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Epidemic

Hedgehogs Connected to The Outbreak of Salmonella

There has been a Salmonella outbreak across states in the United States and federal health officials have found that pet hedgehogs; linked to some of these cases. According to the officials, six new cases from three states including Virginia, over the last couple of months have been associated with these pet animals. Across 11 states…

Emergency Medical Treatment

Emergency Department, Transfer Rates Tied To Patient's Ability To Pay

Decisions about hospital admissions and transfers from the emergency department (ED) continue to be associate with patient insurance status; so despite decades-old federal legislation mandating a payment-blind care access, a study has shown. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) of 1986 requires all US hospitals that accept Medicare to provide ED care…

Medical genetics

Jumping Genes' Drive Many Cancers

Mistakes in DNA are known to drive cancer growth. But a new study, from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, heavily implicates a genetic phenomenon commonly known as “jumping genes” in the growth of tumors. The study is publish March 29 in the journal Nature Genetics. Since jumping genes aren’t mutation mistakes in…

Health policy in India

Health Insurers Can’t Refuse to Renew Plan

I am 62 and have retired from a public sector company. I have a family floater policy from my organisation for ₹2.5 lakh. At present, I am healthy. Do I need to top up my cover? If yes, then by how much? asked Parol Ramani. A sum assured of ₹2.5 lakh will be inadequate for most advanced…

Pulmonary arterial hypertension

Treatment For Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension (PH or PHTN) is a condition of increased blood pressure within the arteries of the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, syncope, tiredness, chest pain, swelling of the legs, and a fast heartbeat. In other words, the condition may make it difficult to exercise. Onset is typically gradual. The cause is often unknown.…

Health in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Ready to Share Its Best Practices

Bangladesh says it is ready to use South-South Cooperation to share its best practices in population and development for achievement of International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA). “We’re also keen to learning from the best practices of our partner countries; UN agencies and taking advantage of the South-South Cooperation (SSC) model…

Homicide Rates

Team Finds Universal Background Checks Lower Homicide Rates

First-ever side-by-side comparison of state gun laws finds states with universal background checks for all gun sales had homicide rates 15% lower than states without such laws. List of countries by UNODC homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants. The reliability of underlying national murder rate data may vary. only UNODC data is use in…

General surgery

Clear Margins In Breast Cancer Surgery Are Such Good News

They’ve shown that once the breast tumor is successfully removed, the immune response turns its attention to destroying the tumor cells it has inevitably sent to nearby lymph nodes and organs like the lungs, says Dr. Hasan Korkaya, tumor biologist at the Georgia Cancer Center and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical…