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U.S. flu season continues to pick up as European levels remain high

U.S. flu season continues to pick up as European levels remain high

The United States’ flu season continues to pick up more steam, as several countries in Europe are grappling with a busy flu activity led by the H3N2 strain that particularly poses a threat to the seniors.

In its latest update, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) said that all ten of its regions are exceeding their baseline percentages of clinic visits for flulike illness for the first time so far this season. The nation as a whole has also been above its baseline for the marker for fourth consecutive week.

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Peanut based diet for toddlers at early age can prevent allergy: Report

Peanut based diet for toddlers at early age can prevent allergy: Report

Peanut allergy is a major issue for many people in the United States and in many other countries across the world. However, new guidelines by National Institutes of Health suggest that kids should be given small amounts of peanuts at early age to ward off the risk of allergy later in life. The guidelines suggest that before first birthday, kids in high risk group for peanut allergy should be given foods having small amounts of peanuts. Earlier research has suggested that if pregnant women eat peanuts and other nuts regularly, they can reduce the risk nut allergy among kids.

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Groundbreaking: French Citizens Automatically Become Organ Donors with New Law

Groundbreaking: French Citizens Automatically Become Organ Donors with New Law

A new law introduced by the government will enroll all French citizens as organ and tissue donors automatically unless someone opts out of the list. The law has become effective from January 1 and medical community has appreciated the efforts made by lawmakers to pass the new law. People who don’t want to be on the list of organ donors, will have to enroll in National Rejection Register. Organ donation is important and medical experts across the world have urged people to donate organs so that people in need can receive them.

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Iron Deficiency Could Raise Risk of Hearing Loss

Iron Deficiency Could Raise Risk of Hearing Loss: Analysis

Iron deficiency is known to cause anemia but a new research has found higher risk of hearing loss for people suffering from iron deficiency. The research team found nearly two times higher risk of hearing loss for individuals suffering from anemia, caused by iron deficiency. Anemia leads to many other health complications and weakness and by eating certain foods, iron deficiency can be easily dealt with, by healthy individuals.

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Tips to attract more birds to the backyard

Tips to attract more birds to the backyard

Bird lovers can enliven their gardens and brighten their winter by attracting more birds into their landscape using some of the following tips:

The most essential things attract birds are: food, water and shelter. One should ensure that one’s garden or the backyard of the house has several plants and trees as they serve as natural feeders providing seasonal food as well as shelter for the winged visitors.

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SMFM discuses CDC Zika guidelines

SMFM discuses CDC Zika guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) no longer recommends consecutive ultrasounds to check fetal abnormalities with negative IgM test in women infected with asymptomatic Zika virus, the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) said.

In a special session called to discuss how CDC guidelines for Zika virus might impact their clinical practices, SMFM covered various topics, such as asymptomatic and symptomatic travelers, and women from endemic regions.

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Broken Heart Syndrome is treatable: experts say

Broken Heart Syndrome is treatable: experts say

Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds’ passed away just a day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Many believe that grief from the death of her daughter contributed to Reynolds’ death.

However, it is yet to be proved if a person can actually die of a broken heart. A research published in the New England Journal of Medicine around a decade ago evaluated 19 cases in which patients showed symptoms of heart dysfunction following sudden emotional stress.

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Northeast states saw decline of melanoma cases and deaths: study reveals

Northeast states saw decline of melanoma cases and deaths: study reveals

Bucking a national trend for the deadliest skin cancer, the Northeast states of the U.S. achieved a notable decline in melanoma cases and deaths over the past decade, a new study revealed.

Around a couple of years ago, the Melanoma Foundation of New England launched a program to fund sunscreen dispensers in recreation spots and other public places in Boston and various other cities in the New England. Earlier this year, that effort was expanded to other states.

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