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When LA’s Air Got Better, Kids’ Asthma Cases Dropped

By |2019-05-26T12:31:21+00:00May 26th, 2019|

Children who live in areas with bad air pollution are more likely to develop asthma, which is the most common chronic illness among young people. But when you clean up the air does that actually protect the health of kids? A study published Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association, looked to answer that question. [...]

Self-Care Is Not An Indulgence. It’s A Discipline.

By |2019-05-26T12:26:20+00:00May 26th, 2019|

The way self-care is portrayed today is completely and utterly backward. First, self-care as a concept is almost exclusively aimed at women (generally wealthy white women who can afford the goods and services that get marketed to them as self-care). The not-so-subtle suggestion is that women need to be reminded to care for themselves because, [...]

African swine fever keeps spreading in Asia, threatening food security

By |2019-05-26T12:20:22+00:00May 26th, 2019|

SHANGHAI, CHINA—The spread of African swine fever (ASF) in Asia is taking a worrisome turn. First reported in northeastern China in August 2018, the highly contagious, often fatal pig disease quickly swept through the country, causing the death or culling of more than 1 million pigs. In recent weeks, it has jumped borders to Vietnam, [...]

Threats to health workers roil Ebola response amid new cases

By |2019-05-25T15:36:02+00:00May 25th, 2019|

Threats of death and more violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ebola outbreak region kept the response on shaky security ground, with nurses threatening to strike if government officials don't take action and some health facilities closing as health workers flee the deteriorating conditions. In other developments, the outbreak total grew by [...]

3rd confirmed case of measles in Saint John region prompts rush immunization clinic at school

By |2019-05-25T15:24:52+00:00May 25th, 2019|

Public health offers MMR vaccine Friday to all students and staff at Kennebecasis Valley High School There is a second confirmed case of measles at Kennebecasis Valley High School in Quispamsis, bringing the total number of cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease in the Saint John region to three. Public health scrambled to offer the measles, mumps, [...]

Effects of air pollution on moderate and severe asthma exacerbations

By |2019-05-25T15:20:45+00:00May 25th, 2019|

Background: Few studies have evaluated the impact of air pollution levels on the severity of exacerbations. Thus, we compared the relative risks posed by air pollutant levels on moderate and severe exacerbations. Methods: Exacerbation episodes of 618 from 143 adult asthmatics were retrospectively collected between 2005 and 2015 in a tertiary hospital of Korea. Air pollution GPS [...]

Mumps and measles cases in England prompt vaccine call

By |2019-05-25T15:17:44+00:00May 25th, 2019|

A significant increase in mumps cases and continuing outbreaks of measles in England have led to calls for people to ensure they are immunised. Public Health England said even one person missing their vaccinations was "too many". There were 795 cases of mumps in the first three months of 2019, compared with 1,031 in the [...]