Health


Health officials reporting two more flu death in Oklahoma Health officials reporting two more flu death in Oklahoma
- December 06, 2019

Three other children have died of the flu in Texas in the current season. Health officials note that everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. There has been a recent uptick in influenza in November according to the health department. "The patient tested positive for Influenza B, which is circulating early and predominantly this season", he said. (more...)
Measles Numbers Were Bad In 2018. This Year, They're Even Worse Measles Numbers Were Bad In 2018. This Year, They're Even Worse
- December 06, 2019

Four European countries, Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, and the United Kingdom, lost measles elimination status in 2018 and 2019, after each country saw re-established transmission of the virus. "Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Ukraine, the other countries hardest-hit by measles, each face conflicts, with DRC additionally battling a serious Ebola outbreak and rampant distrust", Prof Heidi Larson, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, explained. (more...)
Biden: Harris Could Become Vice President or a Supreme Court Justice Biden: Harris Could Become Vice President or a Supreme Court Justice
- December 06, 2019

Senator Kamala Harris , a fierce critic of Donald Trump , has told the U.S. president that she will see him at his impeachment trial after he mocked her for abruptly withdrawing from the 2020 Presidential race. Reacting to her abrupt withdrawal, President Trump, now in the United Kingdom to attend the NATO Summit , tweeted, "Too bad". "I can't fund my own campaign". (more...)
Red flags to mark homes of unvaccinated in Samoa, officials say Red flags to mark homes of unvaccinated in Samoa, officials say
- December 05, 2019

More than 150 mobile vaccination teams are going door-to-door, administering the MMR vaccine to households displaying the red flags, or any other red-coloured material. The Government hopes to increase that figure to 90 percent during a two-day shutdown which began Thursday morning - with roads closed to non-essential vehicles, inter-island travel banned and citizens ordered to stay at home. (more...)
Biden: Buttigieg Biden: Buttigieg "Stole" My Health Care Plan
- December 05, 2019

The former vice president has laid out a plan to expand the Affordable Care Act, one of the biggest legislative accomplishments of the Obama administration, by adding a public option that's open to all Americans, but preserving the option for individuals to keep their private insurance. (more...)
HHS Announces CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid Will Offer HIV Medication for Free HHS Announces CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid Will Offer HIV Medication for Free
- December 05, 2019

The medications, which can reduce the chances of getting HIV through sex by more than 90%, will be donated by Gilead Sciences , which manufactures Truvada and Descovy - the only HIV prevention drugs now approved by the federal government. The drugs will be available in at least 21,000 CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid locations. The pharmacy giants all agreed to donate their drug-dispensing fees for the PrEP medications. (more...)
Monthly birth control pill could replace daily doses Monthly birth control pill could replace daily doses
- December 05, 2019

As they slowly dissolve over weeks, they release the drug continuously. The device is folded inside an ordinary-sized capsule. "We found a dramatic difference in the size of the brain structures between women who were taking oral contraceptives and those who were not", said Lipton. (more...)
Study Links Hair Dyes, Cancer Study Links Hair Dyes, Cancer
- December 05, 2019

The study included data from 46,709 women in the US and Puerto Rico who were part of the Sister Study - women who had no history of breast cancer but had at least one sister diagnosed with breast cancer . As for chemical straighteners, risk didn't vary by race. For example, long-term clinical trials with a control group and placebo would be more definitive but this type of study "would be hard if not impossible to do". (more...)
Heart transplant performed using procedure that could drastically expand donor pool Heart transplant performed using procedure that could drastically expand donor pool
- December 04, 2019

A human heart was transplanted for the first time ever in 1967 in South Africa. A 12 months later, Stanford College docs carried out the primary such transplant within the US. Historically, the best defence against the heart's decay has been keeping the organ at very cold temperatures. But if doctors can instead get a heart beating again after removing it from the donor's body, the organ will be "alive" once more, independent of the person who has died. (more...)
Raising awareness on World AIDS Day Raising awareness on World AIDS Day
- December 04, 2019

The county health department will also display a "nationally-renowned AIDS Memorial Quilt" in its main lobby from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The ministry said that the number of patients treated with lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) has doubled to over 175,000 patients in September 2019 from over 85,000 in 2015. (more...)
Joe Biden's New Slogan Causes a Fuss Joe Biden's New Slogan Causes a Fuss
- December 04, 2019

Yes, I am aware of the irony that the majority of political campaigns are predicated on trying to perform both "authentic" and "sincere" at all times while also staying true to their campaign platforms, the strained and performative result of which is, of course, that they achieve neither. (more...)
Samoa government to close amid fatal measles outbreak Samoa government to close amid fatal measles outbreak
- December 03, 2019

All but one person, in their 30s, are children or teenagers. Malielegaoi was unequivocal in his message, telling his people "vaccination is the only cure... Ardern said the natural curve of infection rates meant that "sometimes things can be worse before they are better". Figures from the World Health Organization and UNICEF indicate that fewer than 30% of Samoan infants were immunized a year ago. (more...)
At least 50 children killed by measles in Samoa as outbreak worsens At least 50 children killed by measles in Samoa as outbreak worsens
- December 02, 2019

Most of those who have died have been babies and young infants, including 23 children aged less than one, and 25 children aged between one and four. Kate O'Brien, director of the WHO's immunization department, said in Geneva that "very cheap coverage of measles vaccine" was to blame for the rapid expanse of the highly contagious in the nation. (more...)
At least 19 killed in suspected Islamist attack in eastern DR Congo At least 19 killed in suspected Islamist attack in eastern DR Congo
- December 01, 2019

He did not say how many people have been killed in the attacks in Biakato Mines and Mangina. A member of the vaccination team that provides Ebola vaccine for communities was killed, two drivers and a police officer totalled the four that died. (more...)
UK, NZ send medics to Samoa as measles outbreak kills 42 UK, NZ send medics to Samoa as measles outbreak kills 42
- November 29, 2019

Factfile on measles, a highly contagious disease. As the illness progresses, a red-brown rash will spread across the skin, which usually starts on the head or neck. The ICU specialists and medical supplies announced today are in addition to the nurse vaccinators, New Zealand Medical Assistance Team (NZMAT), and medical supplies that New Zealand has already committed to the response. (more...)
World first HIV positive sperm bank in NZ World first HIV positive sperm bank in NZ
- November 29, 2019

Alabi, at a briefing in Lagos on 2019 World AIDS Day , said there was the need for people to unite in the fight against HIV. Each Dec. 1, advocates around the world come together to recognize World AIDS Day. The majority (75%) of people who received counselling had never been in contact before with peer or outreach services for HIV. The Sperm Constructive initiative goals to present HIV-positive folks the chance to create life - in addition to dispel prejudices in regards to the illness, ... (more...)
First case of the flu First case of the flu
- November 28, 2019

Natalie Azar. The medical director of Buncombe County in North Carolina, Jennifer Mullendore, says this is considered on par with a typical flu season . The flu vaccine is available at health centres across the country. Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can cause fever, cough, muscle aches, and fatigue. (more...)
Work-to-rule campaigns underway for Ontario elementary and high school teachers Work-to-rule campaigns underway for Ontario elementary and high school teachers
- November 28, 2019

Teachers will be skipping more than staff meetings, they won't fully fill out report cards and they won't do anything for the standardized tests mandated by the province - both of which are parts of their job. The union says it has tabled these issues at central contract talks since June, but "the government has provided nothing but evasive non-answers", according to ETFO president Sam Hammond. (more...)
Quick Hits: New Features Turn Amazon's Alexa into a Pharmacist Quick Hits: New Features Turn Amazon's Alexa into a Pharmacist
- November 27, 2019

The e-commerce giant has been lately trying to explore the growing healthcare market and the recent move is in a bid to give millions of its Alexa users another facility. Interacting with a virtual assistant can quickly become boring if the voice is too robotic. All of this adds up to creating the so-called 'ambient smart home' , where you don't need to speak to a specific device to control something. (more...)
Buttigieg surges into second as Bloomberg hits the trail Buttigieg surges into second as Bloomberg hits the trail
- November 27, 2019

Dramatic in the results of the tracking poll was the swing among the top four candidates since it was last conducted in September, with Sanders up 13 points and Buttigieg up 11 points, while Warren and Biden dropped 6 and 10 points respectively. (more...)

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