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Flu vaccine falls short, but helps

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC News) – Experts say this year’s flu vaccine can lessen the severity of the flu, but it’s not working well to prevent flu cases. New data from the Centers for Disease Control places this year’s vaccine’s overall efficacy at …

Parasitic worms infect Grants Pass woman’s eye

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A local woman started making national headlines when reports surfaced of her unusual discovery. That discovery is enough to make most people squirm. CNN reports Abby Beckley of Grants Pass suffered eye irritation in August of 2016 when …

CDC: Flu season in “second wave”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC News) – Flu season is showing no sign of slowing down, and parts of the country may be experiencing a second wave of illness. The flu epidemic remains widespread in nearly all states, and experts say it could be …

Study suggests drowsy driving is an epidemic

(NBC News) – A new study on people who practically fall asleep while driving has concluded the problem is at least ten times worse than we’ve been told. Nearly 3,600 drivers volunteered to be recorded on video while driving, giving researchers actual …

Cracking down on kratom

(WNYT) – Law enforcement is keeping an eye out for another potentially dangerous drug to hit the streets, kratom. Kratom comes from the leaf of a plant grown in Asia, where it’s been used for years as a mild stimulant. However, kratom …

Pork products recalled in Oregon, Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 4,600 pounds of raw pork imported to Oregon and Washington from Canada is being recalled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the pork products are being recalled because they weren’t properly inspected before being imported. The products …

Low radiation risk found in cell phone study

(NBC News) – An intriguing new government research project examines whether cell phones cause cancer. To find out whether there’s any connection between cell phones and cancer researchers from the National Institutes of Health’s National Toxicology Program exposed rats and mice to …

FDA takes aim at anti-diarrhea high

(WSTM) – The Food and Drug Administration is taking new steps to curb the abuse anti-diarrhea medication by asking manufacturers to change the way it’s packaged. Loperamide is an over-the-counter medication taken to ease the symptoms of diarrhea. The recommended dose is …

Flu kits in high demand

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KSL) – This winter’s flu bug has hit the nation hard, and the season is just peaking. BioFire Diagnostic, a Salt Lake City, Utah company, is working overtime to make test kits to help doctors diagnose various illnesses. …

Flu death toll growing

(NBC News) – The worst flu season in almost a decade is getting deadlier, with more than three dozen child deaths already this year. The Center For Disease Control says the epidemic is also hitting Baby Boomers much harder than usual. Near …
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