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Car Temperatures Could Become Deadly After An Hour In Hot Sunlight, Study Says

A new study suggested that it could take only an hour for cars’ internal temperatures to become unbearable. The research team discovered that young children could be at significant risk if left inside vehicles during the summer.

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22 Percent Of The World's Population Projected To Be Obese In 27 Years

New findings estimate that 22 percent of the world's population will be obese by 2045. About one in eight people around the world will also have diabetes, including nearly one in five people in the United States.

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Measles Patient May Have Exposed Virus To People At Dulles International Airport And Other Areas

A measles patient may have exposed Dullus International Airport and Montgomery County individuals to the virus in mid-May. Most cases of measles in the United States originate from unvaccinated international travelers.

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FDA Warns Danger Of Teething Products With Benzocaine: Here Are Safer Remedies For Babies

Teething remedies that contain the numbing ingredient benzocaine may cause potentially deadly side effects. Here are safer remedies that can help ease and even prevent baby's pain and discomfort.

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Young Women In America Are More Likely To Get Lung Cancer Than Men

A new study shows that young American women are more at risk to develop lung cancer. The data collected during the study showed a decline of the disease among men.

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24 Year-Old Brazilian Model Who Documented Her Yearlong Battle With Stomach Cancer Dies

An Instagram model who would update her fans on her battle with stomach cancer passed away. The 24-year-old was diagnosed in 2017 and was hoping new treatment would save her life.

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U.S. Life Expectancy Drops As Death Rate Continues To Grow

According to the CDC, the U.S. life expectancy rate has dropped for the third-straight year in 2017. The death rates apparently rose due to certain diseases, including the flu and pneumonia.

Public Health May 24, 2018

Ebola Outbreak 2018: Infected Patients Escape Quarantine In Congo

Two of the Ebola patients who escaped the isolation ward of a hospital in Mbandaka have since died. The third one has fortunately been found and is now under observation.

Public Health May 24, 2018

Standing Too Close To A BBQ Grill Could Expose Skin To Dangerous Chemicals That Can Cause Cancer

A new study conducted in China showed that exposure to the smoke of a barbecue grill could be dangerous. Researchers noted that hazardous chemical carcinogens produced from the smoke of the grill can get into people's skin.

Public Health May 23, 2018

An Egg A Day May Reduce Heart Disease Risk: How To Make Eggs Even Healthier

An egg is a healthy food that may help reduce stroke and the risk of heart disease. How it is prepared and cooked, however, matter. Here are tips on how to make egg meals healthier.

Public Health May 23, 2018

Sunscreen Capsules Do Not Provide Protection Against Sunburn, FDA Warns

Sunscreen capsules and pills do not protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure such as sunburn and skin cancer, warned FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. The FDA has sent warning letters to the companies behind the misleading products.

Public Health May 23, 2018

FDA Continues To Stop Companies From Selling Kratom Supplements That Could Be Linked To Salmonella

The Food and Drug Administration cracked down again on companies that continue to sell the kratom supplement. The unknown product is linked to a recent outbreak of salmonella, which has so far affected 130 people in the United States.

Public Health May 22, 2018

Are E-Cigarettes More Harmful Than Regular Cigarettes? Teens Won't Stop Vaping Despite Health Concerns

The debate between e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes is still ongoing as experts have not determined if vaping is better for people. Despite this, many teens still want to continue vaping because they think it's cool.

Public Health May 23, 2018

Michael Phelps On Mental Health: 'I Struggled With Depression And Anxiety'

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps opened up about his struggles with depression and anxiety in a recent interview. The swimmer previously revealed that he contemplated suicide after his second drunk driving arrest in 2014.

Public Health May 24, 2018

Deadly Nipah Virus With A 70 Percent Mortality Rate Kills At Least 9 People In India

Several people in India have died due to the Nipah Virus. The disease, which has a 70 percent mortality rate, is often transmitted by animals, such as fruit bats.

Public Health May 21, 2018

Ziyad Brand Tahini Recalled Nationwide Because Of Possible Salmonella Contamination

Ziyad Brothers recalled its Tahini Sesame Paste once it was alerted to a potential contamination of salmonella through a random sampling. No salmonella infection related to the product has been reported yet.

Public Health May 22, 2018

Artificial Intelligence May Help Prevent Thousands Of Cancer Deaths Per Year By 2033: UK PM Pledges Funding

Artificial intelligence may help prevent 22,000 cancer deaths every year starting 2033 through early diagnosis of the disease. UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledged millions of British pounds in government funding to help in the development of the AI technology.

Public Health May 21, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak From Caterer Sickens 70 People And Hospitalizes 4 In Newton County, Georgia

At least 70 people in Newton County, Georgia received medical treatment following a salmonella outbreak. Officials believe that a local catering company caused the outbreak.

Public Health May 19, 2018

CDC Suggests Staying Out Of Hotel Pools If You Have Diarrhea

A report from the CDC revealed there were more than 27,000 illnesses caused by nearly 500 outbreaks in recreational water between 2000 and 2014. Hotel swimming pools and cases of diarrhea accounted for many illnesses.

Public Health May 17, 2018

An 18-Year-Old Develops 'Wet Lung' After Vaping For 3 Weeks

An 18-year-old Pennsylvania hostess developed wet lung after vaping an e-cigarette for three weeks. She was treated at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and had to use a a mechanical ventilator for five days.

Public Health May 17, 2018

Current And Former Smokers Refuse To Get Screened For Lung Cancer, Study Claims

The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a study revealing that only a few amount of current and past smokers received low-dose computed tomography screenings. The screenings would diagnose if someone has lung cancer.

Public Health May 17, 2018

Romaine Lettuce Safe To Eat Again: Contaminated Lettuce Behind E. Coli Outbreak Now Past Shelf Life

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, citing the Food and Drug Administration, said that it is now safe to eat romaine lettuce. The vegetable was behind a recent E. coli outbreak that victimized 172 people across 32 states.

Public Health May 17, 2018

4,000 Ebola Vaccines Arrive In The Democratic Republic Of Congo, Officials Say

The World Health Organization sent the Democratic Republic of Congo 4,000 vaccines in hopes that it would contain the country’s latest Ebola outbreak. The current Ebola outbreak was announced on May 8.

Public Health May 16, 2018

Doctors Are Convincing More Men With Low-Risk Prostate Cancer To Reject Aggressive Treatment: Study

A study found that men who choose not to undergo aggressive treatment for their low-risk prostate cancer are increasing. The study highlighted the importance of active surveillance versus overtreatment.

Public Health May 21, 2018

More Parents Use Marijuana, Expose Children To Secondhand Smoke: Study

Recent studies revealed an increase in marijuana use among parents as states fight for its legalization. This means that more children are exposed to secondhand smoke, but studies are still in their early stages to determine its long-term effects.

Public Health May 21, 2018

Rabies Alert: Health Officials Issue Warning In Indian River County After Cat Tests Positive

The Florida Department of Health in Indian River issued a rabies alert in Indian River County on Tuesday, May 15 after a stray cat tested positive for rabies. The alert is set to last 60 days.

Public Health May 20, 2018

More Children Ending Up In Hospitals For Suicidal Tendencies

Researchers found that children’s hospital and emergency room visits for suicidal tendencies have increased more than twice since 2008. They also found that schools may have played a role in the increased rate of hospitalization.

Public Health May 16, 2018

Egg Farm That Spread Salmonella Throughout The Country Had 'Unacceptable Rodent Activity'

The farm responsible for the current salmonella scare in the United States was found to have a rodent problem by the US Food and Drug Administration. Dead and live rodents were found near the hen houses.

Public Health May 16, 2018

Changes In Body Odor Can Indicate Malaria Among Asymptomatic Carriers

An international team of researchers classified the changes in the odor of people infected with malaria. The team hopes that the scent they identified could help them detect infections among asymptomatic carriers.

Public Health May 15, 2018

Social Media Linked To Surge In Sexually Transmitted Diseases In California

Decreased condom use, lack of education, fewer STD clinics, and social media may have contributed to the spike of STDs in California. How does the internet fuel the spread of sexually transmitted diseases?

Public Health May 15, 2018

New Pig Virus Could Potentially Jump To Humans And Animals

Scientists at The Ohio State University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands were concerned about the possibility of the porcine deltacoronavirus infecting humans in the future. Their laboratory experiment showed that the virus could jump to human cells.

Public Health May 15, 2018

Study Finds That Doctors Who Receive Perks From Drug Companies Prescribe 9 Percent More Opioids

A May 2018 study found that doctors who received more gifts from drug companies prescribed 9 percent more opioids to patients. The gifts included payments, speaking fees, and free meals.

Public Health May 14, 2018

Cannabis Use On The Rise Among US Parents

Researchers found that cannabis use among parents with children in their homes has increased from 4.9 percent to 6.8 percent in the United States. Researchers say the increase may complicate the effort to minimize the exposure to secondhand smoke.

Public Health May 14, 2018

Overwhelming Stress In Britain Makes A Third Of Population Feel Suicidal

Stress due to long-term diseases such as cancer, as well as socio-economic factors including poor work-life balance and debt, rank as major triggers of chronic stress. Suicidal thoughts and self-harm were prevalent in almost one-third of the surveyed population.

Public Health May 14, 2018

Michigan To Regulate Cannabidiol As Marijuana Amid Confusion On Hemp Products Prohibition

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs clarified that cannabidiol is within the scope of the term "marijuana” as per Michigan laws. This meant that CBD products are to be regulated with how marijuana products are being controlled.

Public Health May 15, 2018

Ebola Keeps Coming Back, And Here's What Needs To Be Done To Contain It

The Ebola virus resurfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo, triggering concerns that it will be like the 2014 to 2016 epidemic that claimed 11,000 lives. The government and the WHO, however, are quickly moving to contain the Ebola outbreak.

Public Health May 14, 2018

New Jersey Authorities Confirm Travel-Related Measles Cases: What's The Threat?

Measles complications can go from diarrhea to pneumonia and brain swelling. Though children below five years old and adults older than 20 years old are most at risk of such complications, measles can be severe for all ages.

Public Health May 13, 2018

Indianapolis Woman Dies From Misdiagnosed Necrotizing Fasciitis: What Are The Symptoms Of Flesh-Eating Disease?

Carol Martin may have been saved if her condition was diagnosed correctly. Symptoms of the flesh-eating disease can be confusing because they appear to be like any other illness or injury. When should you see a doctor?

Public Health May 13, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Eggs: Food Safety Tips Amid Food Recalls And Outbreaks

How does one keep the family safe from infection when there's a salmonella outbreak? Cleaning the refrigerator thoroughly and following basic food safety tips are key steps.

Public Health May 13, 2018

Lyme Disease Cases Rise: Protect The Home From Tick Populations To Avoid Tick Bites

How can homes be protected from being infested with tick populations? Wise landscaping and cleaning can help prevent tick populations from wreaking havoc at home.

Public Health May 13, 2018

Deadly Falls On The Rise Among Older Adults: How Can Seniors Prevent Falls?

The rate of deadly falls in U.S. seniors has increased by 31 percent over the past decade. Why are fall incidents increasing and what measures can be adopted to prevent injuries?

Public Health May 12, 2018

Melanoma On The Rise Among Young Women: Factors That Can Increase Your Risk For Skin Cancer

Melanoma is now the second most common form of cancer in women between 15 and 29 years old. Here are some factors that can up a person's odds for sun damage and skin cancer.

Public Health May 12, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 12 More: How To Handle Eggs To Prevent Salmonella Infection

Twelve more people were sickened by salmonella in an outbreak linked to recalled eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County farm. Here are the proper ways of handling eggs and egg dishes to avoid contracting salmonella.

Public Health May 12, 2018

Children Who Live Closer To Livestock Have Lower Risk Of Allergy Until Adulthood

A new study found that exposure to farming environments may decrease the risk of sensitivity to allergens like pollen and pets. Interestingly, low sensitization is not limited during childhood but also during adulthood.

Public Health May 14, 2018

Experimental Ebola Vaccine May Help Halt New Outbreak In Congo

In trials, the experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV provided protection against the killer virus. What makes the vaccine particularly difficult to use to contain the new outbreak in Congo?

Public Health May 12, 2018

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