure, and are at risk of dying due to the lack of donor hearts. Artificial blood pumps are used while a patient is waiting for a transplant, or until their own hearts recover, ETHZ reports.
This artificial heart weighs 390 grams, and has a volume of 679 cubic centimeters. “Our goal is to develop an artificial heart that is roughly the same size as the patient’s own one and which imitates the human heart as closely as possible in form and function,” said Nicholas Cohrs of ETH Zurich in Switzerland.
Read more at: https://www.immortal.org/34255/scientists-create-functioning-3d-printed-heart/
Source: Scientists Create Functioning 3D-Printed Heart
The 67-year-old was scheduled for cataract surgery when the operating team discovered a “blueish mass” of 17 contact lenses in her eye.
Upon further inspection at Solihull Hospital, England, the team found a further 10 individual lenses.
Rupal Morjaria, specialist trainee opthalmologist, told Optometry Today: “None of us have ever seen this before.
“It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together. We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there.”
Source: Surgeons find 27 contact lenses lodged in woman’s eye: ‘She just thought it was old age’ – Independent.ie
An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommends the agency, for the first time, approve a new kind of treatment that uses genetically modified immune cells to attack cancer cells.
A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee unanimously recommended that the agency approve this “living drug” approach for children and young adults who are fighting a common form of leukemia. The agency doesn’t have to follow the committee’s recommendation but usually does.
Source: FDA Advisors Endorse Genetically Engineered Immunotherapy For Cancer : Shots – Health News : NPR
HONOLULU (AP) — An active duty soldier based in Hawaii pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State group, helped purchase a drone for it to use against American forces and said he wanted to use his rifle to “kill a bunch of people,” according to an FBI affidavit.
Ikaika Kang, a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, made an initial appearance Monday in federal court in Honolulu. He was arrested Saturday on terrorism charges.
Source: FBI: US soldier pledged allegiance to Islamic State group