• Measles outbreak in New Zealand’s Canterbury widens to 20
Measles outbreak in New Zealand’s Canterbury widens to 20

In a statement, the Canterbury District of Health said "It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community". The advent of anti-vaxxer groups (people who choose not to vaccinate themselves or their children against vaccine-preventable infections), has resulted in a number of sporadic outbreaks of measles across developed na...

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  • HEALTH ALERT: Measles Exposure Reported in Hillsdale
HEALTH ALERT: Measles Exposure Reported in Hillsdale

Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , said during the hearing. Scott Lindquist, MD, the Washington Department of Health epidemiologist for communicable diseases, told Contagionthat the legislation would be a good start, but more action is...

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  • Trump bars clinic referrals, sets up other abortion obstacles
Trump bars clinic referrals, sets up other abortion obstacles

The rule is expected to result in a dramatic change in the type of information the roughly 4 million women participating in the Title X program receive. But language in the rule reflects sentiments of Planned Parenthood critics, who insist that the group's ability to house abortion services under the same roof amounts to a taxpayer subsidy of abort...

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  • Pelosi Could File Legal Challenge if Trump Declares National Emergency
Pelosi Could File Legal Challenge if Trump Declares National Emergency

Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a "gross abuse of power" and a "lawless act" . A political impasse over the wall sparked a 35-day shutdown of much of the federal government-the longest government shutdown in US history-that ended with an interim deal in early January.

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  • Measles infections in Europe hit decade high in 2018
Measles infections in Europe hit decade high in 2018

As the count of people with measles climbs toward 50, Clark County Public Health announced a short reprieve. That helps explain why public health officials get so concerned when outbreaks occur, which they have been with increasing frequency in recent years.

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  • Health Officials Say 5 Cases Of Measles Confirmed In Texas
Health Officials Say 5 Cases Of Measles Confirmed In Texas

Three Multnomah County residents are confirmed to have been diagnosed with measles. In Harris County , two boys and a woman are being treated for measles. A state of emergency was announced recently in the western US state of Washington after a measles outburst that has impacted over two dozen people and the majority of them are children.

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  • World Record Instagram Egg Shares Thoughtful Message
World Record Instagram Egg Shares Thoughtful Message

The record holder for the most liked image on Instagram is now using the popularity for good. World_record_egg has attracted attention from marketers and companies, with some analysts predicting that the egg account could be worth around $10 million .

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  • DOH buying more measles vaccine amid rising number of cases
DOH buying more measles vaccine amid rising number of cases

For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. The DoH admitted that the controversy has in part caused last year's decline in measles vaccination and outbreaks in the country. "Most children start that at the age of one and it's a two-shot series", said Sharon Goforth. "We should've panicked then and gotten our MMR vaccines up to ...

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  • Healthcare facility CEO resigns after Phoenix woman in coma gives birth
Healthcare facility CEO resigns after Phoenix woman in coma gives birth

He says the family is aware of the intense public interest in the case but is not prepared emotionally to speak about it. Martin Solomon, a personal injury attorney in Phoenix whose clients are mostly vulnerable adult victims of abuse and neglect, said a lawyer representing this woman should call for all pertinent medical records, a list of c...

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  • New York City Offers Health Care to Uninsured, Including Illegal Aliens - Mayor
New York City Offers Health Care to Uninsured, Including Illegal Aliens - Mayor

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday a plan to "guarantee health care to all New Yorkers". On Tuesday, DeBlasio unveiled NYC Care , a program will guarantee health care for the estimated 600,000 New Yorkers who do not now have health insurance , according to the mayor's office.

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  • First Child Dies of Influenza in New Jersey
First Child Dies of Influenza in New Jersey

The best protection against the flu is the flu shot, but is it too late to get vaccinated? Residents should also remember that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. However, these figures reflect only cases in which testing was performed; many more people who come down with the flu don't seek medical assistance and theref...

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  • Powell muddies Fed’s monetary message to pacify markets for now
Powell muddies Fed’s monetary message to pacify markets for now

The moves follow a better-than-expected job report that showed that 312,000 jobs were created in December, with the unemployment rate rising to 3.9%, as more workers entered the workforce. The head of the Fed, once confirmed by the Senate, can only be removed "for cause", not a policy disagreement. The two former central bank chairs also threw th...

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  • Flu cases on the rise; H1N1 most prevalent strain
Flu cases on the rise; H1N1 most prevalent strain

But that's not to say flu hospitalizations will remain low for the remainder of the year. Children younger than 5 had the highest incidence of hospitalization, with 10 per 100,000 people. Getting a flu shot should be at the top of the list for those at high risk for flu, including the elderly and people with heart disease or lung disease and pregna...

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  • Texas judge dismantles Obamacare, ruling individual mandate unconstitutional
Texas judge dismantles Obamacare, ruling individual mandate unconstitutional

He had promised voters a repeal of the legislation, loathed by Republicans before it even passed in 2010, that was considered Barack Obama's signature achievement. "The ruling seems to be based on faulty legal reasoning and hopefully it will be overturned", said a statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

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  • Health unit reports higher than usual number of influenza reports in kids
Health unit reports higher than usual number of influenza reports in kids

Today, the flu vaccine is in plentiful supply in America, with millions of doses produced each year. Influenza B strain viruses, which have the same symptoms as A-strain viruses, are also circulating this season as usual, the CDC said . Winter weather has arrived, and so has the annual flu season. Following that group, the vaccine should be prio...

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  • World Health Organization commemorates the day on Dec 1 with 'Know Your Status'
World Health Organization commemorates the day on Dec 1 with 'Know Your Status'

Mr Varadkar emphasised that it is virtually impossible for people who are HIV positive and getting treatment to pass on the disease and he urged everybody to know their HIV status. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of domestic testers doubled from 100 million to 200 million people. And the earlier that HIV treatment is started after infection, the ...

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  • Many diabetics won't be able to get insulin by 2030, study claims
Many diabetics won't be able to get insulin by 2030, study claims

Insulin is essential for all people with type 1 diabetes and some people with type 2 diabetes to reduce the risk of complications such as blindness, amputation, kidney failure, and stroke [2]. The researchers conclude in the journal The Lancet that of all these diabetes patients, 79 million would actually be in need of insulin to manage their dia...

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  • 'Pink Walk' organised to raise breast cancer awareness
'Pink Walk' organised to raise breast cancer awareness

That's when Melissa and her sister chose to get tested. The team which developed the guidelines specifically investigated metaplastic breast carcinomas (MBC), a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer, said the university's Amy McCart Reed.

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  • Viral outbreak leads to deaths of 6 children at NJ facility
Viral outbreak leads to deaths of 6 children at NJ facility

Adenoviruses are the cause of everyday infections like the common cold , bronchitis, pink eye and respiratory tract infections, but the highly contagious viruses can be much more unsafe to people with already compromised immune systems. It was not clear when the children died, and there was no information provided on their ages. The strain affl...

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  • Event highlights mental health issues
Event highlights mental health issues

Most employees (72 per cent) want employers to champion the cause of mental health and well-being, according to a survey published today - World Mental Health Day . "It is positive that mental health is being publicly talked about and I am confident that we are moving in the right direction which will ultimately benefit every athlete, coach a...

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  • Minnesota kids suffer rare, polio-like disorder
Minnesota kids suffer rare, polio-like disorder

An investigation is underway to determine what caused these specific cases of AFM. She also requested the agency answer seven questions about its response efforts by October 16 and conduct a member-level briefing for senators seeking more information on the issue.

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  • OPM, HHS Urge Federal Employees to Get Flu Shots
OPM, HHS Urge Federal Employees to Get Flu Shots

Smaller cities tend to have a shorter, but more intense flu season. "Each flu season always seems to be a little bit of a surprise", said Susan Kline, a professor of medicine at M Health. "It's convenient for students because they can stop by and not worry about getting it elsewhere", Albert, said. Vaccines significantly reduce a person's chances...

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  • Battle won, Brett Kavanaugh gets down to business
Battle won, Brett Kavanaugh gets down to business

Following arguably the biggest - and hardest fought - victory of his controversy-strewn presidency, Trump was crowing. Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday evening after the Senate narrowly confirmed him, 50-48, with only one Democrat voting yes.

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  • Breast cancer ‘most widely spread’ type of cancer in Palestine
Breast cancer ‘most widely spread’ type of cancer in Palestine

Money raised from the Pink Ribbon appeal goes to the Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides support, education and research funding. But at Watertown Regional Medical Center, health officials also believe that awareness is more than just a month .

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  • US Senate plans procedural vote on Kavanaugh in bitter confirmation fight
US Senate plans procedural vote on Kavanaugh in bitter confirmation fight

Kavanaugh was testifying against multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including gang rape. "This is what democracy looks like!" protesters shouted outside the Supreme Court, voicing their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court but somehow speaking for everyone on every side on a day of passion, chaos and effect.

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