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Hepatitis vaccines urged for travelers to Kentucky, Michigan
2018-04-22 17:00:11 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana health officials are advising residents to get vaccinated for hepatitis A if their summer plans include visits to Kentucky or Michigan. The Department of Health says significant outbreaks of the liver-damaging hepatitis A virus have been reported in Kentucky and Michigan. The agency says Kentucky has seen more than 300 cases of the highly contagious viral infection , most of those in the Louisville area   Read More ...
Fitness trainer Bob Harper's dogs provided emotional support during his recovery from a massive heart attack
2018-04-22 15:00:11 When fitness icon Bob Harper collapsed onto the floor of a New York City gym in February 2017, his adoring dog, Karl, sat patiently in the corner as he always did, waiting for his owner to finish his strenuous workout. On this day, however, the loyal 10-year old Havanese mix would have to wait for one of Harper’s friends to take him home from the gym   Read More ...
Drug firm ended link between opioid sales and employee pay in 2012, report says
2018-04-22 13:18:36 At a time when highly addictive painkillers were pouring into West Virginia, drug distributor McKesson Corp. factored opioid sales into compensation for its sales representatives, but the company never put profits over compliance with the law, according to an investigation by McKesson’s independent board members. The report concluded that McKesson’s board members and top managers “acted in good faith” and “exercised appropriate oversight” in addressing allegations that the company distributed an excessive number of prescription opioids and failed to report suspect orders from pharmacies   Read More ...
Shoppers told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears
2018-04-22 13:09:34 PHOENIX, Arizona (Associated Press) -- U.S. health officials on Friday told consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce they have in their kitchens and warned restaurants not to serve it amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in several states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its warning about tainted romaine from Arizona, saying information from new illnesses led it to caution against eating any forms of the lettuce that may have come from the city of Yuma   Read More ...
CDC Warns Against Eating Any Kind of Romaine Lettuce After E. Coli Outbreak
2018-04-22 13:08:29 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned against eating any kind of romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region, including whole heads and hearts of the green, and any chopped salads or salad mixes that contain it, in its latest update on the E. coli outbreak. The warning, which expanded from a prior notice urging buyers to throw out any store-bought chopped romaine lettuce, comes after new cases of E   Read More ...
E. Coli Outbreak Blamed on Contaminated Lettuce Spreads to 16 States, CDC Says
2018-04-22 13:08:23 Health officials said more people have reported cases of E. coli, as a multi-state outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce continues to spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said about 53 cases of E. coli have been reported across 16 states, with 18 new cases reported after April 13. Pennsylvania, Idaho, New Jersey and Montana reported the highest number of cases   Read More ...
Even Mild Brain Injuries May Increase Your Chances of Getting Parkinson's, Study Says
2018-04-22 13:06:28 Even relatively mild brain injuries may increase your risk of developing the neurodegenerative condition Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study. The research, which was published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, found a strong connection between traumatic brain injuries such as concussions and a heightened risk of Parkinson’s, regardless of the severity of the injuries. The findings specifically pertain to veterans whose data had been recorded in Veterans Health Administration databases between 2002 and 2014   Read More ...
Couples in retirement face average health care costs of $280,000, Fidelity estimates
2018-04-22 13:03:53 If you're retiring soon, you’ll need a boat load of cash to cover health care and medical expenses throughout retirement, according to Fidelity Investments’ annual cost estimate. Got a spare quarter-million bucks sitting around? If you’re a 65-year-old couple retiring this year you’ll need even more than that to cover health care and medical expenses throughout retirement, according to Fidelity Investments’ annual cost estimate   Read More ...
Scalise discharged from hospital after 'planned surgery' following 2017 shooting, hospital says
2018-04-22 13:03:17 House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was released from the hospital Saturday after undergoing a planned surgery related to injuries he sustained when he was shot last year at a Republican baseball practice. The Louisiana congressman’s office and MedStar Washington Hospital Center confirmed that he had been discharged and “the planned surgery was successful.” “The Congressman will be recovering at home for the next several days,” the hospital said in a   Read More ...
State says 3 have died in Kentucky hepatitis A outbreak
2018-04-22 13:03:00 FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials say three deaths have now been reported in a hepatitis A outbreak in six counties. The number was released Friday, along with a total number of cases of 352, through last Saturday. The state Department of Public Health recommends hepatitis A vaccinations for children older than 1 year and adults living in Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties   Read More ...
Barbara Bush visited our facility for children with HIV/AIDS. It was unforgettable.
2018-04-22 13:00:51 Debbie Tate is president of TERRIFIC, a D.C. nonprofit that provides housing and human services to families in crisis. Joan McCarley is executive director of TERRIFIC. They are co-founders of Grandma’s House, a residential care home for children with HIV/AIDS. People often ask whether the famous picture of Barbara Bush cuddling one of the babies at our care home for children with HIV/AIDS was staged by White House photographers or handlers   Read More ...
Opioid prescriptions fell 10 percent last year, study says
2018-04-22 13:00:24 Prescriptions for opioids fell sharply last year, the steepest drop in the amount of painkillers dispensed to patients in 25 years, according to a report from IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, the research arm of a health-care data firm. The number of prescriptions filled at retail pharmacies dropped 10 percent in 2017, according to the report. The volume of prescription opioids given out by pharmacists has been decreasing since 2011, but this was the most dramatic drop yet, as measured by the equivalent morphine dose of all the opioids prescribed in a given year   Read More ...
Scalise discharged from hospital after ‘successful’ surgery
2018-04-22 12:57:54 House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was discharged from a Washington hospital Saturday after undergoing surgery related to the gunshot wound he suffered 10 months ago. “Congressman Steve Scalise was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center today,” the hospital said in a statement that was shared by Scalise’s office. “The planned surgery was successful. The Congressman will be recovering at home for the next several days   Read More ...
Private health care for veterans can go wrong. Ask Ronny Jackson how he'd fix that.
2018-04-19 12:00:19 Veterans have unique stressors and health needs. Senators need to ask Trump nominee Ronny Jackson how he'd make sure private providers are up to the job. When I returned from Iraq as a 22-year-old former Marine sergeant, I sought out mental health care at the health center on my college campus. The counselor was ill-prepared to treat a returning veteran. He didn’t know how to handle the mental health issues I faced, what questions to ask, or how best to communicate with me   Read More ...
IL House approves bill allowing medical marijuana for students
2018-04-19 08:00:44 The Illinois House voted Wednesday to approve a bill that allows infused medical marijuana to be administered to students by parents in elementary and secondary schools.   Read More ...
Democrats lay out health care plans in televised debate
2018-04-19 06:00:09 LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Three Democrats competing for a chance to flip a Kentucky congressional seat found common ground on policy issues. But their televised debate turned testy when one candidate brought up a rival's status as a newcomer to the district. The hour-long debate Wednesday night featuring 6th District candidates Jim Gray, Amy McGrath and Reggie Thomas included their plans to expand health care coverage and curb gun violence   Read More ...
Former Coronado dentists pleads guilty to unlicensed dentistry
2018-04-19 05:47:04 SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A former Coronado dentist who used a fake name to lure patients to Mexico, where he performed dental implant surgery on them, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony and misdemeanor counts, including unlicensed dentistry with risk of bodily harm and practicing dentistry under a false name. Robert Mansueto, 65, is also expected to plead guilty at a later date in a burglary/forgery/theft case in which he allegedly deposited two checks -- one for $640,999 and one for $156,000 -- into his account after altering the payee to be the defendant's company, said Deputy District Attorney Gina Darvas   Read More ...
Hepatitis A cases in Kanawha, Putnam linked to multistate outbreak
2018-04-19 05:17:27 An outbreak of hepatitis A cases in Kanawha and Putnam counties has been linked to a multistate outbreak of the illness, according to the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. About 28 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Kanawha and Putnam since January, the health department said in a news release Wednesday afternoon. Health department officials recently received confirmation that four cases of the illness have been linked to outbreaks in California and Kentucky, said Janet Briscoe, director of epidemiology for the health department   Read More ...
WV better prepared for health emergency, but below national average
2018-04-19 05:16:52 Despite making strides in state preparedness for responding to disasters, disease outbreaks, or other health emergencies since 2013, West Virginia continues to lag behind national averages in the latest edition of the National Health Safety Preparedness Index, released Tuesday. West Virginia’s overall health security level scored a 6.5 out of a possible 10 in the 2018 edition of the index, compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and involving input from more than 30 national organizations   Read More ...
Weare rep proposes new health care taxes to help N.H. pay for $36M budget hole
2018-04-19 05:08:43 By ETHAN DeWITT Monitor staff In the wake of a court decision that threatens to put New Hampshire $36 million in the hole over hospital payments, House Finance Chairman Neal Kurk, R-Weare, has an untraditional approach to making up the money: more taxes. In a last-minute amendment to a bill designed to fund mental health initiatives, Kurk proposed broadening the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax, currently paid by hospitals, to a broad range of services, from nursing care to ambulatory services to X-rays   Read More ...
New Studies Show Immune Treatments Could Be Key in the Fight Against Lung Cancer
2018-04-19 05:06:59 Researchers report some of the most encouraging results yet for treating lung cancer with the latest immune-based treatments, most of which have been approved to treat other types of tumors. In three papers presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, and , lung cancer experts found innovative ways to weaken lung tumors to improve people’s chances of surviving the disease   Read More ...
NYC Mice Are Carrying Antibiotic-Resistant Germs
2018-04-19 05:06:50 People who live in cities are used to the company of furry vermin. But a new study reveals that mice and men may be sharing much more than just living quarters. In a study published in the journal mBio, researchers led by Dr. Ian Lipkin, professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, studied the gut microbes of 416 mice collected from mostly residential buildings all over New York City   Read More ...
The Man With 3 Faces: A Frenchman Received Another Face After His First Transplant Died
2018-04-19 05:06:44 (LONDON) — In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient — who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany. Dr. Laurent Lantieri of the Georges Pompidou hospital in Paris first transplanted a new face onto Jerome Hamon in 2010, when Hamon was in his mid-30s   Read More ...
Is Sushi Healthy? Here’s Everything You Need to Know
2018-04-19 05:06:34 Americans eat sushi in venues as varied as high-end restaurants and prepared foods sections of grocery stores — and many believe it’s a nutritious choice. But is sushi healthy? “Sushi has this halo of being healthy,” says Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietitian nutritionist and associate professor of nutrition at Mayo Clinic. After all, traditional sushi has all the makings of a health food: it’s stuffed with fresh fish, wrapped in thin sheets of seaweed and presented in neat little rolls   Read More ...
Cannabis Control Chairman Steven Hoffman: Regulations will protect supply for medical marijuana patients
2018-04-19 05:06:08 BOSTON -- Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said he believes existing regulations are adequate to protect patients' supply of medical marijuana once the recreational industry opens. But, Hoffman said of the regulations, "If they need to be adjusted, they will be adjusted." Patient advocates worry that there will be a shortage of marijuana for registered patients once recreational stores open   Read More ...
Kentucky health agency recommending hepatitis A vaccination
2018-04-19 05:05:22 FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department for Public Health is recommending hepatitis A vaccinations for everyone in six counties associated with an outbreak of the illness. Acting Commissioner Jeffrey Howard says hepatitis A is preventable by vaccine. The affected counties are Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd. The department says 214 cases have been reported in the Jefferson County area, while the other counties each have reported five or more cases   Read More ...
Eastern Ky. doctor convicted of federal health care fraud
2018-04-19 05:04:34 LONDON, Ky. (AP) - A federal jury has convicted an eastern Kentucky doctor of health care fraud. The jury in federal court in London returned a guilty verdict against Dr. Anis Chalhoub on Wednesday after a 12-day trial. The Department of Justice said in a news release that Chalhoub implanted medically unnecessary pacemakers in his patients and billed it to Medicare and Medicaid   Read More ...
Hepatitis A outbreak reported in 2 West Virginia counties
2018-04-19 05:02:57 CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A health department spokesman in West Virginia says more than 20 cases of acute Hepatitis A have been confirmed in Kanawha and Putnam counties since January. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says in a news release that the recent cases are linked to a multistate outbreak. Prior to January, the department said no confirmed cases had been reported in more than two years   Read More ...
Science hinted that cancer patients could take less of a $148,000-a-year drug. Its maker tripled the price of a pill.
2018-04-19 04:57:30 A group of cancer doctors focused on bringing down the cost of treatments by testing whether lower — and cheaper — doses are effective thought they had found a prime candidate in a blood cancer drug called Imbruvica that typically costs $148,000 a year. The science behind Imbruvica suggested that it could work at lower doses, and early clinical evidence indicated that patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia might do just as well on one or two pills a day after completing an initial round of treatment at three pills per day   Read More ...
Tired of passe condo fitness centers? Over-the-top spas take wellness to another level.
2018-04-19 04:57:24 A gym in the basement is a thing of the past in upscale developments. In fact, even a fitness center with a yoga room isn’t enough in high-end condo communities. Marketed as part of the wellness culture, spas are now an added perk for homeowners in luxury buildings. Today’s spas go beyond just a steam room or sauna, and incorporate some of the latest trends in spa treatments   Read More ...
City of San Diego continues to sanitize streets after hepatitis A outbreak
2018-04-19 04:53:33 SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - The city of San Diego is putting signs up warning residents that crews will be sanitizing the streets and sidewalks to address the hepatitis A outbreak. Officials say the outbreak is still a very big problem in San Diego. Crews from the Environmental Services Department were out early Wednesday morning, sweeping and spraying the sidewalks. This has become a weekly routine since last September when a rampant outbreak of hepatitis A created a health emergency for months   Read More ...
Four Oregon cities among nation’s worst for air pollution
2018-04-19 04:51:35 Four Oregon metro areas are among the 50 worst nationwide for air pollution spikes, a new report from American Lung Association finds. Eugene ranks 24th for short-term particle pollution — spikes lasting hours to days that increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular disease. The Bend/Redmond/Prineville area ranks 26th. The Portland/Vancouver/Salem area ranks 32nd. And the Medford/Grants Pass area is 34th   Read More ...
HHS Secretary Alex Azar hospitalized for treatment of ‘minor infection’
2018-04-16 04:00:32 Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was hospitalized Sunday night after receiving intravenous antibiotics for an unspecified “minor infection,” according to a statement from the department. The statement, issued shortly after 8:30 p.m., said that Azar, 50, “was treated” earlier in the evening and was admitted to a hospital “out of an abundance of caution.” The statement left many questions unanswered, including the nature of the secretary’s infection, how long he has had symptoms, why a minor infection required IV antibiotics, and whether he is hospitalized in Washington or Indianapolis, where he returns many weekends because his family is still living there   Read More ...
Can marriage make you sick?
2018-04-16 03:46:02 Is hostility in your marriage stressing or depressing you? Does your partner have a chronic disorder? Then watch out. Although married people generally have better health than others, studies have found, partners in these two situations can face an increased risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease. Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at Ohio State University, and Stephanie J   Read More ...
Thousands of pounds of prepackaged salad mixes may have been tainted with E. coli, officials say
2018-04-16 01:46:11 A Pennsylvania food manufacturer is recalling 8,757 pounds of ready-to-eat salad products following an E. coli outbreak that has spread to several states and sickened dozens of people. Fresh Foods Manufacturing, based in Freedom, Pa., is recalling the prepackaged products after learning last week from their romaine lettuce supplier that the vegetables may have been contaminated with Escherichia coli, the U   Read More ...
Therapy horses bring joy to pediatric patients at Loyola University Medical Center
2018-04-16 01:00:42 The elevator ride up to the pediatrics unit was a bit more crowded than usual when therapy horses visited Loyola University Medical Center.   Read More ...
Barbara Bush in 'failing health,' declines medical care
2018-04-16 01:00:20 Former First Lady Barbara Bush, the wife and mother of two presidents, has decided to end medical treatment for a life-threatening illness. Family spokesman Jim McGrath announced on Twitter Sunday that Bush, 92, made the decision after consulting with her family and friends: "Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care   Read More ...
Health officials issue Hepatitis A warning after Kentucky McDonald's employee is infected
2018-04-15 22:00:19 (FOX NEWS) -- A McDonald’s employee in Kentucky could have potentially infected several customers with hepatitis A, local health officials report. Officials are warning people who may have eaten at the Berea, KY, fast food chain or come into contact with the food handler on March 23 to be aware of any symptoms that may indicate they have been infected with the disease, such as fever, fatigue, nausea or joint pain, among others   Read More ...
Iowa mental health service says personal info disclosed
2018-04-15 21:08:14 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Polk County public health agency that provides services for those with mental illness and intellectual or other developmental disabilities says the personal information of more than 500 patients has been compromised. The Des Moines Register reports that Polk County Health Services admitted the mistake Friday. It says those who received services at the Crisis Observation Center in Des Moines may have been affected   Read More ...
E. coli outbreak leads to sandwiches being pulled from shelves
2018-04-15 21:07:51 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) Deli sandwiches are being pulled from the shelves of some big-box stores in Cedar Rapids. That's after chopped romaine lettuce, grown in Yuma, Arizona, caused a multistate E. coli outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control says it has not yet identified a common grower or supplier of the affected lettuce. Thirty-five cases in 11 states have been reported and linked to the outbreak   Read More ...