Health Care


'Stealth' STI Mycoplasma genitalium risks becoming a superbug
- July 11, 2018

MG can cause the inflammation of reproductive organs for women, which could ultimately lead to infertility. "So people need to take precautions". The BASHH says this is concerning. Peter Greenhouse, a sexual consultant in Bristol and BASHH member, advised that people be more cautious by using condoms. "It's about time the public learned about Mycoplasma genitalium ", he said. (more...)
N.J. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing, could lose limbs
- July 11, 2018

According to NJ.com, doctors say Perez has Vibrio, a flesh-eating bacteria that is often found during warm times of the year in salt water. The next day, he noticed swelling and scratches on his leg, according to WPIX . His daughter, Dilena Perez-Dilan, says the infection has spread to all of her father's limbs and his blood, and his arms and legs have turned black in color. (more...)
Doctors have warned an emerging STI could become an antibiotic-resistant superbug
- July 11, 2018

MG can be treated with a five-day course of antibiotics, but it is increasingly becoming more resistant to different antibiotic drugs. "The greatest effect of this is for the women who present with pelvic inflammatory disease caused by MG, which would be very hard to treat, putting them at increased risk of infertility". (more...)
Trump administration halts billions in insurance payments under Obamacare Trump administration halts billions in insurance payments under Obamacare
- July 11, 2018

CMS provided a timeline, noting that after the February 28 decision by the New Mexico federal court, it filed a motion for reconsideration, and on June 21 the court held a hearing on it. Smith School of Business, who follows the health care system. Unlike with other ObamaCare subsidy programs, risk adjustment payments shuffle money from insurers with relatively healthy populations to others. (more...)
Babies Given Solid Foods Sooner May Sleep Better, Study Shows Babies Given Solid Foods Sooner May Sleep Better, Study Shows
- July 11, 2018

Parents completed online questionnaires every month until their baby was 12 months, and then every three months up to three years of age. Those babies given solid foods slept for 16.6 minutes longer and woke 13 per cent less often in the night than those who were kept on just breastmilk. (more...)
Canada health official: Decriminalize all drugs Canada health official: Decriminalize all drugs
- July 10, 2018

A June report from Toronto Public Health also called on the province to add legal protection for the city's supervised injection sites for 12 months at a time as opposed to six, and add more "managed opioid programs", which would prescribe controlled amounts of opioids to people who would otherwise use street drugs potentially laced with fentanyl. (more...)
Widely taken blood pressure drug valsartan recalled Widely taken blood pressure drug valsartan recalled
- July 10, 2018

Valsartan is an important prescription medicine used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It is also sometimes prescribed after a heart attack. The agency is reviewing products containing valsartan supplied by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, a company in Linhai, China. The medicines are being recalled as a precaution after information emerged that an impurity. (more...)
Deadly bacteria fears: Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables Deadly bacteria fears: Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables
- July 10, 2018

The specific packets that are of risk of listeria contamination include mixed carrot, corn, broccoli, peas packets stocked under three brands: Black & Gold, Market Fare and Bell Farms. Listeria is a life-threatening illness for certain people, particularly those over the age of 60. Listeria is found widely in the environment, but is particularly unsafe for pregnant women and their unborn babies, and can cause death in people with compromised immune systems. (more...)
Thailand cave rescue: Why the boys are being kept in isolation
- July 10, 2018

The rescue workers need 20 hours before the third operation , Osatanakorn said Monday afternoon, according to a Guardian reporter. Narongsak would not identify the rescued boys. The rescue missions take almost half a day to complete. The four remaining boys and their coach , Ekaphol Chantawong, are spending night 17 inside the cave but it is still unclear if they will be freed by the end of Tuesday. (more...)
Insurers warn of rising premiums after Trump axes Obamacare payments again Insurers warn of rising premiums after Trump axes Obamacare payments again
- July 10, 2018

In February, U.S. District Judge James Browning in Albuquerque, N.M., ruled that the formula used by CMS to calculate payments in the risk-adjustment program was flawed and had not been adequately justified by federal regulators. "We are extremely disappointed that the administration has frozen payment transfers under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) risk adjustment program, which is created to keep costs down for consumers while meeting the medical needs of those requiring significant care", ... (more...)
Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick
- July 10, 2018

He expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly. That decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling. "And after that 36-year period, we only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe ", said Leo. (more...)
Hope in Africa as HIV vaccine shows promising results Hope in Africa as HIV vaccine shows promising results
- July 09, 2018

Thousands of people are still contracting HIV every year in the US - an estimated 38,500 people became infected with the virus in 2015 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest statistics. Other researchers caution seeing this vaccine as the final solution to the virus. Therefore, it targets several different HIV strains. There are limitless HIV strains across the world. (more...)
Polar's fitness app exposed its users' sensitive location details Polar's fitness app exposed its users' sensitive location details
- July 09, 2018

The vulnerability that allowed virtually anyone to identify individuals working at top-secret locations, such as military bases overseas, by sifting through exercise regimens of people in that area, has been jointly reported by Bellingcat and the Netherlands' De Correspondent . (more...)
West Nile virus positive mosquitoes detected in Boston West Nile virus positive mosquitoes detected in Boston
- July 09, 2018

Remove standing water in and around homes, including in trash cans, toys, tires, flower pots and any other containers so mosquitoes can't lay their eggs. On June 28, mosquitoes in Suffolk tested positive for the West Nile Virus and EEE. Maytubby notes that West Nile Virus can be debilitating and deadly. (more...)
Del Monte 'small veggie trays' result in 212 confirmed parasite cases Del Monte 'small veggie trays' result in 212 confirmed parasite cases
- July 09, 2018

So far, the age range for those sickened is 13 to 79 years old. Still, products distributed to each of the four states, as well as IL and IN, have been recalled . 'Therefore, it is unlikely that cyclosporiasis is passed directly from one person to another'. On June 15 Del Monte recalled 28-ounce trays. The recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers. (more...)
The doctors explained why wearing a tie is bad for health The doctors explained why wearing a tie is bad for health
- July 09, 2018

Interestingly, the researchers did not notice any statistically significant changes when it came to blood flow in the jugular vein . German scientists, University hospital Schleswig-Holstein said, what is so wrong with ordinary ties. The study involved 30 volunteers. Once the ties were loosened in these individuals, the third MRI showed that a 5.7 percent deficit in blood supply remained. (more...)
Two dozen more confirmed in parasite outbreak linked to Del Monte
- July 09, 2018

However, illnesses that began after May 24 might not have been reported yet because of the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported, according to the CDC. The recall on vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip and other location on June 15 has impacted consumers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. (more...)
Trump administration takes another swipe at 'ObamaCare' Trump administration takes another swipe at 'ObamaCare'
- July 09, 2018

At stake is more than $10 billion in "risk adjustment" payments - a feature of the 2010 health law that requires insurers with healthier consumers to reimburse plans that end up with costlier, sicker patients, so the market balances out. "What you have to keep in mind is ultimately the intent of the administration", Whitlock says. Last month the Department of Justice decided not to defend the law in a court challenge in Texas, jeopardizing the part of the law that protects people with ... (more...)
'I'm walking': Heartwarming moment girl, 4, with cerebral palsy takes first steps 'I'm walking': Heartwarming moment girl, 4, with cerebral palsy takes first steps
- July 09, 2018

The achievement has been called a "dream come true" by her family. Maya, four, takes her first steps as her family watches on. "No, I'm OK. I can do it", Maya responded. In 2013, Maya was born prematurely at 26 weeks and weighed 1 pound, 10 ounces, according to her mother, Ann Tisdale. "We're always trying to help her and she always says, 'No, I can do it!'" she said. (more...)
Beware: Bananas are on the brink of extinction Beware: Bananas are on the brink of extinction
- July 08, 2018

It goes by the scientific name, Ensete perrieri , and is listed as Critically Endangered. Blend them in a smoothie, mash them into cake, slice them into a sandwich (if you're five years old), try to avoid eye contact with a stranger while you eat one whole - gotta love a banana. (more...)
The lost dogs of the Americas The lost dogs of the Americas
- July 08, 2018

But then, sometime after the 15th century, these ancient dogs disappeared. But closer study of the ancient dog genomes shows that they nearly completely disappeared following the arrival of European settlers, leaving little or no trace in more modern American dogs. (more...)
Pharmacies advised to recall valsartan products Pharmacies advised to recall valsartan products
- July 08, 2018

The impurity that was found is a probable carcinogen but there's no evidence that it has caused any harm. Not all valsartan medicines are affected by the recall. "If you are taking any of the affected valsartan products, it is vital that you do not stop taking your medication but you should get in touch with a doctor or healthcare professional as soon as possible". (more...)
Your coffee addiction may be helping you live longer Your coffee addiction may be helping you live longer
- July 07, 2018

There were slight changes in terms of type of coffee (ground, instant etc) but in general the rule stands that coffee may extend your life expectancy. Other studies have suggested that substances in coffee may reduce inflammation and improve how the body uses insulin, which can reduce the chance of developing diabetes. (more...)
Children of healthy mothers said to at lower risk of being obese Children of healthy mothers said to at lower risk of being obese
- July 07, 2018

Eating a healthy diet: This was scored according to adherence to the Alternate Healthy Eating Index 2010 , characterised by high intakes of vegetables, fruit, nuts, whole grains and unsaturated "good" fats, and low intakes of red and processed meat, sugary drinks and salty foods. (more...)
Electricity potential answer to the mystery of 'flying' spiders Electricity potential answer to the mystery of 'flying' spiders
- July 07, 2018

In the new study , Dr. Morley and her colleague, Professor Daniel Robert from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol , exposed Linyphiid spiders to lab-controlled electric fields that were quantitatively equivalent to those found in the atmosphere. (more...)