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Teacher on life support as worst flu outbreak in years engulfs US

Teacher on life support as worst flu outbreak in years engulfs US

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A special education teacher in Texas is reportedly on life support after contracting both strains of influenza, as the worst flu season in years engulfs the United States. Crystal Whitley, who teaches in Mullin, got the flu shot in October after giving birth to her son, family members told ABC affiliate WFAA. But she caught both the H3N2 and H1N1 flu strains two weeks ago. Then she came down with pneumonia in both lungs and contracted MRSA, a bacterial infection that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics. Now, Whitley is on life support at Baylor University Medical Center, according to WFAA. "She's making all of this progress, but [doctors] keep telling us she is still very ill. She is still critical, and she is still on life support," Whitley's mother, Mary O’Connor, told WFA
New test speeds up diagnosis of Parkinson's, Lewy body dementia

New test speeds up diagnosis of Parkinson's, Lewy body dementia

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Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Researchers at the National Institutes of Health said they've developed a new test to detect Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies, shaving days off the wait time of existing tests.The NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases created the test by modifying one used for the early diagnosis of prion diseases, a group of neurodegenerative disorders caused by transmissable pathogens.For Parkinson's disease, the test detects levels of Lewy bodies in spinal fluid. Lewy bodies are the abnormal clumping of alpha-synuclein, a protein.Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies both resemble prion diseases, which result in the deterioration of brain functions. But Parkinson's disease is about 1,000 times more common than prion diseases, and Lewy bo...
5 Real Women Share What It Was Like Giving Up Alcohol for a Month

5 Real Women Share What It Was Like Giving Up Alcohol for a Month

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Until last month, I did not fully understand the effects of alcohol. Sure, I’d experienced a tipsy night out and enjoyed the next day’s lovely hangover. But when I gave up alcohol (one of many rules of the Whole30 program, which I did in January), I gradually became aware of how much things change when you part with your Pinot noir.I definitely experienced health perks: I was able to focus my energy on quality catch-ups over coffee, didn’t have liquor-induced late night cravings, and made it to more morning workout classes than usual. Yet what shocked me was how much my social life shifted over the course of 30 days.RELATED: What's the Lowest Calorie Alcohol? 8 Drinks RankedA friend’s request to meet for a “quick drink” led to my long explanation about my no-alcohol decision
I Just Finished Whole30 and Lived to Tell the Tale—Here’s How I Made It Through

I Just Finished Whole30 and Lived to Tell the Tale—Here’s How I Made It Through

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Diets have never interested me. As a teenager, I found it absurd that some of my classmates were so concerned with what they ate. They would talk about the new weight-loss plans they were trying or their pledges to eat more of this and less of that. I listened but stayed silent and ate whatever I pleased.Up until this past January, I was still anti-diet. I tried eating more veggies and lean protein during the week, but I never counted calories or vowed to cut dairy from my life completely, for example, as friends did. Yet after writing an article about actress Busy Philipps' positive experience doing a plan called Whole30, I became intrigued.RELATED: The Ketogenic Diet Might Be the Next Big Weight Loss Trend, But Should You Try It?Two friends and I discussed the article...
5 Supermarkets Share the Secret Store Policies You Should Be Taking Advantage Of

5 Supermarkets Share the Secret Store Policies You Should Be Taking Advantage Of

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Almost every week, you can find me zipping through the aisles of my local Trader Joe's as I look for the healthiest food to pile into my cart.Given the unending crowds that Trader Joe's is famous for, I often whiz right past the new products that the retailer puts out (like those butternut fries). But recently, an employee saw me eyeing some sliced oven-roasted turkey that I hadn't seen before, and he asked if I wanted to try it.I was shocked when he ripped open the package right on the spot and offered me a slice. Then he explained that Trader Joe's customers can actually try most products before buying them. For free. I was floored. This is on a whole other level than those sad samples they plop into paper cups at most stores.Before you go hog-wild: The policy doesn't apply to alcoholic ...