HEALTH
UN health agency: Madagascar plague causes 94 deaths

GENEVA — An unusually large plague outbreak in Madagascar has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said Friday. The number of suspected cases has reached 1,153, Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, Africa emergencies chief for the U.N. health agency, told reporters in Geneva. More cases are expected, “but we think we can affect the curve […]

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World Health Organization revokes appointment of Robert Mugabe

JOHANNESBURG — The head of the World Health Organization revoked his appointment of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador” on Sunday after the choice drew widespread outrage and criticism. Zimbabwe’s government said it respected the turnabout and that the U.N. health agency “benefited tremendously” from the attention. WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus last week […]

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To your health: Gluteal amnesia or dead butt syndrome very real problem

It amazes me how widespread the ads for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and procedures are in magazines, TV and radio these days. I dare you … get a copy of some magazine and count the ads for drugs. I do, and a dozen is not uncommon. Many for “diseases” that we never identified in med school. […]

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Sonographers in hospital, private settings debate elective ultrasound

The use of ultrasound technology to render three-dimensional keepsake imagery of babies in fetal stages of development is a fervently debated topic among traditional ultrasound technicians and 3D imagery business owners. But the two sides of the argument may not be as black and white as they seem at first glance. A group of local […]

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To your health: Do something that usually gets overlooked to improve health

I saw something truly remarkable early on Sunday morning while driving to Scranton to make rounds. There’s a gas station on the corner of Meadow Ave. and Moosic St. Their air pump is near the corner where I make a left. A man was … wait for it … checking the pressure of his spare […]

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Two more GOP senators oppose health bill, killing it for now

WASHINGTON — The latest GOP effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare” was fatally wounded in the Senate Monday night when two more Republican senators announced their opposition to legislation strongly backed by President Donald Trump. The announcements from Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas left the Republican Party’s long-promised efforts to […]

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To your health: Taking break from social media for the sake of your health

Kate and Rowan have been visiting with us for the last few days. It’s been a hoot! Seeing the animals at The Lands at Hillside Farms has been a highlight, as has opening and closing the gate in our yard about 40 times on Sunday afternoon. Ro absolutely loves Canteen 900 and The Café on […]

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To your health: Some safety tips for handling fireworks, even sparklers

Happy Fourth of July! I get it. There will be fireworks despite how firmly I encourage you to avoid non-professional displays. Fireworks and sparklers are iconic when it comes to celebrating summer nights and the Fourth of July. As beautiful and fun as they may be, the reality is that they can be quite dangerous. […]

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To your health: Advice on getting proper sleep to improve overall health

A few weekends ago, Mary and I had the wonderful treat of spending several days on Cape Cod with Kate, Andy and our marvelous granddaughter Rowan as well as with Kate’s BFFL Karen, her husband Micah and my pal, their delightful 3-year-old Mary. You see, Karen’s been spending vacation time with us each summer since […]

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To your health: Assessing risks of UV light to dry manicures

Sometimes we all get carried away, don’t we? I mean there’s a line between being careful in a reasonable, rational way and being so risk averse that we’re almost paralyzed and avoid almost everything. Now, don’t misunderstand, I’m a cautious person in general. Probably a good basic characteristic in a heart surgeon; but the ability […]

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