Public Health

Health officials declare hepatitis A outbreak in L.A. County

Los Angeles County public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak Tuesday, days after an emergency was declared in San Diego, where at least 16 people have died of the highly contagious virus.<p>Case numbers are still small, with only 10 people infected as part of the outbreak, said Dr. …

California

Bill Gates reveals the biggest public health threats over the next 10 years

<b>Goalkeepers</b><p>Bill and Melinda Gates have released their first-annual “Goalkeepers” report, a celebration of key milestones in public health and a look …

Alzheimer's Disease

How to Tell Whether It's a Cold or the Flu

Every year it seems to happen, usually around this time. You get a sniffle or maybe a scratchy throat and you wonder, is it just a cold or something …

Consumer News

Measles vaccine: 'I cheated my daughter'

<b>Sarah Walton was left severely disabled when the measles infection she had as a child returned 24 years later.</b><p>Her mother Jo says she feels she cheated her daughter because she did not know more about the benefits of vaccinating her.<p>She says the government should consider penalties against parents …

Measles

8-year-old girl’s death a harbinger of doom for ‘horrific flu season’

Health officials in Australia are warning about a “horrific flu season” after an 8-year-old girl died of the viral infection on Friday.<p>The Victorian …

Lifestyle

The Latest: Big doctors' group against GOP repeal effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the GOP effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law (all times local):<p>12:57 p.m.<p>The American Medical Association is opposed to the latest, last-ditch Republican effort to dismantle Obamacare.<p>That's the word Tuesday from the largest association of …

Politics

The opioid epidemic is so bad it's driving down life expectancy in the US

More than 52,000 people died of overdoses in 2015<p>The opioid epidemic is pushing down the life expectancy in the US, new research says. Once a leader in longevity, the US has dropped behind most other high-income countries — due in large part to accidental deaths from prescription and illicit …

Addiction

How Cruise Ships Battle Norovirus

<i>PHOTO: Isolation to a cabin is sometimes required to stem the spread of norovirus. (photo by Jason Leppert)</i><p>The mainstream media has blown out of …

Cruise Ships

Hepatitis A: frequently asked questions

The ongoing hepatitis A outbreak, which surpassed 400 cases this week, has many across San Diego County asking questions about this viral …

Hepatitis

Doctors Aren’t Doing Enough to Protect Trans People from HIV

Sometimes the discrimination trans people experience in a healthcare setting discourages them from ever coming back.<p>In 2008, Octavia Lewis was doing her best to take care of her health. After being diagnosed with HIV, the 27-year-old decided to seek treatment at a clinic near her home in Athens, …

LGBTQ

As cigarette prices rise, infant deaths fall, study shows

A new European study finds that when the price of cigarettes rises, infant deaths decline.<p>The finding didn't surprise one U.S. expert in child health, because when fewer mothers can afford to smoke any longer — or take up the habit — their kids' health improves.<p>"The association between maternal …

Research

Healthcare Reform: Who Suffers?

Yet another attempt is underway to repeal and replace Obamacare. This one, called the <b>Graham-Cassidy</b> bill, aims to give states money to deal with the …

ObamaCare

Baltimore Ravens Postpone DNA Test Giveaway After Public Health Officials Get Involved

If you showed up to the Baltimore Raven’s home opener on Sunday expecting to receive a free DNA test, you were likely sorely disappointed. The NFL …

Consumer News

A primer on pet vaccinations, which ones are musts and which are maybes

Vaccinations. All pets need them – but what do they actually do? Where do you go to get them? And what do they cost?<p>Vaccinations for your pet are …

Medicine

Global Health Progress Has Been Made, But U.S. Aid Cuts Could Be Lethal To Millions

Bill and Melinda Gates release a report card assessing global health, and warn only the United States is rich enough and generous enough to lead the …

Health Policy

These 9 Charts Clearly Show Our World Is Actually Doing Better Than Ever

Life is getting better for millions of people.<p>It's easy to think the world is ending when natural disasters are pummelling vulnerable islands and …

Science

Can a ‘Single Payer’ Health System Work in America?

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “ ‘Medicare for All’ Is No Miracle Cure,” by Lanhee J. Chen and Micah Weinberg (Op-Ed, Sept. 19):<p>Yes, our superior resources allow for those with means to survive some killer diseases, but the concept of universal health care surely is to wrap all citizens in the comfort of a …

Health Care

Why Bernie’s universal healthcare system would be a disaster

<i>This article first appeared on the Hoover Institution site.</i><p>This past week, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont proclaimed in a New York Times op-ed …

Health Care

Transfusion of contaminated blood infected 18 with HIV in Mumbai in 2016-17, reveals report

<b>Mumbai:</b> Eighteen people contracted HIV because of transfusion through blood and blood products in the metropolis in 2016-17, according to a …

Medicine

WHO Plans Global War on Cholera as Yemen Caseload Soars

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization will next month launch a strategy to stop cholera transmission by 2030, it said on Monday, as an …

How San Diego's Homelessness Crisis Helped Create A Deadly Outbreak

Hepatitis A, spread by fecal contamination, has killed 16 people and sickened 421 since November.<p>An outbreak of hepatitis A, a dangerous but preventable disease that is spread through fecal contamination and attacks the liver, has gotten so out of hand in San Diego that the county government is …

News (U.S.)

‘Oriental eye worm’ infection that makes dogs blind spreading to UK

Dog owners in the UK are being warned about the spread of a potentially deadly eye infection caused by a parasitic worm.<p>Oriental eye worm, otherwise …

Pets

Arkansas governor backs renewed health law repeal effort

Arkansas' Republican governor is backing a revived effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law, saying the latest measure …

Business

Trial of NECC pharmacist charged in deadly meningitis outbreak begins

BOSTON — A prosecutor says a pharmacist facing murder charges for his role in a deadly meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections …

Crime

Why Australia May Be ‘Woefully Unprepared’ for Flu Season

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s carefree attitude toward preventive medicine may have met its match: the flu.<p>The country is reeling from a potent flu season that has had a historically high number of cases in some states, and the resulting fatalities have raised growing alarms. Last week, an …

World News

New HIV vulnerability found in Scripps Research study

Powerful antibodies against HIV bind to a key site on the deadly virus to “learn” how to neutralize it, a team led by scientists at The Scripps …

Medicine

Changing how we transport vaccines could save two million lives annually

The Cost of Saving a Life<p>Vaccines save lives. It is a fact that has been repeated over and over. And it is one of the most important facts that you …

World Health Organization

Family of eight-year-old Melbourne girl who died of flu call for immunisation

Christian Brealy pays tribute to Rosie and says: ‘We urge everyone to get their kids immunised against the flu’<p>The family of an eight-year-old Melbourne girl who died of the flu have urged other parents to vaccinate their children.<p>Christian Brealy said his “beautiful princess” Rosie died hours …

We need a mosquito emoji for public health - Futurity

There are three different pig emojis, but no emoji for mosquitoes, the most dangerous creature on Earth. Public health workers argue that has to …

Health

'Public health risk' in meat industry

A former meat inspector has told ITV News that poor hygiene and ineffective regulations have left consumers at risk.<p>The claims come as part of a …

Agriculture