Health


World Health Organization sounds Ebola alarm as risks intensify World Health Organization sounds Ebola alarm as risks intensify
- July 20, 2019

The WHO chief said the DRC needs funding from the worldwide community, otherwise " we will be paying for this outbreak for a long time to come ". In early June, a few cases were confirmed in neighbouring Uganda, and now he disease has reached Goma , a large city on the border with Rwanda, sparking fear that one of the deadliest diseases on Earth could spread across the region. (more...)
Drug Overdose Deaths Finally Dropped in 2018, Preliminary Data Say Drug Overdose Deaths Finally Dropped in 2018, Preliminary Data Say
- July 20, 2019

The CDC adds that there is always a margin of error when the number of deaths attributed to overdose of opioids is concerned. The numbers were celebrated by the USA secretary of health and human services. Essentially unheard of as recently as 2012-when it killed roughly 2,000 people-fentanyl remains the leading cause of drug overdose deaths, with totals increasing sixteen-fold from 2012 to 2018. (more...)
Risky heat today and tomorrow, relief on the way Risky heat today and tomorrow, relief on the way
- July 19, 2019

Lawrence County, Ky and Wayne County, WV are under an Excessive Heat Warning as well for the same time period. Friday will be hot and very muggy with partly sunny skies and highs in the low 90s. "Going to the beach is probably OK because it tends to be a bit cooler near the water", Mick said. Never leave anyone, including pets, in a closed, parked vehicle, as temperatures inside can reach over 150 degrees quickly, resulting in heat stroke and death. (more...)
House votes overwhelmingly to repeal Obamacare House votes overwhelmingly to repeal Obamacare "Cadillac" tax
- July 19, 2019

If not repealed, the tax will affect almost 100% of employer plans since the tax is indexed to general inflation, not medical inflation, which is consistently much higher. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that repeal of the tax would add $197 billion to deficits over a decade. The portion of the law that was supposed to be financed through the Cadillac tax instead would be paid for through deficit spending, unless lawmakers propose a last-minute tax increase to offset ... (more...)
Biden to Face Off Against Harris in Detroit Democratic Debate Biden to Face Off Against Harris in Detroit Democratic Debate
- July 19, 2019

The roster for the debate is nearly exactly the same as the first debate in Miami, though Montana Gov. Steve Bullock replaced U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., after he dropped out of the race. Overall, the only change in the ranks of the 20 debate participants is that Montana Governor Steve Bullock has replaced Eric Swalwell, who withdrew earlier this month. (more...)
Global emergency: Ebola crisis spreads Global emergency: Ebola crisis spreads
- July 18, 2019

The Congolese fishmonger vomited multiple times at Mpondwe, a market across the border in Uganda on July 11, a few days before she died, the WHO said on Wednesday, citing a Ugandan Health Ministry report. The global warning has been issued previously for the swine flu outbreak in 2009, the return of the poliovirus in 2014, the ebola outbreak in between 2014 and 2016, and the spread of the Zika virus in 2016. (more...)
Congo tracing contacts of first Ebola case in eastern city Congo tracing contacts of first Ebola case in eastern city
- July 18, 2019

The pastor travelled 200 km (125 miles) to Goma by bus from Butembo, the place he had been with folk with Ebola. Health workers attempting to curtail the spread of the disease must contend not only with the speed at which it often spreads due to traditional burial rites, but high levels of distrust in Western medicine among local populations. (more...)
Ebola outbreak in Congo is declared a global health emergency Ebola outbreak in Congo is declared a global health emergency
- July 18, 2019

These funds are critical for ensuring the virus isn't spread to neighboring countries, that vaccinations are made available, and that officials working to eliminate the outbreak can be supported, among other things. The patient, a 47-year-old pastor, was transferred to an Ebola treatment center but died. World Health Organization officials warn that the declaration should not be used by countries to impose travel or trade restrictions, however, explaining that this would have a negative impact ... (more...)
AIDS deaths fall by one-third since 2010, United Nations reports AIDS deaths fall by one-third since 2010, United Nations reports
- July 17, 2019

Mabuza reminded those gathered of just how daunting the battle against HIV infections is in our country with an estimated 20% of global HIV infections being residents in South Africa. Another vulnerable group is children, with more than 160,000 new HIV infections past year. STOPAIDS Director, Mike Podmore said: "This report confirms that we are way off where we need to be to meet global HIV and Aids targets and that unless governments around the world reprioritise the HIV response ... (more...)
Social media linked to teen depression Social media linked to teen depression
- July 17, 2019

Respectively develop low self-esteem. "It exposes young people to images that promote upward social comparison and makes them feel bad about themselves", said Conrod, "These sort of echo chambers - these reinforcing spirals - also continually expose them to things that promote or reinforce their depression , and that's why it's particularly toxic for depression". (more...)
Philippine authorities declare national dengue alert after 456 deaths Philippine authorities declare national dengue alert after 456 deaths
- July 16, 2019

The objective is very clear, we want to raise awareness among the public and more importantly in communities were signs of early dengue increases are evident. Duque placed Negros Occidental province including its capital city of Bacolod under alert status. Most cases are from Western Visayas (13,164), Calabarzon (11,474), Central Visayas (9,199), Soccsksargen (9,107), and Northern Mindanao (8,739) for the period of January to June 29 this year. (more...)
Ebola Case Confirmed in DRC City Bordering Rwanda Ebola Case Confirmed in DRC City Bordering Rwanda
- July 16, 2019

They say Goma is a warning that will test the health community's response, preparedness and ultimate ability to prevent further cases of Ebola in that big urban center. Tedros said, in reference to the more than 161,000 people vaccinated, 140,000 contacts traced and 71 million travellers screened, at a cost of $250 million "and counting". (more...)
Health Officials Confirm Third Measles Case in El Paso Health Officials Confirm Third Measles Case in El Paso
- July 16, 2019

The United States recorded 14 new measles cases between July 3 and July 11, federal health officials said on Monday, signaling a slowdown in the spread of the disease, which has infected 1,123 people this year in the worst US outbreak since 1992. (more...)
Joe Biden unveils health care plan that would preserve and expand Obamacare Joe Biden unveils health care plan that would preserve and expand Obamacare
- July 16, 2019

It's quite something that Biden registers above Kamala Harris among these voters, but it's likely that his recent history-making vice-presidential service to the nation's first African-American president puts him in the "sweeping change" category despite his moderate views on various policies. (more...)
Pastor confirmed with Ebola as disease spreads in DR Congo Pastor confirmed with Ebola as disease spreads in DR Congo
- July 16, 2019

The French news agency AFP reports the bus driver and passengers are receiving vaccinations Monday. Officials with Congo's Health Ministry said Monday that unidentified attackers had killed two Ebola community health workers over the weekend in North Kivu province. (more...)
Higher Consumption Sugary Drinks May Increase Cancer Risk Higher Consumption Sugary Drinks May Increase Cancer Risk
- July 14, 2019

For those participants who drank an average of 92.9ml of fruit juice, or sugary drinks, a day, increasing this by just 100ml - so altogether less than a small 200ml glass - increased overall cancer risk by 18%. That means drinking just one-quarter of a can of soda a day can potentially increase your risk of cancer. Their consumption of sugary drinks was gauged by participants submitting at least two 24-hour diet recall questionnaires, which asked about their usual intake of 3,300 different ... (more...)
First confirmed case of measles in Ohio First confirmed case of measles in Ohio
- July 13, 2019

The last outbreak of the illness in OH was in 2014, with 382 confirmed cases. Amy Acton says a young adult in Stark County in Canton likely contracted the virus after traveling to another state with active measles cases. Measles symptoms include a rash, high fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite and red, watery eyes. The rash can last for a week and coughing can last for about ten days. (more...)
MS reports 2019's first human case of West Nile virus MS reports 2019's first human case of West Nile virus
- July 13, 2019

This year, it's especially worth the reminder. Experts say 20% of people bitten by mosquitoes carrying West Nile develop flu-like symptoms, while fewer cases result in paralysis or death. "I miss him lots", she said. Last year, 11 people in the state died of West Nile, and 44 in the previous year. The district plans to increase its mosquito trapping and monitoring in the area to locate sources where mosquitoes may be breeding. (more...)
Iowa reports first summer case of West Nile virus
- July 13, 2019

Pedati says until the state's first hard frost, whether for work or play, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus infection. This year, MCESD has seen more than twice as many mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus compared to all of last year. (more...)
White House Kills Plan for Drug Rebate Rule White House Kills Plan for Drug Rebate Rule
- July 12, 2019

The president's proposal would have prohibited drugmakers from paying rebates to PBMs in government programs such as Medicare. The CBO also said it was likely drugmakers would not cut their prices because of the rule. In unveiling the proposal in January, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called it "an incredibly important proposal that could fundamentally change how drugs are priced and paid for at pharmacies". (more...)

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