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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

Wife Claims Excessive Energy Drink Consumption Left Hole In Husband's Skull

A new mother claims her husband suffered from brain hemorrhage and was left with a hole in the skull from excessive consumption of energy drinks. What are the potential dangers of energy drink consumption?

Public Health October 15, 2017

New Mom Loses Limbs From Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Giving Birth, Sues Hospital

A new mother in Canada is suing a hospital and five doctors for negligence for their contributions to her ordeal with flesh-eating bacteria. Lawyer says her ordeal could have possibly been prevented had she been assessed properly at the hospital.

Public Health October 14, 2017

The Obesity Problem Worsens: There Were 10 Times More Obese Children And Teens In 2016 Than 40 Years Ago

There were 10 times more obese children and teens in 2016 compared to 40 years ago, according to a joint study between the Imperial College London and the World Health Organization. The worldwide obesity problem is indeed getting worse.

Public Health October 11, 2017

These Foods May Slash Your Risk Of Dying From Heart Disease

Potassium-rich foods such as bananas and avocados can help protect against heart disease, a study reveals. What are some other examples of food that contain high amounts of potassium?

Public Health October 9, 2017

Here's The Gross Reason Why You Should Stop Taking Your Phone To The Bathroom

Experts have warned about the dangers of using the cellphone inside the bathroom. Here's why it is not a good idea to browse through your Facebook News Feed while sitting on the toilet.

Public Health October 9, 2017

City Of Newark Sues Opioid Manufacturers For False And Deceptive Advertising

The city of Newark sued pharmaceutical companies for false marketing and advertising. According to the civil lawsuit, the companies committed fraud and created a public nuisance.

Public Health October 7, 2017

Watching A Hockey Game Can Stress Your Heart Out

Heart rates of hockey spectators almost double during peak moments of the game. At-risk sports fans must be wary of their heart rates so as to avoid adverse cardiovascular events.

Public Health October 6, 2017

Mom Could Go To Jail For Refusing To Vaccinate Son

An Oakland County court judge has ordered a mother to have her child vaccinated within the week. Non-compliance to the order could land the mother in jail.

Public Health September 30, 2017

Bed Bugs Attracted To Dirty Laundry, Study Finds

Researchers have found that bed bugs are more attracted to exposed used clothing compared to clean clothing. The results show a possible explanation for the bed bugs' global expansion.

Public Health September 29, 2017

Body Art Gone Wrong: Woman At Risk Of Going Blind After Eyeball Tattoo

A woman warns people of the dangers of getting a scleral tattoo after her own botched procedure. Although her eyesight has improved, doctors say her damaged eye is unlikely to get its full eyesight back.

Public Health September 29, 2017

Woman Dies Of Flesh Eating Bacteria Contracted From Hurricane Harvey Floodwaters

An elderly woman in Houston, Texas, died of flesh-eating bacteria after she fell into contaminated floodwaters. This is the second case of flesh-eating infection related to Hurricane Harvey. What are the symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis?

Public Health September 28, 2017

Number Of STD Cases In The US Now At The Highest It’s Ever Been: Report

The number of new STD cases continues to grow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its annual STD surveillance report, showing that in 2016, the country recorded its highest rate of new STD cases thus far.

Public Health September 27, 2017

Parasitic Worm Moves Around And Digs Holes In Boy's Eye For 3 Weeks

A parasitic worm was found wriggling in the eyeball of a teenager in Mexico. The nematode was removed but it has already caused serious eye damage. How did it get into the boy's eye?

Public Health September 25, 2017

Meth-Laced 7Up: Contamination Of Soft Drinks In Mexico Causes 1 Death

Travelers were warned that some bottles of 7Up were tampered and contaminated with methamphetamine in Mexico. Should consumers in the United States also worry about meth-laced soft drinks?

Public Health September 25, 2017

CVS Health To Limit Opioid Prescriptions To 7 Days

CVS Health is taking part in the war against the worsening opioid abuse epidemic in the United States. The drugstore chain revealed it will only allow seven-day supplies of opioids for certain prescriptions.

Public Health September 23, 2017

Gender Straitjacket: Gender Norms Negatively Affect Young Boys And Girls From 15 Countries

Does gender stereotyping really affect the way children think and grow up? A new study shows that it does and at an earlier age than previously thought.

Public Health September 21, 2017

Sleep Deprivation May Reduce Symptoms Of Depression: Study

A meta-analysis suggests that partial sleep deprivation may help people who suffer from depression. Antidepressants are currently the popular treatment for people suffering from depressive symptoms.

Public Health September 20, 2017

Be Careful With Nerf Guns, Kids: You Might Seriously Damage Your Eyes

Eye doctors have warned that Nerf guns can cause serious eye damage, to the point that they recommended players to wear protective goggles. Making matters worse is that third-party companies make cheaper but more dangerous replacement bullets.

Public Health September 20, 2017

2 Corpsmen Removed From Patient Care After Calling Newborns ‘Mini Satans,’ Pointing Middle Finger At A Baby

Two corpsmen are now under investigation after posting photos and videos online that show how they inappropriately behaved with a newborn. The hospital staff members involved have come under fire in social media as well.

Public Health September 20, 2017

New Drug Test Can Detect Cocaine In Fingerprints Within Seconds

Researchers developed a new drug test that can identify molecules of cocaine in fingerprints within 30 seconds. Here's how it works to prevent the results from being faked.

Public Health September 23, 2017

Teens Today Less Interested In Sex, Alcohol Compared To Counterparts From Previous Decades: Are Gadgets To Blame?

American teens today are not as interested in sex, alcohol, dating, or driving compared to older generations. Here's what's happening.

Public Health September 19, 2017

Tobacco Still One Of World's Top Killers: Here Are The Other Top Causes Of Death Worldwide

A new report revealed that smoking remains one of the leading killers in the world. Here are the other causes of deaths worldwide in 2016, according to the Global Burden of Disease study.

Public Health September 16, 2017

Teen Dies From Hairball Infection: What Is Rapunzel Syndrome?

A teenager from the UK died from complications brought about by an infected hairball in her stomach. How did this happen, and what exactly is Rapunzel syndrome?

Public Health September 14, 2017

San Diego Starts Bleaching Streets As Hepatitis A Outbreak Kills 16: Here's How To Protect Yourself

San Diego has started washing its streets with bleach to fight back against the Hepatitis A outbreak that has already taken the lives of 16 people. For people in San Diego, here are ways to protect yourself from being infected.

Public Health September 14, 2017

Nanoparticles From Tattoo Ink Travel To Lymph Nodes Of The Body

A study involving deceased individuals with tattoo revealed that pigments and toxic elements in the form of nanoparticles make their way into the body's lymph nodes. Tattooed corpses were also found to have higher levels of titanium dioxide.

Public Health September 13, 2017

Sitting For More Than 13 Hours A Day Can Be Deadly Even If You Exercise

Sitting for prolonged periods can be deadly. A new study involving nearly 8,000 adults suggests that even physical exercise cannot undo the harm associated with extended sitting time.

Public Health September 12, 2017

Puppies From Pet Store Linked To Bacterial Outbreak That Sickened Dozens In 7 US States

Contact with puppies that were sold by the national pet store chain Petland has been linked to a multistate campylobacteriosis outbreak. What are the symptoms of this bacterial infection?

Public Health September 12, 2017

Rats Attack Paraplegic Girl In Her Bed As She Slept

Rats attacked a girl in France who was sleeping in her bed. The rodents left her with hundreds of lesions. Several of the teen's fingertips were also gnawed off.

Public Health September 10, 2017

Later School Start Time, Longer Sleep For Teens May Save US $9 Billion Per Year

Giving teenagers more time to sleep by delaying school start time to 8:30 a.m will benefit the economy, a new study shows. Here's how more snooze time may lead to billions in U.S. savings.

Public Health September 5, 2017

Obesity Report: 1 In 5 Americans Are Obese

One in five Americans is still obese. There is still hope as the rate increase slows down, and as long as policies and programs are bolstered.

Public Health September 3, 2017

Homeopathic Teething Bracelet Causes Lead Poisoning In 9-Month-Old Baby

A nine-month-old baby had lead poisoning because of a homeopathic teething bracelet with exceeding amounts of lead. The CDC warns that there is no safe level of lead for children.

Public Health September 2, 2017

Pet Turtles Blamed For Salmonella Outbreak in 13 States

The CDC and FDA warned the public not to buy turtles as pets or give them as gifts. A multistate salmonella outbreak is now being attributed to handling of the hard-shelled reptile.

Public Health August 30, 2017

Aetna Mailers Accidentally Expose HIV Status Of Thousands Of Clients

On July 28, possibly 12,000 Aetna clients received mailers from the health insurance provider, exposing private medical information. Clients are taking legal action as a result of the serious privacy breach.

Public Health August 26, 2017

Chemicals In Yoga Mats And Furniture Can Lower Chances Of Successful IVF Pregnancy: Study

Researchers find that women with high levels of flame retardant (PFR) chemicals in their urine had significantly lower chances of successful IVF pregnancies. Couples trying to conceive through IVF are advised to avoid materials with PFR.

Public Health August 26, 2017

New Google Tool Can Help Diagnose Clinical Depression

Google and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) worked together to help Google users who may be suffering from depression. The partnership brings a reliable depression severity diagnosis tool accessible to users.

Public Health August 25, 2017

Alternative Cancer Treatments More Than Double Risk Of Death

Cancer patients who opted to use alternative treatments were found to be at greater risk of dying early compared with their counterparts who use standard treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Steve Jobs used alternative cancer treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Public Health August 23, 2017

Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay $417 Million In Lawsuit Tying Baby Powder To Ovarian Cancer

Eva Echeverria claimed she would have stopped using Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder had a warning been placed on it. What do scientific studies say about the link between baby powder and ovarian cancer?

Public Health August 22, 2017

Pediatricians Issue New Guidelines For Identifying High Blood Pressure In Children

High blood pressure in children may soon be easier to identify and manage with AAP's new guidelines. The guidelines recommend annual routine blood pressure measurements and use of blood pressure lowering medications.

Public Health August 21, 2017

Smokers 20 Percent More Likely To Quit Smoking When Cigarette Prices Increase

Older smokers are 20 percent more likely to quit smoking with just a $1 increase in cigarette prices. Can price hikes also encourage younger smokers to quit the unhealthy habit?

Public Health August 21, 2017

Coyote That Attacked Woman In New York Trail Tests Positive For Rabies

A woman strolling through a park in rural New York was left with severe bites after being attacked by a coyote. The coyote responsible for the attack tested positive for rabies.

Public Health August 20, 2017

Oregon Man Partially Blinded By 1962 Eclipse Warns Of Viewing Danger

A man from Oregon is warning people of the possible damage that improperly looking at an eclipse can do to the eyes. Proper equipment usage is advised to enjoy the upcoming total solar eclipse safely.

Public Health August 18, 2017

Fleas In Arizona Found Positive For Bubonic Plague

Health authorities warned the public to observe precautions after fleas were found positive for bubonic plague. The disease once known as the Black Death killed hundreds in the Middle Ages.

Public Health August 15, 2017

FDA Addresses Health Care Providers After Five Deaths From Weight Loss Balloon Treatment

The FDA addressed a letter to health care providers regarding five deaths linked to a weight loss balloon treatment. A similar advisory regarding its adverse effects was posted just February of this year.

Public Health August 12, 2017

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