UK millennials are drinking less alcohol, study finds

UK millennials are drinking less alcohol, study finds

Researchers found that 29% of 16- to 24-year olds were non-drinkers in 2015, up from 18% in 2005. Half of people in that age group said they had not had a drink in the past week, compared to 35% a decade earlier, according to the study published Wednesday. And while young people are still the […]

West Nile Virus continuing to increase in Virginia Beach

West Nile Virus continuing to increase in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia Beach Mosquito Control and the Virginia Beach Public Health department have reported an increase in West Nile Virus mosquito activity in Virginia Beach over the last three weeks. Officials have conducted weekly tests throughout the city since June. Some of the mosquitoes that have been collected and tested for West Nile […]

First bioelectronic device regenerates nerves in rats

First bioelectronic device regenerates nerves in rats

The first example of bioelectronic medicine has seen a biodegradable wireless device implanted into a rat to speed the regeneration of nerves. The wireless device naturally absorbs into the body after a week or two (credit: Northwestern University) Materials scientists and engineers at Northwestern University, Illinois and neurosurgeons at Washington University developed the device that […]

Flu can be a killer, but some refuse to take a shot

Flu can be a killer, but some refuse to take a shot

Latasha Haynes was 34 when she almost died of the flu last year. What started as a little coughing and fatigue ended with two blood transfusions and a diagnosis of congestive heart failure weeks later. Flu had damaged her heart muscles and the saclike tissue around them. She survived, but just barely, and it took […]

Ask the Doctors: 'Silent' UTIs present a real health threat to the elderly

Ask the Doctors: 'Silent' UTIs present a real health threat to the elderly

Dear Doctor: Our 92-year-old mother, who’s still sharp as a tack, was perfectly fine one moment and then suddenly became weak and extremely disoriented. It was like she had dementia. We expected to hear that she had suffered a stroke, but hospital tests showed she had a UTI. Why would that affect her mind? And […]

Families take to uptown Charlotte streets to raise money for breast cancer research

Families take to uptown Charlotte streets to raise money for breast cancer research

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thousands wearing pink-colored gear flooded uptown Charlotte Saturday morning to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Families across the Carolinas took to the streets for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Saturday’s event raises money for those who are battling breast cancer. Every 74 seconds, someone in the United […]

Jacques Kelly: Recalling a heavy death toll from the 1918 Baltimore flu pandemic

Jacques Kelly: Recalling a heavy death toll from the 1918 Baltimore flu pandemic

It was spring 1918, and a pair of East Baltimore physicians noticed an uptick in severe laryngitis, accompanied by throat bleeding. The doctors, Anthony L. Rettaliata, who practiced on North Broadway, and John W. France, on Gay Street, found that civilians working at the World War I military camps were coming down with these unusual […]

Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, study finds

Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, study finds

SAN FRANCISCO — Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore were suspicious that the dogs might pose an infection risk to patients with weakened immune systems. So they conducted some tests when Pippi, Poppy, Badger and Winnie […]