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Flu deaths on the rise in Idaho

Flu deaths on the rise in Idaho

Idaho public health officials continue to urge residents to get vaccinated and take other precautions against flu/influenza as deaths from the contagious disease are on the rise in the state.

Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, flu surveillance coordinator for the Idaho state, has warned that flu has claimed at least 47 lives in the state so far this season. The figure makes it the most severe flu season since the year of 2000.

President Trump Faces Another Campaign Against Him on Psychiatric Grounds

President Trump Faces Another Campaign Against Him on Psychiatric Grounds

President Trump is facing many protests across the United States for recent executive orders he has passed. Now, his opponents have started many petitions to term him incapable of leading the United States on psychiatric grounds. A new letter to editor of The New York Times, published by the newspaper has claimed that on psychiatric grounds, Donald Trump is not capable of leading the country. The NY Times report added that many mental health professionals have disregarded the ethics and have commented on mental health of President Trump.

Newly born baby orangutan makes debut at Erie Zoo

Newly born baby orangutan makes debut at Erie Zoo

A newly born baby orangutan has made its debut at the Erie Zoo in Pennsylvania, a spokeswoman for the popular zoo announced.

The male baby orangutan took birth on 1st of February, becoming the third offspring for Joe and Dasa. Zoo spokeswoman Emily Antolik said the baby and his mother are fit and fine.

Zoo keepers on Friday decorated the orangutan exhibit in pink and blue as they held a sex reveal party and baby shower for the orangutan family. Gift bags packed with treats were given to the pretty creatures as the new baby was introduced to the visitors.

Vitamin D supplements protect against respiratory infections: study

Vitamin D supplements protect against respiratory infections: study

Vitamin D supplements help in reducing the risk of developing acute respiratory infections, particularly among vitamin D-deficient people, according to a new study.

A team of researchers led by Dr. Adrian R. Martineau of the Queen Mary University of London, UK, found in the study that vitamin D supplementation resulted in a notable reduction in the proportion of participating patients who were suffering at least 1 acute respiratory tract infection.

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Rare disease claims one life in Bronx area

Rare disease claims one life in Bronx area

An extremely rare and potentially lethal bacteria spread by rat urine has killed at least one person in the Bronx area and left two others struggling for their lives, the city's health officials have confirmed.

Braulio Balbuena Flores, 44, who lived with his 73-year-old mother Rosa Flores and other family members in an illegal basement unit in the affected building in city died following an unspecific illness.

Health insurer Humana to leave Obamacare marketplaces in 2018

Health insurer Humana to leave Obamacare marketplaces in 2018

Amid Republicans’ push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurer Humana Inc. has declared that it will stop selling health insurance plans under Obamacare sometime next year.

Humana, the first major U.S. insurer to pull back totally amid the mounting uncertainty over the Republicans’ undefined healthcare plans, attributed its decision to increasing losses caused by its sicker-than-expected consumers it insured under Obamacare.

Sargento recalls cheese over listeria contamination risks

Sargento recalls cheese over listeria contamination risks

Sargento Foods Inc., one of the leading cheese producers in the United States, has confirmed that it is recalling a number of its products due potential risk of listeria contamination.

The cheese maker announced that it decided to recall certain packages of its Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby and Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese because of a possibility that the products might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Brazilian Peppertree can help fight deadly superbug: Research

Brazilian Peppertree can help fight deadly superbug: Research

A team of American researchers have discovered that the red berries of the Brazilian peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia), a noxious weed, contain a compound that can effectively disarm a potentially deadly superbug.

Researchers from University of Iowa and Emory University discovered that extracts from the Brazilian peppertree have the power to stop methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The extracts have proved their efficiency in treating infections in mice.

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False alarm Mammograms impact Women’s attitude toward breast cancer screening

False alarm mammograms impacts women’s attitude toward breast cancer screenings

False alarm mammograms can have significant impact on women’s attitude toward breast cancer screenings, a new study in the distress of getting a false-positive result from a mammogram suggested.

According to the study, women who are told that their suspicious mammogram was false alarm are more likely to delay and possibly skip their next scheduled mammogram screening.

Formerly conjoined twins receive send-off from hospital staff

Formerly conjoined twins receive send-off from hospital staff

Around a year after being successfully separated, formerly-conjoined twin sisters received a special send-off from staff at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, where they had the life-changing surgery.

Scarlett and Ximena Hernandez-Torres were born conjoined in May 2015. According to the Driscoll Children’s Hospital, they were born joined at the waist, sharing a colon as well as bladder. Marking a really rare case, they were born as triplets. However, the third sister was not conjoined.

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