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BC man dies of rare case of rabies infection BC man dies of rare case of rabies infection
- July 17, 2019

The majority of people with rabies die of the disease. He had no visible bite or scratch marks, Henry said. "He wasn't doing anything risky that would put him in a position where he would encounter bats", said Dr. Officials are reminding anyone who comes in contact with a bat to the wash the area with soap and water regardless of whether or not there is a bite or scratch. (more...)
Increased screen time ‘linked to growth in teenage depression’ Increased screen time ‘linked to growth in teenage depression’
- July 17, 2019

Now, another research in the fray has come up with concrete data illustrating the ill-effects of social media on the mental health of teenagers. "Nevertheless, more research is needed, among which research that includes experimental designs, to confirm that exposure to social media is causingelevated rates of depression in young people", said Dr. (more...)
National alert in Philippines as dengue victim count soars National alert in Philippines as dengue victim count soars
- July 16, 2019

About 100,000 dengue cases have been reported in the Philippines in the first six months of 2019, up 85 percent from 2018, according to the report. Ms. "Effective surveillance can help in reducing cases and deaths if areas with clustering of cases are identified early", Duque said. "Signs and symptoms of disease are severe headache, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes", he said. (more...)
Measles Cases Are Increasing in Los Angeles Measles Cases Are Increasing in Los Angeles
- July 16, 2019

WHO/UNICEF report has found that, since 2010, vaccination coverage with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and one dose of measles vaccine has stagnated at about 86 per cent. Countries with the weakest public health systems still have the lowest vaccination rates, though coverage in sub-Saharan Africa rose from 50 percent in 1999 to 76 percent previous year. (more...)
1st LD Writethru: First Ebola patient in DRC's Goma city dies 1st LD Writethru: First Ebola patient in DRC's Goma city dies
- July 16, 2019

But fear of the deadly Ebola virus - which sees patients suffer gruesome symptoms and rules out customary burial rites - is a big challenge for health workers battling to contain the spread. Tedros said, noting that every incident "gives Ebola an opportunity to spread.(it) gets a free ride in each and every attack". The case involves an evangelical preacher who is now under isolation at an Ebola treatment center in Butembo. (more...)
Aids-related deaths have increased by 5% in eastern Europe, central Asia Aids-related deaths have increased by 5% in eastern Europe, central Asia
- July 16, 2019

HIV-related deaths previous year fell to around 770,000 - some 33 percent lower than in 2010 - the United Nations said Tuesday, but warned that global efforts to eradicate the disease were stalling as funding dries up. "We urgently need increased political leadership to end AIDS ", said Gunilla Carlsson, UNAIDS executive director. Eyewitness News reporter Kgomotso Modise has more. (more...)
Joe Biden unveils ObamaCare 2.0 plan, challenges rivals over government-run approach Joe Biden unveils ObamaCare 2.0 plan, challenges rivals over government-run approach
- July 16, 2019

Biden said Americans under his plan would be able to keep their employer-based insurance. Biden added that "if you like your private insurance, you can keep it". Congressional Republicans for years tried unsuccessfully to repeal the government health care program. He then says he understands the appeal of Medicare for All proposals supported by Sens. (more...)
A healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk for Alzheimer's A healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk for Alzheimer's
- July 16, 2019

This study , along with other research looking at the impact of lifestyle factors on dementia, is being presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference this week. "This is encouraging in that if it is causal and it makes a difference, it is more likely to work in people with a high genetic risk, so that is good news and cause for optimism". (more...)
Pastor contracts Ebola bringing disease to eastern Congo Pastor contracts Ebola bringing disease to eastern Congo
- July 16, 2019

As a result of the speed in which the patient was quickly isolated and transferred to an Ebola treatment center, the risk of the disease spreading in Goma was low, the ministry said. The latest Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo has killed 1,655 people, according to a health ministry bulletin on Saturday. "We are dealing with one of the world's most risky viruses in the one of the world's most unsafe areas", Ghebreyesus said. (more...)
Amazon's Alexa will offer medical advice Amazon's Alexa will offer medical advice
- July 13, 2019

From this week, United Kingdom users who ask Alexa health-related questions - " Alexa, what are the symptoms of flu? " - will be provided with answers vetted by NHS health professionals. However, The Times reported that Mr Hancock had dismissed the idea of using voice-assisted technology at an event last May when he was culture secretary. (more...)
Stark County adult becomes first measles case confirmed in OH of 2019 Stark County adult becomes first measles case confirmed in OH of 2019
- July 13, 2019

Twenty-eight states throughout the country are dealing with measles. Acton urged Ohioans to get vaccinated against the virus if they are not already. The rash usually lasts five to six days and begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck, and proceeds down the body. Measles symptoms include a rash, high fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite and red, watery eyes. (more...)
White House kills rebate rule aimed at lowering drug prices White House kills rebate rule aimed at lowering drug prices
- July 13, 2019

The end of the rebate push is likely to swing discussion back toward the pricing practices of big drugmakers, and it could add momentum to other proposals that have been floated by the administration, such as tying drug costs to an index of worldwide pharmaceutical prices. (more...)
Iowa reports 1st confirmed 2019 human West Nile virus case
- July 13, 2019

The other positive West Nile Virus samples were taken from traps located in Manhattan, Plainfield and Joliet near Sunny Hill Nursing Home. The Judiciary Committee ordered Frakes to appear at a public hearing past year, months before Nebraska executed its first inmate by lethal injection. (more...)
Donald Trump Trolled For Claiming Kidney Has Donald Trump Trolled For Claiming Kidney Has "Special Place In The Heart"
- July 12, 2019

The administration's goals include getting 80% of patients who would otherwise get dialysis at thousands of clinics around the USA into less-costly home care, or to an organ transplant. Dialysis treatment runs on average about $89,000 a year, while a kidney transplant surgery averages about $32,000 and post-surgery care runs about $25,000 per year. (more...)
Sugary Sodas, Juices Tied to Higher Cancer Risk Sugary Sodas, Juices Tied to Higher Cancer Risk
- July 12, 2019

Of the 2,193 cancers found during the study , 693 were breast cancers , 291 were prostate cancers and 166 were colorectal cancers . But they said their findings showed an association and could not prove that sugary drinks definitely caused cancer . (more...)
Biden apologises over comments about segregationists Biden apologises over comments about segregationists
- July 11, 2019

Summers reported from Hartsville, South Carolina . But Catanch, 73, said she wasn't concerned about any critique of Biden's past stances, including on busing, and instead admired what she characterized as Biden's commitment to stay above the fray. (more...)
Federal appeals court questions legality of Obamacare insurance mandate Federal appeals court questions legality of Obamacare insurance mandate
- July 10, 2019

The fate of former President Barack Obama's signature health care law, and its coverage and insurance protections for millions of Americans, is again being argued before a panel of judges - this time a federal appeals court in New Orleans . (more...)
Trump officials tell one court Obamacare is failing and another it’s thriving Trump officials tell one court Obamacare is failing and another it’s thriving
- July 10, 2019

A three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana, including two judges appointed by Republican presidents and one by a Democrat, will take up a ruling by a federal judge in Texas previous year that said the entire ACA was unconstitutional . (more...)
Updates from the ACA court hearing Updates from the ACA court hearing
- July 10, 2019

House of Representatives defending the Affordable Care Act . "Republicans tried to come up with a replacement plan for 10 years, and they couldn't do it", he says. The case could eventually reach the Supreme Court , where conservative justices have previously rejected the argument that Congress could require everyone to buy insurance under the Constitution's interstate commerce clause. (more...)
Wigan boys to get HPV jab to prevent thousands of cancer cases Wigan boys to get HPV jab to prevent thousands of cancer cases
- July 09, 2019

Human papilloma virus ( HPV ) may be the cause of most cervical cancers in women , but vaccinating boys will not only help protect their partners who may be susceptible to contracting the virus via sexual transmission, but also reduce the circulation of the virus in general. (more...)
Cancer cure breakthrough? Docs find common cold can kill tumour cells Cancer cure breakthrough? Docs find common cold can kill tumour cells
- July 08, 2019

In this study , 15 patients with the disease were given the cancer-killing coxsackievirus (CVA21) through a catheter one week before surgery to remove their tumours. Tumours of this kind in the bladder are generally referred to by medical practioners as "cold", and thus invisible to the immune system, but the introduction of the CVA21 virus appears to switch them to a "hot" reading, making the body's natural defenses react in a positive way. (more...)
Biden says he Biden says he "wasn't prepared" for debate attacks from Harris
- July 05, 2019

In an interview aired Friday on CNN , Biden said, "I think it helps having a woman on the ticket". Kamala Harris to attack him on his record on busing in the first Democratic debate last week. She said there's been a pattern of predatory behavior from the Trump administration. "Part of the impetus of the conversation was the statements that the Vice-President made about his work with segregationists and that was the subject of conversation for days on end, so if he and his team weren't ... (more...)
Freeport turns to outsider to investigate arrest of man Freeport turns to outsider to investigate arrest of man
- July 05, 2019

The other two men were charged with disorderly conduct as well as resisting a peace officer. Shaquille Dukes wrote in a viral Facebook post on June 17 that his doctor, who had been treating him for double pneumonia, told him to take a walk outside Freeport Health Network Memorial Hospital on June 9. (more...)
Pig ear pet treats sold in MI may be contaminated with salmonella Pig ear pet treats sold in MI may be contaminated with salmonella
- July 04, 2019

Affected animals may seem more exhausted than usual, and may have a fever or vomit. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. 45 people from 13 states have been affected after making contact with the treats. Prepackaged pig ears sold in MI don't appear to be affected at this point. (more...)
1 child dead, 5 sick from mold in Seattle Children's Hospital
- July 04, 2019

Mold played a part in five deaths between October 2014 and May 2016 at two University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals, according to a 2017 report . "We are very sorry for the impact the air quality issue in our operating rooms has had on our patients and families, and we are taking this situation very seriously". (more...)
CDC Warns Americans Of Fecal Parasite That Can Live In Pools CDC Warns Americans Of Fecal Parasite That Can Live In Pools
- July 04, 2019

And, Miami-Dade has the second-most 2019 cases of cryptosporidiosis in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health's Reportable Diseases Frequency Report . Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN reports. Children sick with diarrhea should stay at home and away from child care facilities. In most healthy people, Crypto produces a bout of diarrhea, and the infection usually clears within two weeks. (more...)
It Only Takes One Bite: West Nile Confirmed In Indiana It Only Takes One Bite: West Nile Confirmed In Indiana
- July 04, 2019

The mosquito trapping and testing program in CT has revealed an increase in the number with the Jamestown Canyon virus, including one in Fairfield County, but no West Nile virus in the latest sampling. He said there is a risk of contracting the virus anytime mosquitoes are active, so it is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Stevens said that includes eliminating potential breeding grounds around the home. (more...)
Researchers Say They've Just Proved HIV Is Curable Researchers Say They've Just Proved HIV Is Curable
- July 03, 2019

The study saw researchers completely eliminate HIV from nine out of 23 mice. That's never been done before. "Our study shows that treatment to suppress HIV replication and gene editing therapy, when given sequentially, can eliminate HIV from cells and organs of infected animals", said study author Kamel Khalili of Temple University in a statement . (more...)
CDC warns about a parasite in pools that is making people sick CDC warns about a parasite in pools that is making people sick
- July 02, 2019

Symptoms of cryptosporidiosis usually start to occur within about two to 10 days after acquiring the infection, according to the CDC . A troubling survey from the Water Quality and Health last month found that "half of Americans use swimming pools as communal bathtubs". (more...)
Woman dies of flesh-eating disease in Florida, son says Woman dies of flesh-eating disease in Florida, son says
- July 02, 2019

She suffered two strokes and sepsis and died on Thursday, her son told the station. Lynn Fleming was walking on the beach with Wade and his wife, Traci on June 14 when she cut her leg, according to NBC News . The bacteria thrives in water that stays above 55 degrees year-round. Symptoms develop quickly over hours or days, with early signs including an intense pain out of proportion to the damage to the skin, a fever and other flu-like symptoms. (more...)