Category Archives: CNN – Health

Snakebites: The hidden health crisis that kills 200 people a day

Snakebites kill more than 200 people a day around the world, but Thai firefighter Pinyo Pookpinyo was one of the lucky ones. When the tip of his thumb was bitten by a king cobra, he made it to a Bangkok hospital within 15 minutes. There, he was given a serum that stopped the venom, which…MORE

Eli Lilly’s lower-priced insulin goes on sale amid drug price debate

A cheaper generic version of the rapid-acting insulin Humalog has hit the market, according to a statement Wednesday by drugmaker Eli Lilly. The company announced its plans in March amid growing concerns about the soaring prices of drugs, insulin in particular. The prices have led many people with diabetes to cut back on their insulin…MORE

Nurse graduates from NYU, years after he worked there as a janitor

Frank Baez got his first healthcare experience as a teenager, mopping floors and cleaning patients’ rooms as a hospital janitor at New York University. This week, the 29-year-old got his nursing degree from NYU’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing, after finishing an accelerated 15-month program. “It was a very intense program, I’ll tell you that.…MORE

Spike in banned ozone-eating CFC gases linked to China in new research

A mystery source of banned, ozone-destroying chemicals has been pinpointed to eastern China. Scientists noted a spike in the amount of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, in the atmosphere last year, despite a global ban on their use. The source of the emissions remained unknown, however, sparking concerns that it could hamper years of international effort to…MORE

Thousands of cancer diagnoses tied to a poor diet, study finds

Your diet may have more impact on your cancer risk than you might think, a new study has found. An estimated 80,110 new cancer cases among adults 20 and older in the United States in 2015 were attributable simply to eating a poor diet, according to the study, published in the JNCI Cancer Spectrum on…MORE

Algeria and Argentina are officially malaria-free, says World Health Organization

Malaria has been eliminated from Algeria and Argentina, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, an important milestone in fighting the mosquito-borne disease. WHO said there were now 38 countries and territories that have been declared free of the disease, which has been making a comeback globally. “Algeria has shown the rest of Africa…MORE

Trying to convince ultra-Orthodox Jews to vaccinate, New York messes up the Yiddish

Late last year, officials at the New York State Department of Health knew they had to act fast to stem the tide of a growing measles outbreak in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. Reaching out in the community’s own language, the agency spent tens of thousands of dollars printing and distributing measles information sheets in Yiddish to…MORE

Operating rooms test positive for mold at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Several operating rooms have been shut down in a Washington children’s hospital because of mold. Aspergillus mold was detected by air tests last week in operating rooms and equipment storage rooms at the main campus of Seattle Children’s Hospital, according to a statement from the hospital. “Though we believe the risk to our patients is…MORE

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MAY 24, 2019

GARY LEVOX does the same thing every Memorial Day. It has nothing to do with firing up the grill, but everything to do with what the holiday is all about.  He says, “Memorial Day has always meant something special to me. My cousin and some of my really, really good friends fought in the first…

MAY 23, 2019

On “Ellen” yesterday, Tom Hanks said he was DENIED BEER at the Stagecoach Festival. He’d gone up to the beer stand, but they wouldn’t serve him . . . because he didn’t have a bracelet proving that he was allowed to drink. They told him he had to go have his I.D. verified, get a…