Invites terminally ill girl to concert

Sheeran invites terminally ill woman Channan Petrides and her friend backstage at Wembley Arena in London to fulfill her dream of seeing Sheeran perform. He was so lovely and genuine, he had a great sense of humour and was really easy to get on with. He signed my programme and we took some selfies together. He smelt […]

Family settles for $5.9 million

Officials say the family of Garner accepts settlement for $5.9 million with New York City. NYC Comptroller Stringer: Following a judicious review of the claim and facts of this case, my office was able to reach a settlement with the estate of Eric Garner that is in the best interests of all parties. We are all familiar […]

Reveals Fair Housing Act

The Obama administration plans to reduce the racial segregation of neighborhoods using federal housing funds to make desirable neighborhoods more affordable for less affluent minorities. The Fair Housing Act enforces extant civil rights law on banning residential discrimination. Areas that fail to comply with the Housing Act will lose federal housing funds. Housing and Urban Development […]

Blames Obama for immigration

On Face the Nation, Boehner blames President Obama for Congress’ failure to reform immigration laws. He’s stirred up the American people in such a way that it would almost be impossible to do immigration reform, given the environment that we’re dealing with. I want to do immigration reform and the president knows it. I asked the president about a […]

CDC security failures

A report shows CDC fails to prevent power outages between January 2013 and July 2014, leading to staff evacuation to prevent pathogen exposure. The report indicates one incident in Building 23 of Atlanta, Georgia where a lightning strike lead to airflow failures, the inability to open hallway doors, and loss of phone communication. The report also includes instances of worker […]

Reassures fans

  Iwata addresses public concerns about his gaunt appearance post-surgery via Twitter. I saw many worried comments over how thin I’ve become. The truth is that after a major operation, I lost weight, but during these past two and a half months, thankfully my weight has stabilized, and I’m progressing well. I would truly like to […]

Statement on illness

Nintendo issues Iwata’s statement on his absence on E3: Thank you very much for your continued extraordinary support of us. I am Satoru Iwata, President of the company. Today, there is one thing that I would like to share with you…Recently, as the result of one of my routine physical examinations, an issue was detected. Following […]

Rexulti approved

FDA approves H. Lundbeck A/S and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd’s anti-psychotic drug Rexulti for the treatment of schizophrenia. The approval follows the results of seven clinical trials, three of which examines its effects on schizophrenia and four of which examines its effects on major depressive disorder (MDD).

Ebola returns to Liberia

Ebola returns to Liberia with five recent cases of the disease. Sequencing data show the virus is genetically similar to the past Ebola outbreak. WHO conducts further tests to see if people unknowingly had the virus and explores other possibilities such as sexual transmission. There are a considerable number of survivors. And we also know that it persists […]

Isolated child misdiagnosed

State health officials announce a misdiagnosis of measles in a child patient isolated at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. The misdiagnosis leads to people receiving vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella. Department of Public Health: It is important that Public Health authorities at all levels respond immediately to suspected measles to carry initial diagnostic testing, consult with the CDC, and […]

CDC: Don’t kiss chickens

CDC links Salmonella outbreak affecting at least 181 people in 40 states to affectionate behavior between people and live poultry. CDC recommends regularly washing hands from handling poultry, keeping live poultry away from homes, and breastfeeding to protect infants from salmonella. 86 percent of the 95 ill people who were interviewed reported contact with live poultry in the week before […]

21st Century Cures bill approved

The House of Representatives pass the “21st Century Cures Act” which increases research funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $9 billion over the next five years. The bill also provides $550 million over the next 5 years to expedite the discovery and approval of drugs by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill also adds provisions to […]

Obama nominates Slavitt

Obama nominates UnitedHealth Group executive Slavitt for senate approval to head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Slavitt currently works as acting administrator of government health insurance programs and is known for his efforts in rectifying issues with the health insurance website during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Senator Klobuchar: With decades of experience […]

$3.4 Billion pledged for Ebola

International donors pledge $3.4 billion for a total of $5.2 billion to help rebuild Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone following the Ebola epidemic. The U.N. will follow up to ensure the delivery of the money. New pledges include $745 million from the African Development Bank, $495 million from the European Union, $360 million from the Islamic Development […]

Twitter removes epileptic videos

Twitter removes “#DiscoverMusic campaign” Vine videos that use bright flashing effects that cause epileptic seizures in viewers. Epilepsy Action: For a huge corporation like Twitter to take that risk was irresponsible.

Donates $50k to leukemia patient

Swift donates $50,000 to the GoFundMe page of Naomi Oakes, a leukemia patient, in response to the eleven year old adopting Swift’s Bad Blood as her theme song for her hospitalization video. To the beautiful and brave Naomi, I’m sorry you have to miss it, but there will always be more concerts. Let’s focus on getting […]

Painkiller warnings strengthened

FDA strengthens warning levels for painkillers that increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks, further warning individuals with a history of heart attacks, hypertension, or other heart disease to be cautious about using non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAID). This is in response to recent data that show the increase in the risk of strokes and heart attacks […]

WHO can’t handle Epidemics

A 28 page report by a panel led by Dame Stocking says the World Health Organisation unable to handle public health emergencies judging from its performance in the Ebola epidemic. The report suggests fault in WHO’s financial preparedness, reliance on diplomacy, and lack of decisive actions by director general Chan. Furthermore, the report recommends regional and […]

Jail for avoiding quarantine

South Korea passes a law that imprisons people for up to two years if they defy quarantine orders when suspected of having an infectious disease. Police officers, firefighters, and other public workers will also help health investigators enforce the quarantine law. This is in response to the 181 confirmed cases and 31 deaths resulting from an infection […]

Clinic vaccination errors

In an annual audit, authorities shut down a clinic in Salem County, N.J. that gave expired or wrong vaccinations to uninsured children through the Shots for Tots program between October 2014 and June 2015. The audit reveals a two-year-old boy was given an excessive dose of an HPV vaccination for cervical cancer (Gardasil), a one-year-old child was given a flu mist […]

Utah vaccination recommended

Utah Department of Heath follows up with 200 potential cases of measles that may have come into contact with the two youth cases in Utah. Department Health Educator Becky Ward recommends vaccination to prevent larger cases as the virus may infect other individuals during the 10-12 days prior to visible symptoms. Often people feel good enough to be out and about, and that is […]

First nine cases confirmed

California Department of Health confirms nine cases of measles from unvaccinated visitors who contracted the disease in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Orange County, California from December 15 to December 20. The department confirms seven cases treated in California and two cases treated in Utah, and urges people to contact health care providers if they experience symptoms of fever, […]

South Korean schools reopen

As MERS cases and deaths slow, South Korean schools reopen following recommendation by WHO. President Park Geun-hye also asks the people of South Korea to resume business as normal in response to the country’s revenue loss following the outbreak. Bin Ko-ok, a grandmother of a first-grader: The child’s mother and I both work, so I think it’s better for kids to […]

Second Philippines case

Officials confirm Philippine’s second case of MERS in a 36-year-old man from Dubai, who flew to Manila on a flight from Dubai, after making a stopover in Saudi Arabia. He began showing symptoms and was admitted to the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa city, about 30km (18 miles) south of the capital, Manila, where he tested positive and […]

First South Korea deaths

South Korea’s health ministry confirms the first deaths of two people due to MERS. A 58-year-old woman, who had been treated as a suspected case of MERS, died of acute respiratory failure on June 29 and tests later came back positive for the virus. The other victim died on June 30, a 71-year-old man who was confirmed to have […]

Poll: vaccinations beneficial

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital polls 1416 parents and show more parents find vaccines to be beneficial and safe in response to measles outbreaks. One third of parents say they think vaccines have more benefit than they did a year ago, according to a poll conducted in May. That’s compared to the 5 percent of parents who said they now think […]

First measles death in 12 years

Health authorities confirm death of a woman due to measles-induced pneumonia, in Clallam County, Washington. The link is not spotted until a post-mortem examination because the woman lacked some common symptoms, such as a rash. The woman had been hospitalised for several health conditions in the spring and was on medication that had weakened her immune system. An autopsy concludes […]