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CDC investigates after 4 patients got sepsis from contaminated platelet transfusions

Four people in three states developed sepsis after receiving bacteria-contaminated platelet transfusions between May and October last year, according to a US government report released Thursday. One of the four patients died. The source of the bacterial contamination of the platelets isn’t clear. An analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that…MORE

Brain disease linked to lychee toxins kills 47 children in India

Almost 50 children have died in northern India over the past three weeks from a brain disease that has been linked to toxins in lychees. Health authorities in the state of Bihar said Thursday that 47 children have died of acute encephalitis syndrome, which involves inflammation of the brain. Two hospitals in the city of…MORE

Uganda tightens border, bans gatherings as second Ebola death confirmed

Ugandan authorities beefed up border controls and banned public gatherings in the region affected by Ebola Thursday, confirming a second death after the disease was first detected in the country this week. The country’s health ministry said that a 50-year-old grandmother had died on Wednesday evening after arriving in Uganda on June 10 from the…MORE

Changing your meat-eating habits could mean a longer life, study suggests

Mounting evidence continues to suggest that eating too much red meat — such as bacon and hot dogs — is linked with health problems. A new study finds that changes in your red-meat-eating habits can be tied to your risk of early death. An increase in red meat consumption of at least half a serving…MORE

Epilepsy drugs linked to higher risk of birth defects, study says

Side effects of prescription drugs are of particular concern during pregnancy. Two medicines used to control epileptic seizures — and prescribed to patients with migraine, pain and bipolar disorder — are associated with an increased risk of birth defects, new research indicates. Women who took valproic acid or topiramate in the early months of their…MORE

Nursing home abuse frequently goes unreported, government agency finds

Abuse in nursing homes remains under-reported in the United States, according to reports released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General. One report estimated that 1 in 5 ER visits from a nursing home is the result of abuse. It analyzed 37,607 “high-risk hospital ER claims” made to…MORE

2,500-year-old tomb offers earliest evidence of humans using cannabis to get high

Cannabis has been cultivated as a crop for millennia, but there’s been little historical or archeological evidence showing when humans began to use the plant for what it’s best known for today: getting high. However, an excavation of a 2,500-year-old tomb in western China has revealed the earliest clear evidence of humans using cannabis for…MORE

Most rabies infections in the United States come from bats, CDC says

In the United States, the culprit behind most rabies cases has shifted from dogs to bats. The flying mammals now cause 7 out of 10 US rabies cases, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers looked at rabies trends in the United States over the span of 80 years,…MORE

Still HIV negative but at risk of an infection? Take this pill, experts say

A simple pill taken every day, known as “pre-exposure prophylaxis” or PrEP, can help prevent an infection with HIV. Doctors should offer PrEP to people at high risk of acquiring HIV, according to a new US Preventive Services Task Force statement published Tuesday. The task force, an independent panel of experts tasked with making recommendations…MORE

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