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Zika toll continues to grow

Zika toll continues to grow

COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – Florida has added 10 new cases of the Zika virus, and the overall number of infections involving pregnant women has reached 90, according to information released Wednesday by the state Department of Health. Mosquito-borne Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth […]

Is it wiser to wait for a flu shot?

Is it wiser to wait for a flu shot?

Some medical experts are wary of marketing that promotes early vaccinations. BY JULIE APPLEBY KAISER HEALTH NEWS TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE The pharmacy chain pitches started in August: Come in and get your flu shot. Convenience is touted. So are incentives: CVS offers a 20-percent-off shopping pass for everyone who gets a shot, while Walgreens donates […]

Late bedtimes for tots can lead to teen weight problems

Late bedtimes for tots can lead to teen weight problems

BY ALLIE SHAH STAR TRIBUNE/TNS Benjamin Franklin may have been on to something when he prescribed “early to bed” for better health. This could be especially true in the ongoing fight against childhood obesity. A recent study found that preschoolers who went to bed after 8 p.m. had a significantly higher risk of becoming obese […]

Why people give up on their Fitbits

Why people give up on their Fitbits

BY ALLIE SHAH STAR TRIBUNE/TNS Once embraced with enthusiasm and worn with pride, fitness trackers are now winding up in the bottom of a drawer months later. Researchers at the University of Washington wanted to know why so many people abandon their tracking devices. They found more than 100 former self-trackers and asked them why […]

E-cigarettes may help smokers kick the habit

E-cigarettes may help smokers kick the habit

BY KAREN KAPLAN LOS ANGELES TIMES / TNS The more that “vaping” – e-cigarettes – takes hold in England, the better the odds that smokers there will succeed in their attempts to stop using regular cigarettes. These parallel trends, reported Wednesday in the BMJ medical journal, don’t prove that electronic cigarettes help smokers kick the […]

Zika undercount hides extent of virus spread

Zika undercount hides extent of virus spread

That’s what medical experts are saying about Florida’s methods of reporting disease BY DANIEL CHANG MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – For months, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and state agencies have reported almost daily on the public health crisis posed by the spread of Zika. From the first three travel-related cases identified in January, to the emergence […]

Modified mosquitoes sought to combat Zika virus

Modified mosquitoes sought to combat Zika virus

Modified mosquitoes sought to combat Zika virus THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With the number of locally transmitted Zika cases continuing to climb, 61 members of the Florida House have signed a letter urging federal officials to allow the use of genetically engineered mosquitoes to help combat the virus. Incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land […]

Felon Food Groups

Felon Food Groups

Nuts, shellfish among the biggest suspects in a big increase in dietary allergies By Sharon Thompson McClatchy Newspapers As a population, Americans are becoming more allergic, and scientists don’t know why. The incidence of food allergies has skyrocketed, doubling in the last 10 years. One in 25 Americans has a food allergy, and for children […]

Three great recipes for allergy sufferers

Three great recipes for allergy sufferers

CINNAMON, RAISIN AND APPLE MUFFINS (Egg- and nut-free) 2 cups all-purpose flour Pinch salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons soft brown sugar 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, ­melted 2 apples, unpeeled and grated 1/3 cup raisins 3/4 cup milk Raw sugar to sprinkle, optional Line 12 sections of a muffin […]

A growing mental health crisis in Flint

A growing mental health crisis in Flint

Health care workers and community leaders said they’ve seen increased anxiety in all ages – kids through senior citizens – because of the water crisis. BY ELISHA ANDERSON DETROIT FREE PRESS/TNS FLINT, Mich. – People living in Flint are experiencing mental health issues caused by the ongoing water crisis, including stress, anxiety and fear over […]