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Drugstore Says Lowering Price Of Morning-After Pill May Encourage Women To Use It

Boots Pharmaceuticals angered women for suggesting that decreasing the price of its morning-after pills will encourage inappropriate behavior. The drugstore apologized after a major backlash.

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Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Papaya Sickens 47

A multistate Salmonella outbreak has already sickened 47 people from New York to Louisiana. Federal officials believe that the infections are linked to yellow Maradol papayas.

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Fecal Bacteria Found In Drinks Sold By Major Fast Food Restaurants Like McDonald's

Scientists discover another reason why fast food is unhealthy. Three major fast food chains in the UK test positive for poo bacteria in its iced drinks.

Public Health July 21, 2017

Healthier Living Could Slash Dementia Cases By One-Third: Report

Dementia prevention techniques that involve diet, quitting smoking, and changing one's lifestyle may slash cases by one-third, experts reveal. Learn how leading a healthier life could save you from this brain disorder.

Public Health July 20, 2017

100 Million Americans Are Either Diabetic Or Prediabetic: CDC

Diabetes rates in the United States paint a picture of low awareness and increasing statistics, a new CDC report has showed. Experts continue to call for optimal nutrition as key in diabetes treatment and prevention.

Public Health July 19, 2017

Mad Cow Disease Detected In Alabama: Is There Reason To Be Alarmed?

A cow delivered to a livestock market in Alabama and later died was found positive for BSE, or mad cow disease. Does the fifth BSE case in the United States pose human threats?

Public Health July 18, 2017

Verily Releases Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes To Fight Zika And Dengue: Is Wolbachia Technique Safe For Humans?

Up to 20 million mosquitoes infected by the Wolbachia bacteria will be released in California to fight zika, dengue and chikungunya. Does this technique pose safety risk to humans and other species?

Public Health July 17, 2017

Doctors Remove 27 Contact Lenses From Woman's Eye During Cataract Surgery

A woman initially thought her eye problem was caused by old age and dry eyes. She was supposed to undergo cataract surgery when doctors discovered a blue mass that turned out to be contact lenses stuck together in her eye.

Public Health July 17, 2017

More Than 200 Hogs Slaughtered After One Confirmed Swine Flu Case At County Fair

An entire hog barn at the Clinton County Fair was tagged ‘Terminal’ after one hog tested positive for swine flu. All 280 hogs will be slaughtered.

Public Health July 16, 2017

Here's How Pregnant Women Can Avoid C-Section Birth According To Analysis Of 36 Studies

C-section birth comes with a number of unwanted consequences for the mother and child. Here's how pregnant women can avoid it and up their chances for normal delivery, according to science.

Public Health July 21, 2017

Hot Dogs Sold By New York City Pushcart Vendors Recalled Over Bone Fragment Contamination

As a precautionary measure, a meat processor recalled more than 7 million of its hot dogs and sausages over concern these may contain bone fragments. Here are the affected products.

Public Health July 16, 2017

Infamous Experiment: Descendants Of Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment Victims Seek Remaining Settlement Money

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment is infamous for its misleading nature. Families of the victims are now seeking to claim the remaining money from a 1975 settlement.

Public Health July 16, 2017

Early Prostate Cancer Surgery May Not Prolong Life: Treatment May Even Cause Lifelong Complications

Early surgery may not be necessary, and may even pose side effect risks to some men diagnosed with prostate cancer. A smaller group of patients though may still benefit from early treatment.

Public Health July 15, 2017

Releasing 20 Million Mosquitoes May Help In Fight Against Zika Virus, Chikungunya And Dengue

Verily's technologically advanced Debug Project is already underway in Fresno County. How will releasing 20 million bacteria-infected male mosquitoes help reduce the population of disease-carrying mosquitoes?

Public Health July 15, 2017

Hundreds Of Medical Professionals Charged With Health Care-Related Scams

The federal government has concluded its largest takedown operation on health-related scams with hundreds of fraud charges. Doctors were accused of prescribing unnecessary opioids to patients and addicts.

Public Health July 15, 2017

Scientific Panel Seeks Harsher Strategy, Total Policy Overhaul To Solve Opioid Problem

An FDA-commissioned scientific panel recommends sweeping changes in doctors’ opiod prescription practices and health policy, in general, to stop the growing opioid epidemic in the United States. Here are the details on the new report.

Public Health July 14, 2017

Tall Men At Higher Risk Of Death From Prostate Cancer: Study

Prostate cancer is the second leading type of cancer among men. Now, researchers have found that taller men and heavier men are more at risk of being diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer and of death from prostate cancer.

Public Health July 14, 2017

Powdered Mac And Cheese May Contain Toxic Chemicals Banned From Kids' Toys

Advocacy groups are conducting a test of the phthalate content of dairy products in the market. Out of the 30 cheese products tested, 29 turned out positive for containing phthalates.

Public Health July 14, 2017

Mac And Cheese May Contain Dangerous Phthalates: Other Processed Food With Toxic Ingredients

Macaroni and cheese powder may contain harmful phthalates that have been banned in baby products, but potentially toxic ingredients are also present in other popular food products. Here are some of them.

Public Health July 15, 2017

‘Unacceptable Tragedy’: Measles Claims 35 Child Lives In Europe

In a new statement, the World Health Organization has released details on measles deaths in Europe. The U.N. agency has hit low coverage of the measles vaccine for the spread of the contagious disease.

Public Health July 12, 2017

Teen Electrocuted When Cellphone Accidentally Falls In Bathtub

A girl died after attempting to use her cellphone while charging in the bathtub. Her family is now spreading awareness about the dangers of using electrical devices near water.

Public Health July 12, 2017

Poor Night Sleep May Increase Alzheimer's Risk: How To Get Better Sleep According To Scientists

Poor quality sleep can lead to buildup of amyloid and tau, compounds linked to Alzheimer's disease. Experts and studies, however, offer hints that may help people with sleep problems such as insomnia.

Public Health July 11, 2017

Vaccine Fuels Hope In The Tough Fight Against Gonorrhea

In a new study, a mass vaccination campaign for a meningitis outbreak in New Zealand has offered the unintended benefit of helping reduce gonorrhea incidence. Should we expect a gonorrhea vaccine soon amid the threat of antibiotic resistance?

Public Health July 11, 2017

Tobacco Use In Movies Jumps By 80 Percent, May Affect Teen Smoking

The depiction of tobacco in Hollywood movies increased by about 80 percent. Health experts are concerned about the potential effects on young people given the causal link between smoking in movies and teens starting to smoke.

Public Health July 10, 2017

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?

Public Health July 10, 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.

Public Health July 10, 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.

Public 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?

Public 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?

Public 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.

Public 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.

Public 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.

Public 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.

Public 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.

Public 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.

Public Health July 7, 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.

Public Health July 6, 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.

Public Health July 5, 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.

Public 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.

Public 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.

Public 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?

Public Health July 10, 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.

Public 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.

Public Health July 1, 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.

Public Health July 1, 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.

Public Health June 30, 2017

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