Well-meaning but potentially dangerous medical misinformation is spreading online and through social media, endangering people who don’t go far enough to check it out. The most famous recent source of bad advice, according to a group of prominent physicians, is Mehmet Oz.
Most resolutions are made in January, but spring might be the best time for renewal. Here are 10 ways to reboot your health before summer, from free yoga classes to health cooking classes, garden sales and fun runs.
Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk.
A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases.
Lee’s Summit Police Detective Joshua Ward, a 34-year-old married father of three, has had five surgeries in five days to rid him of necrotizing fasciitis caused by group A streptococcus, an infection that has a fatality rate as high as 60 percent if it reaches vital organs. He is in the intensive care unit of St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
There were 1,300 patient appointments for Saturday’s safety-net clinic, which was organized by the Kansas City CARE Clinic and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. The one-day event was not designed as a Band-Aid. Patients were given three-month supplies of free prescription medications and referrals to safety-net clinics and social services available in Kansas City.
A similar two-day clinic at Bartle Hall in December 2009 drew more than 2,000 people. Some patients were diagnosed with dangerously high blood pressure. Others had pneumonia. At least one was rushed to an emergency room with a possible heart attack.
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Health officials last month tested 304 students and staff members after an Olathe Northwest High School student was found to have an active and potentially contagious case of the disease. Those tests revealed that 27 people had the inactive form of tuberculosis, which is not contagious. About 70 additional people were tested at the high school earlier this month, with four testing positive for the infection.
John Hancock Life Insurance will discount premiums by as much as 15 percent for policyholders who track — and do well on — such things as daily exercise, annual health screenings and flu shots. New customers will also receive a Fitbit fitness tracker to monitor their every step.
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City are announcing an ambitious initiative called Healthy KC aimed at improving health and well-being wherever people live, work or play. The initiative will promote exercise, discourage smoking and bring healthy eating to “food deserts.”
On Tuesday, Jolie announced that she’d had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after a recent blood test turned up possible early signs of cancer. “I only hope this brings more education and light to ovarian cancer,” one local surgeon says. Her previous surgery to avoid breast cancer set off a wave of responses here and around the world.
The 27 were among 304 students and staff members the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment tested last week after a student was diagnosed earlier this month with an active case of TB. Only people with active TB can infect others. So far none of the 27 has shown any symptoms of active disease.
If a column in honor of heart health suggests a can of Coke as a snack, you might want to read the fine print. Coca-Cola, the world’s biggest beverage maker. is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. In February, for instance, several wrote online pieces for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke as a snack idea. The mentions – which appeared on nutrition blogs and other sites including those of major newspapers – show the many ways food companies work behind the scenes to cast their products in a positive light, often with the help of third parties who are seen as trusted authorities.
The world we live in now, with its changing climate, burgeoning population and constant travel, is introducing us to all kinds of viruses that once hid in animals inhabiting the world’s obscure corners, scientists say. Meanwhile, new laboratory technologies have made it possible to quickly and easily identify old viruses that may have gone incognito for hundreds or thousands of years while afflicting untold generations of people.
The mother of a Michigan girl dismissed from a Catholic school for not meeting academic and attendance standards during leukemia treatments said Sunday that her daughter has been invited back but will attend a public school for now.
The death toll from Nepal's earthquake rose to 2,789 on Monday, two days after the massive trembler ripped across this Himalayan nation, leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets.
Two years after Gov. Bobby Jindal began privatizing the state-run charity hospital system, problems and financial questions continue to appear as lawmakers and communities sift through the spill-out effect.