New blood test diagnoses heart attacks faster

A new test to assess a whether or not someone is having a heart attack upon arriving in the emergency room was safe and effective, ruling out heart attack in emergency room patients faster than a conventional method, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. The new high-sensitivity blood test for … Read more

Women doctors best for women with heart attacks

If you’re having a heart attack and you’re a woman, hope a female doctor greets you in the emergency room. A review of nearly 582,000 heart attack cases over 19 years showed female patients had a significantly higher survival rate when a woman treated them in the ER, according to Seth Carnahan of Washington University … Read more

Healthy diet reduces asthma symptoms by 30 percent

People who eat a healthy diet experience fewer asthma symptoms and better control of their condition. Healthy diet means greater consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals, and less consumption of meat, salt and sugar. This new study strengthens the evidence on the role of a healthy diet in managing asthma symptoms, and offers … Read more

Epidiolex derived from marijuana to treat epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. This is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana. It … Read more

High blood pressure may not necessarily an emergency

Visits to emergency departments for patients with hypertension increased by 64 percent between 2002 and 2012 while hospitalizations for those visits declined by 28 percent. A study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine suggests that aggressive home monitoring of blood pressure may be driving patients to emergency departments despite the lack of other emergency conditions, … Read more

Zika virus becoming international emergency : WHO

World Health Organisation has declared an international emergency over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects in the Americas. The UN health agency yesterday convened an emergency meeting of independent experts in Geneva to assess the outbreak of the virus. The meeting was convened after noting a suspicious … Read more

Naegleria Fowleri Ameba in St. Bernard Parish Water System

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the St. Bernard Parish Water System at the site of a leaking sampling station. The water system, which serves 44,000 residents in St. Bernard Parish, was tested by DHH as part of the State’s new public drinking water … Read more

Middle aged active have low risk of sudden cardiac arrest

Middle-aged athletes at low risk for sudden cardiac arrest while exercising — Physically active middle-aged adults have low risk of sudden cardiac arrest – Sudden cardiac arrest during sports activities is relatively low among physically active middle-aged adults, and older people can exercise without worrying about triggering a heart rhythm disturbance, revealed by American researchers.

53 approved drugs that may block Ebola infection

Study identifies 53 approved drugs that may block Ebola infection — Compounds may keep virus from entering cells; may accelerate drug development – Researchers found 53 existing drugs that may keep the Ebola virus from entering human cells, a key step in the process of infection. Among the better known drug types shown to hinder infection by an Ebola virus model: several cancer drugs, antihistamines and antibiotics.

Allergy to fruits treated with antibiotic streptomycin pesticides

Farm Antibiotics May Be Linked to Food Allergies — Some food allergies may be connected to pesticides – People with food allergies always have to watch what they eat. Now, they may have to watch what their fruits and vegetables eat, as it seems it’s possible to have an allergic reaction to antibiotic residues in food.

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