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CDC: Mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases could invade 75% of America

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CDC: Mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases could invade 75% of America

Mosquitoes capable of spreading serious and potentially deadly diseases such as Zika, dengue and yellow fever could invade about three-quarters of mainland United States, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have warned. The CDC, a US federal agency, has previously warned that climate change could affect human health in many ways including increasing the number of “disease carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks”. In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, it revealed maps showing areas where the habitat was suitable for two particular species of mosquito, Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus to survive. A study...

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Girl Tastes McDonald's Fries When She Hears the Word "Left"

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Girl Tastes McDonald's Fries When She Hears the Word "Left"

If there was ever a mysterious disease that needed a telethon, this is it. A girl in Edinburgh, Scotland, has decided to tell the world about her rare affliction which causes her to taste McDonald’s French fries when she hears the word “left.” She’s hoping to let others with the disease know that, while there’s no cure, medical experts are studying it and there are support groups to help deal with it. “Most people think what I have is a bit mad, and I suppose it is, but it’s what’s makes me different and I like that.” Annie Bird is...

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Many more people could still die from mad cow disease

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Many more people could still die from mad cow disease

It’s finally happened. Until now, vCJD – the deadly disease caused by infection with BSE, or “mad cow disease” – has struck only people with a certain genetic makeup. Now, for the first time, researchers have confirmed a case in someone with different genes – a finding that could mean we have been misdiagnosing a new wave of cases. In late 2014, a 36-year-old man in the UK started developing aggressive personality changes, memory loss and problems walking. The symptoms and brain scans were typical of ordinary CJD, a rare disease of elderly people not linked to BSE. But because...

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One Breath Into This Breathalyzer Can Diagnose 17 Diseases

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One Breath Into This Breathalyzer Can Diagnose 17 Diseases

A single breath into a newfangled breathalyzer is all doctors need to diagnose 17 different diseases, including lung cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and multiple sclerosis, a new study found. Researchers invited about 1,400 people from five different countries to breathe into the device, which is still in its testing phases. The breathalyzer could identify each person's disease with 86 percent accuracy, the researchers said. The technology works because "each disease has its own unique breathprint," the researchers wrote in the study. The breathalyzer analyzes microscopic compounds — called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — to detect each condition. Testing for VOCs...

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Six cases of measles confirmed in Tennessee outbreak.

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Six cases of measles confirmed in Tennessee outbreak.

Public Health officials in Shelby County, Tennessee today confirmed six cases of measles in the county, up from two last Friday. Victims of the measles outbreak are "widely diverse" in terms of age, gender and where they live, authorities said. In case you haven't had measles and don't know from your own experience, getting "the measles" makes you super super sick with a high fever, an intolerance to light, muscle aches, symptoms that are like cold or flu, and your skin peels. That's if your one of the lucky ones who don't go on to develop life-threatening complications or secondary...

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