Climate change will raise Florida’s risks of brain-eating amoeba and flesh-eating bacteria

When it’s blisteringly hot outside, splashing in the ocean, a lake or even a swimming pool is a popular way to beat the heat. But as global temperatures rise, scientists say, so do your chances of catching a nasty—or even deadly—bug. The scary one making headlines this summer is Vibrio vulnificus, also dubbed in media reports as “flesh-eating bacteria.” Historically, […]

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Targeted interventions raise HPV vaccine acceptance in women

(HealthDay)—Among young women, targeted educational interventions, particularly educational videos, increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine acceptability and knowledge, according to a study published online July 9 in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Lori Cory, M.D., from the University of Pennsylvania and the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and colleagues conducted an exploratory investigation to discover baseline acceptance of the prophylactic HPV vaccine […]

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Cholesterol levels below 50 can RAISE stroke risk by up to 170%

Low cholesterol can RAISE risk of stroke: LDL levels below 50 linked to 170% greater risk of fatal vessel ruptures The American Heart Association recommends keeping your ‘bad’ cholesterol low to prevent heart disease  But new Penn State research suggests that there is such a thing as too low  An LDL below 100 is considered ‘good’ and linked to a […]

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Suicide rates fall when states raise minimum wage: study

(HealthDay)—The link between paychecks and mental health just got a little stronger. New research suggests that raising the minimum wage might slow the rate of suicides in the United States. The review of all 50 states found that between 2006 and 2016, increasing a state’s minimum wage by a dollar was linked to a decrease in that state’s rate of […]

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Medically assisted reproduction does not raise risk of preterm birth and low birth weight

Couples considering medically assisted reproduction (MAR) because they have difficulty conceiving naturally have feared the possibility of preterm birth (less than 37 weeks of pregnancy) and low birth weight (less than 2.5 kilograms). Doctors often warn prospective parents about these risks. It’s a hard decision for couples with an unmet desire for children. Low birth weight children have more respiratory, […]

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