Tuesday , 13 November 2018

Health

WHO official predicts 6 more months battling Ebola in Congo

The emergencies chief for the World Health Organization predicted Tuesday that Congo’s Ebola outbreak will last at least another six months, saying that informal health facilities have become “major drivers” of the current, deadly transmission. Dr. Peter Salama said that makeshift “tradi-modern” health centers — offering both traditional and modern treatment — were believed to be linked to more than …

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More US kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown

More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they still aren’t sure what’s causing it. This year’s count could surpass the numbers seen in similar outbreaks in 2014 and 2016, officials said. Fortunately, the disease remains rare: This year, there have been 90 cases spread among 27 states, …

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To curb STD rise, doctors treat patients' partners without an office visit

This is a Kaiser Health News story. If patients return to Dr. Crystal Bowe soon after taking medication for a sexually transmitted infection, she usually knows the reason: Their partners have re-infected them. “While you tell people not to have sex until both folks are treated, they just don’t wait,” she said. “So they are passing the infection back and …

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US to give states leeway to expand inpatient mental health

The Trump administration is opening the door for states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid programs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement Tuesday in a speech to state Medicaid directors. The lack of inpatient treatment beds for people with serious mental illness is a common denominator among several …

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Germany: Male nurse suspected of killing 6 elderly patients

German authorities said Tuesday they suspect a male nurse of killing six elderly patients, and attempting to kill at least three more, after he admitted to injecting them with diabetes medication. Munich police said the 36-year-old Polish man has acknowledged injecting 12 people in his care with unnecessary insulin shots from April 2017 until his arrest in February this year. …

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AP Interview: US VP's wife champions art therapy in Japan

Karen Pence, the U.S. vice president’s wife, announced Tuesday a $54,000 U.S. grant to a teacher at Tsukuba University in Japan for the study of art therapy, a little-known mental health profession she has championed under the Trump administration. Pence was in Japan while accompanying her husband, Mike Pence, on a trip through Asia for a series of meetings, including …

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Spiritual first responders hit the streets amid drug crisis

Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets. They can be reverends, rabbis, priests or pastors. Though …

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New cholesterol guidelines for heart health: What you need to know

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. A group of physicians at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the American Heart Association have released updated guidelines on managing cholesterol to minimize the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. The new guidelines advocate for more aggressive treatment with statin therapy and getting LDL cholesterol counts, commonly referred to …

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