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Last year's flu-related deaths included 180 children, the highest in a regular (non-pandemic) flu season since 2012-2013, although not as high as the 358 children who died during the 2009 flu pandemic. 27 press conference, the CDC announced this past flu season was the deadliest in 40 years. Flu vaccination has become even more critical as the understanding of post-flu illness has increased over the past 10 years, said William Schaffner , M.D., medical director at the National ...
  • Daily Low-dose Aspirin has No Effect on Lifespan in Older People

    Daily Low-dose Aspirin has No Effect on Lifespan in Older People

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    The Monash University-lead ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) trial, involving more than 19,000 patients in Australia and the USA, found that one 100mg aspirin a day did not prolong life free of disability, and did not significantly reduce the risk of a first heart attack or stroke among healthy participants.
  • Aged over 70 and healthy? A daily aspirin won't help

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    In spite of the above results, researchers still say that if you are a healthy, elderly person and you have been taking aspirin daily, you shouldn't necessarily stop. But the rate of bleeding was significantly different. The trial found 90.3 percent of the people who took aspirin remained alive with no persistent physical disability or dementia, compared with 90.5 percent of people on the placebo.
  • West Nile Virus Positive Test Confirmed in Gage County

    West Nile Virus Positive Test Confirmed in Gage County

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    State health officials urge residents and visitors to New Hampshire to protect themselves and their family members by using an effective mosquito repellant that contains 30 percent DEET, wearing long sleeves and trousers at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, and removing standing water from around homes to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.
  • Apple Watch Series 4 Versus Samsung Galaxy Watch: Elite Smartwatches Compared

    Apple Watch Series 4 Versus Samsung Galaxy Watch: Elite Smartwatches Compared

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    FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said he wanted to encourage companies such as Apple to design medical devices that can help everyday people. Apple announced a slew of new health features for its Apple Watch on Wednesday, including an FDA-cleared electrocardiogram sensor that is created to alert users to potential problems with their heart so they get to a doctor in time.
  • Meet Apple’s iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR

    Meet Apple’s iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR

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    The XS starts at $999, the XS Max starts at $1099, and the XR starts at $749. Its next generation of Apple Watch features edge-to-edge display with smaller bezels, which is 30 per cent bigger. It's been a whole 4 years since Apple last redesigned their smart watch, and now, Series 4 has arrived. Pre-orders will start on October 19th and the phone will hit store shelves on October 26 .
  • FDA Threatens to Ban E-Cigarettes If Teenagers Keep Using Them

    FDA Threatens to Ban E-Cigarettes If Teenagers Keep Using Them

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    It recognized the impact this might have on the use of these products by adults trying to stop smoking, but said that emerging research shows that action must be taken. "By working together, we believe we can help adult smokers while preventing access to minors, and we will continue to engage with the FDA to fulfill our mission".
  • Half of workers have experienced poor mental health in current job

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    The Duke of Cambridge, 36, shared the revelation while speaking at the launch of Mental Health at Work , a UK-based initiative that helps support mental health causes in the workplace. "Now is the time for a step change in how we think about mental health at work ". 25%: This is the year-on-year increase of the number of days taken off work because of mental health issues.
  • Vice President Pence heads to Vermont for the weekend

    Vice President Pence heads to Vermont for the weekend

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    President Trump , who had a rocky relationship with McCain , was in Charlotte, North Carolina meeting with his supporters during McCain's lying in state ceremonies. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan also spoke of their colleague as one of the "bravest souls our country ever produced" and who embodied "America's fighting spirit".
  • Officials investigating ‘cluster’ of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Surrey

    Officials investigating ‘cluster’ of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Surrey

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    People get Legionnaires' disease when they breathe in droplets of contaminated water. Health officials said the two cases in the Bronx are "not considered an outbreak or related ted to cooling towers". Groups at highest risk for Legionnaires' disease include people who are middle-aged or older, especially cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems and people who take medicines that weaken their immune systems (immunosuppressive drugs).
  • New Car Seat Guidelines Focus On Height, Weight

    New Car Seat Guidelines Focus On Height, Weight

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    The American Academy of Pediatrics now says that children should remain in rear-facing auto safety seats an extra two years - until they are about four years old. Forward-facing seats can result in the child's head being thrown forward during an accident, which could cause injuries to the spine and neck. "This is still the safest way for children to ride".
  • Second Boston resident diagnosed with West Nile virus

    Second Boston resident diagnosed with West Nile virus

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    Sadly, this includes two recent West Nile Virus deaths in Shelby County. During 2017, 51 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents. To protect your home, use screens on doors, windows and fix holes. "We did get our first positive pool back in June, so that sort of gives you a sense of when we're first seeing the virus in the mosquito population".
  • California weight-loss study to pay participants to eat avocados

    California weight-loss study to pay participants to eat avocados

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    Two groups will be tested - one will be eating one avocado a day while the control group will eat two or fewer per month during the same period - to see which group loses the most weight around their middles. While avocados have often been associated with healthy foods, they do contain a lot of fat. Carrots have carotene in them, which the avocado will help you to absorb.
  • KDHE: Most of Kansas at 'high risk' for West Nile Virus

    KDHE: Most of Kansas at 'high risk' for West Nile Virus

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    The mosquitoes then infect the humans and animals they bite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State of IL is reporting its first death this season due to an infection of West Nile virus. Watch and listen to health department alerts and warnings about mosquito disease outbreaks. West Nile fever generally resolves itself without treatment, but unsafe brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis can develop in 1 out of 150 people, according to the ...
  • Air Pollution Is Making Us Dumber

    Air Pollution Is Making Us Dumber

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    It's not clear precisely how pollution impacts cognitive decline, though Chen suggests that pollution may have a negative effect on the brain's white matter, which could vary between men and women. In their study, the researchers tested only for nitrogen, sulfur dioxide and particulates smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter. Researchers in China discovered that high pollution levels led to significant drops in language and maths test scores.
  • Backed Candidates Emerge Victorious in Florida, Arizona Primaries

    Backed Candidates Emerge Victorious in Florida, Arizona Primaries

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    Gillum in his remarks to supporters on election night said he and supporters would seek to counter the "dark days that we've been under coming out of Washington". "I'm going to be here to do the business of the people of the state of Florida", Gillum told CNN Wednesday. The Democratic primary featured a crowded and diverse crowd, and it was too early to call a victor as polls closed across the state.