Health Care


80K Americans died of flu last winter, CDC says
- September 27, 2018

The season began with an increase of illness in November; high activity occurred during January and February, and then illness continued through the end of March. Flu is so common that not all flu cases are reported, and flu is not always listed on death certificates. CDC officials called the 80,000 figure preliminary, and it may be slightly revised. (more...)
Spinal implant helps paralysed man walk again
- September 27, 2018

It's not clear why the other two Louisville, Kentucky participants weren't able to take independent steps. The surgery was conducted under general anaesthetic and involved inserting an electrode in the epidural space, the fat-filled hollow region surrounding the spinal cord. (more...)
Newborn syphilis cases in US reach 20 year high Newborn syphilis cases in US reach 20 year high
- September 27, 2018

The latter is the highest number of congenital syphilis cases reported in the U.S.in 20 years, according to the report , from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "No parent should have to bear the death of a child when it would have been prevented with a simple test and safe treatment", Mermin said in a written statement. (more...)
Scientists close to creating a cure for a risky disease Scientists close to creating a cure for a risky disease
- September 27, 2018

According to scientists, this will create a effective drug of the as yet incurable diseases in the coming years. Physicians could diagnose Alzheimer's disease sooner by focusing on the brain's circulation system rather than only other biomarkers, according to a study. (more...)
Healthcare worker becomes third monkeypox case in England
- September 27, 2018

Public Health England (PHE ) said the infected person was involved in the care of a patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital who was treated there prior to their diagnosis. It is "actively monitoring contacts" so that anyone with possible symptoms can be "assessed quickly". Fatality rates are between 1% and 10% and there is no specific treatment or vaccine for the disease. (more...)
Device a 'Game Changer' for Severe Heart Failure? Device a 'Game Changer' for Severe Heart Failure?
- September 26, 2018

Researchers snarl a instrument, called a mitral clip, inserted into the heart greatly reduced death rates for these sufferers. "This is massive." Doctors also found that these patients also avoided additional hospitalizations and described a drastically improved quality of life with fewer symptoms. (more...)
Third person diagnosed with monkeypox in England Third person diagnosed with monkeypox in England
- September 26, 2018

The second case, concerning someone who had travelled to Nigeria, came to light earlier this month, only a few days after the first . The disease was first diagnosed in the United Kingdom in a patient who was staying at a naval base in Cornwall . (more...)
State health officials recommend flu vaccinations State health officials recommend flu vaccinations
- September 26, 2018

With the approach of flu season, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is recommending all Ohioans 6 months and older get a flu shot as soon as possible. Find more information about the flu and flu vaccine at www.cdc.gov/flu. According to Megan Riley, RN and Emergency Department (ED) Clinical Educator, sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals nationwide. (more...)
Health officials working to make flu shot more effective
- September 26, 2018

Esper. The conservative approach to prescribing flu medications combined with the shortage of the generic liquid Tamiflu proved worrisome for many people last flu season . Although the vaccine can be imperfect, it is the best defense we have as we continue to make advancements in the field. Adalja said it doesn't appear that H3N2 will be as significant this year, especially since it has been incorporated into vaccines, but it's too early to predict exactly what strains will be the most ... (more...)
The Impact of Alzheimer's Will Double by 2060 — CDC The Impact of Alzheimer's Will Double by 2060 — CDC
- September 26, 2018

Louis. Wellspring became involved in the Alzheimer's Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley in 2017 and participated in her first walk last September. The results of this study are encouraging, and not just for people with genetically caused Alzheimer's disease , noted Maria Carrillo, PhD, of the Alzheimer's Association in Chicago. (more...)
Obesity could overtake smoking as biggest preventable cause of cancer in women Obesity could overtake smoking as biggest preventable cause of cancer in women
- September 26, 2018

Currently, 12% of cancers in women are linked to smoking, and 7% to being overweight and obese . Cancer Research UK says that if the projected trends continue, obesity will overtake smoking by 2043 as a cause of cancer. "These two things together are thought to be the reason why it causes cancer". Cancer Research spokesperson, Jenny Makin, said: We're bringing the link between obesity and cancer to the public's attention to ensure they are aware of the facts'. (more...)
Study finds regular bedtime can be extremely beneficial Study finds regular bedtime can be extremely beneficial
- September 26, 2018

Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, however, is also vital for health. Previous studies have also suggested that obesity and diabetes may be on the cards for those who hit the snooze button on weekends. First, it is an observational study , and therefore can't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between regular sleep schedules and the risk of heart disease and metabolic syndrome . (more...)
Sport contact lenses? Beware of rare infection that could leave you blind Sport contact lenses? Beware of rare infection that could leave you blind
- September 26, 2018

Acanthamoeba is a cyst-forming micro-organism that causes an incredibly painful inflammation of the cornea. Removing contacts immediately and seeing your eye doctor if you have any eye pain, sensitivity to light, red eye or change in vision. (more...)
'Perfect storm' of risks threatens DRC Ebola response
- September 26, 2018

This is the seventh and most deadly attack in the area since the outbreak was first declared in August. The Congolese army has blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a notorious rebel militia. "[These factors] may be coming together over the next weeks to months to create a potential ideal storm", Salama said. He also raised concerns about global spread of Ebola, particularly to nearby Uganda, which was facing an "imminent" threat after a confirmed death near the border last week. (more...)
Scary, concerning details emerge about Everson Griffen's mental state after hotel incident Scary, concerning details emerge about Everson Griffen's mental state after hotel incident
- September 26, 2018

It's all in the police report filed by the Minnetrista PD - which paints a sad picture of an National Football League star in a serious mental health crisis. After interviewing Griffen and his wife, police requested an ambulance. She said he didn't return until Wednesday, and was making little sense in their conversations but at one point told her "I want help". (more...)
World Health Organization warns of 'perfect storm' for Ebola in eastern Congo
- September 25, 2018

More than 11,000 people died in almost 30,000 confirmed cases in that outbreak, according to the World Health Organisation. "We are now extremely concerned that several factors may be coming together over the next weeks and months to create a flawless storm", WHO's head of emergency response Peter Salama told a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday. (more...)
Former Facebook moderator sues over mental trauma
- September 25, 2018

A woman who monitored content on Facebook is suing the company, alleging it does not properly protect those who face mental trauma as a result of viewing distressing images. "By requiring its content moderators to work in unsafe conditions that cause debilitating physical and psychological harm, Facebook violates California law". (more...)
Former Content Moderator Sues Facebook, Claiming the Job Gave Her PTSD Former Content Moderator Sues Facebook, Claiming the Job Gave Her PTSD
- September 25, 2018

The lawsuit, filed on Friday in California state court in San Mateo County, is seeking class-action status, the woman's attorney said. A former Facebook contract employee has lodged a suit against the company, alleging that content moderators who face mental trauma after reviewing distressing images on the platform are not being properly protected by the social networking giant. (more...)
PM Modi Rolls Out World's Biggest State-Run Health Scheme PM Modi Rolls Out World's Biggest State-Run Health Scheme
- September 25, 2018

The beneficiaries have been identified and decided upon on the basis of the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data. "The Odisha government should come forward and join the programme", he said during political campaigns in the state ahead of the assembly and parliamentary polls. (more...)
Octopuses react to 'ecstasy' just like humans Octopuses react to 'ecstasy' just like humans
- September 25, 2018

A new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University showed that octopuses react similarly to humans when given MDMA , otherwise known as Ecstasy, indicating there may be genetic ties to people and the eight-legged creatures. The drug ecstasy, also known as MDMA or molly, can make humans feel empathetic and loving, but what happens when an octopus ingests the drug? Four male and female octopuses were placed in a tank that contained a liquefied version of ecstasy, and then ... (more...)
Contact lens users with poor hygiene risk blindness
- September 24, 2018

The infection needs immediate attention usually with antiseptic eye drops but hard to teat cases may also need antibiotics or steroids as well as painkillers. In the most serious infections a corneal transplant may be needed. They found an increase in cases of the disease from the eight to 10 a year seen in 2000 -2003, to 36 to 65 cases per year more recently. (more...)
Pet Store Puppies Linked To Drug-Resistant Infection, Over 100 People Affected Pet Store Puppies Linked To Drug-Resistant Infection, Over 100 People Affected
- September 24, 2018

Eighteen states, more than 100 people sick, 26 hospitalizations-and an unknown number of puppies as the likely infection-spreaders. Nearly all of the people infected in the outbreak had some sort of contact with a puppy, and 29 of them were pet store employees. (more...)
Whitsunday shark attack survivor's first words from hospital bed Whitsunday shark attack survivor's first words from hospital bed
- September 24, 2018

These drum lines will indiscriminately catch and kill marine life, while potentially attracting sharks to the area. "Paramedics are treating a female child in a serious condition with a significant leg injury after being bitten by a shark in waters near Cid Harbour", the Queensland Ambulance Service tweeted. (more...)
Scientists grow human esophagus using stem cells Scientists grow human esophagus using stem cells
- September 24, 2018

Researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine, or CuSTOM, developed the cells in their quest to create an entire gastrointestinal system. For all these ailments, better treatments are sought from today. This requires a more precise understanding of the genetic and biochemical mechanisms behind their cause - a need filled by the ability to generate and study robust, functional, genetically matched models of human esophageal tissue that can ... (more...)
Giving Ecstasy to Octopuses Taught Researchers Something Important About the Brain Giving Ecstasy to Octopuses Taught Researchers Something Important About the Brain
- September 24, 2018

Scientists chose to use octopuses for the experiment as humans are separated by more than 500 million years of evolution with them and the goal was to uncovering the ancient origins of social behavior. Seven octopuses received MDMA inside laboratory tanks. A new study has found that serotonin is the key to social behavior after scientists gave MDMA to octopuses and observed their interactions, according to The Guardian . (more...)