Rat lungworm parasite reported in Florida counties – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a parasite that can cause meningitis in humans and animals, in five Florida counties.

Rats and snails in Alachua, Leon, St. Johns, Orange and Hillsborough counties tested positive for the rat lungworm parasiteaccording to a study in PLoS ONE by researchers in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Researchers say people and pets can become infected by eating snails, infected frogs and crustaceans, causing potentially fatal meningitis.

Source: Rat lungworm parasite reported in Florida counties – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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What Does Sugar Do to Your Brain?

 

The overconsumption of sugar is increasingly being linked to brain-related health issues such as depression, learning disorders, memory problems and overeating.

Research suggests consumption of sugar and sweets can trigger reward and craving states in your brain similar to addictive drugs. Not all sugars have the identical effects. Fructose has been shown to activate brain pathways that increase your interest in food, whereas glucose triggers your brain’s satiation signal.

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Here’s Why You’re Not Losing Weight

Everyone has their own personal goals for their health and body composition, and sometimes those include weight loss. But there’s a lot of misinformation out there. So BuzzFeed Life reached out to Dr. Holly Lofton, director of the Medical Weight Management Program at NYU Langone Medical Center, and registered dietitian Brian St. Pierre, director of performance nutrition at Precision Nutrition, to ask them about some of the common pitfalls, stumbling blocks, and misconceptions around weight loss. Oh, and how to actually be successful at losing weight and keeping it off.

Plus how to actually do it without hating life.

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30 Worst Foods For Your Heart

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Diabetes and Heart Disease Risks You Shouldn’t Ignore

If you have diabetes, you have an increased risk of serious problems such as heart disease, heart failure or stroke — at least twice the risk of someone without diabetes. Moreover, you are also more likely to develop these problems at a younger than average age, and have more serious heart attacks.According to the American Diabetes Association, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

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What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Too Much Alcohol

Learn about the symptoms of alcohol poisoning that would dramatically impact your health and how it may cost you your life if it’s not properly addressed.

Don’t:

Tell them to sleep it off. The blood alcohol content can continue to rise even when they’re not drinking.

Give them coffee. This will further dehydrate the person.

Instruct them to walk around. This may only cause falls and bumps, which may result in serious injuries, given the brain’s unfit condition.

Ask them to take a cold shower. Alcohol lowers your body temperature, and making them feel colder than they already feel could lead to hypothermia.

Lastly, don’t wait for all the symptoms of alcohol poisoning to show up and don’t hesitate to call for emergency medical help immediately. Remember, BAC levels can rise rapidly, and time is of the essence in this situation. Being a minute too late could mean irreversible damage or even death.

Source: What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Too Much Alcohol

Diabetes Diet: “Healthy” Foods That Actually Aren’t – Guide to Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin – Everyday Health

Some so-called “healthy” foods can actually be quite unhealthy for a diabetes diet. Find out about seven high-carb foods to cross off your list.

Source: Diabetes Diet: “Healthy” Foods That Actually Aren’t – Guide to Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin – Everyday Health