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Buffalo Wild Wings In Warren, Michigan Cleared After Employee Confirmed Hepatitis A

The Buffalo Wild Wings branch in Warren, Michigan has now reopened after being closed due to an employee getting Hepatitis A. The restaurant had submitted to investigations to ensure it was safe to open its doors again.

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British Man Gets Life Sentence For Deliberately Giving Men HIV

A man was found guilty of purposely trying to infect men with HIV by sleeping with them without using protection. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with HIV in April 2015 but never sought treatment.

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Specific Type Of Blood Pressure Drug Increases Risk Of Pancreatic Cancer In Postmenopausal Women

Pancreatic cancer is said to be the second cause of cancer-related deaths in the US around 2020. A study found that a class of antihypertensive drugs causes chronic inflammation in the body, a risk factor for pancreatic cancer.

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NYC Mice Carry Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs: How To Prevent These Rodents From Making You Sick

Droppings from mice captured in New York City buildings contain viruses, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant bugs. Precautions should be observed to prevent these rodents from spreading diseases. Should people get cats to kill mice?

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New York City Mice Problem: 1 in 4 Mice Carry Drug-Resistant Bacteria

There is no five-second rule in New York City. If anything comes in contact with mice droppings, it could be contaminated. A new study found that one in four mice carry drug-resistant bacteria.

Public Health April 17, 2018

Flesh-Eating Disease Usually Found In Africa Now An Epidemic In Australia

Scientists in Australia voiced out their concerns amid the growing and worsening flesh-eating disease in Victoria. The cases of infections at present were also more severe and contagious than before.

Public Health April 17, 2018

Millions Will Have Elevated Blood Pressure As Guidelines Lower Hypertension Reading

The updated guideline has categorized more people as hypertensive even if there were no prior diagnosis. Those with a blood pressure of at least 130/80 are classified as stage 1 hypertensive.

Public Health April 17, 2018

Opioid Epidemic Alleviates Shortage In Organ Donors: Study

The opioid epidemic appeared to help alleviate organ donor shortage in the United States. Outcome of transplants from drug overdose donors are slightly better than those involving organs from sick patients.

Public Health April 17, 2018

Here's Why Romaine Lettuce Tainted With E.coli O157: H7 Could Be Very Dangerous

The CDC continued to warn consumers against eating chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona that may be tainted with E.coli O157: H7. What makes this e.coli strain particularly dangerous?

Public Health April 16, 2018

Children With Non-Chromosomal Birth Defects Have Almost Thrice The Risk Of Pediatric Cancer

Children born with congenital heart diseases and CNS abnormalities are at risk of childhood cancers. Science has improved dramatically in the treatment of common pediatric cancers including leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Public Health April 17, 2018

Researchers Propose New Way Of Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Without Relying On Patient Behavior

More people could be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease once a new research framework is put into practice. Scientists propose that Alzheimer’s diagnosis should be based solely on brain tests and not on behavior.

Public Health April 16, 2018

Contact Lens That Acts Like Sunglasses To Protect The Eyes From The Sun Gets FDA Approval

The soft contact lens ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions comes with a light-adaptive technology that can provide protection for the eye against damaging UV radiation. Should you replace your sunglasses with this contact lens?

Public Health April 16, 2018

Chili Grower Defends Carolina Reaper After World's Hottest Pepper Hospitalizes Man

A chili grower defended the Carolina Reaper, after the world's hottest chili pepper reportedly sent a man to the hospital. He said that there is a proper way to prepare the Carolina Reaper, to avoid any health issues.

Public Health April 15, 2018

Indiana Farm Recalls Over 200 Million Eggs Due To Potential Salmonella Health Risk

The Food and Drugs Administration announced the recall of more than 200 million eggs. The recalled products could be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup after 22 illnesses linked to the consumption of the eggs had been reported.

Public Health April 16, 2018

Study Finds Public Restroom Hand Dryers May Be Spreading Bacteria: What's The Best Hand-Drying Method?

Hand drying is just as important a process as hand washing in keeping bacterial transmissions at bay. What is the more effective hand-drying method available in public restrooms?

Public Health April 16, 2018

Heart Failure Study Shows Protein Blockage Could Improve Cardiac Function

An experiment conducted in mice showed that cardiovascular function can be improved just by blocking a particular protein in the heart. The therapy proved successful in mouse models, although further research is warranted in human heart cells.

Public Health April 15, 2018

Police Officer Administered With Narcan After Accidental Exposure During Drug Arrest

First responders often have to bring Naloxone just in case of an opioid overdose emergency. In Ohio, police officers had to administer Narcan on a colleague after the then-unknown substance blew into his face and he fell ill.

Public Health April 14, 2018

Caffeine Crackdown: FDA Takes Step To Block Consumer Sales Of Pure Caffeine In Bulk

Since 2015, the FDA has been cracking down on the sales of pure caffeine. A new guidance will make selling pure caffeine in bulk unlawful.

Public Health April 14, 2018

Restaurant Workers Rank Highest In Cannabis Use Prevalence: CDC Report

A CDC report finds that workers in the food industry have the highest prevalence of cannabis use. The results could help employers create drug-related policies to ensure safety and security.

Public Health April 14, 2018

E.Coli Found In Chopped Romaine Lettuce Infects People In 11 States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a warning about chopped romaine lettuce that is giving people E.coli. The infection has spread across 11 states in the United States.

Public Health April 15, 2018

E.coli Outbreak Recorded In 7 States: What Is The CDC Doing?

Health officials are probing the cause of the multistate E. coli outbreak. The disease has sickened at least 17 people across states, and the specific source is still unknown.

Public Health April 13, 2018

Peanut Allergy Vaccine Turns Off Allergic Reactions By Redirecting Immune Response

An experimental nasal mist vaccine protected allergic mice from reactions, such as breathing problems and itchy skin, due to exposure to peanuts. The treatment works even if the allergy is already established.

Public Health April 12, 2018

Fake Weed Laced With Rat Poison Kills 3, Leaves More Than 100 Others Bleeding From Eyes And Ears

Fake marijuana tainted with rat poison already killed three in Illinois and sickened over 100 due to dangerous bleeding. Is it safe to use synthetic cannabinoids that are not contaminated with other substances?

Public Health April 12, 2018

Wound Healing Process After Breast Cancer Surgery May Cause Growth Of More Dangerous Tumors

As the body's immune system is busy with the healing process after a breast cancer surgery, it stops to restrain the growth of stray cancer cells, which can lead to new tumors. How can this be prevented?

Public Health April 12, 2018

People Aged 20 To 55 Have Increased Risk Of Death In 5 US States

A recent finding determined different factors that impact life expectancy across the United States. One key finding was that people aged 20 to 55 in five states are at a higher risk of dying.

Public Health April 12, 2018

Spring Allergy Season 2018 Starts Earlier, Pollen Count Hits Record High In Some Regions

Data reflected different pollen concentration while experts observed the varying length of spring allergy season in the United States. The consistency was noticed in the past years and persisted with climate change.

Public Health April 12, 2018

Hand Dryers In Public Restrooms May Spread Bacteria To Your Hands

Your hands may be getting bacteria right after washing them, if you use the hand dryers in public restrooms. This should not stop people from washing their hands though, as they just need to dry their hands another way.

Public Health April 12, 2018

Strawberries Top The 2018 Dirty Dozen List Of Fruits And Vegetables With The Most Pesticides

Strawberries are at the top of the Dirty Dozen for the third year in a row. The Dirty Dozen is a list of fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticides.

Public Health April 10, 2018

Chicken Salad Salmonella Outbreak Update: 1 Dead, 265 Sick, 8 States Affected

At least one death is tied to February’s salmonella outbreak, which the CDC confirms roots from contaminated chicken salad made by an Iowan company. The outbreak also caused 265 people to get sick.

Public Health April 10, 2018

Bayer Essure System For Permanent Birth Control Receives Label Update

Once again, the American Food and Drug Administration slapped restrictions on Bayer for its controversial Essure implant. The device now comes with a checklist that must be signed by the patient before insertion.

Public Health April 10, 2018

Eating World’s Hottest Carolina Reaper Triggers Crushing Headache

A man complained of thunderclap headache after participating in a contest where he ate one piece of Carolina Reaper. The case study on him was published just days after Carolina Reaper reclaimed Guinness World record for world’s hottest chili pepper.

Public Health April 10, 2018

Smoking Pot While Breastfeeding: Can Marijuana Turn Up In Breast Milk?

Women, who regularly smoke marijuana while breastfeeding, could have exposed their babies to THC, a psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis. Scientists have yet to find its effects on the baby’s neurological development.

Public Health April 11, 2018

23andMe CEO Compares Complicated Genetic Risk Reports To Simple At-Home Pregnancy Test

23andMe chief executive Anne Wojcicki released an opinion article saying that people don't need experts to decipher genetic risk reports. She likened the reports to at-home pregnancy tests.

Public Health April 11, 2018

Mom Finds Used Needles On McDonald's Baby Changing Table

A young mother found three used needles on the baby changing table at a McDonald's restaurant and thinks these were intentionally left to injure somebody. What was fast food giant's response to the incident?

Public Health April 9, 2018

Survey Shows Adults Prefer Popping Pills Than Exercise To Treat High Blood Pressure

People prefer to swallow pills or drink tea than to exercise to manage their high blood pressure. A Yale study showed that only 1 in 3 Americans are interested in prolonging their lifespan even if options are available.

Public Health April 9, 2018

Stress And Grief During Pregnancy Increases Chances Of Mental Health Illness In Children: Study

A study has shown that stress is a potent indicative factor of adults being depressed or children having ADHD. This data explains one of the possible causes of the increasing purchase of mental health prescription drugs.

Public Health April 9, 2018

Measles Outbreak In Santa Clara County: Five Cases Confirmed So Far

Five Santa Clara County residents are now confirmed to have been afflicted by a measles outbreak. Experts say, however, that public threat is very low.

Public Health April 7, 2018

FDA Now Considers Vaping A Rising Epidemic In High School

The U.S. FDA has considered vaping among high school students a growing epidemic and national concern. At least 1.7 million students are smoking e-cigarettes, and more are getting addicted to combustible nicotine products.

Public Health April 7, 2018

New Jersey E.Coli Outbreak Possibly Linked To Panera Bread: Report

An E.coli outbreak in four counties of New Jersey has had eight people hospitalized. The state's Department of Health is currently conducting an investigation with help from the CDC and the FDA.

Public Health April 7, 2018

Couple Awarded $37 Million In Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit

Stephen Lanzo claimed he contracted cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's products for more than 30 years. He and his wife were awarded $37 million in compensatory damages on Thursday.

Public Health April 7, 2018

Surgeon General Issues New Advisory On Naloxone: What To Know About The Opioid Overdose-Reversal Drug

The Surgeon General wants more people to carry Naloxone with them in case of opioid overdose emergencies. How can members of the general public help with this public health crisis?

Public Health April 7, 2018

Rat Poison May Be Causing Severe Bleeding From Synthetic Weed: Outbreak Is Now Spreading From Illinois

Severe bleeding is being caused by synthetic weed that may have been laced with rat poison. This outbreak of bleeding caused by synthetic weed is now spreading from Illinois to other states.

Public Health April 6, 2018

Timothy Cunningham: Atlanta Police Rules Out Foul Play In Missing CDC Scientist’s Case

Atlanta police ruled out foul play in the death of CDC scientist Timothy Cunningham. Cunningham’s body was found Tuesday in a river near his house, although, the medical examiner is yet to release details of his death.

Public Health April 7, 2018

Pet Owners Beware: 10 Sickened After Common Fish Tank Coral Released Potentially Deadly Toxin

Ten individuals including responding firefighters and two dogs got sick after a common coral released potentially deadly toxins. The incident happened overnight after the fish tank was cleaned out.

Public Health April 6, 2018

Surgeon General Advisory Urges The Public To Carry Opioid Antidote Naloxone To Potentially Save Lives

To combat the opioid epidemic, the Surgeon General calls on the public to carry naloxone and to know how to administer it. This is the first surgeon general advisory in 13 years.

Public Health April 6, 2018

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