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Michigan pediatric healthcare employee with TB worked for months, officials say

Michigan pediatric healthcare employee with TB worked for months, officials say

A pediatric healthcare worker in Michigan was ill with tuberculosis and didn’t know it while working in several locations over nine months, the state’s health department said. The worker was recently diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis, and the department is working with medical groups to find out whether patients who were in close contact with the…MORE

CDC advisers concerned about lack of basic information about new Wuhan coronavirus

CDC advisers concerned about lack of basic information about new Wuhan coronavirus

Advisers to the CDC say a lack of data from China about the Wuhan coronavirus is curtailing international efforts to quell the outbreak. While the advisers commended the Chinese researchers for mapping the virus’s genome in just a few weeks, they said there’s a glaring lack of basic epidemiological evidence about who’s getting infected with…MORE

Wuhan coronavirus is not yet a public health emergency of international concern, WHO says

Wuhan coronavirus is not yet a public health emergency of international concern, WHO says

The Wuhan coronavirus does not yet constitute a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization announced Thursday. “Make no mistake. This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday. “It may yet become one.” The announcement came shortly…MORE

US surgeon general says doctors aren’t encouraging enough smokers to quit

US surgeon general says doctors aren’t encouraging enough smokers to quit

A new report by the US surgeon general points to tobacco smoking as the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States — and notes that smoking cessation is beneficial at any age. Yet about two-fifths of smokers are not routinely told by their physicians to stop smoking, US Surgeon General…MORE

Puberty blockers can be ‘life-saving’ drugs for trans teens, study shows

Puberty blockers can be ‘life-saving’ drugs for trans teens, study shows

Transgender youth have a much greater risk of suicide, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, if they have access to a puberty blocker, their chances of suicide and mental health problems in the immediate term and down the road decline significantly, a new study finds. The study, the first of…MORE

Surgeries are being postponed because of a surgical gown shortage

Surgeries are being postponed because of a surgical gown shortage

When the patriarch of a Boston-area family was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer, the family was told he needed to start treatment immediately. But at the first oncology appointment at Newton-Wellesley Hospital earlier this month, the family was told he couldn’t have the procedure right away, the man’s son-in-law told CNN affiliate WBZ. The…MORE

Link between stress and hair turning prematurely gray revealed in animal study

Link between stress and hair turning prematurely gray revealed in animal study

Marie Antoinette’s hair suddenly turned white before the ill-fated French queen was taken to the guillotine to have her head chopped off, according to some historical accounts. More modern reports refer to hair turning prematurely white in survivors of bomb attacks during World War II, while an Australian airline pilot saw his hair go gray…MORE