Health Care


Brisbane school hit by mass flu outbreak Brisbane school hit by mass flu outbreak
- August 03, 2018

A Brisbane primary school has been forced to shutdown for a day after nearly one-third of students were stricken in an "extraordinary" flu outbreak. Middle Park State School has asked parents to keep children home on Friday. "One key thing that we emphasise not just for this school but in general is it is so important for sick children and adults to stay away from the school or childcare or workplace", Dr Jarvinen said. (more...)
Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County
- August 03, 2018

The man - who is the first confirmed human case of West Nile in Idaho this year - fell ill but has since recovered, SWDH spokesperson Katrina Williams told KTVB. The increase in mosquitoes they've identified as being infected with West Nile has come earlier this year than in past years. Prince George's County announced its first human case of the virus on Wednesday. (more...)
Landmark find : Australian experts contain dengue fever outbreak
- August 03, 2018

There's evidence of a growing disease burden and there was the big Zika pandemic that stripped through the Americas recently and the rest of the world. "If we can be successful in Rio we can probably be successful anywhere in the world". The programme is now working in 11 countries and aims to deploy the Wolbachia mosquitoes in larger and poorer parts around the world with a target of reducing the cost to just US$1 (75p) per person. (more...)
Man gets rare blood infection from dog lick, loses legs and hands Man gets rare blood infection from dog lick, loses legs and hands
- August 03, 2018

National Center for Biotechnology Information said Capnocytophaga canimorsus can cause "severe sepsis and fatal septic shock, gangrene of the digits or extremities, high-grade bacteremia, meningitis, endocarditis, and eye infections". The family writes that Greg's recovery will be a very long process and he will need his family by his side, they will need help financially to be able to be with him during the coming months with surgeries as well as waiting to be fitted for leg and hand ... (more...)
Not drinking alcohol in middle age increases dementia risk Not drinking alcohol in middle age increases dementia risk
- August 03, 2018

Researchers say it's almost impossible to definitively determine the effect of alcohol consumption - as it would require a trial in which participants would have to stop drinking or start drinking heavily. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines "chronic heavy drinking" as more than 60 grammes of pure alcohol - six or more standard drinks - a day for men, and in excess of 40 grammes per day for women. (more...)
Health officials: Condoms are not meant to be reused
- August 02, 2018

When condoms are properly used, they can prevent pregnancy, reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and may protect against other diseases like Zika and Ebola that spread, among other ways, through sexual contact. The reaction GIF was absolutely spot-on. Dr. Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist at the CDC's Division of STD Prevention, told BuzzFeed that by using a condom a couple of times, it diminishes the protective effect of condoms and can cause breakage, slippage, or leakage. (more...)
Japanese scientists will start clinical trials next month for Parkinson's treatment Japanese scientists will start clinical trials next month for Parkinson's treatment
- August 02, 2018

A clinical trial to treat Parkinson's disease patients with human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells is ready to begin at Kyoto University after its review committee completed preparatory work, sources revealed July 29. iPS cells are created by removing mature cells from a person and reprogramming them to behave like embryonic stem cells. "Our research has shown that DA neurons made from iPS cells are just as good as DA neurons made from fetal midbrain", he said a year ago in a press ... (more...)
Heatwave deaths to rise steadily by 2080 Heatwave deaths to rise steadily by 2080
- August 02, 2018

Hardest-hit Colombia could suffer 2,000 percent more premature deaths from extreme heat during the period of 2031 to 2080 compared with 1971 to 2010, it said. Canada and Japan have each recorded at least 30 heat-related deaths as temperatures soared during July. The study's authors say even under best-case circumstances, deaths would increase, which is why it's necessary to take measure to combat climate change. (more...)
Response to Congo's new Ebola outbreak 'highly complex' Response to Congo's new Ebola outbreak 'highly complex'
- August 02, 2018

The declaration brought the curtain down on an outbreak which began two months earlier in the remote northwestern area of Bikoro, about 2,000km from Mangina, on May 8 and culminated in 54 confirmed cases of Ebola , 33 of which proved fatal. (more...)
Kylie Jenner launched her own face filter; check how to get it! Kylie Jenner launched her own face filter; check how to get it!
- August 02, 2018

Soon the filter appears to make their lips fuller and covered in a shade of Kylie's lipstick colors. The filter will not only show the ultra glam virtual lipstick but will also darken eyelashes, softly blur the face and will give a Jenner-like contour. (more...)
Don't wash or reuse condoms, USA agency advises Americans
- August 02, 2018

Apparently, it needs to be said: Don't wash or reuse condoms . There were more than 1.5 million chlamydia cases reported, almost 400,000 cases of gonorrhea and almost 24,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis in 2015. Dr. Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist at the CDC's Division of STD Prevention, told BuzzFeed that by using a condom a few times, it diminishes the protective effect of condoms and can cause breakage, slippage, or leakage. (more...)
Not drinking alcohol in middle age linked to increased risk of dementia
- August 02, 2018

Scientists examined data on more than 9,000 people, who were aged between 35 and 55 when the study began in the mid-1980s. Chronic heavy drinking is a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early onset of the disease, research published earlier this year found. (more...)
Store employee’s simple gesture meant the world to a teen with autism Store employee’s simple gesture meant the world to a teen with autism
- August 02, 2018

At first, Edwards thought his son wanted orange juice. The pair diligently put dairy products and fruit juices away, with Taylor handing items for Ryan to then put away. Since then, the video has gained almost 10,000 likes and more than 1,000 comments praising Taylor for the act of kindness. In a blog post on Love What Matters , Jack's brother Delaney says "instead of ignoring him or making an excuse as to why he couldn't help", Jordan allowed Jack to be a part of it "and didn't stop ... (more...)
Ebola returns to Congo only days after previous outbreak was declared over
- August 02, 2018

A new Ebola outbreak was reported Wednesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo, days after a previous outbreak there was declared to be over. The government confirmed to the World Health Organization on Wednesday that four out of six samples tested for Ebola virus at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale in Kinshasa returned a positive result. (more...)
Moderate drinkers less likely to get dementia than teetotallers
- August 02, 2018

Chronic heavy drinking is a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early onset of the disease, research published earlier this year found. The researchers are also careful to say these findings " should not motivate people who do not drink to start drinking " given the detrimental effects alcohol consumption can have on other parts of your health, such as liver disease and cancer. (more...)
DRC announces 4 new Ebola cases in North Kivu province
- August 02, 2018

The government informed World Health Organization that four out of six samples tested positive for Ebola virus at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale in Kinshasa but that further testing was ongoing. The health ministry is investigating reports of viral hemorrhagic fever. WHO, however, said it would "continue to work with neighbouring countries to ensure health authorities are alerted and prepared to respond". (more...)
Doctored lungs for pigs could cut transplant waiting lists
- August 02, 2018

Bioengineered lungs have been successfully transplanted into pigs, in an advance that doctors hope will increase the number of organs available for humans. For 30 days, the bioengineered lungs grew in a bioreactor before being transplanted into adult pigs. As reported in Science Translational Medicine , the team built these viable lungs from the scaffolding of a donated organ. (more...)
Patients Report Herbal Cannabis Provides Insomnia Relief Patients Report Herbal Cannabis Provides Insomnia Relief
- August 02, 2018

National Cancer Institute the key to treating pancreatic cancer is to detect it sooner or associate it with a risk factor. Mice with pancreatic cancer that were treated with medical cannabis and chemotherapy survived nearly three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study . (more...)
Don't wash or reuse condoms — CDC
- August 02, 2018

The correct use of male condoms and other barriers like female condoms and dental dams can reduce the risk of STDs, but only about a third of Americans actually use them, CDC data shows. Simply washing a condom with soap won't kill any bacteria or virus lurking on the condom's surface - meaning, it's pretty much useless. "Condoms don't last forever", the organization tweeted. (more...)
Congo declares new Ebola outbreak with four confirmed cases in eastern province
- August 02, 2018

North Kivu province borders Rwanda and Uganda. Of the six samples analyzed for Ebola, four came back positive. The ministry said a team of 12 virus hunters would arrive in Beni, a city of about a quarter million residents near the epicenter of the outbreak, by Thursday. (more...)
DR Congo hit by EBOLA OUTBREAK as authorities call for calm
- August 02, 2018

Ebola, believed to be spread over long distances by bats, causes hemorrhagic fever, vomiting and diarrhea and is spread through direct contact with body fluids. The team includes laboratory technicians, epidemiologists, clinical psychologists and doctors with a mobile lab and protective equipment. Dozens of rebel groups have been battling each other for control of land, which is rich with minerals. (more...)
Scientists just discovered a brand new shape 'scutoid' from human cells Scientists just discovered a brand new shape 'scutoid' from human cells
- August 02, 2018

Jessica Boddy at Gizmodo reports that the team then found scutoid-like shapes in the epithelium of zebra fish and the salivary glands of fruit flies. Much of our bodies are covered in epithelial cells, which are cells created to stick very closely together in order to form some type of barrier or wall. (more...)
78 million babies not breastfed within first hour of life, reports UNICEF
- August 01, 2018

The WHA is the decision-making body of WHO . The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding also emphasizes the importance of the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative, launched by World Health Organization and UNICEF in 1991. "A key reason that women do not breastfeed or stop breastfeeding early is the need to return to work away from their babies". Colostrum is the first breast milk produced by mothers when their babies start feeding. (more...)
Court ruling not needed to stop end-of-life care Court ruling not needed to stop end-of-life care
- August 01, 2018

In response to the UK's highest court upholding a ruling that a man with an extensive brain injury should be allowed to die without his family going before a judge, Bishop John Wilson told The Universe: "Patients in persistent vegetative states are some of the most vulnerable in our society". (more...)
Drug reverses hair loss, skin inflammation in trials with mice Drug reverses hair loss, skin inflammation in trials with mice
- August 01, 2018

They used a drug that reversed baldness, whitening of the hair and skin inflammation - all side effects were created by the high-fat diets the mice received. These symptoms got worse the longer they remained on the Western diet. Mass spectrometry analysis, a method of identifying and quantifying the chemical composition of a mixture, was also used to determine ceramide, glucosylceramide and lactosylceramide levels in the mice. (more...)