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About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. The World Health Organization and the FDA in the United States have already selected the strains for the vaccine, and they've been tweaked to be more effective against the H1N1 strain, the main strain that caused the 2009 pandemic, and that was an issue in 2017 as well.
  • Gut bug enzyme turns blood into type-O

    Gut bug enzyme turns blood into type-O

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    There are four blood types - A, B, AB and O. Right now, A and B recipients must receive exactly the same type they have. People with type O-negative blood are known as universal donors, meaning they can give to anyone with any blood type .
  • West Nile confirmed in Greenwood

    West Nile confirmed in Greenwood

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    Mosquitoes typically become carriers of West Nile virus after feeding on an infected bird and can then spread the potentially lethal strain to animals and humans. View the HealthLinkBC file on DEET ( http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile96.stm ) for guidelines on how frequently to apply repellent. According to Rider, we haven't had this type of mosquito in years, but with the rise of Zika in South America, they wanted to make sure we don't start seeing them again.
  • Why a Harvard professor is calling coconut oil

    Why a Harvard professor is calling coconut oil "pure poison"

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    Dr Michels' claims follow a move by the American Heart Association (AHA) previous year to update its guidelines , which recommended that people avoid the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil . Because of these experiments, the organization recommends that people keep their daily calories from saturated fats at 5 percent to 6 percent of their daily calories.
  • Google Fit gets a complete revamp with new UI and fitness goals

    Google Fit gets a complete revamp with new UI and fitness goals

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    Google Fit has been in dire need of a major update for quite a while now, and less than two months before Google's expected fall hardware event where we're anticipating the company's first Pixel Watch, our prayers have been answered . The goal is to hit an amount of activity equivalent to at least 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week, in line with AHA and World Health Organization recommendations.
  • New York University offers free tuition to all medical students

    New York University offers free tuition to all medical students

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    At the same time, all current NYU medical students received emails saying the school is offering them full-ride scholarships too. "This decision recognizes a moral imperative that must be addressed, as institutions place an increasing debt burden on young people who aspire to become physicians", said Dr.
  • More Than 70 Overdoses In New Haven Spark Drug Investigation

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    An additional three people overdosed at the park Tuesday night (Aug. 14). "Testing done today in NY by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency confirms that samples of the substance that caused today's overdose cases on the New Haven Green are K-2, a potent, synthetic drug that induces marijuana-like effects", said Director of Communications for New Haven, Laurence Grotheer.
  • First 2 human cases of West Nile in CT reported

    First 2 human cases of West Nile in CT reported

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    The first mosquitoes to test positive this year for West Nile were found in late May in Glenview and Morton Grove . "You can significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by eliminating potential places for standing water where mosquitoes love to breed, such as: bird baths, tires, flower pots, wading pools, and other containers", wrote Karen Hall-Dundas, CHHD director of environmental health, in a statement.
  • The Health Insurers Squawk

    The Health Insurers Squawk

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    In January a federal court in MA ruled the formula wasn't arbitrary and capricious. A federal court ruling in New Mexico found the administration did not properly justify its formula for dispensing the funds. Block grants to the states would be based on ACA subsidies and the cost of Medicaid expansion "as of a fixed date", i.e., frozen, putting "federal spending on real budget", according to the plan.
  • Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

    Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

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    Bush . Trump selected D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant SCOTUS seat after Kennedy retires at the end of the month. It is not yet a done deal as the nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which Trump's Republican party narrowly controls by 51-49. "This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee, and all four of these people are highly qualified, been on the court , know what they're doing, mainstream ...
  • Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest mulls electronic tech after miscount

    Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest mulls electronic tech after miscount

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    Chestnut barely broke his own world record of 73 1/2 hot dogs which he set in 2016 during a qualifying event . After a lengthy review, it was determined the counters missed a plate, and Chestnut ate 74, not 64. Nathan's Famous hot dog brand turns 100 this Memorial Day weekend. "I love to eat". 'I didn't let the heat bother me or the humidity, ' Chestnut said after his win, reports The Mercury News .
  • FDA approves first marijuana-based epilepsy medication

    FDA approves first marijuana-based epilepsy medication

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    Marijuana now has an accepted medical use. Cannabis-derived CBD products are available where recreational marijuana is sold, though CBD derived from industrial hemp faces fewer regulations and is even stocked by some grocery stores. A government-regulated version of the oil will ease some doubts about the amount of CBD in the product, which can vary based on its origin, said Dr.
  • Moving lump on woman's face turns out to be parasitic worm

    Moving lump on woman's face turns out to be parasitic worm

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    Five days later, it had re-appeared on her upper left eyelid. The moving lump on her face turned out to be a worm under her skin, specifically the parasitic worm named Dirofilaria repens . "A physical examination showed a superficial moving oblong nodule at the left upper eyelid", her doctor wrote in a case report. But mosquitoes can pick it up and carry it to people on occasion.