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CDC reports 11 cases of human plague since April

Health - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 8:48am

Categories: Health

Opinion: Rising cost of prescription drugs threatens health care gains

Health - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 8:48am
Nine of 10 Americans have health care coverage now, but can they afford the rising cost of prescription drugs?

Categories: Health

Babies love their backpacks

Health - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 8:47am
Back to school means back to lugging around unwieldy backpacks for schoolkids, but many little ones who want to be just like their older siblings and role models love the idea of carrying their prized possessions on their backs.

Categories: Health

Does an aspirin a day keep the doctor away?

Health - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 8:47am

Categories: Health

Tips to Enjoy Pest-Free Camping This Summer

Lifestyles - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 8:45am
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(NewsUSA) - Camping is a favorite activity for outdoor enthusiasts across the country. There are few better ways to take in the fresh air and relax than by spending some time out in the elements without all the distractions of everyday life. However, it's important to keep in mind that the great outdoors is also home to some serious health threats -- and you may be surprised at the "biggest" culprits!

While small in size, mosquitoes and ticks are out in abundance this time of year. Just one bite from an infected mosquito or tick can have chronic, and possibly fatal, consequences.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), late summer is peak time for West Nile virus infections (WNV), and transmission of the disease frequently continues into the fall as well. According to the National Pest Management Association's medical advisor, Dr. Jorge Parada, the elderly, children and those with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable to West Nile virus infections, which can be fatal in severe cases.

Ticks are capable of transmitting a variety of illnesses to humans, the most common being Lyme disease. Spread by the blacklegged deer tick, Lyme disease has historically been a problem in the northeast U.S. However, an August 2015 report from the CDC found blacklegged deer ticks are expanding their territory farther in to the West and South, bringing the threat of Lyme disease with them.

The National Pest Management Association offers the following tips for campers to protect themselves from mosquito and tick bites:

* Always apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or IR3535 when outdoors and use as directed on the product label.

* Reduce the amount of skin exposed during dusk and dawn, when certain types of mosquitoes are most active.

* Avoid areas where ticks are most abundant, including high grasses and low-growing vegetation along the edge of the woods or a trail.

* Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors. While hiking, tuck long pants into your socks to keep ticks out.

* Consider investing in permethrin-treated clothing and gear for an extra level of protection and choose light-colored clothing that will make spotting ticks easier.

* Inspect yourself and your companions carefully for ticks after being outdoors; finding and removing ticks in a timely manner is critical to preventing disease.

For more information on mosquitoes and ticks, please visit

Train suspect armed for massacre

CNN World - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 8:20am

Categories: International News

Doctor who treated Connally after JFK shot dies

Health - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:30am

Categories: Health

Why U.S. stocks aren't headed for a crash

Business News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:29am
Has the Wall Street bull fallen over?

Doctor who pioneered Life Flight dies

CNN - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:08am
Dr. James "Red" Duke Jr., the surgeon who treated then-Texas Gov. John Connally after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday, his family said in a statement to CNN Houston affiliate KPRC.

Categories: National News

Dogs sniff out methamphetamine hidden in gas tanks

CNN - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:08am
Two man tried to hide methamphetamine worth more than $1 million in the gas tanks of two vehicles, but were thwarted by drug-sniffing dogs over the weekend, the U.S. Border Patrol said Monday.

Categories: National News

Wine tour apologizes for kicking 'boisterous' book club off train

CNN - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:06am
The top executive of Napa Valley Wine Train apologized to members of a book club who said they were humiliated when staff booted them from the luxury rail car for disturbing passengers with their laughter.

Categories: National News

U.S. kids outweigh Canadian kids, says study

CNN - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:06am
If children in the United States and Canada faced off against each other in an international episode of "The Biggest Loser," it would not look good for the U.S.

Categories: National News

Look at me! 23 selfies of the week

CNN - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:37am

Categories: National News

Homes sell the fastest in these markets

Business News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:37am
Homes are still selling like crazy in northern California.

Donald Trump and Jorge Ramos have a stormy history

Business News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:05am
"Go back to Univision," Donald Trump said when Univision anchor Jorge Ramos tried to ask a question at a Tuesday evening press conference.

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