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Rachel Maddow Explains Her Neck Bandage

MSNBC host reveals skin cancer diagnosis and treatment

(Newser) - It hasn't been an easy year on Rachel Maddow. Last November, the MSNBC host warned viewers to limit travel, saying COVID-19 nearly killed her longtime partner . Now, she's warning people to get checked over by their doctors after her own diagnosis with skin cancer. On Wednesday's episode...

Christina Applegate: 'It's Been a Tough Road'

Actor reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis, asks for privacy

(Newser) - More than a decade removed from her battle with breast cancer, Christina Applegate is facing down a new health challenge: multiple sclerosis. The Emmy-winning actor revealed she was diagnosed with the chronic disease "a few months ago" in a late Monday tweet. "It's been a strange journey,...

Andrew Dice Clay Still Takes Stage After Diagnosis

Comedian announces he has Bell's palsy

(Newser) - Andrew Dice Clay has a new bit in his standup act that's not intended to be funny. The comedian has announced that he has Bell's palsy, People reports. The condition temporarily paralyzes facial muscles, usually on one side. The cause isn't known, and there's no treatment,...

Al Roker Has Cancer; It's 'a Little Aggressive'
Al Roker Reveals
Cancer Diagnosis

Al Roker Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

He will undergo surgery to remove prostate

(Newser) - Al Roker has long advocated for men to be checked for prostate cancer. Now, he's thankful he followed his own advice. The Today co-host and meteorologist revealed Thursday that he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery to remove his prostate next week. "Good news...

Feds: He Said He Had the Virus, Caused 'Distress'

And made an Atlanta company lose $100K due to alleged false claim, per the FBI

(Newser) - A Fortune 500 company in Atlanta says it's out $100,000 because an ex-worker exploited the pandemic. Per a DOJ release , Santwon Antonio Davis, 34, is accused of defrauding the unnamed company by falsely claiming he had COVID-19 and fabricating medical records. The AP lays out the details of...

2 Cases of Plague Cause Concern in China
2 People in China
Contract the Plague

2 People in China Contract the Plague

Couple diagnosed with pneumonic plague, the most serious form

(Newser) - The New York Times is reporting on "fears of an outbreak" of plague—and, no, you haven't traveled back in time. On Tuesday, officials in China announced that two people had been diagnosed with pneumonic plague, which the CDC calls the most serious of three forms of the...

Blood Test Could Get Rid of 'Coin-Tossing' on Alzheimer's

Researchers excited about test that detects beta-amyloid protein, an indicator of disease

(Newser) - It's not easy to diagnose Alzheimer's: With doctors able to make that pronouncement based only on limited information such as patient and family interviews and mental acuity tests, the accuracy rate of such a conclusion hovers between 50% and 60%—"about the same as tossing a coin,...

'Real Detective Work' Leads to Theory on Goya's Mystery Illness

The Spanish painter was profoundly ill for months but went on to live a long life

(Newser) - In 1793, when acclaimed Spanish painter Francisco Goya was 46, he was bedridden for months with a mysterious illness that brought on headaches, dizziness, hallucinations, and even vision and hearing problems. He eventually recovered and went on to live just past his 82nd birthday, but the illness took his hearing...

Grandma Knows Best, Even When Spotting Autism
Grandma Knows Best,
Even When Spotting Autism
study says

Grandma Knows Best, Even When Spotting Autism

Grandmothers tend to notice signs of autism before parents, study finds

(Newser) - Parents, it turns out, aren't necessarily the first to spot signs of autism in their children. Close friends and grandparents—and especially grandmothers—are consistently helpful in getting earlier diagnoses, researchers report in the journal Autism . After surveying nearly 500 parents of children with autism, and then following that...

Erin Andrews Hid Cancer Diagnosis for 5 Months

She underwent surgeries for cervical cancer in late 2016

(Newser) - Erin Andrews was in the operating room of a Los Angeles hospital on Oct. 11, about to undergo surgery for cervical cancer that had been discovered only a few weeks earlier during a routine checkup, when she told her oncologist, "I'm not missing the Super Bowl." Days...

Fruits, Veggies May Help Slow ALS
Fruits, Veggies
May Help Slow ALS

Fruits, Veggies May Help Slow ALS

Antioxidant nutrients and carotenoids are key

(Newser) - "It appears that nutrition plays a role both in triggering the disease and why it progresses." So says the lead researcher of a study out of Columbia University that per a press release is "among the first" to look at the interplay between diet and ALS near...

Study: You Will Suffer 'One Meaningful Diagnostic Error'

Data on diagnostic errors is scarce, but they're a serious problem: report

(Newser) - Virtually all Americans will at some point receive a wrong diagnosis or a delayed one, a new report from the National Academy of Medicine finds. "Everyone will experience one meaningful diagnostic error in their lifetime," the chairman of the committee that wrote the report tells NBC News . The...

Why Autism Rates Have Soared

 Why Autism Rates 
 Have Soared 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Why Autism Rates Have Soared

Study: Most of the uptick is because of better diagnosis, not environmental factors

(Newser) - The rate at which autism is diagnosed around the world has increased dramatically in just a generation, and researchers studying a comprehensive tracking system in Denmark say they can explain the majority of the uptick: new and improved diagnosis. In the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, they argue that the huge...

Doctors Misdiagnose 1 in 20 Patients They See
Doctors Misdiagnose
1 in 20 Patients They See
new study

Doctors Misdiagnose 1 in 20 Patients They See

And the number might actually be higher

(Newser) - American doctors misdiagnose roughly one out of every 20 adult patients they see in an outpatient setting, or about 12 million of us a year—and about half of those mistakes could cause serious harm, according to a new research report . A team led by Dr. Hardeep Singh—who recently...

Your Breath Can Reveal ... Stomach Cancer?
 Your Breath 
 Can Reveal ... 
 Stomach Cancer? 
in case you missed it

Your Breath Can Reveal ... Stomach Cancer?

Scientists develop new diagnostic test

(Newser) - Scientists have developed a test that can detect stomach cancer with 90% accuracy—based on a patient's breath, the BBC reports. This test sounds monumentally less unpleasant than the current method for diagnosing stomach cancer, which involves a probe and a camera being passed through the mouth and down...

Coming Soon: Disease Breathalyzer?

New test proves promising in mice

(Newser) - What if you could diagnose a disease as easily as you could tell whether someone were driving drunk? That possibility is on the table thanks to work from a group of researchers from the University of Vermont, who are working on a breathalyzer test that can detect forms of bacteria,...

Next-Gen Diagnostic Tool: Your Breath

High-tech tests can detect growing number of illnesses

(Newser) - Doctors since ancient times have been able to detect ailments from the smell of a patient's breath, and the practice is now getting a boost from 21st-century technology, the Wall Street Journal finds. Researchers are identifying thousands of compounds that leave traces in exhaled breath and developing tools that...

Induced Labor Lets Dying Dad See Baby

Texas man with colon cancer wept holding child

(Newser) - A Texas man with only a few days left to live held his newborn baby daughter for the first time—because his wife had her labor induced two weeks early, the AP reports. Holding tiny Savannah in a hospital bed, Mark Aulger "cried, and he just looked very sad,...

Sleuths Unravel Darwin's Illnesses

One factor: He picked up a bug on his Beagle voyage

(Newser) - Charles Darwin's voyage on the HMS Beagle brought him evolutionary insights, fame, and a nasty parasite that probably contributed to his death. Medical sleuths examining his symptoms say he likely contracted Chagas disease from a bug bite in 1835, reports the Wall Street Journal . The illness can lie dormant...

Millions on Antidepressants ... Without Right Diagnosis

Patients may face side effects without benefits: researchers

(Newser) - More than a quarter of Americans on antidepressants haven’t been diagnosed with depression, anxiety order, or any other condition that the drugs are intended to treat, a study finds. That means millions could face side effects without getting the drugs’ benefits, a researcher tells Reuters . In surveys of more...

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