A rare disease stole her vision. Thanks to technology, she can see again

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana girl has a new outlook on life thanks to some groundbreaking technology. Twelve-year-old Kaylee Marks went blind over the past two years. A rare disease took her vision away, but technology is giving it back, according to WXIN. “Kaylee and I were at the Kentucky horse park Breyerfest, and I was pointing out some huge horses. I got the response of ‘uh huh’ from a girl who since the moment she’s been born loves horses,” Kaylee’s […]

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‘Red tide’ and green slime: Florida’s toxic algae problem

When Marcy Cornell’s toddler son “couldn’t breathe” on the first day of their recent Florida vacation, she took him straight to the emergency room. “Before they even asked me anything else … they said, ‘Did you go to the beach today?’ ” she recalled. Doctors said her son had upper airway inflammation “brought on by the red tide,” she said. Evan, almost 2 years old, is doing just fine now. But the warning signs were there from the start. The […]

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Experts detail the upside of pesticides

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the $289,000,000 Monsanto lawsuit verdict earlier this week, where a jury ruled the company’s weed killer, Round-Ip’ is responsible for a California man’s terminal cancer. Since the ruling, Bayer’s stock has seen a rocky week — and it’s still going down. That has a lot of people talking about pesticides. Do they pose a health risk when it comes to the foods we eat? By the year 2050, U.S. farmers will be tasked […]

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CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states

Health officials across the country are monitoring the spread of measles across 21 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to CDC, there have already been 107 cases reported this year. The majority of those cases were in people who were not vaccinated. Measles is an airborne virus that spreads through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms typically show up 10-14 days after exposure. 2018 is on track to become one of the worst years for measles in the […]

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FDA recalls two thyroid medications

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall for two thyroid medications made by a Chinese manufacturer because of potential problems with an ingredient. In the Aug. 9 statement, the FDA said Levothyroxine and Liothyronine 15 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg, and 120 mg thyroid tablets are being recalled as a precaution. The FDA said the recalled medications were “manufactured using active pharmaceutical ingredients that were sourced prior to the FDA’s import alert.” “Because these products may be […]

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Vaccines are for pregnant women and newborns, new study says

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? It’s been a controversial topic among parents and health officials for years. Dr. Shahan Chowdhury While many argue that TDAP — tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis (aka whooping cough) —  vaccines are linked to autism in children, the Centers for Disease Control has never found a link between the two. And now, there’s a new study that further supports that these vaccines are safe for pregnant women and newborns. Family medicine physician Dr. Shahan Chowdhury visited Morning […]

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Mom warns parents after mosquito bite leaves 6-year-old son in ICU

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina mom recently used Facebook to warn parents about La Crosse encephalitis, a virus transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. “And so it’s breaking all of our hearts to see the spunkiest one out of five brothers down,” LoriAnne Surrett told WLOS . The heartfelt words about her son Noah have been shared more than 1,400 times on Facebook. Her 6-year-old was hospitalized last weekend. Saturday he complained of a headache and eventually had […]

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Teen accuses Mayo Clinic of ‘medical kidnapping’

In a jaw-dropping moment caught on video, an 18-year-old high school senior rushes to escape from the hospital that saved her life and then, she says, held her captive. At the entrance to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, the young woman’s stepfather helps her out of a wheelchair and into the family car. Staff members come running toward him, yelling “No! No!” One of them grabs the young woman’s arm. “Get your hands off my daughter!” her stepfather yells. The car […]

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436 sick, 20 hospitalized due to parasitic illness linked to McDonald’s salads

The CDC now says 436 people have been diagnosed with a laboratory-confirmed intestinal illness linked to salads sold at McDonald’s. The cyclospora infection is part of an ongoing outbreak that began in May. Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a statement confirming 395 illnesses. That number increased to 436 this week. At least 20 people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported. The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness in people who consumed contaminated food or water. Symptoms […]

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Dallas hospital creates music therapy program to help stroke patients

DALLAS — For most of us, music is form a of entertainment, a way to rock out without a care in the world, or relax after a long day! But, for a local hospital music means so much more. “I’m a firm believer that music is healing that it’s good medicine and we need to explore integrative, complementary techniques to help our patients heal well,” said Katheryn Macdonell, founder of Music Therapy Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The hospital had […]

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