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Cases Of Rabies Confirmed In Superstition Mountain Area

Several cases of rabid animals have been confirmed in a known hiking area in Superstition Mountain in Arizona. Since 1960, 90 percent of rabies cases in the country come from wild animals.

Public Health November 19, 2017

Doctors Claim Pediatric Death Is Not Due To Marijuana Overdose

The so-called first marijuana-associated death of an 11-month-old child turns out to be a misinterpretation of the case report. Is the report baseless or cannabis can indeed cause overdose and death?

Public Health November 19, 2017

Puppies From Puerto Rico Test Positive For Leptospirosis

One of 10 puppies brought to the country from Puerto Rico after the hurricane tested positive for leptospirosis. What do you need to know about leptospirosis in pets?

Public Health November 17, 2017

Mixing Energy Drink And Alcohol Poses Serious Risks

Mixing alcohol and energy drinks can lead to potentially deadly health effects such as alcohol poisoning. Here are the other health risks associated with drinking these caffeinated energy boosters.

Public Health November 17, 2017

11-Month-Old's Death Is First Recorded Pediatric Death From Cannabis Exposure: Report

An 11-month-old's death is the first recorded pediatric death related to cannabis exposure. Though other doctors are unsure of the results, authors hope to justify educating parents and considering cannabis exposure in pediatric myocarditis.

Public Health November 16, 2017

Sex Not Likely To Trigger Cardiac Arrest: Study

Can sex trigger a cardiac arrest? A new study showed that it rarely can. It further suggested that sudden cardiac arrest is linked with sex far more often in men than in women.

Public Health November 14, 2017

Health Experts Are Encouraging Smokers To Switch To E-Cigarettes

Health experts are encouraging tobacco smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. They say it is less harmful to the lungs than conventional tobacco cigarettes.

Public Health November 14, 2017

Disneyland Shuts Down Cooling Towers After Infecting Visitors With Legionnaire’s Disease

Disneyland has shut down its cooling towers after discovering the waters were contaminated with Legionella bacteria. The move followed after the county healthcare agency noticed that people recently infected with Legionnaires’ disease visited the tourist attraction not long ago.

Public Health November 13, 2017

Women Who Suffer From Cardiac Arrest In Public Less Likely To Get CPR From Bystanders: Study

Gender discrepancy appears to exist when it comes to giving bystander CPR. What is the possible barrier that prevents strangers from helping women who suffer from cardiac arrest?

Public Health November 13, 2017

Air Pollution Linked To Increased Risk For Osteoporosis And Bone Fractures: Study

In older adults, researchers found an association between increased risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures and exposure to air pollution particulate matter. Here are other ways polluted air impacts older members of the population.

Public Health November 13, 2017

About 49 Million American Adults Used Tobacco In 2015: CDC

There were 48.7 million adults in the United States who used tobacco in 2015. Although cigarette-use has been declining in the country in recent years, they remain to be the most widely used tobacco product.

Public Health November 11, 2017

People In Japan And Spain Live Longer, Americans Spend Most On Health Care: Report

Japan, Spain, and Switzerland have the highest life expactancy rates among OECD countries while Latvia has the lowest. Does paying more for health care lead to higher life expectancy rates?

Public Health November 11, 2017

IUDs Linked To Lower Cervical Cancer Risk: Contraceptive Device Also 99 Percent Effective For Birth Control

Aside from conferring protection against cervical cancer, IUD is also an effective birth control device. IUDs can offer long-term protection lasting from three to 12 years.

Public Health November 11, 2017

Facebook Warning Says You Can Overdose From Touching Fentanyl On Shopping Carts: Is This True?

Facebook warns the public about the dangers of fentanyl overdose while using shopping carts. Experts, however, debunked the possibility of topical absorption of fentanyl in powder form.

Public Health November 10, 2017

EPA Approves Release Of Lab-Grown Mosquitoes To Fight Zika And Dengue

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the green light to release lab-grown mosquitoes in some selected places in the United States. The insects will be infected with the Wolbachia bacteria, which will aid in containing diseases such as Zika and dengue.

Public Health November 10, 2017

California Marijuana Tax May Drive Up Prices By 70 Percent

California's cannabis industry is already facing challenges before sales begin in January. Legalizing pot resulted in a bevy of taxes that may force prices to rise by 70 percent.

Public Health November 8, 2017

New Ebola Virus On The Rise: Marburg Virus Kills 3 In Uganda

The WHO confirmed three Marburg virus casualties. The organization closely coordinated with the Uganda government to address the illness and prevent possible catastrophic outbreaks similar to Ebola virus.

Public Health November 7, 2017

Here Are The Most Obese States In America

The report conducted by WalletHub revealed the states with the highest obese and overweight individuals. The findings provide a more local perspective on the prevalence of obesity in the United States.

Public Health November 7, 2017

Alcohol And Cancer: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Risk

Can even moderate alcohol drinking increase the risk of cancer? A new statement from the ASCO warns that even a drink or two per day can still increase the risk.

Public Health November 9, 2017

One In Eight Women Will Develop Breast Cancer: Here Are The Steps To Cut Your Risk

Despite recent advancements in treatment options, one in eight women is still at great risk of developing breast cancer. To prevent invasive malignancies to progress, doctors encourage more women to embrace positive lifestyle changes and early screening tests.

Public Health November 7, 2017

Flu Vaccines May Not Work Because They Grow In Chicken Eggs

Flu vaccines, when allowed to grow in chicken eggs, undergo mutations that renders the vaccine ineffective. While not as effective as intended, experts still encourage the public to still get their flu shots.

Public Health November 7, 2017

Gonorrhea Cases In Australia Rise By 63 Percent In 5 Years

Latest data on STIs show an alarming 63 percent rise in the number of gonorrhea cases in Australia in the past five years. What's behind the huge increase in this sexually transmitted disease?

Public Health November 6, 2017

Heart Disease Deaths Plunge But Drug Overdoses Rise: CDC

Latest figures from the CDC showed that deaths by drug overdose in the United States have risen by around 20 percent in 2016. What's behind the increase in death rate?

Public Health November 4, 2017

Heart Stents May Be Useless At Relieving Chest Pain: Study

Angina patients with heart stents may be benefiting from placebo effect. Those who received stents showed no difference in symptoms and exercise performance from patients who only had medications.

Public Health November 4, 2017

Woman Hospitalized For Severe Foot Infection After Pedicure At Her Favorite Spa

A bride-to-be had to be operated when she suffered from severe toe infection after a pedicure at a spa. What can potentially cause infections during a salon procedure?

Public Health November 4, 2017

Childhood Spanking Can Lead To Mental Health Problems In Adulthood

Researchers found an association between childhood spanking and mental health problems in adulthood. Among the respondents, men and minorities were more likely to have experienced childhood spanking.

Public Health November 3, 2017

Trader Joe's Salads Recalled For Possible Listeria Contamination

A public health alert has been issued for a certain type of salad sold at Trader Joe's grocery stores. Officials are warning consumers to either throw the salad product away or return them to where they were purchased.

Public Health November 2, 2017

UK To Ban Surgery For Smokers And The Obese To Reduce Health Care Costs

UK came up with a decision to ban non-urgent surgeries for individuals who smoke and are obese. This is how the controversial move can help slash health care costs.

Public Health November 1, 2017

IUD May Reduce Cervical Cancer Risk By 30 Percent: Study

Women who use an IUD as birth control device to prevent pregnancy are less likely to develop cervical cancer. Here's how the contraceptive device may influence risk for the disease.

Public Health November 8, 2017

Sephora Lawsuit: Woman Claims Lipstick Tester Gave Her Herpes

Can you get infected with viruses when you try on lipstick and makeup samples? A woman sues Sephora claiming she contracted herpes from a lipstick sample at one of their stores.

Public Health October 31, 2017

Puppy Saved After Accidental Opioid Overdose: What To Do If It Happens To Your Pet

A puppy was saved by veterinarians from accidental opioid overdose with the help of an overdose reversal drug. What are the symptoms of opioid poisoning in pets?

Public Health October 29, 2017

Here Are The Infant Formula And Baby Food Products Found Positive For Toxic Chemicals

A recent report by non-profit organization Clean Label Project showed that some of the top-selling and emerging baby food products tested positive for toxic chemicals such as arsenic. Over 500 products were tested and rated from best to worst.

Public Health October 27, 2017

CDC Panel Recommends GSK's New Shingles Vaccine Shingrix

GlaxoSmithKline's Shingrix is the newly approved vaccine for preventing shingles. The vaccine has got the thumbs up from CDC.

Public Health October 27, 2017

Baby Food And Infant Formulas Tested Positive For Arsenic, Lead, And Other Toxic Chemicals

More than half of baby products, including infant formula, that researchers examined were found positive for toxic chemicals. Mainstream brands, which include Gerber and Enfamil, were among the worst offenders.

Public Health October 25, 2017

Carpenter Who Repaired Homes After Hurricane Harvey Dies Of Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Josue Zurita, a 31-year-old man, has succumbed to the deadly necrotizing fasciitis. He had contracted the flesh-eating bacterial infection while repairing homes damaged by floodwater post-hurricane Harvey.

Public Health October 26, 2017

Frequent Need To Urinate Could Be Sign Of Ovarian Cancer

The need to urinate more often than usual is a potential symptom of ovarian cancer, but only 1 percent of women are aware of this warning sign. What are the other signs of the disease?

Public Health October 25, 2017

New York Law Bans Use Of E-Cigarettes In Public Places

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill that bans the use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking tobacco products is prohibited. The new law will take effect in 30 days.

Public Health October 25, 2017

How Do You Stop The Spread Of HIV? Quarantine Those Infected, Suggests Georgia Lawmaker

Georgia lawmaker Betty Price has come under fire for asking whether there is legal basis for the quarantine of people infected with HIV. She has now spoken out amid the controversy, claiming her comments were taken out of context.

Public Health October 23, 2017

Judge Tosses $417 Million Talcum Powder Case Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

A judge in Los Angeles has thrown out a $417 million 'talcum powder' case verdict against Johnson & Johnson. Previously, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay the sum to a woman who claimed she got ovarian cancer from the company's baby powder product.

Public Health October 21, 2017

California Faces Largest Person-To-Person Hepatitis Outbreak Since 1995

California is currently struggling with a hepatitis A outbreak that has already claimed 19 lives. What are the challenges that authorities are facing in their quest to control the outbreak?

Public Health October 20, 2017

Price Hike Cuts Sales Of Sugary Drinks In Jamie's Italian Restaurants

Raising the price of sugary drinks in Jamie's Italian restaurants causes sales to drop by 11 percent, a new experiment reveals. As a result, the increase in price of those beverages has led to the decrease in sugary drink consumption.

Public Health October 19, 2017

Promising Obesity Treatment: Engineered Protein Helps Obese Animals Lose Weight

An engineered version of the protein GDF15 caused test animals to lose weight. Researchers also observed a link between increased levels of the protein and lowered cholesterol and insulin levels in the blood.

Public Health October 20, 2017

Men Who Receive Blood From Mothers Are More Likely To Die Three Years After The Transfusion, Study Suggests

Men are more likely to die when they receive blood from a woman who had been previously pregnant, says a new study. This could ultimately alter blood donation policies in the global scale if future studies support the conclusion.

Public Health October 18, 2017

More Than 57 Dead After Devastating Pneumonic Plague Spreads Across Madagascar

Madagascar is seeing an unusually high rate of new plague cases this year. With already more than 680 documented cases just six weeks into the plague season, experts are worried.

Public Health October 17, 2017

One Out Of Nine American Men Infected With Oral HPV: STD May Lead To Cancer

A new study found that about one out of nine American men is infected with oral HPV. The growing risk of the STD calls for a renewed focus on the available HPV vaccine, but not everyone can take it.

Public Health October 17, 2017

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