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UCLA hospital cites medical scopes in superbug CRE outbreak

by CNN // February 20, 2015 // Updated 01:25 GMT // 0 Comments

That finding highlighted a U.S. Food and Drug Administration safety communication issued earlier in the day about how the complex design of the endoscopes “causes challenges for cleaning and high-level disinfection.” That FDA advisory was designed to raise awareness among health care professionals. An internal review at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center found that […]

Cholesterol in food not a concern, new report says

by CNN // February 20, 2015 // Updated 00:18 GMT // 0 Comments

On February 10, The Washington Post published a headline that got a good amount of attention: “The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol.” Every five years, the Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Department of Agriculture, issues “Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” a federal publication that has far-reaching implications […]

2 Siblings Recall Strikingly Different Childhoods (VIDEO)

by The Huffington Post // February 19, 2015 // Updated 23:29 GMT // 0 Comments

“When I was 9, my mother made us eat tuna sandwiches, which were actually made out of cat food,” recalls Jori, who recently wrote a book based at least in part on her tumultuous childhood, including allegations that she suffered emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of her now-deceased mom. (Watch more here.) – […]

This Cold Weather Pretty Much Freezes Everything

by The Huffington Post // February 19, 2015 // Updated 21:29 GMT // 0 Comments

Not even the power of Niagara Falls can stand up to the epic cold snap that’s settled in over parts of New England, the Midwest and the South this week. More than 115 million people have been layering up as temperatures have plunged 25 to 45 degrees below normal, from Canada all the way down […]

Dolphins Are Still Washing Up Dead 5 Years After Gulf Oil Spill

by The Huffington Post // February 19, 2015 // Updated 20:40 GMT // 0 Comments

Bottlenose dolphins continue to wash up dead on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, five years after the biggest marine oil spill in history. BP says oil has nothing to do with it. Read the whole story at The Dodo

Despite The Recent Snow, The U.S. Has Actually Been Having An Unusually Warm Winter

by The Huffington Post // February 19, 2015 // Updated 17:00 GMT // 0 Comments

Yes, we know, it’s been frigid in much of the U.S. this week. Winter storms have set some crazy snowfall records, and New England has been hit with an endless cycle of freezing temperatures. – And in case your climate change-denying relatives mention the cold right now as evidence that global warming is a hoax, […]

Cat Takes On A Snowbank And Totally Wins

by The Huffington Post // February 19, 2015 // Updated 09:45 GMT // 0 Comments

Who needs a shovel when you’ve got a cat like this one? – The clip was posted on YouTube by a user named Ann Got, who also added a “This Is Sparta” remix.

Understanding CRE, the ‘nightmare’ superbug that killed 2 in Los Angeles

by CNN // February 19, 2015 // Updated 07:13 GMT // 0 Comments

The family of superbugs made headlines two years ago when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned they were spreading. Now, they’re back in the news after seven patients at a Los Angeles hospital caught CRE after routine endoscopic treatments for bile ducts, gall bladder or pancreas. Two of them have died, the Ronald […]

To Jump-Start Your Exercise Routine, Be Mindful

by The New York Times // February 19, 2015 // Updated 05:32 GMT // 0 Comments

By now, many of us, beset by bad weather and declining motivation, are struggling to maintain our New Year’s exercise resolutions. But a timely new study offers encouragement, suggesting that by paying more attention to the experience of exercise itself, even the most reluctant of exercisers might begin to find pleasure in movement. Scientists, like […]

Drug-resistant bacteria linked to two deaths at UCLA hospital

by CNN // February 19, 2015 // Updated 02:09 GMT // 0 Comments

The hospital is contacting more than 100 other patients who had endoscopic procedures between October and January. The patients have been offered tests they can take at home. – CDC: ‘Nightmare bacteria’ spreading

‘My Ex Is Evil; I Want To See My Kids’ (VIDEO)

by The Huffington Post // February 19, 2015 // Updated 00:02 GMT // 0 Comments

Brad and Kimberly are deadlocked over custody of their three kids, with each hurling accusations at the other. – Like Dr. Phil | Follow Dr. Phil | Be on the Show

Aerial Photos Show Just How Devastating An Oil Train Derailment Can Be

by The Huffington Post // February 18, 2015 // Updated 23:51 GMT // 0 Comments

When an oil train carrying more than 3 million gallons of crude derailed in West Virginia earlier this week, it left behind a stretch of blackened riverfront, the ruins of a smoldering house and a lingering question: Why does this keep happening? – Head on over to Pixable to see the rest of the pictures […]

New Approach to Blocking H.I.V. Raises Hopes for an AIDS Vaccine

by The New York Times // February 18, 2015 // Updated 23:04 GMT // 0 Comments

A new compound has blocked H.I.V. infection so well in monkeys that it may be able to function as a vaccine against AIDS, the scientists who designed it reported Wednesday. H.I.V. has defied more than 30 years of conventional efforts to fashion a vaccine. The new method stimulates muscle cells to produce proteins that somewhat […]

New Approach to Blocking H.I.V. Raises Talk of an AIDS Vaccine

by The New York Times // February 18, 2015 // Updated 19:58 GMT // 0 Comments

A new compound has blocked H.I.V. infection so well in monkeys that it may be able to function as a vaccine against AIDS, the scientists who designed it reported Wednesday. H.I.V. has defied more than 30 years of conventional efforts to fashion a vaccine. The new method stimulates muscle cells to produce proteins that somewhat […]

Scientists Shed Light on Circuits That Control Genes

by The New York Times // February 18, 2015 // Updated 15:08 GMT // 0 Comments

More than 200 scientists working on an ambitious federal project have begun to understand the complicated system of switches that regulates genes, turning some on and others off, making some glow brightly while others dim. They hope these discoveries, described in two dozen papers released on Wednesday, will eventually lead to a deeper understanding of […]

Doctor’s notes: Ebola survivor sees faith, teamwork create a medical success

by CNN // February 18, 2015 // Updated 11:27 GMT // 0 Comments

We held an appreciation program with breakfast for all the ELWA Hospital staff after our morning chapel gathering, to recognize those who had served so courageously during the worst of the Ebola crisis. Along with Dr. (Jerry) Brown, our medical director, I was asked to say a few words. As I spoke, thanking our nurses, […]

9 things no one tells you about losing weight

by CNN // February 18, 2015 // Updated 11:04 GMT // 0 Comments

Dropping just 5% to 10% of your body weight can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes. But shedding unwanted pounds can also have less-obvious effects, and not always for the better, says Dr. Adam Tsai, a physician at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and a spokesperson for the Obesity Society. […]

Five ways to eat yourself healthier

by CNN // February 18, 2015 // Updated 10:26 GMT // 0 Comments

But the term superfood is not recognized clinically nor readily acknowledged among nutrition experts and the evidence for supplementation has now moved in favor of balanced diets over popping pills of single nutrients. Experts maintain that the right diet can not only control weight, but also help to keep diseases at bay by fighting the […]

Beagle Miss P Wins Westminster Dog Show

by The Huffington Post // February 18, 2015 // Updated 04:20 GMT // 0 Comments

A beagle wagging her tail a mile a minute has become America’s top dog. – The Skye finished second.

Sea Lion Pup Hitches A Ride On A Kayak In Santa Barbara Harbor

by The Huffington Post // February 18, 2015 // Updated 04:13 GMT // 0 Comments

A family kayaking in Santa Barbara harbor in California on Saturday found themselves paddling with an extra passenger when a sea lion pup hopped aboard and hitched a ride. – Gist said the pup stayed with the family until they reached shore. When a crowd of onlookers gathered, however, Cecil slipped back into the water […]

Were There Clues Their Relationship Might Be Toxic (Even On Their Honeymoon)? (VIDEO)

by The Huffington Post // February 17, 2015 // Updated 22:24 GMT // 0 Comments

Caroline and Sonny say their nearly three-year marriage has been tumultuous, with plenty of fighting and both sides alleging verbal and physical abuse. Caroline claims the police have been called to their home more than 20 times since they’ve been together. – Like Dr. Phil | Follow Dr. Phil | Be on the Show

Pills Found to Help Chances of Quitting Smoking in the Future

by The New York Times // February 17, 2015 // Updated 16:59 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Doctors typically wait until smokers are ready to quit before prescribing pills to help them do it. But a new study has found that even for those who are not ready to stop smoking immediately, medicine taken over time can substantially improve their chances of eventually quitting. Clinical practice guidelines have long advised […]

New frontier in apples: Red or golden but never brown

by CNN // February 17, 2015 // Updated 02:55 GMT // 0 Comments

“This is really huge. It’s what we’ve waited almost five years for with regulatory approval,” says Neal Carter, founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, the Canadian company that engineered the apples. “Now we can get down to business planting trees and selling Arctic apples. We’re stoked.” The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service […]

Genes Tell Only Part of the Story

by The New York Times // February 16, 2015 // Updated 23:19 GMT // 0 Comments

I had intended to discuss President Obama’s plans for personalized precision medicine with my patient Barbara last week, but she missed her appointment. Or, more accurately, she arrived two hours late, made the usual giant fuss at the reception desk and had to be rescheduled. I was disappointed. Barbara has some insight into the vortex […]

A Cancer Cluster Is Tough to Prove

by The New York Times // February 16, 2015 // Updated 22:27 GMT // 0 Comments

George Johnson RAW DATA (Shannon Freshwater) Last month, thousands of Marines and their families were blocked in federal court from pursuing their claim that the government had given them cancer. The decision, involving people exposed to contaminated drinking water while stationed at Camp Lejeune, a base in North Carolina, didn’t consider the science. Long before […]

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