Here’s a sampling of health news articles in Texas and beyond:
- Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulances currently race to all emergencies with lights and sirens blaring. So if you need paramedics for a sprained ankle, you’ll likely get the same response as if you suffered a heart attack or a gunshot wound. That could change soon, as Dallas fire officials are looking “to get a new medical priority dispatch system to make the department’s EMS response match the emergency, or lack thereof,” reports Tristan Hallman of The Dallas Morning News.
- If you’re an adult and you’ve experienced lower back pain, there’s a good chance you’ve taken acetaminophen as treatment at some point. “But there has never been much research to support the recommendation, and now a large, rigorous trial has found that acetaminophen works no better than a placebo,” The New York Times reports.
- I have four pugs who are often battling each other for my attention (when they’re not eating or sleeping). So it doesn’t surprise me too much that a study published this week suggests dogs might experience some form of jealousy. NPR’s health blog reports: “A study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE has brought us a tiny bit closer to proving that dogs do get jealous. Psychologists from the University of California, San Diego adapted a test that has been used on human infants to see whether dogs exhibit jealous behavior.” NPR notes that the study does not prove that dogs experience jealousy and The New York Times reports that scientists have mixed reactions to the work.
- Reports of the intestinal illness cyclospora are on the rise in North Texas and health officials are trying to figure out the cause, WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reports. The story says that there were eight cases reported statewide prior to July. That total is now 69, with 11 in Tarrant County and ten in Dallas County. The parasite is “spread by people ingesting something – such as food or water – that was contaminated with feces (stool),” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s usually not passed directly from one person to another, according to the CDC.