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Health watch - Flesh Eating Bacteria
Be alert for the Flesh eating bacteria, chikungya fever and equine encephalitis on the first coast . Another case of the flesh eating bacteria has shown up, this time in Jacksonville. A 9 year old girl infected while swimming ( health department would not say where ) next the duval health dept says a 3rd person is infected with chikungunya fever. She was bitten by a mosquito wile traveling out of the country, and finally clay count officials are warning residents that several horses have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, which can spread to humans.
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Fist Bumb Less Germy Than a Handshake
Fist bumping may be good for your health. A new study shows that bumping fists transmits significantly fewer bacteria person to person than shaking hands. One of the authors of the study says that for the sake of public health, people should adopt the fist bump as a more hygenic alternative to a handshake, especially in a medical environment. When patients and doctors shake hands, they could spread germs that lead to what's called " healthcare-associated infections." More than 70-thousand patients with such an infection die every year. The study appears in the August issue of the American Jounral of Infection Control."
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Mayo Jacksonville receives a large gift
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville has been given what officials call a "substantial gift" from Jorge and Leslie Bacardi. The money will be used to fund ongoing research and clinical trials in re-generative medicine at Mayo Jacksonville. Associate Director of Mayo Center for Regenerative Medicine, Thomas Gonwa, says this is the future of medicine.
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Anti-Cancer Drug Can Detect HIV, Researchers Say
A drug used to treat cancer makes it possible to detect the virus that causes AIDS sooner. The Danish researchers who made the discovery say it opens the way for a vaccine to strengthen the immune system's ability to fight HIV. Researchers presented their findings at the international AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia.
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Gene May Stop Spread of Lung Cancer
Scientists say they've found a gene that may stop lung cancer from spreading. This type of cancer is one of the most deadly because it spreads so fast. The Salk Institute in California says cancer cells have an abnormal gene that allows them to move awya from the primary tumor. Blocking or inactivating this gene slows the tumor cells' movements. The researchers say this could help focus drug and other treatments.
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Genetic Risk of Autism Fairly Common
The risk of developing autism may be more common than previously believed. It's believed the disorder is caused by a number of factors, including genes and environment. Researchers with Carnegie Mellon University found rare genes or spontaneous mutatuions in only ten percent of autism cases. The scientists are working on a better way of predicting autism risk.
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