CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ebola experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are ready to go to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where an Ebola outbreak has spread to a major African city, increasing the risk of a global outbreak. The CDC, which played a major role in responding to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, already has experts in a field office in Kinshasa, the capitol of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who are working with the health ministry there, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday that the DRC faced a “very high” public health risk from the outbreak, which has already killed 25 people. Earlier this week the CDC issued a level 1 travel alert for the DRC, Skinner said, warning travelers that there is a disease outbreak and to take precautions. “Right now, we’re thinking the risk of importation of Ebola to the United States is very low,” Skinner said. … [Read more...] about Ebola experts from U.S. Centers for Disease Control ready to go to…
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(Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits seeking to hold drug companies responsible for their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic on Wednesday set an aggressive schedule that would have the first trial take place in March 2019. FILE PHOTO: A needle used for shooting heroin and other opioids lies in the street in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller/File Photo U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland, Ohio picked three lawsuits by municipalities and counties in the state to be the first cases against drug manufacturers and distributors to face a jury in the sprawling litigation. The lawsuits accuse the drugmakers of deceptively marketing opioids and allege that drug distributors ignored red flags indicating the painkillers were being diverted for improper uses. In 2016, 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The … [Read more...] about U.S. judge schedules 2019 trial in opioid litigation
LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline’s new shingles vaccine - a priority product as the company strives to improve its drugs line-up - has won more than 90 percent U.S. market share just five months after its launch, prescription-tracking data show. FILE PHOTO: Signage is pictured on the company headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline in west London July 21, 2008. REUTERS/Toby Melville The healthy take-up comes at the expense of Merck & Co’s older and less effective product Zostavax, which has seen a slump in demand. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended here Shingrix over Zostavax in adults 50 years and older, spurring demand for the GSK vaccine. Deutsche Bank analysts said on Tuesday the prescription data to mid-March implied “a very strong launch”, even though the figures compiled by health information company IQVIA capture only 50 to 60 percent of the market. A GSK spokesman declined to comment on the Shingrix launch … [Read more...] about New GSK shingles vaccine off to strong start in key U.S. market
(Reuters Health) - A large and growing proportion of U.S. teens are seeing e-cigarette ads in stores, online, on television and in newspapers and magazines, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined survey data of exposure to tobacco products collected from a nationally representative sample of thousands of middle school and high school students from 2014 to 2016. During that period, the proportion of youth who reported exposure to at least one source of e-cigarette advertising climbed from 69 percent to 78 percent, accounting for more than 20 million teens nationwide. “Compared to adults, young people are uniquely vulnerable to marketing and advertising messages,” said lead study author Kristy Marynak, a researcher at the Office on Smoking and Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “E-cigarette ads contain many of the same themes and tactics that have previously been shown to lead to conventional cigarette smoking among … [Read more...] about More U.S. teens seeing e-cigarette ads
Health departments working with CDC's Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Lab Network found more than 220 instances of germs with "unusual" antibiotic resistance genes in the United States last year, according to a CDC Vital Signs report released today. Germs with unusual resistance include those that cannot be killed by all or most antibiotics, are uncommon in a geographic area or the U.S., or have specific genes that allow them to spread their resistance to other germs. Rapid identification of the new or rare threats is the critical first step in CDC's containment strategy to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance (AR). When a germ with unusual resistance is detected, facilities can quickly isolate patients and begin aggressive infection control and screening actions to discover, reduce, and stop transmission to others. "CDC's study found several dangerous pathogens, hiding in plain sight, that can cause infections that are difficult or impossible to treat," said CDC Principal Deputy … [Read more...] about Germs with unusual antibiotic resistance widespread in U.S.