Health


Half a million breast cancer deaths have been avoided Half a million breast cancer deaths have been avoided
- February 13, 2019

Edward Hendrick, PhD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Jay Baker, MD, of Duke University Medical Center, and Mark Helvie, MD, of the University of Michigan Health System, analyzed breast cancer mortality data and female population data for US women aged 40 to 84 years over the past three decades. (more...)
Apple, VA to let veterans access their health records on iPhone Apple, VA to let veterans access their health records on iPhone
- February 13, 2019

The data available to veterans will include allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals, Apple explains. Once this new feature is up and running, Vets getting medical attention through the Veterans Health Administration will be able to see their records in one place from the different VHA organizations where they've received treatment. (more...)
Scott Morrison reopens Christmas Island asylum seeker detention centre Scott Morrison reopens Christmas Island asylum seeker detention centre
- February 13, 2019

Under changes to the legislation, two doctors can recommend medical evacuations for sick asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru . When the sitting government last lost a vote on substantive legislation in 1929, then prime minister Stanley Bruce immediately called an election, and lost it. (more...)
101 confirmed cases of measles in 10 states, including Illinois — CDC 101 confirmed cases of measles in 10 states, including Illinois — CDC
- February 12, 2019

As anti-vaccination movements metastasize amid outbreaks of risky disease, internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents' decisions in a digital health reawakening - and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance. The other must be a paperwork mistake, she said . "As the child of anti-vaxxer parents , what vaccines should I get now as an adult?" one user wrote. (more...)
Scientists test 'beer before wine and you'll feel fine' hangover theory Scientists test 'beer before wine and you'll feel fine' hangover theory
- February 10, 2019

Hangovers are likely to be influenced by ingredients other than pure alcohol , such as colourings and flavourings, it is therefore suggested that dark spirits such as rum and Bourbon may cause a more severe hangover than vodka. They were then kept under medical supervision overnight. The evaluation revealed the order of the drinks did not matter for the extent of the hangover, nor did gender, weight or general drinking habits. (more...)
Research: New pill can deliver insulin through the stomach Research: New pill can deliver insulin through the stomach
- February 09, 2019

They also demonstrated that the device can be adapted to "deliver other protein drugs". In 2014, Langer and his colleagues developed a pill with tiny needles that will inject the drug into the stomach lining. The researchers are able to control the rate that insulin dissolves when they prepare the capsule. The findings, published in the journal Science , showed that the researchers could successfully deliver up to 300 micrograms of insulin. (more...)
Trump's call to end HIV epidemic hindered by his administration's policies Trump's call to end HIV epidemic hindered by his administration's policies
- February 09, 2019

Federal government scientists have been coordinating for months on the new plan, which combines broader efforts to stem transmission of HIV with better treatment for people who are already infected. Hardy said any meaningful policy to lower HIV infections would have to target interventions that expand care for LGBTQ individuals since gay and bisexual men account for almost 70% of new HIV infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more...)
Christopher Dingell remembers his father, the longest serving congressman in history Christopher Dingell remembers his father, the longest serving congressman in history
- February 09, 2019

John and Debbie Dingell had been married since 1981. "He was a tireless advocate for Wayne County communities and residents in Washington during his almost 60 years in Congress ", Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said Thursday in a statement . (more...)
Measles breaks out across the Philippines after Dengvaxia vaccine scare Measles breaks out across the Philippines after Dengvaxia vaccine scare
- February 09, 2019

Authorities in the Philippines have declared an outbreak of the highly contagious measles virus in several areas including the capital, Manila. The DOH said that as of January 26, it has recorded 575 cases with nine deaths in Calabarzon, 441 cases with five deaths in Metro Manila, 192 cases with four deaths in Central Luzon, 104 cases with three deaths in Western Visayas and 71 cases with one death in Central Visayas. (more...)
Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Multnomah County Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Multnomah County
- February 08, 2019

A report published by the European Commission a year ago and compiled by a team led by Larson found that measles immunization coverage has fallen in 12 EU countries since 2010, and that seven out of the 10 countries with the lowest vaccine confidence in the world are in Europe. (more...)
Measles outbreak misses Wahkiakum; vaccinations needed Measles outbreak misses Wahkiakum; vaccinations needed
- February 08, 2019

In just Washington state, there have been more than 45 confirmed cases of measles this year alone. The MMR vaccine is one of two immunizations recommended by the federal government to help prevent measles. A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body. "Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health ... (more...)
Men who have smoked marijuana are more fertile Men who have smoked marijuana are more fertile
- February 07, 2019

The trouble is, not all of the results match up, and this makes it hard for users to make informed decisions. A 2015 study found that Danish men who smoked marijuana a few times a week had lower sperm counts . In total, 55 percent of the men admitted to trying cannabis at some point in their lives, while 44 percent said they were regular users in the past. (more...)
Measles outbreak spreads to Texas
- February 07, 2019

These new Multnomah County cases are linked to the Clark County outbreak. Denton County Public Health has confirmed one measles case in Denton County. To further limit the spread of the virus, health officials ask that people who think they might have measles call their doctor or health care provider before visiting a hospital or doctor's office. (more...)
Ontario health inspections, air ambulance won't be privatized, minister says Ontario health inspections, air ambulance won't be privatized, minister says
- February 06, 2019

Christine Elliott's comments came after the NDP released a second set of confidential government documents following the release last week of a draft version of the Progressive Conservative government's upcoming health-care transformation legislation. (more...)
Cancer Rates Rising in Millennial Cancer Rates Rising in Millennial
- February 06, 2019

Only two types of non-obesity-related cancer, leukemia and a type of lower stomach cancer, increased among younger age groups during the study, suggesting that all cancer rates are not rising in this population. Worryingly, the risk of colorectal , uterine and gallbladder cancers has also doubled for millennials compared to baby boomers when they were the same age. (more...)
Why men's brains get slower than women's Why men's brains get slower than women's
- February 06, 2019

But if true, the researchers hypothesize that having a metabolically "younger" brain might provide women with "some degree of resilience to aging-related changes" in the brain. "We found in fact that females had a younger brain age relative to males". Women consistently fared better. Then, the researchers flipped their analysis: they trained the algorithm on women's data, and told it to calculate the brain ages for men. (more...)
Morning Rounds: Measles outbreak and vaccine safety Morning Rounds: Measles outbreak and vaccine safety
- February 05, 2019

The Idaho Statesman reports there is a measles outbreak in Clark County , Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, with at least 43 confirmed cases. If you attended the Detroit auto show press preview days January 13-15, you may have been exposed to rubella, also known as the German measles, the state Department of Health and Human Services said. (more...)
US kids using too much toothpaste US kids using too much toothpaste
- February 05, 2019

According to a recent study, young children who use toothpaste more than required are at an increased risk of " dental fluorosis " when they grow older. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend that parents begin brushing their child's teeth with toothpaste at age 2. Brushing with water is recommended as soon as teeth come in. (more...)
Cancer lingers, but fight against it prevails in Turkey and the world Cancer lingers, but fight against it prevails in Turkey and the world
- February 04, 2019

The only answer to receiving an early diagnosis is encouraging people to take action and visit their GP. While malaria can now be suppressed through administration of curative drugs, and mitigation measures like sleeping under treated mosquito nets; cancers when detected at advanced stage have proven hard to remedy. (more...)
Study Found Vaping Beat Traditional Smoking-Cessation Options Study Found Vaping Beat Traditional Smoking-Cessation Options
- February 03, 2019

But two editorials in the same publication threw some cold water on the trial's results. "This is a well-designed and much-needed study that may have important clinical and policy implications for the use of e-cigarettes as a cessation aid", Scott Weaver , an epidemiologist at Georgia State University's School of Public Health who is not affiliated with the new research, told Gizmodo . (more...)

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