Kawasaki Disease: Signs, Symptoms & Diagnosis

Clara T. Fryman

What are the symptoms?
Kawasaki disease (KD) is diagnosed when a patient runs a fever of 101°F – 104°F and above for at least five days. (If the fever isn’t treated, it can last up to 11 days.) The fever is accompanied by at least four of the following five symptoms:

  • A rash over the torso, especially in the groin area.
  • Redness and swelling of the palms and soles of the feet when the illness starts. Light peeling of the skin on the fingertips and toes occurs in the second and third weeks. Larger pieces of skin can peel off
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CRISPR Used Inside Person’s Body For First Time

Clara T. Fryman


March 6, 2020 — The gene editing tool CRISPR has been used inside a person’s body for the first time, scientists report.

The patient had an inherited form of blindness and underwent the procedure in an attempt to restore vision, the Associated Press reported.

The DNA surgery was conducted at the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, according to the companies that make the treatment. They didn’t provide details about the patient or say when the surgery occurred.

It could take up to a

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Get Ready for Clocks to ‘Spring Ahead’

Clara T. Fryman

News Picture: Get Ready for Clocks to 'Spring Ahead'

FRIDAY, March 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — If losing an hour of sleep with the switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday leaves you feeling tired, you’re not alone.

Fifty-five percent of Americans feel the same way, according to an American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) survey. For most Americans, the clock will “spring forward” at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8.

Besides disrupting sleep habits for up to a week, the transition also poses health and safety risks, two new studies report.

One report, published in Current Biology earlier this year, reported that the risk of fatal traffic accidents

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Melanoma Death Risk Rises When a Spouse Dies

Clara T. Fryman


By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter


FRIDAY, March 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — People whose spouse or partner has died are less likely to be diagnosed with melanoma, but more likely to die from it, a new study says.

An analysis of data from population-based studies conducted in the United Kingdom and Denmark between 1997 and 2017 found that people who had lost a spouse or partner were 12% less likely to be diagnosed with melanoma than others.

But bereaved people with the most serious form of skin cancer were

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Lose Weight, Lower Prostate Cancer Risk

Clara T. Fryman


By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter


FRIDAY, March 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Here’s more motivation for men to shed pounds if they’re overweight: It could lower their risk for advanced prostate cancer.

Researchers analyzed data from 15 studies that included a total of nearly 831,000 men, including nearly 52,000 who’d been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Having a BMI (body mass index — an estimate of body fat based on height and weight) above the range that’s considered healthy (21-25) during middle to late adulthood was

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