Coughing: Is It COVID-19, Flu, Cold, RSV, or Allergies?

A cough is one of the hallmark symptoms of COVID-19. But a cough is also a typical symptom of many other conditions, including the flu, the common cold, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and seasonal allergies. If you’re coughing, you may wonder how you can tell whether it’s due to COVID-19 or a different condition. This article will look at some ways you may be able to tell the difference. What does COVID-19 cough feel and sound...

Poison control centers report a 1500% increase in calls related to weight loss drugs

NJ Advance Media for NJ.com – As weight loss drugs have become more popular, so have calls to poison control centers, according to newly released data. From January to November 2023, U.S. poison control centers reported receiving 3,000 calls related to semaglutide, according to ABC News. That is about a 1,500% increase in calls from 2019. Semaglutide is the active ingredient in trendy weight loss drugs such as Wegovy, Ozempic and Rybelsus. Wegovy is FDA-approved for weight...

FDA Warns of Potentially Lethal Reaction to Seizure Meds

MEDSCAPE – The antiseizure drugs levetiracetam (Keppra, Keppra XR, Elepsia XR, Spritam, generic) and clobazam (Onfi, Sympazan, generic) can cause a rare but serious drug hypersensitivity reaction that can be life threatening if not detected and treated promptly, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns in an alert issued today. Known as drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), it may start as a rash but can quickly progress and cause injury to...

‘They See a Cash Cow’: Corporations Could Consume $50 Billion of Opioid Settlements

KFF HEALTH NEWS – The marketing pitches are bold and arriving fast: Invest opioid settlement dollars in a lasso-like device to help police detain people without Tasers or pepper spray. Pour money into psychedelics, electrical stimulation devices, and other experimental treatments for addiction. Fund research into new, supposedly abuse-deterrent opioids and splurge on expensive, brand-name naloxone. These pitches land daily in the inboxes of state and local officials in charge of distributing more than $50...

The rise of Subway: the triumphant and turbulent last decades of the world’s largest fast-food chain

Insider Today – In the past few years, Subway restaurants have been dealing with growing pains, declining sales, and a public-relations issue with legal troubles for Jared Fogle, its former spokesman. The sandwich company has been closing hundreds of stores all over the US for the past few years and fighting allegations that its tuna isn't tuna. But it hasn't always been like this. In the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s, Subway was expanding rapidly,...

Alaska snowmobilers found dead after -20 degree weather delays search

Tribune Content Agency – Two snowmobilers were found dead after extreme weather delayed search efforts, Alaska officials said. Charlene Habros, 34, and Dustin Gologergen, 55, were found dead after Alaska State Troopers received reports on Dec. 11 that they were missing after setting out from Teller to Nome. The wind chill in Nome was 20 below 0 in the morning and stayed below 0 on Dec. 11. Rescue teams were unable to perform ground and air searches...

Patient count nears 300 in outbreak linked to North Carolina sushi restaurant

FOOD SAFETY NEWS – There are now 241 complaints from patrons of a sushi restaurant in Raleigh, NC, about foodborne illnesses. The complaints against Sushi Nine began Nov. 28, according to local health department officials. The suspected pathogen is norovirus, with at least three restaurant customers testing positive. The number of sick people is growing quickly with 100 more reporting becoming sick since the previous update on Dec, 9. Wake County Public Health and Wake County Environmental...

McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, Wendy’s franchisees face ‘convict leasing’ suit in Alabama

Convict leasing is allegedly a form of coerced labor that evaded the 13th Amendment’s prohibition on slavery and involuntary servitude.

19″ Brick Oven Pizza, Made To Order For $8.99

EAT THIS, NOT THAT! – Shopping at these 11 regional and national grocery chains will save you money in the long run. 1. ALDI The business keeps overhead low by providing 90% private-label goods with minimal marketing and simple in-store displays and decorations. Company policies also cut back on labor costs without affecting employee wages, like reducing store hours and encouraging customers to return rented shopping carts—all designed to give back savings to shoppers. 2. GROCERY OUTLET The...

Monkeypox Goes Beyond Sexual Transmission, CDC Study Finds

CDC study finds mpox virus spread through nonsexual contact in parts of Washington D.C. and Tennessee, indicating disease transmission occurs in casual contact.

The U.S. is unprepared for the growing threat of mosquito- and tick-borne viruses

Mosquitoes can carry viruses including dengue, malaria, chikungunya and Zika. They are a growing public health threat abroad and in the United States.

Americans Spent $13,500 Per Person On Health Care In 2022

News outlets cover a new federal analysis of health expenditures that have been bouncing around during the pandemic but now stand at nearly $13,500 annually per person. Axios suggests the rise in spending in 2022 shows a return to pre-pandemic patterns of spending growth. But other data show fewer people have gone uninsured over the last three years. Axios: U.S. Health Spending Hit $4.5 Trillion Last Year Health care spending growth in the United States may be...

Depression can be hard to spot; AI may help

ChatGPT may be more likely to follow clinical guidelines, whereas GPs may have a tendency to overprescribe antidepressants.

Yes, Really, You Should Be Sleeping Naked Even In Winter

HUFFINGTON POST – The shortest day of the year is just over a week away, and from then on, we’ll be facing earlier mornings and slightly longer days. What does this mean in real terms, though? It means we’re in the depths of winter. It’s freezing cold, the days are dark and we’ve even had huge bursts of snow throughout the UK already. Now, this weather may have you reaching for your softest, warmest pyjamas but...
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