The rate of flu infection in the Philadelphia region has surged throughout the season, and now the state of Delaware has set a new record for the volume of flu cases in a single week. State health officials reported Monday close to 1,000 influenza cases between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3 – specifically, 995 flu cases confirmed in a lab. This tops the state’s previous record by a significant margin, which was 671 cases of lab-confirmed flu cases during the 2009-2010 winter season.The week had six flu-related deaths, totaling the state’s fatalities from the illness to 10 this season. Six of the 10 deaths are reported to be in people who did receive the flu vaccine. For each case, however, the patients – spanning between ages 60 and 93 – had other underlying health conditions. Delaware reported a total 2,966 flu cases for the 2017-2018 winter season. About a third of those cases occurred in just one week. “It is so important that Delawareans act now to protect … [Read more...] about Delaware reports six flu-related deaths in just one week
PUBLISHED: 14:42 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:44 05 April 2018 File photo of drugs and drug-taking equipment. Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire The boss of the new drug and alcohol treatment provision in Norfolk has vowed to tackle drug-related deaths in the county as her charity launched its services. Change, Grow, Live director Vicki Markiewicz. Photo: CGL The boss of the new drug and alcohol treatment provision in Norfolk has vowed to tackle drug-related deaths in the county as her charity launched its services. Change, Grow, Live (CGL) took over the contract this month, and the charity’s director Vicki Markiewicz said they would move towards community care and a “behavioural change service” in the coming months. Previously, services were provided by the Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP) - a partnership between Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, the Matthew Project and The Forward Trust - but it was announced in November that CGL would take over from April. … [Read more...] about Boss of new drug and alcohol treatment services to tackle drug-related deaths
Water may carry causative agents (pathogens) of communicable diseases of man or provide the right environment for the breeding and propagation of their vectors. Irrigation and drainage projects create great expanses of water and, provided a number of ecological conditions are mer, will lead to the introduction of disease vectors in areas where they did not occur before, or to a rapid increase of their original densities. Wherever a parasite or another disease causing organism is present, and a susceptible human population exists, environmental changes resulting from such projects may have a profound impact on the epidemiology of disease through their effect on vector bionomics. In addition, sometimes the disease agent is introduced by human migration resulting directly from project development. Disease transmission may be particularly rapid in densely populated areas associated with irrigated lands. The adverse effects of irrigation may be related to oversights at the initial planning … [Read more...] about Classification of Water-related diseases
Idaho is seeing more influenza-related deaths at this point in the season than in the same timeframe in the previous seven seasons, and public health officials are concerned. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has received five new reports in one week of Idahoans who died from an influenza-related illness, bringing the season total to 13 deaths. “Flu is widespread in Idaho and may be especially severe this season,” said Randi Pedersen, the state influenza surveillance coordinator. “Unfortunately, this flu season is far from over. Influenza activity typically peaks in Idaho in January or early February. If you haven’t yet gotten the vaccine, it is not too late! Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your family from this serious illness.” Everyone over six months of age is recommended to get the flu vaccine, unless they have medical reasons to avoid it. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that infects 5 to 20 percent of … [Read more...] about Number of flu-related deaths in Idaho jumps to 13
How do teens exposed to a lot versus a little sexual media differ? Gone are the days when Lucy and Desi of “I Love Lucy” slept in separate beds. Instead, television shows containing nudity and sexual scenes, such as “Empire”, “Scandal”, or “How to Get Away with Murder,” have become more commonplace. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, to hear that the amount of sexual content in the media has increased in the 21st century. Vidmir Raic/Pixabay In our Growing up with Media study, we found that most youth (47%) are exposed to a LOT of sexual content – they said that many, almost all, or all of at least one type of media they consume depict sexual situations like people kissing, fondling each other, and having sex. Conversely, very few – less than one in ten (8%) – report low exposure to sexual content. Viewing violent media seems to be associated with violent behavior,[2,3] whereas viewing pro-social media is … [Read more...] about Is Sex in the Media Related to Sexual Behavior Among Teens?