Lawn companies and the Extension Service have started to receive reports of armyworms in a few lawns in Wichita, extension agent Rebecca McMahon says. You may remember that the worms were a plague in 2000.
Immunization of a mother both before and during pregnancy is important to protect the baby and the mother. Pregnancy renders the immune system less active by design, so that it does not recognize the baby as something that doesn’t belong in the body. Unfortunately, the pregnant woman is then more likely to contract an illness during pregnancy and more likely to be seriously affected by that illness.
Childhood obesity is on the rise – about 17 percent of North American kids are beyond overweight. At the same time, children and teens are inundated with glorified images of super-skinny women, from runway models with thigh gap (extoled on Tumblr pages) to Miley Cyrus. No wonder experts estimate that 60 percent of high-school girls, 80 percent of 10-year olds and 40 percent of 9-year-olds have dieted.
Never take vacation? Dread the pile up of work if you do? Feel no one can do your job if you leave? That you’re indispensable? Or worse, do you worry that if you take a break, no one will think you really are?
When John Denver sang “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy,” he spotlighted full-spectrum light’s ability to influence mood and health. And a new study reinforces just how important it is to get your daily dose of sunshine. Nurses exposed to natural light had lower blood pressure, were more alert, had better interaction with colleagues, laughed more and had better moods when dealing with patients than those who never saw the light. Another study found that workers in windowless offices had more physical problems and worse sleep habits than their windowed colleagues.
Many people cringe when their doctor recommends they get a colonoscopy after their 50th birthday. But the simple procedure can literally be a life saver. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, affecting one in 18 people, but it’s largely preventable through screening and early treatment.
When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering ward, he would jump on the phone to coordinate with the Ministry of Health, to deal with personnel issues and tend to hospital business.
A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after authorities reopened a slum that had been barricaded for more than a week to try to contain the disease.
A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade — a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.
The family of an elderly Iowa woman who died this week has sued the nursing home where she was receiving care, accusing the facility of leaving the woman naked and soiled on the floor of an unfurnished room.