Medicine


Breastfeeding challenges: Paediatrician urges mothers to seek medical help early Breastfeeding challenges: Paediatrician urges mothers to seek medical help early
- August 07, 2018

Breastfeeding is one of the most essential and natural forms of bonding between a mother and a child and also a vital source of nutrition and immunity for the latter, but health experts lament it is not given its due importance due to lack of awareness and various misconceptions. (more...)
New Ebola outbreak kills 20 in Congo New Ebola outbreak kills 20 in Congo
- August 05, 2018

Four cases of the virus were confirmed in northeastern North Kivu province, the DRC's health minister said in a statement on Wednesday, though there was no indication they were linked to the country's previous - and ninth - Ebola outbreak in northwestern Equateur Province. (more...)
Only 40% of mothers breastfeed their babies, says expert Only 40% of mothers breastfeed their babies, says expert
- August 05, 2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding from within one hour after birth until the baby is six months old. This year's theme is "Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life". While snuggled close to the breast, your baby can quickly recognise your heartbeat. On the other hand, in eastern Asian nations and the Pacific, only one third (32 percent) babies are put to the breast within an hour after birth. (more...)
Successfully bioengineered pig lungs may revolutionize organ transplants Successfully bioengineered pig lungs may revolutionize organ transplants
- August 05, 2018

The researchers hope that the technology could one day be used for human lung transplants . "The number of people who have developed severe lung injuries has increased worldwide, while the number of available transplantable organs have decreased", study author Joaquin Cortiella , a professor of pediatric anesthesia, said in a university news release. (more...)
Chicken causes more illness than any other food — CDC Chicken causes more illness than any other food — CDC
- August 05, 2018

No deaths have been reported. "We are still recommending that people do not eat the recalled Spring Pasta Salad purchased from Hy Vee grocery stores, "says the CDC's Dr. In rare cases, the organism can enter the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses, such as arthritis. Do not eat recalled Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad. (more...)
Dog's lick infects man, who loses his legs & hands Dog's lick infects man, who loses his legs & hands
- August 05, 2018

His wife, who took him to the hospital, has said that those bruises were not there just before she took him to the hospital. A favorite activity of his was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. She told Washington Post that her husband, a dog-lover, had been around eight dogs at the time when he fell ill. Greg has been at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for about a month now. (more...)
Teetotallers, like big drinkers, more prone to dementia Teetotallers, like big drinkers, more prone to dementia
- August 04, 2018

This appears to confirm the findings of a variety of reports over time on alcohol consumption, health and life expectancy, which have suggested the evidence is weighted towards what is described as a J model, whereby no alcohol consumption is less beneficial than moderate consumption, but risk rises again with increasingly heavy consumption. (more...)
Please don't wash and reuse your condoms Please don't wash and reuse your condoms
- August 04, 2018

According to the CDC, condoms are a one-and-done kind of device. The agency's advice is to "use a fresh one for each sex act", with a link in the tweet directing users to a CDC page on condom effectiveness and how to correctly use the contraception. (more...)
Congo announces 4 new Ebola cases in country’s northeast Congo announces 4 new Ebola cases in country’s northeast
- August 04, 2018

The announcement was issued just eight days after the Ministry of Health declared the official end of an Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province , some 2,500 kilometres from North Kivu. Jose Barahona, Oxfam country director for the DRC , said the outbreak presented a serious risk to communities in Beni, where thousands of people are already facing hardship. (more...)
Officials are promoting lower-cost, short-term health plans Officials are promoting lower-cost, short-term health plans
- August 04, 2018

Earlier Wednesday, the Trump administration said it's clearing the way for health insurers to sell short-term plans as a low-priced alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums. 'The insurance company will ask you a series of questions about your health, ' Moriello said. "People who have already jumped off the sinking ship are looking for the right boat in the water for them", Haislmaier said. (more...)
Superbugs are becoming resistant to alcohol disinfectants, study says Superbugs are becoming resistant to alcohol disinfectants, study says
- August 04, 2018

Yet while rates of MRSA and other infections have stabilised due to heightened hygiene, Stinear said, VRE infection rates have not. They found that samples collected after 2009 were on average more resistant to the alcohol compared with bacteria taken from before 2004. (more...)
Mosquitos test positive for West Nile Virus in Simcoe Mosquitos test positive for West Nile Virus in Simcoe
- August 03, 2018

Fairfax County health officials said they had five reports of people contracting West Nile virus past year but none in 2016. "I think it's important for us to talk a little bit about it today because it's one of those unusual years where there's not a lot of biting pressure from the so-called nuisance mosquitoes", he said. (more...)
My Health privacy to be tightened: Hunt My Health privacy to be tightened: Hunt
- August 03, 2018

The government will also be looking to make the changes as soon as it can, Hunt said. "Labor's 2012 My Health Record legislation will be strengthened to match the existing ADHA policy", the media release states (as they say on Twitter , don't @ me, that's what it says!). (more...)
‘Pollution causes lung cancer in youth’
- August 03, 2018

Doctor Martínez-Sánchez warned the majority of developed countries will be the "first to witness" lung cancer mortality rates surpass that of breast cancer . In Asia, mortality rates will increase, although it is still predicted to have the lowest breast cancer mortality rate in 2030. Unfortunately lung cancer is a silent killer in the sense most of the patient are diagnosed at the advanced stage, most of the early tumors the symptoms are mild to severe cough, chest pain these are often ... (more...)
Vaginal 'Rejuvenation' Procedures Are Unproven, Pose Serious Risks, FDA Warns Vaginal 'Rejuvenation' Procedures Are Unproven, Pose Serious Risks, FDA Warns
- August 03, 2018

Some of the devices, which are commonly radiofrequency- or laser-based, have legit uses such as removing warts or pre-cancerous vaginal or cervical tissue. Answers from the companies have been sought within the next 30 days. If the FDA's concerns are not addressed, the agency said that they will consider potential enforcement actions. (more...)
In Japan, a new method for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease In Japan, a new method for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
- August 02, 2018

This innovative treatment is based on a special type of stem cells known as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, discovered in 2006 by Japanese researcher Shinya Yamanaka . Approximately 5 million cells will be injected into the patients' striatum (in red above), the primary brain region implicated in the disease. Last year, however, the research team from Kyoko University successfully used iPS cells to restore normal brain function in monkeys without any sign of tumors over the course of ... (more...)
Bernie Sanders Thanks Koch Brothers for Making Case for 'Medicare for All' Bernie Sanders Thanks Koch Brothers for Making Case for 'Medicare for All'
- August 02, 2018

A new report on Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan finds an whopping cost for the federal government. The study contains assumptions, and there are numerous political and practical concerns in shifting the burden of healthcare payments to the federal government. (more...)
Cannabis May Help Pancreatic Cancer Patients Live Longer Cannabis May Help Pancreatic Cancer Patients Live Longer
- August 02, 2018

Researchers in the study found that the mice they gave CBD to had a much higher survival rate than those that did not receive it. The findings showed that a gene named IKZF1 recruits T cells in alopecia areata - a condition in which immune cells attack and destroy hair cells - that gets switched off during several types of cancer . (more...)
3 in 5 Babies Not Breastfed in the First Hour of Life
- August 01, 2018

Today kicks off World Breastfeeding Week 2018 and Harford County Health Department would like to take this time to promote breastfeeding within the county, as well as showcase the comprehensive breastfeeding support services offered by our Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. (more...)
United Kingdom court ruling seen as landmark in right-to-die cases United Kingdom court ruling seen as landmark in right-to-die cases
- August 01, 2018

Such cases can be costly and take months or years to resolve. The ruling was made in the case of a banker, identified only as "Mr Y", who suffered a heart attack in June 2017 at the age of 52. Assisted death has been a tricky issue for human rights, both here and overseas. "This would cross the line from reasonable withdrawal of inappropriate treatment into the realm of passive euthanasia". (more...)
Wisconsin man loses both legs after being licked by dog Wisconsin man loses both legs after being licked by dog
- August 01, 2018

An infection spread all over his body, likely caused by bacteria - which a doctor said came from being licked by a dog. Up to 74 percent of dogs have the bacteria and 57 percent of cats have it. The Manteufels have started a GoFundMe campaign for Greg's medical expenses. However, doctors say there are rare cases where the bacteria can poison the blood and be potentially fatal. (more...)
Mosquitoes Caught In Hartford Test Positive For West Nile Mosquitoes Caught In Hartford Test Positive For West Nile
- August 01, 2018

Most people infected with the virus do not have symptoms. The department recommends knowing the risk and taking action to prevent mosquito bites to protect yourself against West Nile Virus . The elderly or those with a weakened immune system should consider limiting their exposure outside during dusk and dawn when the Culex species mosquitos are most active. (more...)
Smoking ban in effect at all public housing across US Smoking ban in effect at all public housing across US
- July 31, 2018

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made the ruling back of February of previous year and provided an 18-month implementation period. The rule will be part of residents' leases - along with information about how to quit smoking - and tenants who break it could be evicted, HUD has said . (more...)
Family warns of ‘Hot Water Challenge’ danger after teen suffers severe burns Family warns of ‘Hot Water Challenge’ danger after teen suffers severe burns
- July 31, 2018

The challenge has manifested in a few different ways over the past several years: boil water and either drink it, pour it on yourself or pour it on a friend. According to doctors, they are seeing more patients being taken to emergency rooms due to viral internet challenges. Kyland Clark , 15, is still wearing the scars of a unsafe internet challenge gone wrong. (more...)
California Joins 12 States in Suing Feds Over ACA Cutbacks
- July 29, 2018

Twelve Democratic attorneys general sued the Trump administration Thursday to block a new rule making it easier for small firms and individuals to band together in association health plans free from many Affordable Care Act market rules. (more...)
Hepatitis C 83% more prevalent in north India Hepatitis C 83% more prevalent in north India
- July 29, 2018

The Health Ministry said, the programme proposes to offer free drugs and diagnostics for hepatitis B and C at all government hospitals. Hepatitis B and C viruses are particularly important causes of chronic liver disease that can result in cirrhosis and liver cancer. (more...)
In the oceans, nearly no wild places
- July 28, 2018

Although Mr Jones points out that fishing is one of the most significant direct impacts that humans can have on ocean ecosystems, numerous problems being caused originate on land. "They are home to unparalleled levels of marine biodiversity and some of the last places on Earth you find large populations of apex predators like sharks". (more...)
Mosquito-borne disease activity increasing in Sarasota County Mosquito-borne disease activity increasing in Sarasota County
- July 28, 2018

Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. The mosquito-borne illness can also affect humans. The Department of Health says this is the first time in 2018 that the virus has been detected in the area and no human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Sarasota County at this time. (more...)
Teen infected with hookworms after being buried in sand at Florida beach Teen infected with hookworms after being buried in sand at Florida beach
- July 28, 2018

Not long after, Michael and three of his companions found they had been infected with hookworm parasites, with Michael having "the worst case, by far". Most of the patients do not experience with any kind of symptoms or even side effects while some may suffer with abdominal issues, weight loss, anaemia, loss of appetite and fatigue. (more...)
Brain parasite may be business tycoons' secret weapon, study suggests Brain parasite may be business tycoons' secret weapon, study suggests
- July 28, 2018

The volunteers were tested for the infection and answered a survey, and the professors found that people who tested positive for the infection were 1.4 times more likely to major in business and 1.7 times more likely to pursue a management and entrepreneurship emphasis. (more...)