News That Matters

Tag: cases

New measles cases discovered amid outbreaks elsewhere

New measles cases discovered amid outbreaks elsewhere

Health
Three new cases of measles were confirmed by health officials in Houston on Monday, making it the latest city to have the once-eliminated disease appear in recent weeks. The Houston outbreak comes as new cases of measles are being confirmed in Washington state on a daily basis, and other cases have been confirmed in Oregon, Georgia, and New York. The new measles cases in Houston bring the total number of cases in Texas to six so far in 2019. A number of specific details about the cases in Houston have not been publicly disclosed, including how it is believed that the individuals contracted the disease and if they were previously vaccinated. The only details about the three infected individuals that have been released is that two are young boys under the age of 2 and the third is a w...
Number of measles cases rises in Washington amid outbreak

Number of measles cases rises in Washington amid outbreak

Health
The number of measles cases in Washington continues to grow as an outbreak rages on. As of Monday afternoon, Clark County public health officials announced that there have now been 35 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases of the disease. This marks a continued increase in the number of confirmed cases, as there were 31 confirmed on Friday when the governor declared a state of emergency. The day before, there were 25 confirmed cases. The majority of those infected were children, with 25 of the 35 confirmed cases impacting children 10 years old or younger. Nine of the other cases are children between the ages of 11 and 18 years old. Only one of the confirmed cases appeared in someone who is between 19 and 29 years old. The county health website lists various locations where infected ...
Mental health: How body image pressure for boys has led to rise in hospital cases

Mental health: How body image pressure for boys has led to rise in hospital cases

Health
Getty ImagesThe number of boys being treated in hospital for eating disorders is at a record high.In the last seven years, the number of boys going into hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales has nearly doubled from 235 in 2010 to 466 in 2018. The figures are from the statistics agency NHS Digital.Eating disorders are one of the biggest mental health issues for young people in the UK and while there are more girls going into hospital than boys, the number of boys getting help is rising much faster. Health experts have put the growing numbers down to pressure from social media, but also more awareness about eating disorders may be encouraging boys to come forward to talk about their problems.Experts are also noticing a condition called "bigorexia," that is becoming increasingly common amo...
62 cases of AFM confirmed across 22 states: CDC

62 cases of AFM confirmed across 22 states: CDC

Health
There are now 62 confirmed reports of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, an illness similar to polio, across 22 states in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Sept. 20, the CDC had confirmed 38 cases in 16 states, which aren't required to report AFM cases to the CDC. This year's numbers are similar to 2016 and 2014. Since 2014, 386 cases have been confirmed, the CDC said on Tuesday. Currently, 127 patients are under investigation. The average age of those afflicted is 4, and 90 percent of those with AFM are 18 or younger. "This remains a rare syndrome, but the similarities to poliomyelitis, polio-like illness, are concerning and bear close monitoring," Dr. Todd Ellerin, director of infectious diseases at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, told ABC ...