Cancer Control Society Convention, Millennial measles, Mumps mania, Lifestyle heart disease, Optimism, Antibiotics vs climate change, Sleeper cells, Forest bathing, Disgust origin and MORE!

Sep 2, 2019 3-5PM ET

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Millennial And Gen-X Travelers: Need Another Measles Shot? Destination: Bulgaria. It’s a small country in Eastern Europe, often overlooked by American tourists. But my husband’s father grew up in Bulgaria, so it’s long been on our travel list. It’s also on the list of countries with recent measles outbreaks. Bulgaria has had almost 800 cases this year, according to the World Health Organization. In California, where I live, four of the five outbreaks that occurred this year were linked to international travel. Most of those travelers were infected in the Philippines or Ukraine, which have been experiencing severe outbreaks, and 37% of cases overall were imported from Europe. New measles infections continue to be reported, with California at 67 cases as of Aug. 28. The measles virus is highly contagious. If someone who is sick visits a popular tourist site and coughs, or rides the subway and sneezes, the virus can live in the air for two hours after they leave. If people who lack immunity and are unvaccinated pass through the same space, 90% of them will get sick.

Mumps outbreaks affected migrants at detention centers in 19 states: CDC About 900 migrants held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody have been exposed to mumps since last September, according to the first U.S. government report on outbreaks in the nation’s overloaded immigration system. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Thursday a total of 898 confirmed and probable mumps cases in adult migrants in 57 facilities housing ICE detainees across 19 states since September 2018. The virus also sickened 38 staffers in that time span. More than 80 percent of the patients who fell ill with the mumps at the detention centers were first exposed to the virus while in the custody of ICE or another U.S. agency, according to the CDC report. ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told The Associated Press medical professionals at detention facilities screen all new detainees within 24 hours of their arrival to ensure that highly contagious diseases are not spread. Cox said some detainees come from countries where communicable diseases are less controlled than in the U.S. and carry with them the risk of spreading infection.

Nebraska sees ‘significant’ increase in mumps cases amid recent outbreaks Nebraska health officials this week announced there has been a “significant” increase in mumps cases following two outbreaks in the state. In a statement Thursday, officials with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced the agency has identified some 30 cases of mumps, a viral infection that most commonly affects a person’s salivary glands. Most of the cases were reported among those who attended a wedding in northeastern Nebraska, officials said, as well as “a workplace in Four Corners Health Department’s jurisdiction,” which comprises Butler, Polk, York, and Seward counties. Most people infected with the mumps experience pain and swelling on one or both sides of the face, fever, headaches, muscle aches, and jaw pain, among other symptoms. Men may experience testicular pain. The illness is highly contagious — it spreads easily through saliva, even by “breathing in saliva droplets from an infected person who has just sneezed or coughed,” says the Mayo Clinic. 

Lifestyle, not genetics, explains most premature heart disease Physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol play a greater role than genetics in many young patients with heart disease, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. The findings show that healthy behaviours should be a top priority for reducing heart disease even in those with a family history of early onset. “Genetics are an important contributor to premature  but should not be used as an excuse to say it is inevitable,” said study author Dr. Joao A. Sousa of Funchal Hospital, Portugal. “In our clinical practice, we often hear  with premature  disease ‘seek shelter’ and explanations in their genetics/family history,” he added. “However, when we look at the data in our study, these young patients were frequently smokers, physically inactive, with high cholesterol levels and —all of which can be changed.”

Optimism key to living longer? This study says so Think life is great and expect that to continue? You may have a good chance of living to a ripe old age, a new study suggests. The study found that optimistic people tend to live longer than those with a less rosy view of the world. That conclusion comes from a study of more than 69,000 female health professionals ages 58 to 86, and more than 1,400 male veterans ages 41 to 90, who were followed for 10 to 30 years. At the start of the study, participants (who were all in the U.S.) answered questions to gauge how optimistic they were, such as “overall, I expect more good things to happen to me than bad.” The study found that participants who reported the highest levels of optimism were 50 percent to 70 percent more likely to live to age 85 or beyond, compared with those who reported the lowest levels of optimism.


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Antibiotic resistance ‘could kill humanity before climate change does’ Antimicrobial resistance could soon kill at least 10 million people per year and wipe out humanity “before climate change does”, England’s chief medical officer has warned. Professor Sally Davies also cautioned the post-Brexit UK against importing meat or fish from countries that “misuse” antibiotics while rearing livestock. Antibiotics overuse in medicine and agriculture leads to bugs no longer responding to the drugs made to kill them. If these antibiotics stop working, a minor infection such as a skin wound could prove fatal. Professor Davies, who leaves her post at the end of September after nine years, told Sky News: “We humans are doing it to ourselves, but it could kill us before climate change does. “It is a very important area and we are under-investing in sorting it out. “Antibiotics underpin modern medicine – you can’t have gut surgery, replacement hips, all sorts of surgery without risking infection. “At least 10 million could die every year if we don’t get on top of this.”

Breast cancer can form ‘sleeper cells’ after drug treatment Breast cancer medicines may force some cancer cells into ‘sleeper mode’, allowing them to potentially come back to life years after initial treatment. These are the early-stage findings from scientists at Imperial College London, who studied human  in the laboratory. The team, who studied a group of breast cancer drugs called hormone treatments, say their research opens avenues for finding ways of keeping the cancer cells dormant for longer, or even potentially finding a way of awakening the cells so they can then be killed by the treatment. Dr. Luca Magnani, lead author of the study from Imperial’s Department of Surgery and Cancer said: “For a long time scientists have debated whether hormone therapies—which are a very  and save millions of lives—work by killing  or whether the drugs flip them into a dormant ‘sleeper’ state.

Forget Weed. Colorado’s Hottest Trend is Forest Bathing If you’re like me, maybe you’re thinking: ‘Forest bathing? Sounds like a bunch of hippies skinny-dipping in the woods.’ Wrong. Contrary to my own initial reaction, forest bathing has nothing to do with bathing and it doesn’t even have to take place in a forest. Rather, the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing” or “taking in the forest atmosphere,” emphasizes the importance of slowing down to connect with nature. It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in modern Japanese medicine. My first “forest bath” was in Colorado, a much slower (and less exhausting) alternative to the hiking, mountain biking, and skiing the region is best known for. The practice has gotten so popular in the Rocky Mountain state that guides are available in half a dozen cities and a forest therapy guide training program in Colorado this September filled up many months in advance. Forest bathing is growing in popularity around the world and guides can even be found in major metropolitan cities like London and New York City. That said, the blue spruce, Ponderosa pine, white fir, quaking aspen, and other stunning and aromatic trees native to Colorado make it an excellent place to get your nature bath on.

Anxiety and depression: Why doctors are prescribing gardening rather than drugs Spending time in outdoors, taking time out of the everyday to surround yourself with greenery and living things can be one of life’s great joys—and recent research also suggest it’s good for your body and your brain. Scientists have found that spending two hours a week in nature is linked to  and well-being. It’s maybe not entirely surprising then that some patients are increasingly being prescribed time in nature and community  projects as part of “green prescriptions” by the NHS. In Shetland for example, islanders with depression and anxiety may be given “nature pescriptions,” with doctors there recommending walks and activities that allow people to connect with the outdoors. Social prescriptions—non- which have health benefits—are already used across the NHS to tackle anxiety, loneliness and depression. They often involve the referral of patients to a community or voluntary organisation, where they can carry out activities which help to meet their social and emotional needs, and increasingly doctors are opting for community gardening—as this also has the added benefit of involving time spent in nature—even in highly built up areas.

How to get people to eat bugs and drink sewage In wealthy societies we’ve become increasingly picky about what we eat. The “wrong” fruits and vegetables, the “wrong” animal parts, and the “wrong” animals inspire varying degrees of “yuck.” Our repugnance at fruit and vegetables that fail to meet unblemished ideals means up to half of all produce is thrown away. Our distaste at anything other than certain choice cuts from certain animals means the same thing with cows and other livestock slaughtered for food. As for eating things like insects—perfectly good in some cultures—forget about it. Disgust has its advantages. Its origins likely lie in the basic survival benefit of avoiding anything that smells or tastes bad. But  may also be an impediment to many of us adopting more sustainable lifestyles—from eating alternative sources of protein to drinking recycled water.


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