Medicine


Measles cases continue to rise in PH Measles cases continue to rise in PH
- March 01, 2019

Lock, in his report , noted that just seven per cent of eligible children in the southern Philippines were immunized against measles this year. Measles is a highly contagious and infectious disease caused by the measles virus. Two doses of a measles-containing vaccine is nearly 100 per cent effective in preventing the disease, says the Public Health Agency. If vaccine refusal is left unchecked, more people will be susceptible. (more...)
SEMI-identical twins discovered in medical marvel, baffling scientists SEMI-identical twins discovered in medical marvel, baffling scientists
- March 01, 2019

The boy and girl share 100 per cent of their mother's genes but share only a proportion of their father's DNA . When two sperm fertilize a single egg, however, three sets of chromosomes appear, one from the mother and two from the father. (more...)
Trump administration's new pro-life rule applauded Trump administration's new pro-life rule applauded
- March 01, 2019

Oregon's Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced February 22 that she would be filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for the rule changes. Democratic Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has challenged other Trump policies, including the travel ban. He intends to seek a court order blocking it from taking effect. (more...)
Major health-care system changes to be unveiled Tuesday Major health-care system changes to be unveiled Tuesday
- February 28, 2019

It's not immediately clear how the province's plan to revamp the health-care system is going to impact services in Parry Sound. The system transformation, including establishing local health teams to co-ordinate care, will take years, Health Minister Christine Elliott said. (more...)
GE sells off BioPharma business to Danaher for $21.4B GE sells off BioPharma business to Danaher for $21.4B
- February 27, 2019

Investors apparently agree, as Danaher stock - which had gained 7.8% by 11:40 a.m. EST - is going up in tandem with GE's. It makes instruments and software that support the research and development of drugs, accounting for 15% of GE's healthcare business revenue in 2018. (more...)
YouTube videos aimed at kids discovered to include self-harm tips YouTube videos aimed at kids discovered to include self-harm tips
- February 26, 2019

The videos in question have a 9-second clip edited into them of a man giving advice on how to properly slit your wrists. "An injured and abused female character disguised as a pet wolf is bought for $400 from a masked man with a simple phone call", she said of one video . (more...)
Public alert issued after lab-confirmed case of measles in Alberta Public alert issued after lab-confirmed case of measles in Alberta
- February 26, 2019

There were several locations of potential exposure in Leduc on that day, including the airport shuttle (when it visited the Paradise Inn and Suites , Crystal Star Inn , Wyndham Garden Edmonton Airport , and Wingate by Wyndham ) between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., the Walmart Supercentre on Discovery Way between 5 and 7 p.m., and Stars Inn Hotel overnight. (more...)
Flu victim identified as 4-year-old girl from Lowell Flu victim identified as 4-year-old girl from Lowell
- February 23, 2019

A total of five flu deaths were recorded last week in the county, health officials said . The other deaths last week were four men -ages 82, 73, 62 and 56 - and all had underlying medical conditions. Hers is the youngest flu-related death announced so far for the 2018-19 flu year that started on July 1. Last week saw the highest number of confirmed flu cases this season, 539 per the county's weekly flu report. (more...)
Trump To Bar Family Planning Clinics From Abortion Referrals Trump To Bar Family Planning Clinics From Abortion Referrals
- February 23, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule mandating that Title X funds can not be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning. They expressed concern that Trump's "gag rule" would be finalized before HHS had "conducted a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the rule's potential economic and health impacts". (more...)
B.C. government considers requiring students to register measles immunizations B.C. government considers requiring students to register measles immunizations
- February 23, 2019

A spokesperson for the province said there have been no confirmed cases of measles in Manitoba in 2019. Complications from the virus include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), seizures, deafness, brain damage and death. Nevertheless, the outbreak is close enough to home for VIHA to issue immunization tips - for example, if you were born between 1970 and 1994 or grew up outside of B.C. (more...)
The Internet is Obsessed with Wyoming's Zombie Deer Again The Internet is Obsessed with Wyoming's Zombie Deer Again
- February 22, 2019

Symptoms include drooling, stumbling, lack of coordination, lack of fear of people, aggression and listlessness - which explains the "zombie" deer disease nickname. The disease attacks the animals' brains. How does the disease spread, and could it affect humans? Dr. Levenson advises people to not eat any deer meat just to be on the safe side. (more...)
Young Blood Transfusions To Stop Aging Unproven And Potentially Harmful, FDA Warns Young Blood Transfusions To Stop Aging Unproven And Potentially Harmful, FDA Warns
- February 22, 2019

According to representatives of the Ministry, proven clinical benefit from transfusion of blood plasma from young donors for treatment, mitigation or prevention of these conditions is not, however, there are risks associated with the use of any products based on plasma. (more...)
Washington State Measles Outbreak Hits 62 Cases Washington State Measles Outbreak Hits 62 Cases
- February 22, 2019

VANCOUVER-No new cases of the measles have been reported in Vancouver since February 15, and health officials say the transmission of the disease was mostly limited to a small network at two public schools. Some people - infants, people with certain underlying health conditions and those undergoing chemotherapy - can not be vaccinated and must rely on "herd" immunity to prevent infection. (more...)
'Zombie deer disease' could infect humans, CDC says 'Zombie deer disease' could infect humans, CDC says
- February 20, 2019

Experts from the University of Minnesota recently told lawmakers at the Minnesota State Capitol about the dangers of chronic wasting disease , according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press . It says latex or rubber gloves should be worn when handling the meat and contact kept to a minimum - especially when handling organs such as the brain or spinal cord. (more...)
Chaos, mass panic at San Francisco performance of Chaos, mass panic at San Francisco performance of "Hamilton"
- February 19, 2019

Audience members thought that the woman was shot, though she was really having a heart attack. The woman who had the heart attack is reportedly in critical condition. "The audience and cast followed the life/safety system's automatic announcement and exited the theater". "I was in the balcony with my 6 and 9 year old", Laura Lasnier tweeted . (more...)
Vancouver Measles Outbreak Linked To French Schools Vancouver Measles Outbreak Linked To French Schools
- February 18, 2019

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has confirmed that there is an outbreak of measles in the city. Watch for symptoms of measles until 21 days after exposure. "Measles is not going anywhere... it's everyone's responsibility", said Dr. Katherine O'Brien, director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals at WHO. (more...)
Low push-up capacity may indicate heart disease risk, says study Low push-up capacity may indicate heart disease risk, says study
- February 18, 2019

Active, middle-aged men able to complete more than 40 push-ups had a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD)outcomes-including diagnoses of coronary artery disease and major events such as heart failure-during 10 years of follow-up compared with those who were able to do less than 10 push-ups during the baseline exam. (more...)
Facebook Might Remove Anti-Vaccine Recommendations Facebook Might Remove Anti-Vaccine Recommendations
- February 18, 2019

Schiff's letter was also sent to Google , which has already taken some measures to limit anti-vaccine information, Bloomberg noted. "The algorithms which power these services are not created to distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information, and the consequences of that are particularly troubling for public health issues", Schiff said. (more...)
Two diet drinks a day linked to stroke risk for women Two diet drinks a day linked to stroke risk for women
- February 18, 2019

Furthermore, stroke risks more than doubled in women without previous heart disease or diabetes and obese women without previous heart disease or diabetes, findings revealed. "Previous studies have focused on the bigger picture of cardiovascular disease", lead study author Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani said. These results in postmenopausal women may not be generalizable to men or younger women. (more...)
Flu vaccine doing relatively good job this year, officials say Flu vaccine doing relatively good job this year, officials say
- February 18, 2019

Last season, investigators note, the end-of-season flu vaccine effectiveness rate was only 38% overall, which included rates of 22% effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2), 62% against influenza A (H1N1) pdm09, and 50% against influenza B. (more...)

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