Friday, September 21, 2018

Health

What sends 12 million Americans to the doctor every year and costs us $51 million? Earwax.

What sends 12 million Americans to the doctor every year and costs us $51 million? Earwax.

Of all the indignities that come with aging, excessive earwax may be the most insidious.Don’t laugh.That greasy, often gross, buildup occurs more often in older ears than those of the young, experts say. And when it goes unrecognized, it can pose ser...
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Four more cases of measles found in Pinellas County, bringing total to seven

Four more cases of measles found in Pinellas County, bringing total to seven

Four more people have come down with the measles, according to the Department of Health in Pinellas County, adding to three cases announced by officials earlier this month. Before the first case was announced on Aug. 13, there had been no cases of me...
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Mind-altering breast milk? New pot study poses that question

Mind-altering breast milk? New pot study poses that question

CHICAGO— Marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers’ breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and afterward. Experts say the ingredient, THC, has chemical...
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Safest level of alcohol consumption is none, worldwide study shows

Safest level of alcohol consumption is none, worldwide study shows

To minimize health risks, the optimal amount of alcohol someone should consume is none. That’s the simple, surprising conclusion of a massive study, co-authored by 512 researchers from 243 institutions, published Thursday in the prestigious journal t...
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Tampa’s Haley VA makes point about pain management with acupuncture

Tampa’s Haley VA makes point about pain management with acupuncture

TAMPA — Above the war-torn jungles of Vietnam in 1969, U.S. Marine Capt. Bob McHenry piloted a ch-53 Sea Stallion helicopter after completing another dangerous ammunition support mission.When enemy fire struck one of his engines, McHenry spotted a br...
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Rabies alert issued for Tampa neighborhood after cat attacks three people

Rabies alert issued for Tampa neighborhood after cat attacks three people

TAMPA — A rabies alert has been issued and three people are receiving treatment because of an unprovoked attack Tuesday by a rabid cat near Sligh and Manhattan Avenues in Tampa.The Florida Department of Health issued the 60-day alert Saturday for an ...
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St. Pete’s new pulse spurs Bayfront Health to grow its heart program

St. Pete’s new pulse spurs Bayfront Health to grow its heart program

As more condos go up in downtown St. Petersburg, the city’s oldest and largest hospital is investing in ways to stay top of mind for current and future residents. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is expanding its cardiology program to offer more heart ...
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As life spans lengthen, many in their 60s and 70s are caring for parents

As life spans lengthen, many in their 60s and 70s are caring for parents

"This won’t go on for very long," Sharon Hall said to herself when she invited her elderly mother, who’d suffered several small strokes, to live with her.That was five years ago, just before Hall turned 65 and found herself crossing into older age.In...
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The government approved an app that aids ‘natural’ birth control. Does it work?

The government approved an app that aids ‘natural’ birth control. Does it work?

The Food and Drug Administration took a "big tent" approach earlier this month when it approved two new forms of birth control that prevent pregnancy in very different ways.Women’s health advocates applauded the availability of a new vaginal ring tha...
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In Pinellas, three cases of the measles revive concerns about those who don’t vaccinate

In Pinellas, three cases of the measles revive concerns about those who don’t vaccinate

Pinellas County hadn’t seen a case of measles in 20 years. Then suddenly last week it had three, all from unvaccinated people. While some local physicians were not surprised that the highly contagious virus made its way back into Tampa Bay, mo...
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