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NC man dies, contracted 'brain-eating amoeba' at water park

NC man dies, contracted 'brain-eating amoeba' at water park The amoeba, Naegleria fowleri , also known as the brain-eating amoeba, is found in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers and hot springs during the summertime. "Gray's death was tragic and untimely", stated Greensboro lawyer Justin Plummer. "The family is now asking for privacy and respect during this hard time", said Justin Plummer. [Full Article...]

North Carolina patient's death linked to rare brain infection

North Carolina patient's death linked to rare brain infection Gray became sick after swimming in Fantasy Lake Water Park in Hope Mills in Cumberland County on July 12. Local health officers are working with Fantasy Lake Water Park on ways to protect swimmers in the future. Health officials said that the amoeba can not cause infection from drinking water, and it does not live in saltwater. But the infection is very rare, and according to the CDC, ther... [Full Article...]

New Guidelines For Aspirin

New Guidelines For Aspirin People who are urged to take daily aspirin are 40 to 70 year olds who don't have heart disease but are at high risk, but only with a doctor's recommendation. And almost half of people over 70 who don't have heart disease - estimated at about 10 million - were taking daily aspirin for prevention, the researchers reported in Annals of Internal Medicine. [Full Article...]

Innovative treatment for gynaecological cancers approved for Cancer Drugs Fund

Innovative treatment for gynaecological cancers approved for Cancer Drugs Fund The cost-effectiveness body in final draft guidance said the Cancer Drugs Fund should reimburse Lynparza ( olaparib ) in adults with advanced high-grade epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer that has responded to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy. [Full Article...]

The rise of a deadly superfungus may be tied to global warming

The rise of a deadly superfungus may be tied to global warming Severe cases of this superbug can cause a blood infection in some patients according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and it poses a " serious global health threat ". auris infection in the U.S. alone. Researchers believe rising temperatures are allowing candida auris to evolve to live at higher temperatures, meaning they can survive inside humans. [Full Article...]

West Nile Virus detected in central Utah

West Nile Virus detected in central Utah The Health District's Mosquito Surveillance Program continues to identify West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis virus-positive mosquitoes throughout Southern Nevada. Also change water in pet dishes, birdbaths, and flower pots weekly. Dusk and Dawn: Avoid outdoor activies like gardening at dusk and when, when mosquitoes are most active. [Full Article...]

Brain-eating amoeba kills swimmer

Brain-eating amoeba kills swimmer Health officials confirmed that the death was directly related to Naegleria fowleri , also known as "brain-eating amoeba", which is naturally present in warm freshwater during the summer. This usually happens when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places. The single-celled organism is found when freshwater has higher temperatures and lower levels, typically during extended periods... [Full Article...]

A new OR law will let students take 'mental health days'

A new OR law will let students take 'mental health days' And it's not just an OR problem, although the state does have a suicide rate 40% higher than the national average. When Oregon students go back to school this year, they'll be able to take mental health days without risking an unexcused absence because of a new law that was proposed by a group of high schoolers. [Full Article...]


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