Trial Tests MMR Vaccine to Help Prevent COVID-19
A new clinical trial will try to determine whether the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine can protect health care workers from being infected with COVID-19. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could the MMR Vaccine Help Prevent COVID-19? New Trial May Tell
FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2020 -- A new clinical trial will try to determine whether the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine can protect health care workers from being infected with COVID-19. Hundreds of millions of people have received the MMR vaccine... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 4, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Mumps Cases Disproportionately Affecting Persons Living with HIV Infection and Men Who Have Sex with Men - Chicago, Illinois, 2018
This report describes the use of spatiotemporal analysis to identify clusters of people with mumps and target public health response efforts in Chicago. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - July 16, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS and STDs Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (MMRV) Vaccine Safety Men's Health MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Mumps Vaccination Source Type: news

COVID-FLU-SHOT COMBO? Will the next flu shot contain genetically modified, lab-concocted strains of Covid-19?
(Natural News) The problem with the MMR, the measles-mumps-rubella combination vaccine, is that the attack of the measles itself, according to virologists, requires your immune system’s full attention, so the other virus strains overwhelm the body, and the hyper-response or “adverse event” can be tragic. Combination vaccines, like the MMR, are highly experimental, unpredictable, and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Common childhood vaccine might prevent severe complications of COVID-19
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) A paper published by LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine researchers suggests that live attenuated vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) may prevent the severe lung inflammation and sepsis associated with COVID-19 infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 26, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

MMR vaccine could protect against the worst symptoms of COVID-19
(American Society for Microbiology) Administering the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine could serve as a preventive measure to dampen septic inflammation associated with COVID-19 infection, say a team of experts in this week's mBio, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Progress Toward Rubella Elimination - Western Pacific Region, 2000-2019
This report describes progress in rubella elimination in the Western Pacific Region. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 18, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: MMR Vaccination MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Rubella Source Type: news

A Vaccine Against COVID-19 Would Be the Latest Success in a Long Scientific History
Here’s betting you wouldn’t want anyone blowing smallpox scabs up your nose. But you might feel differently if you lived in 15th century China. Long ago, the Chinese recognized that people who had contracted smallpox once were immune to reinfection. They came up with the idea of preserving scabs from individuals who had suffered mild cases, drying them out, crushing them to a powder and blowing them up the nostril. For boys it was the right nostril, for girls it was the left because, well, 15th century. That is how the story of vaccines usually begins, though that version is decidedly incomplete. For one thing,...
Source: TIME: Science - May 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer health Source Type: news

Missed vaccinations could lead to other fatal outbreaks, doctors warn
GPs worried thousands may delay routine appointments due to fear of catching coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSenior doctors fear that thousands of routine vaccination appointments may be missed or delayed because of the coronavirus lockdown, raising the risk of sudden and potentially fatal outbreaks of other diseases when restrictions on movement are finally eased.GPs and accident and emergency departments have witnessedunprecedented falls in the numbers of people seeking medical care in recent weeks, prompting concerns that vital routine immunisations for infections such as mea...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Health Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Society Science Medical research Source Type: news

Global Group Warns COVID-19 May Hinder Measles Vaccination
The global Measles& Rubella Initiative has estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic could postpone or suspend dozens of measles immunization programs worldwide, potentially leaving millions of children at increased risk. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - April 24, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Review: MMR, MMRV, MMR+V Vaccines Are Effective, Safe
FRIDAY, April 24, 2020 -- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines and MMR vaccines with varicella are effective and safe, according to an updated review published online April 20 in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Carlo Di... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Review: MMR, MMRV, MMR & #43;V Vaccines Are Effective, Safe
FRIDAY, April 24, 2020 -- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines and MMR vaccines with varicella are effective and safe, according to an updated review published online April 20 in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Carlo Di... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Study Confirms Safety, Effectiveness of Children's Vaccines
THURSDAY, April 23, 2020 -- Vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox) are highly effective and do not cause autism, say researchers who reviewed 138 studies that included 23 million children. " In terms of safety, we know from... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 23, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Scientists find MMR vaccine could help fight Covid-19 in major breakthrough
SCIENTISTS have found the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine could help protect people from severe Covid-19. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cochrane Review confirms effectiveness of MMR vaccines
New evidence published in the Cochrane Library today finds MMR, MMRV and MMR+V vaccines are effective and that they are not associated with increased risk of autism. Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (also known as chickenpox) are infectious diseases caused by viruses. They are most common in children and young adults, and can lead to potentially fatal illnesses, disabilities and death. Measles remains one of the leading causes of childhood death around the globe. Rubella is also dangerous for pregnant women, as it can cause miscarriage or harm to unborn babies. The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) is a combined...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - April 17, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Can Patches Improve Vaccination Rates?
Microneedle array patches (MAP), which have previously been used for cosmetics applications, are being considered for delivering a variety of vaccines. Earlier this year Harro Höfliger and PATH hosted a conference exploring such opportunities that drew representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, and other researchers. The group is working to improve vaccination levels in low- and middle-income countries, particularly those for measles and rubella but also for other diseases, Stefan Bernsau, director, needle technology for H...
Source: MDDI - March 20, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: R & D Source Type: news

Falling Vaccination Rates: The Case of the MMR Jab
This House of Lords Library Briefing focuses on the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab. It looks at social media's role in the spread of misinformation, what the UK Government and social media companies have pledged to do about it, and what other countries are doing to solve declining rates of MMR vaccination. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Improving MMR uptake – GP practice campaign
NHS England has developed posters and other materials for GP practices to encourage people to be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Evidence from large Danish cohort does not support an association between the MMR vaccine and autism: facts in a post-truth world
In a cohort of 657 461 children born in 1999 –2010, no association between the measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination and autism was observed. Despite this, it is unclear whether increasing medical evidence and facts about the lack of association between the MMR vaccination and autism will have beneficial impact in easing the minds of p arents and preventing unnecessary deaths. Prior to the availability of a measles vaccination in 1963, the majority of children contracted measles by the age of 15. Approximately 3–4 million US citizens were infected annually, with about 400–500 deaths, 48 000 hospital...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

About 750 Seattle Students Will Be Excluded From School Because of Incomplete Vaccination Records
About 750 Seattle students won’t be allowed to attend school on Wednesday because they haven’t updated their vaccination records. The policy is a result of a new Washington state law that limited exemptions for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, requiring that students be fully vaccinated or be in the process of completing immunizations in order to attend school. The law, which followed a measles outbreak in the state, prohibits families from using personal or philosophical reasons to avoid the MMR vaccine. It still allows for exemptions for medical or religious reasons. Wednesday marks the deadline...
Source: TIME: Health - January 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Reilly Tags: Uncategorized vaccines washington Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Children aren't getting vaccinated before international travel
U.S. children who travel abroad are not getting the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine before they travel to protect them from ongoing measles outbreaks, says a recent study. This leaves the children vulnerable to the highly infectious disease, which has made a resurgence in the U.S. after being eliminated in 2000. Most of the [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - December 16, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Few MMR-Vaccine Eligible Children Receive Vaccine Before Travel
TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2019 -- Less than half of pediatric travelers who are eligible for pretravel measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination are vaccinated during pretravel consultation, according to a study published online Dec. 9 in JAMA... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 10, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Many Kids Traveling Overseas Aren't Vaccinated Against Measles
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2019 -- Many American kids aren't vaccinated against measles before they travel overseas to areas where the disease is endemic, a new study finds. Nearly 60% of these children hadn't received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 9, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Could a MMR vaccine injected into warts be the answer to banishing unsightly skin growths?
New wart treatment involves injecting the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine into warts which could banish the skin growths for good. The patients would receive four doses of it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New measures to secure MMR vaccine for private patients
The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine has been added to a list of medicines which cannot be parallel exported out of the UK. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 7, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Science: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism; Physicians Fight to Reassure, Immunize
Physicians repeat it over and over: Vaccines like the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine do not cause autism; they are safe and effective. Yet the decades-old false claim that vaccines do cause autism has convinced millions of parents not to give their children potentially lifesaving shots and could lead more to opt out, according to Texas physicians. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles virus infection diminishes preexisting antibodies that offer protection from other pathogens
Measles virus is directly responsible for more than 100,000 deaths yearly. Epidemiological studies have associated measles with increased morbidity and mortality for years after infection, but the reasons why are poorly understood. Measles virus infects immune cells, causing acute immune suppression. To identify and quantify long-term effects of measles on the immune system, we used VirScan, an assay that tracks antibodies to thousands of pathogen epitopes in blood. We studied 77 unvaccinated children before and 2 months after natural measles virus infection. Measles caused elimination of 11 to 73% of the antibody repertoi...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 31, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Mina, M. J., Kula, T., Leng, Y., Li, M., de Vries, R. D., Knip, M., Siljander, H., Rewers, M., Choy, D. F., Wilson, M. S., Larman, H. B., Nelson, A. N., Griffin, D. E., de Swart, R. L., Elledge, S. J. Tags: Immunology, Microbiology r-articles Source Type: news

Uganda: Doubts, Social Media Campaign Derail Uganda's Drive to Give Children Jabs
[East African] Uganda has just concluded a national polio, measles and rubella immunisation campaign that ended October 23, and which was marred by a growing vaccine sceptism by the public. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 28, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Uganda Scores Highly in the Measles-Rubella-Polio Vaccination Campaign
[WHO] In the recently concluded Measles-Rubella-Polio campaign conducted by Uganda's Ministry of Health (MoH) with support from GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO), partial results reveal that 18 770 706 (105%) children have so far been vaccinated against Measles and Rubella. This is higher than the nationwide target which was 18 100 000 children. The Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign targeted children above nine months but below fifteen years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 25, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

CDC: Coverage 94.7 Percent for Two Doses of MMR in 2018 to 2019
FRIDAY, Oct. 18, 2019 -- For the 2018 to 2019 school year, coverage was 94.7 percent for two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, according to research published in the Oct. 18 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Tanzania: Seeking to Toss Polio Into Dustbin of Medical History
[Daily News] AUTHORITIES in Kagera are working on initiatives to conduct measles-rubella and polio vaccinations targeting over 800,000 children under five years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: More Than 18 Million Children in Uganda to Be Immunized
[WHO] Uganda is set to immunize more than 18 million children against measles and rubella, which amounts to 43% of the country's population. Among them, 8.2 million children younger than 9 months, or 20.5% of the population, will also receive the oral polio vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: Health Centres Turn Away Patients After Measles Training Kicks Off
[Monitor] Several health centres in Apac District at the weekend remained non-functional as health workers underwent orientation on how to administer rubella and measles vaccine on children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 14, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Toll Mounts From a Mystery Disease Some Call “The New Polio”
Carter Roberts’ motorized wheelchair didn’t arrive until the day he died. It had been a long time coming and his parents had fought hard to get it. The chair cost more than $32,000 and the insurance companies wouldn’t cover it, so the family went to court. One insurer eventually agreed to pay for some components of the chair but not the whole thing. And then none of it mattered anyway. On Sept. 22, 2018, the Roberts’ doorbell rang and the chair was delivered. Also on Sept. 22, 2018, Carter died, just three months shy of his sixth birthday. He had been largely paralyzed for the final two years of his...
Source: TIME: Health - October 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease viruses Source Type: news

Tanzania: Dar Embarks On Rubella, Measles, Polio Campaign
[Daily News] TANZANIA is set to conduct a nationwide measles -rubella and polio vaccination campaign mid this month, targeting children under five years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 7, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Progress Toward Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome Control and Elimination - Worldwide, 2000-2018
Progress toward rubella elimination has resulted in 168 (87%) of 194 countries protecting infants with rubella-containing vaccine and 81 (42%) eliminating rubella transmission. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 3, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (MMRV) Vaccine Safety MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Vaccination Vaccines Source Type: news

Tanzania: Measles, Rubella Vaccination Very Safe-Isles Authorities
[Daily News] AS Zanzibar joins other countries to observe vaccination week, authorities here have assured parents that the five-day Measles- Rubella- immunization exercise set to begin tomorrow (September 26), is a safe exercise. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Positive Response to Measles Vaccination Campaign
[The Herald] The measles-rubella week-long campaign which kicked off in Harare yesterday started on a high note with a number of parents taking their children to various health facilities dotted across the country for vaccination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 24, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: WHO Warns of Dangerous Measles Comeback
[The Herald] ZIMBABWE will next week hold a national measles-rubella vaccination campaign for children under the age of five, following a "dangerous" measles comeback, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 17, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pregnant? Make Sure You ’re Vaccinated to Protect Yourself, Baby From Disease
Vaccinations before and during pregnancy are important to protect both mother and baby. Three vaccinations are recommended: flu, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis), and MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella). (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Decreased Humoral Immunity to Mumps Seen in Young Adults
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4, 2019 -- The frequency of circulating memory B cells (MBCs) specific for mumps is much lower than that of those specific for measles and rubella among healthy college-aged students who were vaccinated in childhood, according to a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 4, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Children should have MMR vaccine for first day of school: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
As families around the country get ready to send their children off to school -- some for the first time -- it's important to ensure their vaccinations are up to date.?In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr.??Robert Jacobson, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician, explains why the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is so important [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 3, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Hundreds of Detained Migrants Diagnosed With Mumps in 19 States
Mumps has swept through 57 immigration detention facilities in 19 states since September, according to the first U.S. government report on the outbreaks in the overloaded immigration system. The virus sickened 898 adult migrants and 33 detention center staffers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its report Thursday. New cases continue as migrants are taken into custody or transferred between facilities, the report said. As of last week, outbreaks were happening in 15 facilities in seven states. In response to the report, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said medical professionals...
Source: TIME: Health - August 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carla K. Johnson / AP Tags: Uncategorized Immigration onetime Source Type: news

MMR catch-up for 10 to 11 year old children: information for GPs
In April 2019, NHS England and the BMA General Practitioners Committee (GPC) agreed to a catch-up campaign for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 27, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Uganda Targets 18 Million Children for New Measles, Rubella Vaccine
[East African] Uganda's Health Ministry will in September launch a campaign using a new combination vaccine against measles and rubella (MR) on children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 30, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Dengue Dance?
Discussion Dengue is an important arboviral infection that affects about 40% of the world population. It is found mainly in topical and subtropical areas of the world mainly in developing countries but it range is spreading including the United States. A review of common arboviruses can be found here. It is a flaviavirus with 4 distinct serotypes named DENV-1 through DENV-4 and is spread by A. aegypti a day biting mosquito. Infection with one serotype confers immunity to that serotype but not the others. It does offer some protection for cross-infection but this only lasts a few months. Incubation period is 3-14 days with ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 29, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

What Infectious Diseases are Important to Consider in Transplantation Patients?
Discussion Transplantation is not a common problem for primary care physicians but when a child’s disease has progressed to end-stage organ failure, transplantation can be the only treatment available. While the primary care provider usually is not involved in the daily management of patients before, during and after transplantation, they can be involved in many areas. These can include providing appropriate primary and acute care, ordering and obtaining necessary medical tests, medications and equipment, assisting with medical insurance, providing medical history and records to consultants, translating medical infor...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 24, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Is the measles vaccine more dangerous than the disease?
(Natural News) Due to the recent spate of reported measles cases across the country, health authorities are urging all members of the public to make sure they’re fully up-to-date on their MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccinations. But what these same health authorities aren’t disclosing is the fact that the MMR vaccine carries with it... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: 3.2 Million Children Targeted for Free Measles - Rubella Vaccine
[Concord] The Ministry of Health and Sanitation yesterday (Monday June 10, 2019) commenced a nationwide free Measles and Rubella campaign. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 12, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Have Lost All of Their Natural Teeth, by Age Group --- National Health Interview Survey, 2000 and 2017
The percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who had lost all of their upper and lower natural teeth decreased from 9.3% in 2000 to 7.0% in 2017, and this pattern was consistent in each age group surveyed. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 6, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Breastfeeding Cancer Cancer Survivorship Hurricanes Infant Health Infection Measles Measles Vaccination Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (MMRV) Vaccine Safety MMWR Mold Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Mosquito-Borne Disea Source Type: news