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Deadly Arrow Poison Could Be Used For Male Birth Control Pills

Oral contraceptives could soon be available for men. However, it would be made using a toxic substance that was used as an arrow poison by ancient Africans in hunting and war.

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Be Careful With Your Sushi: Salmon Sashimi Lover Pulls Out 5-Foot Tapeworm While On The Toilet

A salmon sashimi lover thought that his intestines were coming out of his bottom. It turned out to be a tapeworm that measured over five feet, according to Dr. Kenny Bahn on the 'This Won't Hurt A Bit' podcast.

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New Blood Test Can Detect 8 Types Of Cancer, Study Says

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have come up with a blood test that can apparently detect eight common types of cancer. They aim to release an annual test to aid people in the early detection of the disease.

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Family, Lawyer of Woman Left On The Street By Hospital Staff Speak Out

A woman's ordeal after being left on the street by hospital staff highlighted the problem of patient dumping. Her family says her case also highlights a failed mental health care system.

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Army Veteran Sues Hospital For Leaving Scalpel Inside His Abdomen: It Was There For Over 4 Years

An army veteran started feeling abdominal pain after an operation at a Veteran Affairs Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut, in 2013. Four years later, an X-ray revealed that a surgeon left behind a scalpel inside his abdomen.

Public Health January 18, 2018

Advisory Panel Recommends Reducing Blood Alcohol Concentration Limit To Prevent Traffic-Related Deaths

Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have been a problem in the United States since the early 1980s. As a solution, the National Academies advisory committee recommended policy reforms, including a reduced BAC limit.

Public Health January 17, 2018

Model Sues New York For Identifying Her As HIV Patient In AIDS Campaign Photo

After a state agency illegally used her stock photo for an HIV campaign, the NY court ruled in favor of Avril Nolan. The model can now pursue a lawsuit demanding payment for the emotional distress caused by the ad.

Public Health January 17, 2018

High-Fat Diet Could Worsen Prostate Cancer: Study

A high-fat diet brings more than just extra weight. It has been found to accelerate the progression of serious conditions such as prostate cancer, turning it into a lethal disease.

Public Health January 18, 2018

Is It Safe To Hold In A Sneeze? One Man Did, And He Ruptured His Throat

A man tried to hold in a sneeze by pinching his nose and then holding his mouth closed. Before long, he noticed that there was something wrong - he had apparently ruptured his throat.

Public Health January 17, 2018

Experimental Technique To Cure Rabies Fails To Save Florida Boy Who Was Scratched By Bat

A 6-year-old boy from Florida died due to rabies, which he contracted from a bat. The child was placed in a medically induced coma as part of the Milwaukee protocol, but the experimental treatment did not save his life.

Public Health January 16, 2018

Birth Control App Blamed For Unwanted Pregnancies, Abortions

Don't fully trust a mobile app when it comes to birth control methods. A hyped contraceptive app used by thousands of women and certified as effective as the pill is now blamed for dozens of unwanted pregnancies.

Public Health January 16, 2018

Tamiflu Side Effects: 6-Year-Old Tried To Jump Out The Window, And It's Not The Only Reported Case

It appears flu medicine Tamiflu (oseltamivir) can have some serious side effects, which may include psychosis. A 6-year-old girl tried to jump out the window after taking the drug, and other reported cases of side effects include a dozen deaths.

Public Health January 15, 2018

People Born Before 1968 More At Risk Of Deady Aussie Flu: H3N2 Virus Symptoms To Watch Out For

Age is a risk factor for H3N2. Hospitalization rates are higher for people between 55 and 64 years old. What should older people do to protect themselves from Aussie flu virus?

Public Health January 15, 2018

Surfers More Likely To Have Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Their Stomachs

Surfers are more likely to have their stomachs colonized by antibiotic-resistant bacteria than non-surfers, a new study found. Researchers attempted to test the strength of the E. coli bacteria in the presence of cefotaxime, and here’s what they discovered.

Public Health January 15, 2018

Measles Patient Possibly Exposed Hundreds Of Airport Passengers To Contagious Disease

On Wednesday morning, a passenger with a confirmed case of measles landed at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. Now, hundreds of travelers are at risk of contracting the contagious and deadly disease.

Public Health January 15, 2018

Black Death Panic Spreads In Africa After Girl Dies With Blood Oozing From Her Eyes

Panic is spreading in Africa after a 9-year-old girl in Uganda died with blood oozing from her eyes. Tests on the girl's blood sample will confirm if she died from the disease known as the Black Death.

Public Health January 15, 2018

Pet Owners Warned Not To Feed Animals With Raw Meat Products

Researchers are warning pet owners about the dangers of feeding their pets raw meat products, as they pose a risk not only to animals but also to themselves. These products were often found to be infected with parasites and bacteria.

Public Health January 13, 2018

Video Of Patient 'Dumped' On Street Stirs Anger: Patient Dumping Is Still A Problem

A woman was left by hospital staff at a freezing bus stop wearing nothing but a hospital gown. Her story highlights the ongoing problem with patient dumping even with the EMTALA.

Public Health January 13, 2018

Surgeon Who Burned His Initials On Patients' Livers Gets $14K Fine

The British surgeon who burned his initials on two patients' livers got away with a £10,000 ($13,600) fine. The surgeon also has to perform 120 hours of unpaid work.

Public Health January 13, 2018

The Tide Pod Challenge Is The Latest Stupid Internet Craze: Kids, Please Don't Eat Laundry Detergent

The Tide Pod Challenge is both a stupid and dangerous internet craze that is gaining popularity among teens. The challenge requires participants to eat small pods that contain laundry detergent, which is never a good idea.

Public Health January 12, 2018

Hepatitis A Outbreak In Utah Came From San Diego, Say Health Officials

According to health officials, the Utah hepatitis A outbreak has spread from San Diego. Thousands of people may have been exposed to the virus, but no deaths have been reported yet.

Public Health January 12, 2018

Most People Who Try One Cigarette Likely To Become Habitual Smokers: Study

A new research suggested that it only takes one cigarette for the majority of people to become regular smokers. The research is based on surveys that were conducted between 2000 and 2016 in eight English-speaking countries.

Public Health January 12, 2018

Florida Monkeys May Infect Humans With Possibly Fatal Herpes Virus

Monkeys in Florida may possibly infect humans with herpes B, which is a possibly fatal virus. While state officials determine their best course of action, people who come across the monkeys are advised to stay away.

Public Health January 11, 2018

Two Boys In Ohio Killed By Flu: Get Your Babies And Children Flu Shots Right Away

Ohio health officials reported that two boys, with ages of one year old and four years old, died from the flu virus. Parents are urged to have flu shots administered to their babies and children.

Public Health January 11, 2018

Do You Have A Drinking Problem? This Online Tool Can Help You Find Out

If people think they have a drinking problem but they just aren’t sure, then they can now find out by using this new online tool called the Alcohol Treatment Navigator. The tool was created by the National Institute of Health.

Public Health January 11, 2018

21-Year-Old Bodybuilder Dies Of Flu Complications: Septic Shock Led To Organ Failure

Kyler Baughman, a 21-year-old bodybuilder from Pennsylvania, died of flu complications just days after he started feeling ill. He developed complications as his flu caused a septic shock, which in turn, led to organ failure.

Public Health January 11, 2018

California Girl Succumbs To Deadly Infection That Was Misdiagnosed As Flu

Alyssa Joyce Alcaraz, a 12-year-old girl from California, died due to a deadly infection. Doctors misdiagnosed her condition as the flu, which has recently been out of control in the state.

Public Health January 10, 2018

SIDS: CDC Says Sleep-Related Deaths Still Persist Among U.S. Babies

Despite government warning, a number of U.S. mothers still observe unsafe sleep practices. This resulted in thousands of sleep-related deaths each year among American babies.

Public Health January 10, 2018

Woman Dies OF Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Eating Raw Oysters

Next time you crave for oysters, think again. A woman from Texas reportedly died weeks after eating fresh oysters that were infected with flesh-eating bacteria. This condition is rare, but deadly.

Public Health January 9, 2018

Cancer Patient Holly Butcher Pens Dying Letter To Encourage Blood Donation: 'Help Each Other More'

A 27-year-old dying of Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, spent her last days writing an inspiring letter. On the day she died, her family shared her message on social media and is now touching thousands of hearts across the globe.

Public Health January 8, 2018

Deadly Flu Season In California: ERs Packed, Pharmacies Run Out Of Medicines

In less than four months, California's major counties experienced medicine and emergency service shortage as influenza spread throughout the state. All regions were severely affected with a particular strain that is known to be deadly.

Public Health January 8, 2018

7-Eleven Customers In Utah Possibly Exposed To Hepatitis A

Salt Lake County health officials warned that up to 2,000 customers of a certain 7-Eleven branch may have been exposed to hepatitis A. Here are the details surrounding the incident, and what you should do if you may be infected.

Public Health January 8, 2018

Women More Likely To Die After A Heart Attack: Study

A new study found that women at higher risk of death after a heart attack than men. The problem lies in the fact that heart attack is perceived to be a male-centric condition.

Public Health January 8, 2018

Coffee, Anyone? This DIY Coffee Enema Is Goop's Latest Detox Recommendation

Colon cleanses have become popular of late, but Goop is taking it one step further. Its at-home coffee enema is the latest recommendation for beauty and wellness.

Public Health January 7, 2018

Common Food Additive May Have Contributed To Deadly Superbug Outbreak

Trehalose is a common food additive considered as 'safe' by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Is it linked to the increase in severity of a superbug epidemic?

Public Health January 6, 2018

Fewer High School Students Engage In Sex: CDC

A new report by CDC said that teenagers today have a later initiation to sex as compared to their counterparts 10 years ago. The survey was based on teens who go to high school.

Public Health January 6, 2018

Here Are The US States With Highest Infant Mortality Rate

The CDC has made a report that gives information about the infant mortality rates in the United States. Find out which states have the highest and lowest infant mortality rates.

Public Health January 5, 2018

Food Safety Experts Advise Consumers To Stop Eating Romaine Lettuce Amid E.coli Outbreak

There have been two deaths and over 50 cases of E.coli reported in the United States and in Canada since the beginning of the outbreak. No official recall has been made but romaine lettuce is seen as the likely culprit.

Public Health January 4, 2018

Rise Of Perfectionism Among Millennials May Lead To Depression, Eating Disorders

Researchers who looked at the data of 40,000 college students found that perfectionism is rising among millennials. Besides depression, here are other unwanted effects of perfectionism on young people.

Public Health January 4, 2018

Silicon Valley’s Raw Water Trend Is Dangerous And Stupid: Expert

Silicon Valley was hooked by another health craze called raw water. Live Water, the company that markets the product, claimed it is the key to balancing good gut bacteria.

Public Health January 4, 2018

Autism Spectrum Disorder Plateaus In US Kids After 20 Years

New data showed that prevalence of ASD leveled off among American children and teenagers for the first time in decades. Which ethnicity could be more prone to the disease?

Public Health January 3, 2018

Drones Deliver Blood In Rwanda, Slashing Shipment Times And Saving Lives

Silicon Valley-based Zipline partnered with the health ministry of Rwanda to enable 'Uber for Blood.' The service has delivered over 5,500 units of blood over the past year, reducing shipment times to 30 minutes and saving lives in the process.

Public Health January 3, 2018

Doctor Accused Of Reusing One-Use Anal Catheters On Multiple Patients

A doctor is temporarily suspended after allegedly reusing one-use anal catheters on several patients. His office performed 82 procedures over a period of 11 months but only used five catheters over that period.

Public Health December 30, 2017

CRISPR And Deafness: Gene-Editing Tool Prevents Hearing Loss In Mice

Scientists recently cured mice with progressive hearing loss using a new genetic engineering technique. What is the CRISPR-Cas9 and how could it cure deafness?

Public Health December 30, 2017

Several Claire’s Makeup Products Pulled After Testing Positive For Asbestos

A concerned parent sent a makeup kit she gave to her child for testing, and the results said it contained asbestos. She tested 17 more from the same brand, and was devastated to find out that they all contained asbestos.

Public Health December 29, 2017

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