Health Care


Accidental opioid deaths on rise
- August 23, 2018

The number of fentanyl-overdose deaths in the Palmetto State more than quadrupled from 2014 to 2017, with a total of 362 fatal overdoes a year ago, according to data from the Department of Health and Environmental Control. "While we are monitoring the situation in Australia quite closely, there is little evidence to suggest the widespread use of illicit fentanyl", Peacock said. (more...)
Congo approves 4 more experimental treatments as Ebola battle continues
- August 23, 2018

The health ministry's latest bulletin said that the death toll had been increased following five new victims in Mabalako-Mangina, close to Beni, the epicentre of the outbreak in the North Kivu province. The current Ebola outbreak began on August 1 in Mangina in North Kivu. More than 1,600 people have been vaccinated. Insecurity in the region, especially in what the World Health Organization calls "red zones" where several armed groups stage attacks, is hampering efforts to treat everyone. (more...)
SERIOUS warning issued following FURTHER outbreak of highly contagious illness in Dublin SERIOUS warning issued following FURTHER outbreak of highly contagious illness in Dublin
- August 23, 2018

Per the BBC , a record number of measles patients has been recorded in the European Union, with last year's almost 24,000 cases being surpassed by this year's 41,000 figure. All children should get the MMR vaccine when they are aged 12 months. The risk of measles remains for up to 21 days after contact with a case of measles. (more...)
Health Canada expands recall on blood pressure medication Health Canada expands recall on blood pressure medication
- August 22, 2018

Valsartan combined with amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide is used to control high blood pressure. In the United States , the Federal Drug Administration expanded its recall of valsartan drugs to now include product from a plant in India which has a process similar to the Chinese company, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. (more...)
State reports its 1st horse West Nile virus cases this year State reports its 1st horse West Nile virus cases this year
- August 22, 2018

To date, there have no human cases reported, no positive mosquito pools identified, and no positives identified by Canadian Blood Services through their screening program". Some mosquitoes in Canada can spread West Nile virus to humans through mosquito bites. Horse owners are advised to contact veterinarians for information about equine vaccines. (more...)
FDA Extends EpiPen Expiration to Tackle Shortage FDA Extends EpiPen Expiration to Tackle Shortage
- August 22, 2018

Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. Like this story? Subscribe to FiercePharma! The shortage has largely been due to ongoing manufacturing issues at a Pfizer plant which supplies EpiPens. (more...)
Low and high carb diets increase risk of early death Low and high carb diets increase risk of early death
- August 22, 2018

Low-carbohydrate, high-animal product diets are likely to cause inflammation, biological ageing, and oxidative stress, the researchers said, adding that such diets are linked to a shorter lifespan and " should be discouraged ". Researchers observed that people who replaced carbohydrates with protein and fat from animals had a higher risk of early death compared to those who replaced carbohydrates with plant-based foods . (more...)
Mosquito tested positive for West Nile Virus at Langley Air Force Base Mosquito tested positive for West Nile Virus at Langley Air Force Base
- August 22, 2018

West Nile Virus (WNV) can cause a fatal neurological disease and death in people. Officials emphasized that smoke from wildfires does not impact mosquito levels or behavior - another reason to remain vigilant. I ask for folks to use precautions, listen for further guidance on this issue and review the CDC information on West Nile. During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year. (more...)
Facebook and NYU want to use AI to make MRI exams faster
- August 22, 2018

If MRI machines can operate well without as much data as collected today, the scanning process can be sped up dramatically. Right now, an MRI takes between 15 minutes and 60 minutes. "This is a pure technology in search of a solution play", he said. Making MRI scanners faster has several benefits, including increased access to these devices for patients. (more...)
Cigarette Use Can Damage Your DNA, Study Finds
- August 22, 2018

Various flavors of liquids are available, including ones that appeal to youth, such as candy, fruit and chocolate. E-cigarettes continue to gain popularity worldwide, because vaping is seen as a safer alternative to smoking . Vaping increases the levels of formaldehyde, acrolein and methylglyoxal, which are compounds that damage DNA, in the person's saliva. Compared with people who do not vape, four of the five e-cigarette users showed increased DNA damage related to acrolein exposure. (more...)
Suspect in Mollie Tibbetts disappearance was in US illegally Suspect in Mollie Tibbetts disappearance was in US illegally
- August 22, 2018

Cristhian Rivera, age 24, has been charged with first degree murder in the case. Jack has been cooperating with investigators and has been ruled out as a suspect because he was working at a construction site 100 miles away, police said. Rahn recognized the support of the community in embracing the Tibbetts family and in cooperating with investigators. Rahn said the discovery has been hard for Mollie's family. (more...)
Anthem to Collaborate With Walmart on OTC Meds and Services Anthem to Collaborate With Walmart on OTC Meds and Services
- August 22, 2018

Anthem Medicare Advantage members now buy over-the-counter medications and health-related items through a catalog by purchasing online or by phone, according to a company spokeswoman. Anthem's CEO said the company has a "strong pipeline of commercial customers who want to stay Blue" and transition to its MA plans once they reach retirement and become eligible. (more...)
Measles cases hit record high in Europe Measles cases hit record high in Europe
- August 22, 2018

Warning that 95 percent coverage needs to be at the community level " not just the national level ", Dr. Mark Muscat, who heads WHO's Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization program said there was a minority of parents who were not getting their children vaccinated. (more...)
Ebola death toll rises in DRC outbreak Ebola death toll rises in DRC outbreak
- August 22, 2018

Casey told Premier how the disease may be spreading: "There's a lot of forest areas and the theory goes that people are exposed to infected meat - they eat infected meat and that then gives that cross infection from that meat to humans". Meanwhile, more than 50 youngsters have lost their parents to Ebola. So far, 2 children have died while 6 others suspected to be infected are receiving treatment. (more...)
Flushing contact lenses is bad for ocean Flushing contact lenses is bad for ocean
- August 22, 2018

The researchers are presenting their results today (Monday 20th August) at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Boston, Mass. The team concluded that each year, there are about 6-10 metric tons of plastic lenses that are released in the U.S wastewater. Worldwide Contact Lenses industry 2018 is a complete, competent report distributes Contact Lenses market research data which is appropriate for new aspirant as well as established players. (more...)
People on low-carb diets die younger, says science People on low-carb diets die younger, says science
- August 22, 2018

The team studied more than 15,000 people aged between 45-64 years from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds across four regions of the United States. Carbohydrates - one of the main causes of recruitment extra kilos, it is not surprising that seeking the ideal body, people often abandon their consumption. (more...)
NHS trusts warn 'no deal' Brexit could lead to hospital drug shortages NHS trusts warn 'no deal' Brexit could lead to hospital drug shortages
- August 22, 2018

Hospitals face running out of drugs in the event of a "no deal" Brexit , NHS trusts have privately warned. Her comments came as a leaked email from health providers to the head of the NHS in England warned of a lack of adequate contingency planning in the health service south of the Border. (more...)
Mosquiotos test positive for West Nile virus in Tooele County
- August 22, 2018

The virus is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes. Some groups are at higher risk of severe disease, including those who are 60 years of age or older, those with compromised immune systems or those with underlying medical conditions. (more...)
Making Universal Donor Blood From Other Blood Types | Headline Science Making Universal Donor Blood From Other Blood Types | Headline Science
- August 22, 2018

Researchers in the U.S. said the transformation is up to 30 times more efficient than previously studied enzymes and will soon start work on clinical trials. "If you can remove those antigens, which are just simple sugars, then you can convert A or B to O blood", he explained in a statement. He and his colleagues chose to look for enzymes that might be able to do the job using something called "metagenomics" to analyze the genes of multiple kinds of organisms. (more...)
Harvard professor slams coconut oil as ‘pure poison’ Harvard professor slams coconut oil as ‘pure poison’
- August 22, 2018

With so many oils to choose from, health experts recommend reading the labels to make sure your meal is prepared as healthy as possible. Its superfood status had already come under scrutiny past year when the American Heart Association (AHA) updated its guidelines , recommending people avoid the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil. (more...)
More blood pressure meds recalled due to cancer risk
- August 21, 2018

Health Canada says a recall of 28 valsartan medications was announced last month because the drugs contained an impurity known as NDMA, a potential carcinogen that can cause cancer with long-term exposure. Continue taking your valsartan medication unless you have been advised to stop by your health care provider. In the U.S., the Federal Drug Administration expanded its recall of valsartan drugs to now include product from a plant in India which has a process similar to the Chinese company, ... (more...)
Ariana Grande cries while recalling the Manchester concert bombing Ariana Grande cries while recalling the Manchester concert bombing
- August 21, 2018

Speaking about the beginnings of their romance, she admitted she knew she would go on to be his wife when they first met in March 2016 when she hosted an episode of " Saturday Night Live " - the sketch show that the comedian stars on. The loved-up couple recently moved in together in NY, and Pete says Ariana keeps reminding him that she bought the property, whilst revealing they have opted for cool furniture over essentials. (more...)
Clark County's air quality to shift between moderate and unhealthy Clark County's air quality to shift between moderate and unhealthy
- August 21, 2018

Only far northwestern B.C. remains clear of the air quality statement in effect for the rest of the province. In Spokane, air quality slipped into the "hazardous" range. Air pollution in the Tacoma area Monday was worse than some of the world's most populated cities like Bejing and Delhi, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's air-quality index. (more...)
Carbs in moderation 'leads to long life' Carbs in moderation 'leads to long life'
- August 21, 2018

All participants reported consuming 600 to 4,200 kcal per day for men and 500 to 3,600 kcal for women, with those with particularly high or low caloric intake excluded from the analysis. Very low and very high carb diets came with a higher risk of death than diets where they made up 50 to 55 per cent of calories. However, she said, "our data suggests that animal-based low-carbohydrate diets, which are prevalent in North America and Europe, might be associated with shorter overall life span ... (more...)
‘Contact lenses source of microplastic pollution’
- August 21, 2018

The paper reports that throwing contact lenses down the drain after use may contribute to microplastic pollution . "This is a pretty large number, considering roughly 45 million people in the US alone wear contact lenses", Charlie Rolsky, one of the ASU Ph.D. (more...)