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Flu vaccine just 36% effective this season, CDC reports
Flu season is still raging in the United States, yet already it ranks among the most difficult in recent years. One reason: This year's vaccine has been just 36% effective against both A and B virus strains, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in Thursday's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. officials warn 'intense' flu season to continue, urge shots
(Reuters) - Adults who get a flu shot are 36 percent less likely to get the disease, while for children the figure was an unexpectedly high 59 percent, U.S. health officials said on Thursday, predicting that the current "intense" season could continue for weeks. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The hottest new yoga workouts in L.A.
Didn ’t qualify for the Winter Olympics? Neither did we. Between sweating — and sweating yoga — here are a few ways to stay in shape in and around Koreatown.The ultimate guide to Koreatown>>>>With the late 2017 opening of its latest studio, Hot 8 Yoga in the heart of Koreatown offers some 100... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

ID Docs Best Poised to Lead Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs ID Docs Best Poised to Lead Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
The eclectic expertise of infectious disease specialists uniquely qualifies them to lead antimicrobial stewardship programs, according to a joint statement from several medical societies.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don ’ t Know Why.
After examining 21 American diplomats said to have been victims of a mysterious “ attack ” in Havana, medical experts found concussion-like damage but no obvious causes. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GINA KOLATA Tags: Brain Concussions Diplomatic Service, Embassies and Consulates Havana (Cuba) JAMA (Journal of American Medical Assn) State Department University of Pennsylvania Source Type: news

Hundreds of doctors are quitting due to work pressure
The Royal College of GPs said the latest NHS Digital figures show the number of family doctors fell to 33,872 in December from 34,091 in September. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Limb amputation rates for blocked arteries vary by race and setting
(Reuters Health) - Patients with severe blockages in leg arteries can sometimes be treated with surgery to reroute blood flow; otherwise they require amputation - which black patients are more likely than whites to get, according to a study of New York State data. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Almost 2,000 patients put on mixed-sex wards last month
Almost 2,000 patients were forced to endure the indignity of mixed-sex wards last month, official figures reveal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Allergy Bullying, Food Can Hurt
An attack with allergens shown in a “ Peter Rabbit ” scene mirrors real-life threats to kids ’ health, parents say. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Allergies Children and Childhood Anaphylactic Shock Peanuts Bullies Parenting Source Type: news

Flu vaccine is only 25% effective against deadliest strain
Preliminary data released announced by top US health officials on Thursday shows this year's flu vaccine is only 25 percent effective against H3N2, the vicious strain killing most Americans. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

7 Cardiology Trials to Look for in 2018 7 Cardiology Trials to Look for in 2018
Trials on PCSK9 inhibitors, antiplatelets, anticoagulants, and even catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation are among Drs Harrington and Gibson's picks for what to look for in 2018.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

This year's flu vaccine more effective for kids
The CDC says this year's flu vaccine has been 36 percent effective in preventing severe illness that would send a patient to the doctor. But it seems to be more helpful for children. CBS News' Meg Oliver reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ottawa to present plan to amend policy that rejects immigrants on medical grounds by April, Hussen says
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he will present a plan in April to amend an outdated policy that excludes immigrants based on medical condition, but the NDP wants the government to act with greater urgency to end the discriminatory clause. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Ottawa to present plan to end policy that rejects immigrants on medical grounds by April, Hussen says
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he will present a plan in April to kill an outdated policy that excludes immigrants based on medical condition, but the NDP wants the government to act with greater urgency to end the discriminatory clause. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Ottawa ending policy that rejects immigrants on medical grounds by April, Hussen says
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he will present a plan in April to kill an outdated policy that excludes immigrants based on medical condition, but the NDP wants the government to act with greater urgency to end the discriminatory clause. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

Desperate family takes out 27 billboards to find kidney donor for Calgary man
Elaine Austin admits it's an unconventional approach. She and other family members have taken out more than two dozen billboards in and around Calgary to try to find a kidney donor for her son, whose current kidney is functioning at just six per cent. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Trauma Support May Help Low-income Families Earn More Trauma Support May Help Low-income Families Earn More
A federal assistance program designed to move low-income families toward financial independence comes up short – but results might improve if families also receive support that helps them deal with traumatic experiences, a new study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Certain Additions to Antimalarial Regimens Can Block Human-to-Mosquito Transmission Certain Additions to Antimalarial Regimens Can Block Human-to-Mosquito Transmission
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Botulinum Toxin A Injection Effective for Laryngeal Dystonia, Including Tremor Botulinum Toxin A Injection Effective for Laryngeal Dystonia, Including Tremor
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Getting Alcohol From Mom or Dad Doesn ’ t Prevent Risky Drinking Getting Alcohol From Mom or Dad Doesn ’ t Prevent Risky Drinking
Parents may be tempted to give teens an occasional taste of alcohol to teach responsible drinking habits, but a new study suggests this may have the opposite effect.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Two Long-acting GLP-1 Agonists Have Differing Efficacy, Tolerability Two Long-acting GLP-1 Agonists Have Differing Efficacy, Tolerability
Results of an open-label study provide more evidence of variability in efficacy and tolerability of agents in the long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonist class of diabetes medicines.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Increased Risk of Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy With Low-normal Apgar Scores Increased Risk of Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy With Low-normal Apgar Scores
Lower five- and 10-minute Apgar scores, even within the normal range, are associated with higher risks of childhood cerebral palsy and epilepsy, according to findings from Swedish registries.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Minnesota Renews Push for Tax on Prescription Opioids Minnesota Renews Push for Tax on Prescription Opioids
Citing rising opioid fatalities, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday announced a renewed legislative proposal to tax prescription opioid pills to help fund treatment.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

U.S. Judge Weighs Challenge to Federal Marijuana Prohibition U.S. Judge Weighs Challenge to Federal Marijuana Prohibition
The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the United States'longstanding prohibition of marijuana, the latest court battle over federal policy under President Donald Trump's administration.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

CDC: Most Children Dying From Flu Not Vaccinated
Most children who have died of the flu so far this season had not been vaccinated, according to the CDC. Of the 63 confirmed flu deaths, investigators have health histories on 56 of them. Of those, 54% had an underlying medical condition which placed them at greater risk of severe flu complications. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alzheimer's disease reversed in mice, offering hope for humans, new research shows
Amyloid plaques largely disappeared with the deletion of just a single enzyme. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Roche to buy Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion to expand cancer care portfolio
(Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG said on Thursday it would buy the rest of the privately held U.S. cancer data company Flatiron Health Inc for $1.9 billion to speed up development and delivery of breakthrough medicines for cancer patients. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Breast MRIs may lead to more biopsies that catch fewer cancers
(Reuters Health) - Women who get magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening tests for breast cancer are more likely to get invasive surgical biopsies to look for tumors than women who just get screening mammograms, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Weekend Recipe: Steel-Cut Oats and Chai Porridge
The cold weather inspires me to nourish myself with warm foods and there’s no better warm, comfort food than porridge. I love the creamy and chewy texture of steel-cut oats, slowly simmered with warming aromatics such as vanilla bean, cinnamon and ginger. You can also add other spices or fruits such as smashed banana or diced apple. When serving this porridge, it’s important to have an extra pot of steaming hot milk on the side, ready to pour over. I think serving with hot milk is probably the most important rule in porridge making as it allows all the flavours to come together in perfect balance. You can serv...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Teresa Cutter — The Healthy Chef Tags: Uncategorized Food healthytime Recipes Source Type: news

Pros and cons of plant-based milks: Is a plant-based milk right for you?
Peanut milk is one of the newer plant-based alternatives to dairy. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

How to train like an Olympian
Trainers and physicians have identified some of the most effective habits of Olympians like Lindsey Vonn, pictured, competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea that can be used by the average athlete. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cannabis does more harm than good, health officials warn
New medical guidelines issued in Canada, where cannabis has been legal for medicinal use since 2001, warns the effects of the drug outweigh any minor benefits for the vast majority of conditions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pet Alert: Euthanasia Drug Found in Wet Dog Food
J.M. Smucker Co. said it has pulled specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned wet dog food. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OBGYN says you should not put ice cream in a vagina  
Dr Lauren Streicher of Northwestern University breaks down some of the missteps the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise make when it comes to sexual health. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Florida shooter may have had fetal alcohol syndrome
Nathalie Brassard, a program director at FASCETS, which works with parents of FASD, told Daily Mail Online Nikolas Cruz, 19, has characteristics of a brain-based condition like FASD. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Roche to buy Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion
(Reuters) - Drugmaker Roche Holding AG said on Thursday it would buy the rest of the privately held oncology data company Flatiron Health Inc for $1.9 billion to speed up development and delivery of breakthrough medicines for cancer patients. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

How to Help Your Kids Spot and Report Signs of Mass Violence Before Tragedy Strikes
With 18 school shootings already recorded in 2018— including Wednesday’s deadly spree in Parkland, Florida — parents and schools alike are grappling with the grim task of talking to kids about mass violence. It’s a tall order. In addition to broaching topics such as gun safety and helping kids process emotional and psychological trauma, adults are tasked with preparing children to recognize and report warning signs of violence before horrific events occur. In the wake of the Florida shooting, for example, sources ranging from gun control organizations to President Donald Trump emphasized the need to...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology onetime Source Type: news

Enhancing athletic performance on a genetic level
It’s already on WADA’s radar and gene doping may already be happening to enhance athletes’ performance, but its future is much more problematic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Technology & Science Source Type: news

Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study
Consumer products containing compounds refined from petroleum all release small amounts of smog-producing particles into the air, the researchers explained. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Household Products May Pollute As Much As A Car
Consumer products containing compounds refined from petroleum all release small amounts of smog-producing particles into the air, the researchers explained. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Girls can inherit deadly ovarian cancer gene from fathers
The mutation, which has not been named, was discovered in a genetic study of 186 women with ovarian cancer done by Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New blood test can help diagnose traumatic brain injuries
Green light by the Food and Drug Administration ​ "is a big deal because then it opens the door and accelerates technology" (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HOPE-3: No Effect of CVD Drugs on Erectile Function HOPE-3: No Effect of CVD Drugs on Erectile Function
A prespecified analysis of the large HOPE-3 trial finds neither help nor harm on erectile function from cardiovascular drugs, including statins or the antihypertensive combination of candesartan plus low-dose thiazide.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Spouses have strong influence on risk for alcohol abuse
(Reuters Health) - Spouses with uncontrolled drinking problems have a “large and rapid” influence on the likelihood their partner will also be diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder, according to a long-term study of married couples in Sweden. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Florida shooter, 19, may have had fetal alcohol syndrome
Nathalie Brassard, a program director at FASCETS, which works with parents of FASD, told Daily Mail Online Nikolas Cruz, 19, has characteristics of a brain-based condition like FASD. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Soy milk top among plant-based milks, study reports
Researchers at McGill University found soy milk has the "most balanced nutritional profile." (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Teenager Mercy Ngulube with HIV fighting for change
For 16 years, Mercy Ngulube felt unable to tell people she had HIV - but now she's a vocal campaigner. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Warning: Euthanasia Drug Found in Wet Dog Food
J.M. Smucker Co. said it has pulled specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned wet dog food. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to Make Friends as an Adult — and Why It’s Important
Anyone who’s ever made room for a big milestone of adult life–a job, a marriage, a move–has likely shoved a friendship to the side. After all, there is no contract locking us to the other person, as in marriage, and there are no blood bonds, as in family. Friendships are flexible. “We choose our friends, and our friends choose us,” says William K. Rawlins, Stocker Professor of Communication Studies at Ohio University. “That’s a really distinctive attribute of friendships.” But modern life can become so busy that people forget to keep choosing each other. That’s when fri...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mandy Oaklander Tags: Uncategorized healthytime relationships Source Type: news

Brazil yellow fever vaccine campaign struggling to meet goal
Brazil's Health Ministry says a massive yellow fever vaccination campaign has reached less than 20 percent of the targeted population since it began three weeks ago (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news