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CDC reports nearly 100 vaping lung disease cases in 14 states

CDC reports nearly 100 vaping lung disease cases in 14 states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed on Friday that it is helping local health officials investigate nearly 100 lung injury cases possibly linked to the use of vaping products involving liquid nicotine and THC solutions. These cases have been identified in five states at this time, but many questions remain unanswered.

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Popular migraine drug recalled over potentially serious bacteria risk

Popular migraine drug recalled over potentially serious bacteria risk

Brand name drug Relpax, a tryptamine-based medication in the triptan class of drugs, has been voluntarily recalled by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer over the potential risk of 'microbiological' contamination. The FDA detailed the recall this week, explaining that migraine sufferers who consume a contaminated pill may be at risk of potentially serious infections, as well as other issues like an upset stomach.

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Ebola cure nears as two treatments prove highly effective

Ebola cure nears as two treatments prove highly effective

Two out of four Ebola candidate treatments have proven so effective that a trial testing the products is ending early. The recommendation to end the existing trial, which started in November 2018, was made by an independent monitoring board tasked with reviewing the trial's efficacy data and related safety. In its place, the board recommends that officials focus on just two of the four treatments: mAb114 and REGN-EB3.

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Superbug tuberculosis treatment gets FDA approval as cases skyrocket

Superbug tuberculosis treatment gets FDA approval as cases skyrocket

The Food and Drug Administration has announced its approval of a vital drug treatment option for the superbug form of tuberculosis, a serious lung disease caused by bacteria. As with certain other conditions related to bacteria, the health care industry has increasingly faced challenges related to drug-resistant tuberculosis that doesn't respond well to standard treatments.

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Two more states report severe vaping lung injury: What you should know

Two more states report severe vaping lung injury: What you should know

On August 4, state health officials in Wisconsin disclosed a dozen cases of severe lung disease that appeared to be linked to the use of vaping devices, including electronic cigarettes. The cases involved young adults, catching the attention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which encouraged health care providers in other states to report any similar cases. In the days since this disclosure, another two states have reported serious lung conditions in people who vape.

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Your drugs can work better: One simple life hack

Your drugs can work better: One simple life hack

There's ample evidence to suggest that taking medications at the same time of day each day increases efficacy, a study published this month in Science suggests. Researchers have poured over fifty years of clinical trials that considered and evaluated time-of-day administration of drugs. Over 100 clinical trials, 70 distinct drugs or combinations or medical procedures across 15 different therapeutic areas were studied. Of these, 75% found that "treatment efficacy or toxicity depended on dosing time."

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Health officials warn ‘severe lung disease’ has been linked to vaping

Health officials warn ‘severe lung disease’ has been linked to vaping

The Department of Health Services in Wisconsin has issued a public health advisory urging the public to stop using e-cigarettes and other 'vaping' devices after linking them to 'severe lung disease.' This health issue has been observed in teenagers and young adults who used vaping devices; 11 of these individuals have been hospitalized as a result and another seven cases are described as under investigation.

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Obesity fix bacteria revealed in 2 breakthrough studies

Obesity fix bacteria revealed in 2 breakthrough studies

A report released this week showed newly discovered gut-colonizing bacteria that "protect against obesity." These bacteria were connected directly to metabolic disease and the "diverse communities of intestinal bacteria." These communities of intestinal bacteria, also known as microbiota, "can influence whether obesity develops or not" in the human body.

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Alzheimer’s app aims to ease detection for seniors

Alzheimer’s app aims to ease detection for seniors

There's a new app out in the world that'll allow the smartphone in your hand to detect early signs of Alzheimers Disease with relative ease. The creator of this app is Killarney Secondary School graduate Kai Leong, who made clear this isn't solution meant to compete with full-grown medical setting gait lab detection, only make for an easy, inexpensive, early detection system.

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WHO declares Ebola global health emergency: What you need to know

WHO declares Ebola global health emergency: What you need to know

In mid-June, the World Health Organization convened a group of experts to determine whether the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should be declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Despite contention between the group, at least based on a previous release from WHO, the organization ultimately decided it wouldn't make such a declaration. One month later, WHO has reversed the decision.

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CDC seeks data on mystery illness paralyzing kids before next outbreak

CDC seeks data on mystery illness paralyzing kids before next outbreak

A mysterious illness with no known cause or cure has resulted in a number of otherwise healthy children becoming paralyzed, the CDC reports, and it expects another record outbreak to happen in 2020. Called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), this condition is described as rare but very serious by the CDC; it causes weak muscles and reflexes in the body, lesions in the spinal cord, and primarily appears in otherwise healthy kids. Officials are pleading for more information from doctors about the condition ahead of the next anticipated wave.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 will do an Apple Watch 4 with health features

Galaxy Watch Active 2 will do an Apple Watch 4 with health features

For a few years now, Samsung has been able to hold its own in the smartwatch market despite having its own walled garden with little support from major apps. The Gear S, now Galaxy Watch, series set itself apart with a unique interface and a unique rotating bezel. One of those seems to be permanently gone and the Galaxy Watch could be on its way to becoming just like any other smartwatch. And now a new tip suggests Samsung might be lifting a few ideas from Apple yet again.

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