Category Health

Study: Many Paramedics Ignore Hand Hygiene Rules

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Paramedics have a “remarkably low” rate of compliance with hand hygiene standards, which could put patients at risk for deadly infections, according to a new report.

For the study, researchers observed 77 paramedics in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Australia as they dealt with 87 patients. The paramedics’ compliance with basic hygiene was high: short, clean nails (83 percent); hair short or tied back (99 percent); no jewelry worn (62 percent).

But many ignored World Health Organization guidelines in five situations when cleansing with soap and water or an antiseptic rub is needed. Too many relied instead on gloves, suggesting they care more about protecting themselves than patients, the study authors said.

“[Hand...

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Alternative therapies for cancer

You may have seen the ads in the Sunday paper or on TV: “Try this all-natural remedy! Thousands already have!”

Some of these ads grab your attention with the headline, “Here’s something your doctors don’t want you to know.” I highly doubt that your doctor is interested in keeping secrets from you, especially if there was something safe and effective that could improve your health. In addition, the treatments promoted in these ads are typically untested, unproven, and largely unregulated.

While I rarely object to my patients pursuing “alternative remedies” that seem safe, I am concerned when the ads suggest that you can “throw away all those pills” your doctor recommended because the advertised treatment will make them unnecessary. That always seemed like a hazardous claim...

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What to do if you think your child has the flu

We are in the thick of influenza season now, and so it’s natural that if you hear your child start coughing, you wonder: could this be the flu?

The flu is different from the common cold, but it’s not always easy to tell them apart, especially at the beginning. The flu usually comes on suddenly, and its symptoms can include fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, feeling tired, and generally just feeling rotten. Some people have vomiting and/or diarrhea, too. Not everyone has all these symptoms, and the illness can range from mild to severe. So what do you do if you think your child might have the flu?

Call your doctor

You don’t necessarily need an appointment, but you should call for advice. Describe your child’s symptoms...

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Tyson Foods Recalls Chicken Nuggets

Jan. 30, 2019 — About 36,420 pounds of chicken nuggets are being recalled by Tyson Foods because they may be contaminated with rubber.

The recalled 5-pound plastic packages of “Tyson White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets,” were produced on November 26, 2018. They have a use-by date of November 26, 2019, a case code “3308SDL03” on the label, and the establishment number “P-13556” inside the USDA mark of inspection, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), CNN reported.

The chicken nuggets were shipped to stores across the U.S.

There haven’t been any confirmed reports of illness from eating the chicken nuggets, according to FSIS, which is concerned that people may still have the recalled products in their freezers, CNN reported.

“These products s...

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Study: Disclosing Drug Prices Might Not Cut Costs

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Jan. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — By itself, a Trump administration plan to make drug companies disclose the cost of their medicines in TV ads is unlikely to help tame drug prices, a new study shows.

Researchers did find that revealing the cost of expensive drugs in ads would significantly lower patient demand for those drugs, but that impact largely vanished when the ads included a modifier, such as an explanation that the drug would be low-cost or free with insurance coverage or other discounts.

“Will price disclosure work at all? The answer is yes: price disclosure works, absent anything else,” said study co-author Bill Tayler, a professor of accounting at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City.

“But in a world where pharmaceutical compa...

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Dairy: Health food or health risk?

When I was a growing teenager, I drank as much milk as possible (often straight from the carton while standing in front of the open fridge, much to my mother’s chagrin). I’d seen the TV ads — milk and other dairy foods were the express ticket to stronger bones and bigger muscles.

But today dairy’s nutritional reputation is as clear as, well, a glass of milk. Dairy is either good or bad for you depending on the latest diet trend or recent study...

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Gold Medal Flour Recalled on Salmonella Fears

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Possible salmonella contamination has led to a U.S.-wide recall of five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour, General Mills says.

The company said the voluntary recall is restricted to bags with a “better if used by” date of April 20, 2020, CBS News reported.

The recall was issued after sampling of the five-pound bags revealed “the potential presence” of the bacteria, according to General Mills

The company said the “recall is being issued out of an abundance of care as General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product,” CBS News reported.

Consumers with the recalled flour should throw it out. For more information, call General Mills at 1-800-230-8103 or go to its website.

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Couch potatoes start early: How to get kids moving

We know that American adults are couch potatoes. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, only 5% of US adults are physically active for 30 minutes every day, and only one in three gets the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity every week. It’s understood that people get less active as they get older, but we generally think of children as being physically active. However, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics, these days being a couch potato starts in childhood.

As part of the Childhood Obesity Project in Europe, researchers followed 600 children between the ages of 6 and 11, and measured how physically active they were using a wristband designed for that purpose...

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Bad breath: What causes it and what to do about it

Almost everyone experiences bad breath once in a while. But for some people, bad breath is a daily problem, and they struggle to find a solution. Approximately 30% of the population complains of some sort of bad breath. Halitosis (Latin for “bad breath”) often occurs after a garlicky meal or in the morning after waking. Other causes of temporary halitosis include some beverages (including alcoholic drinks or coffee) and tobacco smoking.

Some people may not be aware of their own halitosis and learn about it from a relative, friend, or coworker, causing some degree of discomfort and distress. In severe cases, bad breath may negatively impact personal relationships and a person’s quality of life.

What causes bad breath? And what can you do about it?

Bad breath can originate both inside...

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Plague: What to Know in 2019

Jan. 18, 2019 — Wyoming’s Department of Health has confirmed another case of plague in a cat, the third in the past 6 months in the state.

No human cases of plague, spread by fleas, have been reported during that time, but public health officials are advising people to practice flea control for their household pets and to take animals who appear sick to the vet immediately.

“Most of the cats had a history of going outside,” says Karl Musgrave, DVM, state public health veterinarian.

They probably were exposed to fleas when outside hunting rodents, he says. With awareness of the symptoms, and prompt treatment, the disease is treatable in pets and humans, he says.

“The cats all lived,” Musgrave says.

What Is Plague, and What Are the Types?

Plague is a serious bacterial infection...

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