New York Has Ended Religious Exemptions for Vaccination Mandates

New York Has Ended Religious Exemptions for Vaccination Mandates

Until recently, it was possible for parents in New York to prevent their kids from getting vaccinated by citing the religious reasons of many sorts. Now, however, the New York government has ended those exemptions when it comes to vaccination mandates. It means that citizens of the city cannot cite religious reasons when it comes to vaccinating their kids. The decision comes amidst the ongoing Measles outbreak.

“Effective at the stroke of midnight, Wednesday, anyone who is under 18 years of age and unvaccinated against the measles will be barred from public places until this declaration expires in 30 days or until they receive the MMR vaccination,” reads the message in the statement from Rockland County officials that made vaccinations mandatory for people who are under the age of 18.  Now, this has become tougher, as religious reasons would not be counted.

Earlier, the parents were able to cite certain reasons and get their kids back to public places. However, now, the only exemption would be based on the health condition of the child. Of course, as expected, the passing of the bill had to go through a number of oppositions but the final things were made official with the highest priority set for children’s health.

There were some members who voted negative even when they maintained that the vaccinations are quite necessary. Some stated that it was their constitutional duty to vote negative, despite them being pro-vaccine in nature. “Despite my pro-vaccination stance and despite my beliefs that there are no religious restrictions, it is my constitutional duty to vote in the negative,” Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein was quoted saying to CBS New York.

Of course, this move is expected to invoke serious protests from the anti-vaccination community in New York something that even the WHO now considers as a health threat. Only time will prove how this decision is going to impact the Measles situation in the city.

Lack of Medical Supplies Raise Concerns Amid the Outbreak of Ebola in Uganda

Lack of Medical Supplies Raise Concerns Amid the Outbreak of Ebola in Uganda

The Ugandan medics are taking a high risk at the cost of their lives with the lack of basic medical supplies amid the outbreak of Ebola. According to the recent report of Associated Press, the medical condition in Uganda is worse especially in taking up the precautious measures of the fatal illness.

The report states that the Ebola treatment Unit in Bwera, the border town of Uganda has poor facilities. As per the reports of AP, Pedson Buthalha, the hospital administrator was quoted saying, “We don’t really have an isolation ward. It’s just a tent. To be honest, we can not accommodate more than five people.” The medical workers have to treat the patients while they are unable to access the precautionary measures including the basic medical supplies. World Health Organization during the meeting held on Friday has stated that the outbreak is an extraordinary event of deep concerns but has not declared it as global emergency yet.

The virus infected disease can easily be infected through the contact of body fluid and the disease is considered fatal in 90 percent of the cases. The Ugandan health workers put their lives at great risk since they lack basic supplies such as gloves. “Health-care workers are at greater risk of infection if they are not wearing correct personal protective equipment (PPE) or are not applying infection prevention and control (IPC) measures when caring for patients.” WHO states in their official statement.

Uganda Health Minister Jane Aceng blamed the district officials for the lack of supply. While talking to AP on Saturday she said, “It is clearly the responsibility of the district to order supplies. If they have not done the orders we can not supply because we don’t know how much they need.” The Ebola outbreak in Uganda was identified last week after members of a Congolese family were identified as infectants and two of them died by the disease. The months-long outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo had resulted in the death of 1,405 people since August.

Woman Suspected to Have a Cancerous Tumor was Found with a Tapeworm’s Egg Instead

Woman Suspected to Have a Cancerous Tumor was Found with a Tapeworm's Egg Instead

Rachel Palma was diagnosed with a tumor that was supposed to be cancerous by doctors. The wound in her brain, however, turned out to be caused by infection from a tapeworm in one of the rarest cases of its kind. The 42-year-old woman who recently got married was shocked at the discovery. She said she was “grossed out” at the thought of a tapeworm living inside an egg in her brain. In an interview to the Washington Post Rachel said, “But of course, I was also relieved. It meant that no further treatment was necessary.”

The unique case also had some of the most unusual symptoms where the patient was going through hallucinations, insomnia, nightmares among others. Palma’s case worsened in 2018 when she couldn’t even hold regular household things properly and started dropping them. She suffered from a lack of concentration, forgetfulness, inability to make decisions and started making incoherent statements.

In September last year, the surgeons at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York opened Palma’s cranium and had found a cancerous tumor. However, the mass was observed to be identical to a quail egg. After the mass was placed under a microscope for a closer look, it turned out to be a baby tapeworm as reported by Jonathan Rasoulli, the chief surgery resident at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The doctors had identified this as a case of neurocysticercosis, a parasitic infection in the brain. The tapeworm was identified as Taenia solium. This specific worm is not usually found in the US. It is found in rare cases in the adult form though and the cause is usually eating undercooked pork after which the worm lives only in the intestines. However, the other rare way of getting it is from other people who have these in their stomach and haven’t washed their hands properly after excreting them with their stools. The eggs can then travel after hatching into larvae to the brain and other parts through the bloodstream.

White Meat also Increases the Cholesterol Level as much as Red Meat, Study Reveals

White Meat also Increases the Cholesterol Level as much as Red Meat, Study Reveals

The popular belief that white meat which contains low saturated fat will not affect the health as like red meat has been proved wrong. This has been found after a study has revealed that white meat can raise the cholesterol level of the body as much as red meat. The Study has published online in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last Monday.

The research which was based on three diets – red meat, white meat and non-meat proteins has found that both white and red meat has the same effect on cholesterol when the saturated fat levels are equal. The study also reveals that the diet with non-meat proteins carries healthy blood cholesterol levels.

“When we planned this study, we expected red meat to have a more adverse effect on blood cholesterol levels than white meat, but we were surprised that this was not the case- their effects on Cholesterol are identical when saturated fat levels are equivalent,” said Dr. Ronald Krauss who is a senior scientist and Director of Atherosclerosis Research at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California in a statement.

The high saturated fats are normally found in food including fatty beef, poultry with skin, the dairy products such as butter, cheese and creams. The study called Animal and Plant Protein and Cardiovascular Health trial were conducted on 113 healthy people. The participants were randomly assigned to a diet that was either high or low in saturated fat.

The high level of low-density lipoproteins which is also called bad cholesterol will cause the formation of plaque in the blood vessel. The dire consequences will be reflected in the body in the form of cardiac arrest, stroke and other heart-related diseases. Replacing food that is high in saturated fat with a healthy diet such as fruits, vegetables, fish can lower blood cholesterol levels and improve health condition.

About One Million New STD Cases Occur Everyday Says WHO

About One Million New STD Cases Occur Everyday Says WHO

According to the new estimate provided by the World Health Organization, over a million people get infected by sexually transmitted diseases on a daily basis. The new study which brings forth the inability to curb the spread of these diseases is called as a “wake-up call” as tone out of every 25 people on a global scale is hit by them each day. The Executive Director for Universal Health Coverage and the Life-Course at WHO, Dr. Peter Salama said, “We are seeing a concerning lack of progress in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections worldwide.”

A report by the BBC news has identified four top infections, namely- chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis with trichomoniasis being spread by a parasite infection during sex and the rest being bacterial infections. While WHO has been tracking the spread of these four main diseases, experts are more concerned in particular with their drug-resisting nature. Using condoms, practicing safe sex and having access to proper testing were termed as crucial by the organization.

The report claims there has been no downfall in the rate of spread of the top four diseases, in fact, there exist cases where individuals carry more than one of them. While many of these cases don’t carry symptoms, in other instances the infection is accompanied with the pain while urinating, bleeding and discharge.

The serious cases, however, can range from infertility in women, to a number of issues related to childbirth and health problems for the baby in women who contract the disease while being pregnant. Health problems in the babies range from stillborn or premature babies, pneumonia and other congenital diseases are also a common occurrence. While adults ranging from years 15-49 have high chances of cardiovascular and neurological diseases. In the year 2016, there were more than 300 million cases of such infections according to the report.