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Maternal Mortality Rates Drop Worldwide, Except In The United States

While maternal mortality rates across the world have fallen by nearly 50% over the last 25 years, rates in the United States have risen during that same time period, according to a new global survey published Thursday by the United Nations and World Bank. Maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman during … Continue reading

Nearly 200 People In San Francisco Sickened By ‘Highly Contagious’ Shigella Bacteria

Nearly 200 people in the San Francisco area have been sickened by an intestinal disease caused by the highly contagious Shigella bacteria since an outbreak began at a Mexican seafood restaurant 10 days ago, health officials said today. The outbreak, which began on Oct. 16 at the Mariscos San Juan No. 3 restaurant in San … Continue reading

Shocking Number Of Americans Have Diabetes Or Pre-Diabetes

About half of American adults have either diabetes or prediabetes, a new study finds, highlighting the growing burden of chronic disease in the U.S. population. The research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that up to 14 percent of adults had type 2 diabetes in 2011-2012, and about 38 percent … Continue reading

When Should Parents Stalk Talking To Kids About Alcohol? The Earlier The Better, Experts Say

Parents should start talking to their children about alcohol at age 9, long before they take their first sip, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics aimed at preventing binge drinking in young people. By age 13, about one in five adolescents have had at least one sip of alcohol, with … Continue reading

STUDY: Fat Deposits In Brain May Accelerate Progression Of Alzheimer’s Disease

In a major breakthrough in our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have discovered that fatty acid deposits in the brain may contribute significantly to the development and progression of the devastating neurological disease. The findings, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, support the theory that Alzheimer’s disease is a metabolic brain disease similar to … Continue reading

How Diabetes Wreaks Havoc On Your Brain

  A growing body of research indicates that diabetes can take as devastating a toll on the brain as it takes on the body. Now, a new study published this week in the journal Neurology shows that people with type 2 diabetes demonstrate a decline in cognitive skills and ability to perform daily activities over … Continue reading

Silent Epidemic: Drug-Resistant Strain Of Typhoid Is Spreading Worldwide

An antibiotic-resistant “superbug” strain of typhoid fever is spreading worldwide, according to new research. A study published in Nature Genetics conducted by a team of 74 researchers in over 12 countries shows that drug-resistant typhoid, driven by one family of bacteria called H58, is spreading globally. “Multidrug resistant typhoid has been coming and going since … Continue reading

New Research Highlights Heavy Drinking Among American Women As An Emerging Public Health Threat

More Americans — especially American women — are drinking heavily and engaging in episodes of binge-drinking, according to a large new study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. The findings, published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, show that heavy drinking among Americans rose 17.2 … Continue reading

New Research Suggests Your Dog Could Give You Norovirus

A new study has uncovered evidence that dogs may be capable of becoming infected with the human norovirus — better known as the common stomach flu. The finding raises the possibility of human-to-dog transmission of the virus, and may add the norovirus to the list of known zoonotic illnesses, or diseases transmitted from animals to … Continue reading

CDC Warns Of Drug-Resistant Intestinal Bug Spreading In The U.S.

A drug-resistant strain of a severe intestinal bug is spreading more rapidly through the population and causing outbreaks in the United States — and it’s put federal officials on high alert. The bacteria, called Shigella sonnei, is one of the germs that causes shigellosis — otherwise known as “Delhi belly” or “Montezuma’s revenge.” Many international … Continue reading

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