Smoke Spreading From California Fires Sparks Health Concerns
Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. Research suggests children, the elderly and those with existing health problems are most at risk. Short-term exposure to wildfire smoke can worsen existing asthma and lung disease, leading to emergency room treatment or hospitalization, studies have shown. Increases in doctor visits or hospital treatment for respiratory infections, bronchitis and pneumonia i...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Smoke Spreading From California Fires Sparks Health Concerns
Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. Research suggests children, the elderly and those with existing health problems are most at risk. Short-term exposure to wildfire smoke can worsen existing asthma and lung disease, leading to emergency room treatment or hospitalization, studies have shown. Increases in doctor visits or hospital treatment for respiratory infections, bronchitis and pneumonia i...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

E-Commerce Giants Under Fire for Retailing Hazardous Mercury-Based Cosmetics
By Thalif DeenNEW YORK, Nov 16 2018 (IPS)A coalition of over 50 civil society organizations (CSOs), from more than 20 countries, have urged two of the world’s largest multi-billion dollar E-commerce retailers – Amazon and eBay – to stop marketing “dangerous and illegal mercury-based skin lightening creams.” The protest is part of a coordinated global campaign against a growing health hazard in the field of cosmetics.So far, the groups have reached out to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and INTERPOL, the Lyon-based internation...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Editors' Choice Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Mercury Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Here are some natural interventions that slow down (and sometimes even reverse) cataracts
(Natural News) Regardless of your actual age, your eyes are often the last thing that stays young. However, this is only possible if you regularly follow a healthy diet. Preventing and reversing cataracts While cataracts are linked to poorer eyesight and even blindness, they are believed to be an inevitable part of aging. However, certain... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kids killed by virus in NJ center 'were in critical stage DAYS before they got to ER'
10 kids have died and 23 have been sickened by the adenovirus - which infects the linings of the eyes, lungs and nerves - at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehab in the small town of Haskell. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Axonics Hopes to Surpass Medtronic in Sacral Neuromodulation Market
Axonics’ CEO Raymond Cohen wants to have the top spot in the sacral neuromodulation market when it comes to treating patients with urinary and fecal dysfunction. But to reach this position, Axonics is going to have some pretty stiff competition from one of the largest players in the game – Medtronic. And while going head-to-head with the medtech giant might be a lofty goal for some smaller companies, keep in mind the Irvine, CA-based company just raised $120 million in an initial public offering, one of the largest raises in the industry in the past few years. “Axonics ...
Source: MDDI - November 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

Putting the wrong lens in during a cataract op is one of the NHS's most common surgical blunders
A report by the UK's Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch found the wrong artificial lenses were put into patients' eyes 21 times in 2016/17, and urged the NHS to stop it happening. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother-of-three, 34, fighting for her life after contracting a rare fungal infection
Jessica Weldon, 34, of Queen Creek, Arizona, contracted mucormycosis, a rare fungal infection in September. She has undergone 11 surgeries to remove her eyes and a small section of her brain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin B12 deficiency - why you should never ignore this ‘annoying’ symptom in your eyes
VITAMIN B12 deficiency symptoms include tiredness, feeling faint and difficulty breathing. You may need to add more vitamin B12 foods to your diet if you have this “annoying” symptom in your eyes. Are you at risk of a deficiency? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Growing into Grovember
Across all our regions, throughout the month of Nov… sorry, GROvember, UNISON activists have been spreading the message that we’re #strongertogether. We’ve picked out a few actions from our members to give you a tiny flavour of what’s happening. Using the hashtag #joinUNISON, Eastern region brought us sight of another health hero signing up to join UNISON at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (pictured above) and said that staff were “flocking” to the stall to join. Meanwhile, Elliot Dean used Twitter to say that “lots of new members” were joining at Chesterf...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article grovember recruitment Source Type: news

Just the Sight of Food Gets the Liver Ready for Action
In mice, seeing and smelling food causes immediate cellular changes that ready the liver to convert incoming amino acids to proteins. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - November 15, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

How China can fix its eyesight crisis
President Xi Jinping recently described myopia as an epidemic affecting China's younger generations. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tanzania: Blind Body Pushes for Decent Environment to Curb Sight Impairment
[Daily News] ZANZIBAR National Association of Blind (ZANAB) Secretary, Adil Mohamed, has called on parents and the ministry responsible for education to help minimising blindness by improving environment for children to live. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Dry eye syndrome slows reading rate, study suggests
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Johns Hopkins researchers report that chronic dry eye, a condition in which natural tears fail to adequately lubricate the eyes, can slow reading rate and significantly disrupt day to day tasks that require visual concentration for long periods of time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hospital RN Returns the Favor after Wildfire Near-Death Experience
The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, a small, beautiful community hospital that served the needs of the community of Paradise in Butte County was destroyed by the “Camp” Wildfire that consumed 117,000 acres and burned more than 40 Paradise residents to death. Registered Nurse Allyn Pierce was trapped by a fire surrounding his Toyota pickup, trapped in traffic, after leaving the hospital where he manages the intensive care unit. He thought, “I think I’m done!” He told the New York Times that he just kept thinking, “I’m going to die in melting plastic.” Pierce, fearing ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Hospital RN Returns the Favor after Wildfire Near-Death Experience
The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, a small, beautiful community hospital that served the needs of the community of Paradise in Butte County was destroyed by the “Camp” Wildfire that consumed 117,000 acres and burned more than 40 Paradise residents to death. Registered Nurse Allyn Pierce was trapped by a fire surrounding his Toyota pickup, trapped in traffic, after leaving the hospital where he manages the intensive care unit. He thought, “I think I’m done!” He told the New York Times that he just kept thinking, “I’m going to die in melting plastic.” Pierce, fearing ...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Rejuvenate your skin and get rid of dark circles under your eyes with aloe vera
(Natural News) Are you always pulling all-nighters that cause unsightly dark circles to form under your eyes? If you want to get rid of these blemishes, look no further than aloe vera. A unique succulent plant, aloe vera contains vitamin E and anti-pigmentation properties, which help get rid of those dark circles. The video below, which was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers to develop blind football standards for sport to meet Paralympic rules
(University of Chichester) Blind football could soon become an official Paralympic sport -- with help from the University of Chichester. Researchers are to lead an project to develop a sports-specific classification code to allow the sport to meet the International Paralympic Committee's classification code and standards. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Baby hears for first time with cochlear implants
One month after 7-month-old Aida Little was born, her parents realized she couldn't hear. Experts at Mayo Clinic diagnosed Aida with a condition called Waardenburg syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes deafness and pigment changes of the hair, eyes and skin.? In October, a surgical team at Mayo placed cochlear implants into Aida's head [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms: Be wary of this eye symptom - it could be the condition
VITAMIN B12 deficiency symptoms can be mistaken for less serious health conditions, but if left untreated, serious complications can occur. One symptom to note is linked to the eyes, and if you experience this you should see your GP. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Billionaire Eyes Health Sector
[The Herald] One of China's top billionaires, Mr Li Jinyuan, has committed to invest in Zimbabwe after he held talks with President Mnangagwa last week. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cell therapy biotech Vericel eyes $2B knee repair market
While a competitor stumbles, Cambridge-based cell therapy biotech Vericel Corp. recently saw its share hit a new high after the company announced that its knee cartilage regeneration product could help far more patients than originally thought. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 12, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Allison DeAngelis Source Type: news

Change Within the Eye May Be Early Warning for Macular Degeneration
Title: Change Within the Eye May Be Early Warning for Macular DegenerationCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/9/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/12/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General)
Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General - November 12, 2018 Category: Opthalmology Source Type: news

Best supplements for eyes: Five vitamins and minerals to maintain sharp vision
BEST supplements for eyes: When it comes too looking after your peepers, certain nutrients have a particular affinity with eye health. Which vitamins and minerals, available in supplement form, can help boost vision? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TBJ opioid panel: Treatment begins with awareness and understanding
The opioid epidemic is killing millions of Americans, including North Carolinians, at an alarming rate with seemingly no end in sight. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Seth Gulledge Source Type: news

TBJ opioid panel: Treatment begins with awareness and understanding
The opioid epidemic is killing millions of Americans, including North Carolinians, at an alarming rate with seemingly no end in sight. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 9, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Seth Gulledge Source Type: news

Greater Manchester eyes 52 NHS sites for 1,700 new homes
Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. Contact me in confidence here. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Chinese Medical Team Performs Free Cataract Surgery in Kenema
[Concord] Charles Jusu, who is over 60, has finally regained his complete eyesight. He is one of the beneficiaries of free cataract surgery being conducted by a team of Chinese medical experts from Hunan Province. His two eyes were almost rendered useless after being affected by cataract for the past years. But with the intervention of the medical team, his eyesight has been revived. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Metrorail Is Bad Enough If You Can See - It's Worse If You're Blind
[GroundUp] Using Metrorail in Cape Town is a challenge for any commuter, with daily delays, unscheduled stops between stations and constant insecurity. But for Colleen Willemse, 48, and Andrew Wewers, 55, commuting is even more difficult: both of them are blind. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

International Day of Radiology has arrived
Radiology professionals around the world, take a bow. Today is the International...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: International Day of Radiology eyes emergency radiology Societies prepare for International Day of Radiology International Day of Radiology to feature breast imaging Societies prep for International Day of Radiology Societies prepare for International Day of Radiology (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 8, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Second Sight Medical wins final CMS reimbursement nod for Argus II
Second Sight Medical (NSDQ:EYES) said today that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized the outpatient payment rate for its Argus II retinal prosthesis system for the coming year. The Argus II induces visual perception in blind patients with retinitis pigmentosa by stimulating of the retina’s remaining cells with electrical pulses, which allows for the perception of light patterns to the brain, the Sylmar, Calif.-based company said. CMS approved a Medicare hospital outpatient payment rate of $152,500 for the Argus II system and associated procedure, with the rate set to kick in next year...
Source: Mass Device - November 8, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Optical/Ophthalmic Regulatory/Compliance Second Sight Source Type: news

Do you sleep with your contact lenses on? Doing so increases your risk of an infection, says the CDC
(Natural News) You should never be too sleepy, tired, or in a hurry to remove your contact lenses before catching a wink. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just warned that people who sleep while wearing their lenses run the risk of developing infections in their eyes, an article in Live Science... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy
This report argues that there have been good reasons for keeping kindness separate from public policy but that public policy challenges demand an approach that is more centred on relationships. With technology and artificial intelligence transforming lives, it is imperative there is equal focus on emotional intelligence (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Calcified eye spots linked to progession of macular degeneration
The composition of calcified nodules in eyes have been linked to the progression of age-related macular degeneration in retinas, according to a study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Critical Role EMS Plays in Fighting the Flu
Influenza has been impacting public health on a global scale since the beginning of recorded history. Influenza, also known as the “flu,” has numerous organizations committed to public health research, developing vaccines, and educating best practices preparing for the upcoming flu season. By gaining an understanding of the flu through history, virology, and how it impacts our society, we can have a better appreciation for the commitment that’s involved with combating the flu. What Is Influenza (and What’s Not)? The eyes of an epidemiologist can twitch for a variety of reasons, one of them being whe...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Morgan K. Anderson, MPH Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Purdue's giant leap toward personalized medicine helps eyes drain themselves
(Purdue University) Purdue University researchers created a new smart drainage device to help patients with glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the world, as they try to save their eyesight. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World's 'oldest figurative painting' discovered in Borneo cave
New analysis suggests the animal drawings are at least 40,000 years old, say scientistsA patchy, weathered painting of a beast daubed on the wall of a limestone cave in Borneo may be the oldest known example of figurative rock art, say researchers who dated the work.Faded and fractured, the reddish-orange image depicts a plump but slender-legged animal, probably a species ofwild cattle that still lives on the island, or simply dinner in the eyes of the artist, if one streak of ochre that resembles a spear protruding from its flank is any guide.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Archaeology Science Anthropology Indonesia Asia Pacific World news Evolution Source Type: news

Summer Birth, Computer Games May Cause Vision Loss In Kids
BOSTON (CBS) – More kids are becoming nearsighted needing glasses to see far away, and a new study out of the United Kingdom identifies two possible reasons why: being born in the summer and playing computer games. Nearsightedness tends to run in families but experts say that can’t explain the continued rise in cases. It is also associated with spending a lot of time looking at things close up, which alters how the eye grows and develops. Researchers studied almost 2,000 twins. They found that two of the factors most strongly associated with nearsightedness were hours spent playing computer games and having a s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Watchdog bans 'distressing' and 'misleading' antivax advert on Facebook
The UK-based Advertising Standards Authority ruled the advert would likely cause 'fear or distress', with its claims against jabs being 'unsubstantiated'. It featured a picture of a baby with its eyes shut. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Israel's Intec Pharma eyes revenue from Parkinson's drug in 2019
Israel's Intec Pharma, which is conducting a late stage trial for its long-lasting pill to treat Parkinson's disease, expects to start earning money from the program sometime in 2019. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Using naturalistic driving study data to evaluate the effects of intersection balance on driver behavior at partial cloverleaf interchange terminals - Wang J, Zhou H.
Past studies showed that poor intersection balances at partial cloverleaf (parclo) interchange terminals significantly impact traffic safety and sight distance of drivers making left turns to entrance ramps. Some state traffic agencies have recommended a "... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Nigeria: Essential Screening Tests and Men's Health
[Guardian] Getting the right screening test at the right time is one of the most important things a man can do for his health. Screenings find diseases early, before you have symptoms, when they're easier to treat. With early detection, colon cancer can be nipped in the bud. Finding diabetes early may help prevent complications such as vision loss and impotence. The tests you need are based on your age and risk factors. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 7, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Too much screen time puts children at risk of sight damage, obesity and cancer
Scientists at the World Cancer Research Fund have analysed 80 scientific studies involving more than 200,000 people to find screen time is on par with sugary drinks as a cause of obesity. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Image of the Day: Retinal Transplant
Blind rats are made to see after sheets of cells implanted into their eyes make themselves at home. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - November 7, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

Drivers with poor eyesight could be driving on Britain's roads illegally, optometrists warn
Almost half of optometrists (44 per cent) have seen a patient in the last month who still drives despite being told their vision is below the legal standard. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rheumatoid arthritis warning - do your eyes look like this? How to reveal risk
RHEUMATOID arthritis symptoms include joint pain, restricted movement and stiffness. But you could also be at risk of the painful autoimmune condition if you have this sign in your eyes. Are you at risk of the condition? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Contact lenses contributing to the microplastic pollution of our waterways
(Natural News) If you are getting rid of your old contact lenses, put them in the trash instead of flushing them out of sight. Discarded lenses in wastewater might be raising the amount of toxic microplastics that contaminate waterways and aquatic life, an article in Science Daily stated. Nothing lasts forever. This is especially true... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A new galaxy cluster has been discovered hiding in plain sight
(Natural News) Researchers have discovered an entire cluster of galaxies in one of the last locations anyone would have thought to check. The previously-unseen cluster was hiding within the blinding light of the quasar at its center, an article in Science Daily stated. A quasar is a supermassive black hole that gives off a lot... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

4 months after drug approval, Achaogen eyes fire sale
Antibiotic drug maker Achaogen Inc., which in June won regulatory approval for its first antibiotic drug, said Monday it is exploring "strategic alternatives," including a possible sale or merger, as the once-fast-growing company lays off more employees. The South San Francisco company's troubles demonstrate the push-pull of a drug-development business that targets "high unmet medical need" but requires hefty profit margins to stay in specific disease areas. Although new antibacterials are badly… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 5, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

4 months after drug approval, Achaogen eyes fire sale
Antibiotic drug maker Achaogen Inc., which in June won regulatory approval for its first antibiotic drug, said Monday it is exploring "strategic alternatives," including a possible sale or merger, as the once-fast-growing company lays off more employees. The South San Francisco company's troubles demonstrate the push-pull of a drug-development business that targets "high unmet medical need" but requires hefty profit margins to stay in specific disease areas. Although new antibacterials are badly… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 5, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news