Tag: Health

Ebola Cases Could Hit 20,000

The record number of 3,069 reported Ebola cases might get much worse, as the UN’s health agency reported Thursday that “the outbreak continues to accelerate.” The World Health Organization believes it could eventually pass 20,000 cases. So far, 1,552 people have died from the virus, but there could be more who have gone unreported. Meanwhile,…

Audit: More than 57,000 patients awaiting initial VA visits

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An audit of 731 VA hospitals and clinics says 13 percent of VA schedulers reported supervisors telling them to falsify appointment dates to make waiting times…

CDC: Illinois man didn’t have MERS after all

Federal health officials said on Wednesday that an Illinois man believed to be infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome didn’t have signs of the disease after all. A more sensitive and “definitive” test came back negative for Middle East respiratory syndrome in the man who was originally thought to have been infected by the first…

Hummus Recalled for Listeria Risk

Nearly 15,000 pounds of hummus and other dips from Hot Mama’s Foods that are sold at Trader Joe’s, Giant, and Target were recalled Friday due to worries about listeria contamination. The voluntary recall was triggered by contamination found during a test by the Texas Department of Health. Listeria usually affects young children and the elderly,…

Another MERS infection detected in the US, CDC says

A business associate of the man who brought the first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome to the U.S. has also tested positive for the disease, though he showed no signs of illness, federal health officials said Saturday. Photo: The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus is seen in an undated transmission electron micrograph from…

Coca-Cola Removing Controversial Drinks Ingredient

Drinks giant Coca-Cola has said it will remove the controversial ingredient brominated vegetable oil from its drinks by 2015. Activists claim an element of the additive, also found in flame retardants, could damage your health. Coca-Cola stressed that the move was not an issue of safety and that drinks comply with safety regulations BBC

Phoenix VA officials on leave over allegations of delays in care

Three officials at the veterans hospital in Phoenix were placed on leave amid allegations that patients may have died because of delays in care. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said the officials include Phoenix Veterans Health Care Center director Sharon Helman and associate Lance Robinson. Officials are investigating allegations that up to 40 patients…

SARS-Like MERS Virus Spreads to New Countries

Cases of the MERS Coronavirus have significantly increased in the last few months, and in recent weeks there have been reports of the virus in new countries including Egypt, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia, leaving officials struggling to figure out why infections have increased. The MERS Coronavirus, which stands for Middle Eastern Respiratory Coronavirus, was…

US Government reveals it approved powdered alcohol “in ERROR”

By the autumn, it will be legal to sell seven flavours of Palcohol in the US, including Cosmopolitan, Mojito, and a so-called ‘Powderita,’ which its creators say “tastes just like a Margarita”. But will they, late today we heard: The federal government admitted Monday that its recent approval of Palcohol—a powdered alcohol which turns water…

Ebola Outbrake At Least 100 Dead

More than 100 people have died from the latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa. With no cure or vaccine, it is one of the most deadly of viruses, killing between 60 to 90 percent of those infected. Heath officials in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, have set up isolation centers and are screening at the…

Electrical stimulator helps paralyzed men feel their legs again

Researchers are shocked after an electrical stimulator has allowed men who were left paralyzed following spinal cord injuries to move their legs again. Photo: Kent Stephenson raises his leg after undergoing stimulation of the spinal cord surgery (Courtesy of the University of Louisville) NBC News

Conservative guest yells at Chris Hayes over Obamacare

In a chaotic, weird and ultimately exhausting segment of “All In” on Wednesday night — a segment that was presumably supposed to be devoted to discussing Obamacare’s oft-delayed deadlines — Hayes got into a lengthy argument (“debate” would be too kind) with Jennifer Stefano, a Pennsylvania-based employee of the Koch-funded and Tea Party-aligned American for…

Poll: Majority Opposes Employers Opting Out of Contraception Mandate

Ahead of next week’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, a majority of Americans oppose allowing employers to opt out from the health-care law’s contraception requirement, according to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Fifty-three percent say employers should not be exempt from the requirement that their health plans offer birth control…

Huckabee: Democrats think women can’t control their libido – Video

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Thursday that Republicans need to push harder to win the votes of women. In turn, he criticized Democrats, saying they tell women that they are “helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their…

List of smoking-related illnesses grows significantly

In a report to the U.S. to be released on Friday, Acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak significantly expanded the list of illnesses that smoking cigarettes has been scientifically proven to cause. The ailments — now officially linked to smoking by the federal government — include diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction and ectopic…

West Virginia chemical spill triggers widespread tap water ban

President Barack Obama issued an emergency declaration for the state of West Virginia on Friday, ordering federal aid in the aftermath of a chemical spill that has left up to 300,000 people without tap water, closed schools and businesses. The spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used in the coal industry, occurred Thursday on the…

USDA Closes California Foster Farms Plant Over Roach Infestation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended poultry processing at the Foster Farms plant in Livingston, Calif., saying it is infested with live cockroaches. The suspension comes amid a USDA investigation of three Foster Farms plants in central California, including the one in Livingston, over a nationwide salmonella outbreak that’s sickened more than 400 people. Cockroaches,…

McDonald’s employee site bashes fast food – Avoid burgers and fries – it’s risky for your health

McDonald’s employee resources website once again is giving out worker advice that doesn’t seem to fit. This time, it’s about the industry it helped make ubiquitous — fast food. “Fast foods are quick, reasonably priced, and readily available alternatives to home cooking. While convenient and economical for a busy lifestyle, fast foods are typically high…

Sebelius survives Obamacare grilling: The key takeaways

Kathleen Sebelius sat in front of a House panel for three and a half hours Wednesday – facing questions from livid lawmakers, even some who’d called for her resignation before she sat down. The heated hearing covered a lot of ground – from the problems with healthcare.gov, to what the White House knew and when.…

Approval Sought For World’s 1st Malaria Vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline is seeking regulatory approval for the world’s first vaccine against malaria, after promising trial data showed that it cut cases of the often-fatal disease in African children. The company has been developing the vaccine for 3 decades and plans to submit a regulatory application to the European Medicines Agency. Malaria kills hundreds of thousands…

Obama Tells Americans To Persevere With Health Care Websites

President Obama says Americans definitely shouldn’t give up on signing up through government-run health care websites after a series of technical problems that left some users unable to complete the process. In a wide-ranging interview with the AP, President Obama also said the US believes Iran is still more than a year away from having…

Video Obama Responds To ‘Creepy Uncle Sam’ Ad From the Koch Brothers

During a Friday speech, the president called out the two major right-wing donors over their efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act. “Some of the Tea Party’s biggest donors, some of the wealthiest men in America, are funding a cynical ad campaign trying to convince young people not to buy health care at all,” he…