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IDPH Reports Second Case of Measles in Iowa

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The ministry confirmed that there have been 18 cases of measles in Luxembourg in this year. Of those cases, 39 have been in Oakland County, one in Wayne County, one in Detroit , and one who was an global traveler who visited Washtenaw County. Read More »

FDA orders makers of surgical mesh to stop selling devices

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The agency determined that the manufacturers of the devices, Boston Scientific and Coloplast , did not demonstrate safety and efficacy of their devices after they were reclassified as high-risk in 2016. Advocates have been trying to persuade the FDA for years about the dangers of the product. In the 1990s, gynecologists began implanting surgical mesh for the transvaginal fix of the condition and in 2002, the first mesh device specifically for this objective was cleared for use by the FDA, ... Read More »

Behind the latest spike in measles cases

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If the outbreaks aren't brought under control, public health experts worry that the cases in 2019 will hit a record almost two decades after measles's "elimination" in the United States. Alanna Levine. Fresh outbreaks have hit the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia , Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, the Philippines , Sudan, Thailand and Ukraine , "causing many deaths - mostly among young children", the World Health Organization said. Read More »

Tiny 3D printed human heart created by scientists in transplant breakthrough

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Professor Tal Dvir, who led the project, conceded that scientists had 3D-printed the structure of a heart in the past, but this is the first time anyone has engineered an entire heart with cells, ventricles, chambers, and blood vessels. The tissue's cellular materials were separated from those that weren't and reprogrammed to become pluripotent stem cells, " master cells " able to make cells from all three body layers with the potential to produce any cell or tissue in the body. Read More »

NY mandates vaccinations to contain measles

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Ironically, it is the very success of vaccines which has led to our complacency to vaccination. "I really can't stress enough that vaccination is the key to stopping any measles outbreak ", Amler said . At least 90 percent of the public should be vaccinated to properly protect the community at large, he said. But you don't need to go as far as Madagascar - common tourist destinations like England, France, Italy and Greece had measles outbreaks a year ago. Read More »

Excessive consumption of some dietary supplements can reduce life expectancy

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Measurements for the study included data on participants' use of dietary supplements in the previous 30 days, along with their nutrient intake from food and supplements . There was also a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality when adequate intakes of vitamin A , vitamin K, and zinc were sourced from food over dietary supplements. Read More »

Attorney general says 'I think spying did occur' on Trump's campaign

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Barr released to the public a four-page summary of its principal conclusions two days after Mueller submitted his report, but many Democrats have called for the full report to be released. The Department of Justice offered Mueller to review the March 24 letter, but the special counsel declined, according to Barr. "I haven't seen the referrals yet from Congressman Nunes, but obviously if there is a predicate for an investigation it will be conducted", Barr said. Read More »

Challenge to NYC's vaccination order in the works

The most recent tally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 465 cases across the U.S.so far this year, two-thirds of them in NY state. "It's the most highly infectious vaccine-preventable virus that's out there", Sheffield said. At least 90 percent of the public should be vaccinated to properly protect the community at large, he said. Read More »

Barr to testify before Senate as Mueller report looms

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Mr Barr's decision comes following the release of the Mueller report last month which found no links between Trump's 2016 Presidential election campaign and Russian Federation interference. The House Judiciary Committee has approved - but not yet sent - subpoenas for the report, and top Democrats have said they are willing to take the battle to court. Read More »

Measles outbreak: NY orders mandatory measles vaccinations

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Three 2018 outbreaks in NY state and New Jersey, which contributed to most of the cases recorded previous year, were all associated with travelers who brought measles back from Israel, where a large outbreak is occurring . Tuesday's structure pursues another announcement by the city's Health Department, issued multi day sooner, that any yeshivas in Williamsburg that keep on opposing the compulsory prohibition of every unvaccinated children will promptly be issued an infringement and ... Read More »

US measles tally hits 465, with most illnesses in kids

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The newly confirmed cases were in Oakland and Washtenaw counties, bringing the case count to 39 in Oakland County, one in Washtenaw County and one in Wayne County. The CDC recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine. A second vaccine dose is given before the start of kindergarten, between ages 4 and 6 years. Read More »

NYC orders mandatory vaccinations for areas of Brooklyn amid measles outbreak

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The mandatory vaccination order follows an order from the Health Department last week requiring yeshivas and day-care programs serving Williamsburg's Orthodox Jewish community to exclude unvaccinated children or face fines or closure. Officials in New York City were no different in their blame. The city threatened to close Orthodox Jewish schools in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Borough Park, where many parents have refused or neglected to vaccinate their children. Read More »

Candida auris outbreak: Superbug fungus has sickened hundreds, CDC says

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Specifically, the hospital told PIX11 News in a statement, "As a health system, we have been at the forefront of developing infection prevention protocols working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)". Read More »

1 in 5 Deaths Linked to Poor Diets Worldwide

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The rest were attributed to high consumption of red and processed meat, sugar-sweetened drinks, and other unhealthy foods including those containing trans-fatty acids. Researchers wanted to see if there was a connection between diet and chronic disease. In Bangladesh, not taking fruits more than 250 grams per day, was the leading dietary risk. Read More »

Amazon's Alexa now handles patient health information

Joseph Health , Boston Children's Hospital , Atrium Health in Charlotte, N.C., Express Scripts and Cigna . "In the future, we expect to enable additional developers to access this capability to build health care skills , allowing more customers to access health care services more conveniently using voice", Amazon said in a blog post announcing the new skills. Read More »

India's ASAT debris expected to burn up in atmosphere: Pentagon

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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. The danger from "space junk" is not that it falls to Earth but that it collides with orbiting satellites. The missile was sacked from Odisha in East India and collided with a satellite in low-Earth orbit 300km away, Modi stated. Read More »

Burger King tests out 'Impossible Whopper'

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Other vegetarian ingredients were combined to give the patty its nutty texture similar to ground beef. Analysts say growing demand for healthier food is one reason people are seeking plant-based meats. The Swiss food giant goes so far as to say their veggie burger "hardly differs from a traditional burger". The new recipe differs from the other veggie burgers now on offer at the chain, in that it has been made to mimic the look, feel and taste of real meat. Read More »

Case of the measles suspected at Siple Elementary

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The number of confirmed cases of measles in multiple Hudson Valley counties continues to rise. WBUR: What You Should Know About Measles, After A Case Confirmed In Mass . The virus, which is spread by air when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes, can remain in the air for up to two hours after the infected individual leaves. Read More »

Your Bad Diet Is More Dangerous Than Smoking

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A lack of eating healthy foods like whole grains , fruit and nuts and seeds , combined with a high intake of sodium was found to be more risky than even trans fats, sugar-sweetened drinks and processed meats, the study published Wednesday in the Lancet said . Read More »

Does e-cigarette use cause seizures? Feds investigating

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The agency announced Wednesday that it has received 35 reports of people suffering seizures after vaping between 2010 and 2019. The move was prompted by reports the agency received through its " Safety Reporting Portal ". Marcene Weatherall, the director of intervention services for the district, said they are finding them in use not just at high schools and middle schools but also intermediate schools, which include the fifth and sixth grade levels. Read More »

Barr hints at wider release of Mueller report as Democrats fume

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Barr on Sunday submitted his principal conclusions from Mueller's 22-month long investigation into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 elections, which saw Trump take charge as President . But does this completely exonerate Trump? That language suggests Barr wants to keep secret any derogatory information gathered by investigators about figures who ended up not being central to Mueller's investigation. Read More »

Judge blocks Trump's small-business health insurance plan

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In 2017, when Congress attempted to get rid of the health care law, Sister Carol told Catholic News Service the legislation was far from flawless, but it was still "an incredible step forward". The legal filing gave Democrats a natural opening to focus on an issue they say is more important to voters than the Mueller investigation. Obamacare survived a 2012 legal challenge at the Supreme Court when a majority of justices ruled the individual mandate aspect of the program, which requires ... Read More »

US county declares state of emergency amid measles outbreak

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In Rockland County, the outbreak has largely affected ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, which have ties to communities in the Willamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods in Brooklyn, where outbreaks have also occurred . "They've been told "We're not discussing this, do not come back" when visiting the homes of infected individuals as part of their investigations", he said. Read More »

Purdue Pharma, state of Oklahoma reach settlement in landmark opioid lawsuit

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Purdue is facing bankruptcy from more than 1,600 lawsuits brought by state and local governments. Paul Hanly, a lead lawyer for the plaintiffs in the federal opioid litigation, said they are "hopeful that the Oklahoma settlement is the beginning of a good-faith program on the part of Purdue to settle all of the nationwide litigation". Read More »

Ebola Outbreak in Africa Reports 629 Deaths

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As of November 2018, almost 50 percent of people screened in the DRC Ebola treatment centers have been found to have malaria, said the World Health Organization , in a press release . "Insecurity and violence has led to the IRC and other agencies being forced to frequently suspend programs, which time and again we have seen lead to a spike in case", said Tariq Riebl, the IRC's emergency response director for the DRC. Read More »

There's Probably Pesticide On the Produce You Just Bought

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A new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG ) suggests that the leafy green is one of the most pesticide-covered produce items at the supermarket. Even as kale's popularity has soared over the past decade, it hasn't been included in USDA's regular produce tests. In contrast to the Dirty Dozen , there was no detection of pesticide residues in 70% of these foods. Read More »

New drug for postpartum depression approved

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Tiffany Farchione who is the acting director of the Division of Psychiatry in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Another pill, now involved in clinical trials , has also shown positive results and could be submitted for FDA approval in a couple of years, Sage Therapeutics told The New York Times . Read More »

Study Links Sugary Drinks to Higher Risk of Premature Death

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For both studies, participants answered questionnaires about their lifestyles and health status every two years. Their findings showed a clear connection, with women who drank two or more sugary beverages a day being 63 per cent more likely to die prematurely than women who had one sugar-sweetened beverage a month or fewer. Read More »

Stanford reports that Apple Watch can detect heart rate irregularities

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Researchers who were leading the study that was funded by Apple and involved more than 400,000 users of the Apple Watch , looked to screen and detect atrial fibrillation, a common form of irregular heartbeat. With the Apple Watch 4 can monitor people your health data and your heart-beat measure. The study on the Apple Watches enrolled over 400,000 adults who already owned an iPhone 5S or a newer version, along with an Apple Watch Series 1-3. Read More »

Daily Marijuana Use And Highly Potent Weed Linked To Psychosis

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Now a new study published Tuesday in the The Lancet Psychiatry shows that consuming pot on a daily basis and especially using high-potency cannabis increases the odds of having a psychotic episode later. For years we have known that low potency marijuana was damaging to mental health. Psychosis is usually triggered by factors like genetics and the environment. Read More »

Drinking hot tea doubles risk of cancer

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has already classified drinking very hot beverages (65 C or higher) as a "probably carcinogenic" and the researchers say this only adds more proof. From this, researchers deduced that drinking 700ml of tea daily that was equal to or higher than 60°C could lead to as much as a 90% increase of risk for oesophageal cancer. Read More »

Docs Back Away From Low-Dose Aspirin for Heart Attack Prevention

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Aspirin is not recommended especially if patients have a high risk of bleeding. Think the guidelines really are emphasizing the things we already know that our drugs for high blood pressure and cholesterol are working very well so when we combine that with other lifestyle measures like quitting smoking which causes high nflammation and eating a balanced diet and getting a lot of exercise we are well on our way to reducing heart disease. Read More »

Daily aspirin no longer recommended to prevent heart attacks in older adults

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Studies On Low-Dose Aspirin Therapy Low-Dose aspirin therapy works by blocking the inflammation-causing enzyme cyclooxygenase and slowing down the formation of blood clots. Certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, direct oral anticoagulants and warfarin, a blood thinner, can also increase the chance of bleeding. Read More »

New data in eternal debate over eggs, heart health

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The new study looked at pooled data on 29,615 USA racially and ethnically diverse adults from six prospective cohort studies for up to 31 years of follow up. Your favourite breakfast sandwich, all those tasty and fast meals with eggs are now, once again being put at the base of cardiovascular disease? Prior to 2015, nutrition guidelines recommended eating less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day. Read More »

Do wireless headphones really increase cancer risk? 250 doctors warn United Nations

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In the wake of the petition, media outlets around the world began classifying another product as a possible cancer risk: Apple's wireless headphones called AirPods , and other wireless headphones like them. The International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2011 categorized radio frequencies like bluetooth as a "possible human carcinogen". Animal studies on radio frequency radiation emitted by certain devices and used in Wi-Fi, cellular, and Bluetooth transmissions have shown a link ... Read More »

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

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Social Security makes up the largest portion at $1.05 trillion. The committee estimates direct Medicare reductions at $515 billion. Defending the plan, he said: "This budget contains almost $2.7 trillion in savings, more spending reductions proposed than any administration in history". Read More »

New Italian law requires students to be vaccinated or face repercussions

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After months of heated debate, a law in Italy has finally entered into force, mandating that children must be vaccinated to be accepted into school. The last day for parents to turn in vaccine documents was Monday. These include vaccinations for chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. For years, confusion about vaccines has reigned in Italy. Read More »

18,000 extra measles vaccines on way to Canterbury

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Clinics in the central-eastern region ran out of vaccines after the outbreak started in late February, with an additional 18,000 MMR vaccines expected to be brought in by Wednesday. The Jefferson County Health Department began investigating a case of measles on Friday. In 2015, for instance, there were 154 cases in the first two months of the year followed by just 34 for the remainder of the year, putting it at right about average relative to the past decade's annual totals. Read More »

Family Upset After a California Hospital Uses Robot to Deliver Death Prognosis

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When she attempted to confirm the doctor's advice on next steps and at-home hospice, the doctor said: " you know, I don't know if he's going to get home ". Wilharm wrote to USA Today that her grandfather Ernest died last Tuesday. According to Wilharm, they explained the hospital was small and the robot was used to make rounds at night. Read More »

The London Patient and an HIV ‘Cure’: What You Need to Know

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Publishing in the science journal " Nature ", researchers from University College London detail how they have achieved HIV remission in a man known publicly as the London Patient , making this the second of only two documented prolonged cases of remission of this kind in the world. Read More »

London HIV patient becomes world's second AIDS cure hope

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The case report is carried out by researchers at University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London , together with teams at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. "Common to both approaches is the presence of a modified gene in our immune system ( CCR5 ) that is necessary for HIV infection". " I feel a sense of responsibility to help the doctors understand how it happened so they can develop the science ", the anonymous " London patient " tells The New York ... Read More »

Finland's cabinet quits over failure to deliver healthcare reform

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The populist True Finns, who were in government before splitting from their former ministers who founded a new party, have staged a recovery in recent months to 12 per cent, still below the 18 per cent they recorded in 2015. The changes were crucial to the three-party governing coalition's plan to balance public finances. He has since 2015 headed a coalition made up of his Center Party, the conservative National Coalition, and Blue Reform, a moderate faction spun off from the far-right. Read More »

Response to Ebola in Congo hampered by violence, says group

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MSF, which is active across DRC , is considering whether to resume activities in the two areas, but is intent on avoiding the use of security personnel on site or in rounding up patients, Liu said . Also in the update , the health ministry pushed back on and clarified some perceptions of the outbreak. Involvement of security and police forces merely deepened suspicions that Ebola was being used as a political tool, she said. Read More »