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New Liver Gives Mother Of Three A Life Without Pain

Michelle Linss, center, is the hub of her active family, from left, Kaden, 7; Alexandria, 19; husband Eddie; and Kaleb, 11.
Source: UT Southwestern

The itching started when Michelle Linss, now 37, was pregnant with her third child. When she told her obstetrician, they thought it was due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy and would resolve following delivery. But the young El Paso woman was still itching a year later, launching a six-year journey of testing and treatment, [...]

New Study: Jogging Keeps You Young

Humboldt State Kinesiology Professor Justus Ortega conducts walking efficiency testing. Source Humboldt State

A new study by researchers at Humboldt State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder is shedding light on an unexpected benefit of jogging in older adults. The study looked at adults over the age of 65—some of whom walk for exercise and some who run for exercise. The researchers found that those who run [...]

A New Tool For Identifying Onset Of Local Influenza Outbreaks

Reich and colleagues say their new algorithm will help to signal that influenza transmission is rising in a given region and will assist public health officials, researchers, doctors and hospitals with prevention and healthcare delivery.
Source: UMass Amherst

Predicting the beginning of influenza outbreaks is notoriously difficult, and can affect prevention and control efforts. Now, just in time for flu season, biostatistician Nicholas Reich of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues at Johns Hopkins have devised a simple yet accurate method for hospitals and public health departments to determine the onset of [...]

Reported Opioid Abuse In Pregnant Women More Than Doubles In 14 Years

Opioid Abuse in Pregnant Women
Source:  J. P. Rathmell

The number of pregnant women who abuse or are dependent on opioids (narcotics) jumped 127% in 14 years, leading to an increased risk of maternal death and stillbirth among other serious problems, according to a review of more than 57 million American women admitted for delivery. The results were published in the issue of Anesthesiology, [...]

The Dirty Side Of Soap

Triclosan is an antimicrobial additive found in many liquid hand soaps and other household products.
Source: Arlington County

Triclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Despite its widespread use, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to the chemical. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that triclosan causes liver [...]

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