As U.S. measles outbreaks spread, why does ‘anti-vax’ movement persist?

(HealthDay)—Measles outbreaks across the United States—including one in Washington state where 50 cases have now been identified—have again shone the spotlight on parents who resist getting kids vaccinated. These outbreaks are a clear sign of the fraying of “herd immunity,” the overall protection found when a large majority of a population has become immune to a disease, said Dr. Paul […]

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The Effect of Income on U.S. Prescription Fill Patterns

But an in-depth look of more than 50 million US prescription claims highlights the stark health disparities between wealthy and poor areas, painting a picture of two different Americas: One where higher-income communities fill more prescriptions for lifestyle conditions and mental health disorders, and another where lower-income communities fill more prescriptions for environmental infectious diseases, and nutritional deficiencies. This analysis […]

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U.S. doctor released from Omaha hospital after Ebola monitoring

(HealthDay)—An American doctor who was monitored for 21 days after possible Ebola exposure did not develop the deadly disease and has been released from the Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, officials say. The unidentified doctor’s possible exposure to Ebola occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is an Ebola outbreak. “This person completed the required 21-day monitoring […]

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Former patient describes grim conditions at health center where 10 children died

HASKELL, N.J. — Officials on Wednesday confirmed another death from a virus spreading through a rehab center in New Jersey. The state’s Health Department says this is the tenth child to die after contracting adenovirus at the facility, CBS New York reports. The child lived at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell where so far 27 cases of illness […]

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Is the U.S. Throwing Away Too Many Donor Kidneys?

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 — When deciding which donated kidneys can help desperate patients on waiting lists, the United States might want to follow France’s lead and lower the bar, a new study argues. There’s a worldwide shortage of donor kidneys available for transplantation, but France appears to have been more aggressive than America in responding to that shortage, said […]

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Gun Violence Among U.S. Youth Has High Price Tag

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 — Treating gunshot wounds in American children and teens costs roughly $270 million a year in hospital bills, researchers report. “In our study, we found that for every 100,000 teenagers and children arriving to the emergency department, 11 come for a gun-related injury,” said study author Dr. Faiz Gani. He is a research fellow at Johns […]

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