Health


Israeli flight attendant with measles has suspected brain damage Israeli flight attendant with measles has suspected brain damage
- April 18, 2019

That brings the total number up to 43 cases in the state. Only one of the Wayne County cases is in Detroit . However, because of the woman's "impaired mental status", officials said it could not be confirmed where or when she contracted the virus. (more...)
U.S. halts sales of pelvic mesh tied to injuries in women U.S. halts sales of pelvic mesh tied to injuries in women
- April 18, 2019

Simply put, the remaining makers of the mesh devices - Boston Scientific and Coloplast - failed to prove the long-term safety or benefit of their devices, the FDA said in a news release . The FDA action does not apply to surgical mesh used to treat other conditions such as hernias or incontinence . The agency reviewed data provided by manufacturers, and it did not find evidence that transvaginal mesh for POP works better than surgery without mesh to fix weakened pelvic muscles. (more...)
Is UnitedHealth Poised for a Turnaround After Q1? Is UnitedHealth Poised for a Turnaround After Q1?
- April 18, 2019

At his town hall on Monday, Sanders explained to the politically diverse audience how a Medicare for All system would require some Americans to pay higher taxes, but how the elimination of insurance deductibles, copays, and premiums would offset those tax increases for the average household. (more...)
How pig brains were 'brought back to life' How pig brains were 'brought back to life'
- April 18, 2019

It might sound like Frankenstein , but it isn't, the scientists insist. Researchers say they've rebooted pigs' brains four hours after the animals died. For example, live cells can be harvested from postmortem brains and cultured in a dish. But individual cells, cleansed of the solution and tested for electrochemical responses, appeared to be quite active, and even in their pharmacologically-dulled state, the preserved brains showed " spontaneous synaptic activity ". (more...)
Donald Trump: Russia Investigation 'an Attempted Coup' by 'Dirty Cops' Donald Trump: Russia Investigation 'an Attempted Coup' by 'Dirty Cops'
- April 16, 2019

Wednesday, USAG William Barr said that he believes " spying did occur " on Donald Trump's Presidential campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russian Federation investigation may have been mishandled and aligning himself with the President on the matter. (more...)
Scientists make world's first 3D-printed heart with human tissue Scientists make world's first 3D-printed heart with human tissue
- April 16, 2019

The heart produced by researchers at Tel Aviv University is about the size of a rabbit's and is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers. The cellular and a-cellular materials of the tissue were then separated. The cells were reprogrammed into pluripotent stem cells, while the extracellular matrix of collagen, sugars and proteins were processed into a personalized hydrogel. (more...)
Measles Cases Jump 20% in One Week Measles Cases Jump 20% in One Week
- April 16, 2019

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization , wrote in an opinion piece Monday on CNN. Also on Monday, the World Health Organization reported that globally there are four times as many measles cases so far this year as there were at the same time last year. (more...)
New York City Turns to Drastic Measure to Curb Measles Outbreak New York City Turns to Drastic Measure to Curb Measles Outbreak
- April 15, 2019

This sentiment was echoed by Dr Herminia Palacio, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, who warned of the potential consequences of intentionally contracting measles - where it can often be fatal. They have been spreading unsafe misinformation based on fake science, ' Barbot said. "Just general education making sure people are aware of what measles is, making sure they are vaccinated or not". (more...)
Top House Democrat steps up demand for Trump's tax returns Top House Democrat steps up demand for Trump's tax returns
- April 14, 2019

Neal asked the IRS last Wednesday to turn over six years of Trump's tax returns within a week. Neal's Saturday letter - addressed to Rettig, not Mnuchin - dismissed those concerns and set a new deadline of April 23 at 5 p.m. He said Treasury respects lawmakers' oversight duties and would make sure taxpayer protections would be "scrupulously observed, consistent with my statutory responsibilities" as the department reviews the request. (more...)
CDC: Ground beef behind E. coli outbreak CDC: Ground beef behind E. coli outbreak
- April 13, 2019

No deaths have been reported in relation to the outbreak. "Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of ground beef supplied to grocery stores and restaurant locations where ill people ate", the announcement read. Anyone expericing symptoms of an E.coli infection are encouraged by the CDC to contact their healthcare provider "if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days or diarrhea that is accompanied by a fever higher than 102˚F, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that ... (more...)
Parents in New York City Are Throwing Measles Parties Parents in New York City Are Throwing Measles Parties
- April 13, 2019

The cause is not being helped by anti-vaxxers, with around 1,800 children believed to be unvaccinated. New York's mayor declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn on Tuesday, ordering all residents to be vaccinated to fight a measles outbreak concentrated in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. (more...)
Barr on Mueller memo: 'The letter speaks for itself' Barr on Mueller memo: 'The letter speaks for itself'
- April 13, 2019

At the House hearing, Barr said he expected to release a redacted version of the Mueller report within a week, with plans to color-code redactions and provide an explanation for why material was not released publicly. The chairman of the subcommittee, Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano of NY, also said there were unanswered questions, including "serious concerns about the process by which you formulated your letter; and uncertainty about when we can expect to see the full report". (more...)
Lawyer: Challenge to NYC’s vaccination order in the works
- April 12, 2019

He also said schools in certain areas that permitted attendance by unvaccinated students could be fined or temporarily closed. At a time when Rockland County is attempting to get a grip on the measles epidemic and efforts to convince unvaccinated residents to get the MMR shots, new cases of the virus have been confirmed in adjacent counties. (more...)
Not enough health benefits in vitamin supplements, study says Not enough health benefits in vitamin supplements, study says
- April 12, 2019

The connection between excess calcium and cancer still isn't totally clear and will require more research, she says . But when the researchers considered the source of these nutrients - food vs supplements - only nutrients from food were tied to a lower risk of death from any cause or heart disease . (more...)
Barr challenged on Trump exoneration question Barr challenged on Trump exoneration question
- April 12, 2019

Barr bluntly defended his dealing with the report and said portions must remain hidden to comply with the law. He said he's open to eventually releasing some of the redacted material after consulting with congressional leaders, but he drew a line at releasing grand jury material, which would require court approval. (more...)
New York City orders mandatory measles vaccines for some New York City orders mandatory measles vaccines for some
- April 11, 2019

This order affects residents of the following zip codes: 11205, 11206, 11221 and 11249. When questioned whether an order to vaccine people was legal, Mayor Bill de Blasio said yes, noting his office is "absolutely certain we have the power to do this". (more...)
Measles vaccination: One confirmed case in Mt Maunganui Measles vaccination: One confirmed case in Mt Maunganui
- April 10, 2019

The patients range in age from an 8-month-old baby to a 63-year-old, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services . Reported cases of measles increased by almost 100 last week, to 465 across 19 states, the Centers for Disease Control and prevention said on Monday. (more...)
Measles outbreak prompts NYC emergency — Travellers Beware Measles outbreak prompts NYC emergency — Travellers Beware
- April 10, 2019

Speaking at a press briefing on the emergency declaration, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said people who remain unvaccinated in the affected area will face fines. The city has also threatened to shut down yeshivas, or traditional Jewish religious schools, if they do not follow an order to keep unvaccinated children out of class. (more...)
NYC authorities threaten to close Brooklyn yeshivas over unvaccinated students
- April 10, 2019

Measles and mumps are spreading. From January 1 to April 4, 2019, 465 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 19 states. Health officials also expressed alarm at reports of parents in the city holding so-called "measles parties" where they intentionally expose their unvaccinated children to an infected child in the mistaken belief doing so is a safe means to create immunity. (more...)
Measles outbreak: NYC threatens fines for unvaccinated Williamsburg residents
- April 10, 2019

In New York City late past year, the health department ordered yeshivas and childcare centres in the Orthodox Jewish community to keep out unvaccinated students. Of the 285 confirmed cases, 246 are children and 39 are adults. The reasons for the explosion of cases among members of insular, ultra-orthodox communities has more to do with their frequent contacts with Israel, which is undergoing its own measles crisis, combined with their insularity and mistrust of government. (more...)

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