Ticks carry a wide array of pathogens – and environmental changes mean they are spreading
Three teenage girls are facing criminal charges in the United States after knowingly exposing a classmate with a severe pineapple allergy to the fruit, police say. A 14-year-old is accused of rubbing pineapple on her own hand and then high-fiving the girl with the allergy during a lunch period at Butler Intermediate High School in Butler, Pennsylvania, on December 13. The victim, also 14, was transported to Butler Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released, The Associated Press reported.
Children returning to school after the winter holidays appear to be sharing more than just their new toys. They are driving influenza infections to levels not seen since the swine flu pandemic of 2009, public health officials said. By the time this flu season is over, experts said, more than 50,000 Americans will be dead. While the year’s flu activity is actually starting to cool in some regions, it remains high across most of the country and is gaining in other areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NHS doctors are being pressured into manipulating patient records to ensure hospitals do not miss waiting-time targets, according to frontline medics. Senior managers are allegedly encouraging doctors to participate in fraudulent activity and whistleblowers say patient safety is being put at risk as trusts look to avoid breaches.
Amazon.com Inc, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co will form a healthcare company aimed at cutting costs for their U.S. employees, they said on Tuesday, sending shares in the broad healthcare sector sharply lower.