Measles cases at ‘alarmingly’ high levels around the world, UNICEF says CNN News February 28, 2019 Global measles cases increased by 48.4% between 2017 and 2018, according to calculations by UNICEF of data on 194 countries from the World Health Organization. Ten countries, including Brazil, the Philippines and France, accounted for nearly three-quarters of the total increase in measles cases in 2018, according to figures released by the UN’s agency for children.
Prevention of Shingles: Better Protection and Better Value With Recombinant Vaccine
CiteULike Link More than 95% of persons aged 50 years or older are latently infected with varicella-zoster virus and are at risk for symptomatic reactivation manifesting as herpes zoster (HZ); lifetime risk for this outcome is about 30%. Risk increases with age and is increased further by immunosuppression and a growing list of comorbid conditions, including diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Herpes zoster causes significant illness and health care costs, especially among those who develop postherpetic neuralgia. In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA …
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Foldax, Inc. Gains Approval to Begin US Clinical Trials of the First and Only Biopolymer Heart Valve Platform
SALT LAKE CITY–( BUSINESS WIRE )–Foldax, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted IDE approval to begin an Early Feasibility Study of the Tria surgical aortic heart valve for the treatment of aortic valve disease.
Recombinant zoster vaccine offers better value, protection against shingles
February 18, Vaccination with the recombinant zoster vaccine demonstrated higher cost-effectiveness and prevention of herpes zoster, compared with live zoster vaccine and no vaccination, according to research published in Annals of Internal Medicine .
Geography is Destiny: Health Depends on Where You Live
Published Feb 18, 2019 at 2:26 PM | Updated 5 hours ago Your neighborhood could hurt your health. People who live on the South Side of Chicago are as much as 14 times more likely to have diabetes than residents near Wrigley Field. In the Dallas area, the risk of stroke is much higher in the south than the north. Just 2 percent of Plano adults have a history of stroke, but the rate exceeds 7 percent in south Dallas.