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How The U.S. and U.N. Created A Major Cholera Outbreak In Haiti

It took six years for the United Nations to publicly acknowledge what the scientific community has long known: the cholera epidemic was introduced to Haiti by U.N. peacekeepers. The global failure to swiftly acknowledge the source of the outbreak and take aggressive action to eradicate it, has left the country vulnerable to the new uptick in infections.

October 13, 2016

Ebola Virus Vaccine Developed By Bird Flu Scientist

The vaccine has been shown to effectively protect monkeys exposed to the Ebola virus.

March 27, 2015

Indiana Fights Major HIV Outbreak In Rural County

The region has many people who live in poverty with limited prospects of jobs and a very, very serious drug problem that has made it the epicenter of the HIV outbreak.

March 27, 2015

New York Latest U.S. State To Allow Medical Marijuana

New York (AFP) – Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a bill making New York the 23rd U.S. state to legalize marijuana for medical use. The state’s law requires a medical prescription for marijuana and limits its use to help treating patients with cancer, HIV, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and a few other illnesses. […]

July 8, 2014

Scientists Closer To Blood Test For Alzheimer’s

London (AFP) – British scientists on Monday announced a major step forward in developing a blood test that could predict the onset of Alzheimer’s, potentially helping the search for a cure. Researchers identified blood proteins that appear in patients subsequently diagnosed with the brain-wasting disease, the most common form of dementia. A test to diagnose […]

July 8, 2014

Young Adults Healthier After Passage Of Obamacare, Study Finds

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Expanding the number of young adults with health insurance appears to have improved their health and saved them money, according to a new study that is among the first to measure the effect of the health care law that President Barack Obama signed four years ago. […]

June 17, 2014

U.S. Healthcare Ranks Last Among 11 Developed Nations, Report Says

By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Despite having the costliest care, the United States ranks last among 11 industrialized countries on health care quality and access, according to a new report. The analysis by the Commonwealth Fund published Monday ranked the United Kingdom first overall, even though its per-capita health spending is […]

June 16, 2014

Risk Of Depression Is Nearly Twice As High For Unemployed Americans

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times Unemployment takes a significant toll on the mental health of workers, especially those who have been out of their jobs for at least 27 weeks — what the Bureau of Labor Statistics considers the “long-term unemployed.” The longer a person has been out of work, the greater the chances […]

June 9, 2014

Switching Food Stamp Subsidies From Sweetened Drinks To Fruits, Vegetables Can Save Taxpayers Money

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Prohibiting the use of federal food stamps to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages and subsidizing the purchase of fruits and vegetables with the coupons would improve nutrition, foster weight loss and drive down rates of Type 2 diabetes among the program’s 47.6 million recipients, according to a new study. In so […]

June 4, 2014

CDC Says Illinois Man Who Met With MERS Patient Was Not Infected After All

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times Health officials at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday an Illinois man did not contract MERS from an infected business associate after all. The case, announced May 17, was believed to have been the first instance of human-to-human transmission of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus […]

May 28, 2014

National Strategy Needed To Eliminate Hepatitis C, Expert Says

By Michael Ollove, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — The U.S. is in the midst of a hepatitis C epidemic with as many as 3.9 million Americans infected with the liver-damaging virus. Aggressively targeting a concentrated population with the contagious but curable disease could be the best approach to eradicating the deadly virus. The most logical place to […]

May 19, 2014

Overweight Teens More Likely To Be Rejected By Thin Peers, Study Says

By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Overweight adolescents are indifferent about the weight of their friends, but not so the thin peers, who are more likely to choose friends whose weight status is like their own, researchers looking at teenagers’ social networks say. The role of obesity in friendships among young people […]

May 19, 2014

MERS Patient Discharged From Orlando Hospital

By Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — The Saudi Arabian man who came to Orlando May 1 and brought the MERS virus with him has recovered and been sent home from the hospital, Florida health officials reported Monday. The 44-year-old had been at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando since May 8, and he […]

May 19, 2014

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, With An Antidepressant

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Citalopram, an antidepressant better known by its commercial name Celexa, has a remarkable side effect, a new study has found: In both mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease and in healthy human volunteers, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI, drives down the production of a protein called beta-amyloid, […]

May 14, 2014

Study Lists Dangerous Chemicals Linked To Breast Cancer

Washington (AFP) – Certain chemicals that are common in everyday life have been shown to cause breast cancer in lab rats and are likely to do the same in women, U.S. researchers said Monday. The paper in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives lists 17 chemicals to avoid and offers women advice on how to […]

May 12, 2014

FDA Advises Against Using Extra-Strength Acetaminophen

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Apparently, the FDA’s warning four months ago was missed by many physicians, pharmacists and patients, so the drug agency, in an unusual move, saw fit Monday to remind us: Stop writing prescriptions for, stop dispensing prescriptions for, and stop taking medications containing more than 325 milligrams […]

April 28, 2014

Fearing Abuse, States Challenge FDA On Painkiller Approval

By Michael Ollove, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — Notwithstanding a court order, Massachusetts and other states plan to restrict use of a new painkiller drug, setting up a showdown with the federal government over who gets to decide the best way to protect public health. In the case of Zohydro, the argument pits the needs of millions […]

April 28, 2014

Scientists Report Another Embryonic Cloning Success

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Scientists have taken skin cells from a woman suffering from Type 1 diabetes, reprogrammed them into embryonic stem cells, and then converted those cells into insulin-producing cells in mice, according to a new study. The announcement, which comes soon after another stem cell success involving therapeutic […]

April 28, 2014