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Worst of bad US flu season finally over as illnesses decline

Worst of bad US flu season finally over as illnesses decline

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The worst of the nation's nasty flu season is finally over. The season apparently peaked in early February and has been fading since, health officials said Friday. The number of people going to the doctor with symptoms of the flu has continued to decline. Deaths from the flu or pneumonia are going down, too. While the peak may have passed, the season isn't finished yet. Reports of flu remained widespread in 45 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. "The season's not over but we're definitely on the downward trend right now," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's acting director. Flu usually takes off after Christmas and peaks around February. This season started early and was widespread in many states by December. In early January, it hit what seemed like peak levels...
Study: Multiple pain relievers after joint, knee replacements ease opioid use

Study: Multiple pain relievers after joint, knee replacements ease opioid use

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March 2 (UPI) -- Patients not strictly taking opioids for pain relief after total hip or knee replacement can decrease their reliance on the drug and have fewer complications, according to a new study.Researchers determined that multiple methods are a more effective way to treat pain during recovery than opioids alone, according to a study published Friday in the journal Anesthesiology."Patients need to be aware that there are ways to treat their pain during and after surgery in addition to opioids," Dr. Stavros G. Memtsoudis, director of critical care services in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, said in a press release. "If the doctor prescribes more than one type of medicine for your pain, it may reduce your need for opioids."Opioids are p...
Trump says drug dealers may deserve 'ultimate penalty'

Trump says drug dealers may deserve 'ultimate penalty'

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President Donald Trump said Thursday the "ultimate penalty" may be in order for drug dealers because the nation's drug problem will never be solved without a show of strength and toughness. The comments were Trump's most explicit on the matter to date. He previously has alluded to death for drug dealers by noting that some countries are "very harsh" with drug dealers. Trump also has said he knows the answer to the drug crisis, but he isn't sure the country is "ready for it yet." In remarks Thursday at a White House summit on the opioid epidemic, Trump said drug dealers and pushers kill hundreds of people but that that most don't go to jail. "You know, if you shoot one person, they give you life, they give you the death penalty. These people can kill 2,000, 3,000 people and nothing happens...
Flu vaccine linked to lower death risk for heart failure patients: Study

Flu vaccine linked to lower death risk for heart failure patients: Study

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Flu is a killer every year, and with this season's high toll of deaths and hospitalizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strongly advised everyone older than six months to get the flu vaccine. Even healthy people are at risk, but those with heart failure should take particular note of today's news. "It is well known that influenza infection is associated with increased risk for mortality in heart failure patients," said Dr. Hidekatsu Fukuta, the lead author of the new study, a cardiologist at Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Japan. Fukuta lead a study that looked at people with heart failure who had received the flu vaccine. In the study, set to be presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting, the heart failure patients who...
13 Drinks That Are Like Sipping a Cup of Sugar

13 Drinks That Are Like Sipping a Cup of Sugar

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They're almost as bad for you as soda. Here’s a shocking stat: Sugary beverages account for about 40% of the added sugar in the average American’s diet. So many drinks are loaded with the sweet stuff, even the sips you wouldn't suspect (hello, tonic water). But the good news is that skipping those heavily-sweetened beverages can really pay off for your health. The first step is knowing which ones to avoid. In the video above you’ll learn about 13 drinks that have a similar amount of sugar as a can of soda.Take flavored “nutritional” waters, for example. In addition to vitamins, some bottles contain 30 grams of the sweet stuff. To put that into context, the American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 25 grams of added