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Woman admitted to Kericho hospital has no Ebola, tests show Woman admitted to Kericho hospital has no Ebola, tests show
- June 18, 2019

With almost 50 cases in 3 days, the outbreak is experiencing another spike in activity following the discovery of cases in neighboring Uganda last week. Only four emergencies have been declared in the past decade, including the worst ever Ebola outbreak, which hit West Africa in 2014-2016. President Museveni said after meeting with World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Entebbe on Monday that the situation had been contained. (more...)
Warning issued by FDA after patient dies following fecal transplant Warning issued by FDA after patient dies following fecal transplant
- June 17, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that at least one person has died after a fecal microbiome transplant transmitted drug-resistant bacteria. In light of the adverse events, the FDA said yesterday it recommends that donor screening questions specifically "address risk factors for colonization with MDROs, and exclusion of individuals at higher risk of colonization with MDROs". (more...)
UN says Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a global emergency UN says Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a global emergency
- June 16, 2019

As of Wednesday, 2,014 cases and 1,317 deaths in the DRC region were confirmed to be caused by the disease, the World Health Organization said . The World Health Organization said Friday that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not qualify as an global threat, despite confirmed cases also in neighbouring Uganda . (more...)
Sleeping with your TV on could make you gain weight, study says Sleeping with your TV on could make you gain weight, study says
- June 13, 2019

The research team gathered questionnaire data from 43,722 women who participated in the Sister Study , which examines the risk factors for diseases such as breast cancer. Lead author of the study, Yong-Moon Park, Ph.D., said, "Unhealthy high-calorie diet and sedentary behaviors have been the most commonly cited factors to explain the continuing rise in obesity". (more...)
DR Congo Ebola outbreak: Child in Uganda diagnosed with virus DR Congo Ebola outbreak: Child in Uganda diagnosed with virus
- June 12, 2019

The patient, a 5-year-old Congolese boy, has been isolated at a hospital in a district near the Congo border, Ugandan Health Minister Jane Aceng told reporters. Uganda accepts refugees from Congo, and many health workers felt that despite their best efforts, spread of the virus to Uganda had just been a matter of time. (more...)
Three hospital patients die after eating sandwiches linked to listeria outbreak Three hospital patients die after eating sandwiches linked to listeria outbreak
- June 09, 2019

According to the company's website, it has provided hospitals, universities, sports venues, as well as business and industry with food for the past 20 years. Two of the patients who died were being treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary. "The FSA will continue to investigate how the outbreak occurred and if further steps are required to protect vulnerable groups". (more...)
U.S. measles cases surpass 1,000 U.S. measles cases surpass 1,000
- June 09, 2019

Azar also said the agency has been stressing on the effectiveness and safety of vaccines, "amid concerning signs that there are pockets of undervaccination around the country". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were giving health care providers guidelines for recognizing and preventing measles, and developing a toolkit for physicians to counter misinformation, Azar said. (more...)
Program expands access for veterans seeking private medical care Program expands access for veterans seeking private medical care
- June 08, 2019

They worry that the department is not fully prepared to begin its new policy, which Congress adopted previous year to streamline and expand the way veterans get care. Rules established under the VA mission law say the VA will pay for veterans to see non-VA doctors if they have to wait longer than 20 days or dive more than 30 minutes for primary or mental healthcare at a VA facility. (more...)
AMCA data breach potentially hits an additional 7.7M LabCorp customers AMCA data breach potentially hits an additional 7.7M LabCorp customers
- June 08, 2019

BioReference's announcements comes after testing giants Quest and LabCorp announced they too were customers of AMCA, with potentially millions of patients affected by the breach . LabCorp says they are in the process of sending out notices to about 200,000 patients whose credit card or bank account information may have been part of the breach. (more...)
White House Ends Fetal Tissue Research by Federal Scientists White House Ends Fetal Tissue Research by Federal Scientists
- June 08, 2019

Scientists sing it is additionally the most straight forward manner to achieve a cure for HIV , the Zika virus and childhood cancers. Controversy broke out last August when a notice from the U.S. "Prohibiting valuable research that uses fetal tissue that is otherwise going to be discarded doesn't make any sense". Per the Associated Press , a senior first price talked about the policy transfer came from President Donald Trump , no longer the NIH Director, Francis Collins. (more...)
Poultry & red meat equally bad for your heart, cholesterol levels
- June 07, 2019

While plant-based protein was less likely to cause high blood cholesterol levels than meat-based protein, the difference in effect between white and red meats was insignificant. Similarly, red and white meat increased amounts of large LDL in comparison to nonmeat diets. Either way, you could be endangering your heart health, suggests a new study . (more...)
President Trump turned down request to meet Jeremy Corbyn President Trump turned down request to meet Jeremy Corbyn
- June 07, 2019

And even coming over today, there were thousands of people cheering, and then I heard that they were protesting . Trump told ITV that he might meet Corbyn after all. "As the UK makes preparations to exit the European Union, the United States is committed to a phenomenal trade deal between the USA and the UK", the president said. (more...)
Quest Diagnostics admits 12 million patients' data may have been breached Quest Diagnostics admits 12 million patients' data may have been breached
- June 06, 2019

The LabCorp hacking comes the same week Quest, another major medical testing company, announced millions of its patients' files may have been stolen in a separate data breach. "AMCA has informed LabCorp that it is in the process of sending notices to approximately 200,000 LabCorp consumers whose credit card or bank account information may have been accessed", the company said. (more...)
Quest Diagnostics says data breach could have hit almost 12 million patients Quest Diagnostics says data breach could have hit almost 12 million patients
- June 06, 2019

Quest Diagnostics admitted in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the personal information of almost 12 million people may have been compromised by hackers. Headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey, it has 45,000 employees worldwide. Almost 12 million Quest Diagnostics patients are being warned of a data security breach. (more...)
Texas Couple Vacationing in Fiji Die From Unidentified Illness Texas Couple Vacationing in Fiji Die From Unidentified Illness
- June 04, 2019

Family member Tracey Calanog told USA media outlet KVUE: "They knew something was going on with their body and were able to get to the hospital". Authorities say Michelle Paul, 35, died on May 25 at a clinic in Fiji and David Paul, a 38-year-old Air Force veteran, died in a hospital three days later. (more...)
Almost 12M patients may be affected in Quest Diagnostics data breach Almost 12M patients may be affected in Quest Diagnostics data breach
- June 04, 2019

The company said it has not received "detailed or complete" information from AMCA about the breach yet. The issue was discovered by the billing collection agency American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA). The company has are dozens of locations across the Bay Area. We did, however, receive an official statement from the Quest Diagnostics media office. (more...)
Quest Diagnostics billing provider reports data breach affecting 12 million people Quest Diagnostics billing provider reports data breach affecting 12 million people
- June 03, 2019

AMCA provides services to Optum360, a Quest billing contractor. AMCA in May notified Optum360 and Quest that an unauthorized user had accessed the company's web payment system, including data on roughly 11.9 million Quest patients. Quest Diagnostics is one of the biggest blood testing providers in the US. According to a filing with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, an unauthorized person had access to Quest Diagnostics' customers' information between August 1, 2018, and March 30, ... (more...)
Laboratory Fungus 'Kills 99 Percent of Malaria Mosquitoes' Laboratory Fungus 'Kills 99 Percent of Malaria Mosquitoes'
- June 02, 2019

Researchers at the University of Maryland in the USA collaborated with IRSS research institute in Burkina Faso to first identify a fungus called Metarhizium pingshaense . Importantly, this fungus did not have lethal effects on important insect species including bees. "So we have several different layers of biosecurity at work". (more...)
CDC: 2019 Measles Outbreak Is Worst Since 1994 CDC: 2019 Measles Outbreak Is Worst Since 1994
- June 02, 2019

The statement highlights New York State as a major contributor to the measles outbreak, with the state battling the disease for almost eight months. "The measles elimination goal, first announced in 1963 and accomplished in 2000, was a monumental task". In Venezuela, the public-health infrastructure has collapsed because of economic and political turmoil. (more...)
TSA will now allow FDA-approved medical cannabis onboard TSA will now allow FDA-approved medical cannabis onboard
- May 31, 2019

All forms of marijuana were previously prohibited in checked and carry-on bags. Hemp-derived CBD is low in or has no THC, the chemical that produces a high found in marijuana. "To avoid confusion as to whether families can travel with this drug, TSA immediately updated TSA.gov once we became aware of the issue", the agency said. (more...)
Super-Stressed at Work? Doctors Can Now Diagnose You With 'Burnout' Super-Stressed at Work? Doctors Can Now Diagnose You With 'Burnout'
- May 30, 2019

What do you think, can gaming be addictive? While he said that "Gaming Disorder" was "an occasional or transitory behavior", he believes it necessary for mental health professionals to help spot possible early warning signs. It is important to note here that the addiction qualifies as "severe" only when there is robust evidence of a person prioritizing gaming over work, education and social relationships and shows such symptoms at least for 12 months. (more...)
Work Burnout, Gaming Addiction Are Diseases Work Burnout, Gaming Addiction Are Diseases
- May 29, 2019

The global body reached the decision to categorize burnout as a medical condition during its recently concluded World Health Assembly in Geneva. The WHO's definition goes on to explain that there are three main symptoms of burnout : exhaustion and/or depleted energy, a feeling of mental distance from and/or cynicism about one's job, and "reduced professional efficacy". (more...)
'Brazen Disregard for Trans Health': Trump Ends Protections 'Brazen Disregard for Trans Health': Trump Ends Protections
- May 26, 2019

The 2016 rule said that healthcare providers can not discriminate against transgender individuals, and the new proposal would strip that section. Williams Institute Executive Director Jocelyn Samuels, the former Director of OCR, said, "The Trump administration is proposing a harmful rollback of protections from discrimination in healthcare and insurance coverage that is inconsistent with the weight of the law and will limit health care access for vulnerable Americans". (more...)
House Fails to Pass $19 Billion Disaster Package After One Republican Objects House Fails to Pass $19 Billion Disaster Package After One Republican Objects
- May 25, 2019

Roy was also asked if he coordinated his move with anyone and said that he "gave a heads up to the Speaker's office and Republican leadership", and that there is "a significant amount of support among the [House GOP] conference for objecting given that it's a Friday and this was dropped on our laps and we should have a debate, we should vote". (more...)
Governor survives almost fatal blow over blackface scandal Governor survives almost fatal blow over blackface scandal
- May 25, 2019

The mandate also included examining diversity and inclusion at the school from its inception to the present day. Hatch said they began the inquiry shortly after the February 1 photo incident, and the investigation "was completely independent". (more...)
Public Health England Calls For Increase In Uptake Of MMR Vaccination Public Health England Calls For Increase In Uptake Of MMR Vaccination
- May 25, 2019

The state CDC has confirmed a child contracted measles earlier this year, the state's first confirmed case since 2017. With new reports of measles popping up on a daily basis it was all but inevitable that this day would come, and here we are: Half of all USA states have now reported new cases of measles since the outbreak began several months back. (more...)
Lung Cancer Screening: Artificial Intelligence Effective Than Human Evaluation
- May 22, 2019

Prior LDCT scans are useful because they can reveal an abnormal growth rate of lung nodules, thus indicating malignancy. While some other techniques such as the lower dose CT screening have been successful in reducing the mortality, Google believes that there are challenges that more often than not lead the unclear diagnosis. (more...)
Measles case in Keene prompts warning from NH DHHS Measles case in Keene prompts warning from NH DHHS
- May 21, 2019

According to the CDC , the measles virus is so contagious that if one person gets the virus, nine out of 10 people exposed to that person will contract the virus if they are not protected. This is defined as no sustained transmission for more than 12 months. Nationwide, 839 measles cases have been confirmed in 23 states. In these places, the disease spreads quickly within pockets of unvaccinated people. (more...)
Ric Flair to have surgery Ric Flair to have surgery
- May 20, 2019

Conrad stated that Flair chose to undergo the procedure this week, instead of going through it after the Starrcast event which will take place next week. " Due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure tomorrow morning, after which he expects to fully recover ". (more...)
Quick action, vaccinations were key to Johnson County containing 2018 measles outbreak Quick action, vaccinations were key to Johnson County containing 2018 measles outbreak
- May 16, 2019

Up to 90 per cent of people who are exposed will catch the virus if not immunised. Miami-Dade County is most-at risk in the state, ranking third in the nation. Of those cases, 41 were reported by New York City and 25 were reported by Rockland County. Sarkar and his co-authors also warned that measles isn't the only disease poised to reappear after eradication. (more...)