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China changed how it counts coronavirus cases again. Here’s why

China changed how it counts coronavirus cases again. Here’s why

Weeks after the novel coronavirus crisis began in December, there is still widespread confusion over the exact number of cases reported in China and whether the epidemic is finally stabilizing at the outbreak’s epicenter of Hubei province. On Thursday, China announced just 394 new confirmed cases, the lowest number of daily infections reported in weeks.…

11 Americans at Omaha facility tested positive for coronavirus, hospital says

11 Americans at Omaha facility tested positive for coronavirus, hospital says

Most of the Americans who were being monitored at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for coronavirus after evacuating a cruise ship in Japan tested positive for the virus, the hospital says. UMNC said in a statement Thursday that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention verified the Nebraska Public Health Lab results showing…

Global food waste twice as high as previously estimated, study says

Global food waste twice as high as previously estimated, study says

Twice as much food as previously estimated — or a third of all food available for human consumption — is wasted, with people in wealthier countries wasting more, according to a recent study published in the journal PLOS One. Researchers looked at the relationship between food waste and wealth and found a direct link between…

Benefits (and some surprising science) about owning a pet

Benefits (and some surprising science) about owning a pet

Today is “National Love Your Pet Day” in the United States, but every day is “love your pet” day in my home. Snuggling next to my kitties while their furry chests softly rumble is a proven antidote to the day’s stress. For me and millions more, having a pet brings a circle of love into…

Common antibiotics linked to increased risk of birth defects, study says

Common antibiotics linked to increased risk of birth defects, study says

Taking some common antibiotics during the first trimester of pregnancy was linked with higher risk of birth defects, according to a new study. The study, published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ, found an increased risk of birth defects in the children of women who were prescribed macrolides during the first three months of pregnancy…

Chinese CDC study finds Covid-19 virus to be more contagious than SARS or MERS

Chinese CDC study finds Covid-19 virus to be more contagious than SARS or MERS

A comprehensive study of more than 72,000 confirmed and suspected cases of the novel coronavirus by Chinese scientists has revealed new information about the deadly infection which has brought much of the country to a halt. Carried out by a group of experts at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and published in…

Nebraska doctors are providing coronavirus patients with chicken soup and Tylenol

Nebraska doctors are providing coronavirus patients with chicken soup and Tylenol

University of Nebraska Medical Center doctors aren’t just providing top tier medical care to coronavirus patients, they’re also supporting them as they battle the symptoms. It’s why Dr. Mark Rupp, UNMC’s division of infectious diseases chief, told CNN Tuesday the hospital is providing patients with chicken soup and antipyretics, or anti-fever medicine like Tylenol or…

A later bedtime linked with obesity for children under 6, study says

A later bedtime linked with obesity for children under 6, study says

A new study has linked a later bedtime with an increased risk of obesity for kids — although the researchers say parents shouldn’t rush to put their preschoolers to sleep earlier as a result. Instead, concerned moms and dads should focus on maintaining a regular routine when it comes to scheduling meal and bed times,…

Nebraska’s specialized medical care has handled Ebola. Now it’s taking on the novel coronavirus

Nebraska’s specialized medical care has handled Ebola. Now it’s taking on the novel coronavirus

Nebraska’s state slogan “Honestly, it’s not for everyone,” should have an asterisk, because everyone with even the trickiest disease seems welcome at Nebraska’s largest medical facility. Ebola, SARS, monkeypox, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, the Nebraska Medicine/University of Nebraska Medical Center says it is ready to care for patients with any of those difficult diseases. On Monday it…

These are the states with the highest risk for melanoma linked to UV rays

These are the states with the highest risk for melanoma linked to UV rays

States with the highest rates of melanoma cases linked to ultraviolet radiation are spread across the United States on the East and West coasts, in Hawaii and in landlocked states, according to a study published Monday in the International Journal of Cancer. Melanoma is one of the most rapidly increasing cancers in the United States,…

Vaccines can prevent fatal complications from measles, study affirms

Vaccines can prevent fatal complications from measles, study affirms

Measles may lead to serious, fatal complications not often associated with the disease, a new study finds. Almost a third of all reported cases of measles have complications such as pneumonia, hepatitis and viral meningitis, according to the study, published Monday in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports. The authors describe three cases of adult…

Mediterranean diet scores another win for longevity by improving microbiome

Mediterranean diet scores another win for longevity by improving microbiome

Yet more bragging rights are in for the Mediterranean diet, long considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. A new study published Monday in the BMJ journal Gut found that eating the Mediterranean diet for just one year altered the microbiome of elderly people in ways that improved brain function and would…