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First positive West Nile virus mosquito sample of 2018 detected in MA

First positive West Nile virus mosquito sample of 2018 detected in MA

Is there a vaccine available to prevent the infection? Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms . Homeowners should drain standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs and fix screens when necessary. Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good fix. Installing or repairing window screens. People older than 50 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.


Flight crew have higher rates of some cancers, study finds

Flight crew have higher rates of some cancers, study finds

Flight attendants had a higher prevalence of every cancer that was examined, especially breast cancer , melanoma, and non-melanoma skin cancer among women, echoing multiple USA and European studies. Although it's still not a proven link, the researchers writing in Environmental Health think US airlines could do more to protect flight attendants from the perils of radiation and abnormal sleep patterns.


Amazon makes big foray into health care with PillPack acquisition

Amazon makes big foray into health care with PillPack acquisition

In a statement, PillPack CEO and Co-Founder TJ Parker said the company, together with Amazon, plans to "continue working with partners across the healthcare industry to help people throughout the USA who can benefit from a better pharmacy experience".


Walgreens pharmacist denies mom miscarriage drug for fetus with no heartbeat

Walgreens pharmacist denies mom miscarriage drug for fetus with no heartbeat

The pregnancy would end with a miscarriage - a pain Arteaga has faced before. Nine weeks into her pregnancy, Nicole Arteaga got distressing news from her doctor: There was no fetal heartbeat and the pregnancy would end in a miscarriage. She said the reactions validated her beliefs that she had been wronged. "The pharmacist now has the exclusive right to determine whether or not they want to dispense prescriptions".


United States approves Epidiolex, first marijuana-derived drug

United States approves Epidiolex, first marijuana-derived drug

Despite the medication's approval, cannabis remains a Schedule I substance, which, according to the federal government, means it has "no accepted medical uses". The FDA has previously sent warning letters to companies that hyped their products as cancer or Alzheimer's fighters. The FDA has approved the first medication containing marijuana for patients with rare forms of epilepsy .


Virus Infections in Early Life Could Set the Stage For Alzheimer’s

Virus Infections in Early Life Could Set the Stage For Alzheimer’s

A new study suggests that certain viruses could kick-start an immune response that might increase the accumulation of amyloid, a protein in human brains which clumps into the telltale plaques of Alzheimer's . The combined funding support for this five-year endeavor is $185.2 million. "The viral genomes were detectable in about 30% of Alzheimer's brains and virtually undetectable in the control group", said Sam Gandy, professor of neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, ...