A summary of important health news from the past week.
By: James Gallagher
US researchers developed a technology that could be the one-shot solution to childhood vaccinations. The team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology created encased vaccine particles that are programmed to release at precise, predictable times, which has implications for boosters being built in. There is evidence that the approach with this new type of micro-particle works in mouse studies and has the potential to help patients around the world.
Infected Puppies Put 9 in Hospital, Sicken 30 More
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a recent outbreak of Campylobacter in the United States, which is common in dogs and can be spread to people easily, have been linked to puppies from the pet store chain, Petland. Thirty-nine people have been infected with Campylobacter, with 9 having to be hospitalized. Symptoms in people include diarrhea, sometimes bloody; fever; stomach cramps; nausea and vomiting.
235 sickened by salmonella outbreaks linked to papayas
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 235 individuals in 26 states have fallen ill with salmonella after consuming Maradol papayas from Mexico. States with the highest number of cases included California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Texas. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps and usually last between four and seven days.
Medical students not trained to prescribe medical marijuana
Twenty nine states now allow the use of marajuana for medical purposes, but a study by researches at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that few medical students are being trained to prescribe the drug. As medical marajuana use becomes increasingly prevalent, medical school students will need to be prepared to discuss the subject with patients.
Scientists Urge Caution about Study Linking Flu Vaccine to Some Miscarriages
The scientists who recently published a study in the journal Vaccine that found a link between the flu vaccine and miscarriages are alarmed at the results and looking at previous data and the possibility of a statistical fluke as an explanation. The data collected for the study found that in 2010-11 and 2011-12 pregnant women who got the flu shot were more likely to have a miscarriage.
Yes, sitting too long can kill you, even if you exercise
A new study - in Annals of Internal Medicine - found that taking a standing or moving break every thirty minutes is crucial, as sitting for long periods of time can increase your risk for early death. There is a direct correlation between sitting to long and a higher risk of early mortality of any cause, so even those who exercise are not excluded from this risk. The study concluded that those participants who sat for less than thirty minutes of a time had the lowest risk of early death, so move more and sit less!
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