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(WASHINGTON) -- Blood donations have been halted in two Florida counties being investigated as the epicenter of a possible outbreak of locally transmitted Zika virus, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.At least four cases of Zika infections in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are being investigated by the Florida Health Department as...
(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- The Florida Health Department is now investigating four Zika infections that may have been transmitted locally. More than 1,300 people have been diagnosed with Zika in the U.S. and virtually all contracted the disease while traveling abroad. A small number were due to sexual transmission of the disease.If the investigation de...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Getting a flu vaccine for your child may be a little more painful this year.A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee is recommending against any use of the nasal spray flu vaccine for the upcoming flu season. It seems it's not nearly as effective as the injectable form. As a ...
(NEW YORK) -- A daily supplement or two has become routine for many Americans, but a report is highlighting how these substances can sometimes be harmful.Consumer Reports outlines in a extensive report how producers of dietary supplements face little regulation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and why that can be dangerous for those takin...
(NEW YORK) -- Want to burn calories? Those Nordic walking machines apparently live up to the hype.According to U.S. News & World Report, when done correctly, Nordic walking -- which mimics the motion of cross-country skiing -- can burn up to 40 percent more calories than regular walking, reduce knee and joint stress, boost oxygen consumption wh...
Posted 2016-07-27 10:22:55
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorNearly 10 million Americans reported misusing opioid medications between 2012 and 2013. This is a class of drugs that includes oxycontin and vicodin, without a prescription or not as prescribed.Medically, it's important to adequately treat pain, and there are numerous safe and effective way...
(NEW YORK) -- Doctors may be able to screen men for Alzheimer’s at even younger ages, according to a new study presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. A study from the Mayo Clinic showed that Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects over five million Americans, is found in both men and women, contrary...
(OSAKA, Japan) — If you’re going to binge on an entire season of your favorite show, try to work in some light exercise between episodes. That is, if you don't want to die.According to a Japanese study released Monday in the journal Circulation, researchers found sedentary behavior -- like watching too much TV -- can contribute to death...
(AUGUSTA, Ga.) -- The first American patient to undergo a double hand transplant is speaking out about his experience this week. Seven years after making headlines, Jeff Kepner, 64, is drawing attention to the risks of experimental surgery by revealing he cannot move his transplanted hands at all."I have zero mobility with my hands," Kepner, 64, to...
(RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.) -- A 6-year-old California boy with cystic fibrosis is seeing his wish to be a garbage man come true thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.The special day for Ethan Dean, from Rancho Cordova, California, began Tuesday morning with a surprise assembly at his elementary school. His classmates did a great job cheering him on! W...
(NEW YORK) -- The rate of cesarean sections and induced births in the U.S. has declined, reversing a decades-long trend of increased rates of obstetric interventions, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Researchers from multiple institutions, including the Rollins School of Public Health at Emor...
(FAIRFAX, Va.) — A Virginia baseball player was saved when his teammate administered CPR moments after he was struck in the chest by a baseball.The Manassas baseball team was practicing for the Southeast Regional Tournament on July 14 when the catcher threw the ball and hit Steve Smith directly in the chest, according to Steve's father Tim."H...
(NEW YORK) -- Layla Luciano is a New York City-based fitness trainer known for her high-intensity and exhilarating workouts. Luciano uses her 20 years of martial arts training to design workouts that activate both slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle fibers, ensuring a complete body burning and calorie-torching workout. The PACT Park co-founder will ...
(NEW YORK) -- If you’re going to binge on an entire season of your favorite show, try to work in some light exercise between episodes.According to a Japanese study released Monday in the journal Circulation, researchers found sedentary behavior -- like watching too much TV -- can contribute to death by blood clot. Researchers at the Osaka Uni...
Posted 2016-07-26 06:53:39
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorGet ready to play doctor with Google's symptom search.The tech titan's new feature gives you a more accurate list of health conditions when searching for specific symptoms. It's basically a more sophisticated search engine for symptoms, and increased education is always a good thing. But th...
(NEW YORK) -- While his rescue may have been “typical”, Hooch is far from a run-of-the-mill dog.When Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue took the dog from a shelter three years ago, he weighed half of what he does now and was suffering from a bad case of pneumonia. His ears had been sheared off, leaving him with an infection. But all of thi...
(NEW YORK) -- Pregnant women should be tested for the Zika virus with 14 days of suspected exposure to the virus or if they exhibit viral symptoms, according to updated guidelines issued Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC previously advised testing pregnant women within one week of exposure to the virus or if they...
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