Friday, 7 March 2014

» NYC Health Department investigating measles outbreak in the Bronx


The New York City Health Department is investigating an outbreak of measles in the Bronx.

The city agency said 16 cases have been identified in northern Manhattan and the Bronx, seven of which are adults.

The Health Department, which this week reported a rare skin infection in three boroughs, has also identified more than two dozen cases of measles.

Of the seven adults and nine children infected in northern Manhattan and the Bronx, four had to be hospitalized.

Another infectious outbreak has hit the city — this time centered in the Bronx.

Read more @ New York Daily News

» CORRECTED-FEATURE-New hemophilia drugs aim to simplify treatment


Hemophilia A is caused by a lack of clotting factor VIII, while hemophilia B is caused by a lack of clotting factor IX.

Roop was enrolled in a clinical trial testing a long-acting treatment for hemophilia B from Denmark's Novo Nordisk .

"I predict most (hemophilia B) patients will end up on one of these new drugs.

Worldwide, about one in 5,000 men is born with hemophilia A and one in 25,000 men is born with hemophilia B each year.

Novo Nordisk expects to file next year for regulatory approval of its long-acting hemophilia B drug, N9-GP.

Read more @ Reuters

» Police: Pregnant Tampa woman among family that unknowingly ingested LSD


TAMPA — Doctors induced labor on a woman nine months pregnant and Walmart yanked meat off one store's shelves this week after a Tampa family of four unknowingly ingested LSD on beef they consumed for dinner.

The family had just cooked supper for the first time in their new home on Bel Aire Circle, within walking distance of the west Tampa hospital.

Castor said it's unknown how potent of a dose of LSD the family members ingested.

"The family has no idea where this may have come from and there's no indication of any involvement on the part of the family," Tampa police Chief Jane Castor said at a news conference.

Castor said LSD use is not prevalent in Tampa, nor is it rare.

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» State's Flu Shot Rule for Preschoolers


"This is not saying that all kids have to have a flu shot.

For people who aren't insured, the state provides flu shots for free at community health centers, Hadler pointed out.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year.

Young children are at particular risk for severe complications from flu, and they readily transmit the infection, Hadler noted.

In the United States, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York City are the three places that require a yearly flu shot to stay in daycare or preschool.

Read more @ WebMD

» Medical Marijuana Maintains Support Amidst Controversy


The controversy over the benefits of medical marijuana continues as 20 states have now legalized it.

While the controversy continues, support for medical marijuana remains strong and studies continue that may eventually result in federal legalization and FDA approval.

Gupta says he is more convinced than ever that providing the best health care possible may often involve marijuana, and he is not backing down on his support for medical marijuana.

Although controversial, medical marijuana has support in treating an increasing number of conditions.

Controlling pain may be one of the most common uses of medical marijuana.

Read more @ Guardian Liberty Voice

» UPDATE 3-US FDA probes cognitive impact of new cholesterol drugs


Amgen, which has said it could file for regulatory approval of PCSK9 drug evolocumab this year, said it has been proactively monitoring for cognitive impairment in its trials.

"We have not seen a neurocognitive adverse signal in the alirocumab data," Dr. Michael Aberman, Regeneron's vice president for strategy and investor relations, said in a telephone interview.

Sanofi's report echoed a filing made by Regeneron last month, in which the company said the FDA advised it was aware of adverse neurocognitive effects associated with PCSK9 inhibitors.

"The new drugs are part of an experimental class known as PCSK9 inhibitors designed to block a protein that maintains "bad" LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream.

March 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA to assess potential neurocognitive side effects of their experimental cholesterol drug, Sanofi said in its annual report on Friday.

Read more @ Reuters

» Knicks offer Phil Jackson a front office position, expect a decision from ...


Knicks offer Phil Jackson a front office position, expect a decision from Basketball Hall of Famer next week According to an NBA source, Garden Chairman James Dolan has met with Jackson about a potential return to the franchise where he was a member of the Knicks' only two championship teams.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported that president and Gm Steve Mills offered the head coaching position to Jackson but he declined.

Phil Jackson has been offered a front-office position with the Knicks and is expected to give the club a decision sometime next week, the Daily News has learned.

Jackson returned to New York last year when the Knicks celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 1973 championship team.

I have a great deal of respect for Phil but I’m not going to entertain anything about Phil Jackson.

Read more @ New York Daily News

» Faried, Lawson lead Nuggets past Lakers 134-126


Pau Gasol scored 27 points to lead the Lakers in their third straight defeat and sixth in eight games.

Trailing by 19 heading into the fourth quarter, the Lakers put together a 9-2 spurt to pull to 117-104 with 7:40 remaining.

The Lakers had 47 rebounds to 43 for Denver, snapping a string of 11 consecutive games in which they were outrebounded.

Denver led 42-35 after the first quarter, surpassing its previous high for points in the first by a point.

Jordan Farmar and Robert Sacre had 24 points apiece for the Lakers, who were coming off a 142-94 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

Read more @ Washington Post

» Blue Monster has golfers seeing red


"The Blue Monster certainly showed its teeth today.

"On this golf course as it is at this minute, there's no room for mistakes.

There's a lot of water out here," said American Matt Kuchar, who grabbed a share of the second round lead after returning a two-over 74.

"It's playing really, really tough, as tough as you can imagine.

I think that you have to look forward to seeing what sort of shots you can come up with.

Read more @ Chicago Tribune

» Hurricanes fall to Rangers


On the second Rangers power play, Khudobin stopped a tip by the Rangers' Chris Kreider.

A Rangers shot hit Khudobin, the puck popping up in the air, then hitting the goalie in the back.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault did some line shuffling during the second period, taking Hagelin off Brad Richards' line and replacing him with Kreider.

Staal took it from there, ripping a shortside shot past Lundqvist on a two-on-one.

Khudobin, making his 20th start in the Canes' past 23 games, stopped 15 shots in the opening period.

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