US sees increase in respiratory infections that can lead to acute flaccid myelitis in children, CDC data shows

CNN — Doctors should prepare for a possible increase in young patients with enterovirus D68, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, and that may be linked to more cases of the rare, paralyzing condition acute flaccid myelitis. There was an increase in acute respiratory illnesses and emergency department visits driven by … Read more

3 Reasons You Need A Flu Shot Year

For the last two years, the flu has been essentially MIA, with cases plummeting alongside the social distancing, mask-wearing, and other steps people have had to take to slow the spread of COVID. But this year the influenza virus, as rusty and dusty as it may be, seems likely to come roaring back — and … Read more

Diet High in Guar Gum Fiber Limits Inflammation and Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Summary: Diets high in guar gum, a dietary fiber and common food additive extracted from guar beans, limit inflammation and delay the onset of multiple sclerosis in mouse models. source: University of British Columbia Diets high in guar gum, a common food additive and dietary fiber, limited inflammation and delayed the onset of multiple sclerosis … Read more

Doctor Turns Against Messenger RNA COVID-19 Vaccines, Calls for Global Pause

A doctor who promoted COVID-19 vaccines is now calling for health authorities around the world to pause the administration of two of the most-widely utilized COVID-19 vaccines, saying that the benefits from the vaccines may not outweigh the risks. “There is more than enough evidence—I would say the evidence is overwhelming—to pause the rollout of … Read more

Fasting-Mimicking Diet Reduces Signs of Dementia

Summary: Two short cycles of a low-calorie diet that mimics fasting reduced inflammation and delayed cognitive decline in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers report the diet is safe for humans and could help reduce signs of Alzheimer’s. source: USC Cycles of a diet that mimics fasting appears to reduce signs of Alzheimer’s in mice … Read more

A New Behavioral Test to Detect Early Risk of Alzheimer’s

Summary: Researchers have developed a simple behavioral test to measure an individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear. source: CalTech Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that damages a person’s ability to think, remember, and perform basic functions. According to the National Institutes of Health, Alzheimer’s affects more than 6 million Americans, mostly … Read more

Binge Drinking Increases COVID-19 Risk in Young Women

Summary: Women in their 20’s who frequently binge drink had the highest self-reported prevalence of COVID-19 infection among subgroups within a study of alcohol and drug usage during the pandemic. Researchers say the increased infection risk was due to binge drinkers being less vigilant with their social behaviors as a result of intoxication. source: Rutgers … Read more