Tuesday , 23 October 2018

Health

6 children dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at rehab center

A severe viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for “medically fragile children” has left six youngsters dead and 12 others sick, the state Health Department said Tuesday. There have been 18 cases of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of New York, the New Jersey Health Department …

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Utah lawmaker tries pot ahead of medical marijuana vote

A Utah lawmaker drove to Las Vegas and tried marijuana for the first time ahead of an upcoming vote on a proposition that would legalize its use in his state for individuals with qualifying medical conditions. Salt Lake City TV station KUTV reports Sen. Jim Dabakis wanted to try cannabis before the vote. Dabakis selected an edible gummy bear for …

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This front-runner for governor is a vocal supporter of single-payer, sometimes

This is a Kaiser Health News story. Twenty minutes before the only scheduled 2018 California’s gubernatorial debate, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled into the San Francisco parking garage in a black SUV. Through the tinted windows, a soft overhead light slightly illuminated the front-runner’s chiseled features and slicked-back hair. In a well-tailored blue suit and matching tie, Newsom strode to …

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Number of unvaccinated children increasing despite overall high coverage

Despite increased efforts by federal health officials to vaccinate children early in life, the number of unvaccinated children in the U.S. continues to rise, according to a new report. The percentage of children who were unvaccinated increased from 0.3 percent in 2001 to 1.3 percent in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children by the age …

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Midterms could decide if 6 million people in families can get affordable insurance

This is a Kaiser Health News story. Last Christmas Eve, Justine Bradford-Trent slipped on ice, slamming to the ground. Her elbow swelled. Was it broken? She couldn’t tell. Because Bradford-Trent was uninsured, she weighed her options. She could go to the emergency room, the immediate but more costly option. The urgent care center cost less, but it was closed for …

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Why some doctors would still call Meghan Markle's pregnancy 'geriatric'

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is not old by any means at 37, but when she announced her pregnancy earlier this month, she immediately fell into the category of being an “older mom,” according to the medical community. Markle’s pregnancy, her first, will be treated by the medical community as — and called by many doctors, much to the …

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What to know about multiple sclerosis

Selma Blair shared in an emotional Instagram post that she’s among the 2.3 million people in the world suffering from multiple sclerosis. The actress described her struggles with muscle control and coordination and the compassionate efforts of her wardrobe designer to assist her in completing what should be a simple task of getting dressed. Fortunately, Blair reports that she’s surrounded …

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