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 parasite, according 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.
Most people think smoking is the worst thing for their health. Perhaps the worst thing of all is something most of us do every day: sitting.
Sitting isn’t dangerous just because it means you’re not exercising. It’s dangerous all by itself.
Prolonged time spent on your bum has significant metabolic consequences. It negatively affects your blood sugar, triglycerides, good cholesterol, resting blood pressure and levels of the “appetite hormone” leptin, all of which are biomarkers of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Developing dementia is one of the biggest fears of getting older. Learn how to recognize unusual signs your brain health is at risk.
Some forms of dementia affect the parts of the brain that govern judgment, self-control, violence and sexual behavior. As they become more compromised, you might find yourself in trouble with the law for the first time. Crimes commonly committed by people with dementia include theft, trespassing and public urination. Aggression and violence is also a common manifestation of dementia, with one long-term study reporting that up to 96 percent of people with dementia become aggressive at some point.
The signs of a heart attack are not always straightforward. There are several early signs that may not even seem related to your heart. Although chest pain is the most common, you may experience other symptoms and women may have a heart attack without feeling pressure in their chest