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Smoking Cessation Programs Prior To Joint Replacement Surgery Can Benefit Patients

Researchers have found out that there is a 4.1 times lesser risk of patients who have undergone smoking cessation programs, to develop post-surgical complications. These programs are also effective in helping smokers quit tobacco.

Public Health March 16, 2017

66 Seattle Jail Inmates Screened For Tuberculosis Infection

Nearly 66 prisoners at a Seattle county jail have been tested for Tuberculosis. This was done when one of the inmates was diagnosed with the disease and officials wanted to determine whether it was passed on to any of the others.

Public Health March 16, 2017

Nearly Half A Million US Doctors Could Not Be Wrong: Climate Change Harms Health

Nearly half a million U.S. doctors could not be wrong, as they warned that climate change causes more harm to public health. According to the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, climate change is making Americans sicker.

Public Health March 16, 2017

Routine Dental Procedure Kills 4-Year-Old Boy From Vancouver

A 4-year-old boy died after a routine dental procedure. The kid was administered with Ketamine as an anesthetic but never woke up after.

Public Health March 16, 2017

Light For The Blind: Artificial Retina Implant May Restore Vision To Millions

Scientists have developed an artificial prosthesis as retina implant that can convert light into electrical signals to stimulate retinal neurons. If the human trial becomes successful, it will help millions of people suffering from retinal degeneration to regain eyesight.


Public Health March 15, 2017

Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Deadly Antibiotic-Resistant Fungus Candida Auris

Candida auris is a deadly fungus which causes drug-resistant infections and is typically found on hospital catheters. A new investigational compound has shown efficacy in stopping the fungus’s development and could lead to more potent antifungal drugs.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Cystic Fibrosis Outcomes Better In Canada Than The US: Study

Study reveals cystic fibrosis patients live 10 years longer in Canada than in the United States. Easier access to lung transplants as well as healthier diet and better health insurance could be the cause.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Whole Foods Expands Recall Of Cheese Over Listeria Fear

As a result of the recent Listeria cases linked with the consumption of certain cheese, Whole Foods Market is expanding its recall. Hamden, Andes and Walton Umber cheese have also been recalled by the super market chain.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Sperm Donations In Florida May Contain Zika: Here's What Affected Counties Should Do

The CDC has warned the potential presence of Zika virus in sperm donations in three Florida counties. Donated semen can be stored frozen for certain periods of time and does not necessarily inactivate the Zika virus.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Synthetic Marijuana Use Can Lead To Violent Behavior, Drug And Alcohol Abuse Among Teens: Study

Synthetic marijuana is largely used among adolescents for recreation. Studies show it can increase the risk of addiction, and also trigger violence, other drug use, alcohol abuse, and sexual risk-taking.

Public Health March 14, 2017

House Bill Lets Employers Fine Employees Who Decline Genetic Testing

A bill that has received approval by the U.S. House committee could compel employees to share genetic data as part of the workplace wellness program. In the event the employee declines, they may face penalty if this bill is enacted.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Researchers Call For Safer Nursery Products As Injuries Rise Among Kids

A study conducted by Center for Injury Research and Policy has stated that there is a need of safer products for baby nurseries. Consumer products related to kids cause more harm than what meets the eye.

Public Health March 13, 2017

Not Just Lyme: Here Are Other Tick-Borne Disease To Watch Out For

While it remains the most commonly reported vector-borne sickness in the country, Lyme disease is not the only scourge of tick bites these days. Here's a rundown of other tick-borne diseases in the U.S. today.

Public Health March 13, 2017

Lyme Disease Arrives Early In East Coast This Year, Climate Change To Blame?

Experts are of the belief that Lyme disease's early arrival at the East Coast is due to climatic changes. Come 2025, the Lyme disease season could get preponed by half a week and two weeks by 2065.

Public Health March 13, 2017

Deadly And Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection Affects More Than 30 In The US

The deadly fungal infection Candida auris already infected more than 30 people in the United States. Who are the people most vulnerable, and where does this drug-resistant pathogen commonly spread?

Public Health March 12, 2017

GOP-Sponsored Bill Could Help Companies Access Your Genetic Information

A new GOP-sponsored bill could grant companies access to their employees' genetic information. Both Democrats and advocacy groups have expressed opposition to the bill.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Arsenic Poisoning: Here’s What You Need To Know About Jane Austen’s Possible Cause Of Death

What is arsenic poisoning, its symptoms and causes, and what are the chances that it contributed to the death of the popular female novelist Jane Austen?

Public Health March 12, 2017

Toxin Found In Tea Bought At Chinatown Shop: What Other Harmful Ingredients Are There In Popular Brew?

Two individuals in San Francisco fell ill after drinking tea that contains toxin from an aconite plant. Here are other health risks associated with drinking this popular beverage.

Public Health March 13, 2017

Mumps Cases On The Rise In US, Vaccination Best Way Of Protection

There have been numerous reports of Mumps, which is a contagious disease, in the U.S. Doctors and health officials suggest that vaccination is the surest way to prevent the disease.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Two People Critically Ill After Consuming Toxic Tea In San Francisco

Two people in San Francisco have been poisoned by a herbal tea which contained traces of the toxic aconite. The health department is investigating the matter and has asked people not to consume the particular tea.

Public Health March 13, 2017

Zika-Like Yellow Fever Raises Concern Despite Availability Of Vaccine: Here's Why

U.S. health officials have warned that advancement of Zika-like yellow fever in Brazil could pose another mosquito-borne health threat to the United States. They urged for closer monitoring of the outbreak, which is moving from less populated areas to cities.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Marijuana Use Linked To Stroke And Heart Failure: Study

New research on more than 300,000 hospital data suggests a link between marijuana use and a heightened risk for heart failure and stroke. Researchers aim for continued studies and healthy dissemination of information.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Pelicans In Vienna Zoo Put Down, Bird Flu Held Responsible

Vienna Schoenbrunn Zoo has performed euthanasia on its flock of Dalmatian pelicans to restrict the spread of virus they were carrying. The pelicans were detected with H5N8 strain of the bird flu virus.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Common Flame Retardant Could Affect Kids' Social Behavior

New research has shown a connection between flame retardants used in common household items and kids' social behavior. Children are negatively affected when exposed to these chemicals.

Public Health March 13, 2017

What To Eat To Live Longer? Start With Nuts And Seeds

New research suggests a strong connection between cardiometabolic diseases and a healthy diet. People should consume more nuts and seeds to avoid these conditions, according to the scientists.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Conservative Activist Groups Disapprove Of House Republicans' New Health Care Plan To Replace Obamacare

The Republicans have unveiled the ObamaCare replacement bill entitled the American Health Care Act (AHCA). However, conservative groups are not pleased and called the new legislation “critically flawed.”

Public Health March 11, 2017

6-Pound Tumor Removed From Gambia Girl's Mouth

A team of doctors successfully removed a 12-year-old girl's mouth tumor. The girl, who is from Gambia, was only given six months to live before the surgery, as the melon-sized tumor didn't allow her to eat properly.

Public Health March 10, 2017

This Toddler’s Message To His Terminally Ill Baby Brother Will Bring Tears To Your Eyes

A mother witnessed her older son comforting his younger sibling, who is diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of cancer. The preschooler’s show of love for his baby brother is heartfelt and deeply moving.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Cheese With Listeria Linked To 2 Deaths: What You Should Know About Listeria

A multi-state Listeria outbreak has been detected by health officials and they are reportedly looking into the issue. This bacterium has already caused two deaths and has resulted in hospitalization of four more individuals.

Public Health March 12, 2017

Bottled Water More Popular Than Soft Drinks Among Americans

Bottled water topped the list of the most popular beverage, beating carbonated drinks and sodas. This change may evidence the fact that people in the U.S. are finally embracing a healthier lifestyle.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Arthritis Crippling One Fourth Of American Adults: Study

Nearly one-fourth of American adults are suffering from arthritis, leaving many unable to conduct daily activities, such as lifting a bag of groceries or holding a cup. Arthritis is accentuated by the lack of exercise, according to a CDC report.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Listeria In Raw Milk Cheese Leaves 2 Dead, At Least 4 Hospitalized In Multi-State Outbreak

Two people died and at least four more were hospitalized in a multi-state listeria outbreak involving soft raw milk cheese. Vulto Creamery of New York has implemented a cheese recall after the incidents.

Public Health March 9, 2017

Can A Gluten-Free Diet Help You Dodge Diabetes? New Study Says No

Find the truth about a gluten-free diet and type 2 diabetes. Major Harvard study begs you to think twice before jumping on the gluten-free diet bandwagon.

Public Health March 10, 2017

World’s Heaviest Woman Receives Bariatric Surgery In India

The world's heaviest woman underwent bariatric surgery in India. The Egyptian woman, who suffers from elephantiasis, has lost approximately 220 pounds since her arrival in Mumbai in February 2017.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Looking After Dementia Patients Can Take A Toll On Caregivers

Dementia leaves emotional and physical distress in its wake. However, not just the patients, but also the caregivers are at a risk due to the continued emotional stress and may suffer a setback financially, emotionally and physically.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Yellow Fever Outbreak In Brazil, Is The US At Risk?

The U.S. may be at risk of Yellow Fever as this deadly disease has already caused a major outbreak in Brazil. Researchers suspect that the disease may spread in the U.S. in a localized manner, similar to the Zika virus outbreak.

Public Health March 9, 2017

Trump’s Immigration Policy Affects Health Care Interests: Travel Ban Keeps Doctors Out

The new travel ban signed by President Donald Trump on March 6 might affect the nation’s health care system in ways that haven't been thoroughly considered. The regions that most stand to lose are rural areas facing an unresolved shortage of doctors.

Public Health March 9, 2017

What Caused A Canadian Town’s Tap Water To Turn Bright Pink?

The public water of Onoway in Alberta, Canada, has suddenly turned fluorescent pink. The culprit: potassium permanganate, which is commonly incorporated in treatment processes to remove iron and manganese.

Public Health March 8, 2017

Drug Overdose Deaths Plague West Virginia, Deplete State Funding For Indigent Burials

Fatal drug overdoses in West Virginia have kept increasing and are nearly three times the national average. They are taking their toll on the state burial assistance program, which is facing a looming budget deficit.

Public Health March 8, 2017

Why Americans Stopped Dieting: Study Shows Drop In Weight Loss Interest

Fewer Americans are striving to shed extra pounds as being overweight is becoming more socially acceptable, a new study has found. The research reveals a surge in obesity rates in the last three decades.

Public Health March 8, 2017

Sound Waves Synced With Brain Waves Can Enhance Memory, Deep Sleep In Adults

Studies showed sound therapy can improve deep sleep and memory in older adults. Northwestern University scientists studied how sound waves, when synced with brain waves, can enhance memory.

Public Health March 8, 2017

Too Much Meat, Salt And Not Enough Nuts Linked To Deaths From Diabetes, Stroke, And Heart Disease

A diet comprising too much processed meat, red meat, salt, and sugary drinks and not enough nuts, fruits, and vegetables has been associated with deaths from diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, research finds.

Public Health March 8, 2017

Alzheimer's Disease: More Than 16 Million Americans Over 65 Years Could Be Affected By 2050

Latest annual report by Alzheimer’s Association suggests that an American of the age 65 years and above is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease by 2050. The report also stated that Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in U.S.

Public Health March 7, 2017

Huge Leap Forward In Understanding Autism: 18 New Genes Identified

Extensive DNA scan reveals additional 18 genes associated with autism. Study shows genetic mutations differ for each affected individual, offering a deeper comprehension of the autism spectrum.

Public Health March 7, 2017

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