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Social Media Usage Linked to Teen Depression

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Higher-than-average social media use and time in front of the television were associated with more severe symptoms of depression . Now, another research in the fray has come up with concrete data illustrating the ill-effects of social media on the mental health of teenagers. Read More »

Philippines declares national dengue alert

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About 12,500 people die annually from the disease. Despite the alert, Duque assured the public that there was no national epidemic in the Philippines. The Capiz Epidemiological Surveillance and Response Unit (CESRU) of the Provincial Health Office found a 771-percent spike in dengue cases from January 1 to June 29, 2019. Read More »

Health Officials Confirm Third Measles Case in El Paso

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Globally, since 2010, vaccination coverage with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) and one dose of the measles vaccine has stalled at around 86 percent. Identifying Ukraine as the country with the highest measles incidence rate in 2018, the WHO/UNICEF report suggested that although the country has vaccinated over 90 per cent of its children, coverage in 2010 was just 56 per cent, meaning that a large number of older children and adults were at risk. Read More »

UN wants more urgency in AIDS fight as gains and funding fade

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The 193 United Nations member states selected South Africa and specifically Kwazulu-Natal as the host of the official report launch in recognition of the excellent work in the fight against HIV and AIDS . According to the report, key populations and their sexual partners now account for more than half (54 percent) of new HIV infections globally. The Eshowe community, in particular, have managed to reach the 90-90-90 targets set by UNAID in its fight against HIV. Read More »

Biden Proposes Public Option For Affordable Care Act

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President Donald Trump trails at least three Democratic hopefuls - Joe Biden , Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren - in theoretical head-to-head matchups for the 2020 general election, a new poll showed. "It simply allows for an option that doesn't involve insurance companies, but still does not dismantle our entire hospital system and our entire way of covering people because it would concern me to kick half of America off their insurance in four years, which is what the [Medicare ... Read More »

DRC urges calm after Ebola case in key city

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The victim had arrived in the city earlier on Sunday by bus alongside several other people from Butembo, a town 300km to the north and at the centre of the DRC's almost yearlong Ebola outbreak . "The need is for money now". "We are going to need considerably more investment if we are to get down to zero [cases] in eastern DRC". Congo's health ministry sought to reassure people late Sunday that the situation was under control, though some already were on edge after learning about the sick ... Read More »

Drinking fruit juice may raise cancer risk, study claims

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What counts as a sugary drink? Sugar is the generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. When the researchers analyzed the risk for 100% fruit juices separately, these also elevated the risk of overall cancer and breast cancer . Read More »

MS confirms 1st case of West Nile virus for 2019

The press release below is from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. In 2017, the state had 63 cases with two deaths. No human infections have been reported, but officials say the risk will remain through the active mosquito season. Read More »

UK to use Amazon Alexa to dispense medical advice

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From this week, United Kingdom users who ask Alexa health-related questions - " Alexa, what are the symptoms of flu? " - will be provided with answers vetted by NHS health professionals. People in the United Kingdom will be able to receive expert health advice from Amazon's AI assistant Alexa under a newly announced partnership with the NHS. Read More »

Rabies scare near Disney World

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Disney World in Orlando, Flordia issued a 60-day alert on July 8 for the areas near its' Epcot and Hollywood Studios theme parks. Disney officials report that the two employees that were scratched are in good health and did not contract the dreaded nervous system affliction. Read More »

Trump drops another drug pricing proposal after court blocks TV ad plan

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The Trump administration on Wednesday abandoned one of its signature drug-pricing efforts: a ban on numerous rebates that drug companies pay to pharmacy benefit managers under Medicare. "We're pleased the administration recognized the impact the rebate rule would have on seniors", said CVS spokesman T.J. Crawford, "and look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders on lowering drug costs". Read More »

Sugary drink consumption increases cancer risk, research suggests

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Drinking large amounts of fruit juice may raise your risk of cancer , according to a big study which has found a link between the regular consumption of all kinds of sugary drinks and the likelihood of developing the disease. "Surprisingly perhaps, the increased risk of cancer in heavier consumers of sugary drinks was observed even among consumers of pure fruit juice - this warrants more research", Johnson told the Science Media Centre in the UK. Read More »

Supplements Probably Aren’t Helping Your Heart, Research Suggests

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Bruce Y. Lee, an affiliate professor of worldwide health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who was not concerned with the analysis. So the totality of evidence is still inconclusive about benefits of this particular eating style. Satjit Bhusri, MD , a cardiologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, argues that "more powerful, diet specific trials" have demonstrated heart-protective gains from the Mediterranean diet . Read More »

Federal appeals court questions legality of Obamacare insurance mandate

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House to explain why the Affordable Care Act remains valid. When the law was proposed, friends and foes of " Obamacare " agreed that the tax was essential to persuade healthy people to get insured, thereby keeping premiums in check. Bush, asked during Tuesday's hearing on a sweltering day in New Orleans. Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law who attended arguments, said he expects the court to remand the case back to the lower court to figure out which parts of ... Read More »

ObamaCare's future uncertain as it goes back on trial: What to know

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Two of the three judges on the appellate panelin New Orleans - Jennifer Elrod, a George W. Bush appointee, and Kurt Engelhardt, a President Donald Trump appointee - gave the appearance that they might side with a lower court judge who ruled previous year that the whole law should be struck down. Read More »

HPV vaccine could prevent over 100000 cancers

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The global health body also stated that most sexually active men and women get infected by HPV . Currently, ten million doses of the HPV vaccine have been given to young women in the United Kingdom, resulting in over 80% of women aged 15-24 having received it. Read More »

Common cold virus could cure cancer

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Non-muscle invasive bladder is the 10th most common cancer in the United Kingdom, with around 10,000 new cases each year. Scientists said the success of the trials was particularly significant because current treatments for the disease have limited success. Read More »

Biden: It would be 'great' to have a female vice president

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On Wednesday, Harris told reporters in Iowa that busing students should be considered as a policy by local school districts, rather than through a federal mandate like the type she advocated when confronting Biden. He's the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I'd smack him in the mouth'. She said there's been a pattern of predatory behavior from the Trump administration. Read More »

Dog treats could make humans sick, CDC says

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Forty-five people infected, including 12 hospitalizations with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4, [5], 12:i:- have been reported from 13 states-Iowa reporting the most cases with 12, followed by MI (7) and NY (6). Public health and regulatory officials in several states are working with the CDC and FDA on the multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serotype I 4, [5], 12:I:-. Read More »

Seattle Children's Hospital says fungus killed 1, infected 5 more

The children's hospital first became aware of the mold problem when patients who had surgeries in March and April of previous year developed infections, Del Beccaro said. But people with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of developing infections in the lungs or sinuses from the mold. Swedish said it is still working to determine how many surgeries it can take on. Read More »

Health Dept. confirms West Nile case | Franklin Hamburg Lafayette NJ

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Elnahal said it is important that residents take steps to protect themselves by using bug repellent, wearing long sleeves and trousers and avoiding the outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. West Nile virus can cause West Nile fever, which can develop into a more severe form of the disease that affects the nervous system. "Controlling New Jersey's mosquito population is a major part of protecting our public health", DEP Commissioner Catherine R. Read More »

End of HIV? Researchers eliminate virus from DNA of infected mice

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It marks a critical step towards a possible cure for humans. In an exciting turn of events, the team of scientists was able to cure mice of HIV by using a combination of CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, and LASER ART, a therapeutic treatment that slows down the replication of the virus for longer periods of time. Read More »

CDC issues warning on fecal parasite in swimming pools

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Though swimming pools are the leading source of infection, they're not the only source. To protect yourself, doctors say try not to drink the water when swimming and encourage your kids to do the same. The effects can be more in pregnant women and young children as their immune response in very low. The parasite is the main cause of disease outbreaks at pools and water playgrounds in the country, the CDC said. Read More »

Postmenopausal women who are "apple" shaped have greater risk of heart problems

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Not only is the proverbial pear shaped woman heart healthier than her apple shaped friend, but she may even be at lower risk of cardiovascular disease than slim-waisted women who lack "thunder thighs", the new research suggests. lowest quartile HR=1.91; 95% CI, 1.33 to 2.74; P 0.001 for trend), while higher percent leg fat was linked with a decreased risk of CVD (highest vs. lowest quartile HR=0.62; 95% CI, 0.43 to 0.89; P=0.008 for trend). Read More »

Florida Woman Dies from Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Beach Trip

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Fleming, on the beach with Wade and others of her family, fell in a small dip in the water. Two days later, Fleming paid a visit to the doctor, who gave her a tetanus shot and prescribed her antibiotics. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , necrotizing fasciitis is rare , but people with compromised immune systems have a harder time fighting the infection. Read More »

Family: Woman dies from flesh-eating disease in Florida

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She was rushed to the emergency room by ambulance and was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis , a rare but deadly bacterial infection that kills the body's soft tissue. The official diagnosis was necrotizing fasciitis , the infection commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria. These are all signs of infection of flesh-eating bacteria. Read More »

Kamala Harris backs single-payer health care, then backtracks

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During Wednesday night's debate , Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio raised their hands. "Probably", Harris said. "We have to do the things immediately that are going to provide better care". But some favor a government-run public option, such as one that would be offered on the exchanges set up under the 2010 health care law, while others are calling for a single-payer system that would end most private insurance. Read More »

Medtronic says hackers could hijack insulin pumps

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The FDA says that they are "not aware of any confirmed reports of patient harm related to these potential cybersecurity risks" and ICS-CERT added that there are now no known public exploits for targeting this vulnerability. Suzanne Schwartz , deputy director at the FDA's center for devices and radiological health. "This could lead to hypoglycemia (if additional insulin is delivered) or hyperglycemia and diabetic ketoacidosis (if not enough insulin is delivered)", Medtronic said in the ... Read More »