Hawaii is considering a bill that bans cigarette sales to anyone under 100
"The legislature finds that the cigarette is considered the deadliest artifact in human history." So begins the text of a new bill introduced in Hawaii's State House, calling for a phased ban on cigarette sales in the state by 2024.
Hawaii has some of the most restrictive cigarette laws in the nation. In 2016, it became the first state to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21. .... read more
Six 'obesity-related' cancers on rise in US young adults
According to a new observational study published in The Lancet Public Health, the incidence of six of 12 obesity-related malignancies increased among "young" adults (25-49 years) in the United States from 1995 to 2014. In young adults, the six obesity-related cancers that increased in incidence in were multiple myeloma, colorectal, uterine corpus, gallbladder, kidney, and ... read more
Targets for TB Elimination
As per a Ministry of Health and Family Welfare press release, for the year 2018 the following has been achieved:
In 2018 year, 5, 36,752 TB patients have been notified from private sector. There has been 40% increase in TB notification from private sector as compared to 2017.
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Childhood and adolescent immunization schedule for 2019
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement that describes the recommended 2019 immunization schedule for children and adolescents published online Feb. 5, 2019 in Pediatrics. It recommends that children and teens are vaccinated according to the schedule for the best protection against diseases.... read more
Azathioprine increases risk of pancreatitis in children with IBD
Use of azathioprine is associated with a six-fold increased risk of acute pancreatitis in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) during the first 90 days following start of treatment suggesting the need for regular and rigorous monitoring, as per a new study reported Jan. 23...read more
Study links psoriasis treatment and improvement in heart artery disease
Researchers have found that treating psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, with biologic drugs that target immune system activity can reduce the early plaque buildup that clogs arteries, restricts blood flow, and leads to heart attacks and stroke. The findings published online Feb. 5, 2019 in the journal Cardiovascular Research... read more