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Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' Now Widespread in Pigs, Can Jump to Humans

Antibiotic-Resistant `Superbug` Now Widespread in Pigs, Can Jump to HumansWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) – A strain of the superbug MRSA has emerged in pigs that is highly resistant to antibiotics and a growing cause of human infections.University of Cambridge researchers said this particular strain of MRSA, short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, has shown up in livestock over the past 50 years, probably due to widespread antibiotic use in farming. They said it is a potential threat to public health.“Historically high levels of antibiotic use may have led to the evolution of this highly antibiotic-resistant strain of MRSA on pig farms,” said Dr. Gemma Murrayn of the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire, U.K. She worked on the new study while a member of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of...

Vision Issues Could Raise Odds for Dementia

29 June 2022
Vision Issues Could Raise Odds for DementiaWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Untreated vision loss may put an older adult at an increased risk for dementia, though it's not clear why, according to a new study.Researchers found that the likelihood of having some form of cognitive impairment was 137% higher in seniors who had trouble seeing than in those without vision issues. Cognitive impairment is a general term for problems with thinking and memory. "Although the reasons behind this remain unclear, it suggests that diagnosing and treating eye conditions may be beneficial -- both to improve a person's quality of life and also to potentially slow down or stop memory loss," said lead researcher Beibei Xu, an associate professor at Peking University in China.For the study, recently published in the journal Aging &...

Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often...

29 June 2022
Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often Lack AccessWEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Even though Black people may be more likely to live near a hospital with a certified stroke center, those who need the specialty care are still more likely to receive it at a hospital with fewer resources. And this can hurt their chances for recovery, a new study shows."Black, racially segregated communities tended to cluster in areas with large populations, where stroke care must accommodate a much higher level of demand," explained Dr. Renee Hsia, from the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and a core faculty member at the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies."Crowding may prevent patients from accessing the stroke center, and even if they do access it, they may not be able to be...

U.S. Begins Targeted Vaccine Rollout Against Monkeypox

28 June 2022
U.S. Begins Targeted Vaccine Rollout Against MonkeypoxTUESDAY, June 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The United States is deploying an enhanced nationwide vaccination strategy to counter the continuing spread of monkeypox, federal public health officials announced at a White House briefing on Tuesday.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is rapidly expanding access to hundreds of thousands of doses of the Jynneos vaccine, targeted to smallpox and its viral cousin monkeypox. Vaccine doses will be used to protect those Americans deemed to be at higher risk of contracting the virus, federal officials said.Right now, those at highest risk include anyone who's had close physical contact or sexual contact with a person with a known case of monkeypox. Also at high risk are gay and bisexual men who "have recently had multiple sex partners...

Odds for Emergency Room Visits Rise With Pot Use

28 June 2022
Odds for Emergency Room Visits Rise With Pot UseTUESDAY, June 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Toking up increases your risk of landing in the hospital, a new study reports.Recreational marijuana use was associated with 22% greater odds of needing to visit an emergency room or be hospitalized, Canadian researchers found.The study showed physical injuries, lung ailments and gastrointestinal problems were the top three reasons why pot users had to go to the hospital.Pot is "a product that is now decriminalized and is being used with increasing frequency, and at least some portion of the population thinks it's benign, doesn't cause problems, can be used safely," said lead researcher Dr. Nicholas Vozoris, an assistant professor of respirology at the University of Toronto."We're showing that it is associated with a significant risk of an...

Why Do Black Women Have More Delays for Lifesaving Breast Biopsies?

28 June 2022
Why Do Black Women Have More Delays for Lifesaving Breast Biopsies?TUESDAY, June 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Women of color may face delays in getting a biopsy after a screening mammogram suggests they might have breast cancer, a large, new study finds.Researchers found that compared with white women, Asian, Black and Hispanic women were all more likely to wait over a month for a breast biopsy following an abnormal screening mammogram.Black women were at particular risk, with a higher likelihood of waiting three months or more.The concern, experts said, is that the lags could mean delays in treatment if the abnormality turns out to be cancer -- or, if it's not cancer, months of needless anxiety.What's unclear is exactly why women of color have more biopsy delays, said lead researcher Dr. Marissa Lawson, acting instructor of radiology at the...

AHA News: 38-Year-Old Learns the Surprising Reason She Had a Heart Attack

28 June 2022
AHA News: 38-Year-Old Learns the Surprising Reason She Had a Heart AttackTUESDAY, June 28, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- As she finished mowing the lawn of her home in Girard, Ohio, Amy Kren had a somewhat familiar feeling.The shortness of breath and tightness in her chest seemed like another asthma attack. She went into the garage and put a hand on a lawn chair to steady herself and placed her other hand on her chest, trying to catch her breath. The symptoms didn't subside so she went into the house and took a couple puffs of her inhaler, hoping the medicine would help.Her husband, Brian, suggested calling 911. She refused, insisting the symptoms would pass.They didn't. Worse, she started to feel like a blood pressure cuff was squeezing her left arm. Now Amy was ready to call 911.The paramedics did an electrocardiogram and gave her...

AHA News: 9 Ways to Protect Your Heart and Brain From the Summer Heat

28 June 2022
AHA News: 9 Ways to Protect Your Heart and Brain From the Summer HeatTUESDAY, June 28, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- Your favorite summertime playlist probably has more songs about surfing than about potential health risks. But with much of the nation having already sweated out a historic heat wave in June, health experts would like to add a note of caution to the mix.Hot weather is like a stress test for your heart, said Dr. Lance Becker, chair of emergency medicine at Northwell Health, a health care provider in New York. And some people respond poorly to such stress. "They could have a heart attack. Their congestive heart failure symptoms could get much worse. Or they could have an arrhythmia," the medical term for an irregular heartbeat.The risk to your heart and brain can be serious.A 2020 report by the Centers for Disease Control and...

Your Doctor's Gender, Race May Bias Your Treatment Outcome

TUESDAY, June 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Deep-rooted bias may affect the way white patients physically respond to medical care provided by physicians of differing race or gender.Researchers...

How Much Will That Hip Replacement Cost? Many Hospitals...

TUESDAY, June 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Since January 2021, hospitals have been required to list online the prices for 300 common medical services, but new research has found that only 32% of...
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