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New medications, caregiver stress relievers, and one man’s fight against epilepsy top this week’s health news

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Here are eight of the biggest stories covered this week. 

1. Case of human plague confirmed in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is investigating a case of bubonic plague in Pueblo County. Here’s what you need to know about spread, symptoms and prevention. Click here to get the story.

Plague test

The bubonic plague is caused by Yersinia pestis, a bacterium that was likely first introduced in North America around 1900 from rats on ships coming from South Asia. (iStock)

2. Man with epilepsy paints seashells to help find a cure

Greater epilepsy awareness could be as simple as a walk on the beach, thanks to one New Jersey man. Kyle Adamkiewicz revealed how he’s spreading his hand-painted shells around the world in an attempt to educate others and raise funds. Click here to get the story.

Kyle Adamkiewicz epilepsy shells

Kyle Adamkiewicz, shown above, now 33, has lived with epilepsy since he was diagnosed at age 6. He is combining his love of art with the power of nature to help raise awareness of his disease. (Adamkiewicz family)

3. FDA approves new drug for Alzheimer’s disease

Eli Lilly’s Kisunla (donanemab) is a monthly injection for adults with early symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors weigh in on the significance of the new drug’s approval. Click here to get the story.

In phase 3 trials published in May 2023, donanemab was shown to "significantly slow cognitive and functional decline in people with early symptomatic Alzheimer's disease," according to the Eli Lilly website.

In phase 3 trials published in May 2023, donanemab was shown to “significantly slow cognitive and functional decline in people with early symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease,” according to the Eli Lilly website. (iStock)

4. Caring for caregivers: Tips from an Alzheimer’s expert

Alzheimer’s disease puts a significant burden on not only the nearly seven million people who have been diagnosed with it, but also the caregivers supporting them. Dr. Heather Sandison offered tips on how caregivers can protect their own health. Click here to get the story.

Alzheimer's caregiver split

Dr. Heather Sandison, left, a renowned expert in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia care, said it is critical for caregivers to protect their own mental and physical health. Her new book is “Reversing Alzheimer’s: The New Tool Kit to Improve Cognition and Protect Brain Health.” (Dr. Heather Sandison/iStock)

5. Here are the 9 most common questions women over age 40 ask their doctors

From sleep to supplements to cancer risk, here’s what patients ask about, according to Dr. Alexa Fiffick, a family medicine physician and menopause practitioner at Concierge Medicine of Westlake in Cleveland, Ohio. Click here to get the story.

Women's health split

Dr. Alexa Fiffick, left, a family medicine physician and menopause practitioner at Concierge Medicine of Westlake in Cleveland, Ohio, revealed the most common questions she hears from her patients. (Dr. Alexa Fiffick/iStock)

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6. Doctor warns about dangers of DIY drugs

Mail-order ketamine injections can be “extremely dangerous,” warned Dr. Marc Siegel, a Fox News medical contributor. Find out why unsupervised use is so risky. Click here to get the story.

Ketamine vial

Although ketamine has shown to be effective against severe depression, doctors do not recommend that patients use it without medical supervision. (Getty Images)

7. Amid summer COVID surge, doctors share prevention tips

Leading epidemiologist Dr. Jay Varma and Dr. Marc Siegel, clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone, shared key information about the latest COVID variants. Click here to get the story.

Summer COVID

A summer COVID surge is underway right now in the U.S., warned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (iStock)

8. Ask a doctor: ‘How can I get rid of foot blisters?’

Here’s how to heal painful blisters — and how to prevent them in the first place, according to podiatrists. Click here to get the story.

Health weekend recap

This week’s top health stories covered infectious diseases, epilepsy awareness, caregiver stress, new Alzheimer’s drugs and more. (iStock)

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