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Snortable Chocolate: Crackdown Called For Caffeinated Cocoa Powder Snorted Like Cocaine

Sen. Charles Schumer called for the FDA to investigate the health effects of Coco Loko amid its growing popularity. What are the potential dangers of inhaling the caffeinated cocoa powder?

HEALTH July 10, 2017

Men Urged To Masturbate 21 Times A Month To Lower Prostate Cancer Risk

A study finds that men who ejaculate more frequently are less at risk of developing prostate cancer. The results of the decade-long study are in line with other such studies with similar results.

HEALTH July 9, 2017

Ohio Sheriff Refuses To Equip Police With Opioid Overdose Antidote Narcan

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says there is no law that requires police officers to carry Narcan. Here are his reasons why he does not want deputies to carry the opioid antidote.

HEALTH July 10, 2017

Endo Pulls Opioid Opana ER From The Market After FDA Request

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that they will voluntarily be removing Opana ER from the market as per the FDA's request. Despite this move, the company still believes in Opana ER's safety and efficacy.

HEALTH July 8, 2017

CDC Warns Of Trichinosis Outbreaks Linked To Walrus Meat

The CDC reports two trichinosis outbreaks associated with the consumption of raw or undercooked walrus meat. The numbers of walrus meat-related trichinosis cases have significantly lessened since 1975 due to still unknown reasons.

HEALTH July 8, 2017

Pet Owners At Greater Risk Of Finding Tick On Household Members

Researchers surveyed mor than 2,000 households in Lyme disease-endemic states to study the differences in tick encounters among the household members. Do ticks crawl on pet owners more?

HEALTH July 8, 2017

Oral Sex Helps Spread Super-Gonorrhea Resistant To Antibiotic

WHO warned that oral sex spreads dangerous antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea that can be potentially untreatable. What are the symptoms of oral gonorrhea and how can it be avoided?

HEALTH July 8, 2017

11 Indiana Teenagers Fall Ill From Consuming Drug-Laced Gummy Bears

Almost a dozen Indiana teenagers were sent to the hospital after experiencing adverse effects of consuming drug-laced gummy bears. The local authorities call this incident a 'wake-up call' to parents and teens.

HEALTH July 7, 2017

Spread Of ‘Superbug’ Gonorrhea Is Now Imminent, WHO Warns

Health officials warn about the spread of super gonorrhea, one that is antibiotic resistant. Gonorrhea spreads due to a number of factors, including a decline in condom use and oral sex.

HEALTH July 7, 2017

Opioid Prescriptions Have Dropped But Remain High: CDC

Opioid prescriptions in the United States have dropped 18 percent from 2010 to 2015 but they remain high overall, according to a new CDC report. Learn the opioid prescription trends that fuel a drug overdose epidemic in the country.

HEALTH July 7, 2017

Red Cross Asks For Donations To Address Blood Shortage

Red Cross is holding several blood donation drives to manage blood shortage this summer. The organization is in dire need of volunteers to donate blood.

HEALTH July 7, 2017

High Sugar Intake During Pregnancy Linked To Child's Increased Risk For Asthma And Allergies

In the United States, per capita refined sugar consumption increased by 25 percent from 1970 to 2000. Researchers found that children whose mothers had a high-sugar diet during pregnancy had higher risks for allergic asthma.

HEALTH July 7, 2017

Vagina Glitter Capsules Receive Thumbs Down From Gynecologists

Pretty Woman Inc. is making noise because of its product, which is essentially a vaginal glitter bomb. Doctors are quick to express their concerns over the possible hazards involved in using the product.

HEALTH July 7, 2017

Woman Contracts Flesh-Eating Bacteria While Fishing In Gulf Of Mexico

A woman from Mississippi contracted a flesh-eating bacteria after her hand was pricked by a live shrimp in a bait bucket during a fishing trip in Alabama. Her doctors describe her ordeal and survival as a miracle.

HEALTH July 7, 2017

Smelling Your Food First Can Make You Fat: UC Berkeley Study

A new study by UC Berkeley researchers suggests that a person's sense of smell can affect how the body will deal with calories. The results show a relationship between the olfactory system and brain regions known to control metabolism.

HEALTH July 6, 2017

Sleep Problems Tied To Increased Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease

Poor sleep quality, morning drowsiness, and other sleep problems may be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study revealed. Researchers detected several hallmarks of Alzheimer’s in healthy elderly.

HEALTH July 6, 2017

Coco Loko: New 'Snortable' Chocolate Can Get You High

A Florida-based businessman is marketing his 'snortable' chocolate powder as a new way to get a quick boost of energy. Health experts, however, warn that inhaling such powders into the nose could cause serious health risks.

HEALTH July 6, 2017

Here's How Veterans With PTSD Cope With Independence Day Fireworks

The Fourth of July fireworks can cause panic attacks to veterans with PTSD. Here's what former combatants, their families and organizations do to avoid psychological stress on Independence Day.

HEALTH July 4, 2017

Google DeepMind Medical Trial Violated UK Privacy Law

A top privacy watchdog has revealed that the Royal Free NHS Trust broke UK law when it shared patient health records with Google DeepMind. The data was used in a medical trial involving the artificial intelligence division in 2015.

HEALTH July 5, 2017

Australian Class Action Case Filed Against Johnson & Johnson Over Vaginal Mesh Implants

More than 700 women in Australia have filed a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over its vaginal mesh implants. The plaintiffs argued that the devices caused them to suffer excruciating and irreparable pain.

HEALTH July 5, 2017

Your Heartburn Drug Could Be Sending You To An Early Grave

Participants in a new study who took proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) emerged with a 25 percent higher risk of death from heartburn drugs. Learn more about the potential dangers of this class of heartburn medications.

HEALTH July 4, 2017

Man Behind Ice Bucket Challenge Back In Hospital Fighting ALS

The man behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, 32-year-old Pete Frates, is now back in the hospital for the very condition he helped raised awareness for. Learn how he has changed research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) forever.

HEALTH July 4, 2017

Health Blogger Poisons Herself On Live Video While Biting Poisonous Plant Mistaken As Aloe Vera

A Chinese health vlogger was supposed to demonstrate the health benefits of the aloe vera plant on live stream. Unfortunately, she was poisoned because she used the wrong plant, the Agave americana.

HEALTH July 3, 2017

Does Pope’s Hospital Prioritize Profits Over Patients? AP Reveals Findings From Probe

Associated Press has released its findings on an investigation on Bambino Gesu (Baby Jesus) Pediatric Hospital in Italy. Results pointed to a declining level of health care and the drive for profit instead of patient care.

HEALTH July 3, 2017

Heart Transplant Patient Dies Hours After Giving Birth To Baby Girl

A 31-year-old woman who had received heart transplant surgery died after giving birth to her daughter. She had developed complications hours after the delivery.

HEALTH July 4, 2017

New Brain Game May Help Improve Memory Of Dementia Patients: Study

A brain game developed by Cambridge University researchers has shown positive results in improving the memory and motivation of patients with mild memory problems. Neuroscientists hope the game could be tested in a large-scale study.

HEALTH July 3, 2017

Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea On The Rise: Are You At Risk Of Drug-Resistant STD?

WHO has warned of rising cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea amid declining use of condom and inadequate treatments. Who are the people most likely to get infected with this drug-resistant sexually transmitted infection?

HEALTH July 10, 2017

Gene Editing-Technique Can Help Identify CRISPR Mistakes

CRISPR is a significant gene editing tool that allows for the editing or manipulation of the genetic code, but it still has its flaws. CHAMP is the new development that can help CRISPR to be more accurate.

HEALTH July 2, 2017

Brain-Eating Amoeba Detected In Two Water Systems In Louisiana

Two water systems in Louisiana tested positive for the presence of the brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri. Authorities remind the pubic that the tap water is safe for drinking, but must be prevented from entering the nose.

HEALTH July 1, 2017

Breastfeeding For More Than 2 Years Places Children At Higher Risk Of Dental Cavities

Children who were breastfed for over two years are more at risk of developing severe dental cavities. Prolonged nighttime feeding and the composition of human milk may also be contributing factors.

HEALTH July 1, 2017

PPI Heartburn Drugs Linked To Increased Risk Of Early Death: Should You Stop Taking These Medicines?

PPI drugs, which are used to treat heartburn and reduce stomach acid, are linked to higher risk of early death. Does this mean that people who take these medications should stop using them?

HEALTH July 5, 2017

4th Of July Celebration Fireworks May Trigger PTSD In Veterans

People usually enjoy festive 4th of July fireworks, but not everyone can enjoy it. Combat veterans tend to suffer from painful memories triggered by fireworks.

HEALTH July 1, 2017

Study Reveals Chocolate May Improve Immediate Cognitive Performance

A review of the current literature shows chocolate’s potential to improve cognitive performance. Studies show both short- and long-term benefits related to flavanols from coca products.

HEALTH June 30, 2017

Fentanyl Spill At Police Station Prompts Changes To Drug Evidence Repackaging Procedures

Two people were transporting drug evidence when fentanyl leaked through a box. The incident became a hazmat situation and prompted GBI's Crime Lab to modify current procedures for repackaging and returning drug evidence.

HEALTH June 30, 2017

Higher Childhood IQ Linked To Longer Life Span: Study

A study has associated high childhood IQ levels with reduced mortality rates. Researchers believe smarter kids make better lifestyle choices that reduce the risk of life-threatening diseases.

HEALTH June 30, 2017

Charlie Gard's Story: Parents Spend Last Few Hours With Terminally Ill Baby After European Court Rejects Intervention

After fighting to send Baby Charlie to the United States for an experimental treatment, parents Chris and Connie are spending the last few hours with their son before his life support gets removed.

HEALTH June 30, 2017

Blacks, Asians And Latinos At Higher Risk For Early Death Due To Air Pollution

Particulate matter known to cause cardiovascular conditions are more dangerous to seniors who belong to minority groups and are poor. Here's why these people are more vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution.

HEALTH June 30, 2017

Placenta Pills Blamed For Oregon Baby’s Dangerous Infection

Placenta consumption is believed to aid in a new mother’s recovery and help prevent postpartum depression through its nutrients. But it's now blamed for strep infection in a newborn in Oregon.

HEALTH June 30, 2017

Rat Lungworm Parasite Spreads Across Florida: Here's How You Can Get Infected

Researchers find rat lungworm infection in five out of 18 counties in Florida. Find out why humans are just accidental carriers of the disease, and how you can prevent being infected.

HEALTH June 30, 2017

Brain-Invading Parasite That Can Cause Meningitis Now In Florida, Thanks To Climate Change

The rat lungworm parasite that can cause potentially deadly meningitis has been found in Florida. Here are the five counties where researchers detected the presence of the parasite in snails and rats.

HEALTH June 29, 2017

Ohio City Proposal For Opioid Abuse: No One Will Help On Third Drug Overdose Call

Responding to drug overdose calls costs money and other resources. A councilman in Middletown City in Ohio proposed a controversial solution for drug addicts who keep overdosing opioids.

HEALTH June 30, 2017

Maximum Life Span: No Known Limit To How Long Humans Can Live, Scientists Say

Is human life span limitless? Researchers who studied the longest-living people from different parts of the world said that there is no evidence that backs up the idea of a longevity limit.

HEALTH June 29, 2017

Air Pollution Level Considered Safe May Still Cause Early Death

Air pollution levels far below federal standards can still cause premature death, highlighting the importance of aiming for cleaner air. Reducing the level of fine particulate matter can save thousands of lives.

HEALTH June 29, 2017

New Fentanyl Strains Resistant To Opioid Overdose Antidote Narcan

Naloxone, more popularly known as Narcan, can help bring back people from overdose. Two new strains of highly potent fentanyl, acrylfentanyl, and tetrahydrofuran are likely resistant to this drug.

HEALTH June 29, 2017

Kenya Becomes First African Nation To Test Generic HIV/AIDS Drug

Kenya is the first African country to get a generic version of dolutegravir, the current first-line drug for people living with HIV. Experts also highlight the continuing importance of antiretroviral therapy in tackling HIV/AIDS.

HEALTH June 28, 2017

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