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2 hrs ago | Canada.com
Canada's public health agency says cases of a severe respiratory illness that has hospitalized clusters of children in the United States have been confirmed in Alberta. In a statement sent to Postmedia News on Monday night, the federal health agency said the government is "aware of the confirmed EV-D68 cases in Alberta as well as multiple other clusters of mild and severe respiratory illnesses in children in several additional provinces."
6 hrs ago | WXOW-TV La Crosse
Doctors suspect there are at least nine Wisconsin cases of the respiratory and stomach virus that has hospitalized hundreds of children around the country. Samples of the nine suspected cases in the Madison area were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The ranks of the uninsured plummeted in early 2014, as millions gained health insurance coverage through Obamacare, new government data released Tuesday found. There were 41 million Americans lacking coverage in early 2014, down from 44.8 million last year, according to the National Health Interview Survey, the first official government look at the uninsured after Obamacare policies kicked in on January 1. The uninsured rate fell to 13.1%, from 14.4%.
Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers are still rising in the U.S., but not like they used to - probably because of new restrictions on methadone, according to government scientists. In 2011, there were more than 41,000 drug overdose deaths nationwide, up from more than 38,000 the previous year.
With nearly a dozen cases of meningococcal disease already reported across Los Angeles County this year, a local doctor has asked the federal government to look into why gay and bisexual men seem to be at greater risk for exposure and transmission of the illness. Dr. Robert Bolan, medical director for the Los Angeles LGBT Center , urged the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week to determine why men who have sex with men are being infected by and, in some cases, dying of the disease, which can lead to brain or spinal cord infections commonly known as meningitis.
The respiratory virus that's been sweeping the nation and sending asthmatic children to the hospital may have only been officially reported in 97 children, but experts say that's just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Claudia Hoyen said the virus, called enterovirus D68, probably affected thousands of children -- and that's just in Cleveland, where she works.
When babies are too young to get the whooping cough vaccine, vaccinating their parents might protect them from the dangerous infection, a new study suggests. Young children were 51 percent less likely to be diagnosed with pertussis - also known as whooping cough - when their parents had been immunized against the infection at least four weeks earlier, compared to children in homes where parents weren't immunized, researchers found.
A respiratory virus that has sickened hundreds of kids across the U.S. has parents across the country worried. Take a look at what you need to know about enteroviruses.
A relatively small number of medications are responsible for sending thousands of young children to the hospital for accidental ingestion, a U.S. government study finds. Each year between 2007 and 2011, about 9,500 U.S. children younger than 6 years were hospitalized after getting a hold of family members' medication, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Everyone knows that the best way to avoid the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. But a trip to your physician every autumn for the vaccination can help you avoid much more than the dreaded flu bug.
The rare virus that was first reported in the Midwest and has been suspected of infecting children across the country with severe respiratory illness is now migrating to the Northeast. Experts say the respiratory virus, known as Enterovirus D68 , typically pops up around back-to-school time and has spread to both New York and Connecticut.
Doctors issued a fresh warning that toddlers were at risk from e-cigarette nicotine refills, saying even a few drops could make a child very sick. In a letter to the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood , physicians in Birmingham, central England, reported the case of a 30-month-old girl who had to be rushed to hospital after putting a refill cartridge to her mouth and starting to vomit.
Talking to teenagers about sex is tough-so tough that many pediatricians appear to be avoiding the topic all together. Health experts recommend that teens receive regular care relating to their sexual health, including screening and vaccination for sexually transmitted infections, but studies show that few pediatricians offer these services regularly.
Americans are getting fatter, and older. These converging trends are putting the USA on the path to an alarming health crisis: Nearly half of adults have either pre-diabetes or diabetes, raising their risk of heart attacks, blindness, amputations and cancer.
Local health officials are working with Seattle Children's Hospital to investigate a cluster of patients with severe respiratory illness who tested positive for a possible enterovirus infection. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can determine whether it is the enterovirus D68 strain that has been seen recently in other U.S. states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Premier, Inc. have released new research on the widespread use of unnecessary and duplicative antibiotics in U.S. hospitals, which could have led to an estimated $163 million in excess costs. The inappropriate use of antibiotics can increase risk to patient safety, reduce the efficacy of these drugs and drive up avoidable healthcare costs.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:27 am
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