Medicine

For the Second Time in History, Someone Has Been Cured of HIV

For the Second Time in History, Someone Has Been Cured of HIV His doctors found a donor with a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV . He said: "But what we are able to say with certainty is that, through early diagnosis and access to treatment, you can live a long, healthy life with HIV and be confident you won't pass the virus to your sexual partners". [Full Article...]

Second man seems to be free of AIDS virus after transplant

Second man seems to be free of AIDS virus after transplant He is tested often, and his HIV viral load is undetectable. The new case report comes more than 10 years after the first case, known as the "Berlin patient". "I never thought that there would be a cure during my lifetime". To test whether he was truly in HIV-1 remission, the London patient disrupted his usual antiretroviral therapy. [Full Article...]

Visitors to Midway Airport exposed to measles

Visitors to Midway Airport exposed to measles Health officials say people at Midway Airport on February 22 between 9 p.m. and midnight may have been exposed to measles . Local and state health departments said they are "investigating this isolated case". Though symptoms sometimes do not appear for weeks, typical signs of measles include a high fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. People who were in the emergency department between 1... [Full Article...]

Another blood pressure drug recalled due to cancer risk

Another blood pressure drug recalled due to cancer risk The Food and Drug Administration (FDA ) announced last week the latest in an already widespread recall of common blood pressure and heart failure medications. "That said, any presence of such impurities in drug products is not acceptable", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in the statement . "We're continuing to share these testing methods with worldwide regulators, industry and the public to... [Full Article...]

Senate Democrats Block Medical Care for Babies Surviving Abortion

Senate Democrats Block Medical Care for Babies Surviving Abortion They say live births during abortions are extremely rare and usually occur when doctors decide the infant could not survive. "This isn't about "clumps of cells" or 'choice.' It's about breathing, kicking, squirming babies who are alive ", Toomey and Sasse wrote in an op-ed published Monday in the Erie Times-News. [Full Article...]

How 'completely avoidable' measles cases in US continue to climb

How 'completely avoidable' measles cases in US continue to climb Check your immunization records to make sure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). This is despite there being a vaccine for measles readily available in most countries, which is cheap and effective. [Full Article...]

Washington lawmakers move to remove vaccine exemptions amid growing measles outbreak

Washington lawmakers move to remove vaccine exemptions amid growing measles outbreak The importance of herd immunity is proved by data emerging from Clark County, Washington, where there are 62 confirmed cases of measles since January 1 and only 78 percent of school-age children have had both recommended doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. [Full Article...]

These Australian twins are among the rarest ever documented

These Australian twins are among the rarest ever documented Nearly all twins are either fraternal - in which two eggs and two sperm create two separate embryos, or identical - in which one embryo is fertilised by one sperm and splits into two embryos. Now 4, the Brisbane twins, a boy and a girl, are the second set of semi-identical, or sesquizygotic, twins in the world, according to a press release about the study. [Full Article...]

Trump Moves to Withdraw Funds, Impose Gag Order on Abortion Providers

Trump Moves to Withdraw Funds, Impose Gag Order on Abortion Providers Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson announced plans to sue the Trump administration over the rule it announced Friday barring physicians and other healthcare providers from mentioning the possibility of abortion to pregnant women seeking reproductive healthcare at any clinic funded under Title X, even if the woman specifically asks about abortion. [Full Article...]

Questions remain for Windsor-Essex with Ford's planned health system changes

Questions remain for Windsor-Essex with Ford's planned health system changes Elliott didn't say if the government expects to save money through the agency consolidation, but noted Ontario spends 42 cents of every dollar on health care, and studies show the province isn't getting good value for it. Integrating multiple provincial agencies and specialized provincial programs into a single agency to provide a central point of accountability and oversight for the health care... [Full Article...]

GE sells biopharma unit for $21 billion

GE sells biopharma unit for $21 billion The company also points out that the net price of the deal will be $20 billion after taking into account for tax benefits. GE jumped 18% to US$11.95 ahead of regular trading in NY yesterday. The verdict is not universal that Danaher stole the company, but the reports all had something positive to say about the deal. We think this is a natural fit for Danaher's existing business, and bot... [Full Article...]

Vancouver outbreak of measles may have spread to Edmonton

Vancouver outbreak of measles may have spread to Edmonton Health officials in Alberta and the Northwest Territories are warning that a person with measles passed through Vancouver and Edmonton before flying to other destinations in the North. Measles is considered extremely contagious. While it has mostly stayed in and around the Vancouver area, a traveller with measles recently hopped on a plane in the Vancouver Internal Airport, thus spreading the dise... [Full Article...]

YouTube videos aimed at kids discovered to include self-harm tips

YouTube videos aimed at kids discovered to include self-harm tips It was flagged by her and others, but it still took YouTube several days to take it down. "I'm a paediatrician, and I'm seeing more and more kids coming in with self-harm and suicide attempts". In a tweet, the school said: "We are aware that some nasty challenges ( Momo challenge ) are hacking into children's programmes". Another video, she added, shows video game character Mario going int... [Full Article...]

Health department says not too late for flu shot

Health department says not too late for flu shot In Cleveland, 11 adults have died this season, and almost 250 people have been hospitalized for flu-associated illnesses, officials said . "The Department of Public Health urges people to get vaccinated, to wash their hands, cover their cough and sneeze and stay home when sick to limit the spread of disease". [Full Article...]

United States warns people over blood infusions 'to try and slow ageing'

United States warns people over blood infusions 'to try and slow ageing' The FDA warned consumers against infusions of plasma from young donors, saying there is no evidence that they slow aging or memory loss. The FDA said it'll monitor the issue and take appropriate steps with state and local health departments and blood establishments. [Full Article...]

A Trump administration "gag order" just proposed cutting millions from Planned Parenthood

A Trump administration Planned Parenthood president Dr. Leana Wen said on Friday that "the Title X gag rule will essentially dismantle this critical federal program" and that in many remote or rural areas of the U.S., Planned Parenthood is "the only provider who participates in the program". [Full Article...]

FDA Chief Warns Feds May Take Action on Vaccinations

FDA Chief Warns Feds May Take Action on Vaccinations Bonnie Henry expects there will be more. DOH has spent approximately $614,000 on staff and supplies as of Tuesday, in addition to about $115,000 in other non-budgeted expenditures, according to state epidemiologist Dr. "That's why we have different laws in every state: so the citizens of that state can decide how they want to run things", he added. Duque earlier said the outbreak in the regi... [Full Article...]

Zombie Deer Disease Might Pass To Humans, Too, Scientists Warn

Zombie Deer Disease Might Pass To Humans, Too, Scientists Warn Deer infected with CWD will look sickly and behave strangely, stumble, drool and lose weight. Truth is this isn't even a new report from the CDC . "They're wobbly. Ataxic. But mostly behavior changes". The reason to be concerned is in the past the disease did not appear to affect humans. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, told lawmakers t... [Full Article...]

B.C. looking into vaccination registry due to measles outbreak: health minister

B.C. looking into vaccination registry due to measles outbreak: health minister Given that cases tend to come in waves, Tara Lee, a spokeswoman for Gov. Jay Inslee, said there is not an end date for the state of emergency he declared on January 25, which allows Washington to get resources from other states. Ontario and New Brunswick have what is basically mandatory registration at school entry, Dix said. Meanwhile on Thursday, a petition calling on the B.C. [Full Article...]

Fears Zombie Deer Disease Could Spread To Humans

Fears Zombie Deer Disease Could Spread To Humans The deadly Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) - dubbed " Zombie Deer Disease " - has been killing off deer, elk and moose in droves across 24 USA states and two Canadian provinces. The disease is always fatal. CWD has also been reported in two provinces in Canada, and in reindeer and moose in Norway and Finland - and there's been a small number of imported cases reported in South Korea. [Full Article...]


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