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Cannibal Sandwiches : State officials urge consumers to avoid eating raw ground meat

Cannibal Sandwiches

Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning people in Wisconsin to avoid so-called “cannibal sandwiches.” It’s an appetizer featuring raw ground beef on cocktail bread, and the occasional raw egg. “Cannibal sandwiches” are a popular Wisconsin tradition during the holiday season. Numerous people got sick with E. Coli after eating them last year. But, it’s ... Read More »

Energy drinks speed heart contractions : Study

Energy drinks speed heart contractions

The news is based on a small study of 18 healthy adults who had heart scans taken before and one hour after drinking an energy drink containing caffeine and taurine (a chemical said to have stimulant properties). The study’s preliminary results were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Read More »

Oxytocin improves brain function in autistic kids : study finds

Oxytocin improves brain function in autistic kids

The Love hormone ‘helps autistic brain’ and makes them more social, according to US researchers.The role of the hormone in helping children with autism has been debated, with studies showing conflicting data. Brain scans, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, hint that there is an effect. The National Autistic Society said research on oxytocin as a ... Read More »

Man donates kidney to stranger to save his wife (PHOTO)

Man donates kidney to stranger to save his wife

JoAnn and William Breckenridge, first international paired kidney donor. You’ve probably heard of chain e-mails connecting you to strangers, but a local woman credits a kidney chain for saving her life. WDRB’s Jennifer Baileys explains how not finding a match here at home allowed JoAnne Breckenridge to help save others across the country. The proposition is called a paired donation ... Read More »

Nurse Fatally Stabbed : Four Wounded In TX Hospital (VIDEO)

Nurse Fatally Stabbed : Four Wounded In TX Hospital (VIDEO)

One of the victims of a fatal stabbing at a Longview hospital on Tuesday morning has been identified. In an e-mail to staff on Tuesday, Good Shepherd Medical Center CEO Steve Altmiller said that Gail Sandidge, a nurse at the hospital, died. She was stabbed by an assailant at the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Sandidge died ... Read More »

Holiday eating tips for Thanksgiving : says expert

Holiday eating tips for Thanksgiving

With the holiday season kicking off this week, experts are reminding people that there is a healthy way to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. Gloria Bent, a registered dietitian, says that along with using fresh and natural ingredients, dieters should avoid the skin of the turkey. She says that staying away from too many side dishes and sticking to vegetables is ... Read More »

Gynecologists may treat men, Patients: board says

Gynecologists may treat men

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology said Tuesday that its members could treat male patients for sexually transmitted infections and screen them for anal cancer, The New York Times reports. The announcement is a change to restrictions issued in September, which said gynecologists could lose their board certification if they treated male patients. The original rule was to keep ... Read More »

Sugary Drinks Increase Cancer Risk : researchers say

Sugary Drinks Increase Cancer Risk

In a recent study, researchers found that post-menopausal women who drink large amounts of sugary drinks such as regular coke, lemonade and fruit punch, are at a much higher risk of developing the most common type of endometrial cancer than their peers who stick to sugar-free beverages, according to Fox News. Researchers at the University of Minnesota used data from ... Read More »

Research Probes Autism’s Origins in the Brain : Study

Research Probes Autism's Origins in the Brain

Researchers from Yale University identified common neural circuits affected by autism-risk genes. They also identified when, where, and in what cell types those genes exert their effects on the developing human brain and lead to autism spectrum disorders. Although other genes and neural circuits that contribute to autism spectrum still remain to be found, the findings suggest new targeted treatments ... Read More »

Foam Mattresses May Help Prevent Bedsores in Nursing Homes : Study

Foam Mattresses May Help Prevent Bedsores in Nursing Homes

A recent study led by Nancy Bergstrom, Ph.D., associate dean at The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing in Houston, demonstrated in a recent study that it might be unnecessary to turn hospitalized patients’ bodies every two, three, or four hours to prevent pressure ulcers when high-density foam mattresses are utilized. According to the study, led by ... Read More »

CPR Devices No More Effective Than Hands-On Method : Improving Survival in Cardiac Arrest

CPR Devices No More Effective Than Hands-On Method

“The study was designed to show a better 4-hour survival in the group treated with mechanical chest compressions, and this was not achieved,” said lead investigator Sten Rubertsson, MD, PhD, professor and specialist consultant at Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital. “But we now have the scientific support to allow us to use mechanical chest compressions and defibrillate during ongoing ... Read More »