US measles outbreak is largest since disease was declared eliminated in 2000

Measles cases in the United States have surpassed the highest number on record since the disease was declared eliminated nationwide in 2000. Overall, there have been 681 measles cases across 22 states this year, according to CNN’s analysis of data from state and local health departments. The states reporting measles cases are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. As of Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 626 individual cases of…

Read More

World’s first malaria vaccine to go to 360,000 African children

Some 360,000 children a year in three African countries will receive the world’s first malaria vaccine as part of a large-scale pilot project, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. Malawi has started vaccinating children under two years of age and Kenya and Ghana will begin using the vaccine in the coming weeks, with health ministries in these countries deciding where it will be used, the WHO said. The vaccine offers partial protection from the disease, with clinical trials finding that the vaccine prevented approximately four in 10 malaria cases,…

Read More

This Oklahoma hospital hasn’t paid its employees since December, leaving the facility on the brink

OSAGE COUNTY, Okla. – The few employees left at one Oklahoma hospital have been working months without a paycheck, while nearly 50 others have had to leave and are still waiting for the money they earned. The trouble started last year when paychecks started arriving late. Then, they stopped coming altogether. “We never got an explanation other than ‘Sorry, you’re not getting paid,’” employee Donna Renfro said. At the end of 2018, the 15-bed hospital was fully staffed with about 60 employees. Now, it’s almost abandoned. “People had to support…

Read More

New rapid radiation therapy revolutionizes cancer treatment

RICHMOND, Va. — Sue Branam is feeling good about her health.  But one year ago, she was uncertain when she discovered a tumor on her chest. “It was super scary,” Branam said.  “To share it with your children is scary.” Sue was relieved to find out that her cancer could be cured with a type of radiation treatment known as Rapid Arc Radiation Therapy. Dr. David Randolph, M.D., a radiation oncologist, says the technology is revolutionizing cancer treatment. “It allows us to give essentially the same doses of radiation,  just…

Read More

Walgreens raises minimum tobacco sales age to 21 after FDA pressure

Walgreens stores will no longer sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 starting September 1, the Walgreens Boots Alliance announced Tuesday. Boots is the UK division of the company. The legal age to buy tobacco in both countries is currently 18, but efforts to raise the limit to 21 are underway. In the UK, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health recently called for a change in the legal age limit to achieve a “smoke-free generation.” In early April, Illinois joined the ranks of a number of US states who…

Read More

Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds

Whether you eat breakfast might be linked with your risk of dying early from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Skipping breakfast was significantly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular-related death, especially stroke-related death, in the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on Monday. After a person’s age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, diet, lifestyle, body mass index and disease status were taken into account, the study found that those who never had breakfast had a 87% higher risk of cardiovascular mortality compared with people who…

Read More

US inches closer to measles record, with more than 600 cases reported

There have been 626 cases of measles reported in the United States this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 71 more than the agency reported last week in its weekly update. Just four months into the year, the number of cases is only 42 away from surpassing the record of 667 cases in 2014, the highest number since the illness was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. “In the coming weeks, 2019 confirmed case numbers will likely surpass 2014 levels,” the agency said on…

Read More

FDA OKs first medical device to treat ADHD in children

The first medical device to treat childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was OK’d Friday by the US Food and Drug Administration. Designated for children ages 7 to 12 who are not currently on medication for the disorder, the device delivers a low-level electrical pulse to the parts of the brain responsible for ADHD symptoms. “This new device offers a safe, non-drug option for treatment of ADHD in pediatric patients through the use of mild nerve stimulation, a first of its kind,” Carlos Peña, director of the Division of…

Read More

Pentagon, DHS considering designating fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction, memo reveals

Top military and Homeland Security officials are considering classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, according to an internal DHS memo. The synthetic opioid, blamed in health surveys for surging drug overdose deaths in the United States, has for decades concerned national security officials because of its potential widespread lethality in terror attacks, and in recent months, officials from DHS and the Pentagon have met to discuss an official WMD designation as a tool to disrupt the drug’s widespread availability on the black market, the memo says. “Fentanyl’s high…

Read More