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  • Pneumonia, sepsis linked to increased risk of heart disease

    August 2, 2017 3:33 PM 48

    Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A new study has identified a link between pneumonia or sepsis in adults resulting in hospital admission and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. "Severe infections in adulthood are associated with a contemporaneously raised risk of cardiovascular disease," Professor Scott Montgomery, director of the clinical epidemiology group

  • Study shows how near-drowning-induced brain injury affects children

    August 1, 2017 3:56 PM 26

    Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio found that children whose brains are injured from near-drownings maintain certain cognitive capabilities. The study analyzed 11 children with quadriplegia from near-drowning-induced brain injury using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI scans. All of the children

  • Scientists develop scorpion 'milking machine' for disease research

    July 31, 2017 5:42 PM 16

    CASABLANCA, Morocco (Reuters) - Extracting venom from scorpions can be a dangerous, but rewarding, task. The poisonous secretion, while fatal to humans, contains hundreds of components that have potential uses in the health sector when they are broken down to a molecular level. In a bid to remove the venom safely, for both scorpion and extractor, a group

  • Mom warns parents after baby breaks out in cold sores

    July 31, 2017 8:23 AM 19

    DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL/CNN) – An Iowa mother is warning other parents after her young son tested positive for the herpes virus. Samantha Rodgers said she doesn’t know who gave her son the virus, but now 1-year-old Juliano will carry this burden for the rest of his life. “It sucks because it’s a lifelong problem now,” she said. “I don’t know how to handle

  • Son of Nashville mayor dies of apparent drug overdose

    July 30, 2017 5:24 PM 33

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Mayor Megan Barry says her only child has died of an apparent drug overdose. A statement released Sunday from Barry and her husband, Bruce, says 22-year-old Max Barry died Saturday night in Denver. Max Barry graduated in June from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. The statement says the couple "cannot begin

  • Doctor in labor delivers patient's baby

    July 29, 2017 4:27 PM 17

    While preparing to give birth to a baby of her own, a Kentucky OBGYN found herself jumping into action to deliver another patient's baby. Dr. Amanda Hess was at the hospital to have her own labor induced on Sunday. That's when she heard another soon-to-be mom, screaming from another hospital room. The doctor on-call that night was out of the building

  • Man kills doctor who refused opioid prescription

    July 29, 2017 12:10 AM 15

    'I truly believe this could have escalated into a mass shooting' (South Bend Tribune) Michael Jarvis, 48, of Mishawaka, fatally shot Dr. Todd Graham on Wednesday after the doctor refused to prescribe opioid pain medication to Jarvis’ wife, according to police. Jarvis’ wife, Petra, was a new patient of Graham and had an appointment on Wednesday, officials

  • MRI creates one-stop shop for potential liver donors

    July 28, 2017 4:17 PM 42

    July 28 (UPI) -- A new study finds that magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scans can be a one-stop-shop way to accurately evaluate potential living liver donors. Liver transplantation is the most effective treatment for most patients with end-stage liver disease and irreversible hepatic failure. "Conventional evaluation methods, such as selective catheter

  • Hearing-aid firm Amplifon is loud & clear: we are predator, not prey

    July 28, 2017 3:42 PM 23

    MILAN (Reuters) - The world's largest retailer of hearing aids, Italy's Amplifon, says it is ready to make major acquisitions to bolster its position in a 14 billion euros ($16.4 billion) consumer market that is being invaded by the industry's manufacturers. Amplifon has been buying up hearing-aid retail chains, largely in Europe, and says it now has 9 percent

  • Roche leukaemia drug gets FDA breakthrough therapy designation

    July 28, 2017 12:03 PM 21

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche Holding AG's Venclexta has won breakthrough therapy designation in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday. The designation covers Venclexta in combination with low dose cytarabine for elderly patients with previously untreated AML who are ineligible for intensive