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Why car horns, planes and sirens might be bad for your heart

Why car horns, planes and sirens might be bad for your heart

The roar of a jet plane, the rumble of a big rig, that shrill scream from the siren of a speeding emergency vehicle: The common but loud noises that keep you awake at night and agitate you throughout the day may have a notable effect on your cardiovascular health, experts say. Researchers say noise pollution may increase the risk of heart disease, such as coronary artery disease, hypertension and...
A cancer ‘vaccine’ is completely eliminating tumors in mice

A cancer ‘vaccine’ is completely eliminating tumors in mice

A new cancer treatment experiment at Stanford University that used immune-stimulators to target tumors in mice had remarkably encouraging results. After injecting a combination of two immune boosters directly into solid mouse tumors, the research team said the vaccination eliminated all traces of the specifically targeted cancer from the animal’s entire body — including metastases that...
Bacteria in milk, beef may be linked to rheumatoid arthritis

Bacteria in milk, beef may be linked to rheumatoid arthritis

Milk is good for bones, but joints are another story for some people, according to a new study. A strain of bacteria commonly found in milk and beef may be a trigger for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in individuals who are genetically at risk, according to researchers at the University of Central Florida. The bacteria — mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, or MAP — is...
My grandmother was Italian. Why aren’t my genes Italian?

My grandmother was Italian. Why aren’t my genes Italian?

Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You’ve sent off your awkwardly collected saliva sample, and you’re awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic “switched at birth” kind, but results that are really different from what you expected. My mom, Carmen Grayson...
The verdict is in on whether standing desks help you lose weight

The verdict is in on whether standing desks help you lose weight

Are standing desks really doing us any good? That question has divided workplaces since sitting started going out of fashion about five years ago. Our sedentary lifestyles were killing us, so standing, the thinking went, was the logical antidote. Sitting too long has been associated with diabetes, hypertension, some forms of cancer, anxiety and a generally greater probability of early death. However...
Chemicals in nonstick pans could be causing weight gain, study says

Chemicals in nonstick pans could be causing weight gain, study says

Nonstick pans were created to make cooking a little easier. However, they may be causing more harm than good, because they have been linked to weight gain, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from Harvard University recently conducted a study, published in the scientific journal PLOS Medicine, to determine how using the cookware can interfere with...
Ultra-processed foods like chicken nuggets could cause cancer, researchers say

Ultra-processed foods like chicken nuggets could cause cancer, researchers say

It’s no secret that ultra-processed foods, such as chicken nuggets and meatballs, have been connected to health issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. Now, researchers are adding cancer to the list, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  European researchers from universities and health institutions recently conducted a study, published in the ...
Can Elderberry really shorten the length of your flu?

Can Elderberry really shorten the length of your flu?

We’re hearing reports of elderberry syrup flying off the shelves as this flu season continues to do its worst. Already 38 people in Travis County have died from the flu this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling it an epidemic and said it is the worst flu season since the swine flu of 2009. RELATED: Get ready for a bad flu season Does...
Review praises Central Health but leaves Dell question unresolved

Review praises Central Health but leaves Dell question unresolved

Critics of Central Health, Travis County’s health care district, have been pressing for months for a review of the taxpayer dollars supporting Dell Medical School, but a consulting firm’s report issued this week did little to clear up their concerns. Central Health commissioned the two-part, $350,000 review last spring amid calls from critics for an independent assessment of whether its...
Austin Regional Clinic studies anti-flu drug in high-risk patients

Austin Regional Clinic studies anti-flu drug in high-risk patients

Austin Regional Clinic is studying a new drug to fight the flu. The drug from Japanese company Shionogi Inc. is known as S-033188 to the Food and Drug Administration or baloxavir marboxil outside of the study. It would be an alternative to Tamiflu. Baloxavir marboxil already has been studied in otherwise healthy people with the flu and showed promise for its rapid reduction of symptoms. The new phase...
Travis County flu death toll rises to 38

Travis County flu death toll rises to 38

The Travis County flu death toll rose to 38 on Wednesday in the midst of what data shows is an unusually deadly flu season. More people have died this flu season than any Travis County season over the past ten years.  Previously, the highest number of people to die from the illness in recent years was during the 2013-14 season, in which over 20 people died, including two children.  &ldquo...
What bed bugs leave behind that can make you sick, even after they’re exterminated

What bed bugs leave behind that can make you sick, even after they’re exterminated

It’s no secret that bed bugs can be harmful. Getting rid of them may not be enough though, because the waste they leave behind could still make you sick, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from North Carolina State University recently conducted a study, published in the scientific journal PLOS One, to determine how the critters could...
Audit gives Central Health high marks, recommends greater transparency

Audit gives Central Health high marks, recommends greater transparency

Critics of Central Health, Travis County’s health care district, have been pressing for months for a review of the taxpayer dollars supporting Dell Medical School, but a consulting firm’s report issued this week did little to clear up their concerns. Central Health commissioned the two-part, $350,000 review last spring amid calls from critics for an independent assessment of whether its...
Three more flu deaths in Travis County brings toll to 37

Three more flu deaths in Travis County brings toll to 37

Health officials confirmed Tuesday that three more people in Travis County have died from the flu, bringing the death toll this season to 37. No children have died this season and 57 percent of the deaths so far have been people over the age of 80, Austin Public Health spokeswoman Carole Barasch said. Barasch called this a particularly deadly season for the illness, in which four different strains...
Red hat for a healthy heart

Red hat for a healthy heart

Registered nurse Juli Butler, the pospartum director at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, holds newborn Emily Montgomery on Tuesday during the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign. In partnership with the American Heart Association, the hospital is giving handmade red hats to all babies born during February in recognition of American Heart Month. Babies born at all St. David’s HealthCare...
Three more flu deaths in Travis County brings toll to 37

Three more flu deaths in Travis County brings toll to 37

Health officials confirmed Tuesday that three more people in Travis County have died from the flu, bringing the death toll this season to 37. No children have died this season and 57 percent of the deaths so far have been people over the age of 80, Austin Public Health spokeswoman Carole Barasch said. Barasch called this a particularly deadly season for the illness, in which four different strains...
Woman has 14 tiny, wriggling worms pulled from her eye

Woman has 14 tiny, wriggling worms pulled from her eye

This is definitely not for the squeamish, but a woman in Oregon has become the focus of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report for having 14 tiny, wriggling worms removed from her eye. Abby Beckley said that she thought her eye was irritated by an eyelash back in 2016, but instead of a piece of hair, she pulled out a small, clear worm that was about a half an inch long and moving...
Austin Regional Clinic studying anti-flu drug in high-risk patients

Austin Regional Clinic studying anti-flu drug in high-risk patients

Austin Regional Clinic has been studying a new drug to fight the flu. The drug from Japanese company Shionogi Inc. is known as S-033188 to the Food and Drug Administration or baloxavir marboxil outside of the study. It would be an alternative to Tamiflu. Baloxavir marboxil already has been studied in otherwise healthy people with the flu, and showed promise for its rapid reduction ...
Influenza surveillance map: Where is the flu in my state? 

Influenza surveillance map: Where is the flu in my state? 

Health officials are saying the flu season is shaping up to be a particularly severe one, with the number of cases reported at nearly four times the number of influenza cases at the same time last year.  "This is a bad bug," Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza Division, said. "What we're seeing this year, the influenza season...
Flu kills 15-year-old Georgia high school student

Flu kills 15-year-old Georgia high school student

A DeKalb County, Georgia, student died from the flu on Sunday, the second teenager in metro Atlanta killed by the virus. School district officials are reminding students and staff to continue taking precautions as flu season may not have reached its peak. District officials confirmed Monday afternoon that the 15-year-old Cross Keys High School student died Sunday. Principal Jason Heard...

Travis County flu deaths reach record 34 as two die in recent days

Two more people in Travis County have died from the flu, bringing the total number of county deaths so far this season to 34, health officials said Monday. This year’s flu season has been particularly deadly, with the most deaths reported in Travis County in more than 10 years, Austin Public Health spokeswoman Carole Barasch said. No children have died from the flu, and the majority of deaths...
Two more flu deaths bring Travis County death toll to 34

Two more flu deaths bring Travis County death toll to 34

Two more people in Travis County have died from the flu, bringing the total number of county deaths so far this season to 34, health officials said. This year’s flu season has been particularly deadly, with the most deaths reported in Travis County in more than 10 years, Austin Public Health spokeswoman Carole Barasch said. So far this season, no children have died from the flu, and the majority...
CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics releases new vaccine schedule

CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics releases new vaccine schedule

Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics released the  2018 vaccination schedule. Not much has changed for most kids, except now there is a recommendation that people get a third dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine if there is an outbreak. Nurse Tanya Roland vaccinates Fatima Wolfe, the 1-year-old daughter...
Want to ace the Austin Marathon’s new course? Heed these tips

Want to ace the Austin Marathon’s new course? Heed these tips

When the Austin Marathon announced a new route for this year’s race, many runners initially assumed that meant a flatter — and faster — course. Not so, some Austin coaches say. The new course, which cuts off the northern reaches and replaces them with forays alongside the University of Texas and into East Austin, features just as many challenges. “It’s not easier. My...
Think your child has the flu? You might not need to see a doctor

Think your child has the flu? You might not need to see a doctor

Your kid is feeling crummy, aches all over, starts getting a fever. You think it could be the flu. Should you take him to the emergency room or to see the doctor right away? The answer, especially this year, might be no. Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has seen its emergency room fill up in recent weeks. On Jan. 29, the emergency room had about 370 kids come through, compared...
Cancer blood test is an important step forward

Cancer blood test is an important step forward

An experimental blood test to detect eight types of cancer is being called “encouraging.” A study published in the journal Science shows researchers developed a single blood test to screen common cancers in their early stages. Dr. Aleksandar Sekulic, deputy director for the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Arizona says the work is promising and important. “The study published in Science...

New study extends time to respond to strokes

Advanced brain imaging technology may give doctors an additional 10 hours or more to respond to some strokes, researchers said Wednesday, a development that may soon bring major changes to the way hospitals treat one of the leading causes of disability and death. The research is upending doctors’ long-held belief that they have just six hours to save threatened brain tissue from lack of blood...
Workplace wellness programs don’t work for you or your company

Workplace wellness programs don’t work for you or your company

Workplace wellness programs have two main goals: improve employees’ health and lower their employers’ health-care costs. They’re not very good at either, new research finds. For the study, 3,300 employees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were given a year of access to iThrive, a workplace wellness program similar to what many companies offer workers. A control group...
What you should know about the flu season this year

What you should know about the flu season this year

This year’s flu season is already the most widespread on record since health officials began keeping track 13 years ago, and has already caused the deaths of more children than what normally would be expected at this time of the year, federal health officials have said. Reporter Lena H. Sun has been talking to health officials over the past several weeks about this flu season. Here are some...
Winter skin protection tips

Winter skin protection tips

Winter weather changes can negatively affect the skin – the body’s largest organ. Colder temperatures and a lack of moisture in the air can damage unprotected skin, especially on the face and hands. They’re the wounds in an annual battle with dry winter air. “When the temperature drops, the humidity tends to drop with it,” says Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist...
Acne could cause an increased risk of major depression, research finds

Acne could cause an increased risk of major depression, research finds

Do you suffer from acne? You could be at an increased risk for major depression, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada recently conducted an experiment, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, to determine the link between the two conditions. To do so, they assessed data from the Health Improvement...
People with depression are more likely to use certain words — here’s how they express themselves

People with depression are more likely to use certain words — here’s how they express themselves

How a person talks and types can tell you a lot about their mental health. » RELATED: 5 signs you should ask your doctor about depression According to new research published in the journal “Clinical Psychological Science,” certain language may help identify whether someone is suffering from depression. For their study, the researchers conducted a computerized text analysis...
Amino acid in asparagus could cause cancer to spread, study says

Amino acid in asparagus could cause cancer to spread, study says

Are you a fan of asparagus? Beware, because the food contains an amino acid that has been associated with spreading breast cancer, according to a new report. Researchers from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute recently conducted an experiment, published in the Nature journal, to determine how asparagine, the amino acid that builds protein, may be linked to the disease. Foods...
Think your child has the flu? Stay home, including from the emergency room

Think your child has the flu? Stay home, including from the emergency room

Your kid starts feeling crummy, aches all over, starts getting a fever. You think it could be the flu. Should you taken him to the emergency room or to see the doctor right away? The answer, this year especially, might be no. Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has seen a bump in emergency room visits and it’s all flu cases. Daulton Venglar/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Dell...
Travis County flu death toll rises to 32 

Travis County flu death toll rises to 32 

The Travis County flu death toll rose to 32 on Thursday in the midst of what data shows is an unusually deadly flu season. More people have died this flu season than any Travis County season over the past ten years.  Previously, the highest number of people to die from the illness in recent years was during the 2013-14 season, in which over 20 people died, including two children. “It's...
Woman gouges out her eyeball outside church, fights rescuers who tried to help

Woman gouges out her eyeball outside church, fights rescuers who tried to help

Authorities say a woman was found holding her eyeball outside a South Carolina church. >> Read more trending news  Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride told news outlets that it took two or three deputies and two emergency medical workers to subdue the woman to start rendering aid. A retired minister who helped the woman, Rev. Terry Mitchell, said it appeared she had intentionally...
Flu deaths reach 29 in Travis County

Flu deaths reach 29 in Travis County

With 29 deaths reported since September, Travis County is experiencing a flu season almost six times more deadly than last year’s. In recent weeks, a rising percentage of doctor’s visits statewide related to the flu and an increasing prevalence of a different flu strain – flu B – have left experts uncertain about whether the worst is over Hays County reported its first flu...
Under fire, Publix reverses decision denying coverage for HIV prevention drug

Under fire, Publix reverses decision denying coverage for HIV prevention drug

Publix announced Tuesday that it would reverse itself after coming under fire for denying preventative HIV drug coverage to one of its employees in Metro Atlanta.  >> Read more trending news   The drug, Truvada PrEP, is more than 95 percent effective in preventing the contraction of HIV, which can result in AIDS. It’s typically prescribed to HIV-negative gay men and those...
Travis County community health centers urge Congress to extend funding

Travis County community health centers urge Congress to extend funding

Travis County health care leaders on Wednesday called on Congress to extend funding for community health centers, hours before bipartisan Senate leaders unveiled a plan that would do just that. The plan comes as Congress scrambles to pass a spending bill by Thursday to prevent the second government shutdown this year. The Senate deal includes two years of funding for the Community Health Center Fund...
Hot tea may increase risk of cancer among smokers, drinkers

Hot tea may increase risk of cancer among smokers, drinkers

Smokers and drinkers are already at higher risk of developing cancer, but those regularly consuming hot tea may be multiplying their risks significantly, according to new research. The new study, published this week in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found that consuming "hot" or "burning hot" tea is linked with a two- to five-fold rise in esophageal cancer, but only among...
Car horns, airplanes and other loud noises could increase risk for heart disease

Car horns, airplanes and other loud noises could increase risk for heart disease

Do you live near a busy road or airport? While the high levels of pollution may be a health concern, you should also beware of the noise, according to a report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany recently conducted an experiment, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, to determine the link between...
Fish oil may not be as healthy as you think, new study suggests

Fish oil may not be as healthy as you think, new study suggests

Fish oil has often been touted as an important part of a healthy diet, regularly praised for its numerous benefits. However, new research suggests that consistent fish oil consumption could lead to serious liver problems. The study, conducted by a group of international scientists and recently published in “The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry” found that long-term intake of sunflower...
Pharmaceutical company touts 'breakthrough' cancer treatment

Pharmaceutical company touts 'breakthrough' cancer treatment

Patients participating in a trial for a new lung cancer treatment have shown signs of improved health, leading the pharmaceutical company behind the study to hail a major "breakthrough” in the field. The American company Bristol-Myers Squibb reported Monday that lung cancer patients treated with a combination of its anti-tumor drug Opdivo and its melanoma drug Yervoy showed encouraging...
When can you go back to work or school if you have the flu?

When can you go back to work or school if you have the flu?

While battling the flu, your body needs couch time to rest and recover. After a few days, maybe you are getting very bored with daytime TV and eager to get back into your routine. But colds and the flu are very contagious and it’s important not to rush going back to school and work. This year is a particularly harsh flu season.  Here’s some guidelines on how long you should stay...
Are your kids getting enough sleep?

Are your kids getting enough sleep?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data CDC from the 2015 national and state Youth Risk Behavior Surveys and looked at how much sleep students were getting. What they found: 57.8 percent of middle-schoolers are not getting enough sleep on school nights 72.7 percent of high-schoolers are not getting enough sleep on school nights Why is sleep important? The CDC...
Travis County files lawsuit over opioid abuse

Travis County files lawsuit over opioid abuse

Travis County has filed its lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry over prescription drug opioids, joining hundreds of other cities and counties seeking damages for the toll that opioid addiction has taken on their communities. Travis officials announced the filing of the lawsuit Monday, nearly two months after Travis commissioners voted to pursue legal action against the companies that...
ANALYSIS: Poverty. Overdoses. Obesity. Life in the South is getting shorter

ANALYSIS: Poverty. Overdoses. Obesity. Life in the South is getting shorter

Year after year, southern states consistently rank among the worst in the U.S. for health and wellness. This is not a new trend. The rankings have changed little over the last quarter century. What’s causing residents of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana and other southern states to live such short lives, while experiencing higher rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease? As a researcher...
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