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Deadly drug-resistant fungal infection ‘Candida auris’ spreading fast

Deadly drug-resistant fungal infection ‘Candida auris’ spreading fast

The deadly drug-resistant fungal infection "Candida auris" has been spreading in the United States and the world as a whole. Since June last year, nearly three dozen Americans have been diagnosed with this infection.

Candida auris infections have been reported in five continents of the world since it was detected in 2009, when it was discovered in an ear infection in Japan. Since then, it has been reported in Colombia, Kenya, India, the U. S., Israel, Kuwait, Pakistan, South Korea, Venezuela, and the UK.

Eastern Oregon enters Phase III of wolf management plan

Eastern Oregon enters Phase III of wolf management plan

After the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife staff documented a third year of seven or more breeding pairs of wolves last year, the eastern part of the state has entered Phase III of its wolf management plan.

Announcing Eastern Oregon's entry into Phase III of the wolf management plan on Tuesday, wildlife officials also confirmed that wildlife staff documented eight breeding pairs of the wild beast in the area east of U. S. Highways 97,
20 and 395 in 2016.

Opioid-related deaths on the rise in Massachusetts

Opioid-related deaths on the rise in Massachusetts

The number of deaths related to opioid overdoses in Massachusetts continued to soar in 2016, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) underlined in its latest report.

According to the newly released DPH report, nearly 2,000 opioid-related deaths occurred in Massachusetts last year. Unintentional overdoses accounted for a total of 1,465 deaths, while 469 to 562 deaths were suspected to be caused by opioid-related issues.

The report also revealed that fentanyl played a role in as many as three-quarters of the fatalities recorded last year.

Debate over Planned Parenthood funding continues

Debate over Planned Parenthood funding continues

U. S. President Donald Trump and other Republicans have threatened to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood because clinics operating under the organization provide abortion services as well.

This Saturday, the debate over the issue will peak with protest rallies across the nation, including at clinics in San Francisco, Redwood City and Napa, demanding "defunding" of Planned Parenthood.

New Jersey moms to be given ‘Baby Boxes’ in a bid to lower infant mortality rates

New Jersey moms to be given ‘Baby Boxes’ in a bid to lower infant mortality rates

New Jersey on Thursday launched a universal baby box program that will provide all babies born in the state this year with free safe boxes to sleep in addition to some other newborn essentials, authorities announced.

The "Baby Boxes" program, rolled out yesterday at Cooper University Hospital, is part of a safe-sleeping campaign that aims to reduce the number of babies dying from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS).

USDA insists it isn’t suppressing scientists’ communications with public

USDA insists it isn’t suppressing scientists’ communications with public

In wake of severe criticism over its gag order on scientists communicating with the public, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) claimed that it isn't suppressing its scientists' communications with the public.

The federal agency was flooded with harsh comments and criticism after news broke that it e-mailed its researchers and ordered them not to speak to the press and make any press release. However, the agency later insisted that its researchers can still publish peer-reviewed journal articles and give media interviews.

Getting flu shots too early may be undermining efficacy of US’ vaccination program

Getting flu shots too early may be undermining efficacy of US’ vaccination program

Vaccinating people too early may actually be undermining the efficacy of the United States' flu vaccination program as a flu shot may wear off if a person gets it too early, various studies suggested.

It is not uncommon to see "flu shot signs" as early as late July or early August when temperatures are still in the 80s. But, studies from the U. S. and Europe have discovered that the flu shots' efficiency steadily declines in the months after vaccination.

Amazon will deliver till midnight on Christmas Eve

Amazon will deliver till midnight on Christmas Eve

Amazon will deliver gifts for holiday shoppers till Christmas Eve midnight. The company said that its team is working extra hours to deliver smiles and gifts to its valuable customers. The service of quick delivery for last minute shoppers will be available only for Amazon Prime Now customers. Amazon Prime Now costs $99 per year and offers special discount and free delivery on many items to customers.

Obama administration abandons controversial Medicare drug payment experiment

Obama administration abandons controversial Medicare drug payment experiment

Bowing to increasing pressure from physicians and pharmaceutical groups, the Obama administration has decided to abandon a controversial proposal designed to overhaul how Medicare reimburses physicians for drugs.

The withdrawn proposal was an attempt to improve health care and discourage spending on expensive medicines. In Medicare Part B, doctors are currently paid 6 per cent on drugs' average wholesale prices. The proposal aimed at lowering that percentage, and adding a flat fee.

Wells Fargo Could Impact Prudential Financial in Fraudulent Insurance Sales

Wells Fargo Could Impact Prudential Financial in Fraudulent Insurance Sales

Prudential Financial Incorporated could be the next in line to suffer after Wells Fargo sales scandal came up. Prudential Financial faces lawsuit in New Jersey state court. Wells Fargo suffered massive blow to its reputation and market valuation after the sales scandal emerged.

The matter is regarding many clients enrolled in life insurance policies without their knowledge. Initial reports suggest a ‘large number of similarities’ between the way Wells Fargo accounts were created and the policies at Prudential Financial.

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