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Two cases of deadly diphtheria detected in Lothian area

Two cases of deadly diphtheria detected in Lothian area

Health
Two people are being treated in Scotland for the potentially deadly diphtheria infection.NHS Lothian has confirmed the two cases are related and both patients are thought to be in hospital in Edinburgh.The health board said those involved had recently returned from overseas.Public health experts said the likelihood of any additional cases was very small, as most people were protected by immunisation given in childhood. In Lothian, 98% of children are vaccinated against diphtheria by the age of 24 months.Alison McCallum, director of public health for NHS Lothian, said: "All close contacts of these patients have been identified, contacted and followed up in line with nationally agreed guidelines. "We encourage people travelling ab...
Nearly 600 new flu cases, two deaths in last week, CDC says

Nearly 600 new flu cases, two deaths in last week, CDC says

Health
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A special high-dose flu vaccine has been officially cleared for use in seniors, just as the 2019-20 flu season begins in earnest. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly influenza report, released Friday, cases continued to rise during the period ending November 2nd, with 2.1 percent of all doctors visits across the country related to flu-like illness, up from 1.9 percent the previous week. Louisiana and Puerto Rico remain "hot spots" for the flu so far this season, but Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas also reported "local or sporadic activity." Overall, there were 582 new confirmed influenza cases nationwide over the most recent seven-day period reported, bringing the total cases report...
New study finds genetic link to some SIDS cases

New study finds genetic link to some SIDS cases

Health
Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A genetic anomaly may be responsible for some cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which kills more than 3,000 toddlers annually, according to a study released Friday. The study by University of Washington researchers, published in Nature Communications, examined the impact of mitochondrial tri-functional protein deficiency, a possibly fatal cardiac metabolic disorder caused by a genetic mutation in the gene HADHA. Researchers said babies with the genetic anomaly can't metabolize the lipids found in milk, and die suddenly of cardiac arrest when they are a few months old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 3,500 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. Sudden unexpected infant deaths include SIDS, accidental suffocation...
Purdue Pharma ‘offers up to $12bn’ to settle opioid cases

Purdue Pharma ‘offers up to $12bn’ to settle opioid cases

Business
Purdue Pharma, the opioid drug-maker owned by the billionaire Sackler family, is reported to be offering between $ 10bn and $ 12bn to settle thousands of lawsuits against it.The firm is facing over 2,000 lawsuits linked to its painkiller OxyContin.Purdue told the BBC it was "actively working" towards a "global resolution" but would not comment on the amount.NBC, which first reported the news, said the settlement would involve the Sacklers giving up ownership of Purdue.The firm said in a statement: "While Purdue Pharma is prepared to defend itself vigorously in the opioid litigation, the company has made clear that it sees little good coming from years of wasteful litigation and appeals. "Purdue believes a constructive global resolution is the best path fo...