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Record number of cases of polio-like illness AFM in US this year

Record number of cases of polio-like illness AFM in US this year

With 24 newly confirmed cases of the polio-like illness acute flaccid myelitis announced Monday, 2018 has become a record year for the illness. In its weekly update on cases of the illness, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there have been 158 confirmed cases in 36 states this year. This is the…MORE

Breast cancer testing guidelines out of date, missing genetic screening, says study

Breast cancer testing guidelines out of date, missing genetic screening, says study

The current guidelines for genetic testing of breast cancer patients limit the number of women who can get tested. Because of these restrictions, these tests miss as many patients with hereditary cancers as they find, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. “Unfortunately, insurance companies pay attention to these guidelines,”…MORE

How to check your medical records for dangerous errors

How to check your medical records for dangerous errors

When Liz Tidyman’s elderly parents moved across the country to be closer to their children and grandchildren years ago, they carried their medical records with them in a couple of brown cardboard folders tied with string. Two days after their arrival, Tidyman’s father fell, which hadn’t happened before, and went to a hospital for an…MORE

Fatal brain-eating amoeba may have come from woman’s neti pot

Fatal brain-eating amoeba may have come from woman’s neti pot

A Seattle woman rinsed her sinuses with tap water. A year later, she died of a brain-eating amoeba. Her case is reported this week in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. The 69-year-old, whose name was not given, had a lingering sinus infection. For a month, she tried to get rid of it using a…MORE

Ancient plague helped determine genetics of the modern European, study says

Ancient plague helped determine genetics of the modern European, study says

The fearsome disease known as the plague might help explain a mystery that has puzzled scientists for years. Between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago, Neolithic farming communities in Europe dramatically declined, and there is still no definitive answer as to why. Now, however, a team of researchers in Sweden has found a new strain of…MORE

Sedative addiction and anxiety on the rise among children, reports show

Sedative addiction and anxiety on the rise among children, reports show

An apparent rise in anxiety among British children has prompted concern from mental health experts, as two reports reveal an alarming surge in medication addiction and the number of young people seeking counseling for the disorder. Childline, the phone counseling service run by UK children’s charity the NSPCC, took 21,297 calls about anxiety in the…MORE

Columbia University and its hospitals sued over doctor’s sexual abuse

Columbia University and its hospitals sued over doctor’s sexual abuse

Seventeen women are accusing Columbia University and the NewYork-Presbyterian hospital system of enabling a sexually abusive doctor over roughly 20 years of practice, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court. The doctor, Robert Hadden, pleaded guilty in 2016 to criminal sex act in the third degree and forcible touching, surrendering his…MORE

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak tied to 9 more illnesses, FDA says

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak tied to 9 more illnesses, FDA says

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn against eating any romaine lettuce harvested from the central Coastal growing regions of Northern and Central California amid a multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. The agency also reported Thursday that nine additional people have been reported ill since November…MORE

Ebola cases surge in Congo, with women and children disproportionately sick

Ebola cases surge in Congo, with women and children disproportionately sick

There have been 18 more cases of illness and five more deaths reported in just two days in the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Ministry of Health. Since the outbreak began, the total number of probable cases is now 471, including 273 deaths, the ministry reported Thursday. Public health…MORE