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Pertussis: guidelines for public health management
These guidelines, which update the 2012 Health Protection Agency guidelines for the public health management of pertussis, are based on a recent review of all currently available scientific evidence and consultation with experts where required. The important changes in this guidance include: updated epidemiology of pertussis in England since the introduction of the pertussis immunisation programme for pregnant women in October 2012. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ebola genetic code analysed to show evolution of worst ever outbreak
Reconstruction of outbreak, which has killed more that 11,000 people, found virus might have been contained had Ebola been diagnosed one month earlierScientists have analysed the genetic code of Ebola viruses from patients across west Africa and pieced together the evolution of the worst ever outbreak of the killer disease.Experts from the Health Protection Agency at Porton Down in Britain, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and other leading labs, used DNA from 179 Ebola samples to reconstruct the spread of the virus from Guinea into surrounding countries last year. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 17, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Ebola Genetics Science Africa Biology World news Health World Health Organisation Microbiology Source Type: news

CDC's Mission: Protecting the Health of Americans
There is no doubt Ebola will rank as the biggest public health story of 2014, both here in the United States and around the world: more people sickened by Ebola than ever before in history, more people dying, and more understanding of how the health of one nation affects the health of us all. Today, more than 170 of CDC's top health professionals are in West Africa working to stop the current Ebola epidemic and leave behind stronger public health systems. Many hundreds more support their work at home. Leaving behind better capacities to find, stop, and prevent health threats in affected countries will help prevent the ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Electromagnetic smog' unlikely to harm humans
Conclusion This study adds to the literature suggesting that environmental magnetic field exposure is unlikely to cause human disease. It's important to note, however, that this study did not examine disease states directly, but instead investigated a mechanism of action thought to be the most likely candidate to explain the observed link between MFs and certain medical conditions. The results of this study suggest that radical pair mechanism is not likely to be sensitive to magnetic fields. Further potential mechanisms of action will need to be studied before drawing firm conclusions on the risk (or lack thereo...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Special reports Source Type: news

Steep rise in antibiotic use for coughs and colds
ConclusionThis cross-sectional study has found the proportion of people with coughs and colds that are prescribed antibiotics rose from 36% in 1999 to 51% in 2011 – an increase of approximately 40%. This is despite the publication of guidance recommending that GPs do not prescribe antibiotics for coughs and colds. It also found substantial variation between different GP practices, with 10% of practices prescribing antibiotics for less than 32% of cases and 10% of practices prescribing antibiotics for more than 65% of cases, suggesting that substantially lower rates of prescribing could be achieved.The ...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Source Type: news

CDC Would Sacrifice Kids To Cut Healthcare Costs
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appears to have assumed a role that was never intended: reducing the ability of vaccines to save lives. Its bureaucrats want to reduce infants' vaccination schedule in the interest of small cost-savings. CDC officials should go back and read the agency’s mission statement, which includes this commitment: “As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats.” And then they should rethink weakening the schedule for pneumococcal vaccine. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 23, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Henry I. Miller Source Type: news

Guidance released following scarlet fever outbreak
Scarlet fever cases have continued to rise across England, leading the health protection agency to issue urgent guidance for health professionals. Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - April 22, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Lalah-Simone Springer Tags: Children ' s health Baby Care Infections Editor s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Experts with links to drugs industry 'hyped swine flu'
Conclusion This was a well-conducted study, albeit based on a small sample of articles. The finding that academics with ties to the drugs industry were more likely to make a higher assessment of risk from swine flu, and those promoting the use of antiviral drugs were more likely to have industry links, is worrying. The general issue of academics with undisclosed links to the pharmaceutical industry being interviewed by journalists is of concern. That said, the study does not prove that media coverage either fuelled public anxiety about swine flu or the policy decisions made about drug or vaccine funding. Si...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Swine flu Source Type: news

Even sex-crazed students can't catch this many STIs in a year | Michael Marshall
Freshers may have a lot of sex, but the claim that a quarter will catch a sexually transmitted infection is preposterousLast week we were confronted with the revelation that a shockingly high percentage of our educational elite are less than intelligent where safe sex is concerned. According to a headline in The Independent "A quarter of students will catch an STI in their first year":University is certainly a time for fun and frolics – but new research suggests that some students may be taking their partying a touch too hard, and endangering their health in the process.In fact, 23 per cent will catch an ST...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 23, 2013 Category: Science Authors: michael marshall Tags: theguardian.com Blogposts Infectious diseases Health Medical research Society Students Higher education Sexual health Science Source Type: news

'Mad cow protein' carried by 1 in 2,000 people
Conclusion This study provided a more accurate estimate of the prevalence of prions (abnormal proteins) which indicate carrier status of a prion disease in England. Prions were found in 16 of 32,441 removed appendixes. This indicates a prevalence of a prion disease carrier status of 1 in 2,000 people, which is double the previous estimate of 1 in 4,000. Prion diseases include vCJD, but it is not clear if any of the 16 cases had this type of carrier status (none of the known cases of vCJD were involved in this study). This is important information to gather, as it indicates that if prion diseases can be spread by a blood t...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Neurology Source Type: news

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH
Credentials: Director, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionBio: Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, became Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June 2009. Dr. Frieden has worked to control health threats from infectious diseases, respond to emergencies, and battle the leading causes of suffering and death in our nation and around the world. As the director of our nation’s health protection agency, he is leading CDC to address these challenging health priorities. - As a CDC EIS officer disease detective from 1990-1992, Dr. Frieden conducted many epidemiologic investigations, including ...
Source: PHRMA - September 14, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Leah Source Type: news

Do fluoride levels in cheap tea pose a health risk?
Conclusion This study suggests that people drinking economy brands of tea may be exposed to high levels of fluoride, which can cause dental and bone problems. The researchers calculate that people drinking 1 litre of cheap tea a day may be consuming more fluoride than the daily recommended amount, as advised by US experts. However, as the authors themselves say, in the US the “upper tolerable limit” of fluoride is 10mg of fluoride daily. The researchers’ calculations are not based on this maximum limit – but on recommended daily intake. In some parts of the world the natural fluoride levels in wate...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Food/diet Source Type: news

Is eating meat infected with bovine TB harmful?
“Tens of thousands of diseased cattle, slaughtered after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis (bTB), are being sold for human consumption by Defra, the food and farming ministry,” reports The Sunday Times. Following an investigation, the paper says it found that the meat is being sold to caterers and food processors by the government’s food and agriculture department, despite being banned by most supermarkets and burger chains. It is important to note that your risk of catching TB from eating meat from an infected animal is minimal.   What is bovine TB? Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectiou...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet QA articles Source Type: news

Residents offered radon testing
More parts of Scotland are considered at risk of high levels of radon than previously thought, according to the Health Protection Agency. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New HPA Guidance Includes DIFICLIRâ„¢ (fidaxomicin) To Curb Clostridium Difficile infection
New antibiotic treatment recommended for all recurrent cases of potentially fatal hospital-acquired infection The Department of Health (DH) and Health Protection Agency (HPA) (Public Health England) have issued new best practice guidance recommending fidaxomicin, a first-in-class antibiotic for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) for the treatment of CDI in adults with CDI recurrence and/or with severe cases of the infection who are considered at high risk for recurrence (elderly patients with multiple comorbidities who are receiving concomitant antibiotics)... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

HPA signs unique polio vaccine license deal
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has recently agreed a non-exclusive Material Transfer, Patent and Know-How License Agreement with the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for the development and manufacture of a ‘next generation’ polio vaccine which could be a major step in the eradication of polio. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - March 28, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ready-to-eat salads from Morrisons and Asda caused infection outbreak, HPA say
"Ready-to-eat" salads from two major supermarket chains were behind a stomach infection which poisoned 300 shoppers, the Health Protection Agency has claimed. (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ready-to-eat salads from Morrisons and Asda caused infection outbreak
"Ready-to-eat" salads from two major supermarket chains were responsible for the outbreak of a stomach infection, the Health Protection Agency has annouced. (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Investigation into an outbreak of Cryptosporidium infection in spring 2012
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm that findings of an investigation into an outbreak of Cryptosporidium infection that affected around 300 people in England and Scotland in May 2012 showed strong evidence of an association with eating pre-cut bagged salad products which are likely to have been labelled as ‘ready-to-eat’. The outbreak was short lived and the numbers of cases returned to expected seasonal levels within a month of the first cases being reported. Most of those affected had a mild to moderate form of illness and there were no deaths associated with the outbreak. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - March 19, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Study recommends changes to pneumonia prevention strategies
A Health Protection Agency (HPA) report published today has found since 2000 the number of cases of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) has increased in England by an average of seven per cent each year. The findings of the paper suggest that further work is needed to re-assess the prevention strategies currently in place for dealing with this infection. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - March 15, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New report on human sensitivity to radiation
Evidence suggests that the risk of developing cancer or tissue damage after exposure to ionising radiation varies among people because of genetic and lifestyle factors, according the Health Protection Agency’s independent Advisory Group on Ionising Radiation (AGIR). (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - March 14, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HPA study shows poor hygiene practices at mobile vendors
Research from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that food, water, chopping boards, cleaning cloths and security wristbands sampled from mobile and outdoor food vendors were contaminated with a range of bacteria including E.coli. This bacteria, which originates from human or animal faeces indicates either poor hygiene, undercooking or cross-contamination in the kitchen. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - March 13, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HPA welcomes move to put antibiotic resistance on the national risk register
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) welcomes the move by England’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Dame Sally Davies to add antibiotic resistance to the national risk register. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - March 11, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fifth fatality in England from anthrax due to contaminated heroin
Source: Health Protection Agency Area: News The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has reported the death of a person who injected heroin, who was diagnosed with anthrax infection. This brings the total number affected in the UK to seven - five in England (including four fatalities), one in Scotland and one in Wales. The source is presumed to be contaminated heroin.   Health professionals across the East of England have been reminded of the possibility of cases of anthrax in people who inject heroin. Targeted information, including posters and leaflets aimed at heroin users have been sent out by the National Treatmen...
Source: NeLM - Mental Health - March 11, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Anthrax-infected drug user dies
A heroin user from Suffolk dies after becoming infected with anthrax, the Health Protection Agency says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suffolk patient with anthrax takes total in England to five cases
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that a person who injected heroin has been diagnosed with anthrax infection in Suffolk and has died. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - March 8, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HPA issues guidance for pet rodent owners following recent cases of hantavirus
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has issued new guidance for owners of pet rodents following two recent UK cases of hantavirus which are described in a paper published in this week’s Eurosurveillance. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - March 1, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cases of whooping cough continue to decrease: 1 March 2013
Figures published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) today show that confirmed cases of whooping cough in England and Wales have continued to decrease with 668 cases reported in January 2013, compared to 835 cases in December 2012. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - March 1, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HPA: Cases of whooping cough continue to decrease
Source: Health Protection Agency (HPA) Area: News Current figures published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show that confirmed cases of whooping cough in England and Wales have continued to decrease with 668 cases reported in January 2013, compared to 835 cases in December 2012. Although this will be the third month in a row that cases have decreased, the overall numbers remain unusually high following a sustained outbreak during 2012 which saw a record 9,741 cases (provisional number). The press release also notes that large numbers of cases continue to be reported in those aged 15 years and older with 579 cases r...
Source: NeLM - News - March 1, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Why you shouldn't get sick in a cold snap - it takes ambulances longer to respond
Ambulance response time was 1.3 per cent slower for every degree dropped in temperature, according to the Health Protection Agency study. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Swine flu jab narcolepsy risk is very small
Conclusion This study confirms that the Pandemrix vaccine against swine flu is associated with a very small risk of narcolepsy in children and young people. As the authors point out, this risk may have been overestimated if children with narcolepsy who had been vaccinated were more rapidly referred than others because of increased awareness of the link. The methods used were practical for a rapid assessment of risk, but as this was essentially a case series analysis they are limited by a number of factors: The rates calculated are dependent on the accurate diagnosis and identification of the cases of narcolepsy. By usin...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Medical practice Swine flu Source Type: news

Cases of 'untreatable gonorrhoea' soar by 25 per cent
The disease is becoming more resistant to treatment, the Health Protection Agency has warned, with 20,000 cases diagnosed in 2011. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Action plan launched to combat untreatable gonorrhoea in UK
The UK's Health Protection Agency (HPA) has launched an action plan to combat the threat of "untreatable" gonorrhoea. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - February 27, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New action plan launched to combat emerging threat of untreatable gonorrhoea in England and Wales
The first Gonorrhoea Resistance Action Plan for England and Wales is published today, recommending a heightened national response to combat this serious threat. The Action Plan was developed by the Gonococcal Resistance to Antimicrobials Surveillance Programme (GRASP), established by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to monitor the growing global problem of emerging resistance over the last decade in the absence of new therapeutic options. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - February 26, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pandemic flu vaccination linked to narcolepsy in UK children
Health Protection Agency (HPA) scientists have found evidence of an association between Pandemrix flu vaccination and narcolepsy in children in England, according to the findings of a study published in the British Medical Journal. These findings are consistent with previous studies from Finland and Sweden which identified a similar association. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - February 26, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Flu cases DOUBLE in two weeks, as this year's death toll rises to 57
New figures from the Health Protection Agency show that the number of people seeing their GP with flu-like symptoms has risen dramatically over the last fortnight. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hunt for plane passengers who flew with first UK victim of Sars-like virus
The Health Protection Agency has confirmed that passengers who sat in the same row or two rows in front or behind the man on the flight back from Saudi Arabia are being traced. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Update on family cluster of novel coronavirus infection in the UK
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) continues its investigations into a family cluster of novel coronavirus infections in the UK. Three members of the same family have all tested positive for novel coronavirus. Two of these had no history of recent travel suggesting that transmission has occurred in the UK. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - February 19, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Third case of new respiratory infection confirmed in UK
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed there has been a third case of novel coronavirus infection. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - February 19, 2013 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New research explores driving forces behind HIV epidemic in men who have sex with men in the UK
Source: Health Protection Agency Area: News A study conducted by the Health Protection Agency has shown that new HIV infections rose in men who have sex with men (MSM) between 1990 and 2010 in the UK, driven by a 26% increase in the proportion having condomless sex. However, the findings also suggest the increase in new infections would have been 68% greater without the introduction of antiretrovirals (ART) in the same period, and 400% greater if MSM condom use had ceased entirely from 2000 onwards.   Please see links below for the original study, as well as the HPA announcement and NHS Choices assessment. (Source: NeLM - News)
Source: NeLM - News - February 19, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Unsafe sex linked to rise in HIV rates in gay men
Conclusion The study has identified two main factors that have impacted HIV rates among MSM in the UK – condom use and antiretroviral therapy (ART).  It also found that if there was more HIV testing and ART was started immediately after diagnosis, the rates of the disease could be reduced further. Other studies, such as surveys of MSM, have also found an increase in condomless sex after the introduction of effective ART. In the UK, ART is usually only started once a person's CD4 cell count (a measure of immune function) falls to below 350 cells/mm3. The authors note that randomised controlled trials (...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

New research explores driving forces behind HIV epidemic in men who have sex with men in the UK
New HIV infections rose in men who have sex with men (MSM) between 1990 and 2010 in the UK, driven by a 26 per cent increase in the proportion having condomless sex, according to new research by the Health Protection Agency and UCL. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - February 18, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Third case of novel coronavirus infection identified in family cluster
Source: Health Protection Agency (HPA) Area: News The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed a third case of novel coronavirus infection in a family cluster, following the confirmed diagnosis of two cases announced over the past week. The patient, who is a UK resident and does not have any recent travel history, is recovering from a mild respiratory illness and is currently well. This latest case brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 12, of which four have been diagnosed in the UK. (Source: NeLM - News)
Source: NeLM - News - February 18, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Third case of SARS-like virus in Britain
LONDON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Britain's Health Protection Agency said it has confirmed three cases of infection by novel coronavirus, a SARS-like virus, within one family this week. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus spreads to third family member
Sars-like novel coronavirus infects third person related to original carrier, as health agency insists transmission risk is lowA third member of one UK family has been infected by the new Sars-like virus that appears to have originated in the Middle East, according to the Health Protection Agency.The first member of the family to fall ill had travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan. That person and a relative who had a pre-existing medical condition, which might have made them more susceptible to infection, were admitted to a Manchester hospital.But the third family member to have contracted the novel coronavirus is said...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 15, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Tags: Manchester The Guardian Greater Manchester Infectious diseases News Health Medical research Microbiology Society UK news Science Source Type: news

Third case of novel coronavirus infection identified in family cluster
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm a third case of novel coronavirus infection in a family cluster, following the confirmed diagnosis of two cases announced earlier this week. The patient, who is a UK resident and does not have any recent travel history, is recovering from a mild respiratory illness and is currently well. This latest case brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 12, of which four have been diagnosed in the UK. (Source: Health Protection Agency)
Source: Health Protection Agency - February 15, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

VIDEO: Sars-like virus 'difficult to catch'
The Health Protection Agency has confirmed a further case of infection from a new type of virus, but the Health Protection Agency says it remains "difficult to catch". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Another case of SARS-like virus in Britain
LONDON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Britain's Health Protection Agency confirmed a further case of novel coronavirus infection -- a SARS-like virus -- in a family member of an earlier case. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus Person To Person Transmission Occurring In UK
A newly confirmed coronavirus infection in the UK indicates that it occurred as a result of person-to-person infection - the individual has no history of recent travel anywhere and no short- or long-term history of travel to the Middle East, the Health Protection Agency (HPA), UK, announced today. This latest case, involving a UK resident, brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus infection cases worldwide to 11 - three of them in the United Kingdom. Patient number 11 is currently receiving intensive care treatment at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

SARS-Like Virus Can Probably Transmit Between People, UK
The Health Protection Agency, UK, believes it has compelling evidence that a new SARS-like coronavirus can spread from human-to-human. A newly confirmed case of a person with coronavirus infection indicates that it occurred as a result of person-to-person transmission - the patient has no history of recent travel anywhere and no short- or long-term history of travel to the Middle East, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced today... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news