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31 cases of whooping cough have been reported in northern Kentucky since November 1

31 cases of whooping cough have been reported in northern Kentucky since November 1

An outbreak of whooping cough has made health officials in northern Kentucky urge people to get vaccination against the disease. According to Northern Kentucky Health Department’s statement, the region has seen 31 cases of whooping cough since November 1.Officials said that last year, there were seven cases reported in November and December.

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Planned home births for women with low-risk pregnancies may not increase risk of complications

Planned home births for women with low-risk pregnancies may not increase risk of complications

Women with low-risk pregnancies can consider for home birth, as a new Canadian study has found that the decision would not increase the risk of complications. The research findings published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal are based on comparative analysis of planned home births and planned hospital births in Ontario.

The researchers compared 11,493 planned home births and 11,493 planned hospital births in Ontario. Over the period of three years, the researchers assessed the risk of stillbirth, neonatal death and problems among women having low-risk pregnancies.

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Chipotle linked to new E.coli outbreak with different strain this time

Chipotle linked to new E.coli outbreak with different strain this time

Yet again, Chipotle Mexican Grill has been linked with new E.coli outbreak, but this time, it is a different strain of E.coli. Five people have fallen sick after eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been investigating the matter.

Out of five, three ate at a location in Oklahoma and two had food at a Kansas location. As per the CDC, all five started witnessing symptoms between November 18 and 26 and they all had meals within a week of becoming ill.

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Stringent measures to curb ‘pill mills’ in Florida results fewer overdose deaths

Stringent measures to curb ‘pill mills’ in Florida results fewer overdose deaths

Florida officials’ crackdown on pill mills have proved successful, finds a new research. The crackdown on pill mills has resulted into fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers and reduction in heroin overdose deaths as well.

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Benefit from statins is going to be largest in people who are at highest cholesterol risk, Stanford University professor explains

Benefit from statins is going to be largest in people who are at highest cholesterol risk, Stanford University professor explains

Are you looking for a cholesterol-lowering statin to avoid heart attack? Well, the decision over good candidate needs calculation of more than just a simple cholesterol level. According to a government task force, the common medications will be most beneficial to some people of age group 40 years to 75 years, whose cardiovascular disease risk over the coming 10 years is at least 10%.

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FDA Announces to overturn Three-Decade-old Gay Men Blood Donation Ban

FDA Announces to overturn Three-Decade-old Gay Men Blood Donation Ban

Now, gay men will be allowed to donate blood as lifetime ban on accepting blood donations from men who have had sex with men is no more in action, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA administration, while announcing the new decision, said the agency has amended the law and now gay men’s blood will be accepted. Men who have sex with men (MSM) will be able to donate their blood only if they had sexual contact with another man about 12 months ago, it explained.

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Another E.coli outbreak linked to Chipotle, this time new strain

Another E.coli outbreak linked to Chipotle, this time new strain

Another blow to Chipotle Mexican Grill’s image as yet another E.coli outbreak has been linked to the chain’s food. From November 18 to 26, five people have fallen sick after eating at Chipotle restaurants in Kansas, North Dakota and Oklahoma, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The news of the latest outbreak led the company’s share to tumble 5.6% in just six minutes. The new cases involve a strain of E. coli, which is different from being found in previous incidents and this has raised more concerns about the level of the outbreaks.

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Whistleblowers’ complaints make FDA investigate Theranos’ lab and research practices

Whistleblowers’ complaints make FDA investigate Theranos’ lab and research practices

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating Theranos’ lab and research practices as two former employees of the company have filed complaints about the company’s alleged faulty test results. In the complaint, a test for Herpes, only test approved by FDA of Theranos, is also included.

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Middle-aged and elderly women having gum disease more likely to develop breast cancer

Middle-aged and elderly women having gum disease more likely to develop breast cancer

A new study has found middle-aged and elderly women having gum disease to be at an increased risk have breast cancer than those without the problem. Women with gum disease who smoke or had quit the habit in the last two decades are especially at higher risk of developing breast cancer.

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FDA’s Landmark decision: Gay men can now donate blood 12 months after their last sexual contact with men

FDA’s Landmark decision: Gay men can now donate blood 12 months after their last sexual contact with men

On the basis of an assessment of the latest science, the Food and Drug Administration has lift off its 30-year ban on blood donations by gay men. Gay men can now donate blood 12 months after their last sexual contact with another man.

The latest science has shown that an indefinite ban is not needed to prevent transmission of HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS. The FDA has implemented the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men in 1983 when the AIDS crisis started.

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