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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.

Male contraceptive gel found effective at preventing pregnancy

Male contraceptive gel found effective at preventing pregnancy

An experimental gel injected into the sperm ducts of primates has been found effective at preventing pregnancy, a development that has brought the prospect of an alternative form of birth control for male humans closer.

A number of birth control options already exist for women, but men have to go under the knife for family planning. Thus, scientists around the globe are trying hard to find a way to provide men with an effective non-surgical, reversible contraceptive.

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Pregnant Women Should Avoid Licorice: Research

Pregnant Women Should Avoid Licorice: Research

Pregnant women should avoid black licorice according to a research conducted by researchers from Finland. The research team said that consumption of black licorice during pregnancy can impact development of child’s brain. The research team found that pregnant women who consumed black licorice gave birth to children with lower IQ compared to children born to women who didn’t eat licorice during pregnancy. The research with details of Finnish team’s findings has been published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

NYC subway riders come together to turn hatred into love

NYC subway riders come together to turn hatred into love

New Yorkers are showing their unity after a subway rider took to social-networking platform Facebook to describe Nazi symbolism scrawled on every subway advertisement and window on Saturday night.

Gregory Locke described seeing swastikas on every advertisement and every window while he and other passengers were riding on a train heading toward 72nd Street.

Locke explained that everyone in the train was silent as they stared at each other in uncomfortable situation, unsure what to do.

Trump’s Physician Brings Merck's Hair Loss Drug Propecia in Limelight

Trump’s Physician Brings Merck's Hair Loss Drug Propecia in Limelight

President Donald Trump’s hair have been discussed many times and even on his show, Jimmy Fallon checked if they are real or not. President Trump’s physician Dr. Harold Bornstein has started another debate on usage of Propecia and its side effects after he shared with The New York Times that President is using hair loss drug (finasteride). The drug has been popular for past many years for male pattern baldness. Drug manufactures Merck has also faced lawsuits regarding side effects of the drug.

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