'Antarctica Melts,' NASA Says, Showing Effects Of A Record Warm Spell
Taken just nine days apart, two images illustrate the impact a recent warm period had on the Antarctic Peninsula. NASA says such warmth "has become more common in recent years."(Image credit: NASA) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bill Chappell Source Type: news

Meth still a Missouri problem, but now it comes from Mexico
Missouri may have shed its unwanted image as the meth lab capital of the U.S., but a top DEA official says the drug remains a major problem (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

FDA approves first non-statin pill to treat high cholesterol in almost two decades
Bempedoic acid will provide patients and doctors with another tool to fight heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Tracking the spread of viruses in live animal markets by building one in a lab
These 'artificial ecosystem' experiments could help develop strategies to mitigate the spread of potentially dangerous viruses (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radio/Quirks & Quarks Source Type: news

It's Not Just Hospitals That Sue Patients Who Can't Pay It's Not Just Hospitals That Sue Patients Who Can't Pay
Until very recently, the separate company that runs the emergency department at Nashville General Hospital in Tennessee was continuing to haul patients who couldn't pay medical bills into court.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

Feds Sue Yale Hospital for Age Discrimination of Older Clinicians Feds Sue Yale Hospital for Age Discrimination of Older Clinicians
Under the hospital's policy, the lawsuit says, only physicians over age 70 are required to take neuropsychological and eye exams.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

At Walgreens, Complaints of Medication Errors Go Missing
Consultants working on a report for the drugstore chain were told not to mention some concerns raised by employees. Safety issues have also been flagged at CVS. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ellen Gabler Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Workplace Environment Workplace Hazards and Violations Drugstores Consultants Walgreen Co. Tata Consultancy Services CVS Caremark Corporation Source Type: news

Coronavirus affecting economies and businesses around the world
The deadly outbreak of coronavirus, which has infected more than 75,000 people worldwide, is having an impact on the Chinese economy and markets around the world. Yahoo Finance anchor and reporter Akiko Fujita joined CBSN to discuss the economic fallout from the virus. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

State Department plans no future coronavirus evacuations
State Department officials Friday cautioned that American citizens trapped in areas impacted by COVID-19 in the future should not rely on government-sponsored evacuation flights to get home. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A look behind California's mixed record on lung cancer
California has the third-lowest rate of new lung cancer cases in the country. But nearly a quarter of patients diagnosed with the disease receive no treatment. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Kreidler Source Type: news

How to sleep when you have a blocked nose: Five top tips from a sleep expert
HOW TO sleep when you have a blocked nose: Suffering from a blocked nose can be problematic at the best of times, let alone when you're trying to get some shuteye. A sleep expert gives her five tips on how to fall asleep easier. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can Men Dine Their Way to Higher Sperm Counts?
Median sperm counts were highest among men who ate a healthy diet (167 million), followed by the vegetarian-style diet (151 million) and the Danish diet (146 million). (Median means half had higher counts, half lower.) (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug Company Perks Spur Doctors' Prescriptions
More than 20% of Medicare Part D expenses on brand-name medications came from doctors who received an incentive related to a drug they prescribed. Nearly 30% of physicians got an incentive for at least one drug they prescribed during the study period. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Best supplements for blood pressure: Three of the best according to the experts
BEST supplements for blood pressure: Having high blood pressure puts a person at significant risk of major health issues. Fortunately, making a few tweaks to one's diet and taking these three supplements could make all the difference. What are three supplements one can take to help lower their blood pressure reading? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Broken bones could regrow after injury using a drug cocktail that triggers 'red alert' repair cells
In early research at Imperial College London, rats regrew bone mass in their broken spines. The combination of drugs boosts stem cells, which build new bone and speed up repair. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

6 Ways To Channel Your Anger When You're IN IT
Therapists offer their best tips on calming yourself down when you've blown your top. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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With more than 75,000 infections and 2,000 deaths across dozens of countries, the virus' rapid spread has caused quarantines, production issues for global brands and travel restrictions. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

China changed how it counts coronavirus cases again. Here's why
Weeks after the novel coronavirus crisis began in December, there is still widespread confusion over the exact number of cases reported in China and whether the epidemic is finally stabilizing at the outbreak's epicenter of Hubei province. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pediatrician: Several vaccines at once might be too much for parents, but kids are just fine
"Your child is due for shots today," is frequently followed in my practice by a grimace and a visible tightening of parents' hold on their baby. Then comes my rehearsed recital of the diseases against which we are protecting the baby through vaccination and lastly, I lay out the total number of shots due. That is when the bargaining starts -- "Does she really need that many Dr. Bracho? Couldn't we do two today and the rest next time?" (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Want to lose more weight? Intensive therapy from dietitians can help older adults, study finds
Older adults may have better success at losing weight if they do it with the help of intensive behavioral therapy from dietitians, a new study shows. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Junk food is killing sperm count and lowering male testosterone, study says
The fast-food, high sugar, fats and carbs diet of Western countries may be contributing to the nosedive of sperm counts in men, a new study says. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A record-breaking 105 US children have died from flu so far this season
So far this season,105 children have died from the flu, according to data released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the highest number of child flu deaths at this point in the season since the CDC started keeping records in 2004, except for the 2009 flu pandemic. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to live longer: How education or a lack of it can increase life expectancy
HOW TO live longer: The quest for a longer and healthier life brings about many theories. A latest study shines a light on how one's education could increase life expectancy. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Former Iowa governor, US ag secretary to monitor drugmaker
Former Iowa governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has been hired to monitor Purdue Pharma as the OxyContin maker goes through bankruptcy (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ukraine's PM warns protests of China evacuees may resume
Italian authorities say the number of people infected with the new virus from China has more than quadrupled in a day due to an emerging cluster of cases in the country's north (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Officials letting last virus-free passengers leave cruise ship
The quarantined cruise ship docked at Yokohama, near Tokyo, had the biggest cluster of COVID-19 cases outside China. Two passengers died. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More than 100 wild animals drop dead near coronavirus epicentre in China
Experts in the Chinese city of Chongqing claimed that some of the animals died after being poisoned by disinfectant sprayed by workers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to reports. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus breaks into China prisons as global markets, U.S. business take hit
The coronavirus has infected hundreds of people in Chinese prisons, authorities said on Friday, contributing to a jump in reported cases beyond the epicentre in Hubei province, including 100 more in South Korea. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Hidden Dangers of Ultraprocessed Foods
Unless you make all your food at home from scratch -- and even then -- processed food is practically unavoidable. But there are degrees of processing. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Iran says coronavirus has spread to several cities, reports two new deaths
The coronavirus has spread to several Iranian cities, a health ministry official said on Friday, as an outbreak that the authorities say began in the holy city of Qom caused two more deaths. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Coronavirus outbreak grows in northern Italy, 16 cases reported in one day
An outbreak of coronavirus in northern Italy worsened on Friday, with officials announcing 14 confirmed cases in the wealthy region of Lombardy, while two cases were reported in the adjacent region of Veneto. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO coronavirus team to visit Wuhan this weekend
WHO on Friday confirmed that its 12-member team on the ground in China will be visiting Wuhan, ground zero for the outbreak, and announced six special envoys to confer with world leaders to coordinate global response. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Companies in pharmaceutical supply chain develop system to track counterfeit drugs
Some of the industry's largest pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer Inc and Eli Lilly and Co , have developed a blockchain-based system to track prescription drugs across the supply chain to better halt the flow of counterfeit medicines, company officials said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Coronavirus: 'Narrowing window' to contain outbreak, WHO says
The World Health Organization says the number of Covid-19 cases with no clear link to China is a concern. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oxfordshire plans to become the first 'smoke-free' county in EnglandĀ 
A meeting of Oxfordshire's Health Improvement Partnership Board yesterday heard it would save a fortune on healthcare, workplace productivity, social care and even house fires. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Britons on Diamond Princess cruise ship rescued
Officials in hazmat suits and face masks waited at the port to meet the Brits as they left the ship, two hours later than originally planned, and got on buses to take them to Tokyo's Haneda Airport. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to live longer: How education or a lack of it could impact life expectancy
HOW TO live longer: The quest for a longer and healthier life brings about many theories. A latest study shines a light on how one's education could increase life expectancy. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World must act fast to contain coronavirus, says WHO's Tedros
The window of opportunity to contain wider international spread of the epidemic of the new coronavirus disease is closing, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday, after cases were reported in Iran and Lebanon. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Italy sees confirmed virus cases more than quadruple due to an emerging cluster in the country's north
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lebanon confirms first case of coronavirus, two more suspected
Lebanon confirmed its first coronavirus case on Friday and said it was monitoring two other potential cases after a 45-year-old woman who returned from Iran tested positive. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Baby's bladder ballooned in size and 'crushed' his kidney because of rare condition
Six-month-old Oliver Smith, from Los Angeles, suffers from Eagle-Barrett syndrome, or Prune Belly, which prevented his urethra from forming properly in the womb. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health care is the top concern for Nevada's Culinary Workers Union
The union, which represents most hospitality workers on the Las Vegas Strip, has 60,000 members. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Visits, postive tests for flu drop in U.S., suggesting season is slowing
The CDC noted that for the week ending February 15, 6.1 percent of all visits to healthcare providers were related to influenza-like illness, down from 6.7 percent the prior week. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eleven of the 13 'high risk' American cruise ship evacuees test positive for coronavirus
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday that 11 of the Americans at University of Nebraska's quarantine units are positive for the deadly infection. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Repatriation flight for Britons on Diamond Princess delayed
It is thought about 35 UK nationals, who have been quarantined on the liner for 16 days, will return. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Painkillers 'mask, not kill' long-term pain
An NHS campaign aims to get patients to look for alternatives to long-term painkiller use. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surveillance of Suicidal Ideation and Self-Directed Violence Surveillance of Suicidal Ideation and Self-Directed Violence
Emergency department visits for suicidal ideation and/or self-directed harm rose significantly in 2018 compared to the prior year, according to this report.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Virus cases balloon in S. Korea as outbreak shifts, spreads
Schools are shuttered, churches are telling worshipers to stay away and some mass gatherings are banned as South Korea grapples with a ballooning number of cases of a new virus (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Study: Drug has long-term survival benefit for some lung cancer patients
The results of a large global study show even a tiny amount of a biomarker known as PD-L1 can predict a long-term survival benefit from using pembrolizumab. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 21, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

16 Cruise Ship Evacuees Being Moved to US Hospitals 16 Cruise Ship Evacuees Being Moved to US Hospitals
Eleven Americans who were brought to the U.S. from a quarantined cruise ship have been moved to hospitals, because delayed Japanese test results showed they had the new coronavirus, officials said Thursday.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news