Vaccination deniers gaining ‘traction’ on social media, health chief warns

Anti-vaccination “fake news” being spread on social media is fueling a rise in measles cases and a decline in vaccination uptake, the head of England’s National Health Service (NHS) has warned. Simon Stevens said “vaccination deniers” are gaining traction through their use of social media platforms including Instagram, WhatsApp and YouTube. “Across the world, two to three million lives are saved each year by vaccination,” Stevens said at a health summit on Friday. “But as part of the fake news movement, actually the vaccination deniers are getting some traction. “Last…

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Blood pressure medication recall expands

A widespread recall of common blood pressure and heart failure medications has been expanded to include more drugs containing losartan. The recall is due to an “impurity” that is classified as a potential human carcinogen. The impurity, N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid or NMBA, is also classified as a known animal carcinogen, the US Food And Drug Administration noted in a news release about the recall Friday. Camber Pharmaceuticals Inc. voluntarily recalled 87 lots of losartan tablets in the United States on Thursday. The recalled tablets, made by Hetero Labs Ltd. in India…

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Popular stray cat in Bryan Park tests positive for rabies

RICHMOND, Va. – A popular stray cat in Bryan Park has tested positive for rabies, according to the Richmond City Health District and Henrico County Health Department. The stray cat is an adult female with black fur with white paws and chin. Richmond Animal Care and Control took custody of the cat on February 19 after a park visitor was bitten while interacting with the “usually friendly feline.” The victim is a Henrico resident and their treatment is being supervised by the Henrico County Health Department. Rabies is a deadly…

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Some adults may need another measles vaccination, health experts say

CLEVELAND – Cases of a highly contagious disease, once thought to be eradicated, are on the rise in the United States. Health experts warn that some adults already vaccinated against measles may still be at risk of contracting it. “Pretty much everybody born before 1956 was exposed to the measles virus and therefore they have immunity. Those people generally do not need to worry about being vaccinated again,” said Dr. Roy Buchinsky, Director of Wellness for University Hospitals, based at the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood. However, Dr. Buchinsky said anyone born in…

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After five months in ICU, the world’s tiniest baby boy has left the hospital

This undated handout released by Japan’s Keio University Hospital on February 27, 2019 shows a baby, who weighed 268 grams at birth, at the hospital in Tokyo. His mother wasn’t sure if he would survive, but after spending five months in a hospital hooked up to machines, the world’s smallest baby boy has finally gone home. At the time of birth in August 2018, he could fit in both palms of an adult’s hands and weighed slightly more than a grapefruit. The unidentified boy weighed 9.45 ounces at birth, the…

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US pedestrian deaths are highest in three decades, report says

Last year is projected to have been the deadliest for pedestrians in the United States since the 1990s, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, a nonprofit representing highway safety offices across the country. State highway safety offices in all 50 states and the District of Columbia reported pedestrian fatalities during the first six months of 2018, which the researchers combined with historical data to estimate the total number of pedestrian deaths for the year. The association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2018, a…

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Ohio mother diagnosed with cancer after giving birth to daughter

AVON, Ohio — It was one of the happiest times of her life. But just six months after giving birth to her daughter Isabella last year, Clarissa Sobolewski knew something was terribly wrong. “I was moved by God to talk about polyps because my parents had polyps at 50. And doctors were like, ‘We really don’t test for that until 50,’” she said. Just 41 years old, the married mother of three was younger than the recommended age by the American Cancer Society to get a colonoscopy. But she persisted,…

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How less invasive procedure helps patients with Aortic Valve Disease

Watch Working For Your Health Tuesdays on CBS 6 News at 7 RICHMOND, Va. — About 5 million Americans are diagnosed with heart valve disease that severely impacts their quality of life, according to the American Heart Association. While it remains a serious condition, technology is helping lower the treatment risks for patients. Aortic Valve Disease is a condition you may have at birth, or may result from other causes in older patients. If left untreated, the consequences of the disease could lead to more serious heart problems or death.…

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Pesticides in your alcohol? Study finds trace amounts in some beers, wines

A study conducted by a U.S. public interest research group found certain beers and wine contain trace amounts of glyphosate – a pesticide found in Roundup. In a study of five wines and 15 beers, trace amounts of weed killer were found in all but one of them. Brands like Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Corona, Heineken, Guinness, Stella Artois and Samuel Adams were analyzed in this study. Researchers said the levels of the pesticide aren’t necessarily dangerous, but are still concerning, given the potential health risks. According to the World Health…

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