Medical


Ministry recalls some medicines containing valsartan over cancer fears
- July 12, 2018

Drugs containing valsartan are used to treat patients with high blood pressure to help prevent heart attacks and stroke. Health Canada said Chinese company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals supplied the valsartan to several companies that used it to make drugs. (more...)
The 'stealth' STI that makes women infertile
- July 11, 2018

Experts say a lack of test kits means it is regularly confused with chlamydia and treated with incorrect doses of antibiotics - building up unsafe antibiotic resistance which could see it soon become untreatable. Although tests for MG have been developed they are not now available at all clinics. Macrolide resistance in the United Kingdom is estimated at about 40%, say the guidelines. (more...)
Man could lose limbs after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in New Jersey waters
- July 11, 2018

She said her father's swelling was so severe, his limbs didn't look real. The bacteria that Perez contracted is called Vibrio necrotizing fasciitis . Angel Perez, 60, of Millville, Jersey, was catching crabs last week (left and right) off the Maurice River. Representatives from the Cumberland County Department of Health could not immediately be reached by TIME for comment, but told NJ.com that this type of bacteria is known to exist in waters in New Jersey, especially in summertime. (more...)
Trump administration halts billions in insurance payments under Obamacare Trump administration halts billions in insurance payments under Obamacare
- July 11, 2018

On Feb. 28, 2018, a federal judge in New Mexico decided that the use of the statewide average premium formula to calculate risk adjustment payments was flawed. Levitt says the administration's announcement was "a little perplexing", given that the legal fight over the conflicting rulings in New Mexico and MA is still ongoing. (more...)
Feeding Babies Solid Food Earlier May Help Them Sleep Better Feeding Babies Solid Food Earlier May Help Them Sleep Better
- July 11, 2018

Researchers from King's College London and St George's University of London studied 1,303 exclusively breastfed three-month-olds from England and Wales and divided them into two groups. But this study will certainly spark a larger debate on when to introduce solids and hopefully lead to further research to help tease it out. "Given that infant sleep directly affects parental quality of life, even a small improvement can have important benefits", says Dr. (more...)
Europe recalling some valsartan meds on safety fears Europe recalling some valsartan meds on safety fears
- July 10, 2018

The review was triggered after the company detected an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a substance classified as "probable cancerogen". The figure also includes valsartan products not affected by the recall. The health risk of abruptly discontinuing this medicine is higher than any potential risk presented by the impurity. In addition to working closely with the European regulatory network on the investigation, the HPRA is informing all stakeholders including the Department of ... (more...)
Frozen vegetables pulled from shelves in Woolworths, ALDI, IGA amid listeria fears Frozen vegetables pulled from shelves in Woolworths, ALDI, IGA amid listeria fears
- July 10, 2018

Countdown has voluntarily withdrawn one if its frozen vegetable Bell Farms' products after a recall in Australia. Belgium-based frozen food distributor Greenyard Frozen NV is conducting the recall of its products and United Kingdom supermarkets - Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose - have also removed various frozen vegetable products from their shelves due to concerns about possible listeria contamination. (more...)
Eight boys rescued from cave in northern Thailand
- July 10, 2018

In an atmosphere of growing confidence, close to jubilation, the rescuers said that, having rescued eight boys, they expected to bring out the final four boys later today . 12 young children and their football coach have been stuck in a partially flooded cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province since June 23rd, and they're beginning to run out of oxygen. (more...)
Trump administration freezes risk adjustment payments Trump administration freezes risk adjustment payments
- July 10, 2018

But another district court in MA upheld the formula. "Republicans are doing a bang up job ensuring they are properly blamed for health care rate hikes this fall", Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Democratic Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAn end game on Supreme Court nominations Liberals forget Constitution as Supreme Court battle fires up Anti-Trump protesters sing national anthem outside rally MORE (N.Y.), said in a Monday tweet". (more...)
Polar Fitness App Accidentally Maps Locations of Military Bases, Nuclear Warehouses Polar Fitness App Accidentally Maps Locations of Military Bases, Nuclear Warehouses
- July 10, 2018

As Bellingcat reports , it carried out a joint investigation with journalism platform De Correspondent and discovered people wearing Polar devices while exercising have revealed "intelligence agencies, military bases and airfields, nuclear weapons storage sites, and embassies around the world" without even realizing it. (more...)
Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick
- July 10, 2018

Of those, the shortlist is understood to have boiled down to four judges from various USA courts of appeal - Amy Barrett, Thomas Hardiman , Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge . And as Sally Ayhan reports, the decision could leave his mark on the Supreme Court for decades. "And after that 36 year period, we only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe ". (more...)
FDA: Parasites In Del Monte Vegetables Causing ‘Explosive’ Diarrhea FDA: Parasites In Del Monte Vegetables Causing ‘Explosive’ Diarrhea
- July 09, 2018

This week's CDC update showed slightly stronger wording. Officials say people who have already eaten these products and have had diarrhea lasting more than three days should contact their health care provider. A recall was issued on 15 June 2018 for trays with a "Best if used by" date of 17 June which were sold at Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond's, Sentry, Potash, Meehan's, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and MI. (more...)
HIV vaccine shows promise in human trialNaija247news HIV vaccine shows promise in human trialNaija247news
- July 09, 2018

In addition to being well-tolerated by all the test subjects and inducing an immune response against HIV in humans, the vaccine provided 67% protection against infection from the simian-human immunodeficiency virus in the rhesus monkeys . (more...)
Trump Administration Freezes Payments to Affordable Care Act Insurers with Sicker Patients
- July 09, 2018

But U.S. District Judge James Browning of New Mexico ruled in February that HHS couldn't use statewide average premiums to come up with its risk-adjustment formula because the agency wrongly assumed the ACA required the program to be budget-neutral. (more...)
Montgomery County reports spike in West Nile activity Montgomery County reports spike in West Nile activity
- July 09, 2018

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Surveillance serves as an early warning system for impending public health emergencies at the local, state, national, & worldwide level. In a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research sponsored event in the Valley, a collaboration of agencies including Texas AgriLife and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, have ... (more...)
The Disappearance of a Dog Line The Disappearance of a Dog Line
- July 09, 2018

Dozens of researchers collaborated for the expansive study. But very few traces of the domesticated dog native to North America exists. Scientists sequenced the genomes of ancient dogs using both mitochondrial DNA genes inherited from both parents, and mitochondrial DNA, genes passed from mothers to their offspring. (more...)
On a British beach found a flock of drunk seagulls
- July 09, 2018

Other sources report that the seagulls' freaky behaviour could be nothing to do with alcohol , but instead the consumption of flying ants which produce formic acid, a substance that "stupefies" the birds. The RSPCA is now contacting the local distilleries, breweries and other alcohol producers to ask them to ensure their alcohol-laced waste is placed in a secure place, out of reach of birds or wildlife. (more...)
4-year-old with cerebral palsy celebrates after taking first independent steps 4-year-old with cerebral palsy celebrates after taking first independent steps
- July 09, 2018

Her family calls her their "Mighty Girl" and we can absolutely see why. The illness left her unable to stand on her own for more than a few seconds and required her to use a walker. This simple moment most of us take for granted is nothing short of a miracle, as doctors believed Maya wouldn't be able to walk for another six months following a major spinal procedure in early May, Daily Mail reported. (more...)
Nuts in your diet helps improve sperm count and motility
- July 07, 2018

The study recorded not just sperm parameters, but also changes in several molecular factors, including sperm DNA fragmentation. Although these are statistically significant results from a randomised trail with a high level of scientific evidence, Salas-Huetos emphasised that subjects in the study were all healthy and apparently fertile men following a western-style diet. (more...)
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposure Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposure
- July 07, 2018

A building at the Johns Hopkins Hospital complex has been evacuated Thursday afternoon because of a possible tuberculosis exposure, Baltimore City fire officials told 11 News. In the USA, however, it's steadily become a rarity. Airborne germs spread the disease from person to person. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. (more...)
Co-Testing for Cervical Cancer is Best, But Not Perfect Co-Testing for Cervical Cancer is Best, But Not Perfect
- July 05, 2018

Canadian researchers led by Professor Dr. Gina Ogilvie (the School of Population and Public Health - University of British Columbia, Vancouver) found out that most of the cervical cancer cases are associated with HPV infection. The researchers said their results show that "primary HPV testing detects cervical neoplasia earlier and more accurately than cytology", adding that it "detected significantly more CIN3+ and CIN2+ cases in the first round and significantly reduced CIN3+ and CIN2+ rates ... (more...)
'Artificial ovary' marks big step for fertility preservation 'Artificial ovary' marks big step for fertility preservation
- July 05, 2018

The latter method is considered unsafe , however, because scientists think the ovarian tissue might contain malignant cells, and thus, reintroduce cancer to the woman's body after being treated. "This is an extremely important advance in the field of fertility preservation", said Adam Balen, professor of reproductive medicine and surgery at Seacroft Hospital, Leeds, Independent reported. (more...)
Working Overtime Could Raise Women's Diabetes Risk Working Overtime Could Raise Women's Diabetes Risk
- July 05, 2018

They discovered that the women who worked persistently for forty-five or more number of hours a week had sixty-three percent higher risk of acquiring diabetes in comparison to those who only worked for thirty-five to forty hours per week. (more...)
List | Where to watch fireworks on July 4 in metro Atlanta List | Where to watch fireworks on July 4 in metro Atlanta
- July 04, 2018

Troy: Troy's Old Fashioned Fourth of July will feature a parade, vehicle show, arts and crafts vendors, food booths, and much more in Roosevelt Park. Altoona Independence Day celebration will be tonight. Fourth of July God and Country Day at Golden Ocala on 7340 US-27, Ocala, FL 34482. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. (more...)
Apparently only 3% of us know how to wash our hands properly Apparently only 3% of us know how to wash our hands properly
- July 04, 2018

So what's the right way to wash hands? A new study published Thursday found that the majority of citizens in the United States don't clean their hands as they should before eating or cooking. The researchers found that one mistake most people make is not washing with soap and water for the required 20 seconds . Numerous participants did not even use a clean towel to dry their hands. (more...)
'Fish Pedicure' Caused One Woman's Toenails to Stop Growing 'Fish Pedicure' Caused One Woman's Toenails to Stop Growing
- July 04, 2018

According to a new report in the journal JAMA Dermatology , the patient had received such a treatment and noticed later that her toenails began shedding. That raises the odds for infections transmitted between customers, and "several bacteria capable of causing disease in humans were isolated in batches of Garra rufa and waters from 24 fish spas", she said. (more...)
Artificial Ovary Offers Potential for Cancer Patients' Fertility Artificial Ovary Offers Potential for Cancer Patients' Fertility
- July 04, 2018

When they're cancer-free, the tissue will be put right back on, the women can go through the normal process of pregnancy, then birth - they will be able to deliver naturally. Next, early stage follicles are thawed and reintroduced into the scaffold in the lab. For women who have undergone chemotherapy and wish to have children of their own, there could be some glimmer of hope. (more...)
Drinking coffee may boost longevity, study finds Drinking coffee may boost longevity, study finds
- July 04, 2018

Also, what heavy coffee drinking-around six cups or more a day-does to the body also needs further investigation, the authors noted. Using non-coffee drinkers as the reference group, the scientists were able to surmise that drinking instant, ground, and decaffeinated coffee was " inversely associated with mortality ". (more...)
Texas health officials warn of stomach parasite outbreak
- July 04, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control , Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis . The parasite is an internal illness, which people contract after consuming contaminated food or water. (more...)
High Heat, Oppressive Humidity And Potential Thunderstorms High Heat, Oppressive Humidity And Potential Thunderstorms
- July 04, 2018

Full on relief from the heat and humidity arrives by the weekend with highs near 80 under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures reached a record-setting 98 degrees in Allentown on Sunday , breaking the old record of 97 set back in 1963. In some areas, when the thermometer hits 95 degrees, the heat index will reach 104 degrees with dew points in the lower 70s, especially in Western and Central Massachusetts, where a heat advisory is in effect, forecasters wrote. (more...)