NEW DELHI -- An outbreak of a deadly virus that attacks the brain has killed at least 10 people in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Nipah virus, or NiV, has infected 13 other people, two of whom were in critical condition in hospital on Wednesday. Dozens of others were under surveillance. Almost 100 people have been quarantined inside their homes in the state, which is a popular tourist destination. Nipah is a highly infectious virus carried by fruit bats that causes inflammation of the brain in humans. The symptoms include fever and headaches, followed by drowsiness and confusion, leading to possible coma and death within a week. There is no cure known yet, and patients are only given supportive care. The virus is spread by infected bats, pigs or humans. Eight of the dead are from Kerala's Kozhikode district, the hub of the outbreak, where multiple members of one family were the first to be infected. Two brothers from the family died on May 5 and their father is also … [Read more...] about Panic as bat-borne virus kills 10, infects at least 13 more
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments To Your Health by Kristine Phillips by Kristine Phillips Email the author May 1 at 7:00 AM Email the author Rebecca Zeni died at age 93 after she was infected with crusted scabies while living at a Georgia nursing home. (Courtesy of Lance Lourie) Pictures of Rebecca Zeni during her younger years showed her with flawless skin, well-defined eyebrows and long, thick lashes. Her hair, parted in the middle, was neatly … [Read more...] about She modeled in New York and worked for the Navy. At 93, parasites ate her alive at a nursing home.
By Mikey Campbell Monday, February 26, 2018, 10:50 pm PT (01:50 am ET) Apple this spring will launch a network of health clinics under the "AC Wellness" banner, with the independent health centers initially dedicated to servicing company employees and their families. Citing people familiar with Apple's plans, CNBC reports the company is looking to build out AC Wellness as a primary care solution for employees based in California. While details have yet to be made public by Apple, a website for the health clinic network recently went live and touts a spring 2018 launch date. The site's landing page points directly to Apple, saying, "AC Wellness is an independent medical practice dedicated to delivering compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population." According to information published to job search site Indeed.com, AC Wellness Network, LLC. is a subsidiary of Apple that manages an independent medical group under the same name. The group is tasked with serving … [Read more...] about Apple to launch ‘AC Wellness’ clinics for employees in spring, centers will serve as testing ground for health products
Continuous electronic monitoring (CEM) of vital signs has begun to spread from intensive care units (ICUs) to medical-surgical floors and other low-acuity areas of hospitals. Some hospitals are using standalone bedside monitors that communicate with nurse call stations and supplement manual patient checks by nurses.There is also a growing interest in alarms and notification (A&N) platforms, which apply sophisticated analytics to CEM. A&N platforms use middleware to filter device alarms for relevance, analyze alerts in the context of other patient data, and send alerts to nurses’ mobile phones and tablets. According to a recent Gartner report, healthcare CIOs should “familiarize themselves with the A&N platform value proposition” and deploy these solutions “to reduce alert fatigue and improve patient safety, staff utilization and morale.”An A&N platform can reduce the frequency and number of medical device alarms and provide centralized … [Read more...] about Improved continuous monitoring of hospital patients boosts staff efficiency
When Rutam Vora was growing up in Vadodara, a city of about 2 million people near the western coast of India, his parents kept cool each summer by drenching bedsheets in water and hanging them in the windows of their house. When the scorching westerly wind known as the loo swept in and hit the sheets, the evaporating water absorbed the brunt of the heat. White chalk spread on the roof reflected the sun and dropped the temperature further. They were old methods of coping with the heat, like drinking lassis or chaas when “struck by the loo,” and they were effective. But the weather, already hot, has been getting hotter. In the summer of 2015, it hit 114 degrees Fahrenheit in nearby Ahmedabad, where Vora works as a correspondent for The Hindu. The next summer, it passed 122 degrees, a record. It’s not uncommon for people to wrap their faces in wet cloth when venturing onto the furnace-like streets, and the wind is so hot it feels heavy. “For about a decade, the … [Read more...] about Inside India’s race to cool 1.3 billion people in a warming world