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  • "...the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use..."--Melania Trump

    09/12/2019 3:39:05 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 61 replies
    Twitter ^ | September 9, 2019 | Melania Trump
    I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.--Melania Trump
  • Leprosy Persists in Los Angeles County, and Elsewhere

    08/18/2019 11:59:22 AM PDT · by catnipman · 62 replies
    Medscape ^ | August 15, 2019 | Will Boggs MD
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, is rarely seen in the United States, but cases continue to emerge in Los Angeles County, a new report says. Dr. Ochoa and colleagues identified 187 patients with the disease in a review of medical records from their leprosy clinic spanning 1973 to 2018. Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico, and they experienced a median delay in diagnosis of more than three years, the team reports JAMA Dermatology, online August 7.
  • LA Now The ‘City Of Rats’? Report Warns Of ‘Alarming Increase’ In Rodent Population

    07/16/2019 5:36:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 07/16/2019
    “California is being overrun by rodents – and without immediate emergency action by state and local government, we face significant economic costs and risk a public health crisis,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, at a news conference Tuesday at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. DeMaio highlighted the findings of the group’s new report which cited an increase in the state’s homeless population, along with elimination of the most effective pest control tools, as “significant” factors on the ongoing crisis. The study surveyed nearly two dozen private pest control companies that operate throughout California and found all of...
  • Anti-vaxxers lose minds after religious exemption bill gets pushed through

    06/14/2019 6:18:32 AM PDT · by FewsOrange · 92 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 13, 2019 | 6:13pm | By Bernadette Hogan and Chris Perez
    “And these are the religious people?!” The state Capitol turned into a chaotic scene Thursday as both houses of legislature — and eventually Gov. Cuomo — passed a bill that will end New York’s policy of allowing religious exemptions from vaccine requirements. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, the bill’s sponsor, got cursed out and flat-out threatened at one point by opponents of the legislation after it got passed and sent to the Senate floor. “We’ll be back for you Jeffrey!” shouted one man in Orthodox religious garb, who was fuming in the gallery with others, many of whom had children with them....
  • DHS: Illegal Aliens Released into U.S. Without Undergoing Disease Tests

    06/13/2019 11:14:38 AM PDT · by detective · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jun 2019 | JOHN BINDER
    Border crossers and illegal aliens are being released into the interior of the United States without going through basic medical examinations and disease tests, Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan admits. In written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, McAleenan admitted the thousands of border crossers and illegal aliens DHS is releasing every week are not undergoing disease tests. McAleenan wrote: The public health risk — family units are released into our communities with unknown vaccination status and without a standard medical examination for communicable diseases of public health concern, as well as a public...
  • U.S. measles outbreak raises questions about immunity in adults

    04/29/2019 11:04:18 AM PDT · by Mariner · 97 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 29th, 2019 | By Julie Steenhuysen
    April 28 (Reuters) - Adults in the United States who were vaccinated against measles decades ago may need a new dose depending on when they received the shot and their exposure risk, according to public health experts battling the nation's largest outbreak since the virus was deemed eliminated in 2000. Up to 10 percent of the 695 confirmed measles cases in the current outbreak occurred in people who received one or two doses of the vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The figure illustrates what can happen when a large number of individuals, even those...
  • Dems want $50 million for biased research to attack gun ownership

    03/08/2019 5:01:53 AM PST · by richardb72 · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 8, 2019 | John R Lott Jr
    Democrats in the U.S. House are likely to approve spending $50 million in taxpayer funds for public health research on gun violence. While that may sound like a good idea at first glance, it really wouldn’t do anything to reduce gun violence in our country. I testified Thursday before the House Appropriations Committee’s health subcommittee to inject facts into the discussion of the Democratic bill. It should go without saying that everyone opposes gun violence. But it’s important to take effective measures to deal with this problem and not simply take actions that sound appealing but won’t really save lives....
  • Chelsea Clinton shares insights on public health (privilege barf alert)

    02/11/2019 5:10:48 AM PST · by simpson96 · 35 replies
    Cornell Chronicle ^ | 2/8/2019 | Kathryn Inman
    Chelsea Clinton is a public health advocate, researcher and educator. But being a mother has deepened her passion for children’s health, she explained in a talk on Feb. 5 at Weill Cornell Medicine. Clinton, a member of the Weill Cornell Medicine Board of Overseers, spoke to students and faculty about her passion for children’s health (snip) In a conversation with Dr. Rainu Kaushal, chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, before a small audience of invited guests, Clinton highlighted the genesis of the Clinton Foundation (snip) During her talk, Clinton, who has a Master of Public Health degree...
  • Person with measles spent time at restaurants, stores in Hood River and The Dalles [Oregon]

    01/04/2019 6:53:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    KPTV ^ | Jan 4, 2019
    A person with a confirmed case of measles spent time at stores and restaurants in The Dalles and Hood River, according to Oregon Health Authority. The infectious person was in those areas from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31. An Oregon Health Authority spokeswoman said this is a separate case from the one that was reported Friday in Clark County involving a child. The two cases are not believed to be connected. In the Oregon case, the person was seen Wednesday at the Oregon Health & Science University emergency department in Portland between 9 a.m. and noon. No additional cases of...
  • Scientists Just Found Something Absolutely Shocking on These McDonald's Self-Order Touchscreens

    11/29/2018 9:51:00 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 37 replies
    INC. ^ | Nov 28, 2018 | Sarah Taylor Staff Writer
    Scientists Just Found Something Absolutely Shocking on These McDonald's Self-Order Touchscreens The discovery of fecal bacteria on McDonald's self-order touchscreens is raising concern about their safety. By Peter EconomyThe Leadership Guy @bizzwriter CREDIT: Getty Images Fast-food giant McDonald's has been rolling out touchscreen self-order kiosks in its restaurants for the past several years. While they make ordering your Big Mac, fries, and chocolate shake more efficient and accurate (and they're actually kind of fun), yesterday scientists revealed that they found something on those touchscreens that should be of tremendous concern for McDonald's customers. Bacteria. But not just any kind of...
  • Report: Fecal Matter Found on Every McDonald’s Self-Service Touchscreen

    11/28/2018 4:02:40 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 146 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | November 28, 2018 | JACK PHILLIPS
    A report said that fecal matter was discovered on every McDonald’s self-service touchscreen swabbed during an investigation in the United Kingdom. Samples were taken at six McDonald’s locations in London and two in Birmingham. The samples all revealed a contamination of coliforms, which are found in human fecal matter. “We were all surprised how much gut and fecal bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines. These cause the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals,” said London Metropolitan University Dr. Paul Matawele, according to The Metro. “For instance Enterococcus faecalis is part of the flora of gastrointestinal tracts...
  • Yes, Unvetted Illegal Caravans Threaten Public Health

    10/31/2018 8:36:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 31, 2018 | MIchelle Malkin
    We live in bizarro times. Suddenly, it is controversial to state obvious, neon-bright truths. This week, it has become newsworthy to observe that illegal border-crossers who circumvent required medical screenings are a threat to America's public health and safety. Just look at these hyperventilating headlines and tweets. From Newsweek, which is supposed to, you know, report actual news of the week: "'We don't know what people have': Laura Ingraham calls migrant caravan a health issue." And from The Daily Beast: "Fox & Friends Host Brian Kilmeade Fears 'Diseases' Brought By Migrant Caravan." This is not "news." It's propaganda recycled and...
  • Atlantic's Goldberg: Fox News Triggers 'Bible-Readers' With Talk of Immigrant Leprosy

    10/30/2018 10:06:25 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Immigration Bringing More Leprosy to U.S."Leprosy, the disfiguring scourge of the skin most associated with exotic lands and Bible stories, is increasing because of immigration from Southeast Asia and Latin America." Question: which extreme right-wing news outlet published that defamatory, scare-mongering, headline and report? Infowars? Breitbart? Fox News, perhaps? Nope. It was . . . The New York Times. The article dates to 1983. But there have been more recent reports of the same problem, as here, here and here. In each article, it is mentioned that the great majority of leprosy cases in the U.S. are diagnosed among immigrants,...
  • Medical Expert: Migrant Caravan Could Pose Public Health Threat

    10/27/2018 10:53:12 AM PDT · by gattaca · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 26, 2018 | Penny Starr
    Dr. Jan Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, said on Breitbart News Daily that the thousands of people marching toward the U.S. border with Mexico could bring diseases that could pose a threat to public health.
  • AIDS Activists: 'Fear of Trump Policies' May Cause HIV Rates to Rise Among Latinos

    10/17/2018 11:49:25 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 49 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 16, 2018 | Michael W. Chapman
    An HIV/AIDS group, whose board of advisers includes doctors from some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the country, says that "fear of Trump policies" may be a factor in the rising rate of HIV in Latino homosexual men. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS; 68% of new HIV infections in the United States occur in homosexual and bisexual men. "The Body, The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource" is a service of Remedy Health Media in New York City, and it states that part of its mission is to "demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment" and "use the Web to lower...
  • Flea-borne TYPHUS in LA County spreads to Long Beach as 91 people are struck down amid [tr]

    10/11/2018 6:55:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2018 | Sam Blanchard and Stephen Matthews
    A flea-borne typhus outbreak in the Los Angeles area has also rocked Long Beach – the third city to be struck down in the region. Officials have this year recorded 12 cases of the bug in the city, home to 470,000 people and around 20 miles (32km) south of downtown LA. A further 20 cases have been recorded in Pasadena since the start of 2018 - and 59 in the whole of LA County in total. Pasadena and Long Beach are both technically in LA County, however they have their own health departments which record their own figures.
  • More than 600 people got sick after eating at one Chipotle. Health officials don’t know why yet.

    08/08/2018 8:00:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 80 replies
    Washington POSt ^ | 08/07/2018 | Eli Rosenberg
    Chipotle in Powell between July 26 and 30 Chipotle said that it voluntarily closed the store last week for 24 hours after the period the illnesses were reported, replacing all of its food and cleaning and sanitizing the restaurant. Sheila L. Hiddleson, the health commissioner from the county, said in an email that it was still awaiting lab results to determine the cause of the sicknesses. The Dayton Daily News said that tests have so far come back negative for Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli and Norovirus. Chipotle has had some high-profile issues with food safety before. A federal inquiry examined...
  • More than 500 Tennessee zip line visitors sick in stomach illness outbreak

    07/15/2018 7:12:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    WREG ^ | 07/14/2018
    An investigation continues into what has caused hundreds of visitors to a Tennessee zip line destination to suddenly develop a gastrointestinal illness. More than 500 people have reported symptoms including stomachache, nausea and vomiting after visiting the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg. The Tennessee Department of Health announced Thursday that officials are continuing to look for the cause of the illnesses. “At this time, we cannot point to one simple cause of this outbreak,” John Dunn, the department’s deputy state epidemiologist, said in the news release about the investigation. Since June, several visitors to the CLIMB Works facility tested positive...
  • San Francisco Logs Over 16,000 Feces Complaints in One Week

    07/05/2018 8:27:42 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 58 replies ^ | 7/4/2018 | Dan Lyman
    A website and related app that allows local residents to request maintenance or non-emergency services from the city has received 16,015 complaints with the keyword ‘feces’ in the last week at the time of this writing, and many pertain to human waste in public places. Additionally, words and phrases synonymous with ‘feces’ are found in thousands more grievances. Many of the complaints also connect the fecal matter to vagrants and homeless encampments - a sight all too common now across California. Users can geotag the location in question, and also provide photos to support their claim. “Homeless encampment is blocking...
  • Hepatitis A Outbreaks Spread Across the United States

    06/23/2018 1:29:14 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 32 replies ^ | April 24, 2018 By Josh Martinez
    Since late summer 2016, hepatitis A has had an increased presence across the United States. While San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak caused headlines in 2017, the disease isn’t just contained to Southern California. So far in 2018, seven states reported cases of the food and water-borne disease. Among those states, Utah, Michigan and Kentucky reported the most cases. Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the liver and causes jaundice. Once infected, the disease can cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain. It is extremely contagious and usually spread through unsanitary food and water. On rare...