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Health Headlines - 10/11/19

Credit: FOX 47 News Michigan
Published on October 12, 2019 - Duration: 03:16s

Health Headlines - 10/11/19

In today's health headlines we talk about ear infections and how doctors are working to develop a vaccine to deal with this.

Also, the screening guidelines for lung cancer may be too late for first responders.

Finally, a measles exposure was reported at the Philadelphia airport.

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Health Headlines - 10/11/19

THEY'RE A COMMON PROBLEM INCHILDREN.... AND NOW DOCTORS INNEW YORK... ARE TAKINGA CLOSER LOOK.WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EARINFECTIONS.ANDREW HYMAN HAS MORE ON HOWTHOSE DOCTORS ARE WORKING TOCREATE A MOREEFFECTIVE VACCINE.(NATSOT: "WE'RE VERY PROUD TOREPRESENT THE COMMUNITY.")DOCTORS IN THE ROCHESTERREGIONALHEALTH NETWORK ARE TAKING ON ANEW LOOK AT A LONG-TIME PROBLEM.IN AN EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITHTHECENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL.DOCTORS HERE ARE STUDYINGEAR-INFECTION CAUSINGBACTERIA.

BECAUSE DOCTOR MICHAELPICHICHERO SAYS, THE BACTERIAKEEPS CHANGING."THEY'RE BECOMING RESISTANT TOTHE REGULAR ANTIBIOTICS THATCHILDREN ARE RECEIVING, AND THEYALSO GET VACCINES AGAINST EARINFECTIONS."AND HE SAYS THOSE VACCINESBECOME LESSEFFECTIVE, TOO, WHICH CAN MAKETREATMENT A CHALLENGE.

NOT ONLYFOR DOCTORS, BUT FORPARENTS, LIKE STEPHANIE JOHNSON,WHOSE YOUNG SON HAS HAD A COUPLEOF SEVERE INFECTIONS."YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING, AND YOUDON'T WANT TO KEEP GIVING THEMTYLENOL AND ANTIBIOTICS, AND YOUDON'T WANT TO PUMP THEIR BODYFULL OF STUFF."WHICH IS WHY HER SON IS TAKINGPART IN THE STUDY,WHICH IS ALREADY BEING RAN INROCHESTER REGIONAL HEALTHLOCATIONS IN GENEVA,NEWARK AND BAY CREEK.THE STUDY INVOLVES DRAINING AND,COLLECTINGSAMPLES FROM INFECTED EARS, ANDANALYZING THEM IN LABS LIKETHIS.DOCTOR ANDREW SHERMAN SAYS, THISCOULD HELPTAKE OUT THE GUESS WORK IN WHATWILL HELP TREAT AN INFECTION."THIS WAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TODO SOMETHING EXTRA THAT WECOULDN'T DO BEFORE."THE GOAL IS TO GATHER ENOUGHDATA FROMPATIENTS LIKE JOHNSON'S SON, TOTHEN HELP THE CDC DEVELOP A NEWVACCINE, WHICH, SHERMAN SAYS,COULD SOME DAY PREVENT FUTUREINFECTIONS."A LOT OF CHILDREN ARE HAVING ALOT OF SYMPTOMS OF FEVER, ANDPAIN,AND I WANT TO BE A PART OFSOMETHING THAT CAN HELP DECREASETHAT.""I WANT EVERYONE TO BE ABLE TOGET THE RELIEF THAT MY LITTLEBOY GOT."AND IT'S RELIEF, DOCTORS SAY,COULD BE FELT NOTJUST HERE AT HOME.(NATSOT: "BUT FOR ALL THECHILDREN OF THE UNITED STATES.")THE RESEARCHERS SAY... IT COULDBE AT LEAST TWO YEARS BEFORE THEVACCINEGETS APPROVED BY THE F-D-A FORTESTING ON CHILDREN.NEW RESEARCH SHOWS... THESCREENING GUIDELINES FOR LUNGCANCER ...MAY BE PUTTING FIRST RESPONDERSAT RISK.STUDIES SHOW... ABOUT 30-PERCENTOF LUNG CANCERS ARE LINKED TOENVIRONMENTALEXPOSURES... INCLUDING FIRSTRESPONDERS... BUT SCREENINGS AREONLYRECOMMENDED FOR OLDER ADULTSWHO ARE LONG-TIME SMOKERS ...OR THOSE WHO HAVE QUIT WITHINTHE LAST 15 YEARS.RESEARCHERS LOOKED AT ALMOST2-HUNDRED FIRST RESPONDERS...WHO HAD WORKED FORMORE THAN 21 YEARS... AND FOUND44 PERCENT OF THE SCANSRESULTED IN ABNORMAL FINDINGS...THAT NEEDED FOLLOW-UP.THE STUDY SUGGESTS... FIRSTRESPONDERS GET ROUTINE LUNGCANCER SCREENINGS ...BEGINNING AT AGE 40.A WARNING TONIGHT FOR ANYONE WHOTRAVELED THROUGH PHILADELPHIA'SAIRPORTRECENTLY.HEALTH OFFICIALS THERE... AREREPORTING A MEASLES EXPOSURE.IT HAPPENED ON OCTOBER SECONDAND THIRD.THEY SAY.... ONE PERSON WITH ASUSPECTED CASE OF THE MEASLES...VISITED THE AIRPORT BOTH DAYSAND COULD HAVE EXPOSED OTHERS.YOUNG BABIES... THE ELDERY..

ANDTHOSE WITH COMPROMISED IMMUNESYSTEMS... AREMOST AT RISK.PENNSYLVANIA HASNT BEEN HIT BYTHE MEASLES AS BADLY ASMICHIGAN.THEY'VE ONLY HAD 15 CASESREPORTED THIS YEAR.

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