Medicine


2 cases of polio-like illness confirmed in Wisconsin 2 cases of polio-like illness confirmed in Wisconsin
- October 19, 2018

Federal health officials have issued an unusual warning about a growing number of cases of a polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis , also known as AFM . Environmental agents, viruses and other pathogens are still being considered. Because the symptoms are similar, AFM is often confused with polio, a crippling and potentially fatal disease that is caused by a virus. (more...)
Flu shots for children now available at all county health departments Flu shots for children now available at all county health departments
- October 19, 2018

Starting October 15, all Albertans older than six months were able to receive the flu vaccine free of charge through Alberta Health Services (AHS) locations and qualifying pharmacists and physician offices. "You can not get flu from the flu vaccine". Sedgwick County reported its first cases of the flu on Monday but said an increase in cases usually starts in December. (more...)
Ebola claims 24 lives in one week in DR Congo Ebola claims 24 lives in one week in DR Congo
- October 18, 2018

The Committee's advice will be made public on WHO's website and via a press conference (details below). A plumber for the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in eastern Congo was confirmed to have Ebola on Friday, the first case of a U.N. (more...)
Cases of rare, polio-like illness confirmed in Ohio, Pennsylvania
- October 18, 2018

Since 2014, 386 cases have been confirmed , the CDC said on Tuesday. Physicians first began noticing an increase in AFM patients in 2014, with roughly 120 confirmed cases. There is no specific treatment for AFM, but neurologists who specialize in treating brain and spinal cord illnesses may recommend certain interventions, such as physical or occupational therapy, on a case-by-case basis. (more...)
Two Mass. children contracted rare muscle-weakness syndrome this year, officials say
- October 18, 2018

The CDC has been monitoring an increase in cases since 2014 and on Tuesday reported that it has confirmed 386 instances of AFM across the country over the last four years, majority involving children. Though AFM has not claimed any lives this year, there was one death in 2017. "What parents have to know is if your child suddenly has a weak arm or leg, is not speaking properly, has a stiff neck or a wobbly neck - call the doctor immediately", pediatrician Dr. (more...)
Apple to conduct orthopedic study with Zimmer Biomet using Apple Watch Apple to conduct orthopedic study with Zimmer Biomet using Apple Watch
- October 18, 2018

A team of researchers in the United States have also come together to use iPhone and Apple Watch to track binge eating disorder among people. A Zimmer Biomet spokesperson told CNBC the app will only be available to patients who enroll in the study at first but will eventually be available on a wider scale. (more...)
Study finds the FDA allows tainted supplements to be sold in US Study finds the FDA allows tainted supplements to be sold in US
- October 18, 2018

However, due to a 1994 law known as the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, such products are regulated as food. Over half of American adults take dietary supplements every day, from vitamins and minerals to amino acids and botanicals. (more...)
Polio-like illness causing paralysis in children reaches the Carolinas
- October 17, 2018

Media reports in recent weeks have suggested that a "polio-like virus" might be triggering the condition, elevating fears that it might be polio itself. After testing patients' stool specimens, the CDC determined poliovirus is not the cause of the AFM cases. Messonnier said West Nile virus, which had been listed as a possible cause on CDC's website, is not causing the illnesses. (more...)
CDC Investigates Cases Of Rare Neurological 'Mystery Illness' In Kids
- October 17, 2018

Dozens of children across the United States have developed a rare polio-like illness, but the reason for this spike in cases remains a mystery, according to health officials. "That's important because enteroviruses cause the common cold", Ellerin said. People can protect themselves from contracting AFM using methods similar to preventing getting the flu, Ellerin said. (more...)
Spike reported nationwide in cases of baffling paralysis in children
- October 17, 2018

Physicians first began noticing an increase in AFM patients in 2014, with roughly 120 confirmed cases. Across the US there were 38 confirmed cases in 16 states this year through September 30, according to the CDC. The overall rate of AFM is fewer than one in a million, she said. That's when we spoke with the families of 4-year-old Camdyn Carr, who's now fighting the disease, and 7-year-old Sebastian Bottomley, who previously fought AFM. (more...)
Mysterious paralyzing illness among children reported in 22 states, including New York
- October 17, 2018

The rare disease, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), affects the nervous system and can cause paralysis, mainly in children. Symptoms include neck weakness or stiffness , drooping eyelids or a facial droop and difficulty swallowing or slurred speech . (more...)
Unvaccinated Child Is First Death of Flu Season Unvaccinated Child Is First Death of Flu Season
- October 16, 2018

So even if you've never had the flu before or you think you're too healthy to get it, don't gamble because your luck may eventually run out. More than two-thirds of the 183 children who died around the country from the flu previous year were also unvaccinated. (more...)
Women with advanced breast cancer go to Parliament Women with advanced breast cancer go to Parliament
- October 16, 2018

The Thomasville and Davidson County communities are invited to support the initiative by purchasing pink ribbons for $1 each in honor or memory of a loved one. The number is equally poor for the state: Only 15.7% women between the ages of 15 and 49 in Haryana have ever undergone a breast examination. Breast cancer refers to cancers that can develop in any part of the breast tissue. (more...)
No Bra Day 2018: Eight breast cancer symptoms you should NEVER ignore No Bra Day 2018: Eight breast cancer symptoms you should NEVER ignore
- October 15, 2018

You can look out for some of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer on their own. The next stage was a CT scan to see if the cancer had spread to other parts of Ger's body. "It is also used to communicate what actions people can take to prevent breast cancer and how they can catch its development early", Feiger said. Kabarungi explains that it can be done from the age of 18 and above, at least once a month. (more...)
Obstetricians say about the Obstetricians say about the "epidemic" of caesarean sections
- October 14, 2018

Almost twice as many babies were born via caesarean sections (C-sections) in 2015 as in 2000, a new report says . However, the surgery can also create complications and side effects, including higher risks for future births. That's significantly higher than the 10 percent to 15 percent considered medically necessary, researchers said. In the article, the World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Brazil puts forward several hypotheses as to the reasons for this "epidemic", including a ... (more...)
Councilman Marches to Draw Attention to Breast Cancer Affecting Men Councilman Marches to Draw Attention to Breast Cancer Affecting Men
- October 14, 2018

Over the past few years, the recommendations for breast screening have changed, and it can be confusing to know what is best to do. Statistics show that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and about 40,920 women in the USA are expected to die in 2018 from the disease, according to Breastcancer.org. (more...)
Climate change responsible for depression, anxiety Climate change responsible for depression, anxiety
- October 13, 2018

For this study, researchers examined the mental health records of 2 million randomly selected USA citizens using data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System between 2002 and 2012, comparing the responses to meteorological and climatic data from the same period. (more...)
Young employees need more support from employers Young employees need more support from employers
- October 13, 2018

To create awareness about mental health issues, particularly among the adolescent, on the World Mental Health Day , an awareness rally was held here on Wednesday. They called for great funding to treat mental health , noting that just 1% of global aid goes to dealing with issues related to the condition. Headteacher of Monmouth School Boys' Prep, Mr Neil Shaw, said: "I am exceptionally proud of Seb for raising awareness of mental health and the Young Minds charity". (more...)
10 cases of AFM reported in IL 10 cases of AFM reported in IL
- October 13, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , AFM causes inflammation of the spinal cord area that can directly impact muscle use. Medical experts have said AFM itself is not believed to be contagious, but the causes of it could be. (more...)
Feds approve CVS, Aetna merger Feds approve CVS, Aetna merger
- October 13, 2018

Much of the US health-care system revolves around fixing costly ailments. Critics of the CVS-Aetna deal had anxious that the merger could lead to higher drug prices for Medicare Part D beneficiaries. "Together, we will help address the challenges our health care system is facing, and we'll be able to offer better care and convenience at a lower cost for patients and payors". (more...)

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