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CDC: 11 Reported Cases of Plague in US This Year

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion has received reports of at least 11 cases of human plague already in 2015 from six dif­fer­ent states.The CDC says that the annual aver­age num­ber of con­firmed plague cases…


Study Could Offer Hope for Post-Exposure Prevention of Ebola

shironosov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study hints that exper­i­men­tal drugs used to pro­tect health­care work­ers from Ebola may offer hope for future related treatments.Researchers at the Royal Free Lon­don Hos­pi­tal fol­lowed eight health­care worke…


New Jersey Woman Gives Birth While Stuck in Beach Traffic

Cour­tesy The Abbud Family(SEABRIGHT, N.J.) — A newly-released 911 call shows the panic in a father’s voice when he real­ized his wife was going into labor as the cou­ple was stuck in traffic.Trevor and Rose­marie Abbud were enjoy­ing a day at t…


The Secrets to Handling 'Mommy Guilt'

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Count­less moms con­fess in online mes­sage boards and blogs to feel­ing a nag­ging sense of inad­e­quacy when it comes to bal­anc­ing work and moth­er­hood. They call it, “mommy guilt.”“I do feel that guilt, espe­cially w…


Teen Fights for His Life After Contracting Brain-Eating Amoeba

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — A star ath­lete from Texas is fight­ing for his life after the teen is sus­pected of con­tract­ing a deadly ameoba that infects the brain.Michael Riley Jr., 14, remains at Texas Children’s Hos­pi­tal in Hous­ton fight­ing for his l…



Your Body: Why Flip Flops Are Not So Great for Your Feet

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Med­ical Con­trib­u­tor­Flip flops: They’re com­fort­able and are great for strolling the beach or pool­side. But if you wear them too much, you might be at risk for some seri­ous foot problems…


New Alzheimer's Disease Report Out for 2015

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A new report on Alzheimer’s dis­ease reveals the global reach of demen­tia and Alzheimer Dis­ease is larger than pre­vi­ously estimated.

The World Alzheimer Report for 2015 from Alzheimer’s Dis­ease Inter­na­tional says an esti­mated 46.8 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide suf­fer from demen­tia and by 2030, this fig­ure will reach 74.7 mil­lion and con­tinue to dou­ble every 20 years.

The report shows that the cur­rent annual soci­etal and eco­nomic cost of demen­tia is US $818 bil­lion, and it is expected to become a tril­lion dol­lar dis­ease in just three years’ time,” said a state­ment on Alzheimer’s Dis­ease International’s web­site. “The find­ings show that the cost of demen­tia has increased by 35% since the 2010 World Alzheimer Report esti­mate of US $604 billion.”

Accord­ing to the Alzheimer Asso­ci­a­tion, Alzheimer Dis­ease is the most com­mon cause of demen­tia, account­ing for 60–80 per­cent of all cases of demen­tia in the United States.

Why are we see­ing more cases of demen­tia now? 

As treat­ments and out­comes for other dis­eases like can­cer, heart dis­ease, and stroke improve and become avail­able to devel­op­ing coun­tries, more peo­ple are liv­ing to the age where demen­tia and Alzheimer Demen­tia become more common. 

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·         World­wide, an esti­mated 46.8 mil­lion peo­ple suf­fer from demen­tia.  By 2030, this fig­ure will reach 74.7 mil­lion and con­tinue to dou­ble every 20 years. This rate of increased preva­lence is 12–13% greater than pro­jected by the same report in 2009.