Ebola: DR Congo confirms first case in city of Goma on border with Rwanda

(CNN)The Ebola virus has reached the Congolese city of Goma, a major transit hub that is home to more than 1 million people on the Rwandan border. As a result of the speed in which the patient was quickly isolated and transferred to an Ebola treatment center, the risk of the disease spreading in Goma was low, the ministry said. The bus driver and the 18 other passengers will be vaccinated on Monday. Since the latest outbreak began in the Democratic Republic of Congo last August, the virus has ravaged the northeastern provinces of North Kivu — where Goma and Butembo are located — and neighboring Ituri. A total of 2,489 cases have been reported in the central African nation, …

Women with paying jobs see slower memory loss later in life, study says

(CNN)Having a paying job might shield women from memory loss decades later, according to a new study. The research is preliminary and has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, but Rebecca Edelmayer, director of scientific engagement at the Alzheimer’s Association, said “it’s possible that work in mid-life may actually be protective.” “Roles for women in the workforce and family have really changed dramatically over the years,” she added, “so it’s important that we continue to study the relevance of those changes and how they could be impacting the risk for women related to Alzheimer’s disease.” The women facing a higher risk Mayeda’s team looked at more than 6,000 women born between 1935 and 1956 and collected their …

I tried Be My Eyes, the popular app that pairs blind people with helpers

The app helps blind or visually impaired people connect with users for everyday tasks and has way more volunteers than its creators expected In the oversaturated app market, one has reached a frequently neglected demographic: blind people. Be My Eyes, created by Hans Jorgen Wiberg in 2015, pairs volunteers with blind or visually impaired people in need of help with small, everyday tasks. These can range from reading an expiration date on a carton of milk to describing the color of a shirt. Wanting to be of help, I volunteered my eyes, ready to answer the call of a person in need of a snack or an opinion on an outfit. There is one flaw with the app, albeit a …

Migrant children held in Texas facility need access to doctors, says attorney

Inhumane conditions for detained children amount to emergency public health crisis, says attorney who visited center Hundreds of children at a migrant detention center in Texas are being held in inhumane conditions that amount to an emergency public health crisis and should be allowed immediate access to doctors, according to an attorney who gained rare access to the facility. Elora Mukherjee, the director of Columbia Law Schools immigrant rights clinic, was one of six attorneys to visit the detention center in Clint approach the media. Mukherjee noted that seven children have died in federal immigration custody or shortly after being released, compared to no such deaths in the 10 previous years. We were extremely concerned that more children might die …

Bloating, pain and the gurgles? Read this if you can’t burp

Theres no medical term for it, but one doctor has pioneered lack of burping as a condition and is working to help no-burpers Can you burp? Not even on command just, for instance, have you burped at all in 2019? While belching is characterized as a day-to-day bodily function, for an unknown number of people, its a relief they never experience. Instead, a big meal or carbonated beverage sets off a chain of gastric unpleasantries: bloating, searing pain in the esophagus, and excessive flatulence. And of course, the gurgling, a sound reminiscent of croaking frogs that seems to come from the throat. Theres no medical term for people who cant burp, and the amount of scientific studies on the missing …

Ask the experts: are we unnecessarily afraid of chemicals?

We asked what you wanted to know about toxic exposure and put your questions to Dr Leonardo Trasande You asked How can we stop the public from being unnecessarily afraid of chemicals? The answer When parents raise concerns about synthetic chemicals as contributors to disease and disability, we shouldnt dismiss them as chemophobia. We need to engage in evidence-based conversations about prevention. Evidence documented by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Endocrine Society, World Health Organization and UN Environment Programme shows low-level exposures to many synthetic chemicals have serious, negative effects. Studies in the laboratory animals have been confirmed by studies in humans that show similar effects of low-level exposure to these chemicals. The good news is that safe and …

Which is the most hayfever-prone city and is ‘botanical sexism’ to blame?

Allergy sufferers from Tokyo to London are struggling as pollen levels surge in cities, possibly due to a preference for male trees In 2016, Melbourne experienced a rare and extreme case of thunderstorm asthma that led to ten deaths and 8,500 people being abundant allergenic pollen. Some are dioecious plants, which have their own distinct sex, and some are monoecious plants (those with male and female flowers on the same plant) that have been cloned to be male. The last few times I was in London, for example, almost every single willow tree I saw was now a male clone; almost all of the bay trees being sold and planted were males; virtually all of the many species of poplar …

Busy Philipps on abortion: Women have held on to a lot of this shame

The actor and author who recently testified before Congress on why she got an abortion discusses the power in being vocal about uncomfortable experiences Busy Philipps big dreams for the stage never included ending their pregnancies in 1969 to the 343 French influencers led by Simone de Beauvoir who signed a 1971 manifesto wrote in the New York Times. But as women stopped talking about it publicly, the anti-abortion movement gathered steam. Busy Philipps testifies about the threat to abortion rights before a House judiciary subcommittee. Photograph: c-span By 2014, one in four women will have an abortion by the age of 45. And now, thanks to the addition of two ultra-conservative supreme court justices picked by Donald Trump, anti-abortion …

Biden stumbles over abortion rights while Warren receives cheers

In a first-of-its-kind forum, the former vice-president claimed a 100% voting record before his mic suddenly cut out In the first presidential forum on reproductive rights in recent memory, former vice-president Joe Biden told an audience of mostly female Planned Parenthood supporters he had a 100% voting record on reproductive rights. In fact, gone back and forth on support for abortion access. In this election cycle, reproductive rights has emerged as a top issue as Republican statehouses across the US have attacked abortion rights. Biden told his audience in Columbia he would codify the right to an abortion, granted in Roe v Wade, into law as defined by Casey a stance more conservative than those of many other Democratic candidates …

Teen survives 10-inch knife lodged in face: ‘It could have been the end of me’

(CNN)When Dr. Koji Ebersole laid eyes on the boy whose face was impaled on a 10-inch knife, the neurosurgeon thought, “here we go again.” Boy survives falling onto meat skewer A medical team at the University of Kansas Health System then operated on Xavier and removed the skewer. “I think going through Xavier’s case helped us a lot for this one,” Ebersole, who’s also an associate professor at the University of Kansas in Kansas City, said of treating Eli. “At the time of Xavier’s case, nothing like that had been seen at our hospital amongst the personnel that were involved,” he said. “This is supposed to be once in a career.” In the Kansas countryside, Eli was playing outdoors with …

New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandate for schoolchildren

State lawmakers vote to repeal exemption amid countrys worst measles outbreak in decades New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the countrys worst Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Facebook debuts US blood donation tool, its latest public health move

(CNN)Facebook is no longer just a place to connect with former high school buddies; the social media giant now wants to make it easier for you to connect with blood banks, too. Saving lives: The story of blood donations Now, “taking the results that Facebook has achieved in Brazil and India and Pakistan, we can actually, conceptually, could double the number of blood donors in the United States,” Cliff Numark, senior vice president of the American Red Cross, told Gupta on Tuesday. Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the United States donate blood, according to the American Red Cross. “This could really totally change the blood banking system in America,” Numark said. The blood donation feature hits close …

Many breakfast cereals still contaminated by weed killer, environmental group says

(CNN)Several popular breakfast foods, including Cheerios and Nature Valley products, continue to test positive for trace amounts of a controversial herbicide that may increase the risk of cancer, according to a report released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group. Juries say glyphosate causes cancer, award billions A federal jury unanimously determined in March that Roundup was a “substantial factor” in causing a California man’s cancer. And last month, California jurors ordered the manufacturer, Monsanto, to pay over $2 billion to a couple who said long-term exposure to the product caused their cancers. The latter verdict is being appealed, but about 11,000 similar cases are pending in state and federal courts. Pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG, which now owns Monsanto, maintains that …

Diagnosed with ALS at 14, she’s now a disability lifestyle influencer

(CNN)Lauren “Lolo” Spencer was that rambunctious girl you’d see on the playground: She loved running, street hockey and dancing. But when she turned 14, she started feeling fatigued and became concerned after noticing that her muscles had begun to weaken. “My body has changed very slowly, thankfully. I just made a decision that I was going to live my life to the fullest. [ALS] was not going to be my story.” Now in her early 30s, Spencer is thriving on her own but admits that it’s not easy. Follow her around, and you begin to understand her challenges. On a recent Friday, she was in her neighborhood, looking for a place to get a tattoo. At the tattoo parlor, she …

Unusual symptoms pointing to brain cancer turned into something completely different

(CNN)Brain tumor, the doctors said. “I was no longer able to process the fact that a key opens the door. The computer screen looked completely different — it was almost foreign,” said the now-42 year old. “What I was perceiving was different and so how I was responding was different — if someone was asking for a pen, I would give them, for example, a key.” Sometimes she had blissful, symptom-free days. With no warning, the dropping things, the hallucinations, the disorientation would return. Brain lesion discovered on a scan After January, her symptoms “progressed pretty quickly,” she said, guesstimating she visited the emergency room at least 10 times. “But as soon as they ruled out a brain bleed, I …

Up to 25 cups of coffee a day still safe for heart health, study says

(CNN)Coffee lovers might be able to breathe a sigh of relief — a new study found that drinking even large amounts of the caffeinated beverage won’t stiffen arteries and harm your heart. But a new study, funded in part by the British Heart Foundation, found that drinking five cups of coffee a day was no worse for the arteries than drinking less than one cup. The study of more than 8,000 people across the United Kingdom also found that even those who drank up to 25 cups a day were no more likely to experience stiffening of the arteries than someone drinking less than a cup a day. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay …