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Measles cases triple globally, Africa worst affected


By increasing MMR vaccinations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were able to eliminate measles in 2000, meaning there was more than a year without continuous disease transmission. The city's Health Department has shut down the child-care program at United Talmudical Academy in Williamsburg for violating an order that the health commissioner issued to curb a measles outbreak . Read More »

CT health insurers stocks slide on Medicare-for-All fears


UnitedHealth Group shares fell for a second straight day Wednesday, weighed down by concerns over possible changes to the USA health-care system, including creating a government-run system to provide health insurance for all Americans. Overall, UnitedHealthcare, the insurance unit for UnitedHealth Group, reported a 7.6% increase in revenue to about $49 billion while earnings increased 23.1% to $3 billion. Read More »

Scientists revive dead pig brain with artificial blood


Crucially however, there was no sign of the brain-wide electrical activity in an electroencephalogram (EEG brain scan) that would signal awareness or perception. The chemical solution used lacks numerous components natively found in human blood, such as the immune system and other blood cells, which makes the experimental system significantly different from normal living conditions. Read More »

Attorney General Barr: Federal law protecting state-legal marijuana trumps current situation


The Justice Department, Barr said, is "operating under my general guidance that I'm accepting the Cole Memorandum for now, but I've generally left it up to the U.S. "Although the President would have the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report", Barr wrote in that letter , "he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review". Read More »

Global measles cases up by 300 percent in 2019


Nancy Messonier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "90 percent of people who are unvaccinated, or non-immune, and come in contact with someone with measles will become infected". The first dose gives 93% protection against measles and the second dose gives 97% protection. Last week, New York City officials declared a public health emergency and ordered mandatory measles vaccinations to halt the outbreak concentrated among ultra-Orthodox Jews ... Read More »

Scientists Create World's First 3D-Printed Heart Using Patient's Own Cells


Dr. Assaf Shapira watches a 3D printer print what Israeli scientist Professor Tal Dvir says is the world's first 3D-printed vascularized engineered heart, at a laboratory in Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel , on April 15, 2019 . The cells are reprogrammed to become pluripotent and are then differentiated to cardiomyocytes and endothelial cells before encapsulation within the hydrogel to generate the bioinks used for printing. Read More »

Measles Count Down In Michigan, Vaccines Still Urged


His order instructs that all unvaccinated children and adults that live, work, and go to school in the area must get vaccinated, unless they can prove that they have a medical exemption. Officials blamed the outbreak on "anti-vaxxers" spreading false information. "They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science", said Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot . Read More »

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


And intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California said Barr's comments were sure to please Trump, but strike "another destructive blow to our democratic institutions". Barr's investigation is in addition to the one being conducted by the DOJ's inspector general. Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham is also a member of the appropriations subcommittee and will question Barr Wednesday ahead of the May 1 hearing in his committee. Read More »

Here's When You Can Get A Free Measles Vaccine In Westchester


It comes after the county took the unprecedented measure on March 26 of banning unvaccinated minors from schools and public places for 30 days. But a judge last week overturned it, saying it's not yet a clear emergency. But Begun said a larger number may delay the first measles-mumps-rubella vaccine until 2 years of age instead of the recommended 1 year, vastly increasing the number of unvaccinated children who can be infected. Read More »

Excessive consumption of some dietary supplements can reduce life expectancy


In addition, they explored if these links are affected by the nutrient source: food versus supplements . Lead scientist Dr Fang Fang Zhang , from Tufts University , said: "It is important to understand the role that the nutrient and its source might play in health outcomes, particularly if the effect might not be beneficial". Read More »

NYC Declares Public Health Emergency over Measles Outbreak

In response, anti-vaccination protesters have begun wearing yellow stars, claiming that rules based on vaccination status are analogous to the inhumane treatment of Jews during the Holocaust. This state of emergency banned children unvaccinated from measles (other than those with confirmed medical reasons) from public places. Dr. Puthenmadam Radhakrishnan is a pediatrician in Ewing. Read More »

New York City declares measles emergency


New Yorkers should call 311 to access a list of facilities that can provide MMR at low or no cost. Initial figures for 2018 indicate further decrease with many children becoming susceptible to measles infection, as a result. Most of the NY cases involved unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated in dividuals, according to de Blasio's office. By far most of the city's cases are kids under 18 years age. Read More »

There are now 41 cases of Measles in MI


MI reported 39 cases as of Friday, all but one of them in Oakland County. Known exposure sites in Oakland County are listed at Children too young to be vaccinated, or who have only had one dose of vaccine , are more likely to get infected. Read More »

NYC declares emergency over measles outbreak, mandates vaccinations


The largest outbreak occurred in 2014, with 667 cases, CNN reported . Government officials have tried to prevent the spread of the disease by banning unimmunized students from attending public school. "Look it's a serious public health concern, but it's also a serious First Amendment issue and it is going to be a constitutional, legal question", Cuomo said. Read More »

New York City orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak

Meanwhile, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention elevated its response to measles , establishing a larger team to focus on outbreaks that have sickened 465 people nationwide this year - the second-greatest number of cases reported in the US since measles was eliminated domestically in 2000. Read More »

Health Emergency Declared in NYC Measles Outbreak

When questioned whether an order to vaccine people was legal, Mayor Bill de Blasio said yes, noting his office is "absolutely certain we have the power to do this". All but 39 of the confirmed cases are in children. "To challenge the unsafe misinformation that is being spread by a group of anti-vaxxers, it's crucial that everyone around them be vaccinated to shield them from infection", Barbot said. Read More »

NY orders measles vaccinations in Brooklyn amid outbreak, mayor says

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio echoed de Blasio's comments citing the safety and effectiveness of the MMR vaccine. - New York City's Health Department is threatening to fine and possibly close several Yeshivas in Brooklyn that continue to allow unvaccinated children to attend class despite previous warnings prompted by a measles outbreak. Read More »

Deadly, drug-resistant fungus spreading through hospitals — CDC


What makes the fungus so risky is that it is resistant to major antifungal drugs that are typically used to treat infections. Most of the cases were reported in New York, New Jersey and IL. "In some outbreaks, reported mortality has approached 60 percent". The healthcare industry has argued that publicising an outbreak would scare people unnecessarily - after all, adequate precautions have been taken to prevent the spread. Read More »

Mystery E. coli outbreak sickens 72 people in 5 states

Cases of illness first began to be reported March 2, and the last reported case occurred March 29. The CDC has a collection of these fingerprints in a database that aides in identifying potential outbreaks. No deaths and no cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS ) have been reported. The types of E. coli that can cause illness can be transmitted through contaminated water or food or through contact with animals or people. Read More »

Poor diet causes more deaths than tobacco consumption


It was also found that one in five deaths could be prevented by changing dietary habits and including healthier choices in one's diet. "This study affirms what many have thought for several years - that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world", said Christopher Murray, Director at the University of Washington in the US. Read More »

New study finds no evidence of moderate drinking benefits


People with these genetic variants are known to drink less - a situation confirmed by the latest study - but who has these genetic variants is random, meaning they can appear in people regardless of their social situation or health. Because such gene variations occur randomly, the researchers were able to design the equivalent of a randomized study. The authors believe the findings apply to both men and women, and to populations across the world. Read More »

Poor Diet Causes Hundred of Deaths in India: Lancet Study


The research tracked trends in consumption of 15 dietary factors from 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries. A report in the BBC on the study noted the finding that some 10 million of the 11 million deaths each year attributed to diet were from cardiovascular diseases, or diseases caused by the narrowing or blocking of blood vessels, often in or near the heart or brain. Read More »

Vaccine scheme cut risk of cervical cancer by 90%


The higher the CIN grade number, the higher the risk is of developing invasive cancer. "But because it knocks out these other three types, it is nearer 90% of cervical pre-cancer in Scotland ". Most importantly, the rate of growths classified as a cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade 3 also dropped substantially, by almost 90 per cent. Read More »

India needs a comprehensive space security policy — Beyond ASAT test


NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine had said that over 400 pieces of debris had been identified which even travelled above the International Space Station (ISS). Troublingly, NASA says around two dozen pieces of the destroyed Indian satellite were flung to orbits higher than the ISS, which now orbits the Earth at an altitude of 410 kilometres (255 miles). Read More »

Burger King goes vegan? The meatless Whopper is here


However, The Impossible Burger has not been immune from criticism. Some animal rights activists criticized the burger for testing products on rats. The Impossible burger has about the same amount of protein as the Whopper, 15 percent less fat , and 90 percent less cholesterol. "It tasted just like a Whopper should taste". Read More »

Cholera threat casts shadow over Mozambique


The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has reinforced its efforts to assist people affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique , benefitting over 75,000 people in 17 districts in the three provinces that were most affected by the cyclone, which hit three countries in the southeast of the African continent. Read More »