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To Your Good Health: Can A Person Actually Catch Shingles?

ANSWER: Shingles is a recurrence of the chickenpox virus (also called varicella-zoster virus), which lies dormant in every person who has had chickenpox or the live chickenpox vaccine. Shingles is nowhere near as contagious as chickenpox, which is found in respiratory secretions, but it is contagious to people who are not immune.

Natural infection from chickenpox or the vaccine makes a person immune. Two doses of the vaccine are about 94% effective in conferring immunity. Thus, a few people who got the vaccine might still catch chickenpox (not shingles) after exposure to shingles. Most adults (98%) in the U.S. are immune. Professional caregivers are encouraged to have immunity proven by blood testing and to be vaccinated if not immune.

People who had the chickenpox vaccine as children are actually LESS likely to develop shingles in the future than those who got a natural infection. This makes sense because the vaccine is a weakened strain. Nonetheless, the new shingles vaccine (Shingrix) is recommended for people whether or not they received the vaccine, and whether or not they recall an episode of chickenpox, which can be missed, especially at a young age.

 

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Mayo Clinic Receives $15 Million Gift to Jump-Start New Ideas, Transform Patient Care

Newswise — ROCHESTER, Minn. — After giving $200 million to Mayo Clinic — the largest gift in the organization’s history — noted philanthropist Jay Alix has extended his generosity with an additional $15 million endowed gift. The fund will provide resources directed by the Mayo Clinic president and CEO to advance innovative ideas with the potential to transform health care.

“Mayo Clinic has always had visionary leaders with more brilliant ideas than funds available,” says Mr. Alix. “My hope is this gift will empower and leverage Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise with emerging opportunities in artificial intelligence, digital technologies, data science and more, advancing Mayo Clinic as a global institution with the patients’ best interests in mind.”

Mr. Alix’s philanthropy is in gratitude to the leadership of Mayo Clinic, honoring John Noseworthy, M.D., emeritus president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. In appreciation of this gift, Mayo Clinic will establish the John H. Noseworthy, M.D., and Jay Alix Chair, which will be conferred to the sitting president and CEO of Mayo Clinic.

 

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She Was A Nurse For 20 Years. Now She’s Homeless on the Streets of Houston

Liz Stovall has had a nursing license in Michigan for 20 years, but when she landed a job interview for a waitress gig in Houston, she had to make her way across the city to a charity to get interview clothes.

More than anything she wanted dress shoes, size nine.

Stovall, 46, did not ever expect to end up living in a red-and-grey tent under Houston’s U.S.-59 overpass near downtown. She completed college and raised three children, mostly on her own, and had a successful career. Then she got unlucky.

“It’s like being bumped back to a baby,” she said. “If you don’t have identification or money you’re just screwed. You just are.”

 

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PPD’s SiteCoach Training to Enable More Health Care Providers to Conduct Clinical Trials

WILMINGTON, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) has launched PPD’s SiteCoach, providing advanced clinical research training, coaching and support to physicians, hospitals and academic institutions that are new to clinical research. SiteCoach aims to expand access to clinical trials and accelerate the development of life-changing medicines. By adding high-performing research sites and broadening the pool of patients potentially eligible for trials, the program is designed to address the industry challenge of site and patient access for pharmaceutical and biotech companies developing promising new therapies.

 

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Health: Five Home Remedies to Get High Blood Pressure in Control

Many adults around the world deal with hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure. It can damage your heart if left uncontrolled and can raise the risk for heart disease and a stroke as well. Here are some of the home remedies you can use to lower down your blood pressure.

Exercise is one of the best things for lowering down high blood pressure. It makes your heart stronger and more efficient for pumping blood. As per experts 150 minutes of walking or 75 minutes running, per week can help lower blood pressure. Also, walking just 30 minutes a day can help lower your blood pressure.

According to many pieces of research, salt has been linked to high blood pressure. If you already have high blood pressure, it is highly recommended to cut down your sodium intake. On the contradictory, you can try seasoning your food with herbs and spices, rather than salt.

 

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Should be in your portfolio for great total return:: Oncolytics Biotech Inc.

Each buying and selling session display one-of-a-kind actions and patterns about Oncolytics Biotech Inc. ONCY), Biotechnology stock. Presently we watched the different factors that seen on close of the last session. Toward the day’s end, it’s only a stock’s show that issues.

The volume of the Oncolytics Biotech Inc. exchanged hands with 2587869 shares compared to its average daily volume of 273.88K shares. Total volume is the number of shares or deals that point towards the overall activity of a security or market for a given period. Volume is an important indicator in technical analysis as it is used to measure the relative worth of a market move. If the markets make a firm price movement, then the strength of that movement depends on the volume for that period. The higher the volume during the price move, the more significant the progress.

 

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Generation AI: Global Attitudes to Healthcare Technology Innovation

Considered to be the most tech-infused demographic, born 2010-2025, Generation Alpha is growing up with AI benefiting their health and wellness, and technology infiltrating nearly every aspect of their lives. A recent survey by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) set out to explore the extent to which millennial parents trust or have faith in artificial intelligence for the health and wellness of their children.

The IEEE study found that a majority of parents would be very comfortable allowing a properly tested and fully functional 3D printed heart to be implanted in their child if needed in the future. That said, some respondents would be extremely comfortable allowing a 3D printed heart to be implanted in their child, with the highest rates of acceptance seen in India and China, while others such as those in the US and UK are not very comfortable.

 

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How To Stop The Epidemic of Vaping-Associated Lung Illness

As an epidemic of acute lung injury and death associated with the use of vaping products continues to sweep the nation, public health advocates have called on the federal government to restrict the sale of these products until the cause of the outbreak is discovered.

If vaping products were considered a drug, this would almost certainly have occurred by now. But as we discussed in the first part of this series, the federal government’s ability to regulate a substance that is neither safe nor effective for health is complicated by the laws that protect the public’s right to consume legal but potentially addictive or dangerous substances.

As with other tobacco products, understanding the history of vaping products in this context is instructive. In the early 2000s, Chinese medical researcher Hon Lik patented the e-cigarette as a way to help cigarette smokers quit the habit. Without the toxic and carcinogenic combustion substances produced in cigarettes, e-cigarettes were deemed healthier, and could be used by cigarette smokers as a way to wean themselves from their nicotine addiction. But the use of such products threatened to produce an epidemic of nicotine addicts, particularly if the concentration of profoundly addictive nicotine reaching the lungs, and therefore the brain, could be optimized.

 

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As Rural Pharmacies Close, Western States Seek A Prescription

A national study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that 1 in 8 pharmacies closed between the years 2009 and 2015.

Counterintuitively, the total number of pharmacies is growing.

“So you see kind of a net growth at a national level,” said Dima Qato, an associate professor at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy and an author of the study. “But at the local, at the county, level there is variation. Some areas are not experiencing growth. Some counties are not only experiencing closures but they’re experiencing net loss.”

Independent pharmacies — like those in many rural areas — and pharmacies in low-income urban neighborhoods were particularly hard-hit. The researchers say reimbursement may have something to do with those trends.

 

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Pay More Attention to Improving People’s Health

A healthy citizenry is the cornerstone of a vibrant economy, says JD Lovrenciear.

Indeed while our religions teach us to accept sudden deaths as the will of God, as humans, we must also take personal and collective responsibility.

Lately, we have lost some members of Parliament and elected representatives in government owing to ‘sudden deaths’.

We also know of those in leadership positions coping with serious health issues with some even collapsing in Parliament or while on the job.

 

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