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1 in 3 child cancer survivors develop serious health problem later in life, study finds

1 in 3 child cancer survivors develop serious health problem later in life, study finds

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Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Survivors of childhood cancer are at increased risk for severe health problems later in life compared to the general population, according to a study published Friday in The Lancet Oncology. The analysis found that more than one in three people diagnosed during adolescence or early adulthood develop a serious, life-threatening health condition when they get older. The study focused on people diagnosed with cancer between 1970 and 1999, so it's not clear whether adolescents and young adults diagnosed today can expect similar outcomes, particularly given that more effective treatments have become available. "While previous studies have examined long-term outcomes for people who survive five years or more after cancer diagnosis in childhood or adulthood, our study is the fi...
U.S. declares public health emergency over coronavirus outbreak

U.S. declares public health emergency over coronavirus outbreak

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Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The United States has declared a public health emergency in response to the ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, making all U.S. citizens who have returned from Hubei province, China, over the past 14 days subject to up to a 14-day quarantine. In addition, all foreign nationals, other than immediate family members of U.S. citizens, who have traveled to China in the past 14 days will be denied entry into the country, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said Friday. The temporary ban takes effect at 5 pm EST on Sunday. "The risk of infection for Americans remains low. With these and previous actions we are working to keep the risk low," Azar said. According to Azar, American citizens can still enter the United States from Hubei province but may be quarant...
What is a global health emergency and how could it affect you?

What is a global health emergency and how could it affect you?

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency after the deaths of 170 people in China and the spread of the disease across the globe.The decision came in the WHO's third meeting to discuss the crisis, after it previously declined to take such a step. What is a global health emergency?Officially called a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), it is defined as "an extraordinary event" that poses a public health risk through the international spread of disease which could require an international response. Image: A worker in a protective suit disinfects the Dongxinzhuang village in Shandong province It suggests a situation that is "serious, sudden, unusual or...
WHO declares coronavirus a global public health emergency

WHO declares coronavirus a global public health emergency

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Jan. 30 (UPI) -- World Health Organization officials on Thursday declared the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The announcement was made following an hours-long meeting of the WHO's Emergency Committee. The move was expected after the agency opted against making the declaration last week. "Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed the emergence of a previously unknown pathogen and witnessed an unprecedented outbreak," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom. "We must all act together now to limit further spread." There have been 7,766 confirmed cases of coronavirus in China thus far, with 170 deaths. Officials in the United States on Thursday announced the first person-to-person transmission of the virus in the country, bringing the to...
Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China."The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems. The death toll now stands at 170 people in China. The WHO said there had been 98 cases in 18 countries outside of the country, but no deaths. Coronavirus misinformation spreads onlineMost cases have emerged in people who have travelled from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began. However, there have been eight cases of human-to-...