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What you need to know about rat lungworm disease


Hawaii News Digest, 10 August 2017, 15:15 hrs, UTC, Post #15414.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/community/ounce-prevention-what-you-need-know-about-rat-lungworm-disease

Accessed on 10 August 2017, 15:15 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Over the past 10 years, Hawaii Island has seen a rapid increase in the number of reported cases of rat lungworm disease.  Although the disease is preventable with a few simple precautions, some health officials feel not enough has been done to inform residents about the parasitic infection.

In an effort to increase public awareness of rat lungworm disease, Dr. Susan Jarvi, a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Daniel Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH-Hilo, will present two public discussions of the disease at the Lyman Museum on Monday, 14 August 2017, 7-8:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 3-4:30 p.m.  At these meetings, Dr. Javi

“will provide critical information about the rat lungworm parasite, including life cycle, disease carriers, exposure risk, diagnostic testing and proven prevention measures.”

“Jarvi’s lab focuses on understanding host-parasite relationships using the avian malaria/avian pox disease system as a model. Since 2012, the lab has focused more efforts on rat lungworm disease education and research.”

“She and colleagues founded the Hawaii Island Rat Lungworm Working group in 2012, and they have made considerable progress in promoting prevention of the disease through education and outreach, and research on infection levels in molluscs and rats, exposure levels in humans, prevention through vaccination, and improvement in human diagnostics.”

For more information on the program, please call 935-5021.

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Rare bacteria sends patient to hospital-cause of death under investigation


Hawaii News Digest, 12 July 2017, 16:55 hrs, UTC, Post #15312.

Source:

http://khon2.com/2017/07/11/rare-bacteria-sends-patient-to-hospital-cause-of-death-under-investigation

Accessed on 12 July 2017, 16:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Sara Mattison.

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Comment:

The State of Hawaii Department of Health is investigating the hosptial death of a Hawaii resident who apparently died from a vibrio bacterial infection. Although most healthy people recover quickly from this bacterial infection, those with compromised immune systems can suffer extreme pain, amputation, and even death in some cases.  A vibrio infection may appear red, swollen, and painful.

State epidemiologist Dr. Sara Park tells reporter Sara Mattison that a majority of vibrio cases come from eating undercooked seafood or exposing an open wound to warm seawater.

Dr. Park offers a few suggestions for avoiding this rare bacteria:

“If you have a liver disease or you have other kinds of underlying illness that makes your immune system not quite so robust, even if just mildly so, you’re at risk for more severe infection,” Park said. “The current understanding is that it carries about a 50-percent mortality risk for those kinds of persons. For healthy persons, we generally recover.”

“To protect you and your family from vibrio, health officials recommend that you cook seafood at a high temperature for at least 15 minutes, refrigerate raw seafood as soon as possible, and avoid warm seawater if you have a cut.”

“Any case of vibriosis needs to be reported to the state so that officials can follow up and, if need be, warn the public.”

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Hawaii dispensaries not yet growing medical marijuana plants | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU — The groups that plan to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii have all identified sites to grow their products, but none of the eight licensees has begun cultivating the plants because they haven’t been given a green light from the state Department of Health.

Source: Hawaii dispensaries not yet growing medical marijuana plants | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/hawaii-dispensaries-not-yet-growing-medical-marijuana-plants).

Accessed on 13 October 2016, 17:05 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cathy Bussewitz (Associated Press, Honolulu).

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Comment:

Now that all eight licensed Hawaii medical marijuana dispensaries are ready to serve patients, there’s only one major roadblock preventing the opening of the facilities–permission to grow the plants.

According to AP reporter Cathy Bussewitz, the state doesn’t have “a software system to track the product from seed to sale.”  The federal government requires tracking software before any medical marijuana can be planted.  Hawaii Department of Health representative Keith Ridley says “the state is finalizing a contract for software…it’s very important that we get this software tracking system up and running as quickly as possible.”

Another sticky issue is the lack of laboratories to test medical marijuana products. So far, no labs have applied with the state to begin a testing program.  Ridley adds that  no medical marijuana can be sold from dispensaries until it’s tested by a certified laboratory.


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‘WE ARE HERE’: Free hepatitis C/HIV testing offered at Keaau clinic | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A new, free hepatitis C/HIV testing clinic is available in Keaau.

Source: ‘WE ARE HERE’: Free hepatitis C/HIV testing offered at Keaau clinic | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/we-are-here-free-hepatitis-chiv-testing-offered-keaau-clinic).

Accessed on 11 October 2015, 16:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jeff Hansel.

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Comment:

The Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation is offering free testing for hepatitis C and HIV at its Keaau office, 16-204 Malekahiwa Street, Suite1. The office is located next to Easter Seals and is open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday evening until further notice.

For several years, the CDC has recommended that  “everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care.”  According to the CDC, there are approximately 156,000 Americans with undiagnosed HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.  Among Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, 38 persons were diagnosed with HIV in 2015. Nineteen were diagnosed with AIDS.

According to reporter Jeff Hansel, the free, confidential test takes about 20 minutes for either HIV or hepatitis C.  If you don’t have health insurance, the Keaau Clinic can make health insurance available to you.  If you do have HIV or hepatitis C, you will receive counseling and a referral to a physician who specializes in treating HIV.  If you have questions regarding the testing program, please call 982-8800 in Hilo or 331-8177 in Kona.  This test could save your life.


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KHNL: WHO urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks


By JAMEY KEATENAssociated Press GENEVA (AP) – The U.N. health agency on Tuesday recommended that countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks like sodas, sp

Source: KHNL: WHO urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_331260/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=fI2pZ1h).

Accessed on 11 October 2016, 15:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jamey Keaten (Associated Press).

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Comment:

The announcement was timed for World Obesity Day. The World Health Organization says obesity in the world more than doubled between 1980-2014, when 40 percent of people globally were overweight.

WHO says tax regulating power could cut the consumption of sugary drinks, sports drinks, and even 100 percent fruit juices, which have been implicated in diabetes, obesity, toot decay, and even cancer.  WHO believes lower consumption of sugar could lead to  reduced health costs and save lives.


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Thailand confirms SE Asia’s first Zika-linked birth defects – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL


Authorities in Thailand have confirmed that two cases of babies with microcephaly, or abnormally small heads, were caused by the Zika virus, the first such cases found in Southeast Asia.

Source: Thailand confirms SE Asia’s first Zika-linked birth defects – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33286205/thailand-confirms-se-asias-first-zika-linked-birth-defects).

Accessed on 01 October 2016, 15:45 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

You might want to consider postponing your trip to Thailand this year, especially if you’re pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant.

Dr. Prasert Thongcharoen, a senior Health Ministry official in Thailand, said on Friday the the “linkage to Zika was confirmed by laboratory tests in two of three cases of babies afflicted with microcephaly.”

WHO Southeast Asia regional director Dr. Poonam Khetrapel Singh added that “Zika virus infection is a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and her unborn child.”

The relatively mild infection in adults can be devastating to newborns.  The disease is spread by mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes also carry dengue fever, malaria, and chikungunya fever.

The CDC has issued additional travel advisories to 11 southeast Asian nations, including Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.


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Compound made famous by ‘Erin Brockovich’ occurs naturally in isle water | West Hawaii Today


CNN revealed Wednesday that all 50 states have the carcinogen chromium-6 in their water supplies, a chemical made famous by the movie “Erin Brockovich.”

Source: Compound made famous by ‘Erin Brockovich’ occurs naturally in isle water | West Hawaii Today (http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/compound-made-famous-erin-brockovich-occurs-naturally-isle-water).

Accessed on 22 September 2016, 16:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Jeff Hansel.

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Comment”

A toxic carcinogen made famous in the film “Erin Brockovich” occurs naturally in all 50 states.

A group called the “Environmental Working Group” tells CNN that California wants “to drop its water levels of chromium-6 to 0.02 parts per billion.”

According to the “Environmental Working Group”, the 96720 zip code, which includes most of Hilo, averages 1.0 parts per billion of chromium-6 in recent tests.  Hawaii County data indicate that chromium-6 “comes from natural sources…it doesn’t come from a manufacturing leak or from human activities”–something illustrated by the popular film.

Kawika Uyehara, Hawaii County Department of Water Supply deputy director, tells reporter Jeff Hansel that Hawaii County “regularly monitors for ‘total chromium’–including chromium-6.”


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