Health Care


Coffee is good for you, more science shows Coffee is good for you, more science shows
- July 04, 2018

This correlation was found in individuals who drank one cup of coffee to as many as eight per day . However, some health officials say more research should be done before you change your coffee routine. Biobank study. The FDA has suggested that Americans consume no more than 400mg of caffeine, or four cups of coffee, per day . "Early on, there were some reports of potential adverse effects as far as coffee and health outcomes", said Alice Lichtenstein , the Gershoff Professor of ... (more...)
Texas health officials warn of parasitic outbreak
- July 04, 2018

The parasite Cyclospora surfaced in the state at the beginning of May. Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness often caused by consuming food or water contaminated by the Cyclospora parasite. Last year, more than 1000 people were sickened with cyclosporiasis in an outbreak that was never solved; 319 of those patients lived in Texas. Health officials have not determined whether that outbreak and the Texas outbreak have a common source. (more...)
Heat advisory issued for Monday; temps remain high all week Heat advisory issued for Monday; temps remain high all week
- July 04, 2018

In Chicago, where heat indexes were forecast to hit as high as 110 degrees, city workers on Saturday had to hose down a bridge because the extreme heat could cause the steel to expand. Monday , while an Excessive Heat Watch will be in effect from Monday evening through Monday evening. Record highs today are 97° in Allentown and 101° in Reading, and records will be threatened, more so in the Lehigh Valley than in Berks County. (more...)
Large study shows drinking coffee could extend your life
- July 03, 2018

Coffee-drinkers fared better than people who did not drink coffee. According to lead author Dr Erikka Loftfield, a cancer epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, the results held true whether the type of coffee drank was ground, instant or decaffeinated. (more...)
USA pharmacy stocks are getting slammed after Amazon buys PillPack USA pharmacy stocks are getting slammed after Amazon buys PillPack
- July 03, 2018

In April, CNBC reported that Walmart was looking to buy PillPack for less than $1 billion. Amazon's deal creates more uncertainty about the future of the current system for delivering health care, Edward Jones analyst John Boylan said in a research note. (more...)
Britain bakes in high summer temperatures Britain bakes in high summer temperatures
- July 02, 2018

Torrential rain, strong winds and lightning could cut through the heatwave Reading has enjoyed for the last week, with forecasters predicting thunderstorms tonight. Sunday will continue in a similar pattern with parts of the Midlands and London reaching up to 30C with higher levels of humidity than in previous days, forecasters have said. (more...)
Study shows most people don't know how to wash their hands
- July 02, 2018

This is especially poor cleaning behavior for the kitchen, where microbes can easily cross-contaminate food with the help of our hands. 20 seconds feels like a ridiculously long time but if you're handling food or leaving the loo, it is worth making sure that you have really clean hands. (more...)
Air pollution plays significant role in diabetes Air pollution plays significant role in diabetes
- July 02, 2018

In 2016, the scientists estimated that 3.2 million diabetes cases were linked to contributing air pollution . Air pollution is thought to trigger inflammation and reduce the ability of the pancreas to manage insulin production. In particular, a researcher from the U.S. Ziad al-Ali said that the disease manifests itself even at the minimum dirty air, so the governments of these countries need to take care of the health of its citizens. (more...)
Synergise or Shrink - a lesson in GE's business reorganisation Synergise or Shrink - a lesson in GE's business reorganisation
- July 02, 2018

The Wall Street Journal said GE's board approved the latest decision and there would be no further plans to sell other divisions. GE shares jumped 7 percent, to $13.65, in midday trading. GE has faced tough competition for medical imaging machines, which include MRI scanners and ultrasound devices, from rivals Philips and Siemens as well as Asian upstarts. (more...)
Coli outbreak tied to tainted irrigation canal Coli outbreak tied to tainted irrigation canal
- July 02, 2018

Some of those who got sick didn't eat romaine lettuce but had been in close contact with someone who did. Remind me...what was wrong with the lettuce? The outbreak is the worst E. CDC researchers found that the identified strain of E. coli in the water samples was closely related to the strain found in people who became sick from eating contaminated lettuce. (more...)
Most people not washing hands correctly, spreading deadly germs around kitchen Most people not washing hands correctly, spreading deadly germs around kitchen
- July 01, 2018

Washing your hands is the absolute best way to avoid cross-contamination of bacteria in the kitchen. The study , which evaluated consumer food handling behaviors in a test kitchen, was conducted by the USDA, RTI International, and North Carolina State University. (more...)
Canadian Teen Dies on School Trip from Toxic Shock Syndrome Canadian Teen Dies on School Trip from Toxic Shock Syndrome
- July 01, 2018

Dr. Anthony Chow, Emeritus Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of British Columbia, reminds Radio Canada that the progression of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is very fast, requires urgent medical intervention or otherwise can be deadly, as it has been the case for Sara Manitoski. (more...)
Many Americans not Getting Enough Exercise
- July 01, 2018

This can keep up both physical as well as mental health and well being, experts recommend. The numbers come from an in-person annual national survey that for more than 60 years has been an important gauge of U.S. Many people who do those things may not exercise in their leisure time but would still probably be considered to have a healthy lifestyle. Percentages meeting the guidelines among men were less regionally concentrated than among women, especially with respect to exceeding the ... (more...)
Officials tie Hepatitis A outbreak to NC fast-food worker Officials tie Hepatitis A outbreak to NC fast-food worker
- July 01, 2018

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease can last for weeks to months. According to Harris, the county does not believe that the five persons got infected with the virus at the restaurant but likely contracted the virus elsewhere. There have been 12 cases of hepatitis A so far this year, 10 since April 20. The CDC describes hepatitis A as a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus, and is usually transmitted through the "fecal-oral route" or eating or drinking contaminated food or ... (more...)
Human lifespan has no fixed limit, say scientists Human lifespan has no fixed limit, say scientists
- July 01, 2018

Barbi and her colleagues published their research Thursday in the journal Science . A person's risk of death slows and even plateaus above age 105, a new study reports, challenging previous research saying there's a cutoff point past which the human life span can not extend. (more...)
Oakland girl at center of brain death debate has died after surgery Oakland girl at center of brain death debate has died after surgery
- July 01, 2018

Several specialists concurred after neurological tests, and a coroner signed a death certificate. McMath remains on life support at Children's Hospital Oakland almost a week after doctors declared her brain dead, following a supposedly routine tonsillectomy. (more...)
Only 23% of Americans get enough exercise, CDC reports Only 23% of Americans get enough exercise, CDC reports
- July 01, 2018

The CDC report, published Thursday, reveals that this goal was surpassed; 22.9% meet it. "There are differences at the state level, and there are differences by some sociodemographic factors". "Furthermore, employment rates and occupational distributions can vary across states, which may in turn be related to the likelihood that adults engage in LTPA on any given day", they wrote. (more...)
‘Blood on his hands’: #Resistance rushes to blame Trump for Annapolis attack ‘Blood on his hands’: #Resistance rushes to blame Trump for Annapolis attack
- June 30, 2018

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump's team also talked with a dozen other senators. " The enemy of the people I call 'em ", he said, pointing to the media he dubbed " fake news ". "I have a lot of respect for the press". Trump met with three red-state Democrats who are all facing tough re-election fights this year: Sens. Heitkamp was meeting with Trump one day after he campaigned for her opponent, U.S. (more...)
New drug formulation could save more lives after postpartum haemorrhage New drug formulation could save more lives after postpartum haemorrhage
- June 30, 2018

Since both drugs in the study were kept at temperatures required to ensure maximum efficacy of oxytocin, the trial may underestimate the benefit expected with heat-stable carbetocin use in real-life settings where oxytocin may have degraded due to exposure to higher temperatures, the World Health Organization said in its statement. (more...)
Seeing the same doctor over time 'lowers death rates' Seeing the same doctor over time 'lowers death rates'
- June 30, 2018

A British study found patients who were able to see their preferred GP were less likely to die from cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a severe lung condition linked to smoking. While the team say that numerous studies attempted to take this into account, others, including Prof Chris Salisbury of the University of Bristol, say the issue can not be completely ruled out as affecting the results, although he stressed that continuity of care is important, but that it is disappearing ... (more...)
Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Springfield
- June 30, 2018

West Nile virus is transmitted to people through mosquito bites. Mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile virus have turned up in Evanston and other north suburbs for the first time this summer, according to a news release Wednesday from the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District. (more...)
New Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Drug Has Cincinnati Connection New Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Drug Has Cincinnati Connection
- June 30, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved their first marijuana derived medication. "Based on numerous clinical trials, this medication may help meet the need for this specific pediatric patient population and is now the first to be approved by the FDA in Dravet syndrome". (more...)
Romaine lettuce outbreak tied to contaminated canal water
- June 30, 2018

The illnesses in 36 states were previously traced to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, which provides most of the romaine sold in the US during the winter. The illnesses began in mid-March. Single deaths were reported from Arkansas, California and NY, and two people died in Minnesota. Some of those who got sick didn't eat romaine lettuce but had been in close contact with someone who did. (more...)
West Nile found in Oakland County mosquito pools West Nile found in Oakland County mosquito pools
- June 30, 2018

Health officials in OH and Washington are urging people to protect themselves against mosquitoes after insects in these states tested positive for the West Nile virus. Preventing mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from areas such as flowerpots, plastic containers, gutters, and downspouts. Treat standing water that can not be eliminated, such as retention ponds or drainage ditches, with a mosquito larvicide. (more...)
U.S. approves first marijuana-based medicine U.S. approves first marijuana-based medicine
- June 29, 2018

After all, by accepting Epidiolex, the FDA is saying in no uncertain terms that there are benefits to be reaped from cannabis , and that will inspire further research and medicines. Most patients with LGS and Dravet syndrome require multiple seizure medications and the majority are resistant to now approved drugs. The EPIDIOLEX® clinical development program included three randomized, controlled Phase 3 clinical trials and an open-label extension study. (more...)