Cancer, Schmancer. In California, Coffee Is King

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It turns out that California and the Trump administration do agree on at least one thing: Don’t mess with coffee.

Trump’s hand-picked food and drug czar, Scott Gottlieb, said Wednesday that he “strongly supports” a proposal by officials in Sacramento to exempt the morning elixir from the state’s list of known cancer-causing compounds despite a court order to the contrary.

I think coffee is fantastic. I think it’s good for me, good for my heart, makes me happy.

Over Past 20 Years, The Percentage Of Children With ADHD Nearly Doubles

The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has reached more than 10 percent, a significant increase during the past 20 years, according to a study released Friday.

The rise was most pronounced in minority groups, suggesting that better access to health insurance and mental health treatment through the Affordable Care Act might have played some role in the increase. The rate of diagnosis during that time period doubled in girls, although it was still much lower than in boys.

Bulgaria reports its first outbreak of African swine fever

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria reported its first outbreak of African swine fever on Friday, with authorities saying seven backyard pigs at a farm close to the Romanian border had been infected with the disease.

African swine fever is a highly contagious disease that affects pigs and wild boar. It does not affect humans.

Seven infected animals were found at one farm in the northeastern village of Tutrakantsi, village and tests confirmed the virus, the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency said, adding that all 23 pigs in the village will be culled and a 3-kilometre quarantine zone will be established around the village.

Ebola control measures seem to be working in Congo, WHO says

GENEVA (Reuters) – Efforts to halt an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo appear to be working, but substantial risks remain, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

A Congolese health worker administers Ebola vaccine to a boy who had contact with an Ebola sufferer in the village of Mangina in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Olivia Acland

The outbreak has so far killed 77 people in Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces among 116 cases. Fifteen of the cases were healthworkers.

Mediterranean diet could be better than ‘Viagra’ for erectile dysfunction

According to new research from the University of Athens, only nine tablespoons olive oil a week – a part of the popular Mediterranean diet, could be better than Sildenafil or Viagra in improving a man’s erectile dysfunction by up to 40 percent. The study was published in the latest issue of the journal Circulation.

HHS Watchdog To Probe Enforcement Of Nursing Home Staffing Standards

The inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services this month launched an examination into federal oversight of skilled nursing facilities amid signs some homes aren’t meeting Medicare’s minimum staffing requirements.

Russian trolls fan flames in U.S. vaccine debate

Some of the same Twitter accounts that tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election have sent messages to amplify strong views – both pro and con – about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, a U.S. study suggests.

FILE PHOTO: A doctor prepares a syringe in a municipal vaccination centre in Nice, southeastern France, September 9, 2009. Four vaccination centres will be opened by Nice’s municipality in case of H1N1 influenza virus contagion. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

China probably underreporting swine fever: U.S. Agriculture’s Perdue

AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – An outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in China’s hogs is probably bigger than what has been reported publicly, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Thursday.

Piglets are seen by a sow at a pig farm in Zhoukou, Henan province, China June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

“We think that it probably has been underreported in China – the way they’re able to control their media about that,” Perdue said at Landus Cooperative office in Ames, Iowa.

China on Aug. 3 reported its first cases of the deadly ASF in Liaoning province and found another outbreak in Zhengzhou in central Henan province two weeks later.

Genome-wide association study provides insight into biologic mechanisms leading to fractures

A paper titled “Assessment of the genetic and clinical determinants of fracture risk: genome wide association and mendelian randomization study” appeared today in the British Medical Journal. The paper reports findings from a large international collaboration that identified 15 variations in the genome that are related to the risk of suffering bone fractures, which are a major healthcare problem affecting more than 9 million persons worldwide every year. The study provides evidence against a causal effect of several proposed clinical risk factors for fractures, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin D, as well as others. These findings strongly suggest that treatments aimed at increasing bone strength are more likely to be successful in preventing fractures than widespread supplementation of calcium and vitamin D or targeting other risk factors that were not found to mediate the disease.

Study adds more evidence to underlying autoimmune mechanisms in type 1 diabetes

Immune reactions are usually a good thing-;the body’s way of eliminating harmful bacteria and other pathogens. But people also rely on molecular “brakes,” or checkpoints, to keep immune systems from attacking their own cells and organs and causing so-called autoimmune disease. Now, working with mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that in the rodent form of type 1 diabetes, specific immune cells fail to respond to one of these checkpoint molecules, letting the immune system go into overdrive and attack insulin-producing cells.