Dog Flu Outbreak in Chicago

Dog Flu Outbreak in Chicago April 8, 2015 — More than 1,000 dogs have become ill and at least five have died in a dog flu epidemic that has affected the Chicago area since mid-March, an official says. These numbers may be conservative and are likely to continue to increase as some veterinary clinics continue […]

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Untested Stimulant Still in Dietary Supplements

Untested Stimulant Still in Dietary Supplements April 7, 2015 — Researchers are warning consumers to avoid dietary supplements labeled as having the active ingredient Acacia rigidula. The supplements claim to aid weight loss, boost energy, and sharpen attention. But about half of the 21 “natural” Acacia products tested by researchers contained a lab-made stimulant called […]

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Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Certain Lower Back Pain, Study Says

Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Some Back Pain By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Physical therapy may be just as good as surgery for older adults with a type of chronic lower back pain, new research suggests. Standard treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis — a painful, often disabling narrowing […]

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Whiten Teeth at Home or in the Dentist’s Office?

You can get the shine back on your smile with a variety of teeth-whitening methods. There are pros and cons to brightening up at the dentist’s office or with an at-home kit. At-Home Products Whitening rinses. They’re easy to use. All you do is swirl it around in your mouth for a minute. The whitening […]

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Cooling After Cardiac Arrest May Help Preserve Brain Function

Cooling After Cardiac Arrest and Brain Function By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cooling the body might help prevent or lessen brain damage caused by cardiac arrest, a new study suggests. People who received what is called targeted body temperature management after cardiac arrest — when the heart stops […]

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Travelers Bringing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to United States

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A drug-resistant strain of bacteria that causes diarrhea is spreading in the United States, federal health officials warned Thursday. Travelers are bringing a drug-resistant strain of the Shigella sonnei bacteria to the United States and spreading it to other people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

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Music Soothes Cats During Surgery

Music Soothes Cats During Surgery By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Hearing music — especially classical music — may help cats relax during surgery, a new small study reports. The research included 12 female pet cats who were being spayed. The felines were outfitted with headphones while under anesthesia. […]

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Could Fish Oil Interfere With Chemotherapy?

Could Fish Oil Interfere With Chemotherapy? By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fish oil supplements, and even certain fish, may hinder the effectiveness of cancer-fighting chemotherapy, a new study suggests. Dutch researchers found herring, mackerel and three other fish oils increased blood levels of the fatty acid called 16:4(n-3) […]

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Could Household Bleach Raise Kids’ Risk for Flu, Other Infections?

Could Bleach Raise Kids’ Flu, Infection Risk? By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A ubiquitous cleaning agent in most American homes — bleach — might increase children’s risk for flu, tonsillitis and other infections, a European study suggests. The effect was modest and the study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect. However, […]

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Green Tea Linked to Lower Risk for Dementia

Green Tea Linked to Lower Risk for Dementia April 3, 2015 — A green tea habit is tied to a lower risk for dementia and mild declines in thinking and memory among older people, a new Japanese study shows. The piping-hot perk doesn’t seem to apply to black tea or coffee, though, the researchers say. […]

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