Wednesday , 26 September 2018

Health

The new flu vaccine recommendations as flu season approaches

Last weekend, rapper Drake canceled his Miami concerts because he was suffering from a case of the flu, his representatives confirmed. It was a reminder that flu season, which took a big toll last year, is near again. “We can see influenza all year round –- 12 months out of the year,” Dr. Jennifer Ashton said on “Good Morning America.” …

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Watchdog: MDs with convictions hired to examine immigrants

One physician appointed to examine immigrants was convicted of solicitation of capital murder because he tried to hire a hit man to kill a dissatisfied patient in Houston. Another had a history of sexual misconduct and exploitation of female patients. And a third was disciplined for allowing her staff to dilute vaccines, according to a report made public Tuesday by …

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Puppies spread the Campylobacter outbreak across 18 states: What you need to know

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report last week with details about a Campylobacter outbreak you may have heard about. Between 2016 and 2018, 118 people across 18 states were infected. Twenty-four percent of them had to be hospitalized, and fortunately, everyone recovered. The source? Puppies from six different pet stores. The investigation of the outbreak is …

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Newborn syphilis cases in US reach highest level in 20 years

The number of U.S. babies born infected with syphilis has reached the highest level in 20 years. It is still rare for babies to get syphilis from their infected mothers, but figures released Tuesday show more than 900 cases were reported last year. That’s more than double the number in 2013. Most cases were in the Southeast and Southwest. The …

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Weight Watchers rebrands as WW and puts the focus on wellness, not just dieting

A brand best known for helping people lose weight has undergone a slimming-down of its own. Weight Watchers will now be known as WW, a new, shortened, name that the company says is a reflection that it’s about more than just losing weight. “We are becoming the world’s partner in wellness,” Mindy Grossman, WW’s president and CEO, said in a …

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Why some parents are worried about schools requiring ‘mental health’ disclosures

This story is from Kaiser Health News. Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health. The new requirement is part of a law rushed through the state legislature after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. On registration forms for new students, the state’s school districts now must ask …

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Family blames mislabeled food for death of 15-year-old with sesame allergy

Two years ago Natasha Ednan-Laperouse suffered a fatal allergic reaction after eating a Pret a Manger sandwich that her family says did not list one critical ingredient: sesame. Natasha, 15, was allergic to sesame. This week, the West London Coroner’s Court will hear from her family, British Airways and Pret a Manger. There are two central questions: Was the allergen …

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A third of American adults over age 45 are lonely, national survey finds

One in three Americans age 45 and over are lonely, which may harm their quality of life and also pose health risks, according to a new national survey. The greatest apparent predictors of loneliness are the size of a person’s social network and physical isolation, according to the survey of over 3,000 U.S. adults age 45 and older by the …

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5 things to know about Trump’s new ‘public charge’ immigration proposal

This story is from Kaiser Health News A proposed rule from the White House would make it harder for legal immigrants to get green cards if they have received certain kinds of public assistance — including Medicaid, food stamps and housing subsidies. Green cards allow them to live and work permanently in the United States. “Those seeking to immigrate to …

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