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CDC warns of listeria outbreak linked to deli meat that has left 28 sick, 2 dead

CDC warns of listeria outbreak linked to deli meat that has left 28 sick, 2 deadProducts sold at the deli, especially those sliced or prepared at the deli, can be contaminated with Listeria. Image via CDC.(NEW YORK) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning Americans about a listeria outbreak that has sickened more than two dozen people across 12 states, possibly linked to deli meat.As of Friday, 28 people have fallen ill -- all of whom have been hospitalized -- and two people have died, one from Illinois and one from New Jersey, according to the federal health agency.New York is the state with the most cases at seven, followed by Maryland with six. States that have also reported cases include Illinois, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,   ... Read More

Isabella Strahan shares she is cancer-free: ‘Everything is clear’

Isabella Strahan shares she is cancer-free: ‘Everything is clear’Isabella Strahan shared she is cancer-free after revealing she was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year. -- Isabella Strahan/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Isabella Strahan is on her road to a full recovery!In a new update on Thursday from a video on her YouTube channel, the 19-year-old daughter of "Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan shared that she is officially cancer-free.Earlier this year, Isabella Strahan publicly revealed she had been diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor.In her latest vlog titled, "Goodbye Hospital," Isabella Strahan shared that she was at her last appointment at the Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center in Durham, N.C., to review results from her scans."It was a great, great scan," she said with a   ... Read More

38-year-old diagnosed with stage 4 cancer weeks after finishing half-marathon

38-year-old diagnosed with stage 4 cancer weeks after finishing half-marathonGovind Sandhu, 38, is pictured finishing a half-marathon in Sydney, just prior to his cancer diagnosis. -- @govindsandhu/Instagram(SYDNEY, Australia) -- Govind Sandhu said he felt he was at "peak fitness" when he came down with flu-like symptoms, including a fever, night sweats and body aches, in mid-May.At the time he started feeling sick, Sandhu, 38, said he had recently finished a half-marathon in his hometown of Sydney, Australia, was training for an upcoming marathon and had just taken a vacation in Bali that was focused solely on health and fitness."I'm a CrossFit'er who runs marathons and ultramarathons. Everything from the moment I wake to the moment I go to bed is optimized for peak performance," Sandhu, the head of global   ... Read More

No significant risk of birth defects after pregnant women got COVID vaccine in 1st trimester: Study

No significant risk of birth defects after pregnant women got COVID vaccine in 1st trimester: StudyUlrich Baumgarten via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Babies born to women who received a COVID-19 vaccine in their first trimester did not have a significant increased risk of birth defects, a new study found.For the study, published Wednesday evening in the journal The BMJ, researchers used national public health registries in Denmark, Norway and Sweden to compare pregnant women who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in the first trimester and pregnant women who were infected with COVID-19 in the first trimester to women who were not vaccinated or infected.The team followed more than 343,000 babies born to women with an estimated start of pregnancy between March 1, 2020, and February 14, 2022, with each infant followed for a   ... Read More

How extreme heat can impact your mental health as high temperatures sweep US

How extreme heat can impact your mental health as high temperatures sweep USNathan Howard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dangerously high temperatures have been sweeping across the southern, central and eastern U.S., leaving more than one-third of the country under heat alerts as of Tuesday afternoon.Actual temperatures are expected to hit triple digits on Tuesday in several cities and states including Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Virginia and North Carolina while the heat index -- what the temperature feels like -- is expected to hit 104 in Dallas, 108 in Washington and 109 in Little Rock, Arkansas.The effects of extreme heat on physical health have been well-documented with people at risk of heat-related illnesses including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Experts, however, tell ABC News that heat can also have a serious impact on mental health."In   ... Read More

In two years since the launch of 988, ten million contacts have been answered

In two years since the launch of 988, ten million contacts have been answeredKarl Tapales/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two years after the launch of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, 10 million contacts have been answered, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration."That's 10 million people who, often on the worst day of their life, had a resource to reach out to," Hannah Wesolowski, chief advocacy officer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, told ABC News.Prior to the launch of the three-digit number, the services provided by 988 were available through the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which had been active since 2005."In its first year, [the 10-digit Lifeline] served about 45,000 people, and to think that we serve that many people in less than a week now is   ... Read More

4-month-old baby dies in extreme heat wave: Tips to keep kids safe

4-month-old baby dies in extreme heat wave: Tips to keep kids safeSimpleImages/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- A 4-month-old baby died in Arizona last week after suffering a heat-related illness while on a boat, according to police.The infant's death comes amid an ongoing heat wave in the U.S. affecting tens of millions of people across multiple states.The infant, who was not identified by police, was rescued from a boat on Lake Havasu on July 5 and transported to a local hospital, according to authorities.From there, the infant was taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital, where they "succumbed to their injuries," the Mohave County Sheriff's Office said in a statement released Monday.The sheriff's office said the investigation into the child's death is "ongoing."A sheriff spokesperson told ABC News Wednesday the office is not releasing any further   ... Read More

Midwives can be an Rx to America’s maternal mortality crisis

Midwives can be an Rx to America’s maternal mortality crisisABC News(NEW YORK) -- Ashley Watts is getting ready to become a first-time mom.“This pregnancy ride has been very fulfilling,” Watts, 32, told ABC News.For Watts, this pregnancy journey is different. She has previously suffered five pregnancy losses, telling ABC News that she now suffers from hospital anxiety after feeling dismissed and unsupported by her doctors as she tried to navigate those losses and pursue motherhood.When she learned of her most recent pregnancy, Watts decided she wanted to work with a midwife and dreamed of welcoming her baby into the world at a birthing center. The cost of midwifery care, however, was a barrier in allowing Watts access to the care she felt was better suited to her needs.A 2021   ... Read More

Pfizer targets obesity with new once-daily Danuglipron drug

Pfizer targets obesity with new once-daily Danuglipron drugbymuratdeniz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pfizer announced early Thursday morning that it has selected its preferred once-daily modified release formulation of danuglipron, a move that it said was a significant milestone in the obesity drug’s development.Danuglipron, an oral glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, will undergo dose optimization studies in the second half of 2024 as Pfizer seeks to evaluate multiple doses of the formulation which they hope will inform the registration-enabling studies.“Obesity is a key therapeutic area for Pfizer, and the company has a robust pipeline of three clinical and several pre-clinical candidates. The most advanced of them, danuglipron, has demonstrated good efficacy in a twice-daily formulation, and we believe a once-daily formulation has the potential to have a competitive profile   ... Read More

Nearly 200 cases of dengue virus reported in New York and New Jersey: CDC

Nearly 200 cases of dengue virus reported in New York and New Jersey: CDCJoao Paulo Burini/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nearly 200 people have been infected with dengue in the states of New York and New Jersey so far this year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.New York has reported 143 cases and New Jersey has reported 41.Dengue transmission is typically common in tropical and subtropical areas of the world, according to the CDC.Over 2,500 people have been infected in the U.S. so far this year, about five times higher than the same time last year. Puerto Rico currently makes up the bulk of those cases -- with over 1,700 reported. The U.S. territory declared a public health emergency back in March.The CDC issued a health alert last month   ... Read More

New study raises questions about tampon safety for women

New study raises questions about tampon safety for womenIsabel Pavia/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new study that detected variable levels of heavy metals, including lead, in tampons currently on the market is being reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a spokesperson for the agency told ABC News.The study published in Environmental International by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, evaluated the levels of 16 types of metals, including lead as well as mercury, arsenic and iron, in 30 tampons from 14 different brands obtained in the U.S., Greece and England.Differing levels of metals were found on materials of all 30 tampons, which included both organic and non-organic brands, according to the study, published July 3.The study's authors noted that it is not clear whether the   ... Read More

Colorado public health officials confirm human plague case in the state

Colorado public health officials confirm human plague case in the stateATU Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Colorado public health officials have confirmed a human case of plague in a Pueblo County resident, according to the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.Plague is very rare, with an average of seven human plague cases reported annually in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.While the disease killed millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages, nowadays, it is a rare cause of illness in rural areas of the southwestern U.S., particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, the agency said.Certain regions of Africa and Asia have also reported cases over the past few years.A potentially life-threatening disease, plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It is   ... Read More

Where COVID cases are increasing in the US amid summer ‘bump’

Where COVID cases are increasing in the US amid summer ‘bump’Jackyenjoyphotography/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- COVID-19 cases are rising in several regions of the United States as summer gets underway.For the week ending June 29, the latest date for which data is available, COVID test positivity was 9% across the U.S., an increase of 0.8% from the previous week, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is higher than levels seen during early May 2024 but lower than several points during the pandemic.Test positivity was highest in the Southwest and western U.S. with 15.7% positivity in the region comprised of Arizona, California and Nevada, CDC data showed.Additionally, wastewater data from the CDC shows that COVID viral activity is low nationally but has been steadily rising over   ... Read More

What’s better for weight loss, Mounjaro or Ozempic? New study provides answer

What’s better for weight loss, Mounjaro or Ozempic? New study provides answerJakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the popularity of drugs used for weight loss continues to explode, a new study is shedding light on which drug is most effective for weight loss.Mounjaro, a drug with the main active ingredient tirzepatide, was found to be more helpful in helping people lose weight and maintain their weight loss, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.Individuals taking Mounjaro were three times as likely to lose 15% or more of total body weight, 2.5 times as likely to experience 10% or more weight loss, and 1.8 times as likely to experience 5% or more weight loss compared to those taking semaglutide, the active ingredient found in Ozempic.This finding was   ... Read More

Yale releases report critical of UK transgender youth care research study

Yale releases report critical of UK transgender youth care research studyVladimir Vladimirov/Getty Images(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- A new report released by Yale Law School and Yale School of Medicine criticizes the often-cited Cass Review on gender-affirming care for transgender youth, commissioned by the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.The review, released in April, was performed by Dr. Hillary Cass, a former president of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, amid a rise in referrals to NHS' gender services. Her review – which calls for more research, more support, and more caution around gender-affirming care – has been cited in the NHS decision to restrict the prescribing of puberty-pausing medications, also known as puberty blockers, to children and young people under 18 years old in the U.K.In   ... Read More

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