Posts Categorized: Health News

DNA Technology to Change Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease in the country. However, advances continue to be made in screening and care. For example, Stanford University scientists recently announced that they have devised a DNA test that is more accurate and comprehensive in screening newborns for the disease. What is Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic fibrosis is a…

FDA Alert: Cosmetic Clay Presents Lead Poisoning Risk

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It is currently Poison Prevention Month, which was put into place in order to raise awareness of poisonous substances, thereby improving the ability to prevent and treat poison exposures such as lead poisoning. According to a recent alert released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one consumer product recently discovered to be a poison risk…

Prevention and Detection: Tax-Related Identity Theft

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The final deadline for filing your tax returns is coming up soon. Before you file your taxes, make sure that you are taking precautions against identity theft. Tax-related identity theft continues to be a problem that the IRS is attempting to deal with. They have taken numerous steps to help protect taxpayers and assist victims…

Yolo County: Confirmed Case of Zika Joins Others in California

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For those who don’t know, there has been an outbreak of a new virus known as Zika throughout many parts of the world. The Zika virus is spread via infected mosquitoes belonging to the Aedes species. While being infected with the Zika virus is rarely deadly—in fact, symptoms can be relatively mild—it has been discovered that…

New Electrical Forehead Patch Could Treat PTSD

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It was recently discovered in a new trial that a treatment called eTNS (external trigeminal nerve stimulation) used for epilepsy and depression could potentially help to reduce the severity of chronic PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). eTNS is a wearable electrical brain stimulator—basically a patch that is worn on the forehead powered by a 9-volt battery. The way…