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Erika Zak, mom who inspired millions in her fight to get a liver, dies at 39

Erika Zak, mom who inspired millions in her fight to get a liver, dies at 39

Erika Zak, the mother who inspired millions through her resilience to fight for a liver transplant, died early Friday during surgery, her husband, Scott Powers, told CNN. She was 39. Her death came after a liver became available Thursday afternoon, and her transplant team at the Cleveland Clinic hustled to prepare her for surgery, Powers…MORE

Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly

Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been treated for pancreatic cancer in New York City, the Supreme Court announced Friday. While the court said Ginsburg’s tumor “was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” and no further treatment was needed, pancreatic cancer remains a serious diagnosis for the 86-year-old liberal…MORE

First death in US from lung illness linked to vaping reported in Illinois

First death in US from lung illness linked to vaping reported in Illinois

Illinois health officials announced on Friday the death of an adult who had vaped and later developed a severe respiratory illness. This is the first such death to be reported amid a growing number of lung illnesses across the country that doctors say could be connected to e-cigarettes. On Friday, the US Centers for Disease…MORE

Dogs help the people who own them maintain a healthier heart, a study finds

Dogs help the people who own them maintain a healthier heart, a study finds

Dog’s aren’t just our best friends, they’re also good for our health, new research suggests. A study published Friday in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings says that owning a pet, especially a dog, may help maintain a healthy heart — in case you needed any more reason to head to your local animal shelter. The…MORE

CBP refuses to publicly reveal how many migrants are sick with contagious diseases

CBP refuses to publicly reveal how many migrants are sick with contagious diseases

Despite outbreaks of flu, tuberculosis and chicken pox, US Customs and Border Protection refuses to tell the public how many migrants in detention facilities have contagious diseases. Doctors have long been concerned that these congested settings are breeding grounds for serious illnesses. “They create facilities that encourage the spread of infectious agents,” said Dr. William…MORE

CDC sounds alarm over deadly drug-resistant salmonella

CDC sounds alarm over deadly drug-resistant salmonella

A deadly strain of salmonella that has sickened more than 250 people may not respond to the antibiotics commonly prescribed to treat the foodborne infection, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published on Thursday, the CDC said that from June 2018 to March 2019,…MORE

Listeria outbreak infects 175 people during peak tourist season in Spain

Listeria outbreak infects 175 people during peak tourist season in Spain

Spain’s health ministry has issued an international health warning over a listeria outbreak that has infected 175 people. The bacteria was detected in a processed meat product manufactured in the city of Seville, in the southern region of Andalucia, according to an alert published Tuesday. Listeria is a common bacteria that causes listeriosis, an infection…MORE

Want to avoid an early death? Get moving, a study says

Want to avoid an early death? Get moving, a study says

The medical journal BMJ published a report today that links a lower risk of early death to higher levels of physical activity at any intensity in middle-aged and older people. Previous studies have repeatedly suggested that any type of sedentary behavior, such as sitting still, is not good for your health. Being sedentary for 9.5…MORE