Public Health

Germany moves to improve child vaccination rate | News | DW | 26.05.2017

A draft bill to come before the German parliament envisages daycare centers reporting parents who do not seek medical advice on vaccinating their …

World News

Imams in U.S. take on the anti-vaccine movement during Ramadan

Minnesota’s measles outbreak is about to exceed the total number of cases reported in the entire United States last year, with no sign of slowing. Health officials worry that the start of the holy month of Ramadan, which begins Friday night and brings Muslims together in prayer and festivities, …

More Cities Are Doubling Down on Free Sunscreen

A public health campaign is partnering with local officials to bring down skin cancer rates by installing dispensers around public pools and beaches.<p>As we head into the summer, many cities want to make sure residents are slathering on sunscreen. A new initiative in New York City could make it …

Skin Cancer

Senate Republicans Don't Sound Very Optimistic About Their Chances of Repealing Obamacare

Gee, wonder why. (Because Trumpcare is horrible, that's why.)<p>Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, which means that it's time to dig up your sunglasses, throw some burgers on the grill, and, if you have the profound misfortune of being a Republican senator right now, silently seethe about this jumbled …

Health Care Reform

UPS to fight $247M fine over untaxed cigarettes

United Parcel Service plans to appeal a court ruling that ordered the package-delivery giant to pay nearly $247 million in penalties for shipping millions of untaxed cigarettes to New York.<p>The company's vow to fight followed U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest's decision Thursday in which …

United Parcel Service

Mandating Coverage Of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Would Be A Costly Distraction From More Effective Solutions

The devastating societal effects of the national opioid crisis are as far reaching as they are complex and require multimodal and highly coordinated …

Health Policy

The New Threat Hiding in Swimming Pools: Is It in Yours?

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to pool season, but you might want to think twice this year before diving in. There's something scary …

Niagara Falls

Trump’s Budget Puts Medicaid on a Path to Long-Needed Reform

Medicaid, the huge government health program for the poor and the indigent, is broken.<p>Both the Trump administration’s recent budget submission and …

Health Care Reform

U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just put out a grim report about Alzheimer’s disease in the United States.<p>Death rates from Alzheimer’s climbed 55 percent from 1999 to 2014, CDC found, and the number of Americans afflicted is likely to rise rapidly in the coming years. About 5.5 …

Alzheimer's Disease

Airborne diseases: Types, prevention, and symptoms

Many airborne diseases affect humans. Understanding diseases that spread through the air, and how to prevent and avoid them, is important.<p>There are …

Medicine

The Truth About Aids: an optimistic look at the treatment of HIV: review

A tombstone with “AIDS” chiselled into it, while the stentorian tones of John Hurt uttered the ominous slogan “Don’t Die of Ignorance”. It’s hard to forget those Eighties TV adverts – but blimey, they worked. An entire generation of Britons grew up well-informed and always kept a packet of condoms …

The Latest: Botulism outbreak seems limited to 1 cheese bag

The Latest on a botulism outbreak linked to nacho-cheese dip sold at a California gas station (all times local):<p>4:35 p.m.<p>California health officials …

Everything you are at risk of contracting in public pools

A little over a week ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release warning that outbreaks of a parasite called …

Lifestyle

German Kindergartens to Name Parents Who Refuse Vaccine Advice

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will pass a law next week obliging kindergartens to inform the authorities if parents fail to provide evidence that they …

Health

Germany vaccination: Fines plan as measles cases rise

<b>The German government plans to introduce fines of up to €2,500 (£2,178; $2,806) for parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated.</b><p>Health Minister Hermann Gröhe said it was necessary to tighten the law because of a measles epidemic. He was speaking to the popular daily Bild.<p>"Continuing deaths …

Italy

Albania returning Brazil poultry shipment with salmonella

Food authorities in Albania say they are returning a poultry shipment to Brazil after tests found high levels of salmonella.<p>The National Food …

Poultry

Surge of overdoses straining Ottawa ERs

Emergency rooms dealt with 108 overdoses in April alone, new figures show<p>Doctors who work in the Queensway-Carleton Hospital's emergency room say …

5 Infections That Cause Birth Defects

Infection during pregnancy is a major cause of birth defects. Infections that would typically result in no or mild symptoms in an adult can have …

Viruses

SF installing syringe kiosks as disposal of dirty needles grows

With San Francisco politicians and police mostly looking the other way as injection drug users shoot up in broad daylight, the official effort seems …

U.S. Postal Service

Inadequate mental, physical health care for prisoners erodes justice

Deadly hep C is latest example of diseases that have gone untreated<p>Michael Postawko's arms ache every time he brushes his teeth. His joints hurt, he has frequent abdominal pain and severe headaches. His urine has traces of blood.<p>In the three years he has suffered at Missouri's Jefferson City …

Prison

GOP leaders move to break health care gridlock

<b>(CNN) —</b> A day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he didn't know how he was going to find 50 votes to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, the No. 2 Senate Republican emerged from a key health care meeting saying he was suddenly "optimistic" about the negotiations over the …

Health Care Reform

Universal Healthcare Looks Increasingly Possible In New York State

As the debate rages in Washington, DC about whether to trade Trumpcare for Obamacare, a group of lawmakers in New York State see an opportunity for a …

Universal Health Care

Germany wants kids to inform authorities if their parents can't prove they vaccinated them

BERLIN (AP) — The German government wants kindergartens to inform authorities if parents fail to prove they have attended a doctors' consultation on child vaccinations.<p>The measure is part of a government effort to improve vaccination rates in the country. These have dropped in recent years, …

Germany

Trump budget's cuts to international aid put global health security at risk

US President Donald Trump’s first budget request for fiscal year 2018 includes drastic cuts for diplomacy and overseas aid (-32%), and slashes US$4.6 …

Disease

UKVDL Map of the Month: Rabies 1989-2016

The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) has enhanced its interactive rabies map. Along with updated information for 2016, …

Horses

Why Lunenburg County residents want to 'up the priority' on a Lyme disease vaccine

Spread of tiny ticks could pose economic problems for Nova Scotia, say South Shore residents<p>There's trouble in Paddy Lounsbury's paradise.<p>The Nova …

Disease

Dark Cloud Of Pessimism Settles Over Senate: ‘If I Had To Bet My House, I’d Bet We Don’t Get It Done’

Lawmakers, who are headed home for recess, aren't exactly hopeful that they can get the 50 votes they need to pass health care legislation through …

Health Policy

Hepatitis A Confirmed At Oakland County Jail

<b>PONTIAC (WWJ)</b> – There has been a confirmed case of hepatitis A at the Oakland County Jail.<p>Oakland County officials are advising people who were …

Hepatitis

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Vast Majority Of Development Assistance For Health Funds Target Those Below Age Sixty

• Vegard Skirbekk1,*,<br>• Trygve Ottersen2,<br>• Hannah Hamavid3,<br>• Nafis Sadat4 and<br>• Joseph L. Dieleman5<p>1Vegard Skirbekk (vegardskirbekk{at}gmail.com) is a senior …

Health Policy