Health Care


Planned Parenthood Names Dr. Leana Wen Its President Planned Parenthood Names Dr. Leana Wen Its President
- September 13, 2018

It marks the first time in almost 50 years that a physician will lead the organization. "For the last 100 years, no organization has done more for women's health than Planned Parenthood, and I'm truly honored to be named its president", Wen said in a statement. (more...)
Case of monkeypox confirmed in Blackpool Case of monkeypox confirmed in Blackpool
- September 13, 2018

The infection has been reported twice in the United Kingdom in the space of a week: once in Cornwall, presenting in a Nigerian national staying at a naval base, and then in Blackpool, in someone who had recently travelled to Nigeria. Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed monkeypox doesn't spread very easily, only if you come into close contact with an infected person. They have advised people to look at an article on the government website regarding Monkeypox - after one person in ... (more...)
South Carolina First West Nile Virus Death This Year South Carolina First West Nile Virus Death This Year
- September 13, 2018

The Prince George's announcement came 11 days after the Maryland Department of Health the state's first "confirmed and locally acquired case" of the West Nile virus, an adult who lives in the Baltimore metropolitan area. "If you develop fever or other symptoms after being bitten by a mosquito, you should contact your health care provider", said Dr. Linda Bell, SC State Epidemiologist. (more...)
Doctors gave no reason for a third of opioid prescriptions, study finds
- September 13, 2018

In total, opioids were prescribed in nearly 809 million outpatient visits over a 10-year period, with 66.4% of these prescriptions meant to treat non-cancer pain and 5.1% for cancer-related pain, according to a study published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine . (more...)
FDA takes 'historic action' on youth e-cigarette 'epidemic' FDA takes 'historic action' on youth e-cigarette 'epidemic'
- September 12, 2018

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has said that e-cigarettes, while still harmful , may be effective for adults who want to give up cigarette smoking, which kills nearly half a million Americans each year. San Francisco-based Juul, which commands over 60 percent of the e-cigarette market, said it is working to prevent underage use of its products but added that flavors can help adult smokers quit cigarettes. (more...)
Home Monitoring Helps Control Blood Pressure Home Monitoring Helps Control Blood Pressure
- September 12, 2018

The condition, which is also known as hypertension , increases the risk of some deadly complications, including heart attacks and strokes. According to the NHS, the ideal blood pressure would be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg. The researchers compared how eating a single guava fruit everyday impacted 120 hypertension patients. After 16 weeks, those in the first group had dropped their blood pressure by an average 16mmHg systolic/10mmHg diastolic (they also lost 8.5kg, on average), while ... (more...)
OxyContin billionaire patents new drug to get off OxyContin OxyContin billionaire patents new drug to get off OxyContin
- September 12, 2018

More than 63,000 people in the US died from drug overdoses in 2016, of which 66 percent were related to opioid use. The embattled makers of OxyContin - who are facing a NY lawsuit for hoodwinking patients and fueling the opioid crisis - own a second secret firm that churns out a generic version of the highly addictive drug, according to a bombshell report. (more...)
Airline reports should prod everyone to get flu shot — CDC
- September 11, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that reports of airline passengers arriving in the USA with influenza should prod people to get vaccinated and avoid travel if they become sick this coming flu season. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. The flu can affect people differently. You can catch the flu at any point throughout the year, and the ideal example in this regard is the recent case of an Emirate plane that flew to NY from ... (more...)
United Kingdom records first ever case of Monkeypox United Kingdom records first ever case of Monkeypox
- September 11, 2018

Public Health England said the patient is now receiving treatment at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, a specialist centre. Public Health England said monkeypox does not spread easily and most patients recover within a few weeks, but it can cause severe illness in some people - with anywhere between 1-10% dying. (more...)
South Korean man who visited Kuwait diagnosed with Mers
- September 11, 2018

He took two flights to get home from Kuwait to arrive in Seoul on Friday - Emirates EK 860 from Kuwait to Dubai, and Emirates EK 322 from Dubai to Incheon. The Korea Centers for Disease and Control, on the other hand, called it "deeply regrettable" that the mayor had shared so much of the patient's personal information without first consulting with the central government. (more...)
Doctors Recommend Vaccines with Flu Season Around Corner Doctors Recommend Vaccines with Flu Season Around Corner
- September 10, 2018

Flu season picks up around the holidays and into the new year. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement this week instructing parents to make sure every child who's 6 months or older gets a flu shot and gets it early in the season. (more...)
South Korean man infected by Mers virus, first case in 3 years South Korean man infected by Mers virus, first case in 3 years
- September 10, 2018

Government officials hold an emergency meeting to discuss ways to prevent the spread of the MERS virus on September 9, 2018. South Korea experienced a MERS outbreak in 2015. Meanwhile, one South Korean citizen in Kuwait who was working for the man diagnosed with MERS in Seoul took a medical examination in Kuwait after showing symptoms of MERS. (more...)
Middle-aged drinkers urged to have more alcohol-free days
- September 10, 2018

Health chiefs in the United Kingdom are launching a "drink-free days" campaign to target regular drinkers amid fears health risks are "creeping" up on them. Having a few drink free days each week, will help reduce the risks to your health and improve your wellbeing. Public Health England said those aged between 45 and 65 were more likely to surpass the recommended 14 units of alcohol per week. (more...)
Burnley has one of the lowest numbers of registered organ donors Burnley has one of the lowest numbers of registered organ donors
- September 10, 2018

Just 34 per cent of people in Harborough had signed up as a donor as of May this year, based on the latest population estimates. Tragically, despite the fact more and more people are supporting donating their loved one's organs, there is still an urgent need for more people to support donation. (more...)
SSM partners in new not-for-profit generic drug company SSM partners in new not-for-profit generic drug company
- September 10, 2018

The foundations join seven large USA hospital systems as governing members of Civica Rx. These seven organizations, representing about 500 US hospitals, will provide leadership for the Civica Rx board of directors and much of the initial capitalization for the company. (more...)
Woman suffers from 'black hairy tongue' after vehicle accident Woman suffers from 'black hairy tongue' after vehicle accident
- September 10, 2018

These bumps, called filiform papillae , unlike other kinds of papillae on the tongue , do not contain taste buds, according to the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience . It said: "Black hairy tongue is usually reversible and has no long-term sequelae as long as the precipitating agent is discontinued and the patient practices good oral hygiene". (more...)
Walk to End Alzheimer's in Gypsy Hill Park Saturday morning Walk to End Alzheimer's in Gypsy Hill Park Saturday morning
- September 09, 2018

During the 2-mile Walk to End Alzheimer's, participants will learn about the disease, advocacy opportunities, enrollment in clinical studies and support programs and services offered by the association. "These young men and women from Elmwood/Plum City High School are leading the next generation forward to end Alzheimer's". In 2017, 16 million American caregivers gave around 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care, valued at $232 billion. (more...)
OxyContin Maker Gets Patent For Drug To Treat Opioid Addiction OxyContin Maker Gets Patent For Drug To Treat Opioid Addiction
- September 09, 2018

The lawsuit claims Purdue Pharma L.P. and Purdue Pharma Inc. deluded doctors and patients in Colorado about the potential for addiction with prescription opioids and continued to push the drugs. The patent is for a "wafer" of buprenorphine that would dissolve in just a few seconds. Sackler's father was one of three brothers who founded Purdue Pharma, the company that may have fueled this epidemic. (more...)
Malaysia free from African Swine Fever Malaysia free from African Swine Fever
- September 09, 2018

According to the FAO, ASF is one of the most devastating diseases affecting pigs, though it poses no direct threat to human health. African Swine Fever isn't harmful to humans but is nearly always fatal for pigs. China is home to approximately half the global pig population, an estimated 500 million pigs and the authorities are battling to keep the spread of the virus under control. (more...)
Security trays carry most germs in airport, study finds Security trays carry most germs in airport, study finds
- September 09, 2018

Splash News/NewscomIn case travelers needed another reason to dislike the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a new study shows that one of the dirtiest parts of the airport can be found in the security line. The researchers visited several times during peak 2015-2016 flu season to collect germ samples right after the airport's morning, noon, and mid-afternoon rushes. (more...)
Stock in the Spotlight: Express Scripts (ESRX) Stock in the Spotlight: Express Scripts (ESRX)
- September 09, 2018

About 7.72M shares traded or 103.36% up from the average. It is down 0.00% since September 6, 2017 and is. It has underperformed by 24.06% the S&P500. 462.03 million shares or 3.62% less from 479.40 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Rhumbline Advisers holds 75,365 shares. Ing Groep Nv invested in 6,578 shares. (more...)
NHS app to be trialled in Liverpool NHS app to be trialled in Liverpool
- September 09, 2018

He is also set to announce trials for a new NHS app which will allow patients to book GP appointments , access the 111 service, view medical records, and record organ donation preferences. "I think that there is a growing evidence base that social prescribing can be better for patients than medicine", he said. But the technology relies on use of data, and the government and NHS have strong duties to ensure the data is secure and protects patients' rights and identities, so the public has ... (more...)
Shropshire residents near top of UK's organ donor chart Shropshire residents near top of UK's organ donor chart
- September 08, 2018

Right now there are 6,400 people waiting for an organ transplant and 3 people on average die every day across the United Kingdom because not enough organs are being donated. Keira Ball died in an accident on the North Devon Link Road , and her family agreed to donate her kidneys, heart, liver and pancreas to save the lives of four people. (more...)
'Good Bacteria' Probiotics Might Not Actually Be That Good For You
- September 08, 2018

Probiotic supplements are very popular with American consumers. You can find them at your local grocery store in the form of food (especially in dairy-based products like yogurt), dietary supplements, and even skin creams. Probiotics are often taken to offset the effects of antibiotics, which can kill off good bacteria as well as bad ones. This demonstrates that not everyone who takes a catch-all type of probiotic is able to assimilate the product in their digestive tract. (more...)
Airport security trays carry more germs than toilets Airport security trays carry more germs than toilets
- September 08, 2018

A new study from the UK's University of Nottingham found that security trays carry the most germs at airports. Many of us may suspect the bathroom's to be one of the dirtiest area in the airport, but it turns out there's one surface that tops the grimiest toilet seats. (more...)