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100 years after "super-flu" pandemic killed millions, universal vaccine remains elusive
Repeated hits, not concussions, cause CTE, study finds
The cancer rate in Alaska dropped, state report says
Nebraska proposal would put medical marijuana on 2018 ballot
Monster doc to judge: Protect my mental health by excusing me from victim statements - Hot Air
Flu prevention: Researchers working on 'super shot'
Breastfeeding Cuts Diabetes Risk In Half, Study Finds
BRIEF-Merck says First-Time Data For Keytruda In Patients With Previously Treated Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma To Be Presented At 2018 ASCO GI Symposium
2018-01-19 13:44:03 Jan 19 (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc: * FIRST-TIME DATA FOR MERCK‘S KEYTRUDA® (PEMBROLIZUMAB) IN PATIENTS WITH PREVIOUSLY TREATED ADVANCED HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA (HCC) TO BE PRESENTED AT 2018 ASCO GI SYMPOSIUM * MERCK & CO INC - SAFETY PROFILE OF KEYTRUDA WAS CONSISTENT WITH THAT OBSERVED IN PREVIOUSLY REPORTED STUDIES * MERCK & CO INC - SEVEN PATIENTS DISCONTINUED   Read More ...
Mass. docs concerned about illness’ course
2018-01-19 12:45:02 Health officials are awaiting new data on the flu season out today to see if the epidemic’s spread has peaked in the Bay State or if it is just hitting its stride. Massachusetts saw a near 3 percent drop in reports of influenza-like illnesses during the first week of the year, according to the Department of Public Health. If the decline extends to a second week, it could mean the worst of the flu season has passed, said Department of Public Health epidemiologist Dr   Read More ...
Windsor Smiles program at Mt Ascutney gets $7,734 grant from Northeast Delta Dental
2018-01-19 12:35:55 Vermont Business Magazine The Windsor Smiles program at Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has been awarded a $7,734 grant by the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation. Windsor Smiles, a collaboration between MAHHC, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation, Windsor Elementary School, and Alice Peck Day Hospital, is designed to serve local children who have very limited access to regular dental care   Read More ...
You Can Do More to Combat the Flu than Just Get a Flu Shot
2018-01-19 12:29:43 If you feel like this year’s flu season is a rough one, that’s because it is. CBS News recently reported that this year’s flu virus is dominated by a particularly nasty strain, H3N2, which has reached almost every corner of the country, causing prolonged illness in many and in some instances, death. The very young and the elderly are particularly vulnerable, and this year’s vaccine may only be about 30% effective because H3N2 tends to mutate quickly   Read More ...
Hospitals eye making generics for 20 drugs that they say are overpriced or in short supply
2018-01-19 12:24:15 Several hundred hospitals that plan to form their own generic drug company are eyeing making "about 20" pharmaceutical products whose existing versions either cost too much or are in short supply for no good reason, the CEO of one of those hospitals said Thursday. Harrison said, "We think it will be early '19 before our first drugs come to market." And he said the group also is hoping to possibly get additional financing from "philanthropists who are sick of this activity" by drug companies that is "creating shortages and driving prices in an irrational fashion   Read More ...
Family of patient found at a cold bus stop demands justice
2018-01-19 12:21:44 Distressed woman appears dazed and cries out in anguish in video that went viral Patient's mother says daughter suffers from mental illness and needed help that night (CNN)A young patient, dressed only in a thin, hospital gown and tube socks, was left standing outside by a bus stop earlier this month after being discharged from a Baltimore hospital, as seen in a viral video   Read More ...
Fight a cold by ... eating yogurt?
2018-01-19 12:20:59 "We know yogurt is a nutritious food choice and we know probiotics are beneficial to health, so including them in an overall healthy eating plan makes sense, but recommending them specifically for the common cold would be premature," said Rubin. Yogurt also contains another immune booster: zinc. Research indicates that zinc can reduce the duration of cold symptoms, but the amounts of zinc needed for benefits -- at least 75 milligrams -- is much higher than the 2 milligrams present in an 8-ounce cup of yogurt   Read More ...
Flu hitting nursing facilities; Record number of outbreaks reported
2018-01-19 12:02:42 "We've seen a record number of outbreaks," said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control for the Minnesota Department of Health, in an interview on Thursday, Jan. 18. "Our long-term care facility outbreaks are way up." The health department's weekly influenza report, released on Thursday, says 91 flu outbreaks at long-term care facilities have been reported in Minnesota so far this flu season   Read More ...
Manchester firefighters make a bald-faced show of support for a brother
2018-01-19 11:44:19 MANCHESTER — Only Mike Meehan can suffer the anxiety of his battle with cancer. Only Meehan can go under the surgeon’s knife. Only Meehan can bear the nausea and fatigue from chemotherapy. But he is not alone in bearing the tell-tale identifier of many cancer patients — hairlessness. Two weeks ago, 12 of his fellow Manchester firefighters shaved their heads in support of their colleague, who has been battling testicular cancer since last year   Read More ...
It's not concussions that cause CTE. It's repeated hits, a study finds
2018-01-19 09:07:57 CTE can develop without ever experiencing concussion, new study finds Study found changes in the brain occurred as early as 24 hours after injury The Alzheimer's-like disease has been most commonly associated with former professional football players, but has also been detected in military veterans, including many who have been exposed to roadside bombs and other types of military blasts. Previous studies have shown that repetitive hits to the head -- even without concussion -- can result in CTE, but scientists said this is the most definitive study to date to find this connection   Read More ...
‘Alaskan Bush People’ Update: Billy Brown Opens Up About Ami’s Cancer Battle And Miraculous Healing
2018-01-19 09:06:00 The Alaskan Bush People family, known for surviving through harsh environments, have overcome their greatest challenge–their mom Ami Brown has beaten cancer. The 54-year-old matriarch was diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer only a year ago and was given only three percent chance of survival. Billy Brown, the Alaskan Bush People patriarch, is still in shock over the good news. Speaking with People, Billy opened up about the family’s struggles as Ami went through her health ordeal and how they got through it together   Read More ...
Hot yoga is no better for you than regular yoga, study says
2018-01-19 08:42:09 There’s something undeniably satisfying about leaving a fitness class dripping in sweat. When it comes to yoga, though, new research suggests there’s little reason to crank up the heat. Bikram yoga has attracted a loyal following due to its steamy classes, which involve 26 specific postures and breathing exercises, typically performed in a room heated to about 105 degrees. Proponents swear by the style’s ability to work up a sweat and promote flexibility, and past research has shown that it’s good for your vascular health — but a small suggests it’s the physical practice of Bikram, not the sweltering heat, that’s good for you   Read More ...
100 years after "super-flu" pandemic killed millions, universal vaccine remains elusive
2018-01-19 08:35:49 WASHINGTON — The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe   Read More ...
Depression treatment research could mean more effective option for people 
2018-01-19 08:33:43 A protein found in the brain called CK2 has been identified as an important factor in decreasing depressive and anxious feelings if manipulated correctly. Most antidepressants on the market are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs — such as Fluoxetine (Prozac) or Sertraline (Zoloft). A new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry explains that people have 14 different types of serotonin receptors, and scientists are unsure of which one communicates with SSRI drugs, leaving many people susceptible to failed drug therapy   Read More ...
Nancy Pelosi: House GOP deal for children's health program 'a bowl of doggy doo'
2018-01-19 08:32:39 (CNN)House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi didn't hold back Thursday when criticizing the House Republicans' inclusion of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program in their short-term spending bill as not good enough. "This is like giving you a bowl of doggy doo, put a cherry on top and call it a chocolate sundae," the Democratic leader said during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill   Read More ...
Doctor delivers baby on international flight
2018-01-19 08:31:22 (CNN)This definitely wasn't what Dr. Sij Hemal was expecting when he booked a flight with Air France from India to the United States. Hemal was tired. The second-year urology resident at Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute had spent his entire day traveling. He started in New Delhi, stopped in Paris and was now headed to New York, where he would catch a connecting flight to Cleveland -- his final destination   Read More ...
Could this be a better way to build a flu vaccine?
2018-01-19 08:31:19 Scientists worldwide are seeking improved and universal flu vaccines In one new study, researchers turn to a mutant virus to design a vaccine As a deadly flu season continues to ravage the United States, scientists are scrambling to find new ways to fight the virus, including building vaccines that offer stronger protection against the most aggressive flu strains and last longer than just one season   Read More ...
Chronic pain could be added to list of qualifiers for medical marijuana in Illinois
2018-01-19 08:13:26 COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – At present, there are 41 conditions that qualify a person for a medical marijuana license in Illinois. On January 15, an Illinois judge ruled to add “intractable” or chronic pain to that list. While that’s not set in stone, the state is appealing the ruling; but others are hoping it stands. Alfonzo Butler, a veteran and avid golfer, said years of the sport took a toll on his back and spine   Read More ...
SSM Health Medical Minute – Managing diabetes through group education
2018-01-19 08:13:12 ST. LOUIS - Diabetes is one of the most common medical conditions, affecting approximately 30 million people in the United States. Diabetes can be associated with a litany of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, nerve damage and blindness. Now, more than ever, people with diabetes are able to live active and healthy lives. Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed or living with it for years, education and awareness are the key to understanding and managing the disease   Read More ...
Flu hitting nursing facilities; Record number of outbreaks reported
2018-01-19 08:02:26 "We've seen a record number of outbreaks," said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control for the Minnesota Department of Health, in an interview on Thursday, Jan. 18. "Our long-term care facility outbreaks are way up." The health department's weekly influenza report, released on Thursday, says 91 flu outbreaks at long-term care facilities have been reported in Minnesota so far this flu season   Read More ...
Bacteria on your skin could speed healing
2018-01-19 07:14:04 Immunology. The immune system and microbes join forces to overcome injury in mice. Microbes on the surface of the skin help the immune system to respond to injury and heal wounds. Immunity research has historically focused on the response to pathogens and inflammation, and so relatively little is known about how our own microbiota interact with and regulate the immune system   Read More ...
Scientists Move Closer to a Universal Flu Vaccine
2018-01-19 07:12:33 The flu takes a formidable toll each year. Researchers and health workers save lives by routinely rolling out seasonal vaccines and deploying drugs to fight the virus and its secondary infections. But in the U.S. alone the flu still kills tens of thousands of people and hospitalizes hundreds of thousands more. A big part of the problem has been correctly predicting what strains of the influenza virus health officials should try to combat in a given season   Read More ...
How Robot Math and Smartphones Led Researchers to a Drug Discovery Breakthrough
2018-01-19 07:12:04 Robotic movement can be awkward. For us humans, a healthy brain handles all the minute details of bodily motion without demanding conscious attention. Not so for brainless robots—in fact, calculating robotic movement is its own scientific subfield. My colleagues here at the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design have figured out how to apply an algorithm originally designed to help robots move to an entirely different problem: drug discovery   Read More ...
Pill Cuts Ovarian Cancer Risk, Even for Smokers
2018-01-19 07:11:10 By EJ Mundell. THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's known that use of the birth control pill is tied to lower odds for ovarian cancer, but new research shows the benefit extends to smokers or women who are obese. According to the study from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, these trends were also observed for endometrial cancer as well   Read More ...
Could a Blood Test Spot Early Stage Colon Cancer?
2018-01-19 07:11:07 Continued Of the 620 people, all older than 20, included in the study, 438 were found to have either pre-cancerous growths, known as polyps, or colorectal cancer ranging from early to late-stage in development. For the blood test, the researchers used about a half-teaspoon of each participant's blood. Earlier research had indicated that the test could detect very small amounts of CTCs -- as low as one CTC per billion blood cells -- with that size blood sample   Read More ...
Walmart Packet Turns Opioid Pills Into Useless Gel
2018-01-19 07:11:03 Packets that turn unused opioid painkillers into useless gel are available for free at Walmart pharmacies. The move is meant to reduce the risk of opioid abuse. About four million Americans are addicted to prescription painkillers, and users often obtain the drugs from the medicine cabinets of family and friends, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The disposal packets being handed out at Walmart's 4,700 U   Read More ...
Obamacare Led to Rise in Breast Cancer Screening
2018-01-19 07:10:57 By Amy Norton. THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More American women started getting recommended mammography screening after an "Obamacare" rule made the tests free, a new study finds. The rule meant that Medicare and most private insurers could no longer require women to foot part of the bill -- whether through copays or requiring them to pay a deductible first   Read More ...
'One-Stop' Blood Test for Cancer Shows Early Promise
2018-01-19 07:10:54 By Amy Norton. THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In an early step toward "one-stop" screening for cancer, researchers report they've developed a blood test that can detect eight types of the disease. The blood test is dubbed CancerSEEK. It was able to catch cancer cases anywhere from 33 percent to 98 percent of the time, depending on the type   Read More ...
Scientists Seek a Better Flu Vaccine
2018-01-19 07:10:50 By Robert Preidt. THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of getting a flu shot at the doctor's office, you might someday inhale a nasal spray vaccine at home. That's the goal of researchers who say a genetically engineered flu vaccine shows promise in animal research, and may ultimately lead to better influenza protection. Although further work is needed, the scientists hope their approach will lead to an effective at-home vaccine   Read More ...
Repeated head hits may cause CTE
2018-01-19 07:09:01 We're hearing a lot more about concussions and their long term effects on the brain, but a new study found there's also cause for concern about other blows to the head. A study published Thursday in Brain, a journal of neurology, presents evidence that repetitive hits to the head that don't lead to concussions can still cause CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy   Read More ...
Dr. Gupta: Trump a heart disease risk - Dauer: 5 Minuten, 31 Sekunden
2018-01-19 07:08:41 CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta says that the calcium score provided by White House Physician Ronny Jackson classifies President Donald Trump as having heart disease and says the president will need to take action to prevent a major health problem.   Read More ...
Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs
2018-01-19 07:06:52 TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. The plan, announced Thursday, follows years of shortages of generic injected medicines that are the workhorses of hospitals, along with some huge price increases for once-cheap generic drugs. Those problems drive up costs for hospitals, require staff time to find scarce drugs or devise alternatives, and sometimes mean patients don't get the best choice   Read More ...
State budget panel OKs $3M for inmate hepatitis C cure
2018-01-19 07:06:31 BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho's legislative budget writers approved about $3 million for treating inmates with severe liver disease as well as half a million dollars to add 99 beds to the state's prison system as inmate populations continue to rise amid rapid state growth. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Thursday morning voted unanimously on both supplemental budget requests from the Idaho State Department of Correction   Read More ...
Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs
2018-01-19 07:04:32 TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. The plan, announced Thursday, follows years of shortages of generic injected medicines that are the workhorses of hospitals, along with some huge price increases for once-cheap generic drugs. Those problems drive up costs for hospitals, require staff time to find scarce drugs or devise alternatives, and sometimes mean patients don't get the best choice   Read More ...
Researchers found ways to identify indicators of brain Injuries
2018-01-19 07:03:42 PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A new study says it's not concussions, but rather repetitive hits to the head, that cause traumatic brain injury in football players. A team of researchers examined the brains of four teenage athletes who either died from their injuries or committed suicide, and found that it was an accumulation of smaller hits to the head which caused their injuries   Read More ...
100 years after "super-flu" pandemic, mysteries remain
2018-01-19 06:40:54 WASHINGTON — The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe   Read More ...
More mental health help needed for Puerto Rico
2018-01-19 06:39:07 BOSTON (AP) — The state's all-Democratic congressional delegation is pressing federal officials on efforts to address mental health challenges in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In a letter Friday to Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, the 11-member delegation, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, points out hurricanes and tropical storms can trigger emotional distress   Read More ...
Healthcare Provider Sees Record Flu Numbers
2018-01-19 06:32:46 (CBS) — One of Chicago’s biggest medical centers says it’s never seen so many flu patients in one week. Loyola Medicine says they set a new flu activity record last week at their clinics throughout the area. Doctors say people are getting sicker faster, CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports. “It hits fast, heavy and hard,” Dr. Jasmine Walton says. “Fevers, body aches, chills, a nagging cough   Read More ...
Canada's Aurora to sell medical marijuana to Italy
2018-01-19 06:31:53 (Reuters) - Canada’s Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Thursday its German unit Pedanios won a contract to supply medical marijuana to the Italian market. Aurora, Canada’s second largest pot producer, will export medical cannabis into Germany through Pedanios, which will supply the Italian market through the Italian Ministry of Defence. Cannabis-based medicines are legal in several European Union countries including Italy as a treatment for chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, side effects from cancer therapy and other ailments   Read More ...
Canada's Ontario to stop putting the mentally ill in solitary confinement
2018-01-19 06:31:36 TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, will stop putting people with mental illness in indefinite solitary confinement and begin phasing out segregation entirely amid growing pressure for Canadian governments to end treatment the United Nations has deemed “torture.” Under an agreement with the province’s human rights commission, the Ontario government will immediately begin to track and ultimately end the practice of putting people with mental illness in segregation   Read More ...