Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 4:22 PM EDT Oct 1, 2018 With the return of pumpkin spice lattes and cooler temperatures comes another annual rite of passage: flu season. It's hard to predict just how hard the influenza will strike Michiganders this year, said Angela Minicuci, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, because "every flu season is different so we can’t really predict how severe or mild a season may be." Seasonal flu activity most commonly begins to rear its ugly head as early as October and can continue to make us sniffly and feverish as late as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of cases tend to peak nationally from December to February. And yet, sometimes, flu season gets an earlier start. More: Canine influenza in Michigan: 5 things you need to know More: Flu spreads from Michigan convention to 12 states Kent County had … [Read more...] about What’s in the flu shot? Michigan H1N1 strain added to vaccine mix
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Health Cancer Africa Genetic Research Charles Rotimi first realized the future was passing him by around 2005. The Human Genome Project had recently finished spelling out an entire set of human DNA. Following that breakthrough, scientists in six countries across the globe had begun collecting blood samples to find genes responsible for various conditions, including serious diseases, which could lead to treatments. And Rotimi, who was leading that collection effort in Africa, had the sick feeling that history was repeating itself.He wasn’t concerned about himself so much as his homeland. In the past, African patients have had poor access to medical advances, even as scientists use them as research subjects. Rotimi worried that genetics might again exploit the 1 billion people n sub-Saharan Africa, ignoring their need for treatments for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and cancer. “The genomic revolution was going to fly over Africa,” he says, “and tomorrow’s … [Read more...] about Cancer Scientists Have Ignored African DNA in the Search for Cures
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index New York has the lowest rate of organ donor registration in the country. Thousands languish on wait lists, and hundreds needlessly die every year. Kehinde Majekodumi has been on dialysis for two years. She is one of around 8,500 New Yorkers with organ failure who are currently awaiting an organ transplant. Credit Kholood Eid for The New York Times Supported by ByTed Alcorn July 11, 2018 Kehinde Majekodumi does not look desperately ill. A vibrant 24-year-old, she bears little outward sign except a scar beneath her collarbone where a catheter was once inserted. But three times a week she deviates from her regular commute between the apartment she shares with her twin sister and her job in a university admissions office to a dialysis center in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. There she spends four hours hooked up to a machine that substitutes for her failing kidneys. As it removes waste products from her … [Read more...] about New York Has World-Class Hospitals. Why Is It So Bad for People in Need of Transplants?
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2018) — The Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) has received a $2.6 million contract from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to continue its participation in the NCI’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program. If the NCI exercises all contract options, the contract could be worth up to $31 million over 10 years. Housed within the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Control Program, KCR serves the entire state, including investigators at other state institutions and across the country. “Data is the key to unlocking new knowledge and creating new understanding about myriad complex questions of our day. For too long, Kentucky families have known the scourge of cancer, and our ability to reverse the darkest trends in high incidence rates is incumbent on clear and accurate data collection and analysis,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “Renewed support from the National Cancer Institute for the Kentucky Cancer … [Read more...] about Kentucky Cancer Registry awarded multimillion-dollar contract from the NCI