Long-awaited CBP plan for migrant health screenings is ‘bare bones,’ doctor says

(CNN)More than a year after migrants in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection began to die, the agency released a plan on Tuesday to improve medical screening. Four children died in CBP custody from December 2018 through May 2019. Three died of the flu and one died of sepsis. Adults in CBP custody have also died in the past year. The CBP plan calls for the screenings to be rolled out in three phases. In the first phase, upon initial encounter with the migrant, border patrol agents will “observe and identify potential medical issues” and tell migrants to alert them if they have medical problems. In the second phase, migrants under age 18 will receive “health interviews,” and …

Bernie Sanders is in ‘good health’ after heart attack, doctor says in summary of health

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders is in “good health,” nearly three months after suffering a heart attack, the attending physician at the US Capitol said in a letter released Monday. Monahan’s letter notes that the 78-year-old Sanders is 6 feet tall and weighs 174 pounds. The campaign also released two additional letters from physicians at the University of Vermont, who have examined Sanders since his heart attack earlier this year, saying that Sanders is in good health and making a strong recovery. The doctors, Philip Ades, Patrick Savage and Martin LeWinter, said they believed Sanders is fit to serve as president. Sanders underwent a cardiopulmonary exercise tolerance test on December 11. The test predicts outcomes in patients with a cardiac condition, and …

The good, the bad and the ugly in global health in 2019

(CNN)Looking back over more than 30 years working in public health globally and in the United States, I can’t recall a year with as pronounced a divergence: big advances and big setbacks. The bad The world is still not ready for a disease epidemic. Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the epidemic is not over. Measles still kills more than 100,000 children a year, and cases increased 17% as misinformation about vaccines spread and vaccination systems underperformed. The recent decline in malaria deaths has slowed. New approaches and energy are needed to reduce the number of people malaria kills annually to less than 400,000. After five decades of declines in heart attack …

Dog in health scare after gobbling Christmas pud

“This is our first Christmas with Marley and I thought we were going to lose him,” Ms Bloor said. Latest news from the West Midlands Dog nearly dies eating Christmas tree decorations Girl’s Christmas and birthday without therapy dog Elsewhere in Staffordshire, a two-year-old Labrador, Ozzie, snaffled a mulled wine-soaked Christmas pudding at his home in Uttoxeter. Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.