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Samoa declares state of emergency after measles deaths

Samoa declares state of emergency after measles deaths

Samoa has declared a state of emergency after several deaths linked to a measles outbreak, closing schools and placing restrictions on public gatherings, the Reuters news agency reported. There have been at six least deaths linked to the outbreak in the South Pacific island nation — mostly infants under the age of two — Reuters…

Hunter in China catches bubonic plague after eating a wild rabbit

Hunter in China catches bubonic plague after eating a wild rabbit

Twenty-eight people are in quarantine in China’s northern Inner Mongolia province after a hunter was diagnosed with bubonic plague Saturday, the local health commission said. According to state-run news agency Xinhua, the unidentified patient was believed to have become infected with the plague after catching and eating a wild rabbit in Inner Mongolia’s Huade county.…

Some European doctors think Chinese medicine should come with a health warning

Some European doctors think Chinese medicine should come with a health warning

Herbs to increase breast milk supply and heal the spleen. Traditional remedies which promise to cure insomnia and acne. Secret cancer treatments that have been ignored or suppressed by Western medicine. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have a long history of making outsized claims, not least in the case of fertility and virility, where…

For heart disease, meds may work as well as invasive surgery, major trial shows

For heart disease, meds may work as well as invasive surgery, major trial shows

High-risk patients with stable heart disease may fare just as well on medications alone, versus having invasive heart operations such as stents and bypass surgeries, according to a major trial. The results were presented Saturday at the American Heart Association’s yearly conference. While the invasive procedures were found to improve chest pain and quality of…

Midwives, doulas could benefit births — but not all women have access

Midwives, doulas could benefit births — but not all women have access

Nandi Hill rushed to Emily Rose’s home at the crack of dawn. The car was packed with Hill’s supplies: oxygen tank, hemorrhaging drugs, umbilical cord scissors, stethoscope and blood pressure cuffs, among other tools. Hill, a licensed and certified professional midwife and founder of Wadada Midwifery Care in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was excited that, on…

Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over risks to pets and humans

Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over risks to pets and humans

A Utah company is recalling two-pound frozen bags of Quest beef cat food sold nationwide over fears it may be contaminated with salmonella. “Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the…

Illiterate people are twice as likely to develop dementia, study says

Illiterate people are twice as likely to develop dementia, study says

Whether or not you can read a write could be a factor in your ability to stave off dementia as you grow older, according to a new study from scientists at Columbia University. They published their results Wednesday in the online issue of the journal Neurology. Researchers studied 983 adults over age 65 living in…

Switching from cigarettes to vapes may be better for heart health, study says

Switching from cigarettes to vapes may be better for heart health, study says

While e-cigarettes have been in the spotlight for their popularity among kids and an ongoing outbreak of lung injury, many have also looked to them as a potentially less harmful alternative to smoking cigarettes. New research published Friday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that adult smokers’ heart health might benefit…

Flu is getting an early start in the US this season

Flu is getting an early start in the US this season

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told doctors on a conference call this week that the United States is seeing more flu than is typical for this time of year. “Influenza is off to an early start,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University who was on the CDC…

Apple removes vaping apps from App Store

Apple removes vaping apps from App Store

Apple has removed 181 vaping-related apps from its mobile App Store globally, the company said on Friday. “Recently, experts ranging from the CDC to the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping products, going so far as to call the spread of these devices a public…

These sports injuries cause the most ER visits among youth, report finds

These sports injuries cause the most ER visits among youth, report finds

While sports are an important part of a healthy lifestyle for young people, injuries can happen too — and a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics reveals which activities are most likely to send a young athlete to the emergency room. The report, published Friday…

Germany makes measles vaccination compulsory for children

Germany makes measles vaccination compulsory for children

Germany’s parliament has voted to make measles vaccinations compulsory for children, with parents who fail to immunize their children facing fines of €2,500 ($2,750). The Measles Protection Act, which the Bundestag approved on Thursday, requires all parents to provide evidence that their child has received two measles vaccinations before they are enrolled in school or…

FDA issues warning to Dollar Tree about selling ‘potentially unsafe drugs’

FDA issues warning to Dollar Tree about selling ‘potentially unsafe drugs’

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to Dollar Tree for receiving over-the-counter drugs produced by foreign manufacturers that have been found to be adulterated, including acne treatment pads and Assured brand drugs. The letter — sent earlier this month to Greenbrier International Inc., which does business as Dollar Tree —…

Wanted: 10,000 dogs for the largest-ever study on aging in canines

Wanted: 10,000 dogs for the largest-ever study on aging in canines

On this we can all agree: The lifespan of a dog is far too short. The Dog Aging Project hopes to change that. Researchers are hoping to study a group of 10,000 dogs over the course of 10 years to see whether they can improve the life expectancy of canines and their overall quality of…

Astronaut exercise programs may help cancer patients, researchers say

Astronaut exercise programs may help cancer patients, researchers say

The rigors and challenges of spaceflight are remarkably similar to the physical stress cancer patients experiment during chemotherapy and other treatments, according to researchers. For that reason, the researchers suggest that the countermeasures program used by astronauts before, during and after spaceflight to maintain their health could be developed and applied for cancer patients to…