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Flu activity on the rise across the nation: CDC

Flu activity on the rise across the nation: CDC

Seasonal flu activity is on the rise across the United States, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has confirmed hat at least 10 states have already reported high levels of the contagious virus.

Alabama, Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri and Utah are among the states with high flu activity. The strength of flu activity is typically measured on the basis of the total number of flu-related clinic visits.

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Eric Trump’s foundation reportedly raised over $16M for children’s hospital

Eric Trump’s foundation reportedly raised over $16M for children’s hospital

President-elect Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump helped raise more than $16 million for Memphis, Tennessee-based St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital over the last decade, N.Y. Times reported.

According to the report, 33-year-old Trump raised $16.3 million through the Eric Trump Foundation for the hospital; and Richard C. Shadyac Jr., the president of the hospital’s fundraising organization, praised Trump for his support in a letter written dated Dec. 30.

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Zika isn’t as deadly as many believe: expert says

Zika isn’t as deadly as many believe: expert says

The devastating Zika epidemic gained global attention in the last couple of years, but it in most cases it is actually a mild illness symptoms similar to that of common cold.

Participating in the First Friday talk held at The Cedars, Dr. Jonathan Frye, a renowned ecologist and natural science professor at Mac College, gave a presentation titled “The Epidemic Spread of the Zika Virus,” and spoke about various dangers, misnomers and myths about the virus.

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Doctors support NIH’s new peanut-allergy guidelines

Doctors support NIH’s new peanut-allergy guidelines

Bloomington-Normal area doctors have supported the National Institutes of Health’s new guidelines inclusion of peanuts in baby foods.

The NIH advised in its revised guidelines that children should be exposed to peanut-containing foods starting the age of 6 months as it would help build protection against scary peanut allergies. Some babies can be exposed to peanut-containing foods as early as 4 months of age.

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Study explains how humans’ ability to recognize faces gets better in young adults

Study explains how humans’ ability to recognize faces gets better in young adults

A new study by Stanford University researchers claimed to have found why humans’ ability to recognize faces keeps getting better until around the age of 30 years.

A team of researchers led by Jesse Gomez, a graduate student in neurosciences at Stanford, carried out a comparison of children’s brains and grownup brains. The brain scans of 22 children and 25 adults revealed that an area of the brain that recognizes faces keeps growing long after adolescence.

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Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of chronic headache: study

Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of chronic headache: study

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland has warned that deficiency of vitamin D could significantly increase the risk of chronic headaches in men.

The researchers studied data on a total of 2601 men aged between 42 and 60 years who were participating in the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD), and found that those who had low levels of vitamin D were suffering chronic headaches more frequently in comparison to those who had higher vitamin D levels.

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Trials to begin for pharmacists linked to deadly fungal meningitis outbreak

Trials to begin for pharmacists linked to deadly fungal meningitis outbreak

Two pharmacists will face second-degree murder charges in imminent trials in connection with the sale of contaminated pain medicines that caused the deadliest meningitis outbreak in U.S. history in 2012.

Hundreds of people in nearly two dozen states were diagnosed with fungal meningitis and certain other infections in 2012, after they received contaminated medication. Nine states reported 64 deaths.

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New law prohibits minors from buying cough syrup over the counter

New law prohibits minors from buying cough syrup over the counter

Minors will no longer be able to purchase certain cough syrup over the counter as a new law prohibits the sale of medicines containing dextromethorphan to those under 18, authorities have confirmed.

Dextromethorphan, is a key ingredient in cough syrups, is also used in a number of over-the-counter drugs. But, many young people misuse it to get a high. Many adults either drink cough syrup or mix it with other substances to get a high.

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Cook County’s ‘first 2017 baby’ born to Cubs’ die-hard fans

Cook County’s ‘first 2017 baby’ born to Cubs’ die-hard fans

The first baby to born in 2017 in Cook County is a girl who took birth to Cubs’ die-hard fans 12 minutes into the New Year, according to a press release from AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

Hospital officials said Wrigley took birth at 12:12 a.m. Sunday at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, which is located in the northwest suburban area of the Cook County.

At the time of her birth, Wrigley weighed in at just 5 pounds and 12 ounces. Her parents, viz. Ellen and Aaron Dalbey of Roselle, are Cubs’ fans.

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Spending an hour a day on social media can affect kids’ happiness: study

Spending an hour a day on social media can affect kids’ happiness: study

Children who spend merely an hour each day on social media may actually feel less satisfied with their lives, a new study published by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics suggested.

Teenagers can often be seen obsessively checking their feeds on various social media sites on their mobile devices. But, researchers found that behind their smiling selfies, teenagers mightn’t be as happy as they try to show in the photos.

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