Israeli flight attendant in coma after getting measles

By |2019-04-19T21:14:19+00:00April 19th, 2019|

(CNN)  An Israeli flight attendant has slipped into a coma after contracting measles, according to health officials. The 43-year-old woman has encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, a well-known and potentially deadly complication of the virus. She was otherwise healthy before getting measles. "She's been in a deep coma for 10 days, and we're now just hoping [...]

Resistance to antibiotics ‘can be passed from cats and dogs to humans’ research finds

By |2019-04-19T21:08:50+00:00April 19th, 2019|

Bacteria which cause antibiotics to be less effective in treating harmful infections could be passed between pets and their owners, new research suggests. Hygiene warnings have been issued after scientists found a gene which leads to antimicrobial resistance to infections including streptococci and MRSA in bacteria from cats and dogs. The discovery at an unnamed [...]

In the midst of a measles outbreak, New York City is planning fines for unvaccinated people

By |2019-04-19T20:57:20+00:00April 19th, 2019|

A measles outbreak in Brooklyn, primarily among Orthodox Jewish children, prompted New York City on Tuesday to declare a public health emergency, requiring unvaccinated people in the affected areas to get the vaccine or face fines The city’s largest outbreak since 1991 of the once virtually eradicated disease has mainly been confined to the Orthodox [...]

Why Sleep Apnea Raises Your Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

By |2019-04-19T20:52:34+00:00April 19th, 2019|

Sleeping disorder may increase danger of cardiac event Obstructive sleep apnea is common and linked to many medical problems. One common problem you may not be aware of is sudden cardiac arrest. When you have obstructive sleep apnea, “not only are you likely to wake up with a headache and fall asleep during the day, but [...]

How bad is measles if you catch it, and what’s causing the global spike in cases?

By |2019-04-19T20:30:54+00:00April 19th, 2019|

Worldwide there is an alarming spike in measles. What is measles, actually? Are you immune? Can you catch it twice? You’ve almost certainly seen the headlines. Measles, a serious and highly contagious disease that once seemed to be eradicated, is back with a vengeance worldwide. Globally, there are outbreaks in the Philippines, Georgia, Thailand, Ukraine [...]

Listeria linked to deli-sliced products sickens 8, kills 1

By |2019-04-19T20:27:21+00:00April 19th, 2019|

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its state health partners are investigating a Listeria outbreak linked to deli-sliced meat and cheeses that has sickened eight people, one of them fatally, in four states. In an announcement yesterday, the CDC said the people first became sick between Nov 14, 2016, and Mar 4, 2019, [...]

Multistate Salmonella outbreak tied to tainted tuna

By |2019-04-18T20:48:23+00:00April 18th, 2019|

Late yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a line of frozen tuna tainted with Salmonella Newport is associated with illnesses in 13 people in seven states, resulting in two hospitalizations. Jensen Tuna of Houma, Louisiana, voluntarily recalled the frozen ground tuna product associated with the [...]

Could My Stiff, Aching Back Be a Sign of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

By |2019-04-18T16:19:22+00:00April 18th, 2019|

The short answer from a rheumatologist Q: I have chronic lower back pain that’s worse in the morning. Could it be ankylosing spondylitis? A: Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that causes inflammation of the spine, resulting in back pain and stiffness. It can also affect other joints. There are many potential causes of back pain, which can [...]

2019 is shaping up to be a very bad year for measles

By |2019-04-18T16:13:51+00:00April 18th, 2019|

It’s not just the US outbreaks. Measles is making a global comeback. Measles was eliminated in the US in 2000. And yet progress against the disease has been unraveling to a startling degree, especially this year. According to the latest measles numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between January 1 and April 11 there [...]