Florida woman dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria infection at beach, family says

Woman dies after allegedly contracting flesh-eating bacteria at a Florida beach Florida woman dies after falling into the ocean and suffering a cut which allegedly led to necrotizing fasciitis. A family’s trip to the beach ended in tragedy after their 77-year-old grandmother fell into a small hole in the water and cut her leg, providing an opening for a deadly flesh-eating […]

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Moments of clarity in dementia patients at end of life: Glimmers of hope?

It happens unexpectedly: a person long thought lost to the ravages of dementia, unable to recall the events of their lives or even recognize those closest to them, will suddenly wake up and exhibit surprisingly normal behavior, only to pass away shortly thereafter. This phenomenon, which experts refer to as terminal or paradoxical lucidity, has been reported since antiquity, yet […]

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Playing at physiotherapy

Gaming technology can assist with physical therapy and rehabilitation, according to a team from Brazil. Writing in the International Journal of Auditing Technology, the team discusses the potential for the Microsoft Xbox games console and its motion sensor system, Kinect. The team has reviewed the use of this technology in the rehabilitation arena and concludes from their analysis, that the […]

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Trial finds vitamin D does not prevent type 2 diabetes in people at high risk

Taking a daily vitamin D supplement does not prevent type 2 diabetes in adults at high risk, according to results from a study funded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. The Vitamin D and Type 2 Diabetes (D2d) study enrolled 2,423 adults and was conducted at 22 sites […]

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I Had a Perfectly Normal EKG at My Check-Up—and the Next Day I Had a Heart Attack

  On the day of my annual physical, I wasn’t worried about my heart: At 63, I was a non-smoker with a BMI of 20 who got (mostly) regular exercise and took no daily medication. A blood test the week prior had shown my total cholesterol was 187, with a good HDL/LDL ratio and low triglycerides. The report included this reassuring notation: “lower relative cardiovascular risk […]

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Mentally ill at risk of dangerous pregnancy complication

New research by Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia has revealed that women with severe mental illness have a greater chance of developing a serious medical complication during pregnancy. A study published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology revealed women suffering from schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders were three times more likely […]

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Overwhelmed At Work? You May Be Experiencing This Condition

Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t bear to go to the office one more day? Or that your workload is beyond insurmountable? If you’re saying “yes” and “yes,” there’s a chance that you may have experience burnout — and most Americans have. It is a state of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion which occurs when we feel overworked, overwhelmed […]

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Negative experiences at dentist much more common for low-income, nonwhite children

Disparities in young children’s experiences at the dentist are linked to income, ethnicity and language, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Published in Academic Pediatrics, it found that families with lower incomes or from ethnic or linguistic minority groups were more likely to report negative incidents, such as the child being physically restrained, separated from […]

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