August 10, 2012 - Scientists say a new strain of Bird Flu could theoretically pose a threat to humans. Harbor seals with the H3N8 strain started washing up on the shore from Maine to Massachusetts last September. Most of the seals weren't even six months old yet. They appeared to have severe pneumonia and skin lesions and at least 162 of them died. The researchers say the virus jumped from birds to the marine mammals. Other strains of the Avian Flu have spread to humans before. The study, published in the journal M-Bio, was led by Columbia University scientists.
Also, more Americans have multiple health problems. New government statistics show 21 percent of adults 45-64 years old have two or more chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer and hypertension. That's up from 16 percent a decade ago. 45 percent of them have at least two chronic conditions. The report published in the July edition of the NCHS Data Brief states the rise in the number of people with more than one chronic condition presents a complex challenge to the U.S. health care system, both in terms of quality of life and expenditures for an aging population.