Health Care


Doctor to Be Monitored in US After Possible Exposure to Ebola Doctor to Be Monitored in US After Possible Exposure to Ebola
- December 31, 2018

The individual was transported by private plane and vehicle, they said. About a dozen USA government personnel, including Ebola experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are working on the Ebola response in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, about 1,000 miles away. (more...)
Flu activity continues to increase Flu activity continues to increase
- December 31, 2018

Although the elevated activity has prompted the CDC to announce the start of flu season , health officials say it's too early in the season to know how severe it will be. In the week ending on December 22, a total of 68,148 people sought outpatient or emergency treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals and clinics across the nation, compared with 61,628 people the week before, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said, adding that 20 of the patients - 85 percent of whom ... (more...)
Measles Alert Issued for Travelers at Newark Airport on Christmas Eve Measles Alert Issued for Travelers at Newark Airport on Christmas Eve
- December 30, 2018

Any person at the airport on December 24 between the hours of 12 noon and 4:00 pm could have been exposed to the measles virus, the New Jersey Department of Health warns. It's unclear where the infected passenger traveled to after arriving at Newark Airport, but health officials say the confirmed case is unrelated to the ongoing measles outbreak in Ocean County . (more...)
Doctor Flown to Nebraska Hospital After Possible Ebola Exposure in the Congo
- December 30, 2018

The unidentified individual had been in the country offering medical assistance at the time exposure may have occurred, according to a news release from Nebraska Medicine. Symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain may appear up to three weeks after contact with the deadly virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more...)
WC has the highest increase in flu cases this year WC has the highest increase in flu cases this year
- December 30, 2018

The Cuomo administration says the number of confirmed cases of influenza is rising across NY state, with more than 5,400 people coming down with the illness so far this season. LaPook said that is "scientifically impossible". There were a total of 1,047 laboratory confirmed flu-related hospitalizations from October 1 to December 22, with the highest rate of the hospitalizations occurring in patients 0 to 4 years of age, followed by adults 65 years old and above. (more...)
Prices for hospital services will be made public January 1 Prices for hospital services will be made public January 1
- December 29, 2018

Few hospitals around the country post a small list of prices while others require patients to contact their healthcare provider or speak with someone in billing. This new law should change that, however there may still be confusion to consumers because the hospital's standard rates do not reflect what insurance companies and government programs pay. (more...)
CDC reports a national uptick in the number of flu cases
- December 29, 2018

You can read that report at this link . Flu season typically runs from October through May. That's almost five times the number of states that reported the same a week earlier. Some - more commonly children - may also have vomiting and/or diarrhea. Flu complications, such as pneumonia, can result in hospitalization or even death. (more...)
Deaths of 2 kids raise doubts about USA border agency Deaths of 2 kids raise doubts about USA border agency
- December 28, 2018

The New York Times reports 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, who migrated from Guatemala , was given amoxicillin and ibuprofen after showing signs of sickness, was held for 90 minutes for observation and then released. Her death - which brought down heavy criticism on United States immigration authorities - is also under investigation. CBP said the cause of Felipe's death is not yet known. (more...)
Exposed To Blood Borne Infections At New Jersey Facility Exposed To Blood Borne Infections At New Jersey Facility
- December 28, 2018

After the investigation, the state closed the surgery center for three weeks before re-opening with a mission statement detailing "significant improvements" to their policies and procedures. The department called it "an abundance of caution" to suggest that people be tested. "We recognize that this may be upsetting to our patients, and we are taking this matter very seriously and taking steps to assist them during this process". (more...)
Flu outbreaks increase nationwide, widespread activity in some states Flu outbreaks increase nationwide, widespread activity in some states
- December 28, 2018

While most people may recover within a week or two, some can develop serious and even life-threatening complications. 80,000 deaths during last season were linked to the flu. Anna Madison, a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada, told told Ireland there are likely a couple of reasons. Strains of flu that seem to be prevalent now are A: H1N1 and A: unspecified. (more...)
More than 3,000 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis More than 3,000 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis
- December 28, 2018

Most of those at risk are from NY and New Jersey. New Jersey health officials have urged more than 3,700 former patients of a surgical facility to get blood tests "out of an abundance of caution", because they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. (more...)
Pregnant woman gets HIV after infected blood transfusion in Tamil Nadu Pregnant woman gets HIV after infected blood transfusion in Tamil Nadu
- December 26, 2018

Following this, Health Officials revoked the services of the lab technician who gave the daily report, the counsellor who did not identify that the donor was in the high-risk category, and the blood bank's medical officer. The shocking lapse in screening process was found only by chance, and has led the hospital in Sivakasi to stop all blood transfusions. "It was the duty of the counsellor at the ICTC (Anti-Retroviral Therapy Centre) to trace the man and inform him" after he tested positive ... (more...)
Drew Barrymore crying selfie on Instagram Drew Barrymore crying selfie on Instagram
- December 25, 2018

Will and I continue to marvel at what we made and try to be the best co parents we can be. Sharing two images to her Instagram on Thursday night - one taken after hours in the hair and make-up chair, one make-up free - she wrote about the illusion of beauty. (more...)
1st MI child dies from flu this season 1st MI child dies from flu this season
- December 23, 2018

The vaccine not only can help you avoid the flu, it can also help make illnesses less severe for those who do still get sick. That's particularly important during the holidays when people are traveling to family gatherings. In Michigan, two children died past year due to flu-related complications. Redfield said it's easy to get the vaccine, and it's often free. Over the past three seasons there have been an average of 15,101 influenza-related hospitalizations. (more...)
Walgreens Shares Slide on $1 Billion Cost-Savings Program Walgreens Shares Slide on $1 Billion Cost-Savings Program
- December 22, 2018

Bailard Inc. acquired a new stake in Walgreens Boots Alliance in the second quarter valued at approximately $290,000. Institutional investors own 62.82% of the company's stock. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company's stock. (more...)
New study finds opioids DON'T work well for chronic pains New study finds opioids DON'T work well for chronic pains
- December 21, 2018

They were effective in treating acute pain and there was often a belief that they would be good for chronic pain too. The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association , was an analysis of almost 100 studies on the effectiveness of opioids at treating chronic non-cancer pain. (more...)
Patriots' Josh Gordon Stepping Away from Football to Focus on Mental Health Patriots' Josh Gordon Stepping Away from Football to Focus on Mental Health
- December 21, 2018

He thanked Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and the team's owner, Robert Kraft, "as well as countless others within the Patriots organization for their continued support". Josh Gordon has revitalized his career with the Patriots this season, but now he may never play again. The Patriots seemed to have found a difference-making receiver for cheap in a trade, but there was a reason a receiver of Gordon's talent didn't cost more. (more...)
Glaxo and Pfizer to combine consumer health businesses Glaxo and Pfizer to combine consumer health businesses
- December 21, 2018

GlaxoSmithKline intends to separate the joint venture via a demerger of its equity interest within three years of the closing of the transaction. With GSK owning a 68 percent stake in the venture, the British drugmaker said it was a step toward spinning out its consumer health division so that it can focus on prescription drugs and vaccines. (more...)
Girl's inoperable brain tumor vanishes, docs stumped Girl's inoperable brain tumor vanishes, docs stumped
- December 21, 2018

In June, Roxli Doss was told she had an aggressive and rare brain tumour called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma ( DIPG ). It's extremely aggressive, and its location makes surgery to try to remove it impossible, according to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in MA. (more...)
US Surgeon General wants tougher action to tackle teen vaping epidemic US Surgeon General wants tougher action to tackle teen vaping epidemic
- December 21, 2018

The surgeon general is speaking out strongly on the issue, saying, "We have evidence-based strategies to prevent tobacco use that can be applied to e-cigarettes". Department of Health and Human Services, pointed to recent data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse that showed the percentage of high school seniors who used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days almost doubled to 20.9 percent from past year. (more...)
United States judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal United States judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal
- December 20, 2018

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said that if the law is ultimately overturned, then members of Congress from both parties should start over, working together. The White House said it expects the ruling to be appealed to the Supreme Court. "The GOP spent all past year pretending to support people with pre-existing conditions while quietly trying to remove that support in the courts", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a tweet ... (more...)
J&J hits back over asbestos in talc claims J&J hits back over asbestos in talc claims
- December 20, 2018

Asbestos' connection to cancer has led to a number of legal battles between Johnson & Johnson and long-term users of its products who say they have suffered cancer as a direct result. After the story broke J&J shares suffered the biggest loss in 15 years. J&J shares were trading at US$130.30 after closing at US$129.14 on Monday. (more...)
US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes
- December 19, 2018

An estimated 3.6 million USA teens are now using e-cigarettes, representing 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle schoolers, according to the latest federal figures. Miech applauded the FDA's recent focus on kid-friendly flavors of vaping liquids. "They can do it in class if they're sneaky about it", Trina Hale, a junior student at South Charleston High School in West Virginia, told the AP. (more...)
GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer agree £10bn healthcare merger GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer agree £10bn healthcare merger
- December 19, 2018

Emma Walmsley , chief executive of GSK, said:"Ultimately, our goal is to create two exceptional, UK-based global companies, with appropriate capital structures, that are each well positioned to deliver improving returns to shareholders and significant benefits to patients and consumers". (more...)
Holidays hike heart attack risk Holidays hike heart attack risk
- December 19, 2018

In a study that's sure to put a damper on your holiday cheer, researchers are warning that Christmas Eve is actually one of the most unsafe times of year for your heart . The observational study analyzed the timing of 283,000 heart attacks over 15 years. "Excessive food intake, alcohol, long distance traveling may also increase the risk". (more...)