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New Study Links Birth Control Pill to Brain Differences, but Don't Panic – Gizmodo

New Study Links Birth Control Pill to Brain Differences, but Don't Panic – Gizmodo

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Photo: Getty ImagesScientists this week say they’ve found preliminary evidence that women who use birth control pills have differences in their brain structure compared to women who don’t. But it’s still too way early to know whether these differences are genuine or could have a meaningful impact on someone’s health. The study’s authors enlisted the help of 50 healthy women, half of whom had reported using birth control pills. They scanned their brains using MRI, focusing on a small region called the hypothalamus.AdvertisementThe hypothalamus helps control the release of many hormones and is located right next to the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. These include the key hormones that regulate a woman’s fertility and menstrual cycle, estrogen and progesterone. When a woman takes
My Child Has the Flu—Now What? – Yahoo Lifestyle

My Child Has the Flu—Now What? – Yahoo Lifestyle

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)--sm Mt(0.8em)--sm" type="text" content="Influenza comes around every year, but you probably don’t think much about it after you get your flu shots—that is, until a family member suddenly doesn’t feel well. Although a bout of the illness is usually nothing more than uncomfortable and inconvenient, there’s no way to tell how severe a case will be (especially in kids), so the threat shouldn’t be taken lightly. We asked experts who treat influenza to share strategies for dealing with the bug." data-reactid="11">Influenza comes around every year, but you probably don’t think much about it after you get your flu shots—that is, until a family member suddenly doesn’t feel well. Although a bout of the illness is usual
Is coloring hair safe? Dye, straighteners may increase breast cancer risk, study finds – TODAY

Is coloring hair safe? Dye, straighteners may increase breast cancer risk, study finds – TODAY

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Questions about whether chemicals used to color or straighten hair can cause cancer have swirled for years.The answers have been inconsistent and inconclusive, but a large new study released on Tuesday had some sobering findings: Women who used permanent hair dye or straighteners, or applied straighteners to others, had a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who didn’t use those products.The link was particularly evident in black women — their use of permanent dye was associated with 45% higher breast cancer risk, while white women faced a 7% higher risk. Straightener use was associated with 18% higher breast cancer risk.The results suggest using hair dye and straightener “could play a role in breast carcinogenesis,” the study noted.Oct. 25, 201916:37Still, women shouldn’t b
State of Ohio declines to renew $1.5M in grants to Cleveland for multicounty HIV/AIDS programs – cleveland.com

State of Ohio declines to renew $1.5M in grants to Cleveland for multicounty HIV/AIDS programs – cleveland.com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The state of Ohio will not renew $1.5 million in grants to the city of Cleveland that paid for HIV/AIDS prevention, education, testing and treatment programs in six counties, the city announced Tuesday.Cleveland’s Department of Health was the point agency for the program for Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Medina and Lorain counties.The department learned Nov. 20 from the state that the grants would not be renewed. Cleveland was unable to change the decision, despite a two and one-half hour meeting with the state Health Director Amy Acton and members of her staff Thanksgiving week, said Natoya Walker Minor, Mayor Frank Jackson’s chief of public affairs.Ohio Department of Health officials could not be immediately reached for comment.Cleveland health officials said they
New government program provides HIV prevention drugs for uninsured – CNN

New government program provides HIV prevention drugs for uninsured – CNN

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"Ready, Set, PrEP" will provide about 200,000 Americans annually access to PrEP medications -- daily pre-exposure prophylaxis pills for the prevention of HIV. To qualify for the program, participants must test negative for HIV, have a valid prescription for the medication and not have any prescription drug coverage. "Ready, Set, PrEP is a historic expansion of access to HIV prevention medication and a major step forward in President Trump's plan to end the HIV epidemic in America," Azar said in a news release.The medications will be donated by Gilead Sciences, makers of Truvada and Descovy, the only two PrEP medications currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Unlike Truvada, Descovy is approved only for men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with m...
U.S. to give free HIV-prevention pills to uninsured — with one costly loophole – NBC News

U.S. to give free HIV-prevention pills to uninsured — with one costly loophole – NBC News

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The U.S. government will start a national HIV prevention program that will distribute free HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis medication, or PrEP, to uninsured Americans at risk of acquiring the virus, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. Activists, however, say the plan doesn't go far enough.Health Secretary Alex Azar called the new “Ready, Set, PrEP” program a “historic expansion of access to HIV prevention medication” and a “major step forward” in President Donald Trump’s Ending the HIV Epidemic plan, which was announced in February and seeks to reduce HIV transmission by 90 percent by 2030.“Thanks to Ready, Set, PrEP, thousands of Americans who are at risk for HIV will now be able to protect themselves and their communities,” Azar said in a statement.RelatedAccordi
Flu activity in Georgia at "high" level – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Flu activity in Georgia at "high" level – Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Flu activity is inching up in Georgia and already at a “high” level after a “moderate” 2018-19 season, according to health authorities. But the flu season is still in its early days, making it too early to declare 2019-20 a bad year, even though the numbers were higher last month than in each of the previous two Novembers. The Georgia Department of Public Health said Monday that 5.31% of patient visits to doctors were for the flu during the week ending Nov. 23, up from 4.59% the week before, according to the latest surveillance report from the state health department. Flu activity has been steadily rising over the past several weeks. There have been 88 flu-related hospitalizations in metro Atlanta, but no flu-related deaths reported in the state
Military veteran gets first heart transplant of its kind at Duke Hospital – WTVD-TV

Military veteran gets first heart transplant of its kind at Duke Hospital – WTVD-TV

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Doctors performed the first DCD heart transplant in the United States over the weekend at Duke University Hospital.DCD stands for "Donation after Circulatory Death" and it occurs after the heart has stopped beating and the person has been declared dead. On Sunday, a heart transplant team at the hospital became the first in the U.S. to transplant an adult heart into a recipient when a military veteran received a new heart.The veteran received his heart through the Mission Act and is recovering well.According to DukeHealth.org, Duke is one of five centers in the U.S. that has been approved to perform DCD heart transplants. Usually, heart donations have depended on a person being declared brain dead.Doctors believe the procedure can possibly expand the donor pool by up to 30 ...
'Optimism' for an HIV vaccine as soon as 2021 – Yahoo News

'Optimism' for an HIV vaccine as soon as 2021 – Yahoo News

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Three vaccines are expected to produce trial results in the next few years. [Photo: Getty]Experts are “optimistic” an HIV vaccine could be available as soon as 2021.Three jabs are entering the final stage of testing before they get put forward for approval.While all the injections could still fail, the team are more hopeful than ever before.READ MORE: TV medic Dr Ranj has an HIV test live on This MorningDr Susan Buchbinder, director of the Bridge HIV research program at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, called it “perhaps one of the most optimistic moments we have been in”.“We have three vaccines being tested in efficacy trials and it takes quite a bit to actually be promising enough in the earlier stages stages of trials to move you forward into an efficacy study,” 
Flurry of lawsuits against Seattle Children’s detail human toll from mold infections – Seattle Times

Flurry of lawsuits against Seattle Children’s detail human toll from mold infections – Seattle Times

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The six patients came from as far as Alaska. They ranged in age from a 17-year-old girl to a 2-month-old boy. Binding them together: harm they endured after a stay at Seattle Children’s hospital, according to three lawsuits filed Monday. The complaints against Children’s begin to tell the human stories behind the failures its executives disclosed two weeks ago, acknowledging the hospital’s air-handling system likely led to mold-based infections in 14 patients over 18 years. Six of those patients died. As the hospital’s operating rooms remain closed, lawyers in one of those lawsuits claim the number of affected patients is much higher — “dozens if not hundreds,” attorney Brad Moore said. That lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed on behalf of four children or their estates, a