Category Archives: Health

Dozens of people in the Los Angeles area have been diagnosed with typhus, a relatively rare bacterial disease spread by fleas, according to health officials. Although typhus cases do normally occur in the area, officials have seen a spike in cases in recent months, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Cholesterol is a waxy material that is produced naturally by the liver. It protects the nerves, produces hormones and makes cell tissues, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. However, too much cholesterol can be a bad thing — which is why it's important to manage it and keep it at reasonable levels. 

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, develops when the blood vessels in the transparent membrane, or conjunctiva, that line the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball get inflamed. The inflammation causes blood vessels to become more visible and gives the whites of the eyes a distinct pink or red tint, which is where Read More →

When an 18-year-old man in India went to the emergency room for intestinal problems, doctors ordered a computed tomography (CT) scan to get a clear look at the issue. But the scan revealed something completely unrelated to the man's gut problems: He had a rarely encountered condition called "pancake kidney," according to a recent report Read More →

Six children in Minnesota have been diagnosed with a rare illness that resembles polio, according to news reports. The illness, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), affects the nervous system and causes muscles to weaken, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), which is currently investigating the six cases that have occurred since mid-September. Symptoms Read More →

SAN FRANCISCO — As scary as it may sound, a root canal is a fairly routine dental procedure. But for one 60-year-old man, the procedure turned life threatening when he developed meningitis, a swelling of the tissue surrounding his brain and spinal cord. Even more surprising, though, was that this dangerous outcome wasn't due to Read More →

It's a debate that plays out in everyone's head during a weekend brunch: Should I be eating this much bacon? Researchers have been diving into the question, too, specifically as it relates to cancer. The question once again jumped to the forefront of people's minds with the recent release of a meta-analysis that concluded that Read More →

Downing a high dose of a liquid erectile dysfunction drug gave one man in New York an unexpected side effect: it caused his vision to turn, and stay, red, according to a new report of his case. Indeed, two years after the incident, the man's vision remains altered, according to the case report, which was Read More →

Acetaminophen — better known by the brand name Tylenol — is an over-the-counter pain reliever. It can be used to help with mild to moderate headaches, muscle aches, backaches, sore throats and other cold symptoms, menstrual cramps, toothaches and reactions to shots. It is also sometimes used to help ease the pain of osteoarthritis.

SAN FRANCISCO — Petting a therapy dog can help reduce stress and anxiety in kids who have cancer, but a visit from one of these furry friends can also spread dangerous germs to these vulnerable children. But now, a new study suggests a way to make therapy dog visits safer for childhood cancer patients: Clean Read More →