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The Bubonic Plague influenced evolution of the human immune system, new study suggests

Centuries after the Black Death ravaged the medieval world, the genetic legacy of the disease still affects people to this day, according to a new study.  The genes that may have helped individuals survive the Bubonic Plague during the 14th century make some individuals more likely to acquire certain diseases in today’s modern world.  The study, published Wednesday in…

Bird flu has arrived to San Diego County

The first case of bird flu has made its way to San Diego County as the infectious disease spreads across the country.  The carcass of a deceased black swan that was discovered last week at Lake San Marcos has tested positive for avian flu, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.  An unknown party discovered the body and…

Health officials call for flu shots ahead of potentially severe season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to get their flu shot ahead of a season that is predicted to be especially active.  Levels of the flu had been historically low amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but Australia recently saw a particularly nasty flu season, sparking fears worldwide.  CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Tuesday…

World Mental Health Day: ‘It’s OK to ask for support or help’

World Mental Health Day is Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 — an opportunity to take stock of our mental well-being especially in light of the mental health crisis worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. “People all over the world have been impacted by our mental health crisis,” saidDr. Rebecca Brendel, president of the American Psychiatric Association. Based in Boston,…

Nurses and other health staff in UK leaving profession for better paying jobs

First there was Brexit.  Then there was “Drexit” — an exodus of doctors walking away the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom. And now nurses and other staff in the NHS are heading for the doors, too. Staff are leaving the medical profession for better paying jobs, such as hospitality and retail, according to…

WHO director-general says ‘the end is in sight’ for COVID pandemic

The world has never been in a better position to end the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, urging nations to keep up their efforts against the virus that has killed over six million people. “We are not there yet. But the end is in sight,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus…

New study suggests steroids may change the structure of the brain

Steroids are able to change the structure of the brain and affect a person’s mood, according to a new study.  Dutch researchers conducted the study by examining the brains of nearly 25,000 steroid users and non-users. The team found that those who inhaled or orally took glucocorticoids, a steroid that is prescribed to decrease inflammation, experienced…

New study suggests you should stop eating ultra-processed foods

Men living in the United States who regularly eat ultra-processed foods such as sodas, ice cream, sausage, and deep-fried chicken, are at a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.  A study published on Wednesday in The BMJ indicates that U.S. men are at 29% greater risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer if they consume large amounts of…

First human death of West Nile virus in Illinois in 2022 confirmed

The first human death in Illinois in 2022 from the West Nile virus was confirmed on Tuesday. An unnamed individual in their late 70s passed away from the illness in Cook County, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Tuesday that WNV played a contributing role in the…

British scientists behind crucial COVID trial pivot to monkeypox treatment research

The British scientists behind one of the major therapeutic COVID-19 trials have turned their focus to treatments for monkeypox, a viral disease that has been labeled a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). The team from Oxford University behind the so-called RECOVERY trial – which honed in on four effective COVID treatments -…

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