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Orajel for teething? No, says new FDA statement, which links drug to breathing problems

Orajel for teething? No, says new FDA statement, which links drug to breathing problems

Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration told manufacturers to stop marketing over-the-counter teething products with the drug benzocaine. You know these products as  Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel and Topex as well as the store-brand versions. In its press release, the FDA stated “teething products containing...
Sleeping in on the weekends could help you live longer, study suggests

Sleeping in on the weekends could help you live longer, study suggests

Good news for Sunday snoozers: Sleeping in on your off-days might actually be beneficial to your health. >> Read more trending news    In fact, new research from Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute found that compensating for missed sleep on the weekends really does work and can even lengthen your life. Previous sleep science research hasn’t...
Texas State to open health professions building in Round Rock

Texas State to open health professions building in Round Rock

A new health professions building at Texas State University’s Round Rock campus was dedicated Thursday, and classes will start June 1. Willow Hall, 1555 University Blvd., features a speech-language-hearing clinic, a sleep center, a physical therapy clinic, simulation labs, seminar rooms and a research suite. There are also offices for administrators and faculty members in the departments of...
Austin council votes ‘yes’ to find resources to fight opioid crisis

Austin council votes ‘yes’ to find resources to fight opioid crisis

1:45 p.m. update: The Austin City Council on Thursday approved a resolution supporting the city’s plan to devote more resources to what it describes as a growing opioid crisis. The number of fatal drug overdoses in Travis County has been increasing since 2006, and those from opioids such as pain medication and heroin have nearly doubled in 10 years. The resolution, which was supported...
Mom with cancer sees twin daughters graduate in special ceremony before her death

Mom with cancer sees twin daughters graduate in special ceremony before her death

When twin sisters Morgan and Regan McVey graduate Thursday from Talawanda High School in Oxford, Ohio, it will actually be their second commencement ceremony. Earlier this year, the school provided a special moment for the seniors and their mother, who was diagnosed with cancer last fall. As the school year moved into its second semester, it was evident their mother, Carey McVey, would not...
5 things to know about flesh-eating bacteria in Florida waters

5 things to know about flesh-eating bacteria in Florida waters

The Florida Department of Health has a warning for Florida residents and tourists about a deadly strain of flesh-eating bacteria. Federal health officials have said Vibrio vulnificus infections have increased each year since 2000. As scary as that sounds, though, the likelihood of contracting the bacterium is still pretty small. “You are more likely to die in a car accident on the...
Woman left brain damaged after cosmetic surgery just weeks before wedding

Woman left brain damaged after cosmetic surgery just weeks before wedding

With her wedding just two months away, Icilma Cornelius arrived at the office of Dr. Windell Boutte in metro Atlanta to prepare for her special day. >> Read more trending news  The 54-year-old bride-to-be came to the doctor’s full-service medical spa and cosmetic surgery center for Botox and another anti-wrinkle treatment. While there, the staff recommended cosmetic surgery...
Why are many kids not getting diagnosed with autism before age 2? New study has some answers

Why are many kids not getting diagnosed with autism before age 2? New study has some answers

Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study done in Norway that might shed some light into why many kids are given a false-negative diagnosis for autism at 18 months. Dylan Flint, 7, and Liesa Randel get their boarding passes for the Wings for All flight for children with autism to practice going through security and boarding a plane. Nicole Villalpando/American-Statesman ...
That hotel pool could make you sick this summer, CDC study finds

That hotel pool could make you sick this summer, CDC study finds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this bit of information last week: 1 in 3 waterborne disease outbreaks traced happen in hotel pools or hot tubs. There have been about 500 waterborne disease outbreaks from 2000 to 2014. In addition to hotel pools and hot tubs, water parks have also been to blame. Diseases include things like Cryptosporidium, Pseudomonas, ...
Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

If you suffer from chronic migraines, relief is here. According to The Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration last week approved Aimovig, a monthly shot that aims to reduce migraines. The drug, developed by Amgen Inc. and Novartis AG, is "injected monthly just under the skin using a pen-like device," the AP reported. Its price tag: $6,900 annually before insurance. But how...
Uptick in vector-borne illnesses in US and what it means to you

Uptick in vector-borne illnesses in US and what it means to you

Illnesses caused by disease-infected ticks, mosquitoes and fleas have tripled in the U.S. in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lyme disease is the most common illness attributed to ticks. “It’s the most common vector-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere and in North America, in the U.S. specifically,” says Dr. Bobbi...
Scientists devise a game to find a cure for Alzheimer’s

Scientists devise a game to find a cure for Alzheimer’s

“Stall Catchers” Alzheimer’s research game stallcatchers.com —- Want to cure Alzheimer’s? Get in line. Researchers have long been puzzled by the disease and vexed by how long it’s taking to unravel its mysteries. One group of scientists is helping speed up that process with assistance from the public. “Stall Catchers,” a game created by Cornell University&rsquo...
Sprained your knee? The cost of a brace could sprain your wallet

Sprained your knee? The cost of a brace could sprain your wallet

One July evening, Carol Harnett was in a crosswalk in downtown Portland, Ore., when a driver made an illegal turn and hit her. Transported by ambulance to a hospital, she was diagnosed with a severely sprained right ankle and left wrist, as well as a concussion. At the emergency room, doctors gave her steel-reinforced braces for her wrist and ankle and told her she was free to go. “But I can&rsquo...
Never heard of third-hand smoke? Here’s why you should care

Never heard of third-hand smoke? Here’s why you should care

PHILADELPHIA — Dodging the clouds of toxic cigarette smoke along city streets and at building entrances has become the norm for those wanting to avoid the health risks from breathing in second-hand smoke. But if you think being in a smoke-free building will shield you from the negative health effects of second-hand smoke, you are in for a surprise. Now there is third-hand smoke: the residue...
How to explain Santa Fe High School shooting to kids

How to explain Santa Fe High School shooting to kids

Another school shooting. How do we explain this to our kids? Sometimes it can feel like: “What can you say that you haven’t said multiple times this school year?” In October, Jane Ripperger-Suhler, a child psychiatrist at Seton’s Texas Child Study Center, had this advice for parents about how much we should say about a shooting such as the one in Las Vegas...
Dell Children’s to open new mental health unit on Monday

Dell Children’s to open new mental health unit on Monday

On Monday, the first patients will be admitted into the new Grace Grego Maxwell Mental Health Unit at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The center, which was made possible by a $3 million donation and matching grant from Nyle and Nancy Maxwell and their family in January 2017, is named after Nyle Maxwell’s mother, a longtime volunteer at the hospital. “As with most...
Dell Children’s to open new mental health unit on Monday as it expands levels of care

Dell Children’s to open new mental health unit on Monday as it expands levels of care

On Monday, the first patients will be admitted into the new Grace Grego Maxwell Mental Health Unit at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The center, which was made possible by a $3 million donation and matching grant from Nyle and Nancy Maxwell and their family in January 2017,  is named after Nyle Maxell’s mother, a longtime volunteer...
Four Texas State students have tested positive for mumps, officials say

Four Texas State students have tested positive for mumps, officials say

Four students at Texas State University have tested positive for mumps, Hays County officials said. Three of the students are roommates but health officials have not found a link between them and the fourth student, said Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider. Three other students were tested for the virus after having suspicious symptoms but their tests were negative, Schneider said. The Texas...
New autism research could predict whether children as young as 3 months old are at risk

New autism research could predict whether children as young as 3 months old are at risk

A groundbreaking study is being done at Boston Children's Hospital that researchers say could potentially predict whether a child as young as 3 months old is at-risk for developing autism. Right now, most children can't receive a reliable diagnosis until they are at least 1 year old.  Chase Minicucci and his mother, Hillary Steele Minicucci, regularly go to Boston Children&rsquo...
Dell Medical School, Seton lessen amount of opioids given to women after childbirth

Dell Medical School, Seton lessen amount of opioids given to women after childbirth

Doctors at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas and at all Seton Healthcare Family hospitals are rethinking they way they treat mothers for pain after a Cesarean section or a vaginal delivery. The new protocol has decreased the use of opioids by more than 40 percent while new moms are in the hospital. “We changed the way we want to manage pain,” says Dr...
Must be 21 to buy tobacco? Some City Council members like the idea

Must be 21 to buy tobacco? Some City Council members like the idea

Four members of the Austin City Council on Wednesday mulled whether the city should raise the minimum age for people to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. The council members appeared to be united in their support of the change, but they took no official action. “I think it is compelling, and I hope it is something we take consideration of in Austin,” Council Member Kathie Tovo said during a meeting...
2nd dead bat found with rabies in Hays County so far this month

2nd dead bat found with rabies in Hays County so far this month

Another bat has tested positive for rabies this month in Hays County, authorities said Wednesday. The bat was found May 11 in northern Hays County around 10 a.m. near a residential driveway in the 100 block of Canterbury Drive in the Belterra subdivision. The Department of State Health Services examined the bat, which tested positive for the rabies virus. Earlier this month, a dead bat with rabies...
Dell Medical School study helping prevent future strokes by combining drugs

Dell Medical School study helping prevent future strokes by combining drugs

Good news out of the University of Texas Dell Medical School: A new treatment of combining two drugs after having a mini stroke or transient ischemic stroke has been shown to lower the risk of having a major stroke, heart attack or death by 25 percent in the next 90 days. The international study of 4,881 adults in 10 countries was published in The New England Journal of Medicine...
What’s the best sunscreen? We put more than 20 to the test

What’s the best sunscreen? We put more than 20 to the test

Last year, I put 16 mosquito repellents to the test, and found some definite winners — and some losers. This year, I grabbed 21 sunscreens of various types and tested them. I have very fair skin (ghostlike, my family says) and burn easily. I tried the sunscreens while gardening, while going for a long hike in the middle of Austin in the heat of the day (don’t try...
Why women should know about polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS; what is it, why it matters

Why women should know about polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS; what is it, why it matters

In some ways, Sasha Ottey was lucky. >> Read more trending news  For many women with polycystic ovary syndrome like her, it can take years and untold doctor visits before they get a correct diagnosis. All too often, doctors end up treating the vast array of symptoms caused by the hormonal disorder. Severe acne. Sleep apnea. Obesity. Or thinning hair and excess hair growth on the face...
Texas sues ‘deceptive’ national opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Texas sues ‘deceptive’ national opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Accusing a national drug manufacturer of helping to fuel the deadly opioid crisis, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday that Texas has filed suit against Purdue Pharma and is considering taking legal action against other drugmakers as well. Filed in state District Court in Travis County, the lawsuit accused Purdue Pharma of violating state law by misrepresenting the risk of addiction...
Austin won’t ignore Ann Richards School and People’s Community Clinic

Austin won’t ignore Ann Richards School and People’s Community Clinic

It’s impossible to ignore how composed and accomplished they are. The students from the  Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders are the real celebrities during the annual  Reach for the Stars benefit for the Ann Richards School Foundation, now held at  Four Seasons Hotel Austin. Teacher Anah Wiersema with students...
Commentary: Stigma is still the biggest issue with HIV

Commentary: Stigma is still the biggest issue with HIV

I couldn’t sleep last night after my clinic. My patient is dying from AIDS. When his family found out that he has HIV, he was disowned. His sister kicked him out of her house. He has been self-medicating the shame with alcohol and now has liver disease and likely cancer. He feels so terrible each day that he finally stopped drinking on his own. He cannot miss time at his landscaping job, so...
Commentary: McCain shows us the power of coming to terms with dying

Commentary: McCain shows us the power of coming to terms with dying

Sen. John McCain has not announced a decision to stop treatment for his brain tumor — but his public actions indicate that he has transitioned from “being sick” and hoping for a cure to “dying” and hoping for the best possible quality of life in the time remaining. He has completed his final book, “The Restless Wave.” He has planned his funeral and asked people...
Central Health gives updates on eastern Travis County expansion

Central Health gives updates on eastern Travis County expansion

Travis County’s health care district, Central Health, gave an update on the various stages of its planned projects to increase services in eastern Travis County during a community conversation event Monday night. JP Eichmiller, director of strategic communications, told more than three dozen attendees that the agency has analyzed county demographic data for high and moderate poverty level census...
From bats to cats, Austin area sees cluster of rabies cases

From bats to cats, Austin area sees cluster of rabies cases

A slew of rabies cases have hit the Austin area in recent weeks, involving infected bats and cats and sometimes leaving pet owners and other animals injured. Since early April, at least four cases of rabies have been reported in Hays and Travis counties. Rabid bats were found in Manor and Wimberley on April 16, and other cases were reported in San Marcos and Buda earlier this month. A Mexican free-tailed...
Think it’s hard to find drug treatment in Texas? You would be right

Think it’s hard to find drug treatment in Texas? You would be right

Here’s a number where Texas doesn’t want to be No. 1: No. 1 in the fewest substance abuse treatment centers per 100,000 drug users. Keep prescriptions and other medications away from children. Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times file The new study from Wallet Hub has Texas as No. 37 for the worst drug abuse problem by state, but that number of substance abuse treatment centers...
RABIES ALERT: Virus detected in dead bat found in Buda last week

RABIES ALERT: Virus detected in dead bat found in Buda last week

A bat tested positive for rabies last week in Buda, Hays County authorities said Monday. A dead bat was found at about 6:40 p.m. May 8 in the grass near the public restrooms at the Hays Youth Baseball Softball Association, 100 Hays Youth Drive, in Buda, the Hays County sheriff’s office said. The bat was examined by the Texas Department of State Health Services and tested positive for the rabies...
Major depression diagnoses on the rise in the U.S., study finds

Major depression diagnoses on the rise in the U.S., study finds

Over the past five years, diagnoses of major depression in the United States have risen by at least 33 percent. That’s according to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, for which analysts assessed the BCBS Health Index built from billions of claims for more than 41 million commercially insured Americans annually. >> Read more trending news  The index...

Stroke is a leading cause of death, though it’s largely preventable

How stroke-aware are you? Perhaps you know the warning signs - sudden numbness on one side of the body, trouble speaking, sudden blurred vision, trouble walking - or know someone who has experienced a stroke. There’s never a bad time to brush up on stroke awareness, and May - National Stroke Awareness Month - is a good time to get up to speed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and...
As stem cell clinics multiply, so do legal complaints

As stem cell clinics multiply, so do legal complaints

Doris Tyler lay on the examining table as the doctor stuck a long, thin tube into her belly. The doctor pulled back a plunger, and the syringe quickly filled with yellow blobs tinged with pink. “Look at that beautiful fat coming out. Liquid gold!” one of the clinic’s staff exclaimed in a video of the procedure provided to The Washington Post. Hidden in that fat were stem cells with...

What you should know about stem cells

Stem cell research is one of science’s most promising fields. Scientists believe stem cells may someday be used to repair or replace tissues and organs lost to age or disease, though they say effective therapies are still years away. Hundreds of clinics, however, have already popped up across the country offering expensive treatments that are unproven by clinical trials and largely unregulated...
Drug test spurs frank talk between hypertension patients and doctors

Drug test spurs frank talk between hypertension patients and doctors

There’s an irony at the heart of the treatment of high blood pressure. The malady itself often has no symptoms, yet the medicines to treat it — and to prevent a stroke or heart attack later — can make people feel crummy. “It’s not that you don’t want to take it, because you know it’s going to help you. But it’s the getting used to it,” said Sharon...
Harry Connick Jr. coming to Austin to talk about colon cancer

Harry Connick Jr. coming to Austin to talk about colon cancer

Singer, actor, TV personality Harry Connick Jr. and his wife Jill Goodacre Connick will be in Austin Tuesday, but this time it won’t be for a movie premiere (he’s shot two here) and it won’t be to perform. Instead, he’s talking about turning 50 and the importance of getting screened for colon cancer. Harry Connick Jr. will be back in Austin...
What caused all the excitement at Austin nonprofit pitch fest

What caused all the excitement at Austin nonprofit pitch fest

I would have given each group $100,000. No, make that $1 million. At the LBJ Auditorium, reps from each of seven nonprofits made their cases for three minutes at  Philanthropitch, then followed up with three minutes of answers to questions from six judges, all successful entrepreneurs. Chelsea Elliott of the Half Helen Foundation and Kevin Iraheta of the Global Good Fund...
Button battery from toy burns hole in toddler’s esophagus; parents warning others

Button battery from toy burns hole in toddler’s esophagus; parents warning others

The parents of a Connecticut toddler are warning others about small button batteries, which come with some toys, after their 18-month-old suffered a severe injury when he swallowed one. >> Read more trending news  The battery lodged in Cameron Soto’s throat, burning his esophagus, among other injuries, according to WTIC-TV. Button or lithium batteries in the gullet or throat...
Throwback uniforms

Throwback uniforms

To commemorate National Nurses Week, nurses at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center wore traditional white uniforms and were given awards for demonstrating exceptional care and dedication to the well-being of others. (Photo by St. David’s South Austin Medical Center)

Texas joins list of states with illness linked to tainted lettuce

Texas has joined the list of states reporting illnesses in a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its numbers on the outbreak Wednesday, revealing that 149 people in 29 states had gotten sick. Texas, Florida, Minnesota and North Dakota joined the list of states reporting at least one E. coli bacteria illness linked to the...
Austin family puts Smartwatch Embrace that detects epilepsy seizures to the test

Austin family puts Smartwatch Embrace that detects epilepsy seizures to the test

Our smartwatches are fun. Our smartwatches are cool. Our smartwatches could save a life. Yes. Now a special kind of smartwatch can send a text message, place a phone call, as well as make a record of every time someone with epilepsy has a seizure. Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration approved Embrace, a smartwatch that does just that. Austinite Elaina Cione,...
Austin Health officials investigating after about 17 sickened at NCAA golf tourney

Austin Health officials investigating after about 17 sickened at NCAA golf tourney

The Austin Public Health department is investigating after about 17 people got sick with gastrointestinal symptoms this week at the NCAA Austin Regional Tournament. Four golfers could not compete Tuesday and one played while sick. Several coaches also became ill.  Health Department spokeswoman Carole Barasch said officials have not determined what caused the illness and are interviewing...
Tick bite? Get it tested to see if it’s carrying Lyme disease, here’s how

Tick bite? Get it tested to see if it’s carrying Lyme disease, here’s how

Massachusetts state officials are predicting tens of thousands of people will likely get tickborne diseases this year. Now, a state university is offering tick testing for $15 with results available in three days. >> Read more trending news  The Laboratory of Medical Zoology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is offering tick testing, and the ticks are being sent...
Texas joins states with romaine lettuce illnesses from  E. coli, CDC says

Texas joins states with romaine lettuce illnesses from  E. coli, CDC says

Texas was added Wednesday to the list of states in which people have reported illnesses from the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the CDC’s last update on May 2, the center recorded 28 more reports of ill people from 12 states. A total of 149 people in 29 states have been sickened by this particular strain of...
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