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Drinking this type of tea could ruin your teeth, study says

Drinking this type of tea could ruin your teeth, study says

Do you love sipping tea? Beware of the fruity flavors, because they could be bad for your teeth, according to a new report.  Researchers from King's College London Dental Institute recently conducted a study, published in British Dental Journal, to determine how certain foods and drinks can affect tooth wear.  To do so, researchers examined a previous study that compared...
Olympian who almost drowned works to boost swim skills in others

Olympian who almost drowned works to boost swim skills in others

When he was 5 years old, Cullen Jones swooped down a slide at a Pennsylvania waterpark aboard an innertube. At the bottom, his tube flipped, trapping him underwater for half a minute. Jones lost consciousness. Lifeguards had to pull him out of the water and resuscitate him. But instead of letting that accident spark a fear of water in her son, Jones’ mother, who had tried to save him and started...
FluMist returns for next flu season, but it won’t be for everyone

FluMist returns for next flu season, but it won’t be for everyone

Next flu season, most people will again have the choice between a flu shot and FluMist, an inhaled live virus vaccine. Last week, AstraZeneca, the maker of FluMist, announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend the vaccine for the 2018-19 season, two years after it stopped recommending it. FluMist had proven ineffective...
Student boxer dies in amateur charity event, after collapsing during fight

Student boxer dies in amateur charity event, after collapsing during fight

A Tennessee college student died in the middle of an amateur boxing match Friday night in Knoxville, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  University of Tennessee junior Tanner Wray, 20, collapsed on the mat as he was walking to his corner in the second round of his fight in the 38th annual Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament. Wray, an aerospace engineering and science...

Flu shots less effective than normal, CDC report says

It turns out the rumors were true: This year’s flu shot is indeed less effective than usual. An unusually resilient strain of influenza called H3N2 has been the predominant assailant this season, and the vaccine rolled out last year was ill-suited to protect against it. While previous analyses from Canada and Australia on its H3N2 effectiveness lent some non-significant support to suspicions...
Insurance plans push healthier choices at grocery store

Insurance plans push healthier choices at grocery store

MINNEAPOLIS — Sandy Brezinski savored the savings last week when her preferred brand of organic tortilla chips went on sale. Not only did her grocery store discount the item to $2.99, a program offered through her employer’s health insurance knocked another $2 off the price. “You get that for 99 cents,” Brezinski said. “How good is that?” More health plans are dabbling...
FDA approves first blood test that can help diagnose a concussion

FDA approves first blood test that can help diagnose a concussion

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-ever blood test to detect the telltale signs of serious brain injury, bringing to fruition a long quest to make the diagnosis of concussions simpler and more precise. After deliberations that took less than six months, the FDA approved the marketing of the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator to aid the evaluation of concussions in adults. The speedy...
FDA approves blood test that can detect concussions 

FDA approves blood test that can detect concussions 

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a breakthrough blood test that can help detect concussions in adults. >> Read more trending news  The blood test, also known as the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator Test, works by measuring UCH-L1 and GFAP, both proteins released from the brain into the blood, within 12 hours of a head injury. It can be administered as soon as...
New tests, including blood check, could help doctors diagnose autism

New tests, including blood check, could help doctors diagnose autism

A newly developed blood and urine test could potentially detect autism in young children. >> Read more trending news  That’s according to new research from scientists in the United Kingdom and Italy who conducted tests in search for damage to proteins previously known to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders. The study, published this week in the academic journal ...
Kentucky bill would terminate parental rights of women after birth of drug-addicted babies

Kentucky bill would terminate parental rights of women after birth of drug-addicted babies

The opioid epidemic in the U.S. has claimed millions of victims and has spread into even remote corners of American society.  >> Read more trending news  While critics have accused states and the federal government of being slow to act in addressing the crisis, there has been a recent spotlight on the pharmaceutical companies’ role in the epidemic, and Kentucky, in particular...
FluMist returns next flu season, but it’s not for everyone

FluMist returns next flu season, but it’s not for everyone

Next flu season, most people will again have the option of getting the flu shot or the FluMist, an inhaled live virus vaccine. This week AstraZeneca, the maker of FluMist, announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend the vaccine for the 2018-2019 season , two...
Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

The weather in some parts of the country is not helping people with allergies, and your pets could also be feeling the effects of the high pollen (and other allergens) count.  >> Read more trending news  Pets are often sniffling grass, other pets and the ground. They are also much closer to where the allergens can sit, so they could be more exposed to more allergens, such...
Packed town hall showcases finalists for Austin Public Health director

Packed town hall showcases finalists for Austin Public Health director

A town hall Wednesday night showcased the two finalists running to become Austin Public Health’s next director. Stephanie Hayden, the current interim director, and Dr. Philip Huang, with the department’s Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division, are the two remaining candidates vying to lead the department that manages a variety of health-related issues in the city, including immunizations...
Tennis champ Serena Williams reveals she ‘almost died’ after giving birth to first baby

Tennis champ Serena Williams reveals she ‘almost died’ after giving birth to first baby

Tennis champion Serena Williams revealed she “almost died after giving birth” to her first child, daughter Olympia, last fall, according to a column by Williams on CNN.com.  >> Read more trending news  Williams had a relatively easy birth Sept. 1, 2017, delivering her daughter by C-section, but two hours later, she was in a fight for her life that lasted six days,...
Central Health parts ways with firm redeveloping Brackenridge site

Central Health parts ways with firm redeveloping Brackenridge site

Central Health has changed course on its plans to choose one master developer to redevelop the prime six-block site in downtown Austin that was once home to University Medical Center Brackenridge. Travis County’s health district in October had selected Baltimore-based Wexford Science & Technology, one of several contenders, as its preferred partner for the yearslong project, but Central Health...
LATEST: Travis County flu death toll hits 39, officials say

LATEST: Travis County flu death toll hits 39, officials say

The flu death toll in Travis County hit 39 this week, continuing what public health officials have described as one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent memory. Austin Public Health spokeswoman Carole Barasch said the majority of deaths so far have been people age 80 and older and that no children have died from the illness. The death toll is now more than double the second deadliest season in...
Counting calories isn't key to weight loss, study finds

Counting calories isn't key to weight loss, study finds

It’s often considered common knowledge that in order to lose weight, you should start by reducing your calorie intake. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even advises individuals trying to lose weight to keep a calorie tracking journal. But new research finds losing weight is more about diet quality than calorie quantity. The findings, published this week in the academic...
TONIGHT: Public can meet finalists to lead Austin health department amid flu crisis

TONIGHT: Public can meet finalists to lead Austin health department amid flu crisis

In the midst of one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent memory, Austin will soon make a decision on who will be the next person to helm its Public Health Department. The community on Wednesday night will have a chance to weigh in on the two finalists for the job: the department’s interim director, Stephanie Hayden, and its medical director and health authority, Dr. Philip Huang. The candidates...
Women may be mistaking ovarian cancer symptoms for bloating, study says

Women may be mistaking ovarian cancer symptoms for bloating, study says

According to a new research, women may be suffering from ovarian cancer without even knowing it. A study completed by Target Ovarian Cancer (TOC) shared Monday found that instead of visiting a physician after feeling symptoms including bloating and fullness, women are more likely to simply change their diets. By just switching to eating probiotic yogurts or leaving out gluten from their...
Child psychologist molests pre-teen girl, posts assault online, police say

Child psychologist molests pre-teen girl, posts assault online, police say

An adolescent psychologist who was the head of a mental health and therapy firm in downtown Atlanta allegedly molested at least one girl and posted recordings of it online. >> Read more trending news  Jonathan Gersh, 37, has been in Cobb County jail since Valentine’s Day without bond on several felony charges of child molestation and child pornography, jail records showed Tuesday...
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...
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