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Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Shot, Protestors Say

Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Shot, Protestors Say

By Alicia AultWebMD Health News Dec. 4, 2018 — An unidentified nurse who was allegedly fired for refusing a flu shot drew the attention of protesters, who rallied in support of what they said was a violation of her rights. Latest Cold and Flu News Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis allegedly fired the nurse […]

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Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Takes Another Step Forward

Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Takes Another Step Forward

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Chronic Pain News TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new gene therapy shows early promise against sickle cell anemia, researchers say. The therapy targets the genetic flaw that causes sickle cell. In a small group of patients, researchers said the therapy appears safe and effective enough to keep […]

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Rough Neighborhood, Worse Epilepsy?

Rough Neighborhood, Worse Epilepsy?

Latest Neurology News TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Living in a high-crime neighborhood may make epilepsy worse, a small study suggests. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at 63 epilepsy patients in Chicago. Residents of high-crime neighborhoods had significantly more seizures than residents of safer areas, the study found. “On […]

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New Chlamydia Test Offers Rapid Results

New Chlamydia Test Offers Rapid Results

Latest Sexual Health News WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new test for chlamydia can provide results within 30 minutes, potentially speeding up the start of treatment, researchers say. The rapid test for the sexually transmitted disease (STD) means patients can receive treatment immediately, instead of having to wait for a follow-up appointment. […]

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What are the signs of an upper respiratory infection?

What are the signs of an upper respiratory infection?

An upper respiratory infection, or the common cold, is an infection that affects the nasal passages and throat. Treatment is usually simple, unless a person also has a chronic respiratory condition such as asthma. For an upper respiratory infection (URI) to occur, a virus enters the body, usually through the mouth or nose. A person […]

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What are integrase inhibitors for HIV?

What are integrase inhibitors for HIV?

Treating HIV involves taking antiretroviral medications. Integrase inhibitors, also known as integrase strand transfer inhibitors, are one of the seven classes of antiretroviral drugs. All antiretroviral medications fight HIV, but the different classes work in different ways. Integrase inhibitors, also called INSTIs, block the action of an enzyme, HIV integrase, which the virus needs in […]

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Does HIV increase cancer risk?

Does HIV increase cancer risk?

People with HIV are now able to live long and healthy lives due to the development of very effective treatments. However, these people may be at higher risk of developing certain types of cancer due to HIV’s effect on the immune system. In this article, we will look at which types of cancer people living […]

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What to know about multiple sclerosis and mood swings

What to know about multiple sclerosis and mood swings

Mood swings can be common in people with multiple sclerosis. The condition attacks the nerve cells, and a person may feel changes in their mental and physical health. Mood swings can take many forms that have different causes and treatment options. Some causes of mood swing have links to the disorder itself. Multiple sclerosis or […]

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How to recognize the symptoms of diabetes

How to recognize the symptoms of diabetes

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes limit the body’s ability to control the amount of glucose, or sugar, in the blood. Both types of diabetes present similar symptoms, so knowing the signs of each can help a person seek immediate and appropriate care. The two primary types of diabetes are called type 1 and type […]

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Are statins overprescribed for cardiovascular disease prevention?

Are statins overprescribed for cardiovascular disease prevention?

For millions of people who take statins to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease, the potential harms of the cholesterol-lowering medication may outweigh the benefits. Statins may be ‘significantly overprescribed’ for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, suggests a new study. So concludes a recent modeling study from the University of Zurich in Switzerland that […]