Evidence that a relatively low-tech strategy for combating the disease can work well, if it is rigorously applied.
By Jennifer J. Brown, PhD, Everyday Health Staff Writer
Highly caffeinated energy drinks and energy shots may enhance sports performance or keep you alert and attentive. But hidden in their promise is the risk of getting too much caffeine — and that can endanger your heart. Drinks like Red Bull, Monster, and Rockstar, or shots like 5-Hour Energy, are not the same as sports drinks or coffee. Energy drinks and energy shots contain up to 500 milligrams (mgs) of caffeine per can or bottle compared with 100 mgs in a typical cup of coffee, or about 50 mgs in a 12 oz. caffeinated soda. Many energy drink labels don’t accurately disclose caffeine levels, found a Consumer Reports investigation, and they’re not FDA regulated. As the number of energy drink-related emergency room visits is spiking — from about 1,500 in 2005 to over 20,000 cases in 2011, according to a recent government report — experts also worry about toxic combos of energy drinks and illicit drugs. Though energy drinks are popular with young people, the largest increase in emergencies was for people over 40. Here are several ways energy drinks may endanger your heart — and your life.
Questions raised over effectiveness of flu drugs
USA Today: A new study has cast doubt on the effectiveness of Tamiflu and Relenza, two popular drugs in the fight against influenza with researchers saying one of them ‘may be no better than other symptom relief medications.’
Photo: Tamiflu boxes (Thomas Kienzle, AP)
If you went to see the Kings of Leon concert on March 28 in Seattle, let’s hope you came home with nothing but great memories.
A young woman at that concert in Seattle has come down with measles, which can be spread for days by a person who’s infected but not yet sick. That’s bad news for the thousands of people who shared the concert hall with her, or were at the many other places she went that week.
And that’s why the Washington State Department of Health has published the unidentified woman’s schedule online.
"The reason we’re doing this is that it’s so highly contagious," says Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, who is chief of communicable disease control for Seattle and King County Public Health, which investigated the measles case. “It can stay in the air for hours after the contagious person has left. If we don’t treat these people, the chain of transmission can continue.”
The young woman became contagious on March 26, after visiting a family with measles cases that were linked to an outbreak in British Columbia. Unaware she was infected, she went to work at a bakery, filled her car up at a gas station, went to the concert, went to Pike Place Market and went out for sushi. All the while she was spreading viruses in the air.
So if you were at the Starbucks at 102 Pike Street between 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 29 and you’re not sure if you’re immune to measles, the Washington State Department of Health wants you to see a health care professional immediately. You may be in the market for a quick shot of vaccine or immune globulin.
Photo: This one’s virus-free: Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill and Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon performed in Los Angeles in December. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Radio.com)
Which fruits and vegetables are in season?
Summer brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to grocery stores, farmers’ markets and local gardens. That means more opportunities to add tasty and heart-healthy foods to your everyday meals.
Strawberries, tomatoes, cantaloupe and other seasonal produce taste good and help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. To take full advantage of the summer’s healthy selections, concentrate on color, said Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., MPH, RD, and the incoming chair of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee.
“Get yourself out of your box,” Johnson said. “Really thinking about the color is so important.”
Deep green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and romaine lettuce are better choices than lighter green vegetables, which add crunch to salads but aren’t as rich in nutrients.
Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables include mangos, peaches, squash and carrots. Think red with beets and strawberries or blue and purple with plums, blueberries and blackberries.
Beyond summer and into fall, consider pumpkins, autumn squash and cranberries for incorporating deep-colored, beneficial vegetables into your diet.
Researchers Decode Germs’ DNA to Fight Food Poisoning
Chances are you’ve heard of mapping genes to diagnose rare diseases, predict your risk of cancer and tell your ancestry. But to uncover food poisonings? The nation’s disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses.
The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning and bacteria that are especially dangerous to pregnant women. Already, the government credits the technology with helping to solve a listeria outbreak that killed one person in California and sickened seven others in Maryland.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/researchers-decode-germs-dna-fight-food-poisoning
A shocking 49 measles cases have been reported in California to date in 2014, up from only four at this same time last year. The outbreak is reigniting public health concerns over the anti-vaccination movement; while releasing its data at the end…
Chikungunya in the Caribbean - Watch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions - Travel Health Notices | Travelers' Health | CDC
In December 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported cases of chikungunya in Saint Martin. Additional cases were reported in other islands in the Caribbean. This is the first time that local transmission of chikungunya has been reported in the Americas.
April 7th is World Health Day, a day sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness of a certain global health issue each year and campaign for change. This year, the WHO is focusing on the massive global health issue that is vector-borne disease. This includes…
Watch the world back polio into a corner … Just three countries left until global eradication of the virus!
BTW: The World Health Organization said that its Southeast Asian region is now officially polio-free.
The milestone means that 80 percent of the world’s population now lives without fear of the paralyzing disease.
From 1988 to 2014, watch the battle to eradicate polio unfold.
Red means the country still has cases of wild polio, yellow means the country is in a region that still has cases of wild polio, and white means that the disease has been eradicated.
Thanks to CNN for this great GIF! Check out the whole story here: http://cnn.it/1h0Mu3K