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Laundry Pods Pose Lethal Risks To Adults With Dementia

An elderly woman with dementia passed away two days after ingesting two packets of laundry pods. Hers is the sixth death of an adult with dementia due to ingesting laundry pods.

HEALTH June 18, 2017

New Mice Study Links Common Household Chemicals To Birth Defects

A chemical found in common household items such as disinfectants and preservatives could be linked to birth defects in newborn mice, a new study revealed. The findings raise a possible red flag that this chemical may be toxic to humans.

HEALTH June 18, 2017

Coconut Oil Is Not Healthy: Here Are The Best Oils For Heart Health

The American Heart Association said in a new advisory that coconut oil is not healthy. Here are healthier cooking oil options that contain less amount of saturated fat.

HEALTH June 19, 2017

Concerning Coconut Oil: Here's The Deal About The Different Types Of Fats

A recent health advisory had many worried about the saturated fat content of coconut oil. Here is the low-down on the different types of fats, both good and bad.

HEALTH June 18, 2017

Arguments Against California's Right-To-Die Law For The Terminally Ill Will Proceed

A California judge allowed legal arguments to proceed against California’s End of Life Option Act. The act that allows terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs has been in effect for a little over a year.

HEALTH June 17, 2017

Man Wins $870,000 In Malpractice Lawsuit After Doctor Removes Wrong Testicle

A man from Pennsylvania is awarded a total of $870,000 after his doctor removed the wrong testicle. The rare case of medical malpractice in the community shows the importance of competent care even in smaller counties.

HEALTH June 16, 2017

Yoga And Meditation Can Alter Stress-Related DNA: Study

Researchers find that mindfulness activities such as yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi can steer our DNA to react differently toward stress-inducing experiences. The reversed reaction to stress could lead to better physical and mental health.

HEALTH June 17, 2017

Cheaper EpiPen Alternative Symjepi Gets FDA Approval

Epipen has a new rival as a low-cost alternative to Mylan's epinephrine autoinjector has been approved. Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp.'s Symjepi will be sold at less than the price of generic EpiPens.

HEALTH June 17, 2017

Coconut Oil Not Healthy, Increases Bad Cholesterol Level That Can Cause Cardiovascular Disease: US Heart Experts

Coconut oil is marketed as a health food. An advisory from the American Heart Association, however, urges consumers to avoid it because of its saturated fat content that can elevate risk for stroke and heart disease.

HEALTH June 17, 2017

ISS Scientists Begin Tests On Cancer Treatment Drug

Scientists aboard the ISS have started investigations on an antibody drug for cancer treatment. Microgravity will play a major role in advancing the cancer research.

HEALTH June 16, 2017

Blue-Green Algae And Light Could Help Improve Cardiac Function: Study

Researchers discover that photosynthetic bacteria could help improve heart functions when injected in beating hearts. Cyanobacteria exposed to light produce enough oxygen to keep the heart beating.

HEALTH June 16, 2017

Just 3 Genetic Mutations Could Make Bird Flu Strain Fuel Another Human Pandemic: Study

A few genetic tweaks to the H7N9 bird flu virus can pave the way for another human pandemic, researchers have warned. Learn more about these genetic tweaks to a property of the bird flu virus and how likely human transmission is.

HEALTH June 16, 2017

Chemical In Broccoli May Lower Blood Sugar Of Diabetes Patients

Scientists discover that type 2 diabetics can reap great benefits from broccoli. A powder containing concentrated extract of broccoli reduced blood sugar levels by 10 percent.

HEALTH June 16, 2017

E-Cigarette Use Among Adolescents Declines In 2016: FDA

The number of middle and high school users of tobacco and e-cigarettes declined from 2015 to 2016. Despite the promising news, the 2011 to 2016 numbers show almost no significant change in any tobacco use.

HEALTH June 16, 2017

French Fries May Cause Early Death: Here Are Other Food That Can Shorten Life Span

Eating French fries and other fried potatoes twice per week can raise the risk of early death. What other popular food can increase a person's likelihood of dying early?

HEALTH June 16, 2017

Analysis Of FDA Data Shows Presence Of Lead In Baby Food Samples As Hidden Health Threat

An analysis of various food products shows that certain infant and toddler food types have detectable lead levels. The Environmental Defense Fund calls for stricter lead regulations as children are more vulnerable to lead.

HEALTH June 15, 2017

HS Students In Texas To Undergo Tuberculosis Testing After Active Case Has Been Detected

There's a case of active TB in George Bush High School in Fort Bend County in Texas, and authorities have initiated a public health probe. Learn more about the health inspection to be done among students and teachers.

HEALTH June 15, 2017

Constipated Since Birth, Man Now Freed Of 28 Pounds Of Poop After Surgery

Doctors in Shanghai, China, recently operated on a man and removed 30 inches of his massively swollen colon and 28 pounds of poop. Find out more about the Hirschsprung’s disease that led to his lifelong suffering.

HEALTH June 15, 2017

Taking Aspirin Daily May Be Deadly For Elderly: Study

Long-term daily intake of aspirin may lead to internal bleeding for elderly patients aged 75 and above, a new study suggests. Researchers recommend prescribing proton pump inhibitors to offset the negative side effect.

HEALTH June 14, 2017

Michigan Health Officials Charged With Manslaughter For Flint Water Crisis

The handling of the Flint water crisis that started in 2014 was a mess to say the least, resulting in 14 people dying from lead exposure. Because of this, four Michigan health officials are facing manslaughter charges as the city still works on recovering.

HEALTH June 14, 2017

Is Your Decision-Making Influenced By What You Ate For Breakfast?

Researchers revealed that the amount of carbohydrates and proteins in one's breakfast may affect decision making throughout the day. However, the study's results did not conclusively prove the link and more research was needed.

HEALTH June 15, 2017

Eating French Fries Frequently Can Double Your Death Risk: Study

A new study revealed that regular consumption of fried potato products can lead to higher death risk. Frequent consumption of french fries can also cause early deaths.

HEALTH June 14, 2017

NASA And ISS Crystal Growth And More: How Astronauts Are Keeping Humans Healthy

NASA and the ISS astronauts are now growing crystals that could help with drug development on Earth. That is just one of the ways that these explorers have kept humans healthy.

HEALTH June 13, 2017

What If Your Child Gets Bitten By A Black Widow Spider? Massachusetts Couple Learns The Hard Way

Josh and Kristine Donovan of Massachusetts were shocked to find out that their 5-year-old daughter got bitten by a black widow spider. These spider bites are deemed very rare and usually strike in southern and western U.S. regions.

HEALTH June 13, 2017

J&J Drug May Reduce Heart Events In Diabetes Patients But Doubles Risk For Toe, Lower Foot Amputations

Invokana can significantly reduce heart events in type 2 diabetes patients but doubles risk for toe and lower foot amputations. How does Johnson & Johnson's Invokana fare compared with rival drug Jardiance?

HEALTH June 13, 2017

One-Third Of The World's Population is Obese, And The United States Is At The Front

A new study reveals that one-third of the world's population is now suffering from obesity. Unsurprisingly, the United States is the leader in this health issue.

HEALTH June 13, 2017

NY Police Officer Falls Ill With Legionnaire’s Disease

Two persons who made separate trips to Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino have recently fallen ill with Legionnaire's disease. Now in New York City, an East Harlem precinct also have a potential case of the disease.

HEALTH June 12, 2017

How BCG Vaccine Works To Stimulate The Reversal Of Type-1 Diabetes

Researchers present evidence that repeated administration of BCG vaccine can reverse Type-1 diabetes. Phase II of clinical trials to prevent and treat advanced diabetes is underway.

HEALTH June 11, 2017

Dry Drowning And Secondary Drowning: What You Need To Know

Two incidences of dry drowning have been reported of late. Here are the things you need to know about dry drowning, secondary drowning, and the reason why some doctors shy away from using the terminologies.

HEALTH June 11, 2017

Guests At Las Vegas Resort Contract Legionnaires' Disease

Two guests of a hotel and casino in Las Vegas have reportedly contracted Legionnaires’ disease. The hotel and Health District are working together to remediate the problem.

HEALTH June 10, 2017

Over 2 Million Pounds Of Ready-To-Eat Meat Products Recalled Due To Mislabelling

Food product companies are conducting a recall on chicken products after learning from a supplier that some of their ingredients may have had undeclared allergens.

HEALTH June 10, 2017

Authorities Preparing To Drain Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool: Here's Why

The National Park Services will drain and clean the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. The authorities decided to undertake this step after 80 ducks were reported dead.

HEALTH June 11, 2017

Consistently Eating Meals Late At Night Is Dangerous For The Body: Study

A new study suggests that regular late night dinners are dangerous for the body. Delaying meals has a bad effect on metabolism and could increase health risks.

HEALTH June 10, 2017

Mosquito Spray Used To Fight Zika Linked To Delayed Motor Skills

Researchers find motor delays among Chinese infants who were prenatally exposed to the basic insecticide chemicals used to control the spread of Zika virus-carrying mosquitoes.

HEALTH June 10, 2017

FDA Seeks For Removal Of Opioid Painkiller From Market: Understanding Substance Abuse

Amid the opioid epidemic, the FDA requested for a voluntary removal of an injectable prescription opioid painkiller. Just how exactly does a drug go from painkiller to an addictive drug?

HEALTH June 10, 2017

Netflix Or Sleep: The American Academy Of Sleep Medicine Says You can Have Both, Here's How

Netflix is awesome, but, despite what we may wish, sleep is still a necessary part of life. Luckily, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has some advice to help you meet your entertainment and sleep needs.

HEALTH June 9, 2017

Synthetic Opioids Found In Fake Prescription Pills

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released preliminary findings on fake Percocet pills that had caused four deaths across Central and South Georgia. The yellow pills contain a mixture of deadly drugs.

HEALTH June 9, 2017

Eggs Can Help Boost Growth In Babies: Study

A new study shows that feeding infants one egg daily can improve the child’s nutrition and reduce stunted growth. Parents can introduce egg to babies at 6 months.

HEALTH June 9, 2017

Coke Launches Coca-Cola No Sugar: What Makes It Different From Diet Coke And Coke Zero?

Coca-Cola is releasing the company’s newest diet soda in Australia on June 16, but is it really any different? Find out more about the new sugarless coke option.

HEALTH June 9, 2017

Overweight Women Likely To Have Babies With Birth Defects

Pregnant women who are obese or overweight face risk of having children with birth defects. Experts advise women to aim for healthy weight even before pregnancy, have healthy diet and engage in exercise.

HEALTH June 15, 2017

Birth Control Pills Recalled Due To Incorrect Packaging That Can Lead To Unplanned Pregnancy

The FDA announced a recall on birth control pills with a packaging error. Taking the pills out of order could render the pills ineffective and lead to unplanned pregnancies.

HEALTH June 9, 2017

A Child From Texas Dies From A Suspected Case Of 'Dry Drowning' Days After A Swimming Trip

A child from Texas is said to have died from 'dry drowning' days after his last swimming activity. Amid the pending autopsy report, the CDC and other doctors are avoiding the usage of terms such as 'dry drowning.'

HEALTH June 9, 2017

Drug Overdose Crisis In Georgia: What Are These Deadly Yellow Pills?

Police and health authorities warn the recent wave of drug overdose hospitalizations in Georgia is linked to counterfeit medication. The mysterious yellow pills sold on the streets are designed to mimic Percocet, a prescription opioid painkiller.

HEALTH June 8, 2017

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