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In annual ritual, Delhi struggles with dengue, chikungunya

Poonam Devi moans in pain on the stretcher in the packed hospital emergency room, her ankles and wrists swollen, an IV hooked up to left arm to hydrate her. Patients like her, fevered, aching, unable to walk or sit on their own, are packing hospitals across New Delhi because of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne...

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  • Editorials from around Oregon

    Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: The East Oregonian, Sept. 21, on funding outdoor education for Oregon's students: In Hermiston and Pendleton, outdoor school is an important part of each elementary student's career. And when the program was threatened by reduced state funding and cutbacks,...

      • AP news guide: The Flint water crisis, a year on

        A year after the tap water in Flint was exposed as a source of dangerous levels of lead, residents of the impoverished city are still grappling with the man-made public health crisis, which has led to criminal charges and drawn attention in the presidential election. Doctors discovered high amounts...

          • Analysis: Arkansas ballot cases test of new canvasser rules

            A 2013 law requiring initiative campaigns to register their paid canvassers with the state and conduct criminal background checks on them was intended to help Arkansas crack down on questionable signatures being submitted for ballot measures. Three challenges before the state's highest court will...

              • CDC: 3 Miami businesses epicenter of 1st US Zika outbreak

                The Zika outbreak in Miami's Wynwood arts district centered on three businesses with outdoor areas shared by employees, customers and breeding mosquitoes, and the number of people infected was likely greater than reported, said an investigative summary released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease...

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                  • Women's wellness: perimenopause symptoms

                    Perimenopause symptoms occur as women's bodies transition. Cooler temperatures are on the way. Yet, your body's thermostat is set on high. What's the deal? For many middle-age women, menopause symptoms, such as hot flushes and sleep deprivation, can range from slightly irritating to downright debilitating....

                      • Treating plantar fasciitis with ultrasonic energy

                        Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it true that plantar fasciitis sometimes can be treated with ultrasonic energy? How does that work? A: Yes. The treatment you are referring to is called percutaneous ultrasonic fasciotomy, which uses ultrasound technology to treat plantar fasciitis and other soft tissue problems....

                          • Don't give children codeine for a cough

                            There are health risks for children who are given codeine for coughs or pain. "Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened an advisory panel to consider the use of codeine specifically for suppression of cough and found little evidence of benefit," says Dr. Randall Flick, director...

                              • Ditch the spoon or risk giving your kids the wrong amount of medicine

                                Doctors are urging parents to ditch the spoon in favor of an oral syringe to measure medicine for young children, arguing that using spoons often leads to giving too little or worse yet too much of a good thing. They say the best tool for accuracy is an oral syringe or dropper. Even dosing cups...

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                                  • Can't sit still while reading this? Keep fidgeting. Research says it's good for your health

                                    Finally, science comes to the rescue of those of us who have been told all our lives to "sit still." Turns out fidgeting can be good for your health. A study from researchers at the University of Missouri found that mild toe-tapping while seated can dramatically cut your risk of cardiovascular...

                                      • Home remedies: taking care of airplane ear

                                        It's worse for some more than others that annoying and sometimes painful blockage in your ears when taking off or landing in an airplane. The medical name for airplane ear is ear barotrauma or barotitis media. It's when air pressure in your middle ear and air pressure in the environment are out...

                                          • Prostatitis: What is it and what can you do about it?

                                            Dear Mayo Clinic: What causes prostatitis, and how is it diagnosed? Is it treatable? A: Prostatitis a general term that encompasses a group of conditions characterized by swelling or inflammation of the prostate gland generally isn't life threatening. Although it's less well-known than other prostate...

                                              • Women's wellness: early diagnosis for ovarian cancer

                                                According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and physicians want to raise awareness in the hopes of helping spur earlier diagnoses. There are several types...

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                                                  • Farm safety reminders and tips during harvest season

                                                    In anticipation of the upcoming harvest season, it's important for those in farming communities to be well-prepared and safe. Long hours, powerful machinery and isolated jobs all make the risk of farm-related injuries, which can often be fatal, quite high. However, remembering a few dependable...

                                                      • Fermented foods ... health benefits or hype?

                                                        Dear Mayo Clinic: Are there any special health benefits to fermented foods? A: The jury's still out. In recent years, claims of possible health benefits of fermented dairy or plant foods, such as yogurt, kefir, aged cheese, tempeh, miso, sauerkraut and many others, have gained the spotlight. The...

                                                          • Dehydration can lead to serious complications

                                                            Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn't have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don't replace lost fluids, you will get dehydrated. Common causes of dehydration include vigorous exercise, especially in hot weather;...

                                                              • What do you know about pneumonia?

                                                                Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus (purulent material), causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills and difficulty breathing. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can cause pneumonia. CAUSES...

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