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4th Of July Celebration Fireworks May Trigger PTSD In Veterans

People usually enjoy festive 4th of July fireworks, but not everyone can enjoy it. Combat veterans tend to suffer from painful memories triggered by fireworks.

Public Health July 1, 2017

Fentanyl Spill At Police Station Prompts Changes To Drug Evidence Repackaging Procedures

Two people were transporting drug evidence when fentanyl leaked through a box. The incident became a hazmat situation and prompted GBI's Crime Lab to modify current procedures for repackaging and returning drug evidence.

Public Health June 30, 2017

Charlie Gard's Story: Parents Spend Last Few Hours With Terminally Ill Baby After European Court Rejects Intervention

After fighting to send Baby Charlie to the United States for an experimental treatment, parents Chris and Connie are spending the last few hours with their son before his life support gets removed.

Public Health June 30, 2017

Blacks, Asians And Latinos At Higher Risk For Early Death Due To Air Pollution

Particulate matter known to cause cardiovascular conditions are more dangerous to seniors who belong to minority groups and are poor. Here's why these people are more vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution.

Public Health June 30, 2017

Placenta Pills Blamed For Oregon Baby’s Dangerous Infection

Placenta consumption is believed to aid in a new mother’s recovery and help prevent postpartum depression through its nutrients. But it's now blamed for strep infection in a newborn in Oregon.

Public Health June 30, 2017

Rat Lungworm Parasite Spreads Across Florida: Here's How You Can Get Infected

Researchers find rat lungworm infection in five out of 18 counties in Florida. Find out why humans are just accidental carriers of the disease, and how you can prevent being infected.

Public Health June 30, 2017

Brain-Invading Parasite That Can Cause Meningitis Now In Florida, Thanks To Climate Change

The rat lungworm parasite that can cause potentially deadly meningitis has been found in Florida. Here are the five counties where researchers detected the presence of the parasite in snails and rats.

Public Health June 29, 2017

Ohio City Proposal For Opioid Abuse: No One Will Help On Third Drug Overdose Call

Responding to drug overdose calls costs money and other resources. A councilman in Middletown City in Ohio proposed a controversial solution for drug addicts who keep overdosing opioids.

Public Health June 30, 2017

Maximum Life Span: No Known Limit To How Long Humans Can Live, Scientists Say

Is human life span limitless? Researchers who studied the longest-living people from different parts of the world said that there is no evidence that backs up the idea of a longevity limit.

Public Health June 29, 2017

Air Pollution Level Considered Safe May Still Cause Early Death

Air pollution levels far below federal standards can still cause premature death, highlighting the importance of aiming for cleaner air. Reducing the level of fine particulate matter can save thousands of lives.

Public Health June 29, 2017

New Fentanyl Strains Resistant To Opioid Overdose Antidote Narcan

Naloxone, more popularly known as Narcan, can help bring back people from overdose. Two new strains of highly potent fentanyl, acrylfentanyl, and tetrahydrofuran are likely resistant to this drug.

Public Health June 29, 2017

Kenya Becomes First African Nation To Test Generic HIV/AIDS Drug

Kenya is the first African country to get a generic version of dolutegravir, the current first-line drug for people living with HIV. Experts also highlight the continuing importance of antiretroviral therapy in tackling HIV/AIDS.

Public Health June 28, 2017

New Cases Of Human Plague Confirmed In New Mexico: How To Identify The Symptoms And Protect Yourself

Three cases of the human plague have been confirmed in New Mexico. What are the symptoms of this serious illness, how can it be treated, and what are the ways to avoid contracting it?

Public Health June 28, 2017

Health Problems Linked To Cosmetics And Haircare Products Underreported

The number of health problems linked to use of cosmetics and hair care products has increased, but researchers think cases are underreported. FDA investigation revealed one company received more than 21,000 complaints about its haircare products.

Public Health June 27, 2017

What This Viral Photo Of Child With Rare Disorder’s Expensive Hospital Bill Says About TrumpCare

A mother whose son was hospitalized for a rare disorder has shared a photo of his astronomical medical bills on Twitter. The viral photo shows the grave implications that repealing and replacing ObamaCare would have on Americans.

Public Health June 27, 2017

Monsanto's Weed Killer Roundup May Get Cancer Warning Label

Starting July 7, glyphosate, the main ingredient of Monsanto's Roundup, will be added to California's list of chemicals that can cause cancer. The weed killer may also get a label that can warn consumers about its potential dangers.

Public Health June 28, 2017

Pharmacy Head Faces Up To 35 Years In Prison For 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

Former Massachusetts pharmacy head Barry Cadden is set to receive sentencing for his role in the 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak. Cadden was convicted by a Boston federal jury in March of racketeering and fraud.

Public Health June 26, 2017

Airborne Fungal Toxins From Wallpaper Pose Serious Health Risk To Homeowners

Researchers have warned about the dangers posed by molds and fungi often found growing on the walls of homes. These organisms can release toxins that can trigger severe allergic reactions in humans and animals.

Public Health June 26, 2017

Overhill Farms Recalls 54,000 Lbs Of Frozen Chicken Bites After Bones Were Found Inside

USDA warns of possible bone contamination in frozen chicken products for toddlers. Here are the Yummy Spoonfuls products shipped nationwide that are affected by the recall.

Public Health June 25, 2017

Oklahoma Doctor Charged With 5 Counts Of Murder After Prescribing High Amounts Of Opioids To Patients

The Oklahoma Attorney General has filed charges against a Midwest City doctor after several of her patients died because of opioid drug overdose. The victims had dangerously high toxicity levels as a result of taking multiple controlled substances.

Public Health June 24, 2017

Researchers Identify Which Animal Is The Most Likely To Spread Diseases

Scientists have identified which specific mammals are the most likely source of animal-to-human diseases. They also mapped out different areas of the world where these animals are located to find out where potential outbreaks could occur.

Public Health June 24, 2017

Texas Mom Arrested After Intentionally Shutting Two Toddlers Inside Hot Car

Two children died after accidentally getting locked inside a hot car in May. Investigators found that their mother was actually responsible for their untimely demise.

Public Health June 25, 2017

Wellness Sticker Promoted By Gwyneth Paltrow's Brand Not Made Of NASA Material: Other Goop Claims Debunked By Experts

The wellness sticker posted on Goop is not made of astronauts' spacesuit material, NASA said. This is not the first time a product promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand gets debunked by experts.

Public Health June 27, 2017

Yemen Now Faces Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World

Yemen faces cholera epidemic that has so far killed more than 1,300 people. Cases may climb to 300,000 by the end of August given the factors that contribute to the disease's ability to spread in the war-torn country.

Public Health June 25, 2017

Librarians Learn To Use Narcan As Libraries See Increase In Drug Addicts Who Overdose On Opioids

The opioid epidemic in the United States have become so bad, librarian in at least three cities now learn how to treat drug addicts who overdose with Narcan. One librarian has saved at least six people since April.

Public Health June 25, 2017

This Tick Can Make You Allergic To Meat With One Bite

Health experts have warned the public about a rare form of illness known as Alpha-Gal allergy that could be acquired through tick bites. The condition can cause the body to develop an adverse reaction to eating meat and poultry.

Public Health June 23, 2017

More US Teens Are Using Contraception When They Have Sex For The First Time: CDC

A new CDC study suggests that more American teenagers are now using contraceptives during sex than in previous years. Many even choose to use some form of contraception when they have intercourse for the first time.

Public Health June 22, 2017

'Fraud, Deception' Led To Opioid Crisis In Missouri, Says Attorney General

Missouri has accused three pharmaceutical companies of putting up a "deliberate campaign" of fraud and deception that led to the current opioid crisis. On Wednesday, June 21, the state's attorney general filed a lawsuit against these companies.

Public Health June 21, 2017

More Americans Are Taking Too Much Vitamin D Supplements: Study

Health experts warn that more American adults are taking high doses of vitamin D supplements. This could lead to an over-absorption of calcium, resulting in soft tissue damage.

Public Health June 21, 2017

Lawsuit Filed Against Outdoor Park Where Teen Contracted Brain-Eating Amoeba Infection

The family of a girl who died after contracting brain amoeba infection is suing the U.S. National Whitewater Center. What are the allegations of the lawsuit?

Public Health June 20, 2017

Zika Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Detected In Long Beach: How To Avoid Getting Bitten

Public health officials in Long Beach, California have detected disease-carrying mosquitoes in the area for the first time. Residents and visitors have been advised to take all necessary precautions to prevent getting bitten by these insects.

Public Health June 20, 2017

Fidget Spinners: Popular Toy Marketed To Help Kids With ADHD Poses Choking Hazards

Fidget spinners have small metal parts that pose choking hazards to children. What do experts say about the benefits of these toys to kids with ADHD and anxiety?

Public Health June 19, 2017

Every Day, 19 Kids In The United States Are Killed Or Injured In Shootings

Shootings in the United States are responsible for at least 19 deaths or injuries among children, a new report has warned. The study underscores the urgency of tackling gun violence today, as well as preventing child deaths from shootings.

Public Health June 19, 2017

Colorado Campaign Wants To Ban Sale Of Smartphones For Children Below 13 Years Old

Use of touchscreen devices such as tablets and smartphones pose health risks to children. Now, a campaign in Colorado seeks to stop retailers from selling phones for use by children younger than 13 years old.

Public Health June 19, 2017

Top Members In Trump's HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Resign Because 'Trump Doesn't Care About HIV'

Six top members of Trump’s presidential advisory council on HIV/AIDS have resigned on June 13 to protest the administration’s lack of HIV/AIDS policies. What will happen to the ongoing fight against this disease?

Public Health June 19, 2017

Laundry Pods Pose Lethal Risks To Adults With Dementia

An elderly woman with dementia passed away two days after ingesting two packets of laundry pods. Hers is the sixth death of an adult with dementia due to ingesting laundry pods.

Public Health June 18, 2017

New Mice Study Links Common Household Chemicals To Birth Defects

A chemical found in common household items such as disinfectants and preservatives could be linked to birth defects in newborn mice, a new study revealed. The findings raise a possible red flag that this chemical may be toxic to humans.

Public Health June 18, 2017

Coconut Oil Not Healthy, Increases Bad Cholesterol Level That Can Cause Cardiovascular Disease: US Heart Experts

Coconut oil is marketed as a health food. An advisory from the American Heart Association, however, urges consumers to avoid it because of its saturated fat content that can elevate risk for stroke and heart disease.

Public Health June 17, 2017

Just 3 Genetic Mutations Could Make Bird Flu Strain Fuel Another Human Pandemic: Study

A few genetic tweaks to the H7N9 bird flu virus can pave the way for another human pandemic, researchers have warned. Learn more about these genetic tweaks to a property of the bird flu virus and how likely human transmission is.

Public Health June 16, 2017

E-Cigarette Use Among Adolescents Declines In 2016: FDA

The number of middle and high school users of tobacco and e-cigarettes declined from 2015 to 2016. Despite the promising news, the 2011 to 2016 numbers show almost no significant change in any tobacco use.

Public Health June 16, 2017

Analysis Of FDA Data Shows Presence Of Lead In Baby Food Samples As Hidden Health Threat

An analysis of various food products shows that certain infant and toddler food types have detectable lead levels. The Environmental Defense Fund calls for stricter lead regulations as children are more vulnerable to lead.

Public Health June 15, 2017

HS Students In Texas To Undergo Tuberculosis Testing After Active Case Has Been Detected

There's a case of active TB in George Bush High School in Fort Bend County in Texas, and authorities have initiated a public health probe. Learn more about the health inspection to be done among students and teachers.

Public Health June 15, 2017

Michigan Health Officials Charged With Manslaughter For Flint Water Crisis

The handling of the Flint water crisis that started in 2014 was a mess to say the least, resulting in 14 people dying from lead exposure. Because of this, four Michigan health officials are facing manslaughter charges as the city still works on recovering.

Public Health June 14, 2017

NASA And ISS Crystal Growth And More: How Astronauts Are Keeping Humans Healthy

NASA and the ISS astronauts are now growing crystals that could help with drug development on Earth. That is just one of the ways that these explorers have kept humans healthy.

Public Health June 13, 2017

What If Your Child Gets Bitten By A Black Widow Spider? Massachusetts Couple Learns The Hard Way

Josh and Kristine Donovan of Massachusetts were shocked to find out that their 5-year-old daughter got bitten by a black widow spider. These spider bites are deemed very rare and usually strike in southern and western U.S. regions.

Public Health June 13, 2017

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