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UN says suspected cholera cases in Yemen surge to 460,000

World
War-battered Yemen has been hit with more than 460,000 suspected cholera cases so far this year — a sharp rise from the 380,000 cases for all of 2018, the United Nations said Monday. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the increased number of cases has led to 705 apparent cholera deaths since January, dramatically higher than the 75 deaths in the same period last year. Haq said the spread of cholera across the country has been accelerated by recent flash flooding, poor maintenance of waste management systems and a lack of access to clean water for drinking or irrigation. The United Nations and its partners are operating nearly 1,200 cholera treatment facilities across Yemen, but Haq said that "funding remains an urgent issue." The U.N. humanitarian appeal for $ 4.2 billion to help more
Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Health
Obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking, according to a charity.Cancer Research UK says bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancers are more likely to have been caused by being overweight than by smoking tobacco.It says millions are at risk of cancer because of their weight and that obese people outnumber smokers two to one.But its new billboard campaign highlighting the obesity-cancer risk has been criticised for fat-shaming. It is not the first time the charity has been accused of fat-shaming.In February, comedian and campaigner Sofie Hagen took to Twitter to criticise the campaign.One Twitter user, @KenLynch73, said linking obesity with cigarette-style branding was a new low. ...
Genetic risk at fault for 30 percent of heart disease cases

Genetic risk at fault for 30 percent of heart disease cases

Health
June 18 (UPI) -- While diet and lifestyle play a big part in developing heart disease, a new study shows genetics may have a bigger role than researchers thought. In fact, over 30 percent of heart disease cases are caused by genetic factors, according to research published this month in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "The results of this study demonstrate that the risk of heart disease is a concerted result of interactions between genetic variants and biological environment," Johan LM Björkegran, a researcher at Mount Sinai and study author, said in a news release. "By understanding the complex relationship between the two, we've created a framework for identifying new risk genes in disease-relevant tissues leading to heart disease, which in turn will allow for more e
CDC: U.S. measles cases surpass 1,000

CDC: U.S. measles cases surpass 1,000

Health
June 5 (UPI) -- The number of measles cases in the United States surpassed 1,000 Wednesday, a milestone Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called "troubling." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 1,001 people have been sickened by the contagious disease in 2019. The agency made the announcement two days after its regular weekly outbreak update. On Monday, the CDC said 981 illnesses had been reported. "The 1,000th case of a preventable disease like measles is a troubling reminder of how important that work is to the public health of the nation," Azar said of the HHS' efforts to promote safety and vaccinations. "We cannot say this enough: Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health tool that can prevent this disease and end the current outbreak," he ad...
CDC confirms 981 measles cases in U.S., now highest count since 1992

CDC confirms 981 measles cases in U.S., now highest count since 1992

Health
June 3 (UPI) -- The 981 U.S. measles cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday is an increase by 41 from the previous week. The count is the greatest number reported since 1992. The measles, or rubeola, virus was declared eliminated in 2000. Last week, the CDC reported 60 new cases above the previous week. Twenty-six states have reported cases to the CDC. Outbreaks, defined as three or more cases, currently center in Rockland County, N.Y.; New York City; Michigan; Butte, Los Angeles and Sacramento Counties, Calif.; Georgia; Pennsylvania; Maryland and Washington. The occurrences are largely linked to travelers who returned from countries with large measles outbreaks, including Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines, the CDC said in a statement on Monday. It a...