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'Girther' conspiracy hits social media as critics question Trump's height, weight

'Girther' conspiracy hits social media as critics question Trump's height, weight

On Tuesday, White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson appeared before the press to give the details of President Donald Trump’s latest physical. According to Jackson — who was appointed by former President Barack Obama — the president is in great health, but some critics wasted no time casting doubt on Jackson’s analysis. Most of the results were pretty straightforward...
Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

You've probably heard winter health myths for years and you may have even accepted some of them as fact. From being told to bundle up, so you don't catch a cold to your neighbor swearing he got the flu from his flu shot, these myths make the rounds every winter. Mom always warned you you'd get sick if you didn't bundle up before heading out in cold weather. Her advice wasn't exactly horrible...
Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against New York hospital

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against New York hospital

The widow of late Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey is suing the New York City hospital that treated her husband before his death in 2016. According to Reuters, Cindy Frey filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Mount Sinai Hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence while treating the musician, who had ulcerative colitis, in late 2015. >> Read more trending news  The wrongful death...
Flu outbreak forces an entire school district in Oklahoma to cancel classes for rest of week

Flu outbreak forces an entire school district in Oklahoma to cancel classes for rest of week

An entire Oklahoma school district canceled classes Wednesday through Friday after schools reported excessive flu absences among much of the staff. >> Read more trending news  Morris Public Schools said Monday's absences were at 20 percent, and Tuesday's were at more than 30 percent. Basketball teams will continue competition in the county tournament. Wrestlers will need to contact...
CDC cancels nuclear disaster talk, focus switches to flu outbreak

CDC cancels nuclear disaster talk, focus switches to flu outbreak

Three days after a false report of a missile attack on Hawaii seemed the perfect time to help the public for a nuclear disaster. But instead, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the top of Tuesday’s discussion to the flu epidemic.  The CDC did not immediately respond to questions surrounding the topic change for the public health discussion, which had been...
Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Anyone who traveled through Chicago O’Hare International Airport earlier this month may want to check for signs of measles. The Illinois Department of Health issued an alert that a passenger on board an international flight that landed on Jan. 10 tested positive for the disease. The department has not released what flights the person was on, or where they traveled to or from. >> Read more...
Mary B's frozen biscuits recalled due to listeria concerns

Mary B's frozen biscuits recalled due to listeria concerns

Be sure to check your freezer because there’s a new recall on frozen biscuits that were sold in nearly two dozen states. Hom/Ade Foods is recalling Mary B’s brand biscuits due to listeria concerns. The biscuits were sold in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma...
Oklahoma family seeking medical marijuana for child hopes for legalization

Oklahoma family seeking medical marijuana for child hopes for legalization

As Oklahoma voters prepare to make a decision on legalizing medical marijuana, one family is using cannabis oil to help a young girl with a rare medical condition. KOKI has been following the story of Jaqie Angel Warrior for years now. Her mother, Brittany Warrior, said she needs cannabis oil to help with the seizures she has every day. Jaqie Angel Warrior suffers from a rare and potentially...
Webb Report: How not to die from cedar fever, according to readers

Webb Report: How not to die from cedar fever, according to readers

Learn everything you can about your enemy, so that you might destroy it. Cedar season begins in mid-December and typically ends by March, and Austin recently saw its the highest levels of Ashe juniper pollen so far this winter. That’s all well and good for nature, but for your poor sinuses, it’s a death sentence once the wind knocks all that pollen out of the trees and into the world....
5 dead, more than 300 hospitalized in Georgia as flu spreads, health officials say

5 dead, more than 300 hospitalized in Georgia as flu spreads, health officials say

The flu in Georgia is spreading quickly, with hospitals reporting an increase of flu-related cases in recent weeks.  More than 300 people have been hospitalized and five people have died from flu-related illnesses since the Georgia Department of Public Health began its 2017-2018 flu surveillance in the first week of October, according to department officials. The five people who died were all...
Cancer survivor starts nursing career at hospital that treated her 

Cancer survivor starts nursing career at hospital that treated her 

A Texas woman who beat cancer is back in the hospital. Only this time, she’s working there. Ashley Moore was a first-grade teacher who had Stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, KXAS reported. She quit teaching while being treated at Medical City Plano. Two weeks after being discharged, she enrolled at Collin College in McKinney to take nursing courses. "I had contact with these nurses...
Heartbreaking: Man with ALS grieves beside terminally ill 5-year-old granddaughter

Heartbreaking: Man with ALS grieves beside terminally ill 5-year-old granddaughter

It’s a photograph that will break your heart.  A 5-year-old Florida girl lies in a hospital bed, connected to a ventilator as she fights against an aggressive brain cancer. Her grandfather sits nearby, himself ravaged by Lou Gehrig’s disease, crying even though he no longer has the ability to speak. Six weeks ago, Braylynn Lawhon was preparing to celebrate her fifth birthday when...
Central Texas VA reports big drop in narcotic prescription rates

Central Texas VA reports big drop in narcotic prescription rates

Department of Veterans Affairs doctors are prescribing significantly fewer narcotic painkillers to patients than they did five years ago, according to recently released numbers. On Thursday, the VA became the first hospital system in the country to publicly post its opioid prescription rates as it seeks to reduce the use of narcotic painkillers that have been blamed for deadly overdoses among veterans...
Autism spectrum disorders appear to have stabilized among US kids

Autism spectrum disorders appear to have stabilized among US kids

Researchers have a new reason to believe that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the U.S. has reached a plateau. The evidence comes from the National Health Interview Survey, which polls American households about a variety of conditions. When a participating family includes children, one of those kids is selected at random to be included in the interview. A new question was added to the...
DASH into New Year

DASH into New Year

It’s one of the most effective diet strategies to bring down blood pressure and reduce dangerous inflammation. It helps us lose weight and protects almost every organ in our bodies. And hardly anyone knows about it. It’s called the DASH diet, not to be confused with the popular seasoning. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension … yawn. Yet for the past seven years...
Subtle cues are what make sick people look sick

Subtle cues are what make sick people look sick

The next time a friend tells you that you look sick, hear the person out. We are better than chance at detecting illness in others simply by looking at their faces, according to new research led by a Swedish psychologist. “We can detect subtle cues related to the skin, eyes and mouth,” said John Axelsson of the Karolinska Institute, who co-wrote the study published Tuesday in the journal...
Contrast-enhanced digital mammography comparable to breast MRI

Contrast-enhanced digital mammography comparable to breast MRI

SAN ANTONIO — Contrast-enhanced digital mammography is comparable to breast MRI in evaluating residual breast cancer after neoadjuvant endocrine therapy or chemotherapy, according to the results of a study presented by Mayo Clinic researchers at the recently held 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. “Our study aimed to compare contrast-enhanced mammography with breast MRI in evaluating...
Hazards of the post-New Year’s rush to gyms

Hazards of the post-New Year’s rush to gyms

January is a boom time for the fitness industry, as millions of guilt-ridden Americans flock - at least temporarily - to health clubs to try to shed excess pounds acquired over the holidays. “People eat too much, drink too much, and everyone wants to come back to the gym,” said Jose Velasquez, 40, a restaurant worker who regularly works out at an LA Fitness gym in Washington D.C. and has...
Flu-related deaths in Travis County rise to 11

Flu-related deaths in Travis County rise to 11

Eleven people have died from the flu in Travis County this season, according to updated numbers released Thursday. Officials do not release precise age and location information about those who died, but said all of the 11 people were older than 50. The previous report, from data gathered Dec. 23, stated that seven people had died from the flu in Travis County up to that point. It also reported that...
FDA warns against cough medicine for kids with codeine, hydrocodone

FDA warns against cough medicine for kids with codeine, hydrocodone

Do you reach for the cough syrup when your little one catches a cold? Make sure it doesn’t include codeine or hydrocodone, because the Food and Drug Administration says the opioid ingredients could pose some serious safety risks.  » RELATED: Opioids now kill more Americans than guns or breast cancer, CDC says The organization announced Thursday that it is now requiring manufacturers...

Key Texas lawmaker supports Medicaid policy change

An influential Texas lawmaker says he supports a new federal policy that allows states to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, who chairs the Texas Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee, said the policy change will allow states more flexibility with their health care systems. The new policy,however, would have less impact in Texas...
Texas’ highest courts launch review of mental health and incarceration

Texas’ highest courts launch review of mental health and incarceration

Concerned about exceeding the eight minutes she was given to address the tricky relationship between mental health disorders and the state’s criminal justice system, Burnet County Justice of the Peace Roxanne Nelson saved her best story for a private audience in the hallway. Nelson was among 20 mental health experts and advisers invited to testify Thursday at the Texas Supreme Court at a hearing...
Flu kills Massachusetts mother of 2 as outbreak affects majority of U.S.

Flu kills Massachusetts mother of 2 as outbreak affects majority of U.S.

A well-known Massachusetts mother of two who thought she had a simple cold is dead after a bout of the flu turned fatal last week. Jenny Ching, 51, of Needham, went to a hospital when her symptoms grew worse, The Needham Times reported. Doctors there diagnosed the flu. The flu quickly turned to pneumonia, and she developed a severe bacterial infection. Ching died Friday, two days after being...
In San Antonio, you soon won’t be able to sell tobacco to anyone under 21

In San Antonio, you soon won’t be able to sell tobacco to anyone under 21

If you’re a college freshman with a cigarette habit, don’t count on getting your fix on the way to the Riverwalk anymore. San Antonio City Council on Thursday approved a law that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 21, according to San Antonio Express-News. The Express-News reports that the Alamo City is the first Texas city to enact a law like this, but...
Influenza surveillance map: Where is the flu in my state? 

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

The last week of 2017 saw a sharp increase in cases of influenza in the United States, with 46 states reporting widespread flu.   The bad news is that the peak of this year’s season is just getting underway.  Health officials are saying the season is shaping up to be a particularly severe one, with the number of flu cases reported at nearly four times the number of cases...
School cancels classes after more than 160 students call out with flu

School cancels classes after more than 160 students call out with flu

A Christian school in North Carolina was closed Thursday and Friday after officials said more than 160 students called out sick Tuesday. A school administrator at Carmel Christian School in Matthews said the cancellation was the first in school history prompted by a flu-like outbreak.  "That's horrible,” said Tammy Corsino, who lives nearby. “That’s a large amount...
Could this be your cure? Readers share cedar fever remedies

Could this be your cure? Readers share cedar fever remedies

Learn everything you can about your enemy, so that you might destroy it. Cedar season begins in mid-December and typically ends by March, and Austin recently saw its the highest levels of Ashe juniper pollen so far this winter. That’s all well and good for nature, but for your poor sinuses, it’s a death sentence once the wind knocks all that pollen out of the trees and into the world....
'I don’t believe it myself': Ohio breast cancer survivor, former teacher turns 104

'I don’t believe it myself': Ohio breast cancer survivor, former teacher turns 104

To celebrate being 104 years old, like Ruth Ann Slade did Tuesday afternoon, one must have good genes and what her friend called “inner strength.” Slade, who spent 37 years as a first- and second-grade teacher in Poasttown, Ohio, has beaten breast cancer twice and persevered after her leg was pinned under a patio door for 18 hours as her body temperatures fell to dangerous levels...
Flu rampant in swaths of Texas with 2 more months to go in flu season

Flu rampant in swaths of Texas with 2 more months to go in flu season

It’s shaping up to be another bad flu season for Texans with dozens of deaths related to the illness already reported and at least two more months of the season to go. Dallas County officials have reported 18 flu deaths — all adults — so far. A 3-year-old who did not receive a flu shot has died in the San Antonio area. Travis County officials have confirmed seven adult deaths, already...
Another busy flu season in Travis County; 7 deaths reported so far

Another busy flu season in Travis County; 7 deaths reported so far

Seven people in Travis County have died from the flu since the fall, already more than each of the past two flu seasons. Seventeen people died in Travis County from the illness in 2014-15. With at least two more months of the season to go, state officials are seeing a spike in cases because of a particularly nasty strain of the flu called H3N2, which was also the most common flu type three years ago...
Best way to lose weight with the most minimal effort

Best way to lose weight with the most minimal effort

It's the annual concerted promise Americans make —vowing to shed some pounds.  If you're one of the many who are trying to lose weight, but struggling, you're probably wondering how you can best do so with the minimum effort. Exercising for hours per day may not sound ideal, or even practical.  >> Read more trending news  Well, according to doctors and leading...
Replacement of Austin State Hospital part of $300 million state plan

Replacement of Austin State Hospital part of $300 million state plan

Texas health officials are planning to replace the aging Austin State Hospital as part of a $300 million endeavor to revamp the state’s crumbling psychiatric hospital system. State and mental health leaders envision a state-of-the-art brain health center that will work with private and public organizations to deliver individualized mental health and substance abuse services. The Texas...
Cedar pollen peaks Monday; dry, windy weather may only make it worse

Cedar pollen peaks Monday; dry, windy weather may only make it worse

Your nose knows: Austin’s cedar season appears to be in full swing, as concentrations of Ashe juniper pollen on Monday reached the highest levels so far this winter. According to Austin-based Allergy & Asthma Associates, the cedar pollen count hit 10,441 grains per cubic meter, which is considered “very high” by the allergists’ group. The allergists’ highest count...
New anti-obesity drug could help you get rid of fat without dieting

New anti-obesity drug could help you get rid of fat without dieting

Approximately 70 percent of U.S. adults are considered overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Such health conditions are known to decrease quality of life and are the prime cause of health care costs in the country. >> Read more trending news  But now, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston say they&rsquo...
5 things you should know about carbon monoxide

5 things you should know about carbon monoxide

Authorities think a Georgetown man found dead Sunday in his garage, where he had been working on his lawn mower, might have been a victim of carbon monoxide, or CO, poisoning. Last year, Austin police revamped their patrol vehicles after officers became sickened by CO leaking from faulty exhaust systems. Here are five things to know about CO poisoning: RELATED: Autopsy results pending on Georgetown...
Calcium, vitamin D supplements may not protect against bone fractures

Calcium, vitamin D supplements may not protect against bone fractures

One of the most contentious questions in nutrition science over the past decade has been whether older adults should be taking supplemental vitamin D and calcium. As the world’s population ages and broken bones and fractures become even more of a public health concern, with huge social and economic consequences, researchers have been trying to make sense of conflicting studies on the association...
Children’s hospital to study medical marijuana and autism

Children’s hospital to study medical marijuana and autism

PHILADELPHIA — Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is pairing with an Australian biopharmaceutical company in what some advocates say could be the first major effort in the United States to study the effects of medical marijuana on children with autism. Athena Zuppa, the director of the hospital’s Center for Clinical Pharmacology, will lead a team researching current medical marijuana...

Americans are dying younger than people in other rich nations

American lives are shorter on average than those in other wealthy nations and the gap is growing ever wider, according to the latest data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As recently as 1979, the typical American could expect to live roughly 1.5 years longer than the average resident of one of the other countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development...
Army veteran found dead in freezing cold parking lot after release from VA hospital

Army veteran found dead in freezing cold parking lot after release from VA hospital

The family of an Army veteran is accusing a Veterans Affairs hospital of negligence after they released the man, who was later found dead in a freezing-cold parking lot on New Year’s Eve. >> Read more trending news  Vance Perry, 57, moved from Atlanta to Madison, Wisconsin last month and was recently picked up by a Veterans Affairs van for a routine appointment for paranoid schizophrenia...
How to tell if someone around you is sick using subtle cues

How to tell if someone around you is sick using subtle cues

Pale lips, a downward turn of the mouth and droopy eyelids are all subtle signs of illness that humans can spot at a glance, new research suggests. » RELATED: What is the flu? 17 things to know about flu symptoms, flu shot side effects and more The study, which was published this week in the academic journal "Proceedings of the Royal Society B", was conducted by researchers...
Most major public universities don’t track student suicides

Most major public universities don’t track student suicides

Most of the largest U.S. public universities do not track suicides among their students, despite making investments in prevention at a time of surging demand for mental health services. Tabulating student suicides comes with its own set of challenges and problems. But without that data, prevention advocates say, schools have no way to measure their success and can overlook trends that could offer...
Reminder: Don’t skip your well-check, moms

Reminder: Don’t skip your well-check, moms

It’s Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, but that’s not what’s important. What’s important is are you — busy mom of X number of children — taking care of yourself and getting your annual screenings? It’s easy to put it off, right? M. Yvette Williams-Brown is a gynecological oncologist with Seton. For cervical cancer cases, though, whether or not you&rsquo...
Alex Trebek on leave from ‘Jeopardy!’ after brain surgery

Alex Trebek on leave from ‘Jeopardy!’ after brain surgery

Game show host Alex Trebek is taking a brief medical leave of absence from the hit game show “Jeopardy!” to recover from brain surgery he recently underwent following a scary fall back in October, he revealed on Thursday. >> Read more trending news  The “Jeopardy!” host updated fans on his health in a YouTube video on Thursday, admitting that he has...
Woman sues hospital, accuses staff of taking nude photos of her during surgery

Woman sues hospital, accuses staff of taking nude photos of her during surgery

A Pennsylvania woman is suing the Pittsburgh hospital where she was formerly an employee after she says co-workers took nude photos of her while she was on the operating table. >> Read more trending news  Plaintiff Sheila Harosky said she learned about the photographs when she returned to work after having the surgery from a former colleague. The 45-year-old was a secretary at the...
Researchers say new drug could end the flu as we know it

Researchers say new drug could end the flu as we know it

A study last year shed light on a new drug that researchers were hoping might end the flu as we know it. University of Washington researchers co-authored the study that was published in  the journal PLOS Pathogens. The revolutionary new drug is called HB36.6. In lab studies it was a treatment for the flu, but more importantly, it seemed it could also prevent a victim from ever developing the...
Study: Diabetes drug ‘significantly reverses memory loss’ in mice with Alzheimer’s 

Study: Diabetes drug ‘significantly reverses memory loss’ in mice with Alzheimer’s 

Medicine initially created for Type 2 diabetes may actually be better suited for another disease: Alzheimer’s. That’s what scientists have discovered, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom recently conducted a study, published in the journal Brain Research, to determine how effectively...
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