There are now 65 probable cases of the disease, with 108 more people potentially infected. Five of the deaths were health workers.
"The epidemic is not under control. On the contrary the situation is very, very serious," Eugene Kabambi, a WHO spokesman in DR Congo's capital Kinshasa, told Reuters.Continue »
The ban passed Thursday will place a limit of 16-ounces on bottles and cups of sugar-containing sodas and other non-diet sweetened beverages beginning in March 2013.
CBS New York reported the vote was approved Thursday with eight in favor and one in abstention. Mayor Bloomberg's office announced the news on his Twitter account:
BREAKING: Board of Health has voted to approve new sugary drink policy. 6 months from today, New York City will be an even healthier place.-- NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) September 13, 2012
The settlement was announced Wednesday by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and the Milton Hershey School, which is financed by a trust that holds the controlling interest in The Hershey Co. candy manufacturer. The settlement is subject to court approval.Continue »
(CBS News) New York City health officials are expected to decide today whether to enact Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to place a 16-ounce cap on sugary drinks sold throughout the city's restaurants and other eateries.
If approved, New York City residents and tourists will no longer be able to purchase fountain or bottled sugary drinks at restaurants, fast food chains, delis, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts beginning in March, 2013. That would eliminate popular 20-ounce bottles or 32-ounce fountain options from such establishments that fall under Board of Health's jurisdiction.Continue »
Using human embryonic stem cells, researchers at the University of Sheffield were able to implant immature nerve cells into gerbils, which then regenerated and were able to improve hearing ability in the animals. The study was published on Sept. 12 in Nature.
According to a Nature News article on the study, more than 275 million people have moderate-to-profound hearing loss, many of whom have it caused by a disruption in communication between the inner ear and brain. Senior study author Dr. Marcelo Rivolta, a stem cell researcher at the University of Sheffield told HealthDay that about 80 to 90 percent of deafness is due to problems with cells in the inner ear.Continue »
There are several formulations to get vaccinated for whooping cough, also known as pertussis. DTaP is a five dose series recommended at 2,4 or 6 months; 15 through 18 months and 4 through 6 years of age. Tdap is a booster dose given to people 11 to 12 years old, pregnant women and any adult that has not previously had been vaccinated.
A study published online in the Sept. 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that the protective effect weakens dramatically soon after a youngster gets the last of the five recommended shots around age 6.
The ordinance approved Wednesday morning calls for the city water to be fluoridated by March 2014.
Health experts say fluoride is effective against decay by providing teeth with frequent contact with low levels of fluoride throughout each day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite studies that show water fluoridation reduces tooth decay nearly 25 percent over a person's lifetime. The agency also said its been studied for more than 65 years and has shown strong evidence of its safety and efficacy.
Opponents of public fluoridation say it's unsafe and violates an individual's right to consent to medication. They also add that council members rushed into action without a public vote, and they plan to collect signatures to force a referendum in May 2014.
Voters in Portland twice rejected fluoridation before approving it in 1978. But that plan was overturned before any fluoride was ever added to the water.
Portland's drinking water already contains naturally occurring fluoride, though not at levels considered to be effective at fighting cavities.
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, who co-sponsored the plan, has said more than 200 million Americans drink water with added fluoride, and it doesn't appear to have caused great harm. Most mainstream health organizations, such as the American Medical Association and American Dental Association, endorse it as safe.
Public fluoridation came up this week in Phoenix when a public stir prompted re-examination of a policy in place since 1989. After a contentious hearing Tuesday, council members voted to continue adding fluoride to the water in the nation's sixth-largest city.
Grand Rapids, Michigan became the world's first city to fluoridate its water supply on January 25, 1945, according to the American Dental Association.
The CDC says more than 204 million Americans are served by community water supplies that contain enough fluoride to protect dental health - about 74 percent of the country. For its Healthy People campaign, the agency hopes to boost that level to about 80 percent of Americans by 2020.
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston discovered that patients who used corticosteroids prescribed daily to control their symptoms did not show any more improvements in their condition compared to those who only used the medication when they were having an attack.
"The discovery that these two courses of treatment do not differ significantly could eventually change the way doctors and patients manage asthma, providing an option that is easier to follow and possibly less expensive," lead author Dr. William J. Calhoun, professor and vice chair for research in internal medicine at UTMB, said in the press release. "Our findings build on a considerable foundation of research in the field and come at a time when asthma cases are rising at an alarming rate - especially in lower-income communities."Continue »
The 43-year-old mother of three from Kingwood, Texas joined doctors today at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to announce the milestone at a press conference, CBS Boston reported.
Four days after giving birth to her third child in 2010, Katy developed Streptococcal A infection and slipped into a coma. To save her life and prevent the spread of the infection, doctors had to amputate her arms and legs.
"Both the doctors looked at me and said that I was going to die and that we should prepare the family for my demise," Hayes recalled Wednesday at the press conference.Continue »
(CBS News) Omega-3 fatty acid supplements like fish oil pills are taken by many to boost heart health, but new research suggests the pills aren't having their intended effects.
The study of nearly 70,000 people found taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements did not reduce a person's risk for heart attack, stroke, cardiac or sudden death or death from any cause.
Previous research has shown that omega-3 pills may be effective in staving off major heart problems because of the supplement's ability to lower triglyceride levels (fat in the blood), lower blood pressure, prevent against dangerous arrhythmias and decrease clotting.Continue »
Forty-eight states have reported cases of West Nile infection in people, birds and mosquitoes, with Alaska and Hawaii the only exceptions. As of Sept. 11, there have been 2,636 cases of West Nile virus disease in people this year, including 118 deaths. Of these, 1,405 (53 percent) were classified as neuroinvasive or brain-related which includes infections like meningitis or encephalitis, and 1,231 (47 percent) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease, sometimes referred to as West Nile fever. It is the highest number reported through September since a 2003 outbreak.
Two-thirds of all the cases have been reported from six states - Texas, Louisiana, South Dakota, Mississippi, Michigan, and Oklahoma - with 40 percent of all cases coming from Texas. Previously, Dallas County officials declared a state of emergency, and the city has undergone several aerial sprayings of insecticide to control the mosquito population.Continue »
In particular, the FDA is alleging because the products say they "are intended to affect the structure or any function of the human body" it makes them drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Drugs cannot be marketed in the U.S. without approval from the FDA unless they go through the new drug approval process in which they must be vetted by approved experts.
Some of the products that raised a red flag include but are not limited to Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate, Genifique Cream Serum Youth Activating Cream Serum, Genifique Repair Youth Activating Night Cream, Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Reconstructing Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen, Absolue Eye Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Reconstructing Eye Cream, Absolue Night Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Reconstructing Night Cream and Renergie Microlift Eye R.A.R.E. Intense Repositioning Eye Lifter. The products claimed to "boost the activity of genes," "improve the condition of stem cells," and/or "stimulate cell regeneration."Continue »
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - McDonald's restaurants across the country will now post calorie information next all its foods, the world's biggest burger chain announced Wednesday.
The company said that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday. The move comes ahead of a regulation that could require major chains to post the information as early as next year.
"We want to voluntarily do this," said Jan Fields, president of McDonald's USA. "We believe it will help educate customers."Continue »
Aimee Copeland aims for independence in rehab from flesh-eating bacteria
Aimee Copeland heads home after four-month recovery from flesh-eating bacteria
Pictures: Ga. student's amazing recovery from flesh-eating infection
The 24-year-old University of West Georgia graduate student walked onto stage Tuesday on Couric's new show, "Katie," using a new walker. Copeland was joined in New York by her parents and sister.Continue »
A new study in the American Heart Association's Journal, Circulation, raises concern about taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Such drugs include the over-the-counter pills ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and prescriptions such as Celebrex (celecoxib).
Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte in Denmark looked at 100,000 Danes who were 30 and older who had a first heart attack between 1997 and 2009 to see if they had been prescribed an NSAID afterwards.Continue »