Medicine


Freedom Caucus members urge Trump to build the wall using executive authority Freedom Caucus members urge Trump to build the wall using executive authority
- February 15, 2019

National emergencies are not rare in American politics and not always contentious - 58 have been declared by both Republican and Democrat presidents since 1976. "Barriers" and "fencing" are the nouns of choice. Funding for those agencies is due to expire on Friday, which would trigger another partial federal shutdown on Saturday morning if Congress and Mr Trump do not act quickly. (more...)
Another case of measles Another case of measles
- February 14, 2019

In addition to the 53 cases, one has been confirmed in the Seattle area and four are in Portland, Oregon , just south of Clark County . But doctors and nurses say the recent outbreak is spurring people to get vaccinated. Measles is so contagious that almost everyone who isn't immunized and comes into contact with the virus will get sick. For the early stages, these include a fever, a runny nose, coughing, red eyes and a sore throat. (more...)
Too Much 'Ultraprocessed' Food Can Lead To Early Grave Too Much 'Ultraprocessed' Food Can Lead To Early Grave
- February 14, 2019

According to a French study, we face a 14 percent higher risk of early death with each 10 percent increase in the amount of ultra-processed food we take in. Much of the negative health outcomes from this diet come from the additives that seep into the food during its processing. She was not involved in the research. (more...)
CDC Blames Vaping for Teen Tobacco Use Spike CDC Blames Vaping for Teen Tobacco Use Spike
- February 14, 2019

From 2017 to 2018, the frequency of tobacco product use, defined as usage 20 or more days during the past 30 days, also increased by 38.5% among current e-cigarette users in high school, suggesting that e-cigarette users are vaping more often than they have been. (more...)
Breast cancer patients share with MPs on why they need medicine access Breast cancer patients share with MPs on why they need medicine access
- February 13, 2019

While more women are now surviving the disease than ever before, breast cancer remains the leading cause of death in women under 50 in England and Wales - more than 920 women under 50 lost their lives to the disease in 2017. The report's lead author Professor Gareth Evans said the results of the new trial are "very promising". In total, around 55,000 women and 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United Kingdom and it is estimated that around 5-15% of cases are ... (more...)
Veterans can soon check medical info on their iPhones Veterans can soon check medical info on their iPhones
- February 13, 2019

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that beginning this summer veterans will be able to access their personal medical data using the Health Records feature on their iPhones. Putting health records onto a patient's iPhone, Lynch added, will allow aggregation of medical information across participating institutions. Data collected directly from a patient, say from a heart monitor on their Apple Watch , can also be integrated with health record information. (more...)
Derryn Hinch to vote with Labor and pass refugee medical transfer bill Derryn Hinch to vote with Labor and pass refugee medical transfer bill
- February 13, 2019

The transfers will only apply to the existing cohort of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru , although Morrison said he will work to reverse it if re-elected in the upcoming federal election. "It's humiliating for the government", said Rod Tiffen, a political analyst at the University of Sydney . Sick asylum seekers often have to fight the Australian government in court for permission to be transferred to an Australian hospital. (more...)
Case of measles confirmed in Vancouver Case of measles confirmed in Vancouver
- February 12, 2019

Several news outlets have reported that unvaccinated teens are taking to Reddit to ask adults for advice on how they can get the shots without their parents knowing. But Ethan Lindenberger has other concerns. Lindenberger said that his mother has tried to convince him to stop getting vaccines, but to no avail. "There's a degree of feeling like, you know, he doesn't trust what I say as a parent", Wheeler said. (more...)
Measles Cases Mount In Pacific Northwest Outbreak Measles Cases Mount In Pacific Northwest Outbreak
- February 12, 2019

California removed personal belief vaccine exemptions for children in both public and private schools in 2015, after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the US and into Canada. It can lead to serious complications including pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and death. People on both sides of the debate were allowed to speak at a hearing on Friday, Feb. (more...)
Drinking beer or wine first has no effect on severity of hangover Drinking beer or wine first has no effect on severity of hangover
- February 10, 2019

Well, it's not true, a new study finds. Speaking about the study, Jöran Köchling, one of the authors of the study said, "We didn't find any truth in the idea that drinking beer before wine gives you a milder hangover than the other way around". (more...)
End to insulin shots? Diabetes patients could take pill containing tiny needles End to insulin shots? Diabetes patients could take pill containing tiny needles
- February 09, 2019

Traverso and other co-authors are co-inventors on patent applications describing oral biologic drug delivery. Several years ago, Traverso, Langer, and their colleagues developed a pill coated with many tiny needles that could be used to inject drugs into the lining of the stomach or the small intestine. (more...)
Making Trumps Anti HIV Plan Work Is Not So Easy Making Trumps Anti HIV Plan Work Is Not So Easy
- February 09, 2019

Dr. Brock says one of the biggest barriers to ending HIV and AIDS is the way the healthcare system is structured. The Miami area - where 1 in 1,000 people have HIV - has the highest rate of new diagnosis of any metro area in the country, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (more...)
DOH declares measles outbreak in NCR - Philippines DOH declares measles outbreak in NCR - Philippines
- February 09, 2019

The Calabarzon region to the south of Manila has seen a jump of 2,538 percent, with 575 reported cases so far in 2019 - compared with 21 in 2018. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the government should seriously consider mandatory vaccination of children following the outbreak of measles in the National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), and Central and Western Visayas. (more...)
Trump orders flags at half-staff to honor John Dingell Trump orders flags at half-staff to honor John Dingell
- February 09, 2019

Dingell favored abolishing the Senate, where legislation faces a higher threshold for passage and combining the two chambers into one. It was revealed earlier this week that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and decided not to treat it. (more...)
Measles cases in Europe tripled a year ago, World Health Organization says Measles cases in Europe tripled a year ago, World Health Organization says
- February 08, 2019

Europe had a record number of measles cases a year ago, in part due to a growing number of pockets where parents are refusing to vaccinate their children, the World Health Organisation ( WHO ) says. Measles infections in Europe hit a decade high in 2018, despite more children than ever before receiving vaccinations. Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause hearing loss and brain disorders in children and, in severe cases, can kill. (more...)
Measles case confirmed in Central Texas Measles case confirmed in Central Texas
- February 07, 2019

Multnomah County's communicable disease team checks in daily with people suspected of being exposed to measles to make sure they can work and do other normal life responsibilities without infecting other people. "Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles", Denton County public health director Dr. Matt Richardson said in a written statement. The vaccine can reduce the risk of infection if gotten within 72 hours after exposure to the virus. (more...)
Men who have smoked weed have higher sperm concentrations Men who have smoked weed have higher sperm concentrations
- February 07, 2019

The researchers also noted that their study was conducted among men who visited a fertility clinic, and so the results may not necessarily apply to the general population. Researchers have investigated whether using cannabis affects a man's fertility. " These unexpected findings highlight how little we know about the reproductive health effects of marijuana, and in fact of the health effects of marijuana in general ". (more...)
OR measles cases rises to 4 as Vancouver-area reaches 50
- February 07, 2019

This adds to the national measles outbreak seen across the county. "They stayed away from others while on symptom watch, so we have no new public exposures to measles ". While Public Health has urged people with measles-like symptoms to call ahead to medical providers before visiting their providers, there were three new exposure locations identified in the latest Public Health news release, and all three were medical facilities. (more...)
NDP claims more documents on PCs' health 'super agency' plan NDP claims more documents on PCs' health 'super agency' plan
- February 06, 2019

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the documents reveal that the Ford cabinet has already approved the health bill, but Health Minister Christine Elliott vehemently denied that, saying the documents are preliminary drafts and that there are no plans to privatize the aforementioned services. (more...)
Obesity-Related Cancer Rates Are Rising Among Millennials Obesity-Related Cancer Rates Are Rising Among Millennials
- February 06, 2019

Because the database does not include details on obesity and other risk factors nor mode of detection for the cancer diagnosis statistics, the results do not provide sufficient information to determine a causal relationship, according to the study. (more...)