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Ohio Leads In Nation's Fatal Drug Overdoses With 4,000 Dead In 2016: Survey

The Columbus Dispatch's new survey has revealed more than 4,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 in Ohio. Learn more about the opioid overdose epidemic in the state and the role of powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

HEALTH May 29, 2017

Some Sunscreen Products Contain Potentially Dangerous Ingredients: Other Ways To Get Protection From The Sun

Sunscreens are supposed to protect people from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, but they still contain chemicals. Here are other ways to protect your skin.

HEALTH May 28, 2017

Scientists Predict Record Year For Ticks: How To Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease

Some experts are expecting this year’s tick season to be a particularly bad one. Here are easy ways to prevent contracting tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease.

HEALTH May 28, 2017

WHO Confirms 3 Cases Of Zika In India

WHO confirmed reports of three separate cases of Zika virus disease in Gujarat State in India. Several agencies are currently working to prevent an outbreak of the disease.

HEALTH May 28, 2017

Researchers Discover The Proteins Responsible For Cancer Metastasis And How To Control Them

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University tracked down the signaling process that triggers the spread of cancers and found two existing drugs that can inhibit metastasis.

HEALTH May 27, 2017

Inmates At Oakland County Jail May Have Been Exposed To Hepatitis A

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office confirms Hepatitis A exposure in the county jail. Inmates and visitors are advised to take necessary precautions to avoid widespread infection.

HEALTH May 27, 2017

Here Are The Most Dangerous Sunscreens For Your Kids

Just in time for summer, the EWG released their 2017 guide to sunscreens. With questions of SPF labels and hazardous ingredients, here is their list of the most dangerous sunscreens for your kids.

HEALTH May 27, 2017

Can A 100-Year-Old Drug Help People Suffering With Autism?

New clinical trials indicated that a 100-year-old drug may be the answer to treating the autism spectrum disorder. During the trials, ASD patients showed significant improvement in symptoms after the drug's administration.

HEALTH May 28, 2017

Sleep Deprivation May Cause Brain To Eat Itself: Study

Research finds that sleep deprivation is even more dangerous than originally thought. Chronic lack of sleep stimulates cell activity that causes irreversible damage to the brain.

HEALTH May 27, 2017

Climate Change Can Cause Sleep Problems: Here's How

Results of a new study show that increasing temperatures due to climate change lead to insufficient sleep. Certain members of the population are more susceptible to the warmer nights, and it could only get worse.

HEALTH May 26, 2017

On Menstrual Hygiene Day, Here’s How To Help Remove Period Stigma

This year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day focused on menstrual education in schools. Started by WASH United, this initiative tackles the stigma of menstruation by educating people about the menstrual cycle and promoting the wide availability of feminine hygiene products.

HEALTH May 29, 2017

Parents' Smartphone Obsession May Affect Children's Behavior

If you’re wondering why your child has been acting up lately, it may have something to do with you spending too much time on your smartphone. A new study linked child behavior problems to parents' heavy use of digital technology.

HEALTH May 26, 2017

Man Behind Ice Bucket Challenge Faces Financial Hurdles In Fight Against ALS

Pete Frates is struggling to pay for his ALS home care. The man who raised more than $250 million for Lou Gehrig’s disease through the Ice Bucket Challenge can no longer cope with his medical bills.

HEALTH May 26, 2017

Marijuana Extract Stops Seizures In Some Kids With Severe Epilepsy: Here Are Other Illnesses That Can Be Treated By Medicinal Cannabis

Latest study shows evidence of positive results from medicinal cannabis use among patients with a rare and severe form of epilepsy. What are some of the other conditions that marijuana has proven capable of treating?

HEALTH May 26, 2017

Enough Sleep Important For People At Risk Of Heart Disease: How Much Sleep Do We Need Daily?

The length and quality of sleep can be a good indicator of a person’s overall physical and mental health. Just how much sleep can be considered ‘enough?’

HEALTH May 26, 2017

Alzheimer's Disease Death Increased By 54.5 Percent In 15 Years: CDC

The latest CDC report shows a 54.5 increase in Alzheimer’s disease-related deaths in the United States. More deaths are also recorded at home instead of in facilities.

HEALTH May 26, 2017

Jelly Belly Faces Lawsuit Over Sugar Content Of Sports Beans

A woman filed a lawsuit against Jelly Belly over the sugar content of Sports Beans. The sweets company used the term evaporated cane juice instead of just sugar in its ingredients list.

HEALTH May 26, 2017

Drug Counselors At Addiction Facility Found Dead After Overdosing On Opioids

Residents in recovery at an addiction facility in West Brandywine, Chester County, found their two counselors dead after they overdosed on opioid drugs. Police discovered used needles and heroin laced with fentanyl near the bodies.

HEALTH May 25, 2017

Controversial IVF Doctor Helps Make Mothers Out Of Indian Women Age 50 And Beyond

An Associated Press report introduced Dr. Anurag Bishnoi, who employs in-vitro fertilization treatment on Indian women over age 50 and well into their 70s. Learn more about his controversial IVF technique and criticism of his practice.

HEALTH May 25, 2017

Health Officials Confirm Second Botulism-Related Death In Northern California

Health officials confirmed the second botulism-related death in California within a week. However, the recent death is not related to the botulism outbreak caused by the nacho cheese, which left one dead and nine others critically ill.

HEALTH May 25, 2017

Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Brain To Cannibalize Itself: Here Are Signs That You Are Sleep Deprived

Sleep deprivation may cause brain cells to eat some of the brain's synapses, which can have damaging effects. What are some signs that can indicate a person does not get sufficient rest at night?

HEALTH May 29, 2017

Cannabidiol From Marijuana Reduces Seizures In Kids With Rare Epilepsy

A compound present in marijuana was shown effective in treating children with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. What are the side effects of the treatment?

HEALTH May 25, 2017

Are ‘Light’ Cigarettes More Dangerous? Study Finds Cig Filters Up The Risk Of Lung Cancer

If you thought filtered cigarettes were safer, think again. ‘Light’ cigarettes are even more fatal, says a new study, precisely because of the ventilation holes in their filters. Moreover, cigarette filters are linked to higher risk of adenocarcinoma.

HEALTH May 24, 2017

Not Just Heart-Friendly: How Chocolate Can Benefit Your Overall Health

Regular consumption of chocolate benefits the heart and helps reduce risk of atrial fibrillation, notes a new study. Here are the other gains one can get from regularly eating dark chocolate and its flavonoids and other healthy components.

HEALTH May 25, 2017

Second Successful Penis Transplant Will Have To Be Corrected With Medical Tattooing: Here's Why

A team of surgeons at the Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital performed the second successful penis transplant on April 21. However, it would need to be corrected with medical tattooing.

HEALTH May 24, 2017

Love Chocolates? Regular Consumption Could Reduce Risk Of Irregular Heart Rhythm

A study concluded that regularly eating chocolates in moderation may help lower atrial fibrillation or heart flutter risk. Researchers found that consumption of two servings of chocolate per week reduced the risk by over 20 percent.

HEALTH May 24, 2017

Instagram Good For Selfies, Not For Mental Health: How To Teach Your Kids To Be Smart About Social Media

Social networking is now a big part of kids’ lives, with tweens and teens turning to social media platforms for validation from their peers but leaving them exposed to the dangers of social media. What can parents do to protect them?

HEALTH May 23, 2017

In A First, FDA OKs Cancer Treatment For Tumors With Specific Genetic Feature

Keytruda, Merck's immunotherapy drug, now enjoys FDA drug approval. In a bold move, the agency OK'd the drug based on specific genetic features, not where the tumor originally appeared in the body.

HEALTH May 24, 2017

Science Stumbles On 40 New Genes Linked To Intelligence

Scientists have discovered 40 new genes linked to intelligence. However, intelligence proves time and again that it's a complex affair, raising the question: is intelligence hereditary?

HEALTH May 23, 2017

WHO Suspects 4th Death From Ebola In Congo, CDC Issues No Travel Advisory Yet

Four people have died in the Ebola outbreak in Congo. The WHO confirmed the latest death on Sunday, noting there are now 37 suspected Ebola cases in Africa. The CDC is still evaluating the situation before issuing a travel advisory.

HEALTH May 22, 2017

Oregon Girl Temporarily Paralyzed After Undetected Tick Bite

Lyme disease and the Powassan virus are not the only health concerns associated with tick bites. A little girl in Oregon was diagnosed with tick paralysis after she unknowingly got bit by an American dog tick and became temporarily paralyzed.

HEALTH May 22, 2017

Fruit Juice In Kids Under Age 1 Gets The Thumbs Down From Pediatricians  

New AAP guidelines have warned that fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to babies under age 1 and should not be part of their diet. Learn more about the new recommendations on fruit juice in children.

HEALTH May 22, 2017

WHO Controversy: Is The Cash-Strapped UN Health Agency Splurging On Travel?

The World Health Organization (WHO) annual spend on travel may be greater than those on major public health initiatives such as AIDS or malaria, according to internal documents. Find out more about this AP exclusive on shocking WHO travel costs.

HEALTH May 22, 2017

Over 200,000 Pounds Of Beef Franks Recalled Due To Possible Metal Contamination

John Morrell and Co. made a recall of two of its beef franks products. The FSIS announced the recall was due to a possible metal contamination.

HEALTH May 21, 2017

New UK, EU Laws Crack Down On Smoking And Vaping

UK’s additional restriction to tobacco products comes into force on May 21. Here’s what you have to know about the stricter measures that will be implemented.

HEALTH May 21, 2017

Experts Predict 2017 To Be The Worst Tick Season Ever

Health officials and experts forecasted that the 2017 summer would be the worst tick season ever. Other than Lyme disease, experts warned people against the deadly Powassan virus, which is another type of tick-borne disease.

HEALTH May 20, 2017

5 Fall Ill From Gas-Station Cheese Sauce: Here’s How You Can Get Sick With Botulism

A case of botulism has five ill after consuming contaminated nacho cheese. What are the different types of botulism and how does one get sick from it?

HEALTH May 20, 2017

In Italy, Kids Now Need To Get 12 Vaccines Before Enrolling In State-Run Schools

The Italian cabinet just approved a new law requiring parents to vaccinate their school-aged children. Proof of vaccination is required upon enrollment or parents will be fined.

HEALTH May 20, 2017

‘Kissing Bugs’ In Your Home: Chagas Disease May Be More Fatal That Previously Thought

New research suggests that fatalities from Chagas disease may be under-reported due to its non-symptomatic stage. Trypanosoma cruzi increases the risk of death in infected individuals.

HEALTH May 20, 2017

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