Women more likely to survive a heart attack when treated by female doctors

Here’s why your doctor’s white coat can be a potential health risk to you

A recent study of patients at 10 academic hospitals in the United States found that just over half care about what their doctors wear, most of them preferring the traditional white coat. Some doctors prefer the white coat, too, viewing it as a defining symbol of the profession. What many might not realize, though, is […]

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17-year-old undergoes double lung transplant due to vaping-related illness

Doctors at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit performed what they believe is the United States’ first double lung transplant on a patient whose lungs were damaged after vaping, according to the hospital. The male patient, who turned 17 while recovering at the hospital, wants to remain anonymous for now, but was described as a […]

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Brain-eating amoeba infects 10-year-old girl after swim in Texas river

A 10-year-old girl was infected with a rare and deadly brain-eating amoeba after swimming in a Texas river, her family says. Now she’s in a fight for her life, according to a Facebook group. On Sunday, Lily Mae Avant swam in the Brazos River and symptoms of the infection began soon after, KRLD NewsRadio reported. […]

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Sedentary lifestyle cancels out heart benefits of having a normal weight

Researchers have found that low levels of physical activity can put healthy weight adults at the same risk for cardiovascular disease as adults who are overweight. “Our study demonstrates that a sedentary lifestyle counters the benefit of being at a normal weight when it comes to heart disease risk,” said lead investigator Arch G. Mainous […]

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Louisiana: Vets helped disabled turtle move again by designing an innovative wheelchair

When Pedro, an adult male box turtle, was adopted by his owners, he was missing one of his back legs. But after recently escaping from his outdoor enclosure, he was missing the other rear leg. “Unfortunately, several months ago, he escaped. His owners hadn’t seen him for several months. Then when he finally returned, he […]

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Teenager shatters his jaw in ‘freak’ e-cigarette explosion

What he told doctors shocked them: The boy was vaping when, without warning, his e-cigarette exploded in his face. The freak accident, described in a case study published Wednesday, is just one of thousands in recent years. “People need to know before they buy these devices that there’s a possibility they are going to blow […]

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Young girl invents a teddy bear IV stand for children who fear them

Ella Casano, now 12, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) when she was seven. “It’s when her body attacks and destroys its own platelets, so it puts her at higher risk for bleeding or injury, more than most people,” said Meg Casano, Ella’s mother Due to ITP, Ella had to […]

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Washington state to become first state in USA to allow ‘human composting’

Lawmakers in Washington state passed Senate Bill 5001, a bill that would allow human remains to be composted. If Governor Jay Inslee signs the bill, Washington state would be the first state to allow human composting and it would take effect from May 1, 2020. The Seattle Times reported that Democratic Governor Jay Inslee’s office […]

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Why are cases of heart attack increasing among young women?

The risk of having a heart attack appears to be rising among young women, according to a new study, and researchers are trying to figure out why. When analysed across five-year intervals, the overall proportion of heart attack-related hospital admissions in the United States attributable to young patients, ages 35 to 54, steadily climbed from […]

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