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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...)
NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak
- April 09, 2019

The declaration requires all unvaccinated people in those areas who may have been exposed to the virus to get the vaccine, including children over 6 months old. Another outbreak has hit Orthodox Jewish families in New York's Rockland County. Roughly 1,800 children in Williamsburg remain unvaccinated, Barbot said during the press conference. (more...)
Four measles cases linked to Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
- April 09, 2019

One case was earlier reported in Wayne County. Additional sites of potential exposures will be identified and listed as more information is learned. All exposure sites are listed on the county's website. The number of confirmed measles cases in metro Detroit continues to grow, with one Birmingham middle school student reportedly diagnosed with the highly contagious disease. (more...)
At least three cases of Candida auris fungus in Singapore since 2012 At least three cases of Candida auris fungus in Singapore since 2012
- April 09, 2019

Royal Brompton Hospital alerted the British government and infected patients when the fungus could not be removed, but made no public announcement to warn the public about the outbreak, The New York Times said. As of the end of February, a total of 587 cases had been confirmed across the country, a lot of them in New York State, where there were 309 cases. (more...)
Israel has lowest rate of diet-related deaths worldwide Israel has lowest rate of diet-related deaths worldwide
- April 07, 2019

Diet that includes less whole grains, while too many unhealthy elements, accounted for every fifth death globally. "This study affirms what many have thought for several years - that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world", said study author Dr Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. (more...)
Study challenges health benefits of moderate drinking Study challenges health benefits of moderate drinking
- April 07, 2019

Also, one or two drinks a day has previously been associated with a lower risk of stroke and heart attacks, but it was never clear whether the alcohol itself was improving health, or that non-drinkers had cardiovascular problems. He added: "The findings for heart attack were less clear-cut, so we plan to collect more evidence". The subjects were followed for 10 years, and over 160,000 people had one of the two genetic variants that significantly reduced their alcohol consumption to almost ... (more...)
Six States and District of Columbia Sue Over School Lunches Six States and District of Columbia Sue Over School Lunches
- April 06, 2019

The changes announced last December 6 affect the federally funded National School Lunch Program, which was started by President Harry Truman in 1946 and feeds more than 30 million, mostly lower-income children. Letitia James echoes this: "The Trump Administration has undermined key health benefits for our children - standards for salt and whole grains in school meals - with deliberate disregard for science, expert opinion, and the law", she wrote in a statement announcing the lawsuit . (more...)
Scottish HPV vaccine programme dramatically reduced cervical disease, study shows Scottish HPV vaccine programme dramatically reduced cervical disease, study shows
- April 06, 2019

The programme was school based, targeting girls aged 12 and 13 years, supplemented with a three-year catch-up programme to the age of 18 years. The researchers looked at the impact of routine vaccination on levels of abnormal cells and cervical lesions, known as CIN. (more...)
Amazon's Alexa is now HIPAA compliant
- April 06, 2019

By bringing HIPAA compliance to the Alexa Skills Kit, Amazon wants to remove those barriers for voice technologies. Amazon is planning to create and launch six HIPAA-compliant healthcare skills for its digital assistant Alexa, the company announced. (more...)
India says debris from anti-satellite test won’t harm ISS India says debris from anti-satellite test won’t harm ISS
- April 06, 2019

This, despite the fact that NASA's administrator warned of the dangers that the debris posed. The US space agency has said that cooperation with ISRO remains intact despite India doing " terrible thing " for creating about 400 pieces of orbital debris. (more...)
Health officials: Confirmed measles cases at 34 in MI Health officials: Confirmed measles cases at 34 in MI
- April 06, 2019

The businesses were Skin Clinic in Falmouth and Maine Centers for Healthcare Endoscopy in Westbrook. Measles is a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes followed by a rash that can spread from the head to the trunk to the lower extremities. (more...)
1 in 5 deaths worldwide linked to unhealthy diet, say study 1 in 5 deaths worldwide linked to unhealthy diet, say study
- April 06, 2019

Annual deaths related to diet have increased from 8 million in 1990, but the researchers said this was largely due to larger and older populations. Poor diet has also been linked to disabilities, the scientists said in their report, which was first published in The Lancet science journal. (more...)
State’s first measles case of 2019 confirmed in northern Indiana State’s first measles case of 2019 confirmed in northern Indiana
- April 06, 2019

The Department wants to inform anyone who visited 4000 Old Court Road In Pikesville, Md., on Tuesday in Baltimore County that they may have been exposed to measles. That's the second-highest number of cases reported nationwide since 2000. The HPSC, Ireland's specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases, said they have recorded 10 cases since the start of February 2019. (more...)
Cyclone Idai: 900000 cholera vaccine doses arrive in Beira, Mozambique Cyclone Idai: 900000 cholera vaccine doses arrive in Beira, Mozambique
- April 05, 2019

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the ERC. Initially, at-risk communities will be given one cholera vaccine dose, providing protection from cholera for at least six months. "I like the treatment, and it is good help at this time when we were hit by the cyclone, because there are a lot of people with different problems and the hospitals are busy", said Elias. (more...)
Insulin prices won't top $25 a month out-of-pocket under new program
- April 05, 2019

The Patient Assurance Program will be available to members of participating non-government-funded pharmacy plans managed by Express Scripts, including Cigna and other plans. Health plan sponsors, such as employers and labor unions, will have to opt-in to an out-of-pocket cap program in order for patients to benefit from it. (more...)
Mozambique cholera cases now above 1400; vaccines arrive Mozambique cholera cases now above 1400; vaccines arrive
- April 05, 2019

Already the number of cholera cases is more than double the 500 beds set up for patients in Beira that is the centre of relief efforts for central Mozambique . The overall death toll from the cyclone is now 598 in Mozambique , with more than 300 deaths in neighbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi. Speaking during a tour of cyclone-hit areas in Bikita on Sunday, Moyo said that government would compensate families of those whose bodies had been buried in Mozambique while modalities for their ... (more...)
One in five deaths worldwide linked to unhealthy diet One in five deaths worldwide linked to unhealthy diet
- April 04, 2019

In comparison, smoking tobacco was associated with eight million deaths. Diets high in sodium , low in whole grains , and low in fruit together accounted for more than half of all diet-related deaths around the world. "This concept of increasing intake of healthy food should be added to current policy debates for improving diets", he said. The country with the best diet in the world, according to the study, is Israel , which in contrast recorded just 89 per 100,000 people a year. (more...)
U.S. House condemns Trump's courtroom efforts to end Obamacare U.S. House condemns Trump's courtroom efforts to end Obamacare
- April 04, 2019

This will put millions of Americans at risk of losing their health insurance , including the thousands of West Virginians who gained health insurance through the Medicaid expansion, and thousands more who gained insurance through the state health exchange". (more...)
The Rolling Stones Postponed Their Tour Because Mick Jagger Needs Heart Surgery The Rolling Stones Postponed Their Tour Because Mick Jagger Needs Heart Surgery
- April 04, 2019

Meglen claimed the tour would have to be re-booked for no later than July, as it will play mostly National Football League stadiums, which are generally not busy during summer months and can be booked up until the first week of the 2019-2020 season, which begins in early September. (more...)

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