CDC U.S. MEASLES REPORT: More than 100 cases of measles have been diagnosed this year in 21 states and the District of Columbia, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday #AceHealthDesk reports

#AceHealthReport – Aug.16: From January 1 to July 14, 2018, 107 people from 21 states (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington) and the District of Colombia were reported to have measles: In 2017, 118 people from 15 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. In 2016, 86 people from 19 states were reported to have measles. In 2015, 188 people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunisation and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); this is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000 #AceHealthDesk reports

  • The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated.
  • Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.
  • Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S.
  • Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated.

Measles Outbreaks

Outbreaks in countries to which Americans often travel can directly contribute to an increase in measles cases in the U.S.

Reasons for an increase in cases some years:

  • 2015: The United States experienced a large, multi-state measles outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. The outbreak likely started from a traveler who became infected overseas with measles, then visited the amusement park while infectious; however, no source was identified. Analysis by CDC scientists showed that the measles virus type in this outbreak (B3) was identical to the virus type that caused the large measles outbreak in the Philippines in 2014.
  • • 2014: The U.S. experienced 23 measles outbreaks in 2014, including one large outbreak of 383 cases, occurring primarily among unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio. Many of the cases in the U.S. in 2014 were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines, which experienced a large measles outbreak.
  • 2013: The U.S. experienced 11 outbreaks in 2013, three of which had more than 20 cases, including an outbreak with 58 cases. For more information see Measles — United States, January 1-August 24, 2013.
  • 2011: In 2011, more than 30 countries in the WHO European Region reported an increase in measles, and France was experiencing a large outbreak. Most of the cases that were brought to the U.S. in 2011 came from France. For more information see Measles — United States, January-May 20, 2011.
  • 2008: The increase in cases in 2008 was the result of spread in communities with groups of unvaccinated people. The U.S. experienced several outbreaks in 2008 including three large outbreaks. For more information see Update: Measles — United States, January–July 2008.

Source: CDC.Gov/ – Published: Aug.16:2018

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Supreme Court ruling ‘risks bringing in euthanasia by the back door’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

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Disabled campaigners have warned that a Supreme Court ruling has removed a vital safeguard that protected the lives of brain-damaged patients who have been left unconscious.

The Supreme Court ruled this week that families and doctors will no longer have to seek a court order if they agree to end the life of a patient with a “prolonged disorder of consciousness” (PDOC)* by withdrawing food and fluids.

The court had been hearing the case of a man, Y, who never regained consciousness after a heart attack left him severely brain-damaged and in a permanent vegetative state (PVS).

Y had to be kept alive with water and liquid nutrition, but his family and doctors agreed that it was in his best interests for this to be withdrawn so he could be left to die.

The NHS trust that was treating him sought a declaration from the courts that they could do…

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(U.K.) Public Health England Report: Figures and show 26,745 have been struck down by the ‘ Victoria n Disease Scarlett Fever ‘ already this year, after just 27 weeks and figures are spiralling to the highest levels in six decades over measles statistics reveal #AceHealthDesk reports

#AceHealthReport – July.12: Cases of scarlet fever have soared to the highest levels in almost six decades as measles also continues to spiral, official statistics reveal: In comparison, 19,206 people were struck down by scarlet fever across the whole of 2016 in England and Wales – the highest total since 1967…………………..And with more than 20 weeks left to run, it is feared the total could snowball further and breach the more than 32,170 recorded in 1960……………….PHE figures also showed a rise in measles, with cases of the life-threatening bug twice as high as last year across England and Wales……………………….Some 1,717 people have been struck down by measles already this year……………………….By contrast, 849 were infected in the same time frame in 2017……………Cases of scarlet fever, which strikes mostly in the winter and spring months, have been on the up since 2014………………..Officials have yet been able to pinpoint why cases have shot up, but a fall in living standards has previously been blamed………………..Researchers in the US, where cases are also on the rise, have linked it to a super-resistant and aggressive strain of bacteria………………This theory has repeatedly been ruled out by PHE which claims to have not found any evidence despite rigorous lab testing……………..Figures show 2016 was the worst year for scarlet fever in 49 years. Some 19,206 cases of scarlet fever were recorded two years ago……………………Just 17,744 cases of the infection, common in children under 10, were declared by doctors last year, as they noticed a slight decline #AceHealthDesk reports

What is scarlet fever and what are the symptoms to look out for?

Scarlet fever is a bacterial illness that mainly affects children. It causes a distinctive pink-red rash.

The illness is caused by Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria, which are found on the skin and in the throat.

First symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat and fever which may be accompanied by a headache, nausea and vomiting.

Between 12 to 48 hours after this, a characteristic fine, sandpapery rash develops, often appearing first on the chest or stomach.

Other symptoms include a white coating on the tongue, which peels a few days later leaving the tongue red and swollen (this is known as strawberry tongue).

Cases are more common in children although adults of all ages can also develop scarlet fever.

Individuals who think they or their child may have scarlet fever should consult their GP.

Source:NHS ChoicesJuly 11, 2018 at 01:50PM

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Disabled people need ‘equal and fair’ hate crime laws, MPs are told

Disabled people need ‘equal and fair’ hate crime laws, MPs are told
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Disabled people will only be protected from online abuse when they have “equal and fair” hate crime laws, a leading disabled campaigner has told MPs.

Anne Novis, chair of Inclusion London, told the Commons petitions committee that the abuse targeted at disabled people online was “just an echo” of what they experienced on the streets.

And she said that the law fails to protect them in both cases.

She was speaking to the committee as part of its investigation into online abuse of disabled people, which was launched following a petition set up by former model Katie Price which was signed by more than 220,000 people.

Price’s petition called on the government to create a new criminal offence covering online abuse, and to set up a register of offenders.

She set up the petition following years of disablist and racist abuse targeted at her teenage son, Harvey, who met members of the committee before the evidence session.

But Novis, who is an adviser on hate crime to the Metropolitan police, the Crown Prosecution Service and British Transport Police, said she did not want to see a separate offence for online abuse or the creation of a register of online offenders.

Instead, she said, disabled people just needed “an equal and fair hate crime law”.

There is currently no stand-alone offence of disability hate crime, as there is with race hate crime, she said, and disabled people are excluded from offences that protect other groups from the incitement of hatred against them.

This means disabled people are not protected from posts on social media that would be breaking the law if they targeted people on the basis of their ethnicity.

Novis told the committee: “We desperately need government to take on board that we need an equal and fair hate crime law.”

She added: “We know that none of these people will get prosecuted unless they lay hands on us, then they can be arrested for violence and get an aggravated sentence because it’s hate crime.

“But apart from that they can be as rude and vitriolic [as they like] and spit in my face, they can target me [for having a] blue badge, they can target me online as much as they like, and they will not get charged with a crime. That is our reality.”

She warned that online stalking of disabled people can, and has, led to crimes of serious violence, including torture and even murder.

Novis told the committee: “We need that justice and we need you to take it very seriously and understand that people feel they have permission to be horrible to disabled people.”

She said many people had “jumped on the bandwagon of welfare reform and the rhetoric around scroungers”.

She said: “It’s normal for me to be called a scrounger and assume that I don’t work.

“I have an MBE for my efforts but it’s assumed I don’t do anything, that I’m a waste of space, and a burden on society, and the man and the woman on the street, and online, picks up those messages and distorts them.”

Novis said she had never had a successful response to reporting online abuse to social media providers.

And she said that other countries, such as Germany, were much “firmer” with the owners of social media services like Facebook and Twitter.

Price, whose mother also gave evidence about the abuse, had told the committee that the problems faced by her son had grown “worse and worse” over the last few years, with online abuse targeting his skin colour, his size and his impairments.

Although two of those responsible were eventually arrested and questioned by police, they never faced court proceedings because there were no appropriate offences to charge them with.

She said her son was seen as “an easy target” and she added: “At least I have a voice to speak. People who mock Harvey, they know he hasn’t got a voice back.”

Among those who have targeted her son are the comedian Frankie Boyle, who once joked on Channel Four that Harvey was going to rape her.

She said: “Frankie Boyle, the disgusting things he said, he said that Harvey was going to rape me.

“I complained to Channel Four because they were advertising for the Paralympics and then after the ad break they would have Frankie Boyle on talking about Harvey raping me.”

She said that neither Boyle nor Channel Four had apologised.

She added: “There’s so many people that have got love for Harvey but then there’s so many people that just find him a good excuse to pick on.”

Amy Clarke, a digital assistant for the charity Mencap, also gave evidence to the committee.

She said that online abuse “affects people a lot” and she called for stronger laws.

She described how she had joined an online Dr Who forum but had to leave it because someone called her “nasty names, such as retard”.

She said: “It was aggressive, and I felt very shocked. It made me leave the forum and I reported the person.”

She said that police need “to take it seriously. Believing people is really important and not seeing the disability, see the person.”

Clarke said there should be “a big button to report abuse online”, which should be “accessible and easy to use”.

She said it would also be useful to be able to have a live online chat with a member of staff from the social media provider to make it easier to report abuse.

Helen Jones, chair of the committee, said after the evidence session: “What Katie and her family have experienced is extreme and shocking, and other families of people with disabilities can tell similar stories.

“Many people suffer online abuse, but the evidence today shows the government must not ignore the particular needs of disabled people in drawing up plans to tackle it.

“We will be hearing from more disabled people, their families and other experts as the inquiry continues.”

The committee is likely to produce a report on its investigation, and demand a government response, before holding a Commons debate on the issue.

News provided by John Pring at www.disabilitynewsservice.com

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Press Release: #CDC awards $12 million to help states fight #opioid overdose epidemic #AceHealthNews – @AceHealthNews

#AceHealthNews – July.24: The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be awarding this week more than $12 million to 23 states and the District of Columbia to support their responses to the #opioid overdose epidemic #AceHealthNews reports

CDC awards $12 million to help states fight opioid overdose epidemic The funds will be used to strengthen prevention efforts and better track of opioid-related overdoses. #CDC expects to announce additional funding awards for state opioid overdose prevention programs later in the summer #AceHealthNews

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Opioid prescribing is still high and varies widely throughout the U.S but in 20-years between 1990’s – 2010 prescribing of drug by clinicians increased 300% – @AceHealthNews

#AceHealthNews – July.11: The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015, but remains at high levels and varies from county to county in the U.S., according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) #AceHealthNews

In 2015 six times more opioids per resident were dispensed in the highest-prescribing counties than in the lowest-prescribing counties.

This wide variation suggests inconsistent prescribing practices among healthcare providers and that patients receive different care depending on where they live #AceHealthNews
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,New CDC Report shows deaths from cancer higher in rural America #AceHealthNews – @AceHealthNews

#AceHealthNews – July.10: Despite decreases in cancer death rates nationwide, a new report shows slower reduction in cancer death rates in rural America (a decrease of 1.0 percent per year) compared with urban America (a decrease of 1.6 percent per year), according to data released today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report #AceHealthNews reports

The report is part of a series of MMWR studies on rural heath #AceHealthNews

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