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Rare Human Rabies Case Confirmed In Virginia Resident Who Was Bitten By A Dog

The Virginia Department of Health confirmed a case of rare human rabies in a Virginia resident. The infected individual suffered a dog bite while traveling abroad.

HEALTH May 13, 2017

Global Cyberattack Targets Over 70 Countries, UK Hospitals Held At Ransom

UK’s National Health Service was severely hit by a cyberattack that targeted over 70 countries. The latest cyberattack stamps the medical industry as a vulnerable target.

HEALTH May 13, 2017

WHO Confirms At Least One Ebola Death In Congo: Another Outbreak At Hand

Another Ebola outbreak has been reported out of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The World Health Organization was quick to respond to DRC’s eighth Ebola outbreak since 1976.

HEALTH May 13, 2017

Fewer US High Schoolers Drink, Yet Binge Drinking Still Common: Study

Teen drinking has decreased in the last 20 years, from almost half of high school students in the '90s to only about a third of teens in 2015. However, teenage binge drinking remains a major concern, just like underage drinking.

HEALTH May 13, 2017

Brazil’s Zika Emergency Is Over With Drop In Cases Of Mosquito-Borne Virus

Brazil has lifted its public health emergency over the mosquito-borne illness Zika virus. This occurs 18 months after its worst outbreak, which causes severe birth defects like microcephaly in newborns.

HEALTH May 12, 2017

Cotton Swabs Cause Injury: Here's How You Should Clean Your Ears, According To Experts

Experts are continuous in their warnings against using cotton swabs to clean the ears, though they remain to be household staples. Here is what the experts are saying about ear cleaning.

HEALTH May 12, 2017

Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Existed Even Before The Dinosaur Age

A study indicated that drug resistant enterococci or Superbugs existed even before the dawn of the dinosaurs. The research conducted also isolated the genes responsible for the superior resistance in these bacterial strains.

HEALTH May 12, 2017

Parasites Could Be Lurking In Your Sushi: Food Safety Tips To Avoid Anisakiasis

A man was hospitalized after complaints of abdominal pain turned out to be a parasitic infection from sushi. Here's what you need to know about Anisakiasis and food safety.

HEALTH May 14, 2017

Fond Of Eating Sushi And Other Undercooked Seafood? It Could Cause Anisakiasis Caused By Parasites

Scientists cautioned people about a particular dangerous strain of parasite, which infests raw fish and seafood. The parasite infested food when consumed and caused severe stomach pain, vomiting, and many other digestive problems.

HEALTH May 14, 2017

Avocado Hand: Slicing For Guacamole Sends People To The Hospital

Doctors have seen an increase in injuries caused by slicing avocados. What is behind incidents of people lacerating their hands while preparing the green fruit for their guacamole?

HEALTH May 12, 2017

Heroin Epidemic Triples Cases Of Hepatitis C In The US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports of higher hepatitis C incidences due to the heroin epidemic. The report calls for state policies for HCV prevention, and testing for at risk individuals.

HEALTH May 12, 2017

New Study Says Cheese Won’t Up Your Heart Disease And Stroke Risk: What’s The Beef With Full-Fat Dairy?

The recent study saying full-fat dairy products such as cheese, butter, and milk don’t increase the risk of heart disease was rapidly contested by some medical organizations. The cheese debate lays down the pros and cons of saturated fat.

HEALTH May 11, 2017

Medication May Slash Risk Of Car Crashes Among Drivers With ADHD

Car accidents occurred at drastically lower rates among drivers with ADHD taking their prescribed medications than those who aren't, a new study has found. Learn more about this potential benefit of taking ADHD medications religiously, especially for safe driving.

HEALTH May 11, 2017

Hanford Nuclear Site Incident: What Are The Health And Human Risks?

The tunnel breach detected in Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the United States has triggered concerns about radiation hazards, and workers have been alerted. The facility is famous for having supplied plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

HEALTH May 11, 2017

How To Stay Sun-Safe In The Summer: Tips From The Experts

Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and you simply can't take chances during the summer season. Here are sun protection tips straight from the experts, including optimal sunscreen protection.

HEALTH May 11, 2017

New Drugs Improve Survival Rate Of HIV-Positive Patients: Study

A study revealed that the use of new drugs to treat HIV-positive patients improves their life expectancy. The researchers discovered that fewer HIV-positive people who underwent antiretroviral therapy died in the first three years of being treated.

HEALTH May 12, 2017

Minnesota Health Department Needs $5 Million To Combat Measles Outbreak In The State

The Minnesota Health Commissioner revealed that the state needed $5 million to combat the outbreak of infectious diseases in the state, including measles. The measles outbreak has stretched the state’s resources.

HEALTH May 11, 2017

Cannabis May Reverse Aging Process In Brain: Here Are 5 Other Health Benefits Of Marijuana

Medicinal marijuana has been legalized in 29 U.S. states because of its numerous health benefits. Researchers have studied the active ingredients in the cannabis plant and found it can ease a variety of ailments, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

HEALTH May 10, 2017

Painkillers Up Risk Of Heart Attack, But Here's Why Your Doctor Will Not Stop You From Taking Them

A new study links routine use of common over-the-counter painkillers to an increased risk of heart attack. Read more about the dangers of NSAIDs and the association made between these NSAIDs and heart attack.

HEALTH May 10, 2017

Medication Error Causes Woman's Skin To Burn From Inside

A 26-year-old woman's skin melted off after she was given an incorrect dosage of the prescription drug Lamictal. The woman suffered from Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a rare skin disorder as a result.

HEALTH May 10, 2017

You Can Eat Cheese To Your Heart's Content Without Increasing Risk Of Heart Diseases

A study revealed that consuming high fat dairy products did not increase the risk of heart disease. However, other experts claimed that these products introduced salts and saturated fats, both of which are harmful for the heart.

HEALTH May 11, 2017

Cotton-Tipped Swabs Send Dozens Of Children To The Emergency Room Every Day

About 34 children are sent to the emergency room each day for using cotton-tipped applicators to clean the ear. Why is it not safe to use these products?

HEALTH May 10, 2017

Meningitis-Causing Bacteria Suspected To Be Behind Deadly Mystery Outbreak In Liberia

Evidence points to a contagious bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis in the occurrence of a mystery illness in Liberia. Find out more about this infectious disease from U.S. health officials as well as the WHO.

HEALTH May 9, 2017

Deer Antler Tea Recalled Over Botulism Contamination Fear In California

The California health department has warned consumers not to drink Deer Antler Tea products from U.S. Deer Antlers Exports and Imports Inc. out of concerns with Clostridium botulinum contamination. Here are the warnings and recall details.

HEALTH May 9, 2017

Anti-Vaxx Drive Continues Amid Measles Outbreak In Minnesota: What’s Fueling Our Vaccine Fears?

The measles outbreak in Minnesota was fueled by anti-vaccination groups, health experts suggest. Anti-vaxx advocates, including Andrew Wakefield, are actively engaged in misinformation campaigns against the MMR vaccine, targeting the Somali community in Minneapolis.

HEALTH May 9, 2017

Antidote Narcan Comes To The Rescue Of Pennsylvania Girl Who Overdosed On Heroin

An 11-year old girl was revived with Narcan after having overdosed on heroin. The sixth grader's room was searched and police officials recovered several stamp bags of the drug, one of which was opened.

HEALTH May 9, 2017

Overall Environmental Factors Can Up Cancer Risk In Humans

A new study suggested that exposure to pollution is linked with higher cancer risk. The researchers shared that the findings are applicable for both male and female populations in the United States.

HEALTH May 9, 2017

EpiPens May Still Work More Than 4 Years After Expiration Date: Study

EpiPens may still have 84 percent of stated concentration of epinephrine more than four years after the stamped expiration date. Are experts willing to use expired auto-injector for allergic reactions?

HEALTH May 9, 2017

Want To Have Good Memory Later In Life? Low And Regular Use Of Cannabis Could Help

A new study discovered that tetrahydrocannabinol or THC had a positive effect on aging mice's brains and could impact human brains similarly. The human trials are expected to start in the latter half of 2017.

HEALTH May 9, 2017

Life Expectancy In US Can Depend On The County A Child Is Born In

A study revealed that life expectancy in the United States varied by as much as 20.1 years between the counties having the highest and lowest expectancy. The disparity was attributed to ethnicity, poverty, and lack of healthcare.

HEALTH May 9, 2017

Old-School Parenting, Health Methods From Grandparents Could Put Kids At Risk: Find Out How

Grandparents raising their grandchildren typically rely on old-school parenting techniques, which are outdated and in conflict with the latest child care guidelines and recommendations. Old health care method and practices can be harmful to children and lead to parenting mistakes.

HEALTH May 8, 2017

Mental Illness Isn’t The Endgame: Simple Yet Effective Ways To Support Your Loved One’s Mental Health

Do you know someone who’s suffering from any form of mental disorder? Here are some practical and useful strategies you can do to make sure he or she gets the right support.

HEALTH May 8, 2017

Baldness And Gray Hair Cure Could Be On Horizon With Accidental Discovery

Researchers studying cancer tumors accidentally learned what causes hair to turn gray and stop growing. The discovery may pave the way for a cure for baldness and gray hair.

HEALTH May 8, 2017

Here’s How The Sick Could Get Sicker Under GOP Health Plan

The American Health Care Act, a GOP plan designed to replace Obamacare, passed through Congress. The House of Representatives’ vote will influence health insurance coverage for people relying on the Affordable Care Act, particularly those with pre-existing conditions.

HEALTH May 8, 2017

7,000 Bodies From Former Asylum Potentially Buried On Mississippi Campus, And They’re Quite Costly To Exhume

Up to 7,000 bodies may be buried on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and officials are seeking to exhume the bodies. The ambitious plan involves putting up a visitors center and a lab to study the bodies.

HEALTH May 8, 2017

‘Gray Death’ Explained: How Dangerous Mix Is Changing The Face Of America’s Opioid Epidemic

What is gray death? Find out what it is, why experts call it one of the scariest opioid combinations ever seen in almost 20 years, and what it means for the worsening opioid epidemic in the country.

HEALTH May 8, 2017

Is Lou Gehrig's Disease Finally Curable? FDA Approves New ALS Treatment

FDA has approved a new ALS treatment for thousands of Americans suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. How is it different from the older drug riluzole, which extends survival in patients?

HEALTH May 7, 2017

USDA Recalls Marcho Farms Meat Products In Several States Due To Possible E. Coli Contamination

The USDA recalls more than 5,600 lbs of meat produced in Pennsylvania after authorities tested it positive for E.Coli. Affected states include Illinois, New York, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

HEALTH May 7, 2017

Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast Products Recalled Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

Pinnacle Foods voluntarily recalls several Aunt Jemima frozen products due to possible contamination. The U.S. FDA says the affected products are distributed nationally and in Mexico.

HEALTH May 7, 2017

Woman’s Small Rash Turns Out To Be Rare, Aggressive Breast Cancer: Here’s Her Journey

A woman who had a small rash on her breast found out that she was suffering from a very rare type of cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is difficult to diagnose and advances very rapidly.

HEALTH May 6, 2017

Can You Get Pregnant Even When Using An IUD?

The photo of a newborn baby holding a Mirena IUD is making rounds online. How common is it to get pregnant while using an intrauterine device, and what are the potential consequences?

HEALTH May 6, 2017

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