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  • 'True Blood' actor dead at 39: What causes heart failure?

    July 10, 2017 6:55 PM 33

    Actor Nelsan Ellis, who starred on the HBO show "True Blood," has died of heart failure at the age of 39. But what causes this condition? On Saturday (July 8), Ellis' manager, Emily Gerson Saines, told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor had died "after complications with heart failure." Heart failure means the heart muscle can't pump enough blood

  • Study: Malaria drug protects fetus against Zika

    July 10, 2017 3:00 PM 24

    Hydroxychloroquine is able to prevent the Zika virus from crossing the placenta to infect the fetus in mouse studies. July 10 (UPI) -- Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine found that a drug used to treat malaria may protect fetuses from the Zika virus. In mice studies, researchers discovered the Zika virus infects the fetus by manipulating

  • Living With Purpose May Help Seniors Sleep Soundly

    July 10, 2017 1:00 PM 28

    Sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome are less common in those with a reason to get up in the morning, study finds MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who believe they have a purpose in life may sleep better, researchers say. Those who have good reasons to get up every day are less apt to have problems that keep them awake at night, such as sleep

  • First West Nile virus case confirmed in SC

    July 9, 2017 9:47 AM 41

    South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental control has confirmed its first case of West Nile Virus in South Carolina. "If you develop fever or other symptoms after being bitten by a mosquito, you should contact your health car provider," said Dr. Linda Bell, SC State Epidemiologist. For more information about preventing mosquito bites and the spread

  • Drug-laced gummy bears blamed for illnesses in Indiana

    July 8, 2017 12:33 AM 28

    Authorities say drug-laced gummy bears are responsible for sickening a group of young people in northern Indiana. The LaPorte County sheriff's office says deputies responding to a call Thursday night found a 19-year-old man along a roadway. He told a deputy that he took and unknown drug and wanted to go to the emergency room. He said his friends also had taken

  • Drop in cancer deaths in rural America slower than urban areas: CDC

    July 6, 2017 5:24 PM 29

    Cancer deaths in America's rural areas are not falling as much as they are in urban areas even though the total deaths from the disease are dropping across the country, a U.S health agency report showed, emphasizing the gap in access to healthcare. Cancer accounted for 180 deaths per 100,000 persons in rural areas annually compared with 158 deaths in urban

  • Pete Frates, Ice Bucket Challenge inspiration, gets help with medical bills

    July 5, 2017 6:42 PM 48

    The Salem News reports that Pete Frates and his family are being helped by a new program from the ALS Association that covers the uninsured cost of skilled home care for several ALS patients in Massachusetts each year. Lynn Aaronson, the executive director of the Massachusetts chapter of the ALS Association, tells CBS Boston the group's new Pete Frates

  • The Hope And Fear Of Waiting For IVF Results

    July 5, 2017 4:12 PM 45

    The story doesn't end with embryo implantation. In the final episode of IVFML, Anna Almendrala and Simon Ganz share a series of audio diaries about what it’s like to wait for the results of their first embryo implantation, and the anxiety and depression that can affect couples long after they think they’re done with infertility and pregnancy loss. They’re

  • Novo Nordisk warns of faulty insulin pens in Canada

    July 5, 2017 2:22 PM 43

    Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk warned on Wednesday that the insulin cartridge holder in some of its insulin pen devices might crack or break if exposed to certain chemicals, including some cleaning agents. The problem affects lots of NovoPen Echo and NovoPen 5 that were distributed in Canada. Using a device with a cracked or broken cartridge holder could

  • High levels of serotonin found in blood of SIDS infants

    July 5, 2017 2:15 PM 30

    The study may lead to ways to create forensic testing for sudden infant death syndrome. July 5 (UPI) -- Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School found high levels of serotonin in infants who died from sudden infant death syndrome among those in a recent study. Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, refers to the sudden death