Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Now more than 500 sick from outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads

By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN

The number of people sick from an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness, called cyclosporiasis, linked to McDonald’s salads is now 507, federal health officials said Thursday.

All of the illnesses have been confirmed with lab tests. Twenty-four of those individuals have been hospitalized.

The illnesses began between May 20 and July 21, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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32 children’s medicines being recalled

By: fox5dc.com staff

 – More than two dozen children’s medicines are being recalled due to a contamination that could result in increased infections that could be life-threatening, according to officials.

The FDA announced on Wednesday that King Bio issued a voluntarily recall for 32 of its children’s medicines due to a “microbial contamination.”

King Bio said some of its products made between April and August have tested positive for microbial contamination. The company said it has not any reports of injury or illness to date due to the issue.

This Woman Had a Contact Stuck in Her Eye for 28 Years—and She Had No Idea

By Sarah Klein

A 42-year-old woman recently had just about every contacts-wearer’s nightmare scenario come true: Doctors found a contact lens that had been stuck in her eye. Except her nightmare is even worse than you’ve probably ever imagined. That contact went unnoticed in her eye for 28 years.

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New Research Shows That Vaping is More Harmful Than We Previously Thought

woman-vaping-750x364Hailed as a safer alternative to smoking, vaping has become a popular weaning tool for those who want to kick their nicotine addiction. Chemicals inhaled from tobacco smoke cause cancer and a host of other health issues, but vaping liquids are considered a lesser evil.

What’s still up for debate however, are the risks involved with vaping. Unlike regular cigarettes, vaporizing devices heat up a liquid until it turns into an inhalable vapor. The device emits a puff of vapor that is usually scented.

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Self-made horsefly trap design goes viral

Dan Owsley from Salem, Indiana built a horsefly trap a few days ago. Horseflies can be a big problem when keeping horses; thus the name,” Horsefly.” They can also bite humans.

On day 1, his horsefly trap killed 146 flies. On day 2, it killed killed 375! Owsley thought, “We either have a terrible horsefly problem or it’s a great trap!” 

Owsley’s 7-day total was 1,697 horseflies killed. He said, “They are big (about 1″ long) and easy to count. The dead flies need to be cleaned out every day so they won’t rot, so it’s a good time to take a count if you want to.”

How It Works: Horseflies are visual hunters. From a distance, the black bag looks like something to bite, so the horseflies do a flyover and are deflected into the soapy water, and drown within a few seconds.

How to Make Your Own: “The leg configuration can be whatever you like. I just made mine so it would be easy to move and change the bag. Also, the plexiglass needs to be kept clean and free of scratches. We have high humidity where I live, so I squeegee the dew off the plexiglass every morning. The saw cuts in the 2×4 that holds the plexiglass are at 45 degree angles, about an inch deep. The plexiglass fits tightly enough that I didn’t need to fasten it in any way. The bag I used was a 55-gallon trash bag from Sam’s Club. It holds about a 5-gallon bucket of water with a big squirt of liquid dish soap.

“Make sure to set your trap in an open area where the horseflies can see it from a distance. You may need to move it around until you find the “sweet spot.” Clean it out with a cat litter scoop or large slotted spoon. 

“Be sure to paint the top board a dark color so the light color of the wood won’t reflect in the plexiglass and make it visible to the flies,” Owsley explained.

The video below is from Dan Fowler in Tennessee of his horsefly trap set-up. He caught over 6,300 in one week!

For more information, visit Dan’s original Facebook post at https://www.facebook.com/dan.owsley.33/posts/10154273416425903

 

Owsley’s original rig:

 

Rising Insulin Prices Push Woman to Buy Medicine on Craigslist

Insulin prices have tripled in recent years, forcing families to make drastic choices when purchasing the lifesaving medication, including one local woman who has resorted to purchasing insulin on Craigslist.

A recent study from Yale University found 1 in 4 patients admitted to cutting back and rationing their insulin because of the hike in prices.

More than 700,000 people in North Texas have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association of North Texas. The price for insulin has tripled since 2003.

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Actor Alan Alda Reveals His Parkinson’s Diagnosis: ‘It’s like a puzzle to be solved’

Posted by Allison Boiles

Alan Alda_1Today, during an appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Alan Alda revealed he has been living with Parkinson’s disease for more than three years. Alda decided to disclose his disease publicly now because he wanted to ensure he told his own story before it was misreported:

“I was diagnosed three and a half years ago. And I’ve had a full life since then. I’ve acted, I’ve given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook. I started this new podcast. And I noticed that — I had been on television a lot in the last couple of weeks talking about the new podcast — and I could see my thumb twitch in some shots and I thought, it’s probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad point of view, but that’s not where I am.”

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Woman Almost Loses Leg After Nightmare Pedicure

Author: Taheshah Moise

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– A woman has a warning for everyone who gets pedicures -watch out for illegal callus scrapers.

Tracy Lynn Martinez shared her story on Facebook and the post has gone viral.

What started as a normal pedicure turned into something much more dangerous.

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Stores selling wonder cure CBD oil crop up across Dallas-Fort Worth

By Teresa Gubbins

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Photo: CBD American Shaman

A company from Kansas City, Missouri that specializes in CBD oil, the new wonder cure for everything that ails you, has big plans for Texas.

The company is CBD American Shaman, which is opening stores at a fast clip across the state. There are currently five stores in North Texas — in Carrollton, Hurst, Denton, and Fort Worth — with more on the way in Plano, McKinney, and Allen. There’s a store open in San Antonio, and more stores coming to Austin and Houston.

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Health: Heart Failure – The Overlooked Diabetes Complication: What and Why?

By Ben Pallant

Healthcare providers often discuss diabetes complications such as vision loss (retinopathy) and kidney disease (nephropathy), but a less-talked-about complication is heart failure. Heart failure, which is different from a heart attack, is when the heart isn’t able to pump enough blood to the rest of the body. This article will break down the details of heart failure, including the leading hypothesis of why diabetes increases heart failure risk, signs of heart failure, and how healthcare providers can test for it.

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