Medical


Malawi pilots groundbreaking malaria vaccine
- April 24, 2019

After more than three decades in development and nearly $1 billion in investment, the most advanced vaccine yet has been rolled out in Malawi's capital Lilongwe, before it is extended to Kenya and Ghana in coming weeks. Despite a poor phone connection, Felicitas Zawaira, MD, director of the Department of Family and Reproductive Health at the WHO Regional Office in Africa, participated in the call with audible enthusiasm, characterizing the vaccine as a "breakthrough" and a "dream come true ... (more...)
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez holds veterans healthcare town hall in the Bronx Rep. Ocasio-Cortez holds veterans healthcare town hall in the Bronx
- April 24, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez is an inspiring, charismatic, and intelligent figure, and though she's the only one of the four candidates in this documentary to actually get elected, there's reason for hope. According to TheWrap , the documentary took Sundance by storm and received a standing ovation at its premiere before the audience selected it for the Festival Favorite Award out of 121 features screened. (more...)
Measles in the Bay of Plenty Measles in the Bay of Plenty
- April 24, 2019

This is already the worst year for measles in the us since 2014, when 667 cases were reported for the whole year, and marks the second greatest number of cases reported across the country since the highly contagious virus was believed eradicated in 2000. (more...)
Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter
- April 23, 2019

The assailants have mostly been unidentified but are believed to comprise both members of local militia and community members who distrust the response efforts. Since the Ebola outbreak in Congo was declared in August, there have been more than 1,300 confirmed and probable cases, including 843 deaths, the health ministry said Thursday. (more...)
2nd Iowa Measles Case Has CR Schools And Others Concerned 2nd Iowa Measles Case Has CR Schools And Others Concerned
- April 23, 2019

According to the CDC , measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk. The Cable News Network reports that in the first three months of 2019, there had been more than 110,000 measles cases reported worldwide, a figure that is up by almost 300 per cent from the same period past year. (more...)
CDC Investigating Listeria Infections Linked to Deli Meats and Cheeses CDC Investigating Listeria Infections Linked to Deli Meats and Cheeses
- April 22, 2019

Meanwhile, in the lab part of the investigation, the Listeria outbreak strain was found in samples from meat sliced at a deli and from deli counters in multiple retail locations in NY and Rhode Island. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion and loss of balance. But the outbreak is a reminder that people at high risk for Listeria infection - including pregnant women , adults ages 65 and over and those with weakened immune systems - should be ... (more...)
Living heart for the first time printed on a 3D printer Living heart for the first time printed on a 3D printer
- April 20, 2019

The Israeli scientists seek to overcome this problem by taking a biopsy of fatty tissue from the patient to develop the "ink" for the printed heart . "The biocompatibility of engineered materials is crucial to eliminating the risk of implant rejection, which jeopardizes the success of such treatments", Dvir said. (more...)
El Al Flight Attendant Who Contracted Measles Now in a 'Deep Coma' El Al Flight Attendant Who Contracted Measles Now in a 'Deep Coma'
- April 19, 2019

As of Wednesday, Basson said in a statement, the woman was unconscious. The woman was vaccinated as a child but received only one dose, which is only about 93% effective. In less than four months, 2019 has almost exceeded the massive 667 measles cases reported in the USA in the year 2014. In order to prevent outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization , the global coverage of first-dose vaccination needs to reach 95-percent; sadly, the global coverage has stalled at 85-percent for ... (more...)
Scientists restore some function in the brains of dead pigs Scientists restore some function in the brains of dead pigs
- April 19, 2019

It's a tremendous achievement, and one that heralds a new way of studying the postmortem brain. Such a head-snapping experiment inevitably generates nightmarish scenarios involving live brains in vats, brain transplants, the Zombie Apocalypse, and other mad-scientist story lines (brilliantly crafted, somehow, by neurons firing away inside the skulls of conventionally living human beings). (more...)
Global measles cases up 300 percent year-on-year Global measles cases up 300 percent year-on-year
- April 19, 2019

The majority of those cases occurred among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities and were disseminated through travelers who caught the disease in Israel. Those born before 1957 or who previously had measles or had two measles vaccine shots are considered immune because of the vaccine's high rate of effectiveness. (more...)
IDPH Reports Second Case of Measles in Iowa IDPH Reports Second Case of Measles in Iowa
- April 18, 2019

All regions around the world are experiencing "sustained rises" in measles cases, according to WHO, which says a number of countries are now dealing with deadly outbreaks. If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals. (more...)
FDA: No More Mesh for Prolapse Repair FDA: No More Mesh for Prolapse Repair
- April 18, 2019

In order to continue selling the devices in the US, the two device makers had to submit and obtain approval through a different device review pathway. Medical societies and provider groups had backed keeping the products on the market as an option for certain patients, and some expressed qualms with the FDA's decision. (more...)
'First' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels unveiled 'First' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels unveiled
- April 16, 2019

Tal Dvir of TAU's School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology, who led the research for the study . (more...)
Attorney General Barr Says US Intel Agencies Spied on Trump Campaign Attorney General Barr Says US Intel Agencies Spied on Trump Campaign
- April 16, 2019

US Attorney General William Barr sparred with Democrats on Wednesday over whether "spying" occurred on President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and said that a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the election will be out next week. (more...)
Measles infections quadruple worldwide in past year, driven by anti-vaxxers Measles infections quadruple worldwide in past year, driven by anti-vaxxers
- April 16, 2019

Health officials on Monday said 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, up from 465 as of a week ago. Over the past year, the largest numbers have been in Ukraine, Madagascar and India, with each reporting more than 60,000 cases. (more...)
Parents in New York City Are Throwing Measles Parties Parents in New York City Are Throwing Measles Parties
- April 13, 2019

At the time, my medical colleagues and I hailed the end of this unsafe virus that infected more than 4 million people per year, hospitalized 50,000, and killed 500, before the measles vaccine program began in 1963. Those who have not received the MMR vaccine or do not have evidence of immunity may be given a violation and could be fined $1,000. As of Friday, measles - officially eliminated from the United States in 2000 - had struck 167 people in this county along the Hudson River, ... (more...)
Barr to testify before the Senate as Mueller's report looms Barr to testify before the Senate as Mueller's report looms
- April 13, 2019

While Mueller and his team did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, and reportedly laid out evidence on both sides of the question, Barr said in his summary that there is not enough evidence to establish the president obstructed justice - a conclusion some lawmakers felt was premature without the full report in hand. (more...)
Measles Outbreak 2019: NYC announces a Public Health Emergency
- April 12, 2019

The new cases were reported a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced mandatory MMR vaccinations for everyone living in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood - in one of the toughest measures against an outbreak in United States history. (more...)
Calcium supplement warning from scientists Calcium supplement warning from scientists
- April 12, 2019

Fang Fang Zhang , an associate professor at the Freedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University . These deaths included 945 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 805 deaths from cancer . When considering nutrient intake alone and the associated risk of death, researchers found that adequate intake of vitamin K and magnesium were linked to lower mortality risk, and adequate intake of vitamin A , vitamin K, and zinc were linked to a lower risk of CVD mortality. (more...)
Barr Has A 'Team' Looking Into The Mueller Investigation Barr Has A 'Team' Looking Into The Mueller Investigation
- April 12, 2019

Like members of the House on Tuesday, senators are expected to be more interested in the almost 400-page document than the budget details. Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, he said that would not apply to Trump, who is an officeholder and central to the probe. (more...)
NYC declares public health emergency, orders mandatory measles vaccinations NYC declares public health emergency, orders mandatory measles vaccinations
- April 11, 2019

The Brooklyn outbreak has been tied to an unvaccinated child who contracted the disease during a trip to Israel, which has recently seen a high incidence of measles, the Washington Post reported . Among serious complications, 1 in 20 patients get pneumonia, and 1 in 1,000 get brain swelling that can lead to seizures, deafness or intellectual disability. (more...)
Bernie Sanders, a Socialist, Says He's a Millionaire After Lucrative Book Sales Bernie Sanders, a Socialist, Says He's a Millionaire After Lucrative Book Sales
- April 11, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) acknowledged he was a millionaire Tuesday and credited it to his large book sales, telling the world, "If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too". Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota: 8%. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) released 10 years worth of returns last year. In 2016, Sanders and his wife, Jane, an adviser to his campaign, released 2014 returns showing $205,617 in income. (more...)
Case of measles confirmed at Birmingham middle school Case of measles confirmed at Birmingham middle school
- April 10, 2019

Authorities are trying to determine possible exposure sites in Washtenaw County in southeastern MI. "After one dose of MMR vaccine about 95 per cent of people are protected from measles, and 99 per cent of people who have had both doses are protected from measles". (more...)
New York City threatens to close yeshivas over unvaccinated children New York City threatens to close yeshivas over unvaccinated children
- April 10, 2019

The recent outbreak is one of many measles outbreaks that have hit the city since the fall. The agency said it "continues to be seriously concerned about the accelerating numbers of measles cases being confirmed nationally". City health officials said Monday that yeshivas in Williamsburg that do not comply will face fines and possible closure. One school that violated the mandate has been linked to more than 40 cases, the health department said. (more...)
NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak
- April 10, 2019

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. They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science. In March. a county in NY state declared a state of emergency following a measles outbreak . (more...)
New York City declares public health emergency amid growing measles outbreak
- April 09, 2019

Battling a fast-growing measles outbreak , New York City has declared an emergency and ordered mandatory vaccinations under threat of fine in a Brooklyn neighborhood where the disease is spreading. The cases led to 21 hospitalizations, including five admissions to intensive care units. The outbreak has been blamed on travelers from Israel, where more than 3,400 measles cases have been reported since March 2018. (more...)
Deadly, Drug Resistant Fungus Could Be Next Global Threat Deadly, Drug Resistant Fungus Could Be Next Global Threat
- April 09, 2019

In 2013, researchers reported on another drug-resistant fungus called Aspergillus and observed that it existed in places where a pesticide that targeted that specific fungus was used . Drug-resistant infections, known as superbugs, have come into the spotlight this week after a report in the New York Times chronicled the escalation of a drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris around the world, and how hospitals have managed to keep it quiet - until now. (more...)
Poor diets linked to 20% deaths globally Poor diets linked to 20% deaths globally
- April 07, 2019

Researchers in the United States found eating unhealthily accounts for a fifth of all deaths, claiming more lives than smoking because of its links to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Out of all 195 countries, the highest proportion of diet-related deaths was recorded in Uzbekistan (892 diet-related deaths per 100,000 people), and the lowest was measured in Israel (89 diet-related deaths per 100,000 people). (more...)
The HPV Vaccine Is Dramatically Cutting The Risk Of Cervical Cancer The HPV Vaccine Is Dramatically Cutting The Risk Of Cervical Cancer
- April 06, 2019

The UK and its devolved governments launched a school immunisation programme in 2008 to vaccinate all girls aged 12-13. Compared to these unvaccinated women, they found, the women vaccinated as young girls were far less likely to have any kind of cervical disease, defined as the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix. (more...)
6 organizations team up with Amazon to release HIPAA-compliant Alexa skills
- April 06, 2019

Such a request could soon become possible as Amazon has announced a limited number of voice apps for the Alexa Skills Kit that operate in compliance with the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). ·Atrium Health (a healthcare system with more than 40 hospitals and 900 care locations in North and SC and Georgia): Customers in North and SC can find an urgent care location near them and schedule a same-day appointment. (more...)