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Leprosy Still Occurs in U.S., CDC Reports

October 30, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Leprosy, although quite rare, continues to appear in the United States, a new U.S. government study reports.
Approximately 100 new cases are reported in the United States each year, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. That compares to about 250,000 cases [...]


4 Steps Could Quell Ebola in West Africa, Researchers Say

October 30, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A full-court press involving all public health tactics known to prevent Ebola transmission will be required to quell the current West African epidemic, a new study reports.
Four practices in particular — burying the Ebola-infected dead in a hygienic way, immediately isolating new patients, tracing people [...]


FDA Approves New Vaccine to Protect Against Meningitis

October 29, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new vaccine that could help prevent some cases of life-threatening meningococcal disease was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday.
Trumenba is approved to protect people between the ages of 10 and 25 from invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B bacteria.
The [...]


Vitamin D May Not Prevent Return of Women’s Infection After All

October 28, 2014

TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests that high doses of vitamin D may not help prevent the return of vaginosis, a vaginal infection that’s especially common in younger women.
The findings counter other research that suggests higher vitamin D levels could boost the immune system as it tries to fight off [...]


Virus Present at Birth Causes More Than 10 Percent of Hearing-Loss Cases in Kids

October 27, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than 10 percent of babies born with an infection called cytomegalovirus will suffer permanent hearing loss, a new study reports.
But only one in 10 children with the virus shows symptoms, and screening is not routine, said study lead researcher Dr. Julie Goderis, of University [...]


N.Y., N.J. Ease Ebola Quarantines

October 27, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Faced with pressure from the White House and criticism from infectious-disease experts, the governors of New York and New Jersey have eased their tough quarantine measures that required all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be forced into [...]


White House Presses N.Y., N.J. to Rethink Ebola Quarantines

October 26, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, Oct. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The governors of New York and New Jersey are being pressured by the Obama Administration to rethink tough quarantine measures that require all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be forced into isolation, according to news reports.
However, The [...]


Federal Government Pressures New York, New Jersey Governors to Rescind Quarantine Measures

October 26, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, Oct. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The governors of New York and New Jersey are being pressured by the Obama Administration to rescind tough quarantine measures that require all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to forced into isolation.
However, the New York Times reported [...]


New York, New Jersey to Quarantine All Travelers With Ebola Contacts

October 25, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, Oct. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — On Friday, the governors of New York and New Jersey announced strict new quarantine measures for anyone returning via Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports who may have had contacts with Ebola patients in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leona.
The measures, which exceed current federal guidelines, [...]


Few U.S. Hospitals Ready to Handle Ebola, Survey Finds

October 24, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Only about 6 percent of American hospitals have infection control procedures in place to effectively and safely handle Ebola patients, a new survey reveals.
Of the 1,039 acute care hospitals that responded to the survey, about 6 percent said they were “well-prepared,” and about 5 percent [...]



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