Health Care


Measles outbreak claims 130 lives in Philippines Measles outbreak claims 130 lives in Philippines
- February 21, 2019

Warning of fatal complications from the preventable disease, President Rodrigo Duterte has urged parents to immunize their children. "That's the absolute answer to this outbreak". The health officials further stated that most of the people who had lost their lives due to the measles outbreak were not immunised. The ministry says the death toll is 5 times as high as the same period a year ago. (more...)
'Killer T cells' raise hope of universal flu vaccine 'Killer T cells' raise hope of universal flu vaccine
- February 20, 2019

Every year in the USA, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and the flu causes about 12,000 to 56,000 deaths each year, data shows. So researchers focused on which epitopes were common in all three flu strains. In the battle against the flu, these killer immune cells are like the body's border control. (more...)
Deadly Brain-Wasting Deer Disease Could Infect Humans, Health Scientists Warn Deadly Brain-Wasting Deer Disease Could Infect Humans, Health Scientists Warn
- February 19, 2019

Since then, the disease has infected multiple wild herds across 24 states in the U.S., as well as Canada, South Korea, and Norway. Comparing the outbreak to the Mad Cow Disease crisis in the 1990s, Mr Osterhold said CWD could become quickly develop into a human-killing disease. (more...)
'Zombie deer disease' hits wildlife in 24 states 'Zombie deer disease' hits wildlife in 24 states
- February 19, 2019

There have been no reported cases of the disease in people, but studies have shown that CWD can pose a risk to non-human primates, such as monkeys, that eat meat from CWD-infected animals or come in contact with their body fluids, according to CDC . (more...)
Measles ‘outbreak’ in Vancouver with nine cases; most linked to French schools Measles ‘outbreak’ in Vancouver with nine cases; most linked to French schools
- February 18, 2019

The Bulgarian Health Ministry's Radosveto Filipova told news agency BTA that this was an outbreak, not an epidemic. "That's an opportunity for us to connect with them, with children whose immunizations are not up to date, to inform parents and to work with them". (more...)
Lawmaker Urges Facebook, Google To Stop Anti-Vaxxer Content Lawmaker Urges Facebook, Google To Stop Anti-Vaxxer Content
- February 18, 2019

Schiff didn't name the source of that report, but an article published Thursday by The Daily Beast noted that seven Facebook pages that post and promote anti-vaccine bunkum were targeting women over the age of 25. Meanwhile, the pressure is heating up for the world's largest social network. Facebook has been finding it particularly hard with the spread of misinformation on its platforms. (more...)
Low push-up capacity may indicate heart disease risk, says study Low push-up capacity may indicate heart disease risk, says study
- February 18, 2019

Talking about the study's findings, lead author Justin Yang at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said, "Our findings provide evidence that push-up capacity could be an easy, no-cost method to help assess cardiovascular disease risk in nearly any setting". (more...)
Two diet drinks a day linked to stroke risk for women Two diet drinks a day linked to stroke risk for women
- February 18, 2019

Dr Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, lead author of the study and associate professor of clinical epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York , said:'Many well-meaning people, especially those who are overweight or obese, drink low-calorie sweetened drinks to cut calories in their diet. (more...)
Flu shot far more efficient this 12 months — CDC Flu shot far more efficient this 12 months — CDC
- February 18, 2019

The good news is it's been a more mild season. Overall effectiveness against influenza was 47% (95% confidence interval [CI], 34% to 57%). Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 10% of expected hospitalizations overall, though in young children aged 6 months to 4 years the benefits of vaccination were greatest, with 41% of all expected hospitalizations prevented by vaccination. (more...)
City's Region F undertakes vaccination campaign to eliminate cervical cancer City's Region F undertakes vaccination campaign to eliminate cervical cancer
- February 15, 2019

She said: "It is really concerning that there's so much misunderstanding about HPV ". "Testing for the virus is a better way to identify people who may have changes in their cervix, which, if left untreated, could develop into cervical cancer". (more...)
Donald Trump will 'declare national emergency' to build Mexico border wall Donald Trump will 'declare national emergency' to build Mexico border wall
- February 15, 2019

Legislators this week reached a compromise that would provide only US$1.375-billion. The Trump administration will avoid the financial turmoil of about 800,000 federal workers working without pay or going on unpaid leave because of another partial government shutdown. (more...)
Trump is in 'very good health' but now obese by BMI standards Trump is in 'very good health' but now obese by BMI standards
- February 15, 2019

On Thursday, just after Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the possible declaration of a national emergency using the notes app , the White House quietly released the results of President Trump's annual physical , six days after the four-hour doctor's visit occurred. (more...)
Could Diet Sodas Raise Older Women's Stroke Risk? Could Diet Sodas Raise Older Women's Stroke Risk?
- February 15, 2019

Studies keeps finding new health risks that come with diet drinks - and now we have another study which has just been published in Stroke , a journal of the American Heart Association . That said, almost two-thirds of the women consumed diet sodas or drinks very infrequently, meaning less than once a week or never. Three years into the study, the women answered questions about how many diet drinks - including low-calorie sodas and fruit beverages with artificial sweeteners - they ... (more...)
Progress erased: Youth tobacco use increased during 2017-18 Progress erased: Youth tobacco use increased during 2017-18
- February 14, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual "Vital Signs" report . We do not have a clear idea about the long-term effects of these substances since e-cigarettes have only been in use for 15 years or so. The high school group most likely to use any tobacco product was non-Hispanic white students, followed by Hispanic students, non-Hispanic other race students and lastly, non-Hispanic black students. (more...)
Vancouver Coastal Health confirms a second case of measles in the city Vancouver Coastal Health confirms a second case of measles in the city
- February 14, 2019

The first case, acquired overseas, was confirmed on Saturday but past the point of being infectious. In a statement on Wednesday, DoH Secretary Francisco T. may need a second dose. Now state health officials are urging people in Pennsylvania to make sure they are up-to-date on immunizations. The World Health Organization named "vaccine hesitancy" one of its top 10 threats to global health in 2019. (more...)
Regularly consuming ‘ultra-processed’ foods increases risk of early death Regularly consuming ‘ultra-processed’ foods increases risk of early death
- February 14, 2019

The category includes ready-to-eat or -heat meals, snacks and desserts such as instant noodles, packaged soups, hot dogs, fish fingers, chicken nuggets, soft drinks, chips, candy, sugary breakfast cereals and much, much more. "The case against highly processed foods is mounting up, with this study adding importantly to a growing body of evidence on the health harms of ultra-processed foods", she told The Guardian . (more...)
Half of American children with mental health condition going untreated Half of American children with mental health condition going untreated
- February 14, 2019

For example, the prevalence of children with at least one mental health disorder ranged from 7.6 percent in Hawaii to 27.2 percent in ME and the prevalence of children with a mental health disorder not treated or counseled by a mental health professional ranged from 29.5 percent in Washington, D.C., to 72.2 percent in North Carolina . (more...)
US Breast Cancer Deaths Averted Over Three Decades US Breast Cancer Deaths Averted Over Three Decades
- February 13, 2019

The good news is more than half of deaths linked to the disease were prevented in the USA over the past three decades; however, there's a big racial gap in Georgia. "Longer-term follow-up is now required to determine the impact of this screening on women's overall survival and any impact on their future risk of primary breast cancer - while health economic analysis will be needed to assess whether such screening could be extended to both "moderate" and "high" risk women". (more...)
Veterans will soon have access to VA medical records on iPhone Veterans will soon have access to VA medical records on iPhone
- February 13, 2019

Soon veterans will be able to access their aggregated records from the VA right from their iPhone's pre-installed Health app. The information available from the Health app will include allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals. (more...)
PM reopens Christmas Island as asylum seeker bill moves through Senate PM reopens Christmas Island as asylum seeker bill moves through Senate
- February 13, 2019

Mr Morrison said people smugglers would consider it a "nuance" of the "Canberra bubble" that the medical transfers bill only applies to current refugees on Manus Island and Nauru and would not apply to new arrivals after amendments agreed on yesterday by Labor and the Greens. (more...)
Teens are reportedly seeking vaccinations without parental consent Teens are reportedly seeking vaccinations without parental consent
- February 13, 2019

OH is one of several states where parents can make that decision. "I had grown up with my mom and she had been very vocal about her opinions on vaccines and how she felt they were unsafe and caused very bad side effects", Ethan Lindenberger, an 18-year-old pro-vaxxer from OH told Fox and Friends on Monday. (more...)
Burn Accidents From Viral Boiling Water Problem Sending Folks To The Hospital Burn Accidents From Viral Boiling Water Problem Sending Folks To The Hospital
- February 12, 2019

They had injuries to their "feet, arms, hands, face, and varying degrees of burns, as well", she said . Vicik said some of the burn victims in Chicago have been those watching the stunt. This only works though if temperatures are like those of the recent polar vortex . On Wednesday last week, International Falls in Minnesota was among the coldest places in the US. (more...)
Measles case confirmed in Vancouver; not linked to Washington outbreak Measles case confirmed in Vancouver; not linked to Washington outbreak
- February 12, 2019

You don't know what you're talking about. Two doses are 97 percent effective, and public health officials in Washington recommend that everyone who is unvaccinated or only received one get both shots to avoid contracting measles. On Dec. 17, he walked into an Ohio Department of Health office in Norwalk and received vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza and HPV, according to a shot record viewed by The Post. (more...)
Hundreds rally to preserve right not to vaccinate children amid measles outbreak Hundreds rally to preserve right not to vaccinate children amid measles outbreak
- February 11, 2019

The CDC insists the two-dose measles vaccine is safe and 97 percent effective. Domingo said their health workers are personally urging parents to have their children vaccinated through house-to-house visits. Infection does not require close contact and measles can survive in close areas, such as a bathroom, for up to two hours after an infected person has left. (more...)
'Beer before wine, always fine'? Not really, study says 'Beer before wine, always fine'? Not really, study says
- February 10, 2019

They range from the "hair of the dog", the belief that the best cure for a hangover is to have another drink, to the greasy morning-after meal that supposedly "soaks up" the alcohol . The researchers, led by Dr. Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge , found there was no significant difference between the three groups in terms of hangovers. (more...)