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5 Dead in Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Connected to Single New Jersey County 

 

Five people have died in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a bacteria-triggered form of pneumonia, that is connected to a single New Jersey county, health officials said Friday.

As of Thursday, the New Jersey Department of Health said it had confirmed 22 total cases of Legionnaires' in people who live in Union County or have visited it. The people got sick between March 8 and May 13; five of the 22 died.

The state says its health officials are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the disease cluster. Health officials wouldn't name a city or city in Union County where the cases have been most prevalent as they work to identify the source of the outbreak.

NBCNY

Tags: Contagion, Death, Disease, Environment, Health, Medical, Outbreak, Safety, Treatment, Warning

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24-May-2019


Pennsylvania declares a statewide hepatitis A outbreak as the US sees a 300% increase in cases across the nation 

 

Pennsylvania health officials have declared an outbreak of hepatitis A that has swept across the state.

Since January 2018, there have been 171 cases reported in 36 counties, the state's Department of Health said on Monday.

More than 60 cases alone have been identified since the start of 2019, Nate Wardle, a spokesperson for the Department of Health, told DailyMail.com

It comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month that there were 300 percent more cases across the US between 2016 and 2018 than the previous three-year period.

Daily Mail

U.S. measles outbreak spreads to Maine, 25th state to report case

The anti-vaxx movement is fueling the measles epidemic by deliberately targeting communities most affected by the disease

Tags: Awareness, Contagion, Disease, Environment, Germs, Health, Illness, Outbreak, Vaccine, Warning

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22-May-2019


Parents are poisoning their autistic children with bleach. The alarming trend is promoted online as a 'miracle cure.' 

 

Some parents are poisoning their children with chlorine dioxide to heal autism, according to an NBC News investigation.

The alarming so-called treatment is being promoted online by proponents who claim it's a "miracle cure."

Chlorine dioxide can cause irreparable bodily harm, doctors warn. It damages the digestive system and wreaks havoc on red blood cells.

"It can lead to kidney damage and kidney failure," Dr. Daniel Brooks, medical director at Banner University Medical Center's Poison and Drug Information Center and Outpatient Toxicology Clinic in Phoenix, told NBC News.

Brooks described the use of the chemical as a treatment for autism as "ludicrous."

The Blaze

Tags: Awareness, Backlash, Chemicals, Children, Disease, Health, Interference, Medical, Parental Burden, Parental Crime, Poison, Responsibility, Safety, Science, Toxic, Treatment, Warning

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22-May-2019


A pastor reportedly gave ‘miracle water’ to Ugandans. It was bleach. 

 

An American pastor has been accused of distributing a poisonous “miracle drink” to thousands of Ugandans, including infants, according to a report by the Guardian.

Robert Baldwin — founder of a Christian nonprofit based in New Jersey — was providing a bogus “miracle cure” to almost 50,000 Ugandans, according to the outlet’s original reporting. In conjunction with Sam Little, a supposed British clairvoyant, Baldwin was promoting the substance as a cure for many diseases, including cancer, malaria and HIV/AIDS.

The cure? Known as “miracle mineral solution,” or MMS, the substance consists of sodium chlorite and citric acid, which combine to create chlorine dioxide, an industrial bleach. The U.S. Embassy in Kampala on Monday condemned the distribution of the substance.

In an interview with NJ Advance Media, Baldwin denied distributing the “cure” and said he had to shut down his operations because of the hate coming his way.

Washington Post

Pakistan Doctor Arrested After 400 Children Test Positive for HIV

Tags: Abuse, Backlash, Children, Disease, Employment, Environment, Health, Inhumanity, Interference, Medical, Medicine, Misrepresentation, Outbreak, Poison, Religion, Safety, Training, Treatment, World

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21-May-2019


Counties Most At-Risk For Measles Outbreaks Span Across The Country, According To This Eye-Opening Map 

 

At least 10 measles outbreaks have erupted across the United States in 2019, prompting discussions regarding the importance of vaccinations. This pressing topic resurfaced again when, on Tuesday, May 9, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Johns Hopkins University highlighted the counties most at-risk for measles outbreaks via an eye-opening map. The data-driven graphic reiterates the documented relationship between low-vaccination areas and outbreaks, proving once again that vaccinations are key in preventing the spread of this infectious disease.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Johns Hopkins University recently teamed up to identify the top counties at-risk for measles outbreaks, using a risk-analysis model that examined international travel and vaccination rates. The results, published in the The Lancet Infectious Diseases, found that areas with high international travel and low-vaccination rates are hotspots for measles outbreaks.

Romper

Who's behind measles vaccines misinformation?...

Tags: Contagion, Disease, Environment, Health, Investigation, Misrepresentation, Nature, Parental Burden, Protection, Reckless, Religion, Safety, Travel, Treatment, Vaccine, Video

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17-May-2019


Sunscreen doesn’t protect dark-skinned people from developing melanoma 

 

Melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer linked to overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Sunscreen can block UV rays and therefore reduce the risk of sun burns, which ultimately reduces the risk of developing melanoma. Thus, the promotion of sunscreen as an effective melanoma prevention strategy is a reasonable public health message.

While this may be true for light-skinned people, such as individuals of European descent, this is not the case for darker skinned people, or individuals of African descent.

qz

Sunscreen Ingredients Are Absorbed Into Your Blood. Here's What That Could Mean

Tags: Disease, Environment, Health, Nature, Perception, Race, Science, Skin, Study, Sun, Sunscreen, World

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16-May-2019


Should Gay Men Be Getting Anal Pap Smears? 

 

It’s time to talk about Pap smears, guys.

More specifically, if you’re a man who has sex with other men, or MSM, you should consider talking to your medical provider about getting an anal Pap smear.

Most men outside the medical profession probably have only a vague idea at best of what a Pap smear is in the first place. It’s a screening test first developed for cervical cancer, known by a shortened version of its discoverer’s name. It’s performed by collecting a small sample of cells from the cervix, which are then examined for changes in their structure that might be signs of precancerous states. By routinely screening and initiating treatment early, what was once a leading cause of death among women of childbearing age now ranks 14th in cancer frequency.

In recent decades, the link between human papillomavirus and cervical cancer has been clearly established. The overwhelming majority of cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV infection, with two strains of the virus causing over 70 percent of them.

Slate

Tags: Anal, Awareness, Choices, Disease, Environment, Health, LGBTQ, Lifestyle, Safety, Science, Sex, Test, Treatment

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15-May-2019


Being too hard on yourself could lead to these debilitating disorders 

 

Do you feel like the fate of the world rests on your shoulders? As well as being stressful, that mindset may be affecting your mental health. A sense of over-responsibility is one trait that makes people vulnerable to developing obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy.

While it’s normal to feel anxious, and also to act in ways that one might casually describe as OCD – such as keeping your house spotlessly clean – it’s when these behaviors become persistent and intense that they develop from traits into disorders, researchers say.

The Ladders

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I started being as nice to myself as I am to my friends and it did absolute wonders for my mental health

City life damages mental health in ways we’re just starting to understand

FHE Health Announces Scholarships To Encourage More People To Enter The Addiction And Mental Health Field

Tags: Aging, Anger, Awareness, Disease, Drugs, Education, Employment, Family, Finance, Govt, Insurance, Mental Health, Psychology, Relationships, Scholarship, Study, Support, Survival, Training, Treatment

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13-May-2019


Measles Cases Soar To 839 Amid Worst Outbreak In 25 Years 

 

The number of confirmed measles cases across the U.S. has reached 839, and the country is experiencing its worst outbreak of the disease since 1994.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that the tally for the year had jumped by 75 within a single week as of May 10, and that the outbreak had affected 23 states.

The crisis is hitting New York the hardest; 66 of the new cases have been reported there, according to CNBC. Forty-one of those were reported in New York City, which in April announced mandatory vaccinations in Brooklyn and declared a public health emergency within parts of the borough.

Huffpost

Dog disease that can be passed to humans confirmed in Iowa

Heart failure in young people is on the rise, according to a startling new study

Tags: Animals, Awareness, Disease, Environment, Health, Nature, Outbreak, Protection, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Study, Vaccine, Warning, Youth

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13-May-2019


Amid Measles Outbreak, Texas Vaccine Exemptions Rise Again for 15th Straight Year 

 

The number of people in the state who chose to not immunize their children for non-medical reasons has jumped this past school year despite a record-breaking measles outbreak in the U.S., according to a Texas Department of Health Services report.

The number of parents who sought exemptions rose 14% in 2018-2019, continuing a 15-year upward trend that public health officials worry leaves communities susceptible to a resurgence of preventable diseases, the Houston Chronicle reported.

NBCDFW

Europe measles outbreak infects 34,000: travel advisory

Tags: Contagion, Disease, Environment, Nature, Outbreak, Population, Protection, Religion, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Study, Superficiality, Treatment, Unity, Vaccine, World

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07-May-2019


Health officials: Arizona sees surge of hepatitis A cases 

 

Arizona is seeing a surge in hepatitis A cases, mostly in the Tucson area but also in metro Phoenix, health officials say.

The outbreak of the viral disease that affects the liver began in November and cases have continued to rise since then despite efforts to step up vaccinations.

ABC News

U.S. measles count continues to climb, driven by New York outbreaks

'How many more people have to die?' Carbon monoxide kills two more in HUD housing

Some middle agers may need measles booster shots

Tags: Carbon Monoxide, Disease, Environment, Health, Medical, Outbreak, Safety, Treatment, Vaccine, Video, Warning

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06-May-2019


Chris Cuomo Makes Heartfelt Plea To End The Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness 

 

Chris Cuomo would ask for an end to mental illness, and not for world peace, if a genie from a bottle ever granted him a wish.

“Why? Peace is temporary, we know that,” the host of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” explained on Thursday night.

“Mental illness is too often, forever,” he added.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Cuomo dedicated an entire segment of his show to tackling the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Huffpost

Tags: Awareness, Celebration, Daddy Squish, Dedication, Disease, Environment, Mental Health, Opinion, Respect, Saving The Environment!, Suicide, Support, Survival, Treatment, Video, World

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06-May-2019


London schoolgirl Ella Kissi-Debrah could become first person to have "air pollution" listed as cause of death in the UK 

 

A court ruling could lead to a 9-year-old London girl becoming the first person to have "air pollution" listed as a cause of death in the United Kingdom, her legal team says.

Ella Kissi-Debrah died in 2013 after three years of having severe asthma attacks, her mother Rosamund Kissi-Debrah told CBS News Friday. When Ella died, the cause of her death was determined to be a severe asthma attack that led to respiratory failure. New evidence, her legal team claims, shows her death was caused by pollution in the air she breathed.

"When she was alive, we couldn't get to the bottom of what was triggering her asthma, so I thought I would give it my best shot (to find out), as her mother, although she's no longer here," Kissi-Debrah told CBS News. "I didn't have any plans or any ideas what I was going to find out, all I knew was it was to do with something in the air."

CBS News

Tags: Children, Community, Death, Disease, Environment, Health, Lifestyle, Pollution, Safety, Youth

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06-May-2019


14 Diseases You Can Prevent Just By Washing Your Hands 

 

Why is handwashing so important?

Put simply, your hands are dirty. As they come into contact with various people, animals, foods, and surfaces, they pick up thousands of germs, bacteria, viruses and other assorted nastiness that can make you sick if they enter your body. “We touch our eyes, noses, and mouths with our hands more than we think, and this can allow direct inoculation of germs into our mucous membranes,” explains Janet Haas, PhD, RN, Director of Epidemiology at Lenox Hill Hospital. “We also use our hands to prepare and eat foods, so hands that are not clean can contaminate foods that we and others will eat.” But washing your hands has the power to minimize or even eliminate those risks—for you and those around you. For example, teaching people about handwashing can reduce diarrheal illnesses in immunocompromised people by up to 58 percent, according to the CDC. Another FYI: You should wash your hands immediately after touching these 10 things.

You’re probably washing your hands wrong

RD

Tags: Clean, Contagion, Disease, Environment, Health, Lifestyle, List, Nature, Safety

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30-Apr-2019


'Brady Bunch' Episode Fuels Campaigns Against Vaccines — And Marcia's Miffed 

 

As the number of measles cases nationwide rises to levels not seen since before the virus was declared eliminated in 2000, some people who oppose vaccines cite an odd cultural reference as evidence that the concern about measles is overblown: a 1969 episode of The Brady Bunch.

Some former Brady Bunch cast members aren't happy about it.

The episode "Is There a Doctor in the House?" features the whole family sick with measles. First, Peter gets sent home from school. Mother Carol Brady, played by Florence Henderson, describes his symptoms as "a slight temperature, a lot of dots and a great big smile," because he gets to stay home from school for a few days.

Once the rest of the six kids come down with measles, the youngest two Brady siblings fool around, with Bobby trying to color Cindy's measles spots green.

"If you have to get sick, sure can't beat the measles," sister Marcia says, as the older Bradys sit around a Monopoly board on one of the kid's beds. All the kids are thankful they don't have to take any medicine or, worse, get shots, the thought of which causes Jan to groan.

People who are critical of vaccines bring the episode up often. It's used in videos and memes and is cited by activists like Dr. Toni Bark, who testifies against vaccines in courts and at public hearings across the United States. To them, it aptly illustrates what they consider to be the harmlessness of the illness.

npr

Do You Really Think "The Brady Bunch" Was Real?

Tags: Disease, Environment, Health, Misrepresentation, Parental Burden, Perception, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Treatment, TV, Vaccine

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29-Apr-2019




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