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Hunter in China catches bubonic plague after eating a wild rabbit

Hunter in China catches bubonic plague after eating a wild rabbit

Twenty-eight people are in quarantine in China’s northern Inner Mongolia province after a hunter was diagnosed with bubonic plague Saturday, the local health commission said. According to state-run news agency Xinhua, the unidentified patient was believed to have become infected with the plague after catching and eating a wild rabbit in Inner Mongolia’s Huade county.…MORE

Some European doctors think Chinese medicine should come with a health warning

Some European doctors think Chinese medicine should come with a health warning

Herbs to increase breast milk supply and heal the spleen. Traditional remedies which promise to cure insomnia and acne. Secret cancer treatments that have been ignored or suppressed by Western medicine. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have a long history of making outsized claims, not least in the case of fertility and virility, where…MORE

For heart disease, meds may work as well as invasive surgery, major trial shows

For heart disease, meds may work as well as invasive surgery, major trial shows

High-risk patients with stable heart disease may fare just as well on medications alone, versus having invasive heart operations such as stents and bypass surgeries, according to a major trial. The results were presented Saturday at the American Heart Association’s yearly conference. While the invasive procedures were found to improve chest pain and quality of…MORE

Midwives, doulas could benefit births — but not all women have access

Midwives, doulas could benefit births — but not all women have access

Nandi Hill rushed to Emily Rose’s home at the crack of dawn. The car was packed with Hill’s supplies: oxygen tank, hemorrhaging drugs, umbilical cord scissors, stethoscope and blood pressure cuffs, among other tools. Hill, a licensed and certified professional midwife and founder of Wadada Midwifery Care in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was excited that, on…MORE

Don’t tell ‘Lucy,’ but modern-day apes may be smarter than our evolutionary ancestors, scientists say

Don’t tell ‘Lucy,’ but modern-day apes may be smarter than our evolutionary ancestors, scientists say

Researchers using a new method to evaluate the cognitive abilities of species stumbled across a surprising finding: Our evolutionary ancestor, Australopithecus, may have been less intelligent than modern-day great apes. It has long been theorized that a bigger brain means greater cognitive ability, which is generally defined as an individual’s overall mental capability and how…MORE

Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over risks to pets and humans

Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over risks to pets and humans

A Utah company is recalling two-pound frozen bags of Quest beef cat food sold nationwide over fears it may be contaminated with salmonella. “Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the…MORE

Illiterate people are twice as likely to develop dementia, study says

Illiterate people are twice as likely to develop dementia, study says

Whether or not you can read a write could be a factor in your ability to stave off dementia as you grow older, according to a new study from scientists at Columbia University. They published their results Wednesday in the online issue of the journal Neurology. Researchers studied 983 adults over age 65 living in…MORE

Switching from cigarettes to vapes may be better for heart health, study says

Switching from cigarettes to vapes may be better for heart health, study says

While e-cigarettes have been in the spotlight for their popularity among kids and an ongoing outbreak of lung injury, many have also looked to them as a potentially less harmful alternative to smoking cigarettes. New research published Friday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that adult smokers’ heart health might benefit…MORE

Flu is getting an early start in the US this season

Flu is getting an early start in the US this season

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told doctors on a conference call this week that the United States is seeing more flu than is typical for this time of year. “Influenza is off to an early start,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University who was on the CDC…MORE

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