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Is cranberry juice really a cure for urinary tract infections?
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Any woman who has ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI) will tell you its pure misery. The burning, stinging and constant need to pee is just about as annoying as it gets. One of the more well-known "cures" and a go-to folk medicine for this condition has been the use of drinking cranberry juice. Many people at the first sign of something different going on down there will begin chugging away glass after glass of this ruby red elixir supposedly meant to [...]
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Smell test could determine dementia risk
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The nose knows. A smell test could determine the risk of dementia in older men and women, say researchers from the University of Chicago. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, gave a smell test to nearly 3,000 participants of normal cognition aged 57 to 85. In the test, the men and women were asked to identify “"Sniffin'Sticks” — felt pens infused with scents — of peppermint, fish, orange, rose, and leather. Th [...]
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Cholera outbreak in Yemen could infect ‘unprecedented’ 1 million
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By the end of the year, the Red Cross estimates that cholera could affect one million people in the Arabian Peninsula country of Yemen. The cholera outbreak in Yemen is being described as "unprecedented" and "the worst ... in the world.” According to the Red Cross, there are currently about 750,000 cases of the infectious disease — up from 276,000 on just July 5. "Given this trend, we could reach up to 1 million by the end of the year," International Committee [...]
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Hospitals face financial blow that could weaken NYC health care
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New York's public hospitals are facing a financial blow that could dramatically weaken New York’s already stretched health care system. Source link [...]
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Babies being born with birth defects from congenital syphilis
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Some recent cases of syphilis-related birth defects in the U.S. are irreversible. Over 600 babies born last year in this country were affected by syphilis in some way. Of those, 45 of them were stillborn, had birth defects or later died within the first month of their lives. This is an alarming figure to many public health experts who say that in the U.S., syphilis — a treatable sexually transmitted disease — should not even still be an issue at all. "When you [...]
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Eating bread at the end of a meal could help with this problem
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Eat the meal, then the bread. That’s advice for people with diabetes from researchers who’ve found more evidence that saving carbs for the end of your meal may help control the metabolic disorder that affects 29 million Americans. Carbohydrate-rich foods, like bread and juice, trigger a spike in blood sugar levels. Led by endocrinologist Alpana Shukla, M.D., and obesity specialist Louis Aronne, M.D., of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, [...]
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This surgery is connected to the highest risk of opioid addiction
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Some people who become addicted to opioid pain relievers begin taking the drugs out of need after painful surgeries and over-prescribing doctors. The combination of surgeries and the prescriptions for opioids handed out by doctors to their patients in 2016 led to a surplus of 3.3 billion unused pills — a likely factor in the current American opioid epidemic, according to a report released this week by the research firm QuintilesIMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. [...]
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