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  • Cop says first responders surrounded bathroom where Mateen was holed up, but told to wait

    06/22/2016 4:02:14 PM PDT · by Uncle Sam 911 · 36 replies ^ | 6/22/16 | unknown
    A Florida police officer said Tuesday that he and a group of five of six other officers surrounded the bathroom where Omar Mateen was holed up, but were told to wait until a SWAT team arrived. Belle Isle, Fla. Police Officer Brandon Cornwell, 25, told The Washington Post that he and the officers entered Pulse Orlando as bullets flew and clubgoers screamed. He said his group aimed their rifles and waited about “15 or 20 minutes” because they were told not to engage the bathroom area. Cornwell said he never even saw Mateen. Federal authorities said Monday that police “engaged...
  • Rio Has Given Up On Its Goal To Clean Up The Water In Time For The Olympics

    02/18/2016 4:42:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Deadspin ^ | February 18, 2016 | Tom Ley
    Rio Has Given Up On Its Goal To Clean Up The Water In Time For The Olympics When bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Jaineiro promised the International Olympics Committee that it would eliminate 80 percent of the sewage found in the city's notoriously filthy water, and would fully regenerate the lagoon in which rowing and kayaking events will be held. Now a few months from the start of the games, Rio has given up on keeping those promises. Outside The Lines' Bonnie Ford has a thorough examination of the current state of Rio's water pollution, and...
  • Germany: Migration Crisis Becomes Public Health Crisis

    11/08/2015 5:18:08 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | November 8, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    German hospitals are increasing security to protect doctors and nurses from violent attacks by migrants who are unhappy with the medical treatment they are receiving. Critics are warning that German taxpayers will end up paying billions of euros to provide healthcare for a never-ending wave of asylum seekers. This is in addition to the billions of euros already being spent to provide newcomers with food, clothing and shelter. In addition to the massive economic and social costs, as well as the burden of increased crime, including a rape epidemic, Germans are now facing the risk of being exposed to exotic...
  • Immigrant Children Given Adult Dose of Hepatitis A Vaccine

    07/07/2015 1:31:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 7/4
    About 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where they were being held with their mothers, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The vaccines were administered this week, but none of the children has been hospitalized or had any adverse reactions, ICE officials said Saturday. ICE spokesman Richard Rocha said health care professionals will monitor the children over the next five days for any potential side effects, though none are expected. "Parents at the facility were advised and counseled by medical professionals about potential side effects, with...
  • New hepatitis C drugs cost government $4.5B

    03/30/2015 6:19:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    he federal government spent a whopping $4.5 billion on costly new drugs to cure hepatitis C among Medicare patients last year, a steep price that is likely to keep growing, federal records show. Spending on the super-selling drugs – which can cost $1,000 a day – increased more than 15 times compared to the previous year, according to a report Monday by ProPublica.
  • Suspected Plotter of U.S. Embassy Attacks Abu Anas Al-Libi Dies in New York

    01/03/2015 5:40:45 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 33 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/3/15 | Jonathan Dienst and Robert Windrem
    A one-time associate of Osama Bin Laden died in New York on Friday while awaiting trial for allegedly plotting the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Abu Anas al-Libi, 50, was captured in Libya by U.S. commandos in Oct. 2013 and brought to New York where he was due to stand trial. He had been wanted for more than a decade and there was a $5 million reward for his arrest. Al-Libi had pleaded not guilty. The al Qaeda terror suspect has been in poor health and suffered liver disease as a result of hepatitis C, according...
  • L.A. Times Concedes ‘Serious Diseases’ Come from Mexico, Central America ("acts of love!")

    02/19/2015 8:03:11 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies ^ | 2/18/15 | Tony Lee
    During last summer’s border crisis, left-wing and mainstream media outlets mocked Americans who were concerned that illegal immigrants may be carrying disease like Tuberculosis. But in a story downplaying the measles threat from Mexico and Central America, the Los Angeles Times concedes that, “beyond measles, however, there are some serious diseases that are brought to the United States from Mexico and Central America.” Tuberculosis is chief among those diseases, according to the Times, which noted that “in 2013, 65% of the tuberculosis cases in the U.S. occurred among foreign-born people”: A majority of those people came from five countries: Mexico...
  • 62 women infected with Hepatitis C at late-term abortion facility win $13.75 million settlement

    06/05/2014 3:16:32 PM PDT · by topher · 3 replies ^ | Thu Jun 05, 2014 15:13 EST | Ben Johnson
    MELBOURNE, Australia, June 5, 2014 ( – A late-term abortion facility and state abortion regulators have agreed to a multimillion dollar settlement after 62 women said the facility did not take proper procedures to prevent them from being infected with Hepatitis C during their operations. Croydon Day Surgery and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority agreed to pay $13.75 million after scores of patients were infected by anesthesiologist James Latham Peters between June 2008 and November 2009.
  • 1,000 get shots after pizza place employee gets hepatitis 2,400 Customers at Risk, Officials Say

    04/14/2014 1:09:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    WYFF4 ^ | Apr 14, 2014
    mORE than 1,000 people have been vaccinated against hepatitis A after a Charlotte pizza place employee was hospitalized with the disease, according to health officials. Health officials in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties are urging anyone who ordered or ate a pizza from the Papa John's on Cambridge Commons Drive between March 28 and April 7 to get the vaccine. Free clinics have been giving shots throughout the weekend, and health officials say they have already vaccinated more than 1,000 people. Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the liver and can cause nausea, vomiting and jaundice. Officials estimate 2,400 customers...
  • Oh My Gosh! A Second American Bishop Has Contracted Hepatitis A! [Comm. in Hand] (Catholic Caucus)

    10/26/2013 11:02:27 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 53 replies ^ | Oct 26, 2013 | Kathy Schiffer
    Earlier today, I reported that Fargo’s new bishop, Bishop John T. Folda, had contracted Hepatitis A while attending the recent Bishops’ School in Rome, and had unknowingly exposed worshippers at four churches to the virus. It turns out that Bishop Folda isn’t the only new bishop to contract the virus. A statement released this evening from the Diocese of Tyler reports that their ordinary, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, has also been diagnosed with Hepatitis A. Bishop Strickland
  • North Dakota Bishop Exposes Catholics to Hepatitis A Through Communion

    10/29/2013 8:46:03 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies
    Science World Report ^ | 10/28/2013 | Benita Matilda
    The North Dakota Department of Health has found that the Catholic bishop John Folda, exposed several parishioners to Hepatitis A in late September and early October through communion, which he administered after he unknowingly contracted the virus from contaminated food he consumed at a conference held for the newly ordained bishops in Italy last month. The notification for the possible Hepatitis A virus exposure was issued to churchgoers who attended mass on September 27 at the Holy Spirit Church in Fargo, N.D.; September 29-October 2, 2013 at St. James Basilica in Jamestown, N.D.; October 6, 2013 at Cathedral of St....
  • 82 lawmakers ask for end to ban on gay men donating blood

    08/05/2013 12:45:42 PM PDT · by fwdude · 145 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/05/13 | Ramsey Cox
    More than 80 lawmakers have called on the Obama administration to allow gay men to donate blood. The lawmakers say the administration should change what they say is an "outdated" policy. Eighty-two lawmakers in the House and Senate signed on to the letter, including Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Enzi was the only Republican to sign the letter. They said Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should re-evaluate blood donation criteria that ban gay men from donating blood for life.
  • Hepatitis C 'Serial Infector' Could Have Spread Disease to Thousands

    07/28/2012 4:41:49 PM PDT · by verum ago · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 28 July 2012 | Sydney Lupkin
    The New Hampshire hospital lab technician indicted last week for infecting 31 people with Hepatitis C might have infected "tens of thousands" of patients in at least 13 hospitals, ABC News has learned. David Kwiatkowski, a former lab technician at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire, had allegedly been stealing the Fentanyl syringes intended for patients, injecting his own arm and then refilling those empty syringes with another liquid-like saline, according to a statement from the United States Attorney's Office in New Hampshire. Since Kwiatkowski tested positive for Hepatitis C in June 2010, he passed it on to the hospital patients...
  • Congressmen Send Letter to Sebelius Backing Move to Let 'Low-Risk' Homosexuals Donate Blood

    06/15/2012 6:51:27 AM PDT · by TribalPrincess2U · 57 replies ^ | June 14, 2012 | Penny Starr – Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) sent a letter signed by 62 other Democrats to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, supporting her agency's review of the policy that bans homosexual and bisexual men from donating blood. The Democrats say the ban is “outdated,” and they called the HHS pilot study an important step in "assessing the feasibility of allowing healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood while maintaining the safety of our blood supply."
  • Hepatitis C tests urged for all baby boomers

    05/19/2012 3:19:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The federal government Friday called for all baby boomers to be tested for hepatitis C, which kills more Americans each year than AIDS and is the leading reason for liver transplants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the recommendation to find hundreds of thousands of people who don't realize that they have the infection, which greatly increases their chances of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer. The hepatitis C virus is transmitted by blood, usually through intravenous drug use or transfusions. A blood test for it became widely available in 1992. Extremely small amounts of the virus are able...
  • Protest Planned In Support Of Gay Marriage (Occupy Morons gather in New Hampshire)

    01/07/2012 11:20:47 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 7 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | 1/7/12
    Occupy New Hampshire protesters plan to march in Manchester in support of gay rights and family pride... They said a majority of the Republican candidates do not recognize gay rights and the equality of all citizens. Protesters said political ideologies should not be permitted to define what constitutes a family. Occupy groups are protesting what they see as income inequality and corporate greed.
  • California Public School Kids Now Required to Study Contributions of LGBT Americans

    01/05/2012 7:23:59 AM PST · by Baynative · 158 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 1/4/12 | Philip Shepherd
    ( – On Jan. 1, the California Department of Education started implementing a new law that requires all children in the state’s public schools to study the “role and contributions” of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans” to the “development of California and the United States of America.” This law, according to the pro-family group, will require the schools to promote “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans as role models” and mandate that “children as young as kindergarten must be taught to admire persons who engage in homosexuality.”
  • While we were distracted.

    12/25/2011 2:06:21 PM PST · by OldGoatCPO · 102 replies
    Navy Times | 26 December 2011 | Navy times Staff
    Navy Times is reporting that besides screwing over retirees in the 2012 Defense budget, Congress approved Fags marrying on base. We were busying arguing over who one the budget battle and our Tea Party Consrvative Congress slip us one in the rear. If this were a war heterosexuals have lost, defeated by our own Quislings in Congress. Every day in the military we are bombarded with gay love stories. How in Gods name did we ever win a war without the butt pirates and carpet munchers. There are no conservatives left in American politics. They give fags whatever they want....
  • School outs gay teen; civil rights groups outraged

    12/15/2011 4:21:59 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 15, 2011 | LYNN DeBRUIN
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Administrators at a Utah middle school outed a gay teenage boy to his parents because they feared he would be bullied, but the move has outraged civil rights groups that claim the student's privacy was violated. Alpine School District took the unusual step after the 14-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, created an advertisement about himself and his sexual orientation during a class project.
  • Obama pledges additional $50 million to fight AIDS

    12/01/2011 5:43:59 PM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | December 1, 2011 | David Ariosto
    An additional $50 million is going toward treatment and medical facilities across the United States to help combat the AIDS virus, President Barack Obama announced Thursday during a Washington event marking World AIDS day. "We are going to win this fight," Obama said. "But the fight's not over, not by a long shot."
  • Gay couple accused of abusing two of their nine adopted sons (Connecticut)

    12/01/2011 2:46:22 PM PST · by Stoat · 63 replies
    A gay couple who adopted nine boys have been accused of sexually assaulting two of the children.But another adopted son of George Harasz and Doug Wirth insists his two fathers are innocent, and says his siblings have a disorder in which troubled foster children lash out at adults who try to connect with them.  Married 'fathers' Harasz and Wirth, who say they consider caring for hard-to-place children a personal challenge, adopted three sets of siblings, all boys, since 2000. George's two biological children and their mother also live at the large Victorian home in Glastonbury, Connecticut.       Accused: George Harasz,...
  • ATF Classifies Pot Scrubbers as Silencers, Makes Possession Illegal

    11/16/2011 1:13:04 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 65 replies
    Truth About Guns ^ | 15 NOV 11 | Nick Leghorn
    David Codrea published an article today about an interesting letter one law abiding silencer owner received from the ATF. The silencer owner in question owns an AWC .22lr silencer that uses a material made of tangled copper ropes to slow down the expanding gasses, a material not unlike the common Brillo pad or Chore Boy Pot Scrubber. He wanted to know whether it would be legal to replace the worn out material in his legally owned silencer with some pot scrubber material, an act which seems pretty innocuous to the impartial observer. The ATF, on the other hand… From the...
  • Gays Will Be Severely Punished, Says President

    11/24/2011 2:30:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Herald ^ | Thursday, 24 November 2011
    PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday said homosexuals and lesbians will be punished severely for their behaviour which is inconsistent with African and Christian values. He made the remarks at the launch of the Tongogara Community Share Ownership Tru-st at Unki Mine. Zimbabweans told Copac during the outreach programme that they want homosexuality outlawed. Said the President: "Do not get tempted into that (homosexuality). You are young people. Mukaenda ikoko we will punish you severely." He took a swipe at recent utterances by British Prime Minister David Cameron that London will not aid countries that do not respect gay rights. Mr Cameron said...
  • Pushing an Agenda: Larry King is Dead After School Ignores Mother's Plea

    11/22/2011 12:51:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Rush ^ | November 22, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    <p>RUSH: From the Los Angeles Times: "A teenager who fatally shot a gay classmate in the back of the head during an Oxnard middle school computer lab will spend 21 years in prison under a plea deal reached Monday, closing the books on a case that drew international headlines and ignited debate on how schools should handle sexual identity issues.</p>
  • Kerry Legislation Would Help Prevent Viral Hepatitis

    11/05/2011 12:56:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 30 replies
    Senator John Kerry ^ | November 4, 2011 | Senator John Kerry
    For Immediate Release: Friday, November 4, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Kerry today introduced the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2011 to create a national strategy to fight – and ultimately eradicate – Hepatitis B and C in America. Representatives Michael Honda and Bill Cassidy are introducing the companion legislation in the House of Representatives.  “Viral hepatitis is a silent killer,” said Sen. Kerry. “Many people don’t even know they have hepatitis B or C until it causes liver damage or even cancer years after the initial infection. Today as many as 5.3 million Americans are battling this disease,...
  • Experts predict erosion of society, religious liberty if DOMA is repealed

    11/01/2011 2:04:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | October 31, 2011 | Michelle Bauman
    Washington D.C., Oct 31, 2011 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- Marriage advocates are warning that a repeal of the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act could have disastrous consequences for the nation, including the further erosion of religious liberty and a continued effort to legalize multiple-partner relationships.“Marriage is critically important because the marriage-based family is the original and best Department of Health, Education and Welfare,” said Robert P. George, law professor at Princeton University.George told CNA that a healthy marriage culture is “crucial to the overall success of any society.”In an Oct. 28 interview, George responded to reports that the Senate Judiciary...
  • Lab chimps see daylight for first time in 30 years

    09/07/2011 6:18:43 AM PDT · by Palter · 29 replies
    The Sun ^ | 06 Sept 2011 | ELLIE ROSS
    THIS is the moment a group of chimpanzees sees daylight for the first time in 30 years — after being locked in cages for medical testing. The animals hugged each other in delight before they took their first steps outside. Emotional footage, below, shows how they reacted to their new surroundings. The outing marked the end of a 14-year bid to re-integrate the 38 primates after they spent most of their lives cooped up inside. One commentator said: "They hugged as if saying, 'We're finally free'. And then they laughed." The chimpanzees were taken from their mothers shortly after their...
  • The ignored virus that causes liver cancer (not yet proved)

    08/23/2011 6:13:09 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Inderscience Publishers ^ | August 22, 2011 | Unknown
    Should we be screening blood for hepatisi G?Hepatitis G virus was identified in 1995. Some little research was carried out on the virus and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared it a non-harmful virus in 1997. Researchers in Saudi Arabia, writing in the International Journal of Immunological Studies present evidence to suggest that this may have been the wrong decision. They claim that transmission of the virus through donated blood that was not screened for the virus as well as infection through other routes has led to an increase in cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. Hepatitis...
  • Discovery of canine hepatitis C virus opens up new doors for research on deadly human pathogen

    06/07/2011 4:32:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 23-May-2011 | NA
    Contact: Daniela Hernandez 310-991-2391 Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health In a study to be published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report the discovery of a novel hepatitis C-like virus in dogs. The identification and characterization of this virus gives scientists new insights into how hepatitis C in humans may have evolved and provides scientists renewed hope to develop a model system to study how it causes disease. The research was conducted at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the University...
  • VA dentist kept job after NAACP pressure, supervisor says ( OH )

    03/27/2011 8:33:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    dayton daily news ^ | March 18, 2011 | Ben Sutherly
    A former supervisor in the Dayton VA Medical Center’s dental clinic blamed intervention by the NAACP for foiling his efforts in the early 1990s to remove a dentist whose lax infection control practices put patients’ safety at risk. Dr. Dwight M. Pemberton continued to practice dentistry at the Dayton VA, often failing to change latex gloves and sterilize dental instruments between patients...Between 1992 and July 2010, 535 patients who had invasive dental work by Pemberton may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens, the VA said. Nine have preliminary positive results for hepatitis B or hepatitis C. In the early 1990s,...
  • Hepatitis rise in Kpk province, specially in provincial capital Peshawar, survey

    03/15/2011 5:53:21 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 4 replies
    Own ^ | 15 march 2011 | Musarrat Ullah Jan
    Peshawar 15 March 2011, according to recently survey of provincial health ministry Hepatitis C rising in fata, currently 200000 people affected from hepatitis c in fata and the patient of Hepatitis B are 139000 registered in tribal belt. More then 900000 patient of Hepatitis c and 500000 of Hepatitis B, registered in Khyber pukhtoon khawa province. According to health official hepatitis control program start in 2006 in 24 different districts of province and till now 700000 patients received free immunization. Health officials blame the dirty water of drinking, that people using in different parts of the province.
  • Impacts of Illegal Immigration: Diseases

    07/20/2010 5:16:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 2+ views
    The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration ^ | July 20, 2010 | P. F. Wagner and Dan Amato
    Legal immigrants are required to have medical screening to ensure that they do not bring any contagious diseases into the United States. Illegal aliens are not screened and many are carrying horrific third world diseases that do not belong in the USA. Many of these diseases are highly contagious and will infect citizens that come in contact with an infected illegal alien. This has already happened in restaurants, schools, and police forces. Malaria was eradicated from the USA in the 1940s but recently there were outbreaks in southern California, New Jersey, New York City, and Houston. Additionally, Malaria tainted blood...
  • Gregg Allman Undergoes Liver Transplant Surgery

    06/24/2010 11:01:31 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 65 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 6-24-10
    Allman Brothers Band cofounder Gregg Allman underwent successful liver transplant surgery this morning, forcing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band to cancel its performance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at Chicago's Toyota Park on Saturday. The Derek Trucks Band will replace the Allmans on the lineup, which also includes Jeff Beck, John Mayer, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. Check out Rolling Stone's rundown of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Allman is being treated at Jacksonville, Florida's Mayo Clinic after battling Hepatitis C for several years. In 2007, the singer was advised that the damage to his...
  • Australia Abortion Practitioner Has Infected 40 Women With Hepatitis C Virus

    05/31/2010 11:36:38 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 525+ views
    Life News ^ | 5/31/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Melbourne, Australia ( -- An Australia abortion facility worker is facing more accusations that he infected dozens of women with hepatitis C during abortions. The heath chief of the Australian state of Victoria released the accusations against the abortion practitioner in April. Since then, the number of potential victims has jumped form 12 to 44 as the outbreak at the Croydon Day Surgery abortion business appears worse than earlier reports as the probe continues. The Herald Sun newspaper indicates the health department investigation into the abortion operation where James Latham Peters was the anesthesiologist will expand -- potentially to as...
  • Hepatitis B and C remain public health issue -- up to 5.3 million Americans infected (most unaware)

    02/24/2010 7:05:20 AM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 351+ views
    Wiley-Blackwell ^ | Feb 23, 2010 | Unknown
    Institute of Medicine makes recommendations to prevent HBV and HCV infectionsA recent report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) confirmed that 3.5 to 5.3 million people (1-2 % of the U.S. population) have chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. Despite efforts by federal, state and local government agencies to control and prevent these diseases, they remain a serious public health concern. The major factor impeding efforts to control HBV and HCV is lack of knowledge and awareness among health care providers, social service professionals, members of the public, and policy-makers. The full IOM report is...
  • Surgical Tech Who Infected 36 With Hepatitis C Pleads Guilty

    01/18/2010 9:05:13 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 25 replies · 1,007+ views
    The Associated Press is reporting today that surgical technician Kristen Diane Parker, who has been charged with switching used syringes for those filled with the painkiller fentanyl while working at two different healthcare facilities in Colorado, has pleaded guilty. As many as 36 patients have contracted hepatis C and many others may have been exposed to the virus via the contaminated syringes. Authorities say she is expected to receive a sentence of 20 years in prison. At a hearing, Parker described for prosecutors how she evaded a hospital's drug screening process and began stealing drugs as she coped with a...
  • RNA Silencer Shows Promise for Hepatitis C

    12/05/2009 7:52:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 746+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 3 December 2009 | Martin Enserink
    Researchers have come up with a completely new way to thwart hepatitis C: Go after the host, not the virus. Genetically silencing a small piece of RNA in chimpanzees effectively suppresses the hepatitis C virus (HCV), a new study shows--and the virus appears unable to become resistant to the treatment. But experts caution that the approach needs to be scrutinized carefully for side effects. New drugs against HCV are badly needed. More than 170 million people worldwide have contracted the virus, which is transmitted primarily via injection drug use and through the transfusion of blood and blood products. The virus...
  • (Australia) Hepatitis outbreak linked to semi-dried tomatoes

    11/01/2009 9:21:21 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies · 419+ views
    The Australian & AAP ^ | November 02, 2009
    VICTORIAN health authorities have renewed their warnings over links between semi-dried tomatoes and an outbreak of hepatitis A ... "Because the incubation period for hepatitis A could be as long as two months, trying to get people who fell ill to accurately pin down what and where they actually ate this product can be difficult," Dr Carnie said. Bottled semi-dried tomatoes in supermarkets were pasteurised and considered safe along with any of the cooked product such as in pizzas or quiches. The greatest risk would appear to be at restaurants and cafes, where semi-dried tomatoes are served in foods such...
  • Egypt: Viral Time Bomb Set to Explode

    05/06/2009 4:33:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 593+ views
    IPS ^ | 5 May 2009 | Cam Mcgrath
    It is a health crisis of alarming proportions. Up to nine million Egyptians have been exposed to hepatitis C, and tens of thousands will die each year unless they receive a liver transplant. Health authorities are taking steps to stop the spread of the blood-borne virus, but must also contend with higher liver failure mortality rates as the disease advances in those infected decades ago. "The prevalence of hepatitis C is not growing, but the impact of an outbreak in the 1960s and 70s is appearing now as a clinical outcome," says Dr. Mostafa Kamal Mohamed, professor of community medicine...
  • Report: Unscreened blood posed danger (Battlefield Blood in Iraq/Afghan tainted)

    04/13/2009 7:35:02 PM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies · 1,505+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | Apr 11 | Travis J. Tritten
    For years, the use of unscreened blood transfusions exposed severely wounded servicemembers and other trauma patients in Iraq and Afghanistan to the inherent risk of diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and malaria, according to medical experts who advise the secretary of defense. Battlefield attacks that resulted in mass casualties or severe injuries often overtaxed the military’s blood supply system until 2007, meaning medics collected fresh blood from those on site for emergency treatment of the wounded, the Defense Health Board wrote in a June 2008 report. The unscreened blood transfusions, however, did not meet federal safety standards required of all...
  • 16 patients have hepatitis in Army needle scare[Texas, WBAMC]

    03/10/2009 5:05:23 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 520+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | March 10, 2009 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    EL PASO, Texas — Sixteen patients exposed to a mismanaged insulin needle program have tested positive for hepatitis C, Army officials said Tuesday. The William Beaumont Army Medical Center patients were among more than 2,000 diabetics who may have been exposed to blood-borne illnesses between August 2007 and January 2009 because of the program that systematically gave multiple patients injections from the same insulin pen. Lt. Col. Sandy LaFon, the hospital's chief of preventive medicine, said it's unclear if the infections came from the improper insulin injections or were previously undiagnosed infections. Either way, the 16 patients are being treated...
  • Philadelphia undertakers admit selling corpses

    09/05/2008 5:10:30 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 32 replies · 378+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 2, 2008 | By Jon Hurdle
    Two former Philadelphia funeral directors on Tuesday admitted to selling cadavers to a ring that cut them up and sold the body parts to hospitals for implants. Gerald Garzone and his brother Louis Garzone pleaded guilty to charges that they conspired with others to take bones, skin and organs from 244 bodies in their funeral homes between February 2004 and September 2005. They were part of a scheme that plundered 1,077 bodies in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania without the permission of relatives in an operation that netted the conspirators $3.8 million. One of the bodies belonged to Alistair...
  • U.S. intel: AQ mastermind of London bombings, British airline plot dead

    04/08/2008 8:42:13 PM PDT · by jdm · 16 replies · 172+ views
    Hot Air ^ | April 08, 2008 | Allahpundit
    Predator missile strike? Delta Force hit-and-run deep behind enemy lines? Nope. Better: The senior al Qaida operative who helped direct the 2005 London subway bombings and a plot to blow up commercial airliners over the Atlantic Ocean has died in Pakistan’s tribal region, U.S. counter terrorism officials said Tuesday.The senior militant, an Egyptian who used the nom de guerre Abu Ubaida al-Masri, recently succumbed to hepatitis, they said. Never heard of him? Most people haven’t. The Times devoted a few paragraphs to him in a story last May about the next generation of Al Qaeda leadership, but I can’t even...
  • Man-Made Molecules Reverse Liver Cirrhosis in Rats

    03/30/2008 12:28:08 PM PDT · by anymouse · 20 replies · 1,056+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3.30.08 | Tan Ee Lyn
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Scientists in Japan have designed artificial molecules that when used with rats successfully reversed liver cirrhosis, a serious chronic disease in humans that until now can only be cured by transplants. Cirrhosis is the hardening or scarring of the liver, and is caused by factors such as heavy drinking and Hepatitis B and C. The disease is especially serious in parts of Asia, including China. Cirrhosis occurs when a class of liver cells starts producing collagen, a fibrous material that toughens skin and tendons. Such damage cannot be reversed although steps can be taken to prevent...
  • Nurse May Have Infected 300 in Virginia With Hepatitis C

    03/27/2008 9:16:14 AM PDT · by RDTF · 7 replies · 817+ views ^ | March 27, 2008 | AP
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A Virginia hospital has asked more than 300 former patients to come in for blood tests because a nurse suspected of infecting patients with hepatitis in Texas worked there last year. Retired Army Capt. Jon Dale Jones, 45, was arrested this month in Miami on federal charges of assaulting three patients and possession of a controlled substance by fraud. Federal prosecutors said they believe Jones spread hepatitis in 2004 at an El Paso military hospital by diverting fentanyl -- a powerful painkiller often used for anesthesia -- from patients to himself. At least 15 military service...
  • Police: Spitting Man Runs Around Restaurant, Says He Has Hepatitis

    03/21/2008 2:23:54 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 31 replies · 1,067+ views
    WGAL News ^ | 3/21/08
    MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A man running around a Lancaster County Chuck E. Cheese restaurant on Thursday evening was spitting and yelling "I have hepatitis C," police said. Manheim Township police said they arrived at the Chuck E. Cheese of Fruitville Pike around 7:45 p.m. and found David Ecenrode, 45, of Ephrata outside the restaurant. He was taken to a local hospital. Police said they have not confirmed whether he has hepatitis C. "He was running around acting crazy and spitting, which I think that was probably most significant cause for concern because you're in an eating establishment and this...
  • More Nevada surgery clinics to be cited

    03/08/2008 6:33:06 AM PST · by MizSterious · 18 replies · 536+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Sat Mar 8, 5:09 AM ET | KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    More Nevada surgery clinics to be cited By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press Writer Sat Mar 8, 5:09 AM ET A statewide inspection of outpatient surgery centers like the one believed to have spread hepatitis C to its patients has uncovered dangerous practices at four other clinics, a health official said Friday.The state swore to quickly inspect all 50 Nevada outpatient surgery centers after it was discovered the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada spread the blood-borne virus to at least six patients by reusing syringes and sharing vials of medication.Of the 18 clinics inspected by Friday, three in northern Nevada...
  • Vegas hepatitis exposure list incomplete

    03/06/2008 3:19:13 PM PST · by MizSterious · 14 replies · 330+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 6, 2008 | KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    Vegas hepatitis exposure list incomplete By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press Writer 28 minutes ago Health officials used an incomplete patient list to notify people exposed to hepatitis and HIV at a Las Vegas clinic, an epidemiologist testified Thursday."We know of patients who had been there whose names were not on the list," Southern Nevada Health District epidemiologist Brian Labus told a state legislative committee on health care.The public hearing was the first investigating the spread of hepatitis C from unsafe practices at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada. An outbreak of six cases of acute hepatitis C was made...
  • CDC Says Problems with Hepatitis C at Clinic Could Be 'Tip of an Iceberg'

    03/05/2008 7:51:12 AM PST · by MizSterious · 65 replies · 549+ views
    11News (Colorado) ^ | Mar 4, 2008 | N/A
    CDC Says Problems with Hepatitis C at Clinic Could Be 'Tip of an Iceberg' Posted: 11:10 AM Mar 4, 2008 Last Updated: 2:44 PM Mar 4, 2008 Washington (AP) The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an outbreak of Hepatitis C at a Nevada clinic may represent “the tip of an iceberg” of safety problems at clinics around the country. The City of Las Vegas shut down the Endoscopy center of Southern Nevada last Friday after state health officials determined that six patients had contracted Hepatitis C because of unsafe practices including clinic staff reusing syringes...
  • Clinic That May Have Infected 40,000 With HIV, Hepatitis Closed

    03/03/2008 8:31:48 AM PST · by metmom · 45 replies · 290+ views ^ | Monday, March 03, 2008 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES — The city of Las Vegas has shut down a clinic where up to 40,000 people may have been exposed to hepatitis C and the HIV virus through the reuse of syringes and vials, officials said on Sunday. The clinic at the heart of the scandal, the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, "was served with an emergency suspension of its business license," city authorities said in a statement. Officials are asking about 40,000 people to be tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV because of unsafe medical practices at the clinic. Health authorities launched an investigation into...