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Deer in 24 states infected with chronic wasting disease

Deer in 24 states infected with chronic wasting disease

Chronic wasting disease has been detected in wild deer, elk or moose in 24 states, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning hunters to avoid handling or eating potentially infected meat. The disease affects the central nervous system and animals can show signs of drastic weight loss, lack of coordination and listlessness. It…

Immunotherapies could change kidney cancer care, studies suggest

Immunotherapies could change kidney cancer care, studies suggest

The way doctors typically approach kidney cancer treatment could be evolving. Two separate studies published Saturday in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that renal cell cancer patients had significantly better outcomes when their treatment combined the targeted therapy drug axitinib, or Inlyta, with an immunotherapy — one study used pembrolizumab, or Keytruda, and…

Salmonella outbreak tied to raw turkey expands with 63 more illnesses

Salmonella outbreak tied to raw turkey expands with 63 more illnesses

Sixty-three more people have been infected with salmonella linked to raw turkey products in an outbreak that began in November 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. There have been 279 reported cases of salmonella associated with raw turkey in 41 states and the District of Columbia as of December 21.…

Amid measles outbreaks, Facebook considering how to reduce spread of anti-vaccine content

Amid measles outbreaks, Facebook considering how to reduce spread of anti-vaccine content

Facebook is looking into suppressing certain anti-vaccine messaging on its social platform, a move that raises questions about free speech and public health. “We’ve taken steps to reduce the distribution of health-related misinformation on Facebook, but we know we have more to do. We’re currently working with outside experts on additional changes that we’ll be…

Opioid epidemic spilling over onto roads, study says

Opioid epidemic spilling over onto roads, study says

Patients who are prescribed opioids and the clinicians who prescribe them have more to be concerned about than steadily rising rates of opioid overdoses, according to a new study. The research, published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open, shows that drivers who are on prescribed opioids are twice as likely to be in deadly…

All breast cancer patients should get genetic testing, surgeons say

All breast cancer patients should get genetic testing, surgeons say

Barriers to genetic testing need to fall as knowledge of inherited cancer risks grows, surgeons say. Genetic testing should be made available for all patients diagnosed with breast cancer, according to guidelines published Thursday by the American Society of Breast Surgeons. The professional medical society has more than 3,000 members in the United States and…

Parents were protesting compulsory vaccinations 150 years ago. Some are still angry

Parents were protesting compulsory vaccinations 150 years ago. Some are still angry

More than a century before Facebook, anti-vaccination campaigners had another method for spreading their message — an eye-catching march through town with tiny children’s coffins emblazoned with the words: “Another victim of vaccination.” The year was 1885, and smallpox vaccinations were compulsory in the UK — reportedly inciting 100,000 people to demonstrate in the city…

Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says

Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says

Glyphosate, an herbicide that remains the world’s most ubiquitous weed killer, raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41%, a new analysis says. Researchers from the University of Washington evaluated existing studies into the chemical — found in weed killers including Monsanto’s popular Roundup — and concluded that it significantly increases the…

Weakest sperm left behind at ‘gates’ along reproductive path, study finds

Weakest sperm left behind at ‘gates’ along reproductive path, study finds

The race to fertilize an egg is a ruthless one — and now, scientists have shed more light on the punishing obstacle course attempted by hundreds of millions of sperm cells in their bid to get there first. Women’s reproductive tracts are shaped in a way that rejects weaker sperm, allowing only the fastest candidates…

Teen who inspired many by walking while on life support has died

Teen who inspired many by walking while on life support has died

Zei Uwadia, a teenage girl who defied expectations by walking while on life support, has died, according to a Facebook post by her mother. The teen had returned home from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City on January 31, the day before her 17th birthday, after spending 467 days hospitalized. Zei died “at home, in…

Trump in ‘very good health overall’ but obese, according to physical exam results

Trump in ‘very good health overall’ but obese, according to physical exam results

President Donald Trump, 72, is in “very good health overall,” according to results from his physical examination, which were released on Thursday. Trump underwent a physical examination at the Walter Reed military hospital on Friday, performed and supervised by Dr. Sean Conley, physician to the President. At his physical exam last year, the 6-foot-3-inch Trump…

Drugmaker that pushed pill on elderly now facing fines

Drugmaker that pushed pill on elderly now facing fines

A pharmaceutical company that aggressively marketed a drug to nursing home residents now faces significant financial penalties as the result of an investigation by the Justice Department. Avanir Pharmaceuticals was the subject of a 2017 CNN investigation that found inappropriate and potentially fraudulent use of its main drug Nuedexta in elderly dementia patients since its…

Racial disparities in US cancer deaths are shrinking, study finds

Racial disparities in US cancer deaths are shrinking, study finds

Racial disparities in cancer deaths between black and white patients in the United States are receding — but more progress is needed to completely close the gap for some cancer types and age groups, according to a new study. Among men, the overall cancer death rate was 47% higher for blacks than for whites in…

Avoid these ‘ultraprocessed’ foods and you might live longer

Avoid these ‘ultraprocessed’ foods and you might live longer

A study published Monday revealed an alarming statistic: Eating a lot of unhealthy, “ultraprocessed” foods may shorten your life. Specifically, researchers found that a 10% increase in the consumption of ultraprocessed foods was significantly associated with a 14% higher risk of death from all causes. Eating a lot of ultraprocessed foods could be a marker…

New urgency on climate change comes to Congress

New urgency on climate change comes to Congress

While President Donald Trump pokes fun at global warming on Twitter and expresses doubts about his own administration’s scientific findings about climate change, Congress is approaching the issue with new urgency. Now in the majority in the House, Democrats held multiple committee hearings over the past two weeks to discuss climate science and hear the…

After 15 years, the Mars Opportunity rover’s mission has ended

After 15 years, the Mars Opportunity rover’s mission has ended

It’s time to say goodbye to Opportunity. The Mars rover’s team made its last attempt to contact Opportunity on Tuesday night, and it went unanswered. On Wednesday, NASA confirmed that the mission is over. The agency held a news conference to detail the results of recovery efforts since a dust storm encircled Mars last year.…

Officials hope to change minds amid ‘exquisitely contagious’ measles outbreak

Officials hope to change minds amid ‘exquisitely contagious’ measles outbreak

Officials in Clark County, Washington, publish a list every day of where people infected with measles have been. Among them: busy spots like Concourse D at Oregon’s Portland International Airport on January 7 and the sold-out Portland Trail Blazers’ home game four days later. There’s also a Costco, a Trader Joe’s, numerous schools, day-care centers…