Measles outbreak rocks Madagascar

While the US faces measles outbreaks from New York to Washington state, reigniting discussions about the risk of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, Madagascar has been fighting the worst eruption of the disease in decades. Since October, the African island nation has seen more than 50,000 cases of the highly contagious viral infection, which has so far taken the lives of more than 300 people, mostly kids, the country's secretary general of the ministry of health tells CNN. That's more than double the numbers reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in mid-January. "We heard rumblings of a measles outbreak in the capital between December and January and I just knew we were going to get hit," Lon Kightlinger, a former South Dakota state epidemiologist and regular Peace Corp volunteer in Madagascar, tells CNN. "Our one doctor here,...

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PFAS blamed for animal deformities and losses to farmers in New South Wales

The heartbreak of watching thousands of fish grow with twisted spines and deformed skulls has taken Greg Semple to a "pretty dark place, mentally". The owner of Murray Cod Hatcheries in the south-western New South Wales town of Wagga Wagga took over the business in 1996. "It's all been downhill since then," Mr Semple said. "In the spring-summer breeding season in 1996, we produced 1.2 million healthy native fingerlings in just one hectare of ponds. "Other ponds were being used to grow tons of food-sized fish. ...

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Vaccines distributed in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana causing infections

The vaccine you received for the flu, whooping cough or hepatitis A might not work. And on top of that, it might have actually infected you. Kentucky's health department is sounding the alarm Friday night about a vaccine made in Mount Sterling. Location Vaccination started providing vaccines for businesses in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana in September. Shortly after, some people started noticing swelling and lumps at the injection site. The health department says the vaccine was contaminated because it wasn't stored properly. The company is stopping its distribution. ...

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Actively religious people are happier than those who don’t participate in a faith

People who actively practice a religion may be happier than the rest, according to a new study. A Pew Research study analyzed survey data from more than two dozen countries to compare the self-reported lifestyles of religious and non-religious people. Overall, the researchers found actively religious people tend to be happier, though they aren't necessarily healthier in terms of exercise or obesity rates. While the link between religion and health may not have been so clear, the findings on self-reported happiness are 'striking,' the researchers say. The study broke religious participation down to three categories are: Actively religious (regular participation), 'inactively religious' (claim a religious but attend services infrequently), and 'religiously unaffiliated' (people who do not identify with any religion). More than a third of actively religious adults in the US (36 percent) described themselves as 'very happy' in the...

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The benefits of fasting: More than just a fad

You may have heard about it. You may have even tried fasting. You might even be the one who's tried fasting and who's been so successful at it and you are now a huge proponent of it. But did you know that researchers are busy studying whether is a good thing or just a fad, and are fast concluding that fasting benefits you in more ways than one? For example, one small study shows that the oxidative stress of fasting may have a positive effect on your body, from producing antioxidant compounds in response to the stress, to protecting your body from aging and enhancing mitochondrial activity. According to Inverse, identifying all the benefits of fasting is still in its infancy, but one thing researchers are sure of so far is that "fasting really changes the body" and that science...

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