Medicine


Michigan measles cases highest since 2000 Michigan measles cases highest since 2000
- April 05, 2019

Meanwhile, the number of deaths linked to measles has now reached 381. In its latest surveillance report, the health department reported that there are now 26,956 measles cases reported from January 1 to March 30. Infants lose their maternal immunity by about 6 months of age, so are vulnerable for around another six months. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you. (more...)
Cyclone Idai: 900,000 cholera vaccine doses arrive in Beira, Mozambique Cyclone Idai: 900,000 cholera vaccine doses arrive in Beira, Mozambique
- April 05, 2019

The number of cholera cases reported has steadily increased from around 150 late last week to over 1000 by Monday afternoon. Some 900,000 oral cholera vaccines arrived in Beira for the expected launch of a vaccination campaign on Wednesday. (more...)
Seizures Reported in Teens After Vaping Seizures Reported in Teens After Vaping
- April 05, 2019

It's too early at this time to say whether e-liquid nicotine devices can be named as the cause of these seizures. Some of the 35 incidents were reported to poison control centers and others directly to the FDA. In some cases, the seizures happened after the user took a few puffs; in other cases, the seizures happened up to one day after use. Under the new rules, most forms of flavoured e-cigarettes would only be sold in stores that verify a customer's age when he or she enters the store, ... (more...)
Democrats intensify demand for full Mueller report Democrats intensify demand for full Mueller report
- April 03, 2019

In his letter , Barr said he shares a desire for Congress and the public to be able to read Mueller's findings, which are included in the almost 400-page report the special counsel submitted last week. It's unclear whether whatever Mr. Barr might release next will be Mr. Mueller's own words or another summary. U.S. Attorney General William Barr leaves his house in McClean, Va., on March 25, 2019. (more...)
Trump Backs Off Obamacare Replacement After McConnell Says Senate Won't Act Trump Backs Off Obamacare Replacement After McConnell Says Senate Won't Act
- April 03, 2019

If it's upheld - as it has been in previous Supreme Court challenges - he can rail against a "liberal" court system. Due to a new Republican tax law in 2017, which eliminated the individual mandate penalty (a major pillar of the original health care law), a federal judge in Texas previous year ruled the ACA in its entirety to be unconstitutional. (more...)
Welch: Trump health care turnaround blindsided GOP Welch: Trump health care turnaround blindsided GOP
- April 01, 2019

Alexander Bolton and Peter Sullivan are reporting in The Hill that "Senate Republicans are privately rooting against President Trump in his court battle to strike down the Affordable Care Act" because they fear their party will "pay for it at the ballot box". (more...)
Medicaid to work programs struck down Medicaid to work programs struck down
- March 31, 2019

But U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg blocked those rules last summer before they could take effect, ruling the government did not adequately consider how the changes would impact people on the program. The 48-page Kentucky opinion is the more emphatic of the two rulings, since the judge walks through the reasons he remains unpersuaded by even a second set of arguments by the administration as to why the program should be allowed to go forward. (more...)
House Dems to vote on condemning Trump on health care House Dems to vote on condemning Trump on health care
- March 30, 2019

The Justice Department in a two-sentence letter to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit filed on Monday said it backed the December ruling by U.S. "It took this administration one day, one work day, to flip back to their true agenda, one their true priorities, which is taking away health care from millions of Americans", the Melrose Democrat said during the weekly House leadership press conference. (more...)
FDA Says Breast Density Must Be Reported to Women During Mammograms FDA Says Breast Density Must Be Reported to Women During Mammograms
- March 29, 2019

Roughly half of US women in their 40s and 50s have dense breast tissue, which increases their risk of breast cancer and makes it harder to detect tumors with mammography . FDA. The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 260,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 and more than 40,920 women died of the disease. (more...)
For Cancer Risk, a Bottle of Wine Equals This Many Cigarettes For Cancer Risk, a Bottle of Wine Equals This Many Cigarettes
- March 29, 2019

They estimate that this is equivalent to five cigarettes a week for men and ten for women. "This study demonstrates that in relation to cancer risk, smoking is substantially more hazardous than alcohol consumption". Dr Minouk Schoemaker, scientist at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, who conducts research into the causes of breast cancer , said the study offered an "interesting insight" but he said the picture was not simple. (more...)
UPS testing drones to deliver medical supplies to hospitals UPS testing drones to deliver medical supplies to hospitals
- March 29, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration will oversee the pilot. The flights are the first FAA sanctioned use of a drone for routine revenue flights involving the transport of a product under a contractual delivery agreement . (more...)
Measles outbreak: We are losing this battle, NY county executive says Measles outbreak: We are losing this battle, NY county executive says
- March 28, 2019

Rockland County, which is located around 11 miles north of Manhattan, has kept its playgrounds open to children who haven't been vaccinated. They're banning unvaccinated people under 18 from public spaces. It violated their religious freedom, they argued, as they had used religious exemptions to opt their children out of the standard vaccination programme. (more...)
Male Birth-Control Pill Passes 1st Stage Of Safety Tests Male Birth-Control Pill Passes 1st Stage Of Safety Tests
- March 28, 2019

After taking an experimental male birth control pill for 28 days, 30 men reported no serious side effects and the drug showed signs of decreasing sperm production, according to results of a phase 1 safety test reported Sunday in a poster session at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in New Orleans . (more...)
Rockland declares state of emergency over measles outbreak Rockland declares state of emergency over measles outbreak
- March 27, 2019

Violating it could result in a misdemeanor charge that carries up to six months in jail. Parents will be held accountable if they are found to be in violation of this State of Emergency, and the focus of this effort is on the parents of these children. (more...)
Purdue Pharma lawsuit: Opioid maker settles with state of Oklahoma Purdue Pharma lawsuit: Opioid maker settles with state of Oklahoma
- March 27, 2019

The settlement with the Oklahoma attorney general, Mike Hunter, came just weeks before Purdue, owned by members of the wealthy Sackler family, faced the first trial stemming from about 2,000 lawsuits nationally against opioid manufacturers. (more...)
NY County Bans Unvaccinated Minors in Public Amid Measles Outbreak
- March 27, 2019

Day noted that many Orthodox rabbis have been working with health officials to encourage vaccination in their community, so it's not a matter of religious objection. Signs announcing the ban will be placed in public spaces starting this afternoon. "Every new case is a roll of the dice" that could lead to life-threatening complications, Day said. (more...)
Number of Ebola cases in Congo exceeds 1000 Number of Ebola cases in Congo exceeds 1000
- March 25, 2019

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general in a statement Saturday. After several weeks of decline, the World Health Organization reported an increase of confirmed cases of Ebola in the DRC. The Ebola outbreak in DRC was declared in August 2018. The organization has more than 700 people working in DRC. Moreover, strict border screenings have prevented the disease from spreading outside of the affected provinces. (more...)
Study links drinking hot tea with elevated esophageal cancer risk Study links drinking hot tea with elevated esophageal cancer risk
- March 24, 2019

Many people start their day with a cup of tea. Hot drinks like coffee or tea get us going every morning, and when you're exhausted from just waking up, they can't go down fast enough. James Doidge, a senior research associate at University College London, told Science Media Centre, an independent organization promoting the reporting of evidence-based science. (more...)
Second Measles Case Confirmed in Unvaccinated Marion County Resident Second Measles Case Confirmed in Unvaccinated Marion County Resident
- March 24, 2019

A 95 per cent vaccination rate is required to achieve herd immunity, which makes it much more hard for potentially deadly diseases such as measles to spread and protects vulnerable populations such as infants and seniors. Earlier this month, health officials said a traveler from Israel who was infected may have spread the virus while visiting Oakland County from March 6-13. (more...)
Justin & Hailey Bieber Bought $8.5 Million Home In Beverly Hills Justin & Hailey Bieber Bought $8.5 Million Home In Beverly Hills
- March 23, 2019

Been struggling a lot . I always bounce back so I'm not anxious just wanted to reach out and ask for your guys to pray for me. Her comments come after 25-year-old Justin Bieber recently admitted he's been "struggling a lot", and was later reported to have sought professional help for depression . (more...)

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