Health


"Widespread flu" is circulating in North Dakota
- February 03, 2019

Three more people in DE have died from the flu. The eight who have so far this flu season range in age from 41 years old to 83 years old. A total of 185 flu-linked child deaths were reported last season, up from 110 the season before. A Health Department spokeswoman said yesterday the number of notified flu cases this year was almost double that for the same time last year but still much lower than the number of reported during the winter season. (more...)
Measles - Get vaccinated now Measles - Get vaccinated now
- February 02, 2019

Only one case occurred in a person who was vaccinated. The current measles outbreak in Clark County and one diagnosed case in King County are examples of why the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine is a crucial requirement. But measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks. (more...)
E-cigs 'twice as effective as nicotine gum or patches' E-cigs 'twice as effective as nicotine gum or patches'
- February 02, 2019

Second-hand smoke can be especially harmful to children, and CDC estimates that second-hand smoke caused more than 7,300 deaths from lung cancer every year from 2005 to 2009. However, up until now there had been a shortage of evidence on how effective they were as stop-smoking tools. He said the company won't offer its smoke-free products to people who have never smoked or those who have quit smoking. (more...)
Parents concerned babies can not be vaccinated amid measles outbreak in US Parents concerned babies can not be vaccinated amid measles outbreak in US
- February 02, 2019

The more people start opting out, the broader the risk becomes. That movement can be traced to a fraudulent report by a British doctor that has since been discredited. "I would hope that this ends soon, but this could go on for weeks, if not months", said Dr. Alan Melnick, public health director in Clark County, Washington, just north of Portland. (more...)
DR Congo: UN says hundreds slain in organized massacre DR Congo: UN says hundreds slain in organized massacre
- February 01, 2019

The control of Ebola spread is also hampered by the violence caused by militias in eastern DR Congo. A dispute linked to a tribal chief's burial is seen as a catalyst for the fighting between the Banunu and Batende communities. The health zone of Katwa in Butembo, North Kivu, continues to be the main focus of the Ebola outbreak, having recorded 65 percent of the newly confirmed cases in the last 21 days, according to the Ministry of Health. (more...)
Clark County Measles Outbreak Increases To 31 Confirmed Cases Clark County Measles Outbreak Increases To 31 Confirmed Cases
- February 01, 2019

The state of New Jersey only recently declared an end to a flare-up of measles there in which 33 incidents were identified. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is warning residents about a measles outbreak in the state of Washington . (more...)
Eating Breakfast May Not Help You Shed Weight Eating Breakfast May Not Help You Shed Weight
- February 01, 2019

However, those findings come from observational trials and critics say there may be other important differences between people who do or do not tend to start the day with a meal. Although the authors pointed out that there were some inconsistencies and varying quality in the studies included in the review, they said it appears that eating breakfast isn't a helpful strategy for losing weight. (more...)
Local school districts supporting Bell Let's Talk Day
- February 01, 2019

It is an initiative started by Bell , CTV Northern Ontario's parent company, September 2010 and began as a new conversation about Canada's mental health with a goal to help end stigma. High-profile partners in this year's Let's Talk campaign include sports teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, film organizations like the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs and Cineplex, music organizations like Festival d'été de Québec, ... (more...)
Student Died After Eating Spagetti Left on Kitchen Counter For Five Days
- January 31, 2019

The 20-year-old, called AJ, is said to have eaten an old portion of spaghetti that he had cooked five days previously, but had been left on the side for around two days. "But for AJ a second agent was found", Professor Bernard said in the video. The leftover pasta which the student ate was tested by the National Reference Laboratory for Food-borne Outbreaks and it was revealed that it had life-threatening toxins. (more...)
Earn an Apple Watch Through Aetna's New Wellness Program Earn an Apple Watch Through Aetna's New Wellness Program
- January 31, 2019

Attain also invests in long-term health. They also won't be limited to simple step tracking - Aetna says they'll also include fitness activities such as yoga and swimming. "We're designing Attain to be personalized and clinically relevant to where each individual is in their health journey". Apple plans to use contributed data to fuel machine learning algorithms that can enhance the personalization of the experience and fuel new features in the future. (more...)
Screen time linked to learning delays in young children, new study finds Screen time linked to learning delays in young children, new study finds
- January 31, 2019

But the results have been contested by others in the field who say the study did not take into account what the children were using the screens for, and that the influence of screens had a smaller effect than other factors such as family income, the child's sleep and whether they were read to. (more...)
May faces losing control over Brexit despite gamble on backstop May faces losing control over Brexit despite gamble on backstop
- January 31, 2019

The border measure, known as the backstop, would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU in order to remove the need for checks along the frontier between the UK's Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Britain leaves the bloc. (more...)
Scientists say they will have 'complete cure for cancer within a year'
- January 30, 2019

Dan Aridor, chairman of Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi), told the Jerusalem Post that a possible cure could be ready within a year and would have nearly no side effects. Called MuTaTo (multi-target toxin), researchers said the drug is essentially "on the scale of a cancer antibiotic-a disruption technology of the highest order". (more...)
Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passes away at 88 Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passes away at 88
- January 30, 2019

The government withdrew charges against the Kashmiri journalist whom the Defence Minister himself phoned after his release to say that the entire episode had, "started a debate on the OSA within the establishment". He was married to Leila Kabir, but separated from her. The last rites will be conducted at Lodhi crematorium and his ashes buried as per his wishes, his close associate Jaya Jaitly said. (more...)
Washington governor declares state of emergency over measles outbreak Washington governor declares state of emergency over measles outbreak
- January 30, 2019

Over the weekend, nine more cases were discovered. Most of the patients are children under 10. Washington state has one of the lowest vaccination rates when it comes to measles. A second immunization is the MMRV vaccine , which protects children from measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. "And then you see another generation of cases", he said. (more...)
Once eradicated in USA, measles outbreak sickens 35 in two states
- January 30, 2019

Most of the patients are children under 10, and one child has been hospitalized. Of the 34 cases, 24 are children between age 1 and 10. Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the U.S. "For decades, vaccines were given and compliance was very high, and there are a lot of people, especially in the USA, who have no experience with these vaccine-preventable illnesses", Deese said. (more...)
Scientists say they may have found ‘complete cure’ for cancer
- January 30, 2019

Morad equated the concept of MuTaTo to the drug cocktail that has helped transform AIDS from being an automatic death sentence to a chronic yet manageable disease, according to the Israeli news outlet. "If it does not completely annihilate the cancer, the remaining cells can start to get mutations again, and then the cancer comes back, but this time it is drug resistant", said Morad. (more...)
Measles Outbreak Worsens In Washington As Governor Declares Public Health Emergency
- January 30, 2019

Washington Department of Health officials announced that as of Monday afternoon there have been 36 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases of the disease. The measles vaccine is available as a combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine , and is available from your local health unit, family doctor, and many pharmacists. (more...)
State bill introduced to nix personal exemptions for measles vaccine State bill introduced to nix personal exemptions for measles vaccine
- January 29, 2019

The number of confirmed measles cases near Portland grew to 31 on Friday - an outbreak boosted by lower-than-normal vaccination rates in what has been called an anti-vaccination U.S. "It's their lives on the line, honestly, if they're not vaccinated and something like this happens, then what am I going to do to save them?" British Columbians can update their immunization status at any time, especially before travelling. (more...)
BC CDC warns of measles outbreak in Washington State BC CDC warns of measles outbreak in Washington State
- January 29, 2019

Most of the cases involved children younger than 10, the Clark County Public Health Department said in a statement. One person in Clark County has been hospitalized. In 2018, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the U.S. Idaho authorities have issued warnings, as well. As of Friday, Clark County Public Health had posted even higher numbers, with 30 confirmed and nine suspected cases. (more...)

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