The Health News USA February 27 2018

  • Army officials have recently announced that the fabled pizza military ration, known among U.S. service members as Meals Ready to Eat, will hit rucksacks and chow halls across the globe by next year. Army dietitians and engineers have spent the last 3 years developing a Pizza MRE that met the standards for durability, longevity and nutritional requirements for the service’s field rations. Initial offerings of the Pizza MRE will feature pepperoni toppings only, but Army nutritionists anticipate additional toppings to be added in future iterations of the meal, as service leaders gain feedback from troops in the field.
  • According to a new study that a previously unrecognized link has been found between ovarian cancer and a gene on the X chromosome. The finding, which reveals that a father’s genes play an important role in a woman’s ovarian cancer risk, could change the way doctors look for and treat one of the most lethal types of cancer. The researchers found that women whose paternal grandmothers had ovarian cancer were twice as likely to develop ovarian cancer themselves, compared with those whose maternal grandmothers had ovarian cancer–consistent with the theory that the responsible gene was on the X chromosome.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that the terrible two thousand seventeen and two thousand eighteen flu season may be starting to wind down. But it’s nowhere close to being over, and flu is still widespread in most states, the CDC said on its weekly report on the annual influenza epidemic. Flu activity had been widespread across virtually the entire country for weeks on end, but now 39 states, New York City, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico are reporting high flu activity.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 27th of February 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/23/fabled-pizza-mre-hit-battlefield-next-year-army-sa/

Army officials have recently announced that the fabled pizza military ration, known among U.S. service members as Meals Ready to Eat, will hit rucksacks and chow halls across the globe by next year. Army dietitians and engineers have spent the last three years developing a Pizza MRE that met the standards for durability, longevity and nutritional requirements for the service’s field rations.

Initial offerings of the Pizza MRE will feature pepperoni toppings only, but Army nutritionists anticipate additional toppings to be added in future iterations of the meal, as service leaders gain feedback from troops in the field. David Acecetta, spokesman for the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, told Stars and Stripes that unlike MRE standards such as Chicken Pesto Pasta or Southwest Beef and Black Beans, the biggest challenge to Army engineers was to keep the pizza’s sauce and crust fairly fresh, despite being stored for upwards of three years.

The announcement of the new Pizza MRE comes weeks after an Army study found the service’s recruit pool is suffering from high rates of obesity in future soldiers.  The study, conducted by the Citadel, the military school in Charleston, South Carolina, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Public Health Center and the American Heart Association, found recruits from southern states suffer from the highest levels of obesity and are more prone to injury during basic training.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/23/health/ovarian-cancer-new-gene-x-chromosome-study/index.html

According to a new study that a previously unrecognized link has been found between ovarian cancer and a gene on the X chromosome. The finding, which reveals that a father’s genes play an important role in a woman’s ovarian cancer risk, could change the way doctors look for and treat one of the most lethal types of cancer.

The gene, called MAGECthree, is still under investigation by scientists. A normal version is thought to be protective against tumor formation, according to the study, which was published last week in the journal PLOS Genetics.

According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer has a five-year survival rate of approximately forty five percent. In two thousand fifteen, there were about one point five million cases of ovarian cancer worldwide and more than one hundred sixty one thousand deaths, making it the eighth most common cause of death from cancer.

The researchers found that women whose paternal grandmothers had ovarian cancer were twice as likely to develop ovarian cancer themselves, compared with those whose maternal grandmothers had ovarian cancer — consistent with the theory that the responsible gene was on the X chromosome. Overall, twenty eighty point four percent of the granddaughters in the paternal pairs also developed ovarian cancer, compared with thirteen point nine percent of the granddaughters in the maternal pairs.
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The researchers found that men who carried the mutated gene were also not in the clear. Though men cannot develop ovarian cancer, those with the mutation were more likely to develop other types of cancer, particularly prostate cancer.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/flu-season-winding-down-maybe-cdc-says-n850786

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that the terrible two thousand seventeen and two thousand eighteen flu season may be starting to wind down. But it’s nowhere close to being over, and flu is still widespread in most states, the CDC said on its weekly report on the annual influenza epidemic.

And more children have died from flu, bringing the total for the year so far to ninety seven.
Doctor Daniel Jernigan, one of the CDC’s top flu experts said: “It’s been a tough season so far this year, but this week we’re actually seeing the influenza-like illness activity beginning to drop.”
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Flu activity had been widespread across virtually the entire country for weeks on end, but now thirty nine states, New York City, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico are reporting high flu activity.
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Flu kills between twelve thousand and fifty nine thousand people every year in the U.S. alone and puts as many as seven hundred thousand into the hospital. It takes weeks to gather data but this year has shaped up to be on the severe end in terms of sickness, deaths and hospitalizations.
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And it’s common to see a second wave of flu in late winter or early spring in the U.S. Several different strains of influenza are circulating at any given time. This year, HoneNone, HthreeNtwo and two strains of influenza B are common.

Even though the vaccine provides poor protection against infection for some people against some strains of the flu, it can prevent severe illness and death.

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