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Chipotle Hires Former Critic Amid Efforts To Promote Food Safety

Chipotle's food safety 'dream team' includes a former critic. In their effort to safeguard products and patrons against health scares, the fast food chain recently hired a critic who previously scrutinized the company's response to its disease outbreak in 2015.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

FDA To Review Official Definition Of 'Healthy'

The FDA announced its re-evaluation of the official definition of 'healthy' in food packaging. Any changes could potentially alter how some foods are being marketed in the U.S.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

Yellow Fever Could Be The Next Global Health Emergency

Is the world on the brink of a yellow fever epidemic? The WHO announced that outbreaks in Angola, Congo and Uganda are now under control, but urged vigilance in case the disease turns into a global emergency.

HEALTH May 12, 2016

Walgreens Launches Web-Based Mental Health Screening

Walgreens has launched a free online mental health screening that targets screening 3 million Americans for mental conditions by the end of 2017. It seeks to help improve mental health treatment in the country by helping in diagnosis and prescription information.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

Acetaminophen And Empathy: Popular Painkiller May Reduce Your Ability To Feel Pain Of Others

Pop a pill, lose your empathy. A study has found that taking a popular painkiller reduces your empathy. Acetaminophen is the most common ingredient in drugs found in the U.S. such as Tylenol.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

Genetic Analysis Detects Human And Rat DNA In 250 Burgers

A new Clear Labs food report found human and rat DNA in burgers sampled. But there's no need to panic just yet, according to an expert who cited factors affecting potential food contamination and safety in the study.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

Reading On Laptop, Tablet Screen Can Alter The Way You Think

Are laptops and smartphones affecting your brain? Find out how spending too much time on digital devices could sap you of your creativity.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

Computer-Generated Virtual Heart May Predict Cardiac Risk In Patients With Arrhythmias

A computer-generated 3D virtual heart is touted to efficiently, non-invasively predict the risk of sudden death due to arrhythmia and their need for an implantable defibrillator.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

Yoga, Meditation May Benefit Older Adults With Memory Problems

Yoga and meditation can bring you more than just inner peace and a svelte body. A new study found that it can help older adults with memory problems too.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

Study Reveals How Popular Heartburn Drug May Harm Arteries

Proton pump inhibitors were linked to accelerated aging of blood vessel cells, which could pave the way for issues such as heart disease and stroke. How are these heartburn drugs potentially associated with adverse health effects?

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Bullying Among Kids, Teens Is A Serious Public Health Concern, But Expelling Bullies Will Not Help

Bullying must be recognized as a serious public health problem across the United States, but current zero-tolerance policies do not help solve the issue, a new report revealed.

HEALTH May 12, 2016

Anesthetic Ketamine May Reduce Suicidal Thoughts In Depressed People

The anesthetic ketamine was shown to cut risk for self-harm in individuals with long-standing depression. Use of the drug was also associated with mild side effects that lasted only between one and two hours.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

Obese And Non-Obese People Now Have The Same Risk Of Dying Early: Study

Obese and non-obese people now have the same risk of dying early, a new study found. This means that overweight individuals may need not worry too much as before.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

Invisible 'Second Skin' May Treat Eczema And Reduce Wrinkles, Eyebags

A material that turns invisible when applied to the skin can potentially reverse signs of ageing. The second-skin known as XPL does not also cause irritation or allergic reactions.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Switching To Generic Drugs Instead Of Brand Name Ones May Save Billions Of Health Care Dollars

Researchers found that inefficient giving of drug prescriptions cost patients millions of dollars. They recommend substituting generic drugs instead of branded drugs to reduce spending.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

7-Year-Old Boy Who Donated Hair To Child Cancer Patients Diagnosed With Metastatic Cancer

A 7-year-old boy from California donated 13 inches of his own hair to help children with cancer. Now, the young Vinny Desautels is fighting the battle against cancer himself.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Correct Patient Treatment Could Have Prevented 33,000 Heart Attack Deaths

Nearly 33,000 heart attack-related deaths could have been prevented if doctors followed the correct patient treatment based on the National Health Service guidelines. The missed intervention places patients at risk of having another heart attack in the future, even death.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Protects Half Of People Who Tried It

Sanaria Inc.'s experimental malaria vaccine PfSPZ protects half of the study participants who tried it for at least a year. To date, this is the longest duration of malaria protection from an experimental vaccine.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Could Drinking Diet Soda During Pregnancy Result To Childhood Obesity For Newborn Babies?

Daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages may increase the risk of an infant to develop childhood obesity. In the U.S., about 25 percent of children aged 2 to 19 years old are obese.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Short People In India Undergo Limb-Lengthening Surgeries Despite Risks

More and more people in India are seeking to undergo limb-lengthening surgery despite the procedure not being regulated by the government. Botching the cosmetic operation could leave the patient unable to walk again.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

British Soldiers Prescribed Diet Pills And Liposuction To Combat Weight Problems

A new report has revealed that a number of British armed forces personnel may be facing issues with their weight and fitness. To help combat these problems, the soldiers were said to be given diet pills and liposuction procedures.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

Tooth Decay Drive Reveals Amount Of Sugar In Drinks

The city council of Liverpool has launched a public health campaign aimed at raising awareness on the amount of sugar included in many popular drinks. Officials hope this would help curb the rise in tooth decay rates among children.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Cancer Costs May Force Vulnerable Families To Sell Their Home

UK charity Macmillan Cancer Support warned that the costs of cancer are leaving millions of families financially broken, even forcing them to sell their homes. Here are ways to tackle the financial burden of cancer.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Here Are The Best And Worst US States To Grow Old

Caring.com has released its report on the 10 best and worst states to grow old, taking into consideration quality of life, health care, and finance. Which ones offer the best senior health care costs and assisted living choices?

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Swaddling Babies Linked To Increased Risk For Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome appeared to rise when babies were swaddled while sleeping on their sides or stomachs. Could SIDS be one of the major dangers of swaddling, a practice meant to keep infants warm and cozy?

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Canada's Justin Trudeau Allocates $785 Million To Support Fight Against Malaria, AIDS, Tuberculosis

Canada has pledged an additional $785 million CA to support the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country has a duty to lead by example.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Low-Cost Paper Diagnostic Test May Reduce Spread Of Zika Virus

Experts were able to develop a low-cost paper test that can detect Zika virus. The test can also detect specific strains of viruses, making it more attractive than existing tests.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Obama Administration Announces Contest To Redesign Medical Bill

The Obama administration launched a contest to innovators to redesign the U.S. medical billing process. The challenge aims to create simpler and more patient-friendly systems when dealing with their medical bills.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About The Blood Disorder Thalassemia: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Thalassemia is a life-threatening blood disorder that has no known cure. However, there are treatments that may alleviate the condition, such as chelation therapy and stem cell therapy.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

E-Cigarette Poisoning Surges In Young Children: Study

A new analysis found an alarming surge in e-cigarette poisoning among young children. Immediate government action is called for towards the regulation of these tobacco and nicotine products to lower the numbers and prevent further poisoning.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Australian Medical Board Issues New Guidelines For Cosmetic Surgery Industry

With the growing trend of cosmetic surgeries in Australia is the increased risk of becoming victims of botched procedures. To establish better regulation in the industry, the medical board has issued new guidelines.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Suicide Less Common Among Former NFL Players Than Men In General Population: CDC Study

NFL players are prone to head injury and CTE, which places them at increased risk for depression and self harm. A CDC study, however, finds that suicide is less common among ex-NFL players compared with the general population.

HEALTH May 12, 2016

Newborns Who Catch Cold, Flu Within 6 Months At Increased Risk For Type 1 Diabetes

Children are more susceptible to developing type 1 diabetes later in life when they contract a cold or flu during their first 6 months, a new study suggests. Infections that occur beyond this period don't produce the same effect.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Studying Zebrafish May Provide Insight On Rare Genetic Blood Disorders

The diminutive zebrafish is producing a massive impact on medical research. A new report suggests that studying the tropical freshwater fish may provide insight on rare genetic blood disorders in humans.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Climate Change May Up Rates Of Chronic Kidney Disease

Climate change brings about a new health epidemic: heat stress nephropathy, where the kidneys suffer from dehydration from rising temperatures and heat stress. Learn more about this chronic kidney disease on the rise.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Full Moon Linked To Less Sleep In Children

The full moon can somehow affect children's sleep – but is it enough to back up ancient belief on the lunar phases' effects on human moods and actions?

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Half Of Teens Are Addicted To Their Mobile Device: How To Tell If Your Child Suffers From Smartphone Addiction

Here are the signs of smartphone addiction among teens, which has risen to half of the U.S. teen population. While the line between phone addiction and overuse is gray, there are symptoms that one is already moving into addiction territory.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Publix Voluntarily Recalls Salad Over Listeria Fear

A listeria contamination scare prompted supermarket chain Publix to recall its Wheatberry Salad and Sweet and Salty Almond Bar. The listeria recall was linked to the sunflower seeds used in the products.

HEALTH May 8, 2016

Daily Marijuana Use Linked To Disease That Can Lead To Limb Amputation

A man in Australia has developed a very rare peripheral vascular disease that has prevented a nasty wound on his big toe from properly healing. Doctors say his condition was brought on by his long-term daily use of cannabis.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

OxyContin's 12-Hour Dosing May Up Drug Abuse Risk: How To Recognize And Prevent Opioid Addiction

Purdue Pharma's painkiller drug OxyContin has been tagged as one of the reasons for the increase in opioid abuse among Americans in recent years. Find out how you can avoid falling victim to the debilitating effects of opioid addiction.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Sen. Charles Schumer Wants FDA To Investigate, Recall Exploding E-Cigs

Amid rising incidents of exploding e-cigarettes, Sen. Charles Schumer wanted the FDA to conduct probe on what causes these vaping devices to explode. He also called for a recall to hold the manufacturers accountable.

HEALTH May 8, 2016

Norovirus Outbreak Hits Balmoral Cruise Ship, Sickens More Than 250 Passengers

The luxury cruise ship Balmoral has been hit by norovirus, sickening more than 250 passengers and eight crew members, health officials confirmed. Majority of the passengers were from the United Kingdom.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Monitoring Heart Rhythm With Smartphone App May Help Atrial Fibrillation Patients Take Blood-Thinning Drugs As Needed

Monitoring heart rhythm using a smartphone app may help atrial fibrillation patients limit daily blood-thinner intake. Positive clinical results were seen after 18 months.

HEALTH May 8, 2016

New Antibody Therapy May Provide Long-Term HIV Treatment

Scientists are developing a new antibody-based drug therapy that may provide long-term control over HIV. A single dose of the therapy can help patients make better antibodies against the virus.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

France To Offer Pregnant Women €300 To Quit Smoking

Smoking during pregnancy reaps negative effects for both the mother and the baby. With that, as part of a new study, hospitals in France will offer pregnant women up to €300 in vouchers if they agree to quit smoking.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

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