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1,300 flu deaths in United States so far this season, CDC estimates 1,300 flu deaths in United States so far this season, CDC estimates
- December 14, 2019

Flu activity is being caused mostly by influenza B/Victoria viruses, which is unusual for this time of year, according to the CDC, and B strains tend to hit children particularly hard. Regional officials try to identify people who've died from the flu, and coroner's reports are used to identify cases. "Vaccine effectiveness isn't always what we would like, but flu vaccine can reduce your risk of hospitalization 40%, and for healthy kids, it can reduce their chance of dying by 65%", she noted. (more...)
Food labels showing exercise needed to burn calories 'could help tackle obesity' Food labels showing exercise needed to burn calories 'could help tackle obesity'
- December 13, 2019

It says evidence suggests that 53% of people would change their behavior after reading front-of-pack PACE labeling. Labeling food and beverages with the amount and type of exercise needed to burn off the calories in it might be a more effective way of encouraging people to make "healthier" dietary choices, according to research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health . (more...)
Nadler’s full opening statement in House Judiciary markup of the impeachment articles Nadler’s full opening statement in House Judiciary markup of the impeachment articles
- December 12, 2019

Earlier this week, House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Trump , alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress . Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Marietta, said that she did not come to Washington to impeach a president but it is where the requirements of her committee position have taken her. (more...)
Trump impeachment timeline: key events, what comes next Trump impeachment timeline: key events, what comes next
- December 12, 2019

Democrats in the House of Representatives this week formally called for the removal of Donald J. Trump from the office of the US presidency, laying out in a succinct nine-page document the articles of impeachment on grounds he committed high crimes and misdemeanours in the form of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (more...)
Bird flu cases confirmed at Suffolk farm Bird flu cases confirmed at Suffolk farm
- December 11, 2019

Dr Gavin Dabrera, public health consultant at Public Health England, added: 'Avian flu (often called bird flu ) is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public's health is very low. The disease was picked up by a private veterinary surgeon who was investigating a drop in egg production in the flock, demonstrating the vital importance of disease surveillance and prompt reporting. (more...)
Flu season could get worse soon Flu season could get worse soon
- December 11, 2019

But Murray said: "It's really hard to say how severe the season here in California or the US might be". A total of 75,997 people sought outpatient or emergency treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals and clinics in Taiwan during the week-long period, up by 2 percent from a week earlier but still at a low level, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ). (more...)
Police Officer Slain in Jersey City Shooting Identified as Father of Five Police Officer Slain in Jersey City Shooting Identified as Father of Five
- December 11, 2019

Jersey City Department of Public Safety Director James Shea said Tuesday that there is no indication of terrorism. "Last night, after extensive review of our CCTV system, it has now become clear from the cameras that these two individuals targeted the kosher grocery", Fulop tweeted Wednesday morning. (more...)
Flu season strikes earlier than usual Flu season strikes earlier than usual
- December 10, 2019

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The DCHD says two outbreaks in long-term care have been reported and the number of RSV-positive cases remain high. Animals may carry and spread influenza A. Or, if you touch something the virus is on, like Ellen and Jack's phone or doorknob, and then touch your nose or mouth, you could catch the flu. (more...)
First case of polio since 1992 reported in Tuaran First case of polio since 1992 reported in Tuaran
- December 09, 2019

In case you're wondering, Malaysia's last polio case was reported in 1992, before the country was declared polio-free in 2000. There is no cure for the disease, and it can only be prevented with oral and injectable vaccines . Jayabalan says that some individuals refuse to be vaccinated due to misinformation leading them to believe that immunization is hazardous and unsafe. (more...)
Supreme Court leaves Kentucky’s controversial ultrasound law in place
- December 09, 2019

Next month, it will consider a Louisiana law that requires physicians to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research and policy organisation, almost 60 abortion restrictions have been put in place this year. (more...)
New health team announced for Cambridge and North Dumfries New health team announced for Cambridge and North Dumfries
- December 09, 2019

Her colleague agreed: "Our local health care providers are leaders in the province and are continuously examining ways to improve patient care". "We know that when people get sick and need health care, the current system is comprised of many silos, making it hard for people to access care and navigate the transitions along the continuum of care", the Ottawa Health Team wrote in its submission to the province. (more...)
Elizabeth Warren discloses past legal work, showing $2 million in compensation Elizabeth Warren discloses past legal work, showing $2 million in compensation
- December 09, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) earned almost $2 million working as a consultant for corporations and financial firms while she was a law professor at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and other law schools, according to records her campaign abruptly released Sunday evening. (more...)
Here's why we need to talk about World AIDS Day Lifestyle Here's why we need to talk about World AIDS Day Lifestyle
- December 09, 2019

The Chinese version is "Active Detection, Prevent AIDS , Enjoy Health" (主动检测,知艾防艾,共享健康), which isn't as punchy but speaks to the progress the country has made in expanding and normalizing HIV testing. He continued: "It is so important for people living with HIV to be better represented across public and political spheres, and as a serving MP to be openly living with the virus, Lloyd is already impacting positive change". (more...)
Distracted by Their Smartphones, Pedestrians Are Landing in the ER Distracted by Their Smartphones, Pedestrians Are Landing in the ER
- December 09, 2019

Numerous injuries were caused by falls when people were looking at their phones and not paying attention to their surroundings - like texting while walking , for example, Paskhover said. The most common injuries were lacerations (26%), followed by bruises and abrasions (25%). "I have had a patient who was lying in bed looking at her phone, and it slipped out of her hand, hit her in the face, broke her nose", said Paskhover. (more...)
US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus
- December 09, 2019

Nationally, influenza B/Victoria viruses are the most commonly reported influenza viruses among children age 0-4 years with 46 percent of reported viruses and 5-24 years with 60 percent of reported viruses, while A (H3N2) viruses are the most commonly reported influenza viruses among persons 65 years of age and older with 54 percent of reported viruses. (more...)
Samoa measles epidemic: Death toll rises to 63 Samoa measles epidemic: Death toll rises to 63
- December 08, 2019

The focus of Friday's operation is the country's urban areas, he said. Samoa's Communications Minister Afamasaga Rico Tupai mentioned anti-vaccination activists - also called "anti-vaxxers" - are spreading conspiracy theories which had been hindering the unprecedented public well being mobilisation. (more...)
Scientists slam China gene-editing study, warn of freak mutations Scientists slam China gene-editing study, warn of freak mutations
- December 07, 2019

He made expansive claims of a medical breakthrough that could "control the HIV epidemic", but it was not clear whether it had even been successful in its intended goal - immunising the babies against the virus - because the team did not in fact reproduce the gene mutation that confers this resistance. (more...)
Peloton Backlash Over 'Gift That Gives' Ad Pummels Stock Peloton Backlash Over 'Gift That Gives' Ad Pummels Stock
- December 07, 2019

In the advert, called "The Gift That Gives Back", a woman is seen receiving a Peloton bike from her husband. "I'm a small bit nervous nonetheless livid", she says sooner than her first session, nonetheless is soon informing him that she has worked out 5 days in a row. (more...)
Hair dye, straighteners might boost breast cancer risk, especially for black women Hair dye, straighteners might boost breast cancer risk, especially for black women
- December 06, 2019

A limitation of the study is that it was not created to find out which chemical in permanent hair dyes and straighteners can cause breast cancer . Black women were less likely to use permanent hair dye but significantly more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer after using it. (more...)
Stay Healthy During Flu Season With Facts From the OCHD Stay Healthy During Flu Season With Facts From the OCHD
- December 06, 2019

May said: "Each and every one of us who works or has worked on the front line - whether in hospitals, GP surgeries, ambulance trusts or in the community - knows that every winter flu has a serious impact on the health of thousands of people". (more...)

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