ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

August 25, 2014

Recap for Week Ending Aug. 22, 2014: 

U.S. Ebola patients released, pose no public risk Read article here

Gastric cancer: could Botox be an alternative to chemo? Read article here

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Are your medical records safe? Read article here

Pregnant Women Should Just Skip This Fish Entirely, Says Consumer Reports Read article here

Millions with disabilities get heavy-duty painkillers Read article here

DEA tightens rules on hydrocodone combination pills Read article here

New study focuses on in-flight risk to infants Read article here


An Unstoppable Killer: New Research Suggests Cancer Can’t Be Eradicated Read article here

Blood Transfusions Could Reduce Strokes in Kids With Sickle-Cell Anemia Read article here

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Nurses Who Care the Most Burn Out Fastest Read article here

There Were Way Less Teen Moms Last Year Read article here

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Will antibiotics make your baby an obese adult? Read article here

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Common antibiotic linked to higher risk of heart death Read article here

Pruning Process May Go Awry in Brains of Children With Autism Read article here

New diagnostic test for type 1 diabetes Read article here

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Polio’s Two Vaccines Are More Effective When They’re Combined Read article here

Older People Sleep Less. Now We Know Why. Read article here


ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

August 18, 2014

Recap for Week Ending Aug. 15, 2014: 

Brought back from the dead Read article here


Report: Ebola outbreak probably started with 2-year-old in Guinea Read article here

Regardless of location, concussions serious, study says Read article here

It’s Probably Best to Avoid Antibacterial Soaps Read article here

Highly Accurate, At-Home Colon Cancer Test Gets FDA Approval Read article here

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Decline in US lung cancer rates, varying by race, gender, age Read article here

Bee, scorpion and snake venom may hold cancer cure Read article here

Dozens of Genes Implicated in Explaining Why Only Some People Develop PTSD Read article here

New Concerns About an Old Heart Drug Read article here 

Digoxin, a popular heart drug, is derived from digitalis, an extract of the foxglove plant.

Heart Failure Treatment Possible? Scientists Find Unknown Cardiac Molecule… Read article here

This Molecule Could Treat Heart Failure

Man’s Rare Condition May Open Door to New Alzheimer’s Treatments Read article here

Man's Rare Condition May Open Door to New Alzheimer's Treatments

Five Common Myths About Depression Read article here

Study: More coffee may prevent your ears from ringing Read article here

Study: 2 in 5 in the US will develop type-2 diabetes Read article here


More Exercise Isn’t Always Better, Study Shows Read article here


Excess body weight boosts risk of 10 common cancers, study reports Read article here


New Study Questions Need To Cut Salt, But Experts Raise Concerns About Findings Read article here



ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

August 11, 2014

Recap for Week Ending Aug. 8, 2014: 

Study explains why some brain tumors are more common in men Read article here

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US regulators weigh ‘added sugar’ label Read article here

‘Gluten Free’ Label Now Actually Means Gluten Free Read article here

Special report: The dangers of painkillers Read article here

Change in law linked to more unsafe drugs, study finds Read article here

Statin guidelines change, but your doctor may not go along Read article here

Scientific review finds aspirin significantly cuts cancer rates Read article here

Hospital killing shows safety gap in mental health Read article here

FILE--In this July 24, 2014 file photo, a hospital worker embraces a woman near the scene of a shooting at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. The deadly shooting at the suburban Philadelphia hospital is serving as yet another illustration of the hazards mental health professionals face on the job, and, experts say, the need for hospitals to do more to protect them. Photo: Uncredited, AP / AP

A Patients’ Group Scores a Win in Muscular Dystrophy Drug Research Read article here

Feds stop public disclosure of many serious hospital errors Read article here


Troubling Gap in Hospitals’ Obstetric Complication Rates Read article here

Why U.S. Hospitals Are Testing People For Ebola Virus Read article here

How an 100-Year-Old Therapy Might Save Ebola Patients Read article here

Hepatitis C ‘could become a rare disease by 2036′ Read article here

In Treatment, There Can Be Too Much of a Good Thing Read article here

Study: Steroid injections and physical therapy equal for treating shoulder pain Read article here

Weird and Little-Known Ways to Treat a Sunburn Read article here

Behind The Rise In Alternative Forms Of Childbirth Read article here

Influenza: Complications in 1 in 3 Previously Healthy Kids Read article here

Stem cell beauty treatments? Probably bogus, experts say Read article here 

Hoping Thoughts Become Movement for ALS Patients Read article here

Patients Seeking Cheaper Care Are Soliciting Bids From Doctors Online Read article here

Dementia Risk And Vitamin D Levels: Is There A Connection? Read article here
Prostate Cancer Screening Still Not Recommended for All Read article here
Study ties new gene to 1 in 3 breast cancer risk Read article here
Tattoo inks causing a rash of infections, FDA warns Read article here
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CDC Raises Response to Highest Alert Amid Ebola Outbreak Read article here
Ebola is a public health emergency, WHO says Read article here
Metformin diabetes drug could extend lifespan Read article here
New cancer classification system shows promise as lifesaver Read article here

ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

August 4, 2014

Recap for Week Ending Aug. 1, 2014: 

Bump Your Doctor? It May Be Less Germy Read article here

Study identifies global prevalence of hepatitis C virus genotypes Read article here

How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print Read article here

Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills Read article here


Molecule removal helps fight cancer Read article here

Cancer experts found removing FAK from blood vessels that grow in melanoma or lung cancer models helped make both chemotherapy and radiation therapies more effective

The Disturbing Link Between Sleep Deprivation And False Memories Read article here


Marijuana poses more risks than many realize Read article here


Bars offer new ‘cure’ after bar-hopping: IV drips in the arm Read article here

Surgeon general: Stop tanning and save your skin Read article here

Common inflammatory disorder increases heart attack, stroke risk Read article here

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Night light exposure could make breast cancer tumors tamoxifen resistant Read article here

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Hormone-replacement therapy seems safe, study finds Read article here


2014’s most ‘Xtreme’ restaurant meal is a ‘monster’ Read article here

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Heat Waves & Cold Snaps Kill 2,000 Each Year in US Read article here

The mercury rises within a thermometer on a hot day.

Researchers Fret as Social Media Lift Veil on Drug Trials Read article here

Surviving Ebola: For those who live through it, what lies ahead? Read article here

Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later Read article here

Depression linked to faster cognitive decline in old age Read article here

The Kids Who Beat Autism Read article here

FDA Strikes a Balance Between Access and Safety With ‘Breakthrough’ Drug Program Read article here

Study supports screening for ‘bubble boy’ disease Read article here


Certain Birth Control Pills Linked to Breast Cancer Risk Read article here

What Happens Once Ebola Patients Arrive in the US Read article here

The CDC Says You Shouldn’t Fly to Countries Hardest Hit by Ebola Outbreak Read article here

A nurse from Liberia sprays preventives to disinfect the waiting area for visitors at the ELWA Hospital where a US doctor Kent Bradley is being quarantined in the hospitals isolation unit having contracted the Ebola virus, Monrovia, Liberia, 28 July 2014.

NIH to launch early Ebola vaccine trial in September Read article here

F.D.A. Acts on Lab Tests Developed In-House Read article here


ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

July 28, 2014

Recap for Week Ending July 25, 2014: 

 HIV diagnosis rate in U.S. declines significantly Read article here

Cancer treatment clears two Australian men of HIV Read article here

In a discovery that raises hope for AIDS cure, two Australian men have been found to be HIV-free after receiving stem cells to treat cancer. Reuters

AIDS cure: study sees advance for ‘kick and kill’ strategy Read article here

Apparently, We Have No Idea How To Tell If A Doctor Will Actually Be Good Read article here


Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problem Read article here


FDA Warning: Avoid Pure Caffeine Powder Read article here

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Study finds sharp increase in teen use of human growth hormone Read article here

Common Genes Linked to Autism Read article here

Common Genes Linked to Autism

HPV screening test does a better job than Pap test Read article here

Probiotics May Help People With High Blood Pressure Read article here

How sleep loss leads to significant weight gain Read article here


How a team of doctors at one hospital boosted hand washing, cut infections and created a culture of safety Read article here 

Nurses Shift, Aiming for More Time With Patients Read article here

Antibiotic resistance could be ‘next pandemic,’ CDC says Read article here

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ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

July 21, 2014

Recap for Week Ending July 18, 2014: 

New Study Calls Bed-Sharing ‘Extremely Risky’ For Babies Read article here 

Diabetes diagnosed with inexpensive, portable microchip test Read article here

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Worried You May Be Developing Alzheimer’s? Check Your Eyes Read article here

Smell test may detect early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, studies show Read article here

Study Questions the Need to Fast for Cholesterol Test Read article here

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause Read article here

You Asked: Are Calories Created Equal? Read article here

Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? Read article here

Finally! Hard Evidence We Can Slow Alzheimer’s By Exercising The Body And The Mind Read article here

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Study: BFFs May Have Similar DNA Read article here

Could the cause of cerebral palsy run in the family? Read article here

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Best hospitals ranked for 2014 Read article here

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was ranked as the best overall hospital by U.S. News & World Report.

Does Sexual Orientation Matter When It Comes to Health? Read article here

What Happens When the Shape and Color of a Generic Pill Changes? Read article here

A Spoonful of Medicine May Put Children at RisRead article here

Niacin May Be Too Risky As Heart Drug, Reports Find Read article here

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Preventive mastectomy does little to extend life of breast cancer patients Read article here

Scientists create ‘biological pacemaker’ inside off-tempo hearts Read article here

New brain protein tied to Alzheimer’s disease Read article here

Chilling new details on cold-storage smallpox Read article here

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Scientific review finds asthma drugs suppress child growth Read article here


Could a single injection stop diabetesRead article here

Hormonal birth control linked to risk of gestational diabetes Read article here

AIDS Experts’ Deaths in Malaysian Air Disaster ‘Great Loss’ for Research Read article here

AIDS Causing Fewer Deaths Among HIV-Positive Patients Read article here

Only 1 in 5 sexually active U.S. teens HIV-tested Read article here

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ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

July 14, 2014

Recap for Week Ending July 11, 2014: 

Could a Simple Blood Test Tell You if You Will Develop Alzheimer’s? Read article here

Could a Simple Blood Test Tell You if You Will Develop Alzheimer’s?

Progesterone-releasing IUD may carry higher risk for breast cancer in certain women Read article here

Two hours of sitting cancels out 20 minutes of exercise, study finds Read article here

Extreme obesity in adults as deadly as smoking, study says Read article here

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Combining patches, meds effective in quitting smoking Read article here

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Doctors Urge End of ‘Black Box’ Warning on Antidepressants Read article here

Psychiatric drugs cause nearly 90,000 ER visits annually Read article here

Hospitals Underusing Keyhole Surgery, Study Finds Read article here


Teens Are Spending a Ton of Time In Front of Screens, CDC Says Read article here


Forgotten vials of smallpox virus found Read article here

ADHD classified into 3 types based on kids’ personalities Read article here


Consumer Reports warns against spray-on sunscreens for kids Read article here

‘Bleak picture’ for mentally ill: 80% are jobless Read article here


White House targets heroin, painkillers in 2014 drug control policy Read article here

Hot weather, climate change may raise risk of painful kidney stones Read article here

Don’t Blame Bad Weather for Your Aching Back Read article here

Don't Blame Bad Weather for Your Aching Back

Why your medical condition may be named after a food Read article here


Doctors should be more vocal in recommending flu shots during pregnancy, researchers say Read article here

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Lung Societies Warn About Unknowns of e-Cigarettes Read article here

Doctors have ‘ethical obligation’ to protect athletes from concussion Read article here

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Signs of Infection Seen in Child Believed to Have Been Cured of H.I.V. Read article here

Test vaccine for dengue fever seen as promising Read article here

Behind air-tight doors in a lab in a southern French city, scientists in protective coveralls wage war against a fingernail-sized danger. Lurking in net cages is their foe: the Asian tiger mosquito, capable of spreading dengue fever and other tropical diseases in temperate Europe. First spotted in Albania in 1979, the black-and-white striped invader has gained a foothold on Europe's Mediterranean rim and is advancing north and west, according to captors' reports. Colonies are established in 20 European countries, in moderate climes as far north as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. "The risk of disease is very low but it is growing," entomologist Jean-Baptiste Ferre told AFP at France's leading mosquito-control institute. "The more mosquitoes there are, the higher the risk." The Asian tiger mosquito -- Latin name Aedes albopictus -- can spread many kinds of viruses. They include dengue, which can result in a deadly haemorrhagic fever, as well as West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis and a painful disease of the joints called chikungunya. A. albopictus transmits the virus by taking blood from a sick person and handing on the pathogen the next time it takes a meal. The worry is that the insect will spread disease in Europe by biting infected people arriving from tropical countries where the viruses are endemic. In 2007, the tiger mosquito caused a home-grown outbreak in Italy of chikungunya, and in 2010, 10 locally-transmitted cases of dengue occurred in Croatia. That same year, two cases of each disease surfaced in southern France, prompting the alarm bells to ring loudly. From Montpellier, Ferre and his colleagues at the Entente Interdepartementale pour la Demoustication en Mediterranee (EID) monitor the spread with some 1,500 traps dotted around France, luring mosquitoes to lay their eggs. These provide insights into how A. albopictus is adapting to European life, with its varied habitats and cooler climate. Ferre points to maps that begin in 2004, when a tiny red dot represented the first settling of albopictus in France around Menton, near the Italian border. Year by year, the dot grows into red tentacles that probe north and west. The insect has a flight range of only about 200 metres (yards), so it hitch-hikes a ride in cars, trucks and traded goods. With climate change, "further expansion is probable," the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases warned this year. That assessment is supported by scientists at Britain's University of Liverpool who point to warming trends in the Balkans and northwestern Europe. Asian tiger mosquitoes are aggressive and robust, able to breed prolifically in their short, 10-day lives. Feeding during the day, they can bite several people in quick succession, and their offspring can hatch even after long periods without water. Worse, the insect is a stealthy urban dweller. It does not need large, open bodies of water to reproduce, for it can lay its eggs in small, water-holding receptacles such as flowerpots, toys and blocked gutters, and this makes it much harder to fight. Since May this year, surveillance in France has thrown up 267 suspected dengue and chikungunya cases among people who had arrived from abroad, said EID project coordinator Gregory Lambert. The institute sometimes launches pre-emptive strikes if this can prevent the mosquitoes from spreading disease locally. It orders out insecticide trucks that spray streets in a 200-metre (650-foot) radius around the area where a case is notified. The operations take place before dawn, while most people are still in bed. "The imperative is to kill the mosquitoes before they transmit the disease," said Lambert. The war is unrelenting. "It is impossible to kill them all," said Anna-Bella Failloux of France's Pasteur Institute, one of the world's top centres for infectious disease. "Even if there is no mosquito around you, you still have eggs somewhere, waiting for the next rain."

Vasectomy linked to aggressive prostate cancer Read article here

A Little Alcohol May Not Be Good for Your Heart After All Read article here

‘Significant link’ between psychological stress and stroke Read article here

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