Health Tip: Washing Your Hands

— Germs are everywhere, and there’s no getting around them. So what can you do to avoid getting sick? Frequent hand washing is an excellent start, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC says you should always wash your hands: Before, during and after preparing food. Before eating food. Before and after caring for someone who […]

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That’s a lot of scratch: The $48,329 allergy test

This is a Kaiser Health News story. Janet Winston had a rash that wouldn’t go away. The English professor from Eureka, Calif., always had been sensitive to ingredients in skin creams and cosmetics. This time, however, the antifungal cream she was prescribed to treat her persistent rash seemed to make things worse. Was she allergic to that, too? Winston, 56, […]

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6 Unexpected Reasons Why You’ve Hit A Weight Loss Plateau

We’ve all been there: you’re a few months into your new diet or exercise regime, and those pounds you saw slipping off week after week have all of a sudden come to a halt. It can be extremely frustrating to see that number on the scale freeze, especially if you can’t think of any changes you’ve made that could have […]

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Owls help scientists unlock secret of how the brain pays attention

By studying barn owls, scientists at Johns Hopkins University believe they’ve taken an important step toward solving the longstanding mystery of how the brain chooses what most deserves attention. The finding, the cover article in the latest issue of the journal Cell Reports, likely applies to all animals, including humans, and offers new insight into what goes wrong in the […]

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B.C.’s Ombudsperson says government doing well at implementing recommendations following health firings

British Columbia’s Ombudperson says the provincial government has addressed most of the recommendations following a report into the firing of eight Ministry of Health workers, but still has work to do on key commitments. The province agreed to implement all 41 recommendations put forward by Jay Chalke in the 2017 Ombudsperson report. “The effort and collaboration required to make these […]

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Showerhead bacteria and lung infections: Researchers find correlation

Researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder have now shown that the regions in the United States where pathogenic mycobacteria are most prevalent in showerheads are the same regions where nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung infections are most common. The study, published in the journal, mBio, emphasizes the important role of showerheads in the transmission of NTM infections. Bacteria thrive in […]

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