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Lactate helps vets to diagnose sick cats

With sick cats suffering with illnesses that lead to low blood pressure a study has found animals with a normal level of lactate are more likely to survive. This could lead to a new treatment option.

Fitness trackers underestimate calories

A new assessment of fitness trackers reveals that the devices on the market are good at measuring heart rate but they are often poor at measuring calories burned.

Obesity rates higher when grandparents are around

Guangzhou - Are grandparents to blame for obese children? This generalization has some basis, at least in China where researchers have compared obesity rates in different households.

Tick paralysis in three-year-old highlights the risks from ticks

An Oregon family is breathing easier after having quite a scare last week when their three-year-old daughter, Evelyn, became cranky and appeared to be having trouble standing upright. After an ER visit, the couple found out a dog tick was the culprit.

Hospitals in U.S. frantic over shortage of sodium bicarbonate

Most of us have a box of baking soda in the cupboard or refrigerator. It's plentiful on the grocer's shelves and cheap. But this "simple drug" is in short supply in hospitals across the country, prompting surgeries and other treatments to be rescheduled.

Unnecessary antibiotics still prescribed for colds

Toronto - There has been plenty of publicity about prescribing antibiotics for viral infections, yet the problem continues within the medical community, according to a study of U.S. health sector practices. The problem connects with the antibiotic resistance issue.

Ethiopia's Tedros elected new WHO chief

Geneva - Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom was elected as the new head of the powerful World Health Organization on Tuesday, vowing to shake up an agency seen as needing major reform.

Feline good: Cats counter stress at Tokyo firm

Toukyo - Workaholic Japan is known for long office hours and stressed out employees, but one company claims to have a cure: Cats.A total of nine fluffy felines eat, sleep and walk freely in the small office of IT firm Ferray in Tokyo.

Palm-sized medical gamma-ray camera launched

Scientists have invented a Compton camera weighing just 580 grams. The camera visualizes gamma rays of different energies. in tests the camera has produced high-resolution, multicolor 3D molecular images of a live mouse.

Is tricolsan the answer to surgical site infections?

The use of triclosan-coated sutures could be effective for the prevention of surgical site infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This takes the form of a new guideline.

Progress made on developing HIV vaccine

Scientists are edging closer towards the creation of a vaccine for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This has required a different approach to be taken towards vaccine design and development.

Warm weather brings warnings to shellfish lovers nationwide

As warm weather approaches, health officials from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Florida and on up the East Coast are warning shellfish lovers of the dangers of eating raw or undercooked oysters or other shellfish.

Babies with engaged fathers learn faster

London - Babies with involved fathers during the first few months of life learn faster, a new study into the psychology of early learning has found.

Italy makes childhood vaccinations compulsory

Rome - Italy's government on Friday declared a new law making a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription in a move triggered by a spike in measles cases.

Nearly 23,500 cholera cases, 242 deaths in Yemen in three weeks : WHO

Geneva - A cholera outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen has killed 242 people, and left nearly 23,500 others sick in the past three weeks alone, the World Health Organization said Friday.

WHO races against the clock to contain Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

In an update issued on May 18, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) said a race against the clock has begun to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in the remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Which countries have the best healthcare?

Paris - Neither Canada nor Japan cracked the top 10, and the United States finished a dismal 35th, according to a much anticipated ranking of healthcare quality in 195 countries, released Friday.

Going to hospital? Data breaches are an added concern

When you’re in hospital thinking about data breaches and cyber security may not be your top concerns. However a new study has found some 1,800 occurrences of data breaches in patient information have occurred in the past seven years.

EPA OK's nasty pesticide - Now 12 farmworkers have been poisoned

Bakersfield - Over 50 farmworkers in Bakersfield, California were exposed to a pesticide drift from a nearby field earlier this month. At least 12 of the farmworkers became ill, with one person passing out, requiring hospitalization.
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