Health


Ex-CDC director Thomas Frieden denies groping allegation Ex-CDC director Thomas Frieden denies groping allegation
- August 25, 2018

Tom Frieden, a leading public health expert instrumental in the USA response to the Ebola crisis and to legislating against smoking, was arrested and charged with sexual harassment on Friday. "This assessment determined there have been no incidents of workplace harassment", he said. Frieden's next court date was scheduled for October 11. (more...)
Measles at a record high in Europe Measles at a record high in Europe
- August 24, 2018

Last year there were 23,927 cases and the year before 5,273. The HSE is also advising people that there are ongoing measles outbreaks in a number of European countries and worldwide, including popular holiday destinations, such as France, Italy and Greece. (more...)
Alcohol: One drink a day is one too many, scientists say
- August 24, 2018

After observing data on 28 million people worldwide, the researchers determined that considering the risks, there is "no safe level of alcohol ". There is no safe level of alcohol, a new study concludes - upending previous guidance that low levels of consumption can be safe, and even beneficial to health. (more...)
HPV Test May Replace Pap for Some Women HPV Test May Replace Pap for Some Women
- August 24, 2018

Its last set of guidelines , released in 2012, recommended it for women ages 30 to 65 in conjunction with Pap smears . But there's another option. It strikes women in low-resource countries hardest, as they have limited access to medical care and therefore less screening and prevention. The task force notes that screening and treatment for precancerous lesions help explain why the U.S. (more...)
Number of cases of West Nile virus in Attica increases Number of cases of West Nile virus in Attica increases
- August 23, 2018

Karyl Rattay. There is no evidence that people can get the virus from a horse that has the disease. Greece's Center for Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO) is expected to release its latest report this week. Most people will not experience symptoms. Prevent mosquito breeding around your home . Mosquitoes lay their larvae in standing water. This is when mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most active. (more...)
More mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Fulton County More mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Fulton County
- August 22, 2018

Officials recommend using insect repellent containing DEET; wearing loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce exposed skin; limiting time outdoors; and using screens on doors and windows. The majority of WNV human cases in the state occur during the months of August and September. Medical experts said symptoms fo the mosquito-borne illness can develop two to 15 days after being bitten bitten. (more...)
'Dramatic increase' in measles infections in Europe 'Dramatic increase' in measles infections in Europe
- August 22, 2018

World Health Organization data showed that measles cases in Europe had hit a record high, with the number this year already nearly twice last year's total. This year, at least 37 people have died from measles, a disease that can lead to pneumonia and encephalitis, which can cause blindness, brain damage or death, particularly in children. (more...)
Low-carb and high-carb diets associated with early death Low-carb and high-carb diets associated with early death
- August 22, 2018

Sara Seidelmann - a clinical and research fellow in cardiovascular medicine from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston - who led the research. Diets low in carbohydrates, for example, the Atkins diet, have become popular, promising reduction of weight and reduce the risk of certain diseases. (more...)
Fitbit Charge 3 specs, release date, news and features Fitbit Charge 3 specs, release date, news and features
- August 22, 2018

The device will come preloaded with 15+ goal-based exercise modes and essential smart features to "stay connected". Fitbit gave the Charge 3 an aerospace grade aluminum case and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display, plus a touchscreen OLED display that's nearly 40 percent bigger and brighter than its predecessor. (more...)
Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison,’ Harvard Professor Claims Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison,’ Harvard Professor Claims
- August 22, 2018

Last year, the American Heart Association reviewed the evidence on coconut oil among other foodstuffs. Despite the advice, promotions from health food shops such as Holland and Barrett , and celebrity endorsements from Gwyneth Paltrow and others, have helped United Kingdom sales of coconut oil surge in recent years from about £1m to £16.4m in the past four years, according to the consumer research group Kantar. (more...)
Google Fit Gets a Big UI Update With Two Health Focuses Google Fit Gets a Big UI Update With Two Health Focuses
- August 22, 2018

Google's revamp simplifies its tracking program, which it first launched in 2014 as a competitor to Apple's HealthKit. So far, Google Fit hasn't drawn the same sort of devotion. Google Fit is the go-to app for fitness enthusiasts on the Android platform: made by Google itself, Fit gives you an overview of your daily activities and stimulates you to move more and lead a more healthy lifestyle. (more...)
Manitoba affected by BC wildfire smoke, special air quality alert in effect Manitoba affected by BC wildfire smoke, special air quality alert in effect
- August 22, 2018

Sunday's weather sees the continuation of the a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver. Unhealthy air is common across the region due to numerous wildfires , according to the advisory. Tower said Monday had been a "really successful day" for firefighters working at Shovel Lake and the nearby Island Lake fire, despite the challenges posed by smoke and ash in the sky. (more...)
16 nurses in same hospital unit pregnant at same time 16 nurses in same hospital unit pregnant at same time
- August 20, 2018

A hospital in the USA state of Arizona has become a center of media attention after 16 of its nurses became pregnant. "I liked it. I didn't plan it, we had a contract, I didn't know about it?", said Packard. At a news conference, the women joked that there must be something in the water, or that maybe it was a joint plan for Christmas holidays off. You've got to feel for the other nursing staff who will presumably be run off their feet whilst they all take their 12 weeks of maternity ... (more...)
Drug deaths rose in '17, CDC says Drug deaths rose in '17, CDC says
- August 20, 2018

Once again the highest rates were seen in West Virginia, with 58.7 overdose deaths for every 100,000 residents. Another synthetic drug, U-47700 (about 7.5 times more potent than morphine) was detected in 123 opioid overdose deaths in 10 states participating in the State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS), administered by the CDC. (more...)
E-cigarettes can be key weapon against smoking, say MPs E-cigarettes can be key weapon against smoking, say MPs
- August 19, 2018

According to a report by MPs, e-cigarettes are too often overlooked by the NHS as a help to people who want to stop smoking . While it is illegal for people to buy e-cigarettes under the age of 18, there have been reports of children as young as 11 in South Holland seen vaping. (more...)
The 'Right' Amount of Carbs May Help You Live Longer The 'Right' Amount of Carbs May Help You Live Longer
- August 19, 2018

To address this uncertainty, researchers began by studying 15,428 adults aged 45-64 years from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds from four United States communities (Forsyth County, NC; Jackson, MS; Minneapolis, MN; and Washington County, MD) enrolled in the ARIC cohort between 1987 and 1989. (more...)
Mass overdose of marijuana sees 76 'bodies dropping' in park Mass overdose of marijuana sees 76 'bodies dropping' in park
- August 18, 2018

Investigators say he had 32 bags of the drug K2 in his home. Synthetic marijuana, called 'spice' and other names, usually is plant material sprayed with chemicals or other substances that is sold in small, colourful packets. Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, contains man-made chemicals that act on the same cell receptors in the brain as THC does in natural marijuana. (more...)
Oldest solid cheese found in ancient Egyptian jar Oldest solid cheese found in ancient Egyptian jar
- August 18, 2018

According to The London Economic , scientists determined that this very special and ancient cheese was made by using a combination of cow's milk mixed with either the milk of sheep or goats. After dissolving a sample and extracting the protein constituents, they realized they had found the rudimentary remains of a hunk of cheese , once wrapped in canvas fabric and preserved in the earthenware jar. (more...)
Mass Overdose Near Yale University Leaves Over 70 Sick
- August 17, 2018

As many as 30 people in New Haven, Connecticut , have been treated for possible drug overdoses since last night, authorities said Wednesday afternoon. A "mass overdose" appears to have taken place in a CT park today (Aug. 15), according to news reports. In New Haven, the patients transported to the hospital included people of various ages and demographics, Chief Alston said. (more...)
NY University offers free tuition for all medical students NY University offers free tuition for all medical students
- August 17, 2018

In a surprise announcement, NYU revealed it would foot tuition-about $55,000 per year-for all medical students going forward. Graduates move towards higher-paying areas of medicine over paediatrics, primary care or gynaecology due to their "staggering student loans". (more...)

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