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Pregnant Women Must Take Flu Vaccine, Even If Peak Has Passed

Pregnant women need flu vaccine

While recent reports have claimed that flu season has reached its peak, experts are warning people to remain vigilant about getting vaccinated. That vigilance is especially important for pregnant women, who are especially susceptible due to a weakened immune system. Dr. Emily Neri, an obstetrician with Physicians for Women in Lincoln, Nebraska, said that any… Read more »

Mom Uses Egg Yolk To Conceive After 5 Failed IVF Treatments

Baby Noah was born after his mother, Hannah, used an egg yolk drip called intralipid infusion therapy.

Hannah Cope had given up on getting pregnant. After five failed in vetro fertilization attempts, Hannah and her husband decided to try one more experimental procedure before resigning to the idea of never having children of their own. Cope, 34, was drip fed a solution of egg yolk and soya bean oil. Several weeks later,… Read more »

Flu Vaccine: 62 Percent Effective This Season

Flu Vaccine Effectiveness in 2013

Abnormally bad cases of the flu have been circulating around the United States in 2012 and 2013. In response to the dangerous viral infections being witnessed, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) are reporting a 62 percent efficacy rate against the virus. Larry Hill, regional public information officer for the Virginia Department of… Read more »

New Bug Based Flu Vaccine Approved By FDA

New bug-based flu vaccine approved.

During this years flu epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a new flu vaccine called Flublok, which is an insect-based vaccine. Flublok is the first vaccine made by injecting flu genes into an insect virus and growing it in caterpillar cells. Flublok is manufactured by Protein Sciences. The company’s president and CEO,… Read more »

FDA Wants Stricter All-Metal Hip Implant Regulations

FDA to place tougher restrictions on all-metal hip replacements.

The FDA, Food and Drug Administration, says all-metal hip implants can cause soft-tissue damage and pain by shredding metal components when walking or running. All-metal hip implants were made to last longer than traditional implants, which are made from ceramic or a metal ball with plastic socket. The all-metal hip implants have a metal ball… Read more »

Asthma Unrelated To Low Birth Weight [Study]

low birth rate and asthma

The asthma risk among young children is not correlated with low birth weight, a new study has concluded. In the study, allergists evaluated the medical records of about 4,000 children born between January 1, 1976, and December 31, 1979 in Rochester, Minnesota. Of those, 193 were classified as having low birth weight. Of that cohort,… Read more »

Woman Holds Own Heart After Successful Transplant In Viral Photo

Woman holds own heart after surgery

This woman is literally holding her own heart in her hands. An image of a woman only known as “Penny” has been going viral over the past several days due to its quirky uniqueness. After a transplant procedure and a harrowing battle with cancer, Penny poses with a surgical mask and gloves, quite cheerfully holding… Read more »

Hospitals Frown On Workers Who Refuse Flu Shots

Hospitals frown on workers who refuse flu shots

It’s perfectly legal for patients to refuse a flu shot. But what about doctors and nurses? US hospitals are cracking down on employees who won’t get flu shots, and some workers in Indiana have lost their jobs over it. Carrie Calhoun, a longtime nurse in suburban Chicago, was fired last month after she refused to… Read more »

Paralyzed By A Sneeze

Spine

Northamptonshire, England – Thirty-five-year-old mother of two, Debbie Thomason, is permanently paralyzed and housebound. She claims doctors at the Northampton General Hospital (NHS) misidentified cauda equina syndrome (CES), a serious spinal condition, for typical lower back pain. The misdiagnosis resulted in her paralysis when she sneezed and collapsed in debilitating pain in May 2011. She… Read more »

Chipotle Has The Healthiest Fast Food: Weight-Loss Surgeon

Chipotle Mexican Grill

A doctor who practices in the field of bariatric surgery claims that the Chipotle Mexican Grill franchises have the healthiest menu of any fast-food restaurant. Matthew Weiner, M.D., is a big fan of Chipotle, according to the Benzinga website: “As a surgeon who specializes in bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, Dr. Weiner has spent his life studying… Read more »

Vaccine Schedule Is Safe For Children, Experts Say

Experts say vaccine timetable is safe for children.

Scientists at the Institute of Medicine, IOM, say that there is no evidence that following the recommended vaccine timetable causes problems like autism or asthma in children. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend 24 vaccines by the time a child is two. As many as five vaccines are given per doctors… Read more »

ER Visits Due To Energy Drinks Double

ER Visits Due To Energy Drinks Double

A new survey has revealed that ER visits due to energy drinks have doubled over the last four years. The survey, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, suggests that between 2007 and 2011 ER visits due to energy drinks increased from just under 10,000 to over 20,000. The popularity of the… Read more »

Brazillian Waxes Are Endangering Pubic Lice

Pubic lice endangered by Brazilian waxes

Pubic lice, more commonly known as crabs, are becoming an endangered species due to the Brazilian waxing and other forms of hair removal, doctors say. Pubic lice are tiny insects that lay eggs in pubic hair. Pubic lice cause itchy skin reactions and infections. Female lice only need to mate once to be fertile for… Read more »

The Twitter Diet, Social Media May Help With Weight-loss

Twitter helps with weight-loss

There have been thousands of diets like the cabbage soup diet, the Atkins diet, or the Palm Beach diet. The newest diet to emerge is the Twitter diet. A new study found that participants who used Twitter as part of a mobile weight-loss plan lost more weight than those who did not use Twitter or… Read more »

Fast Food Linked To Asthma, Allergies, And Eczema In Children

Asthama, allergies, and eczema linked to fast food.

Could eating junk food be causing your children’s asthma, allergies, and eczema worse? Yes, it could, researchers say. In a new study published in the journal Thorax, researchers found that teens who ate the most fast food were 39 percent more likely to have severe asthma. The younger children who at the most fast food… Read more »