Medicine


IL to defy Trump administration's abortion referral 'gag rule' IL to defy Trump administration's abortion referral 'gag rule'
- July 22, 2019

Lynn said, in the meantime, the organization will run on emergency funds. "I just can't believe that they are so arrogant as to impose this rule on trusted medical providers in our state while the litigation is happening", George Hill, president and CEO of Maine Family Planning , told the Press Herald newspaper . (more...)
New Data Shows Decline in Number of Opioid Deaths in US New Data Shows Decline in Number of Opioid Deaths in US
- July 21, 2019

Fentanyl was involved in 786 of the fatal overdoses in Kentucky previous year, which accounts for almost 61% of the deaths in which there was a toxicology report . Those falls were offset somewhat by continuing growth in deaths involving a different opioid, fentanyl, as well as other drugs such cocaine and methamphetamines. (more...)
World Health Organization declares Ebola outbreak in DRC World Health Organization declares Ebola outbreak in DRC "emergency of int'l concern"
- July 20, 2019

The first time was in 2009 during the H1N1 influenza epidemic that is believed to have infected up to 200 million people worldwide; the second in May 2014 when a paralyzing form of polio re-emerged in Pakistan and Syria; the third in August 2014 with the Ebola epidemic that devastated West Africa; and the fourth in February 2016, with the Zika epidemic in Brazil . (more...)
Friday’s First Warning Forecast: Feeling like 110+ this weekend Friday’s First Warning Forecast: Feeling like 110+ this weekend
- July 19, 2019

Saturday evening. It's likely that other counties will be added to the list; an excessive heat watch , the step before a warning, has already been issued for much of Upstate. Monday , July 22 will be mostly cloudy and not as hot with the high temperature around 85 degrees with a chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day and at night. (more...)
House Dems, GOP unite to repeal Obama health care tax House Dems, GOP unite to repeal Obama health care tax
- July 19, 2019

The 40% excise tax is triggered for employer-sponsored health plans that reach a certain cost threshold. The tax, which Congress twice delayed from taking effect, is set to go into effect in 2022. Economists see that as an incentive to over-spend on health care, creating an income stream that enables hospitals, drug companies, and medical specialists to charge high prices and subsidizing services of questionable value. (more...)
Second Democrat Debate: CNN Insulates Joe Biden from Elizabeth Warren Second Democrat Debate: CNN Insulates Joe Biden from Elizabeth Warren
- July 19, 2019

The candidates were drawn in three tiers based on polling to guarantee two of the top four candidates and five of the top 10 candidates will share the same stage. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Candidates will have to hit 2% in four polls and collect donations from 130,000 supporters. Only 20 candidates in the large primary field will debate on stage over the two nights, a cap previously set by the DNC. (more...)
Over 820 mln people hungry in 2018 Over 820 mln people hungry in 2018
- July 18, 2019

The report points out that economic and social policies to counteract the effects of adverse economic cycles, while avoiding cuts in essential services such as healthcare and education have not been successful. The FAO Director-General called specifically for countries to "take a cross-government approach to designing and implementing actions that are empowering communities, that are coherent, and that do not work against one another". (more...)
Global commission into health inequities of mental illness gives blueprint for change
- July 18, 2019

Nearly all mental illnesses are also associated with some lifestyle risk factors - behaviors that make diseases such as heart disease more likely - and "people with mental illness tend to have more unhealthy lifestyles compared with the general population", the report found. (more...)
WHO Declares Congo Ebola Outbreak Global Health Emergency WHO Declares Congo Ebola Outbreak Global Health Emergency
- July 18, 2019

Mr Emmanuel Ainebyona, the senior public relations officer at the Ministry of Health has confirmed the development and said blood samples from the patient have been sent for further analysis. Health workers wearing yellow high-visibility jackets took the temperature of people crossing the border, in both directions. It marks the start of Congo's 10th Ebola outbreak since 1976. (more...)
Ebola spread to east Congo's Goma massively raises risk - U.N. Ebola spread to east Congo's Goma massively raises risk - U.N.
- July 18, 2019

Health workers in Goma were vaccinated as early as December when the outbreak first hit Butembo further north. The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in Goma , one of the country's biggest cities that shares a border with Rwanda and home to over a million people. (more...)
Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling
- July 18, 2019

The interactive chart on the CDC's website shows Arizona's predicted drug overdose numbers increasing since 2014. "Lives are being saved, and we're beginning to win the fight against this crisis", Azar said. "Under President Trump's leadership, and thanks to efforts on the ground by communities across America, the number of patients receiving medication assisted treatment has risen, distribution of overdose-reversing drugs is up, and nationwide opioid prescriptions are down". (more...)
Uganda fears Ebola outbreak after Congolese fish trader's death Uganda fears Ebola outbreak after Congolese fish trader's death
- July 18, 2019

The charity's DRC Ebola-response director, Moussa Sangara, said: "Many people have been anxious about Ebola reaching Goma because it's a major trade city, home to 1.2 million people and many residents move across the border to Rwanda regularly". (more...)
Teens who spend more time on social media suffer worse depression Teens who spend more time on social media suffer worse depression
- July 17, 2019

Ever since the world was plunged into the digital age, much has been made about the effect of "screen time" on the mental health of teenagers. Boers and his team noted that this study did not evaluate specific forms of social media or television and that certain genres or mediums may have differing associations with depression. (more...)
Philippine declares national mosquito-borne viral disease alert after 456 deaths Philippine declares national mosquito-borne viral disease alert after 456 deaths
- July 16, 2019

Around 100,000 dengue cases were reported across the Philippines in the first six months of 2019, an increase of 85% on the same period past year. Duque III said among the regions that have exceeded the epidemic threshold are MIMAROPA (Region IV-B), Western Visayas (Region VI), Central Visayas (Region VII), and Northern Mindanao (Region X). (more...)
Some 20 million children miss out on life-saving vaccines: U.N. Some 20 million children miss out on life-saving vaccines: U.N.
- July 16, 2019

Unacceptably, it was often those who were most at risk - the poorest, the most marginalised and those touched by conflict or forced from their homes - who were persistently missed. The state health department reported OH occasionally sees measles cases as the result of importations from other countries where measles remains endemic. (more...)
DRC EBOLA outbreak spreads to Goma DRC EBOLA outbreak spreads to Goma
- July 16, 2019

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - who, by his own admission, stated that this new revelation about the Goma case is a "game-changer". Later, the result of the laboratory test confirmed that he was positive to Ebola, according to the health minister in the same statement. (more...)
AIDS deaths fall by one-third since 2010, United Nations reports AIDS deaths fall by one-third since 2010, United Nations reports
- July 16, 2019

The UNAIDS 90-90-90 target refers to their goal of ensuring that 90% of all HIV positive persons are diagnosed, that 90% of those diagnosed receive anti-retroviral treatment and that 90% of those who receive treatment achieve viral suppression by 2020. (more...)
Biden pushes back against Biden pushes back against "Medicare for all"
- July 16, 2019

Biden's nearly singular focus on former President Barack Obama's health care law has been on display recently in early voting states. On the other side are liberals such as Sen. Kamala Harris of California slammed Biden for his Senate recollections and his opposition to federal busing orders to desegregate public schools during the same era. (more...)
Lifestyle changes may lower dementia risk Lifestyle changes may lower dementia risk
- July 16, 2019

It's easy to fall into the trap of believing dementia and Alzheimer's disease are the inevitable outcome of growing old, but a new study says that isn't the case. But, as the old saying goes, "Genetics loads the gun; lifestyle pulls the trigger". Healthy lifestyle factors may also help lower your risk of dementia, even if you have a higher genetic risk, according to a study published Sunday in the medical journal JAMA . (more...)
Ebola spread in eastern Congo massively raises risk, United Nations warns Ebola spread in eastern Congo massively raises risk, United Nations warns
- July 16, 2019

According to the Congolese Ministry of Health , the cleric travelled 200 km (125 miles) to Goma by bus from an area called Butembo, where he had been with people with Ebola. Yet, despite these exhaustive preventative and treatment efforts, fighting Ebola has proved hard because of community mistrust, limited health care resources, difficult-to-access locations, and violent attacks on heath care workers. (more...)

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