The DRC Ebola Outbreak May Be Declared an International Public Health Emergency. Here ’s What to Know
The World Health Organization (WHO) will meet Wednesday to determine whether a worsening Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. The meeting, set to be held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, comes about a month after the WHO upgraded Ebola’s risk level in the DRC from “high” to “very high,” according to a UN statement. At that time, global risk was deemed low and the WHO did not recommend limiting travel or trade in and out of the DRC. But depending on the conclusion of Wednesday’s eme...
Source: TIME: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized ebola healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Canada's giant public health 'experiment' with legalized cannabis begins
Experts say making marijuana legal will help yield much needed insight into the drug's health effects — both positive and negative. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

The impact of microplastics on the environment unclear, study suggests
(University of York) A review of more than 300 global studies has revealed a large 'mismatch' in the types of microplastics measured in the environment to those tested for effects in the laboratory. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

African-American men's health disparities: Research, practice, and policy implications
(Elsevier) The burden of risk factors for chronic disease is substantially higher in black men compared with their white counterparts, including a higher prevalence of obesity and hypertension. The Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) presents results from several studies that pinpoint some of the issues and propose strategies to solve these in a special supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Childhood abuse linked to increased arthritis risk in adulthood
(Wiley) In a survey-based study of 21,889 adults in Canada, severe and/or frequent physical abuse during childhood and frequent childhood exposure to intimate partner violence were linked with higher risks or arthritis during adulthood arthritis, even after controlling for a range of factors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Novel antidepressant may improve sleep in patients with depression
(Wiley) In a study of 15 patients affected by major depressive disorder and complaining of insomnia, initiating treatment with vortioxetine for their depressive symptoms led to significant improvements in subjective sleep quality and daytime sleepiness. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study examines factors linked with opioid misuse among university students
(Wiley) In a survey-based study of 9,449 university students at a large, public Midwestern university, misusers of prescription opioid medications were more likely to live off campus, have a lower grade point average, and exhibit increased impulsivity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Does weight loss before surgery provide benefits?
(Wiley) For obese and overweight patients, it is common for various surgical procedures to be deferred until they have lost weight through diet and exercise. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Many seemingly healthy children show signs of metabolic problems
(Wiley) More than a quarter of otherwise healthy 6-year-old children may have metabolic risk factors that put them at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, according to results from an Acta Paediatrica study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Participating in sports during childhood may have long-term benefits for bone health
(Wiley) Participation in organized sport during childhood and adolescence is associated with bone mass at 20 years of age, according to a Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Psoriasis linked with need for cardiovascular interventions in patients with hypertension
(Wiley) Psoriasis is linked with increased risks of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, but its effect on the course of cardiovascular disease remains unknown. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Many infertile men have undiagnosed prediabetes
(Wiley) In a study of 744 infertile men, prediabetes was found in 114 (15.4 percent) of participants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Prescription opioid and benzodiazepine misuse linked with suicidal thoughts
(Wiley) Misuse of prescription opioids or benzodiazepines (such as Xanax) was associated with suicidal ideation in a study of US older adults. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study examines aspects of conscientious objection among nurses
(Wiley) One-on-one interviews with eight nurses in Ontario revealed that nurses making conscientious objections to ethically relevant policies lack concrete supports and need protection in healthcare practice settings. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mindfulness-based program may help reduce stress in infertile women
(Wiley) An eight-week mindfulness-based program was effective for reducing stress and depressive symptoms while increasing general well-being in a study of infertile women. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global experts gather in Montreal for opening of 11th World Stroke Congress
(Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada) The 11th World Stroke Congress brings together leading international stroke experts and an unparalleled scientific program covering epidemiology, prevention, acute care, rehabilitation and recovery in hundreds of sessions and oral posters. Congress is attended by close to 2,500 stroke professionals, researchers, policy makers, survivors and caregivers from around the world. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Inducing labor at 39 weeks may benefit pregnant women and their babies
(Wiley) As the prevalence of maternal and fetal complications increases with advancing pregnancy beyond 39 weeks, induction of labor at 39 weeks has been proposed as a means to ensure optimal maternal and newborn health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nutrition has a greater impact on bone strength than exercise
(University of Michigan) One question that scientists and fitness experts alike would love to answer is whether exercise or nutrition has a bigger positive impact on bone strength. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nurse leaders give stark warning over Brexit
‘No progress’ on health and care concerns Related items fromOnMedica Microbes don ’t need visas! The reality of Brexit and public health ‘No-deal’ Brexit Ministers risk putting money before health, BMA warns Rising NHS staff shortage figures spark alarm Drugs regulator launches consultation on ‘no deal’ Brexit status (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Tomorrow – Breezing Along with the RML
Join us tomorrow for Breezing Along with the RML! Public Health Resources – Breezing Along with the RML Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 2 MT/3 CT Register The public health work force can have barriers to accessing tools to find the best evidence in public health research and practice. They can get help to break through those barriers from the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO.) We will provide an overview of their services and profile some of the organizations that benefit from those service along with future plans. (Source: MCR News)
Source: MCR News - October 16, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: ssawyer Tags: #CC/Academic List #Health Interest List #Health Sciences List #Public/K-12 List Source Type: news

CDC to Report Weekly Tracking of Acute Flaccid Myelitis
(MedPage Today) -- Cites uptick in case reports of rare spinal cord illness (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 16, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Drugmakers Funnel Millions to Lawmakers
(MedPage Today) -- A few dozen get $100,000-plus (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 16, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Pelzman's Picks: 100s of Diet Supplements Contaminated With Unapproved Meds
(MedPage Today) -- Also, some med schools develop anti-ageism programs (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 16, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Hispanic Heritage Month: Meet Celena Roldan
This Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re highlighting Hispanic men and women who play a pivotal role in helping the American Red Cross accomplish its humanitarian mission every day. This week, we’d... {This is a content summary only. Click the blog post title to continue reading this post, share your comments, browse the blog and more!} (Source: Red Cross Chat)
Source: Red Cross Chat - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: American Red Cross Tags: Red Cross Life Celena Roldan Chicago and Northern Illinois Hispanic Hispanic Heritage Month Latina Source Type: news

Can Zelnorm Make a Comeback? Will Resolor Finally Reach the U.S.?
(MedPage Today) -- FDA panel to consider two constipation drugs with backstories (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 16, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health receives $2 million to support students with financial need
A $2 million gift from Jean Balgrosky and Parker Hinshaw will make it possible for more aspiring public health students to pursue their academic goals at UCLA.Beginning with the 2019 –20 academic year, the Jean Balgrosky and Parker Hinshaw Fellowship will provide assistance with tuition and living expenses for incoming students with financial need at theUCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The gift to establish the fellowship will be matched by an additional $1 million from the UCLA Chancellor ’s Centennial Scholars Match.“Providing financial support to students is a top priority for the Fielding School...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 16, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

2 Cases Of Polio-Like Illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis Confirmed In Mass.
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts has a confirmed two cases of a polio-like illness that is being reported across the country. The Department of Public Health told WBZ-TV Tuesday there are two cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the state and four more suspected cases are being investigated. Read: Acute Flaccid Myelitis Fact Sheet Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it focuses on “the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, and the muscles and reflexes in the body become weak.” The CDC...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Acute Flaccid Myelitis AFM Polio Source Type: news

HHS Wants to Shame Drug Companies into Curbing List Prices
(MedPage Today) -- Would require list prices in direct-to-consumer advertisements (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 16, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Talzenna OK'd in Advanced BRCA-Positive Breast Ca
(MedPage Today) -- Approved with companion diagnostic for patients with germline mutation (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 16, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Docs vs NPs: Tempest in Teapot?
(MedPage Today) -- Physicians don't need to worry about their turf, says nursing researcher (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 16, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Yes, Drug Prices Are Too High
(MedPage Today) -- But the federal government can help reduce them, says Jack Lewin, MD (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 16, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Bariatric surgery can reduce heart attacks, strokes and death in obese people
Two new studies from Kaiser Permanente and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found those who undergo surgery are 40 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Case Of Polio-Like Illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis Confirmed In Mass.
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts has a confirmed case of a polio-like illness that is being reported across the country. The Department of Public Health told WBZ-TV Tuesday there is one case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the state and five more possible cases are being investigated. Read: Acute Flaccid Myelitis Fact Sheet Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it focuses on “the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, and the muscles and reflexes in the body become weak.” The CDC said th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Acute Flaccid Myelitis AFM Polio Source Type: news

Earthquake and tsunami devastating for 45,000 pregnant women in Indonesia
DONGGALA, Indonesia –“I am so scared. I can’t even describe it,” Ibu Fariati, 27, told UNFPA.On 28 September, Ms. Fariati ’s home collapsed in a7.5-magnitude earthquake that, just 30 minutes later by some accounts, unleashed a 6-metre wall of water. The wave swept away Ms. Fariati ’s home – and nearly 70,000 others. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: ashton Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:WHO Calls Crisis Meeting Over Ebola
[UN News] World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Can Payers Trust Our Data?
The potential for real-world data to be used on a mass scale to demonstrate the effectiveness and value of medicines is great, promising benefits for all parties including better health outcomes and lower premiums for patients and higher prices for those selling the most effective treatments.Yet, while the use of real-world evidence is growing, a major impediment to its broader and faster adoption is the potential trust gap. After all, how can payers be sure that pharma ’s data tell a true and accurate story about patient outcomes?Payers are increasingly questioning the data they are provided with, says Michelle Hois...
Source: EyeForPharma - October 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andrew Stone Source Type: news

Life in Rural America
The purpose of the Life in Rural America report was to understand the current views and experiences of rural Americans on economic and health issues. (Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity)
Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity - October 16, 2018 Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Tags: National Source Type: news

Nine ways research could save the NHS money
This highlight provides nine treatments and initiatives that are cost effective for the NHS including weight loss surgery, misaligned shoulder fractures, rotavirus vaccine, public health interventions, oxygen levels for acute bronchiolitis in children, routine replacement of intravenous cannulae, behavioural activation, oral surgery in primary care, and uterine polyps. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigeria, UK Partner On Health Security
[Vanguard] The United Kingdom through its national public health institute, Public Health England, PHE, and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, to strengthen health security in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic
Details the findings of a new poll onLife in Rural America from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Questions included the biggest problems facing rural people and their families, their optimism about the future, economic and health concerns, the opioid epidemic, and more. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 16, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Sex or food? Decision-making in single-cell organisms
(Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology) Unicellular diatoms are able to adapt their behavior to different external stimuli based on an evaluation of their own needs. This was discovered by scientists of the Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, together with partners from Belgium. In experiments, Seminavis robusta diatoms directed their orientation either towards nutrient sources or mating partners, depending on the degree of starvation and the need to mate. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The science of sustainability
(University of Colorado at Boulder) Can humans drive economic growth, meet rising demand for food, energy and water, and make significant environmental progress? The short answer is 'yes,' but it comes with several big 'ifs.' New research shows that we can put the world on a path to sustainability if we make significant changes within the next 10 years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'Terrorism does not terrorize' claims new study
(University of Bath) The impact of terrorist events on mental wellbeing may be less significant than we are led to believe, argue the authors of a significant new study published today in The Lancet Psychiatry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

When it comes to smartphone lifespan, brand name matters more than hardware
(Yale School of Forestry& Environmental Studies) The environmental costs of smartphones are often exacerbated by the relatively short lifespans of these globally ubiquitous devices. When it comes to extending the lifespan of these products, brand name might be more important than repairability, a Yale-led study finds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Renewable energy is common ground for Democrats and Republicans
(Washington State University) While conservatives and liberals tend to disagree on many environmental issues, they both view the development of solar power and other forms of renewable energy as financially savvy and a step towards self-sufficiency. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In the fight against Alzheimer's, Down syndrome may hold vital clues
(Arizona State University) In new research, Antonella Caccamo and her colleagues explore a number of critical factors that appear to link the Down syndrome (DS) and Alzheimer's disease. In a new project, Caccamo will use DS as a window into the underlying mechanisms that may give rise to Alzheimer's pathology. Using this complementary approach, her $3.1 million NIH grant will explore the effects of a critical protein complex known as mTOR. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Multidisciplinary team to develop stem cell-based approaches to restore vision
(University of Pennsylvania) Gene therapies have had success in treating blindness but can't save areas of the retina where cells have already died. In a new effort, University of Pennsylvania scientists John Wolfe, also of CHOP, and William Beltran, along with David Gamm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will attempt to develop a stem-cell-based approach that restores vision. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

For-profit nursing home residents more likely to be diagnosed with neglect issues
(University of Illinois at Chicago) Residents receiving care in for-profit nursing homes are almost twice as likely to experience health issues caused by substandard care compared with clients living in not-for-profit facilities or in homes in the community, according to a new report in the journal Gerontology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hippocampus yields clues to treatment strategies for cognitive deficits in MS
(Kessler Foundation) 'Recent advances in neuroimaging have greatly improved our understanding of the involvement of the hippocampus in MS,' said John DeLuca, PhD, at Kessler Foundation. 'Now we are aware of subregions with different levels of susceptibility to damage, for example, and the potential for hippocampal plasticity and neurogenesis. The challenge is to correlate these findings with clinical manifestations and renew our efforts toward improving outcomes for the population with MS.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why heart contractions are weaker in those with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
(McGill University) Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common genetic heart disease in the US and affects an estimated 1 in 500 people around the world. A protein called myosin acts as the molecular motor which makes the muscles in the heart contract. An international team has discovered that in transgenic rabbits with the R403Q mutation,, individual myosin molecules and myofibrils (the basic rod-like filaments inside muscles) produce less force and a lower maximum velocity of contraction than those isolated from healthy hearts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news