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People May Go to Bed with about 10 Million Dust Mites

People May Go to Bed with about 10 Million Dust Mites

A hygiene expert said that people might be going to bed with about 10 million dust mites. There is a possibility that these tiny creatures might be living in mattresses, duvets and pillows.

The experts said that they can also make people ill and increase risk of suffering from cold as well as a range of allergies. Flu and food poisoning might be because of some nasty bed-fellows. Dr Lisa Ackerley, a home hygiene expert, explained the problem as 'sick bed syndrome'.

"Humans shed half an ounce of skin a week and a lot of that will be in the bed. Dust mites like warm moist environments, the bed's the perfect environment. They reproduce so there will be about 10 million per bed", said Ackerley.

Nail salons oppose ‘letter grade’ proposal

Nail salons oppose ‘letter grade’ proposal

Nail salons have protested against the proposal of assigning them letter grades just like restaurants.

During the first public hearing on the plan, on Friday at City Hall, Donald Yu, chairman of the Korean-American Nail Salon Association of New York, warned that by bringing the letter-grade system to beauty and nail salons will have a very bad impact. He said that it would put additional economic hardship onto the nail salons.

Yu's group represents about 2,000 salons in the five boroughs, Westchester and Long Island. He said that his members wouldn't oppose new safety measures, such as better ventilation systems and a ban on potentially harmful chemicals.

Statins Can Improve Lung Cancer Outcomes: Study

Statins Can Improve Lung Cancer Outcomes: Study

A recently conducted research suggested that the use of statins can improve lung cancer outcomes.

The study found that patients with lung cancer who incorporate a statin regimen within the first year of diagnosis have a reduced risk for death, according to data from the American Association for Cancer Research.

The research team examined data from approximately 14,000 women who had been diagnosed with lung cancer between 1998 and 2009 and were also part of the English (UK) cancer registry.

The study found that among the patients who survived for at least six months after their initial diagnosis and those who had used statins also had slightly better survival rates.

Homeless Man leaves Moving Note along with Donation

Homeless Man leaves Moving Note along with Donation

A homeless man has donated 18 cents to a Charlotte church. In his note, he has urged to not get angry over the amount donated, as he does not have much to donate and is homeless.

This gesture of the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has touched the hearts of people. Margaret Creed and Ann Huskey get the Sunday morning breakfast for the Muffin Ministry at First United Methodist church in Uptown.

Both of them provide food to 150 homeless people before church services start. “We have something for them to eat and drink and we socialize and hug. We find out about their week and we have a good time”, affirmed Ann.

Kids who have head lice should not skip school: Report

Kids who have head lice should not skip school: Report

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a report that claims children who have head lice must go to school instead of staying home.

This news is shock for numerous parents who frequently keep their child home for days. According to experts, head lice is not a major health hazard. As per report, they can only be spread with very close head-to-head contact and in the majority of cases are not even contracted at school. In Harrison County, medical experts said that school system wants students to stay away until they are receive treatment.

UnitedHealthcare to roll out Network of Virtual Visits for Commercially Insured Consumers

UnitedHealthcare to roll out Network of Virtual Visits for Commercially Insured

UnitedHealthcare has planned to launch a network of virtual visits for its commercially insured consumers in order to help them get access to affordable health care for simple issues like colds. Three provider networks - Doctor On Demand, NowClinic and Amwell - have been granted contracts to provide the services, which will be rolled out in phases.

One can access the networks through smartphones, tablets and computers every day of the year.

Karen Scott, senior product and innovation director with UnitedHealthcare in Minnetonka, Minn., said access to audio and video appointments for simple medical needs such as flu, colds and sinus infections would be provided to as many as 20 million people in 2016.

Oregon sees decline in High Vaccine-Exemption Rate

Oregon sees decline in High Vaccine-Exemption Rate

State health officials have said that Oregon's vaccine-exemption rate has shown a fall. On Friday, the Oregon Health Authority said more than 600 fewer kindergarten students have filed for nonmedical exemptions for this school year.

Officials said that the drop may have a link to a new law, requiring parents seeking an exemption to talk to a doctor or watch an online video regarding the benefits of vaccines. The law went into effect previous March.

As per the data, 5.8% of all kindergarteners that is 2,693 students have claimed religious, philosophical or other nonmedical exemption to one or more required vaccines in March 2015. It has fallen as compared to 7%, or 3,331 students, who opted out in March 2014.

Cervical Cancer Vaccine reduces risk of Cancer among Women

Cervical Cancer Vaccine reduces risk of Cancer among Women

The latest results a vaccination program in Australia has confirmed that vaccine of cervical cancer could reduce cancer causing abnormalities by half, especially in females under the age of 20. The nationwide school vaccination program, which was implemented in Australia, was to provide vaccination against human papilla virus (HPV), which is a DNA virus from the papillomavirus family that can infect humans.

During the vaccination program, girls, mostly under the age of 12, were vaccinated. The vaccination program, which was started about eight years ago, helped in dropping the rate of cancer causing abnormalities in females aged between 20 and 24 to about 23%.

Healthcare Antiseptics: A Boon or a Bane

Healthcare Antiseptics: A Boon or a Bane

Following the draft regulation published by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2013 requiring a thorough review of the safety of antibacterial soaps and sanitizers used by consumers, this Thursday, the FDA proposed a rule to check the effectiveness of the same products for healthcare personnel.

Weight Watchers Founder Jean Nidetch has led an exemplary life

Weight Watchers Founder Jean Nidetch has led an exemplary life

Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers, died this week at 91. Weight Watchers is a for-profit business that adapted the model of group dynamics to solve weight-related problems.

Though Nidetch created the business to solve her own problem, eventually it developed into a forum of mutual support and guidance for like-minded people, seeking weight loss.

In 1961, Nidetch, an overweight housewife, began to gather a group of similarly afflicted friends. Regular casual meetings soon culminated into adoption of weight loss and management control programs. Weight watchers progressively began helping members to 'watch' their weights. In 1968, the company went public and was sold to H. J. Heinz in 1978.

US CDC warns people to refrain from unprotected sex with Ebola survivors

US CDC warns people to refrain from unprotected sex with Ebola survivors

A 44-year-old Liberia woman in Liberia contracted Ebola through sexual intercourse with a survivor of the disease.

On Friday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the women's case review has suggested that the Ebola virus persists longer in semen that previously thought.

The health officials are conducting further studies to find for how long the deadly Ebola remains viable in body fluids of male and female survivors.

Both the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) are urging people to avoid contact with the semen of Ebola survivors. They are also recommending male survivors to refrain from oral, vaginal, or anal sex or use a condom every time.

Two-year-old American Pit Bull Infected With Plague, Infects Four Residents in Colorado

Two-year-old American Pit Bull Infected With Plague, Infects Four Residents

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a recent report revealed that a dog infected with plague spread the disease to four residents of Colorado.

As per health officials, such a situation where dog infected humans with plague has come before them for the first time in the US history.

The dog, a 2-year-old American pit bull terrier, became sick last summer with a fever and jaw rigidity, with some other symptoms.

ABC News reported that the dog's condition declined so quickly that it was euthanized the following day at a local vet's office.

According to the CDC report, after four days of dog's death his owner has to be hospitalized as he suffered from high fever and a bloody cough.

Doctors deliver Baby from Brain-Dead Woman

Doctors deliver Baby from Brain-Dead Woman

Doctors saved the life of a premature baby after his mother suffered a stroke. The mother succumbed to the stroke, but her legacy has managed to survive in the form of her son.

Karla Perez of Waterloo, Neb, was due to give birth to her second child in February, when she collapsed at her home. The 22-year-old mother was declared brain dead by doctors at Methodist Women's Hospital. She was, however, kept alive by the doctors until the first week of April, a total of 54 days.

"At times it was over 100 people taking care of her at any one time, we managed to get close to eight weeks, which is fairly impressive under the circumstances. The child seems to be doing well", said Andrew Robertson M. D. at Methodist Hospital.

Scientists devise New Technique to Detect Cancer early

Scientists devise New Technique to Detect Cancer early

A new method has been devised by analysts from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Harvard University through a study to predict cancer well in advance. The researchers noticed a clear pattern in the changing lengths of telomeres, the protective end caps on our strands of DNA.

Leapfrog Group gives poor safety rating to St. Joseph Hospital

Leapfrog Group gives poor safety rating to St. Joseph Hospital

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that monitors hospital performance, gave safety scores to 248 California hospitals. Out of these hospitals, 17 received a grade of 'D', and St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka was one of them.

Since 2012, the Leapfrog Group has been evaluating hospitals biannually, and had earlier issued St. Joseph Hospital a consistent 'C' grade.

Several factors were taken into consideration while calculating the safety scores. They were based on one of two sources, voluntarily completed surveys or secondary sources.

Scientists want to Limit Production of PFASs

Scientists want to Limit Production of PFASs

By the end of 2015, harmful substances like polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances also known as PFASs will be completely eliminated from the US. But another concern raised by environmental health experts is a different group of PFSASs, which also have similar concerning characteristics.

Arlene Blum, a chemist at the University of California, Berkeley, said these new substances are equally persistent. A journal Environmental Health Perspectives-published document known as the Madrid Statement has unveiled about the harmful effects of both, the old and new PFAS chemicals.

These chemicals are the ones that protect you carpets from stains, prevent food from sticking to pans and packaging, repel rain from your coat and also avoid spread of mascara.

Breastfeeding can Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

Breastfeeding can Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

According to researchers, it has been confirmed once again that breastfeeding is associated with lower risk of breast cancer. It has been found that more breastfeeding is better than less breastfeeding in offering protection from breast cancer.

According to a new study at Kaiser Permanente, breastfeeding can decrease a woman's risk of breast cancer recurring. The recent study has found that that breast cancer survivors experience lesser risk of reappearance of the disease if they breast feed one or more of their kids.

About 1,636 breast cancer patients have been involved in the study. According to the researchers, it has been found that breastfeeding gave extra protection from breast cancer tumors of particular genetic subtypes.

Iowa declares Emergency due to Bird Flu Outbreak

Iowa declares Emergency due to Bird Flu Outbreak

On Friday, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency to deal with the fast-expanding bird flu outbreak in the United States. After the emergency, Iowa has become the third state in the country to declare emergency. According to reports, due to the outbreak, the national poultry death toll scaled towards record levels.

Iowa is the biggest egg-producing state in the United States. According to officials, they identified four new suspected cases of avian influenza. Now, the number of birds affected by the outbreak in the state is more than 16 million. Before Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota had declared emergency due to the outbreak.

Men with multiple wives have four times risk of heart disease: Study

Men with multiple wives have four times risk of heart disease: Study

A new study has revealed the relationship between the severity of coronary artery disease in male patients and the number of wives they have.

The study has reported on April 29 at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2015 held in Abu Dhabi.

Cardiologists recommended that the more wives a man has, the greater his risk of heart disease. At the conference Amin Daulah, MD, a cardiologist at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia said that having multiple wives increases the risk of heart disease by more than 4-fold.

UnitedHealthcare to provide video-based Physician virtual visits for Americans

UnitedHealthcare to provide video-based Physician virtual visits for Americans

Insurance company UnitedHealthcare is providing people online access to a physician via mobile phone, tablet or computer 24 hours a day.

The company will offer patients with new network of care providers that will provide video-based virtual visits.

This will enable UnitedHealthcare plan participants to see and speak with a doctor using real-time audio and video technology.

They can easily obtain a diagnosis and any necessary prescriptions for minor medical needs including allergies, skin rashes, colds and coughs.

Usually people wait have to wait for long when they need to see their physician in person. However, this new live service would allow them to receive care early, which would ultimately prevent an expensive catastrophe.



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