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Violence in Emergency DepartmentsIs  Increasing, Harming Patients, New Research Finds

Violence in America’s emergency departments is increasing, causing harm to physicians, staff and patients, according to new research. Nearly half (47 percent) of emergency physicians report having been physically assaulted while at work, with 60 percent saying those assaults occurred in the past year. Nearly eight-in-10 also say that patient care is being affected, with…

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Pregnancy Infant Loss Awareness Month

It was back in 1988 that President Ronald Reagan declared October “National Pregnancy Infant Loss Awareness Month”. He reminded everyone that “when a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan, or when a spouse loses their partner, they are a widow or widower. But when a parent loses their child, there is not…

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Take Action Against Diabetes Before It Reaches You

One in three American adults has pre-diabetes, with the need for prevention never greater. People with pre-diabetes-higher-than normal blood glucose (sugar) levels – are five-to-15 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with pre-diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within three years if…

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Early results boost hopes for historic gene editing attempt

by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Early, partial results from a historic gene editing study give encouraging signs that the treatment may be safe and having at least some of its hoped-for effect, but it’s too soon to know whether it ultimately will succeed. The results announced Wednesday are from the first…

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New advice on kids’ concussions calls for better tracking

by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — New children’s concussion guidelines from the U.S. government recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis and reassure parents that most kids’ symptoms clear up within one to three months. Signs of potentially more serious injuries that may warrant CT imaging scans include vomiting, unconsciousness and…

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Back to School: It’s Time to Update Your Child’s Health Information

Book bags are replacing beach totes as it quickly becomes time for students to go back to school. Organizing your child’s health information, keeping current with doctor’s appointments, and planning for emergency scenarios should be part of every parent’s seasonal routine, the nation’s emergency doctors say. “We all know about reading, writing and arithmetic. Let’s…

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Helping nature: Inducing labor avoids cesarean for some moms

by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer Move over, Mother Nature. First-time moms at low risk of complications were less likely to need a cesarean delivery if labor was induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting for it to start on its own, a big study found. Their babies fared better, too. The results overturn the…

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Helping nature: Inducing labor avoids cesarean for some moms

by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer Move over, Mother Nature. First-time moms at low risk of complications were less likely to need a cesarean delivery if labor was induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting for it to start on its own, a big study found. Their babies fared better, too. The results overturn the…

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Keeping Babies Safe in the Sun

From BBQs to beach time, families are spending the last days of summer break having outdoor fun. However, as the summer days wane, the need for sunscreen protection remains. Parents need to make sure their children are covered, and there are plenty of SPF options available. For parents of infants under six months, sun protection…

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Advocates condemn psych techniques used to keep kids online

By LINDSEY TANNER and MATT O’BRIEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Children’s advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens. The advocates, citing research that links excessive use of social media and video games with depression and academic troubles, say…

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On July Fourth, Safety First

The nation’s emergency physicians urge those celebrating Independence Day to exercise good judgment and to be mindful of potential dangers, especially from accidents with fireworks. “Whether grilling, camping, spending the day in or near the water, or just relaxing with family and friends, a few simple safety tips can keep the celebration going and keep…

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Drug Overdose Leading Cause of Accidental Death in U.S.

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2014, it surpassed both car accidents and gun violence in number of deaths. Those with loved ones who are using opiates or heroin need to be aware that opiates are the main contributors to this problem. With drug dealers across…

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Bovines online: Farmers are using AI to help monitor cows

By RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is the world ready for cows armed with artificial intelligence? No time to ruminate on that because the moment has arrived, thanks to a Dutch company that has married two technologies — motion sensors and AI — with the aim of bringing the barnyard into the…

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New way of defining Alzheimer’s aims to find disease sooner

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer Government and other scientists are proposing a new way to define Alzheimer’s disease — basing it on biological signs, such as brain changes, rather than memory loss and other symptoms of dementia that are used today. The move is aimed at improving research, by using more objective criteria like…

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Salmonella in chicken salad kills 1, sickens 265 in 8 states

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Chicken salad made by an Iowa food processing company and distributed by Fareway Stores in the Midwest sickened 265 people in eight states and caused one death in Iowa from salmonella contamination, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The outbreak which sickened people…

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3rd death reported in Illinois linked to synthetic marijuana

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public health officials say a third person has died who experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced the death Monday, saying there are now 107 cases of people who have had severe bleeding due to the substance. The number was 56 cases a…

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Midlife ‘wealth shock’ may lead to death, study suggests

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer A big financial loss may shorten your life, a new study suggests. Middle-aged Americans who experienced a sudden, large economic blow were more likely to die during the following years than those who didn’t. The heightened danger of death after a devastating loss, which researchers called a “wealth shock,”…

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