CDC investigating severe hepatitis in children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Tami Chappell | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 109 cases of severe hepatitis, including five deaths, the public health agency said on Friday. More than 90% of the children were hospitalized and 14% required liver transplants, according to … Read more

New York City could bring back mask mandate, vaccine checks

Children are seen walking to school, on the first day of lifting the indoor mask mandate for DOE schools between K through 12, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, US March 7, 2022. Brendan McDermid | Reuters New York City could bring back mask mandates and proof of vaccination status to go to restaurants, … Read more

CDC says adenovirus may have caused Alabama outbreak of severe hepatitis in children

Adenovirus structure, computer illustration showing the surface structure of the virus’ outer protein coat (capsid). Kateryna Kon | Science Photo Library | Science Photo Library | Getty Images US health officials said adenovirus may have caused an outbreak of severe hepatitis that afflicted nine children in Alabama in February. All nine kids with severe acute … Read more

Hepatitis outbreak in kids may be linked to adenovirus, WHO says

An outbreak of severe hepatitis in healthy children that has caused liver failure in some kids might be linked to adenovirus infection, and not hepatitis as originally suspected, though further investigation is needed, World Health Organization officials said on Thursday. Eleven countries, including the US, have reported at least 169 cases of severe acute hepatitis … Read more

At least 58% of U.S. population has natural antibodies from previous Covid infection, CDC says

Blood drawn by a registered nurse for an antibody test for the coronavirus, June 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee | Getty Images Three out of every five people in the US now have antibodies from a previous Covid-19 infection with the proportion even higher among children, demonstrating how widespread the virus was during … Read more

Scientists shed new light on how early stage breast cancer spreads to other organs

A consultant analyzing a mammogram. Rui Vieira | PAWire | Getty Images Scientists have shed new light on how early stage breast cancer spreads to other organs undetected, which can cause fatal metastatic cancer in some women years later. Before a breast cancer tumor is even detected, cells that are not yet malignant can spread … Read more

Bird Flu: Over 200 birds are suspected to have died from the avian flu at a Chicago-area forest preserve

CNN — More than 200 birds have died from a presumed outbreak of avian flu at a Chicago-area forest preserve, according to authorities. The deaths occurred at the Baker’s Lake forest preserve, the Forest Preserves of Cook County said in a statement on Thursday. The federal government, which provides the only declaration of incidences of … Read more

Can cancer blood tests live up to promise of saving lives?

Joyce Ares had just turned 74 and was feeling fine when she agreed to give a blood sample for research. So she was surprised when the screening test came back positive for signs of cancer. After a repeat blood test, a PET scan and a needle biopsy, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. “I cried,” … Read more

How to protect pets’ bowls from bacterial contaminants

CNN — How we feed our pets, store their food and wash their dishes can have negative health consequences if not done properly – for both humans and animals. There have been multiple outbreaks of illnesses among humans after exposure to E. coli- and salmonella-contaminated dog food, which has been more likely in commercial and … Read more

Live Updates | IMF creates secure way to funnel Ukraine aid

BOSTON — The International Monetary Fund has created an account to give donor countries a secure way to funnel financial assistance directly to war-ravaged Ukraine. The multilateral lender said in a statement Friday that it’s launching the account at the request of several member countries. The goal is to help Ukraine meet its payment obligations … Read more