Author Archives: Rachael Rettner

US birth rates hit another record low in 2018

The U.S. birth rate continues to fall, reaching another record low in 2018, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading

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Herbal sex supplement sent man’s blood pressure through the roof

A man’s blood pressure skyrocketed to dangerous levels after he took an herbal supplement touted for sexual enhancement, according to a new report of the man’s case. Continue reading

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Chemicals from sunscreen get into your blood: Here’s what that means

When people slather on sunscreen, chemicals in the products are absorbed into the bloodstream, and the health effects are still unknown, a new government study reports. Continue reading

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Tick removed from boy’s eardrum after he complained of buzzing noise

There are some sounds you hope you never hear. Continue reading

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Woman’s weeks-long juice and water diet may have caused brain damage, reports say

A woman in Israel may have irreversible brain damage after drinking only juice and water for three weeks, according to news reports. Continue reading

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Red yeast rice supplements likely damaged woman’s liver

Natural supplements may seem benign, but as highlighted in a new case report, that’s not always the case. Continue reading

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Drinking sugary beverages linked with early death, study claims

Soda and other sugary beverages aren’t exactly known for being healthy. Continue reading

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Butt implants linked to cancer in rare first reported case

A woman with buttock implants was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that, until now, has largely been linked to breast implants, according to a new report of the woman’s case. Continue reading

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Marijuana lollipop may have triggered man’s heart attack

A marijuana lollipop with a very high dose of the drug’s active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may have triggered a man’s heart attack, according to a new report of the man’s case. Continue reading

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Cactus prick likely caused ex-NHL player’s life-threatening infection

A former NHL player developed a life-threatening infection after a spiky cactus pierced his leg, according to news reports. Continue reading

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Obesity-related cancer rates are rising among millennials

The obesity epidemic may be contributing to an increase in certain cancers among millennials in the U.S., a new study suggests. Continue reading

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How does a person freeze to death?

This week’s polar vortex has brought bitter cold — even Arctic-like temperatures — to parts of the Upper Midwest and Eastern U.S., and this frigid air may have you feeling like you could “freeze to death.” Continue reading

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‘Superbug’ genes discovered in remote region of the Arctic

A “superbug” gene that was first detected in India — and allows bacteria to evade “last resort” antibiotics — has now been found thousands of miles away, in a remote region of the Arctic, according to a new study. Continue reading

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How flesh-eating bacteria feast on flesh

“Flesh-eating” bacteria can cause serious infections that can result in loss of limbs and even death. Continue reading

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Romaine lettuce to Honey Smacks Cereal: Why so many food recalls in 2018?

From E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce to Salmonella in cereal, this year certainly had its fair share of foodborne illness outbreaks. Continue reading

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Sleeping in contacts could result in serious eye infections

Many contact lens wearers have a dirty little secret: They sometimes sleep or nap in their lenses. Continue reading

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Trip to chiropractor led to brain cyst discovery, woman says

A women’s chiropractic procedure to manipulate her neck may have inadvertently led doctors to discover a large cyst in her brain that had likely been there for decades. Continue reading

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Rare, fatal brain disease can be spotted in patients’ eyes

People with the rare and fatal brain disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) show signs of the disease in their eyes, according to a new study. Continue reading

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Man bleeding from his eyes diagnosed with rare condition

The bloody tears stopped spontaneously about one hour. Continue reading

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Man’s bug bite led to flesh-eating bacteria infection

What started as a simple bug bite on a young man’s knee soon turned life-threatening when the itchy bump developed into an infection with “flesh-eating” bacteria, according to a new report of the case. Continue reading

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