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Four lives claimed by asthma attacks triggered by thunderstorm in Australia

Four lives claimed by asthma attacks triggered by thunderstorm in Australia

As per local reports, asthma attacks triggered by thunderstorm in Southeastern Australia have been associated with several cases of hospitalization and at least four death cases. Many people across Melbourne suffered from asthma attacks after strong thunderstorm. The rarely witnessed phenomenon caused health issues for many people in Melbourne.

Sabra recalls Hummus products due to Listeria risk

Sabra recalls Hummus products due to Listeria risk

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has confirmed that Sabra Dipping Co. has issued a voluntary recall for some of its hummus products after food inspectors detected potential listeria contamination risk.

Listeria infection causes serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly in kids, old people, and others with undermined immune systems. The long list of symptoms includes muscle aches, stiffness, fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

New York City ATMs doling out bacteria as well: study

New York City ATMs doling out bacteria as well: study

Automated teller machines (ATMs) in New York City are not only dispensing money as a team of researchers have discovered that these machines are also doling out bacteria.

According to the 2015 survey by the United States Federal Reserve, about seventy-five percent of consumers still use automated teller machines as use of internet and mobile banking surge to all time high.

Surgeon General Murthy outlines bleak terms of severity of drug addiction

Surgeon General Murthy outlines bleak terms of severity of drug addiction

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s newly released report, titled “Facing Addiction in America,” outlines bleak terms of the severity of the issue.

The report on the nation’s drug and alcohol addiction crisis states that more than 500,000 U.S. citizens have died from drug or alcohol abuse since 2000, and as many as 21 million people are in the grip of substance abuse disorders, yet only 10 per cent of them are getting treatment.

Women doubtful about birth control in wake of Trump’s victory

Women doubtful about birth control in wake of Trump’s victory

In wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, an increasing number of women are expressing their concerns about losing access to reproductive rights, including birth control.

President-elect Trump has repeatedly vowed to scrap the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is commonly called Obamacare. He also proposed to penalize women who choose abortions and doctors who help such women in the controversial procedure.

World Pancreatic Cancer Day encourages people to fight back the disease

World Pancreatic Cancer Day encourages people to fight back the disease

The World Pancreatic Cancer Day is an attempt to boost human spirit and commitment to unite together to fight for better outcomes for those who are in the grip deadly disease.

It was created and introduced by the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, an association of 62 pancreatic cancer groups representing more than two dozen countries from around the world. Thursday, Nov. 17th, marked its third year.

New IVF calculator helps couples figure out their chances of having a baby

New IVF calculator helps couples figure out their chances of having a baby

The biggest question for couples who undergo in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is how successful the treatment will be. To help such couples, a team of researchers has developed a new online calculator that can provide a better idea of their IVF success even before they embark on their first cycle.

The researchers, led by David McLernon of University of Aberdeen, reported that their online calculator is based on data collected from more than 113,000 IVF users, and that it can efficiently help couples find out their chances of having a baby over multiple cycles of IVF treatment.

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Three new AFM cases surfaced in Washington

Three new AFM cases surfaced in Washington

The number of children with a rare neurological syndrome called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is on the rise in Washington, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health confirmed on Tuesday.

Three new possible AFM cases have recently been reported in Tacoma, Seattle and Spokane. Earlier this month, at least eight kids in five counties across the state were diagnosed with the same rare neurological condition.

All the reported AFM cases are being investigated by experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Hepatitis C and diabetes drugs drove Medicare spending in 2015: report

Hepatitis C and diabetes drugs drove Medicare spending in 2015: report

Medicare drug spending in 2015 was driven by a hepatitis C treatment and a form of insulin for diabetes, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ latest report.

Gilead Sciences Inc.’s hepatitis C treatment Harvoni was the costliest drug to Medicare, with $7.03 billion in total spending last year. With $4.4 billion in total spending, Sanofi SA’s diabetes treatment Lantus followed in the second place.

Researchers find link between constipation and kidney disease

Researchers find link between constipation and kidney disease

Constipation patients face a significantly higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and even kidney failure than those who don’t have the condition, according to a new research.

A team of U.S. medical researchers analyzed data from the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and spotted 360,541 cases of CKD and 7,677 cases of kidney failure.

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