One person died, multiple people were injured and "heavy damage" reported after a destructive tornado tore through northern Michigan Friday afternoon, authorities said. A Munson Healthcare spokesman confirmed that there had been one death and 44 injuries. 23 patients have been admitted at Otsego Memorial Hospital, 12 patients at Grayling Hospital, eight patients at McLaren Northern Michigan Petoskey, and one patient Munson Medical Center Traverse City.
A second person in the United States tested positive for monkeypox Friday, days after the country’s first case was identified in Massachusetts, officials said.
New York City health officials are investigating a possible case of monkeypox as they reported more infections across the globe. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Friday that after testing specimens from two patients under investigation for possible monkeypox, one case was identified as positive for orthopoxvirus -- the family of viruses to which monkeypox belongs. Confirmation for monkeypox is pending testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said.
Following the nation's latest COVID-19 resurgence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday that it is "strengthening" its recommendation for Americans over the age of 12 who are immunocompromised, and those over the age of 50, to receive their second booster shot. "We know immunity wanes over time, and we need to do all we can now to protect those most vulnerable."
Amid a mounting obesity epidemic among children in the United States, a new study finds that only 43% of U.S. early childhood care programs met doctor-recommended guidelines for sufficient outdoor physical activity. About 60% of U.S. preschool-aged children attend day care centers, averaging approximately 30 hours per week while their parents go to work or school. For many children, these child-care centers become the primary source for physical activity.
Cases of explained hepatitis in children has risen to 180, with 6 deaths, the CDC said Friday. An adenovirus is the leading suspect, but the cause remains unclear.
A document warning breastfeeding and pregnant women against taking the COVID-19 vaccine is from before studies showed it was safe for those groups.
Another child in the U.S. has died in connection with the mysterious cases of severe hepatitis that have been occurring among children around the country and the globe, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Friday. Investigators learned of the additional death on Thursday, Dr. Jay Butler, deputy director for infectious diseases for the CDC, told reporters during a phone briefing. Officials had previously reported that the deaths of five other children were under investigation in connection to the disease.
The World Health Organization on Friday said it was stepping up efforts to understand and combat monkeypox.
Infection with adenovirus, a common childhood virus, is the leading hypothesis for recent cases of severe hepatitis of unknown origin in children that have led to at least six deaths, U.S. health officials said on Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it is continuing to investigate whether 180 cases identified in 36 states and territories since last October represent an increase in the rate of pediatric hepatitis or whether an existing pattern has been revealed though improved detection. The agency in April issued a nationwide alert for doctors to be on the lookout for children with hepatitis, which can cause liver damage and lead to liver failure.
When Maria Clark's son, Nicholas Peters, died nearly two years ago in a car crash, she said she knew immediately she wanted to donate the 25-year-old's organs. Clark, of Madisonville, Louisiana, said she also knew that Nicholas ' wish was to be an organ donor. In September 2020, in nearby New Iberia, Louisiana, Jean Paul Marceaux, 14, was on a waiting list for his second heart transplant.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Additional cases of monkeypox are likely to be detected in the United States but the risk to the general public is low at this time, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday. The first case of monkeypox this year in the United States was confirmed on Wednesday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. "It is likely that there could be some additional cases detected in the coming days as surveillance and testing begin to work more actively to look for cases," the official told reporters.
There are more than 160,000 patients in the United States living with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), according to Sanofi. Sanofi's regulatory filing for EoE is under review by the European Medicines Agency, the company said, adding that submissions to regulatory authorities in additional countries are planned by the end of 2022. The chronic condition typically requires repeated treatments such as corticosterioids and diet change to ease the symptoms and Dupixent is the first treatment that targets the underlying cause.
Model and actress Emma Heming is speaking out about the importance of self-care and the struggles she's faced trying to take on too much while caring for her family, including husband Bruce Willis, who was diagnosed with aphasia earlier this year. "I struggle with making the time for self-care every day," Heming, 43, told The Bump on Thursday. "I put my family's needs above my own, which I found does not make me any kind of hero."
At least 600 children in at least 34 countries have developed cases of sudden severe liver inflammation, or acute hepatitis, for which doctors have no explanation. As of May 18, at least 175 children in the UK and 180 in the United States have become sick since October 2021, the majority of them younger than five years old. By comparison, doctors usually see 20 children with acute hepatitis of unknown origin each year at the UK's three specialist pediatric hepatology units, Dr. Deirdre Kelly, a pediatric liver disease specialist at the University of Birmingham, told reporters on Thursday.
Austin St. John, the actor who played the Red Power Ranger in the hit 90s TV series, has been indicted in Texas for wire fraud conspiracy.
A day after a case was reported in Massachusetts, health officials in New York City reported a possible case of monkeypox Thursday evening.
The World Health Organization's European chief said on Friday he is concerned that the spread of monkeypox could accelerate in the region as people gather for parties and festivals over the summer months. "As we enter the summer season in the European region, with mass gatherings, festivals and parties, I am concerned that transmission could accelerate, as the cases currently being detected are among those engaging in sexual activity, and the symptoms are unfamiliar to many," WHO regional director for Europe Hans Kluge said in a statement.
The omicron variant, though more transmissible, was thought to be less deadly than delta. But in some states, omicron caused more deaths than delta.
A '90s actor who starred in the hit TV show "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" has been charged with perpetuating a scheme to defraud the U.S. government of CARES Act funds, according to the Department of Justice. Austin St. John, who played the red Power Ranger on the show, which aired from 1993 to 1995, was one of 18 charged with filing fraudulent applications for loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, and transferring them to the two ringleaders of the scheme. St. John, whose real name is Jason Geiger, allegedly obtained more than $400,000 in fraudulent PPP loans and transferred them to a co-defendant, not for the purposes of using the loans as they were intended.
LONDON (Reuters) -The World Health Organization is set to hold an emergency meeting to discuss monkeypox on Friday, according to sources close to the U.N. agency. The committee due to meet is the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Infectious Hazards with Pandemic and Epidemic Potential (STAG-IH), which advises WHO on infection risks that could pose a threat to global health. More than 100 cases of the viral infection, which spreads through close contact and is usually mild, have recently been reported outside the countries in Africa where it is endemic.
Food and Drug Administration vaccine chief Dr. Peter Marks said the decision would likely come from the FDA shortly after its advisory committee meets on June 28 to review data from the vaccine companies about the versions of next-generation vaccines they're testing. The FDA will then make a decision on which type of vaccine the companies should go ahead with, an estimation they'll base on what could offer the best protection even in the face of new variants this fall and winter, similar to how the flu vaccine is concocted ahead of flu season. "We'll have to make some decision by early July to make sure that the manufacturers know what we're looking to do, so that they know what they have to start producing in large quantities," Marks, who serves as director of the department that oversees vaccines within the FDA, told ABC News in an interview.
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