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Flu now widespread in Pennsylvania, causing 5 deaths

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Director Randall Williams said the peak of the flu season is still approaching so it's not to late to get the shot. You have to go back to 2003-2004. Olivia Kasirye said in a statement . "Getting the flu shot can literally save his life or any other immunocompromised person in (the) community". "But we don't know", he said. Read More »

Malaysia launches vaccination campaign after 1st polio infection in 27 years

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He told NST that the VDPV1 virul is from "circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus" - or in layman's term, from the polio virus which has been weakened by the polio vaccine and is disposed from the human body through feces. Throughout the use of oral polio vaccine in Malaysia , he said, over 80 million doses were given and no cases of VDPV were detected. She emphasized that people who have not been vaccinated in Malaysia and nearby countries are at risk. Read More »

SCOTUS Declines to Consider Challenge of Controversial Kentucky Abortion Law

The Louisiana case will test the willingness of the court, which includes two conservative justices appointed by Republican President Donald Trump, to uphold laws that lower courts have ruled unconstitutional. Without explanation or notable dissent, the justices declined to take up the case brought by a Kentucky abortion provider, EMW Women's Surgical, that argued the law violated physicians' First Amendment right of free speech. Read More »

Provincial government announces Ottawa Health Team, first in Ontario

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This work will be implemented in phases and over time will provide care for everyone within the Huron Perth and Area Ontario Health Team's population. That co-ordination could take some time to be complete, though. Minister Elliott says this is part of the Ford Government's plan to end hallway healthcare. Read More »

Cellphone Distraction Linked to Increase in Head Injuries

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Researchers analyzed a national database of 2,501 patients who went to the emergency room for cellphone injuries and found that teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 and 29 were most likely to report cellphone-related injuries occurring because they were distracted. Read More »

Seychelles launches HIV self-test programme on World AIDS Day

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In terms of the impact on the USA population, there are estimates to be 1.1 million US citizens living with HIV (here it is assumed that 15 percent are unaware). We are also one of the countries that originated UNITAID in 2006, financing 60% of its work on innovative treatments, diagnosis and prevention. Last year, the World AIDS Day theme was "My Health, My Right". Read More »

Measles death toll climbs to 63 in Samoa

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The present disaster in Samoa has additionally triggered many worldwide anti-vaccination campaigners to weigh in and criticising the nation's drive to immunise its kids, which is making an attempt raise the extent of measles vaccination protection to greater than 90%. Read More »

US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

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Twelve states are seeing what is considered high amounts of such visits, and this activity is expected to increase over the next few weeks. In fact, over 11,000 people were diagnosed with the flu in Kings County last season. With flu reaching levels typically seen later in the season, including widespread influenza activity throughout California, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reminding people now is the time to get a flu shot. Read More »

Could Your Hair Dye Cause Breast Cancer?

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Some recent studies have indicated that use of dark hair dyes and straightening agents has been linked to the chances of developing breast cancer . Permanent hair dye was associated with a 45% higher risk of breast cancer in black women and 7% higher in white women. Breast cancer incidence is rising among black women, a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found, and there are numerous racial disparities in health care access, quality and affordability that may hinder ... Read More »

Health officials: Two more Oklahomans have died from the flu

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Flu-related activity in local emergency departments increased last week as the region recorded its sixth influenza-related death, according to the latest weekly report from the county health department. Officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced this week that 28 Oklahoma patients had been hospitalized with the flu, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 141 since September 1. Read More »

Measles killed more than 140,000 amid stagnating vaccine rates

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In 2018, Albania, Czechia, Greece and the United Kingdom, lost their coveted measles elimination status, meaning they've had continuous measles transmissions for more than a year after previously declaring the disease eliminated. Robert Linkins , Branch Chief of Accelerated Disease Control and Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance at the CDC and Chair of the Measles & Rubella Initiative. Read More »

Measles Outbreak Prompts Samoa to Deliver Mass Vaccinations to 'Every Household'

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Authorities in Samoa asked unvaccinated families to display a red flag outside their homes on Wednesday to help a mass immunisation drive aimed at halting a measles epidemic that has killed dozens of children. There are now 172 measles patients in the country's hospitals - among them are 19 critically-ill children and three pregnant women. It has closed schools, banned children from to public gatherings, and begun a mass vaccination campaign. Read More »

Pete Buttigieg releases plan targeting health 'equity'

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Mr Biden gave a further demonstration of his occasionally eccentric campaigning style when he playfully bit his wife Jill's finger as she waved her arm in front of him during her introductory remarks in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Saturday. Biden was in Iowa for eight straight days of campaigning to thwart a slide in public opinion polls that has benefited Buttigieg, who leaped into first place in some recent surveys there. Read More »

Once-a-month birth control pill? It works in animals

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The needles biodegrade over time, slowly releasing the contraceptive into the blood. The new contraceptive is contained within a gelatin-coated capsule and can carry three weeks' worth of a contraceptive drug. Birth control pills are among the most effective ways to prevent pregnancy, but only if women faithfully take them every day. The research team tested the concentration of oral contraceptive over time in a pig model and measured the presence of the drug in the bloodstream for animals ... Read More »

Brushing your teeth frequently may help prevent heart attacks

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The study involved 161,286 people in Korea who had no history of heart problems. Brushing three or more times a day was associated with a 12 percent lower risk of heart failure and a 10 percent reduced risk of atrial fibrillation. The findings had been unbiased of a lot of components including socioeconomic status, age, sex, body mass index, regular exercise, alcohol consumption, and comorbidities similar to hypertension. Read More »

New US program provides HIV prevention drugs for uninsured

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The CDC report doesn't break down the PrEP use figures among the different risk groups associated with HIV infection such as gay and bisexual men or men who have sex with men but who don't identify as gay or bisexual. "The 1.1 million people in this country who are indicated for prEP, who are eligible for prEP - only 18 percent of that number is utilizing prEP". The CDC recommends that healthcare providers can help lower the number of new infections by routinely testing all of their ... Read More »

Study links dye and straighteners to breast cancer risk

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In a study published Wednesday, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that using permanent hair dyes and chemical hair straighteners can result in a higher risk of developing breast cancer , compared to women who don't use the products. Read More »

Doctors bring a dead heart ‘back to life’ for groundbreaking transplant

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According to Daily Mail , the surgery - believed to be first of its kind in the United States - was part of ongoing experiments to end the perennial scarcity of heart donors in cases involving heart transplant . This is the expanding donor pool! The diagram carried out by Duke University surgeons is is named a "donation-after-loss of life" (DCD) transplant and involves taking away the coronary heart of a affected person confirmed as unnecessary. Read More »

On World AIDS Day, Trump Vows To End Epidemic In 10 Years

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Newswise - This World AIDS Day marks a promising and unprecedented point in a quest begun almost four decades ago to end the global public health threat of HIV through science and solidarity. "I travelled with @ejaf to South Africa to see how they support mothers living with HIV from passing it onto their children during pregnancy". Chapman and Guinn both said they want people to know HIV/AIDS is still an issue, but it is manageable and possible to prevent. Read More »

Former congressman Joe Sestak ends 2020 presidential bid

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Sestak is the ninth national candidate to drop out of the Democratic field, leaving 17 in the race. "Without the privilege of national press, it is unfair to ask others to husband their resolve and to sacrifice resources any longer", Sestak told supporters by email. Read More »

Joe Biden says he doesn't need Obama's endorsement

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Former Vice President Joe Biden this week said that he "doesn't need" an endorsement from former President Obama because their connection is clear to voters. And maybe this is because I just saw Won't You Be My Neighbor-the film inspired by the famous Esquire piece on Mr. Rogers-and that stirred up A LOT of feelings in me about the ways that children and parents can disappoint and hurt each other (and has a moment with a hug and a consoling whisper just like Warren's video), but this ... Read More »

55 people killed by measles in Samoa as outbreak worsens

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The death toll now stands at 53, and 48 of the victims were children under the age of 4. Samoa declared a national emergency last month and mandated that all 200,000 people living on the South Pacific island nation get vaccinated. "As a result of that, the vaccination program was halted while they investigated the cause", Keni Lesa, editor of the Samoa Observer told NPR. A state of emergency was declared by the government on November 15, UNICEF said, and a mass vaccination campaign ... Read More »

Ebola response workers killed in armed attacks in eastern Congo

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The WHO said 49 of its nonessential staff were flown to the eastern city of Goma, leaving 71, while UNICEF temporarily relocated 27 staff, leaving 12 in Beni. "We've seen it time and time again that we have the number of cases declining, and then you have an episode of violence where activities can not continue at full strength for a few days and you see a rise in cases, so it's a major setback". Read More »

Researchers aiming to improve condition of degraded coral reefs

The speakers played recordings of the sounds of a healthy reef. A new study carried out by an worldwide team of scientists has revealed it may be possible to encourage young fish to settle on damaged reefs by playing back the sounds of healthy corals on underwater loudspeakers. Read More »

Samoa declares ‘measles emergency’ as death toll climbs to 39

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The outbreak has been exacerbated by low immunisation rates in the island nation, which officials say stems partly from a case past year when two babies died after receiving measles vaccination shots. "We are walking into them at the supermarket and seeing them come back with their siblings and they are doing so much better". "If you have relatives who aren't vaccinated encourage them to vaccinate, it is so successful and if people get it early it saves unnecessarily suffering". Read More »

German Dies of Infection from Dog's Lick

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It is transmitted to people only in rare cases. The dog didn't bite or attack the guy in any way, it just licked him. A paper published in the European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine details how an otherwise healthy man lost his life within weeks of being infected by bacteria found in his dog's saliva. Read More »

Get a Flu Shot

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Most people will recover from influenza infection within a week to 10 days, but some are at greater risk of developing more severe complications such as pneumonia . "Influenza can be deadly, especially for elderly people, young children and people with compromised immune systems", said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer. Read More »

New Evidence Links Vitamin E Acetate to Vaping Illness Outbreak

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Virgin Islands). The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the second death associated with the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries in Michigan. While the links between vitamin E oil and the vaping illness appear strong, investigators caution that it's still too soon to rule out any other toxins or ingredients that are contributing to the vaping illnesses across the country. Read More »

HIV Positive Sperm Bank Launched In New Zealand

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He said: "With the unveiling of this campaign, we are joining the rest of the worldwide community to raise the consciousness of all Nigerians to the fact that undetectable viral load equals to untransmittable virus". As well as informing the public, the online clinic aims to give people diagnosed with the virus the opportunity to create life and to raise awareness that fertility services are available for them. Read More »

Giant Eagle voice-enables medication management

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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. The Giant Eagle Pharmacy skill on Amazon Alexa helps patients more easily integrate prescription management into their everyday lives, Jim Tsipakis, Giant Eagle senior vice president of pharmacy, said in a statement. Read More »