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Many Parents Have Trouble Figuring Out The Right Allergy Medicine For Children

A study revealed that most American parents struggle when figuring out the apt allergy medicine for their child. Reportedly, the expiry date of the medicine was not checked by 18 percent parents.

HEALTH April 18, 2017

More Than Half Of US Adults Have Used Marijuana: Poll

A phone survey involving 1,122 adults revealed that 52 percent of adult Americans have tried using marijuana at least once and 14 percent are regular users. Stigma, however, still exists.

HEALTH April 17, 2017

Meet Another Zika Carrier, A Common Backyard Mosquito

Apart from Zika’s main carrier, Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus is the second mosquito species that could potentially transmit the disease. Although this species is not yet a confirmed Zika mosquito vector, Ae. albopictus has been found to carry Zika virus RNA.

HEALTH April 17, 2017

New Rat Lungworm Cases In Hawaii Linked To Contaminated Kava Drink

Two of the six people who drank Kava drink in Keaau were confirmed infected by rat lungworm parasite. A slug was found at the bottom of the brew that was left in an uncovered bucket overnight.

HEALTH April 20, 2017

Why Diabetes Is A Real Threat Among African-Americans

Black people are 1.7 more likely to contract diabetes than white people, statistics show. Since this chronic condition seems to be more prevalent among ethnic minorities, the American Diabetes Association has designed culturally specific programs to raise disease awareness.

HEALTH April 17, 2017

Fentanyl And Heroin Drive Virginia’s Death Toll From Drug Overdoses

Virginia’s soaring drug overdose deaths have a high opioid addiction factor. The state department health officials have assessed that a substantial number of deaths are linked to synthetic opioids like heroin and prescription fentanyl.

HEALTH April 17, 2017

Medical Marijuana Will Become Legal In North Dakota Within A Year

Compassionate Care Centers would open in North Dakota in January 2018. Strict rules and laws will be established for production, distribution, and usage of medical marijuana in the state.

HEALTH April 17, 2017

Researchers Working On Smart Bandages That Will Use 5G Data To Relay Health Details

Scientists at the Swansea University produced a smart bandage, which uses nanotechnology and 5G wireless data to transmit the health status of a wound to doctors. The clinical trial for the bandages would start within next year.

HEALTH April 17, 2017

Reports Of Measles And Mumps Cases Continue To Rise; What Should You Know About MMR Vaccine?

Cases of measles and mumps continue to rise, and vaccinations are the best means of protection. Here are some things you need to know about the MMR vaccine.

HEALTH April 16, 2017

Syringe Vending Machines In Las Vegas May Help Lower Hepatitis C And HIV Transmission Rates

The new syringe vending machines in Las Vegas, Nevada will dispense clean needles for free to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. How do these machines work?

HEALTH April 15, 2017

Superbug Alert: 10 California Babies Confirmed Infected With Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Ten newborn babies at the UC Irvine Medical Center in California's neonatal intensive care unit have been infected with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is resistant to antibiotics and is difficult to treat.

HEALTH April 17, 2017

CRISPR Is Now A Virus Detector: New Tool Can Accurately Detect Minute Amounts Of Viruses

Researchers have devised a new CRISPR-based tool that will detect very small amounts of virus and bacteria in blood and urine samples for diagnostic tests.

HEALTH April 15, 2017

Minnesota Health Officials Confirms 5 New Measles Cases In Hennepin County

Health officials revealed that five new cases of measles have been diagnosed in Minnesota. The outbreak is not limited to Minnesota alone as 10 other states have also reported measles cases between January and March 2017.

HEALTH April 15, 2017

Mislabeling Prompts Recall Of Homeopathic Teething Tablets: What Is Belladonna?

Two homeopathic teething products are being pulled from the shelves due to mislabeled calculated amounts of belladonna alkaloids in the products. What is belladonna, and is it safe to consume?

HEALTH April 15, 2017

Latest Recalls: Here Are Some Of The Most Recent Product Recalls, From Contaminated Salad To Homeopathic Teethers

Certain companies have been busy with recalls and investigations of late. Here are some product recalls you may want to know about, from contaminated salads, to garbage disposal hazards.

HEALTH April 15, 2017

Rates Of Type 2 Diabetes Climbing In Children And Teens

A study has revealed that type 2 diabetes has tripled in the United States and school-age children are being hit. It is estimated that nearly 208,000 people younger than 20 years old are living with diagnosed diabetes.

HEALTH April 15, 2017

Just An Hour Of Running Adds 7 Hours To Your Life: Study

People who enjoy a good run live three years longer, says a new study. To reap the benefits of exercise and boost your longevity, it’s enough to run between two and four hours a week.

HEALTH April 15, 2017

Health Experts Eye 3rd Vaccine Dose Against Mumps Amid Outbreaks In Texas, Other US States

A 20-year-high outbreak of mumps is underway in Texas, and cases across the United States have also increased. Now, health officials are mulling over a third vaccine dose for mumps to get the situation under control.

HEALTH April 15, 2017

Las Vegas Becomes The First US City To Debut Public Needle Vending Machines

The first public needle vending machine in the United States debuted in Las Vegas. This is in a bid to promote needle safety and prevent the HIV and Hepatitis viruses from spreading due to the use of contaminated needles.

HEALTH April 15, 2017

Michigan Doctor Arrested For Performing Female Genital Mutilation On Minor Girls

The FBI arrested a Michigan doctor on charges of having performed female genital mutilations. The doctor performed the FGM on two 7-year-old girls from Minnesota.

HEALTH April 14, 2017

Daily Touchscreen Use Affects Sleeping Pattern Among Infants: Study

Study finds an association between daily use of touchscreen devices and problems with infants’ sleeping pattern. Findings add to current research about both the negative and positive impacts of touchscreen device usage among young children.

HEALTH April 14, 2017

Target Recalls Water-Absorbing Easter Toys Over Serious Ingestion Hazard

Target recalled more than half a million Easter toys that, once ingested, can expand in a child's stomach and may not even show up on X-ray. Here are the products affected by the recall.

HEALTH April 13, 2017

What’s Driving Mumps Cases In Texas To Reach 20-Year High?

Texas reported a massive surge in mumps cases which are at a two-decade high. The health department has issued an advisory to healthcare providers.

HEALTH April 13, 2017

Trans Fat Ban Linked To Fewer Heart Attacks, Better Health

The trans fat ban in public food venues has made New Yorkers healthier, reducing heart attack and stroke rates by more than 6 percent. Next year, the FDA plans to eliminate partially hydrogenated oils from baked and fried goods sold nationwide.

HEALTH April 13, 2017

Hospital Denies Life-Saving Lung Transplant To Utah Teen: Here's What Happened

A teen was denied treatment by the University of Utah Hospital after being diagnosed with severe pneumonia. Riley Hancey was left untreated as he tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol, a chief intoxicant in marijuana.

HEALTH April 13, 2017

Could This Chewing Gum In Development Detect Cancer Early On?

An American company is planning to launch a chewing gum that can detect whether a person has cancer. When chewed, the gum can identify chemicals indicating cancer.

HEALTH April 13, 2017

Cosmopolitan Comes Under Fire For Weight Loss Feature On Cancer Patient

A weight loss article published by Cosmopolitan magazine has drawn the flak of readers. The real secret of reducing weight 'without a single session at the gym' turned out to be the case of a woman having lost weight because of cancer.

HEALTH April 12, 2017

Can Heart-Healthy Habits Protect The Brain Later In Life?

Increased cardiovascular risks in mid-life could lead to brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. An unhealthy heart in middle age may negatively impact brain health in later life.

HEALTH April 12, 2017

Beating HIV: Scientists Discover How To Make Body Cells Resistant To The Virus

The cure for AIDS could start by engineering immune cells to produce HIV-fighting antibodies that prevent the infection with the HIV virus. Researchers have already created HIV-resistant cells in a petri dish following this groundbreaking technique.

HEALTH April 12, 2017

It’s Official: Chiropractors Can Help Ease Your Back Pain Through Spinal Manipulation, Study Says

A study pooling information from several databases concluded spinal manipulation is as effective as over-the-counter painkillers in managing lower back pain. Chiropractic therapy improves pain intensity by one point on a scale from 1 to 10.

HEALTH April 12, 2017

Microwaving Tea Could Bring Health Benefits: Is Everyone Convinced?

Microwaving green tea could have health benefits per a 2012 study. The study asserted that microwave heat used to brew tea, makes the drink healthier and tastier.

HEALTH April 12, 2017

Let Patients Weigh Harms And Benefits Of Prostate Cancer Screening: Federal Task Force

The USPSTF revised its guidelines on PSA screening for prostate cancer, no longer opposing the routine blood test. The newly drafted recommendations now specify patients should be allowed to make individual decisions regarding the procedure.

HEALTH April 12, 2017

Heart Rate Monitor In Fitness Trackers May Not Always Be Accurate: Study

Your favorite wristband fitness tracker may not have a completely reliable heart rate monitor, a new study finds. However, although the monitor's readings are altered while you exercise, you can still use the tracker to keep in shape.

HEALTH April 12, 2017

Elton John Cancels US Shows After Contracting ‘Harmful And Unusual’ Bacterial Infection During South American Tour

Elton John canceled his tour in the United States after suffering from a dangerous bacterial infection. The artist will resume his tour but the following nine concerts won't happen.

HEALTH April 25, 2017

Decades Of Walking Barefoot In Volcanic Soil Linked To Elephantiasis Outbreak In Uganda

Alerted by an inexplicable elephantiasis outbreak in Uganda, health authorities discovered the reported cases were actually a different form of the disease, called podoconiosis. This condition is not caused by a worm, but rather by prolonged exposure to volcanic soil.

HEALTH April 11, 2017

Meet The Bionic Thymus: The Artificial Organ For Pumping T Cells For Cancer Treatment

Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles have developed an artificial thymus that can turn blood stem cells into disease-fighting T cells and help in the detection and cure of cancer.

HEALTH April 12, 2017

Differences Among Doctors Remain: When Should Women Start Getting Mammograms?

In a new study, many doctors today say they still recommend annual mammograms for women in their early 40s. This is despite updated guidelines that push back the age for the breast cancer screening.

HEALTH April 11, 2017

Mead Johnson Faces Lawsuit Over Dead Insects Found On Baby Formula Enfamil

Paulina Rodriguez claimed to have found insects on Enfamil milk formula on four different occasions, one of which was captured on video. An earlier whistleblower lawsuit is connected to Rodriguez's claims.

HEALTH April 11, 2017

Dead Bat Found In Salad: How Animals End Up In Packaged Food

Consumers have found frogs, bats, and even live spiders in store-bought salads, vegetables, and fruits. A food safety specialist explained how these small animals likely ended up in these packaged food.

HEALTH April 10, 2017

Which US City Has The Most Dog Attacks On Postal Workers?

The U.S. Postal Service, in a report, ranked rising dog attacks on postal workers trying to deliver consignments in various U.S. cities. In 2016, Los Angeles had the highest number of dog attacks on postal workers.

HEALTH April 11, 2017

‘Night Owl’ Gene Detected By Scientists: Here’s Why Your Circadian Rhythm Matters

The circadian rhythm dictates your sleep cycle and regulates hormone activity responsible for most physiological processes. Studies have shown the circadian clock, which can be altered by the ‘night owl’ gene, also influences how the body responds to medication.

HEALTH April 10, 2017

Rare Parasitic Worm Spreads In Maui: Why Is Infection On The Rise?

A rare parasitic worm is spreading in Maui, where a number of people have been infested with the rat lungworm. In rare cases, the infection can affect the nervous system of the host.

HEALTH April 10, 2017

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