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FDA issues alert after fecal microbiota transplant death

FDA issues alert after fecal microbiota transplant death How do fecal transplants help patients overcome C. difficile infections? The only now approved application of fecal transfer is in the treatment of recurrent C.difficile that continues after standard antibiotic treatment has been used. [Full Article...]

Expert meeting under way to decide if Ebola is emergency

Expert meeting under way to decide if Ebola is emergency In April, the World Health Organization said the outbreak was of "deep concern" but officials were "moderately optimistic" it could be contained within a "foreseeable time". The research, published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases , showed the probability of an individual health worker detecting an isolated Ebola case was less than 10 percent. [Full Article...]

Sleeping with lights or TV on tied to obesity

Sleeping with lights or TV on tied to obesity The study wasn't a controlled experiment and so it can't prove whether or how exposure to artificial light at night might directly cause obesity. The study, by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences , North Carolina, only studied women aged 35-74, with no history of cancer or cardiovascular disease, and also made sure they didn't work shifts, sleep in the day and weren't pr... [Full Article...]

Congo’s Ebola outbreak spreading with first case confirmed in Uganda

Congo’s Ebola outbreak spreading with first case confirmed in Uganda The child initially sought care at a hospital in Kagando hospital where health workers identified Ebola as a potential diagnosis. The boy is said to have travelled across the border with his family from DR Congo on Sunday. In response to the confirmed case a rapid response team has been dispatched to Kasese to being contact tracing and "management of cases that are likely to occur". [Full Article...]

WWVAMC prepared for launch of VA MISSION Act

WWVAMC prepared for launch of VA MISSION Act The objective of the Mission Act is to expand veterans' access to health care. They worry that the department is not fully prepared to begin its new policy, which Congress adopted a year ago to streamline and expand the way veterans get care. [Full Article...]

A Huge Medical Data Breach Just Happened and You May Be Affected

A Huge Medical Data Breach Just Happened and You May Be Affected The data breach that potentially exposed the personal and healthcare information of almost 12 million Quest Diagnostics customers has also possibly affected another 7.7 million customers of fellow lab testing company LabCorp . The leaked data includes names, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, financial information and medial information. While AMCA told BioReference that no Social Security ... [Full Article...]

Trump administration ends fetal tissue research by federal scientists

Trump administration ends fetal tissue research by federal scientists On Wednesday, the administration also said it is not renewing an expiring contract with the University of California, San Francisco that involves fetal tissue research. However, tax dollars have been contributing to an industry that fosters the trafficking of body parts from aborted babies. Scientists use it to produce mice that model how the human immune system works. [Full Article...]

Poultry as bad as red meats for cholesterol, says study

Researchers were surprised to find that white meat and red meat were equally bad in terms of blood cholesterol levels, reports US News & World Report. Nor did they study processed products that are often made from red meat, such as bacon or beef sausages. Either of these factors could have made the comparison more favourable for white meat. [Full Article...]

Trump promises ‘phenomenal’ United Kingdom trade deal to make up for Brexit losses

Trump promises ‘phenomenal’ United Kingdom trade deal to make up for Brexit losses Certainly not is that it is in the Reports of the protests, to Fake News . "Clashes between pro and anti-Trump protesters were reported on the second day of the president's state visit to the U.K. I wasn't referring to she's nasty. "And essentially I didn't know she was nasty about me". "Poor guy. He's just supporting the president", another wrote . [Full Article...]

It’s not just Quest: LabCorp says it was hacked too

It’s not just Quest: LabCorp says it was hacked too Three companies will be receiving letters demanding information about a data breach that has affected 12 million people around the country per Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. "AMCA has informed LabCorp that it is in the process of sending notices to approximately 200,000 LabCorp consumers whose credit card or bank account information may have been accessed", the company said. [Full Article...]

Quest Diagnostics discloses breach of patient records

Quest Diagnostics discloses breach of patient records The compromised information includes credit card and bank account numbers, medical records and social security numbers but not test results. Clarification: Quest Diagnostics systems were not compromised by the data security incident. [Full Article...]

Texas couple die mysteriously during dream vacation to Fiji

Texas couple die mysteriously during dream vacation to Fiji Texan couple David Paul and Michelle Paul, described as fit and healthy, were due to fly back to the United States from Denarau, Nadi when they fell ill. According to Fiji Broadcast Corporation , the embassy said it is not aware of any specific public-health threat to the community. "We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance". [Full Article...]

Quest Diagnostics breach: almost 12 million patients may have been affected

Quest Diagnostics breach: almost 12 million patients may have been affected Information is believed to include personal information such as financial data, Social Security numbers and medical information. Quest has not also been able to verify the accuracy of information received from AMCA, they said . The issue was discovered by the billing collection agency American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA). In a public notice , Marriott stated that it had decrypted informatio... [Full Article...]

Data for 12 million Quest patients may have been exposed

Data for 12 million Quest patients may have been exposed According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing known as an 8-K, the vendor, American Medical Collection Agency, told Quest that hackers had access to its system from August 1, 2018 to March 20, 2019. AMCA first notified Quest of potential unauthorized activity May 14, according to the release. Quest provides lab testing services to about half of the doctors and hospitals in the US, a... [Full Article...]

The fungus that kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes

The fungus that kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes Reports of a breakthrough genetically modified (GM) fungus that kills 99 per cent of malaria mosquitoes are coming in thick and fast . They took a naturally occurring fungus, Metarhizium pingshaense , and combined it with the DNA of a venomous Australian Blue Mountains funnel-web spider. [Full Article...]

US Records Greatest Number of Measles Cases Since 1994 - CDC

US Records Greatest Number of Measles Cases Since 1994 - CDC The cases in the Unites States are imported from global travel and then local outbreaks begin when the highly contagious illness spreads to those who are not immune to the virus from vaccination or having recovered from measles . These claims have been proven to be false and baseless. Edwards said measles is so contagious, a 95% vaccination rate or higher would be needed to keep it from spreadi... [Full Article...]

TSA now allows flyers to travel with drug derived from marijuana

TSA now allows flyers to travel with drug derived from marijuana The new regulations allow FDA-approved medical marijuana and products that contain hemp-derived CBD oil. Cannabis is classified by the DEA as a Schedule I drug, and thus federally illegal-and the TSA is a federal agency. The vast majority of CBD is extracted from hemp, which is a cannabis plant that has trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less). Epidiolex was approved by the FDA last June ... [Full Article...]

Burnout, gaming disorder deemed medical diagnoses by WHO

Burnout, gaming disorder deemed medical diagnoses by WHO The decision was made to include Gaming Disorder in ICD-11 "based on reviews of available evidence and reflects a consensus of experts from different disciplines and geographical regions that were involved in the process of technical consultations undertaken by World Health Organization in the process of ICD-11 development". [Full Article...]

'Burnout' from work is now an official medical condition

'Burnout' from work is now an official medical condition After being reviewed by the 194 member states to the Assembly, ICD-11 has become the new worldwide standard diagnostic tool for global health and it includes a new diagnosis of 'burnout'. A patient can be diagnosed with gaming disorder if they have trouble controlling the behavior, are only or predominately interested in gaming and continue gaming despite negative consequences. [Full Article...]

Gaming disorder gets World Health Organization recognition as legitimate condition

Gaming disorder gets World Health Organization recognition as legitimate condition The WHO state that, to be diagnosed with the disorder, "The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent", and requires a 12 month period to assign an official diagnosis - that is, unless symptoms are "severe" enough to warrant a more prompt classification. [Full Article...]


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