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Flu deaths increasing in North Carolina Flu deaths increasing in North Carolina
- February 05, 2019

But some workplaces have been reporting an unseasonal spate of staff calling in sick with flu-like illnesses, after a relatively mild season last winter. Public health officials are reporting three more flu-related deaths in DE, bringing the total for the current flu season to eight. But there was little point in people who missed last year's flu vaccine rushing out to have it now. (more...)
Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste, CDC Warns Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste, CDC Warns
- February 04, 2019

Despite what we know about the benefits of fluoride , there is a limit to how much toothpaste you should be squeezing onto your brush. Fluorosis is a condition that affects the teeth caused by overexposure to fluoride during the first eight years of life. (more...)
Church services marks World Cancer Day Church services marks World Cancer Day
- February 04, 2019

Nonetheless, inventions after another rendered them curable but such did not halt the proliferation of even more lethal diseases, like cancer . That commitment was fortified in 2017, when the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution that promoted an integrated approach to providing cancer services, and when in 2018 the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer was launched. (more...)
Millennials face increased risk of cancer 'because they're so fat'
- February 04, 2019

Two in three adults in the United Kingdom are overweight or obese, along with one in three children leaving primary school. For example, pancreatic cancer rates increased, on average, by less than 1 percent per year among people ages 40 to 84; but rates increased 2.5 percent among people ages 30 to 34 years old; and 4.3 percent per year among those ages 25 to 29. (more...)
Go Red for Women Day raises awareness about heart disease Go Red for Women Day raises awareness about heart disease
- February 04, 2019

Talk with your doctor about controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. 'After decades of a steady decline in the USA, cardiovascular disease deaths are on the rise (840,678 deaths in 2016 up from 836,546 in 2015),' said the report. (more...)
Officials Detroit auto show attendee diagnosed with rubella Officials Detroit auto show attendee diagnosed with rubella
- February 04, 2019

Officials said an out-of-state auto show attendee may have been contagious with the viral illness when they visited the event. Rash that starts on the face and spreads to rest of the body. People infected with rubella are most contagious when the rash is erupting, howeverm it can be contagious from seven days before to seven days after the rash appears. (more...)
No two-tier health care planned for province, health minister says
- February 04, 2019

She said the bill would allow the new agency to "farm out" health-care services to other organizations, including private corporations. The Opposition leaked a draft of a government health-care bill Thursday that would create a "super agency", and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the legislation opened the door to privatization. (more...)
Vaping May Pose Big Risk for Smoking in Otherwise 'Low-Risk' Kids Vaping May Pose Big Risk for Smoking in Otherwise 'Low-Risk' Kids
- February 03, 2019

Last year, an influential panel of US experts concluded there was only "limited evidence" of their effectiveness. According to the authors, though, theirs is the first clinical trial to test out modern-day e-cigarettes in people actively trying to quit. (more...)
Proposal aims to lower drug costs Proposal aims to lower drug costs
- February 03, 2019

Under the administration proposal, rebates would instead be passed along directly to customers. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT Plus and enjoy your first 30 days free! If finalized, the industry will have 60 day to implement. "Over the last three years, COA has documented real-life horror stories from practices and physicians about patients battling cancer who have suffered at the hands of PBMs due to delayed coverage decisions, denial of needed treatments, impenetrable ... (more...)
Proof That Statins Help Older People
- February 03, 2019

Cardiovascular risk reductions were observed irrespective of age, in people with or without known vascular disease at the start of the trials. They found statin therapy significantly reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke in all age groups including people over 75. (more...)
Hospital dumps woman with dementia outside locked care facility, daughter says Hospital dumps woman with dementia outside locked care facility, daughter says
- February 02, 2019

Security video shows Zerbi attempting to open the front door to the Regency Palms memory-care home at 2:17 a.m. on January 13, then pacing an alley and repeatedly returning to the door before somehow gaining entry. "Patients have a right to choose their method of transportation upon discharge from the hospital ", College Medical Center said in a statement. "She is unable to make decisions for herself - she is mentally incapacitated". (more...)
Flu upgraded to 'widespread' in Tennessee — CDC
- February 02, 2019

Over half of the cases reported to date were under the age of 45, with three confirmed influenza outbreaks. Grand Forks County has reported 142 cases. Two more children have died in connection with the flu as activity picked up in the US last week, according to an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more...)
Health Officials Confirm 42 Measles Cases In WA Health Officials Confirm 42 Measles Cases In WA
- February 02, 2019

The newest case had one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. After being eradicated in the states, outbreaks of the measles have begun to pop back up, especially in areas where the overall vaccination rate is lower than it's been in the past. (more...)
Bell Let's Talk Day raises record $7.27 million for mental health Bell Let's Talk Day raises record $7.27 million for mental health
- February 02, 2019

The Bell Let's Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let's Talk Day , and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives. (more...)
The anti-vaxx movement's role in the latest measles outbreak The anti-vaxx movement's role in the latest measles outbreak
- February 02, 2019

And, as of epidemiologic week 42 of 2018, the Peru Ministry of Health had also reported 2 cases imported from Venezuela. Jocelyn Smith, of Camas, Washington, said she called her doctor's office to seek advice about her 11-month-old son Mason, who has not yet had the measles vaccine. (more...)
Nebraska Is Number One In Flu Activity Nebraska Is Number One In Flu Activity
- February 01, 2019

The index shows areas with the highest incidence of the flu by using prescription data for antiviral medication to treat the virus. Dr. Tom Safranek, an infectious disease specialist based in Lincoln, said he's unsure of the soundness of measuring prescription data as a methodology for tracking flu activity. (more...)
Survey Finds Higher Risk Of Stroke Among E-Cigarette Users Survey Finds Higher Risk Of Stroke Among E-Cigarette Users
- February 01, 2019

Dr Paul Ndunda, the study author and assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, said: "There's a certain notion that e-cigarettes are harmless". 66,795 respondents used e-cigarettes regularly, while 343,856 had never used the devices. Interestingly, compared to non-users, e-cig users were found to be younger, slimmer and had a lower rate of diabetes. (more...)
Over 500 found dead in DRC mass graves Over 500 found dead in DRC mass graves
- February 01, 2019

In total, there were 459 deaths, including 405 confirmed and 54 probable, and 257 people cured, according to the latest report from the ministry. Emergency aid in the form of medicine, food, water tablets and malaria kits have been dispatched to the region, the statement said. (more...)
Measles Outbreak in Washington and Oregon Cause a State of Emergency Measles Outbreak in Washington and Oregon Cause a State of Emergency
- February 01, 2019

Most of the confirmed cases - 21 - were with children between 1 and 10 years old. "I think that people in British Columbia just need to be reminded that at any given time, there could be measles activity in North America in communities they may be visiting", she says. (more...)
Breakfast Not Key to Weight Loss After All Breakfast Not Key to Weight Loss After All
- February 01, 2019

As tempting as this might be if you have a weight-loss goal, the reality is that regularly skipping breakfast, or any meal, can be unsafe. They found that breakfast eaters consumed more calories overall and breakfast skippers did not have a greater appetite in the afternoon. (more...)
January 30 is Bell Let's Talk Day
- February 01, 2019

In honour of Bell Let's Talk Day , activities were held all day on Wednesday, the event including prizes, games, Bell Let's Talk swag, a photo booth and T-shirt designing activities, among other activities. CCH said the day was planned for youth, but so much interest and excitement was generated that many hospital staff members and other adults dropped in and decorated T-shirts. (more...)
Eating Breakfast May Not Help You Shed Weight
- January 31, 2019

The concept of over-compensation later in the day was correct, and people who skip breakfast do eat more lunch and slightly reduce their activity-but importantly not almost enough to make up the lost energy intake. Overweight people were more likely to diet and, after a binge, more likely to feel guilty and skip a meal. Indeed, the researchers cautioned that numerous studies included in the review had notable limitations. (more...)
FDA Warns Recalls Causing Shortage of Common Blood Pressure Drug
- January 31, 2019

The recalled drugs contain potentially unsafe contaminants, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) or N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), which laboratory studies have shown can cause cancer or liver damage. The FDA assesses the risk to individual patients as being small, though. If 8,000 people took the highest daily valsartan dose found to contain NDMA for four years, FDA scientists estimate, one additional case of cancer above the average rate may occur. (more...)
E-cigarettes twice as effective as patches and gum E-cigarettes twice as effective as patches and gum
- January 31, 2019

The organization wants Florida leaders to tackle tobacco use by putting more of a focus on e-cigarette use - which officials say is now an epidemic among young people. The report gives Utah a series of grades in various categories related to prevention and smoking cessation, which are listed below. The researchers said one reason e-cigarettes were found to be more effective may be that they allow for better tuning of nicotine doses to individual needs. (more...)
U.S. doctor suggested cannabis cookies for four year old boy U.S. doctor suggested cannabis cookies for four year old boy
- January 31, 2019

According to the state medical board, which voted to pull his license, Dr Eidelman made his verdict without consulting a psychiatrist and without seeking further information about the child's sleep and behavior at home and at school. But when the father at some point asked the school nurse if she could give his son another cookie at lunch time , school officials contacted local authorities. (more...)
Student Dies After Eating Leftover Pasta That Was Five Days Old
- January 31, 2019

A USA professor, who identifies himself only as Bernard and claims to be a clinical adjunct professor from the University of IL, discussed AJ's case in one of his medical videos on his YouTube channel . "If the food smells amusing, it's always better to be safe than sorry", Dr. Bernard, a licensed practitioner who reviewed the case, said. "But for AJ a second agent was found", Professor Bernard said in the video. (more...)
Swine flu death toll rises to 169, over 4,500 test positive Swine flu death toll rises to 169, over 4,500 test positive
- January 31, 2019

Swine flu has claimed more than 160 lives this year, with Rajasthan topping the list, according to reports, raising concerns among health authorities on containing the seasonal disease. However, people should take more precautions. The symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and chills. People might also contract the infection by touching surfaces covered by the virus and then touching their eyes or nose. (more...)
[H]ardOCP: Aetna Will Reward Its Attain App Users with an Apple Watch [H]ardOCP: Aetna Will Reward Its Attain App Users with an Apple Watch
- January 31, 2019

These include actions such as notifications to fill prescriptions, suggestions to get the flu vaccine and diversion to lower cost lab and imaging services. Of course, it's not a stretch to imagine that the learnings gleaned from the Attain program won't be used to develop future insurance programs or policies. (more...)
Poor sleep at night, more pain the next day Poor sleep at night, more pain the next day
- January 31, 2019

Many researchers have shown the effects of sleep deprivation on the brain. "There is very strong evidence to date - and the current study supports this again - that short or disturbed sleep, either in clinical [settings] or in the general population, increases our experience of next-day pain", Haack said. (more...)
Need for urgent action to tackle obesity, climate change: Lancet Need for urgent action to tackle obesity, climate change: Lancet
- January 31, 2019

The 56-page document argues that these challenges are all being driven by the so-called "Big Food" industry - the global systems in which the majority of the world's mass-produced food is grown and manufactured - which is estimated to account for around a quarter of carbon emissions globally. (more...)