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Former EPA Boss Admits Being Wrong About Declaring 9/11 Ground Zero Air Safe

Christine Todd Whitman, the former EPA administrator who attended the 15th anniversary ceremony of the 9/11 attack, apologized for the first time for declaring that the air around Ground Zero was safe for people to breathe.

Public Health September 12, 2016

FDA Warns Against Ovarian Cancer Screening Tests: What Factors Determine Women’s Risk Levels For The Disease?

The FDA has warned women and physicians not to rely on commercially available screening tests for detecting ovarian cancer. Women with a family history of ovarian cancer as well as gene mutation are strictly advised not to use the tests for screening.

Public Health September 12, 2016

Graphic Photos Of Overdosed Adults With Child In Car Put Ohio Heroin Epidemic In Spotlight

Graphic photos of a couple high in heroin lying unconscious in an SUV were posted on East Liverpool City’s Facebook page. A grim-faced child aged 4 was seen sitting at the back restrained in the car seat.

Public Health September 11, 2016

California Medical Board Accuses ‘Alternate Vaccine Schedule’ Doctor Of Gross Negligence

The California Medical Board is accusing Dr. Robert Sears of gross negligence. According to the complaint, the ‘alternative vaccine schedule’ doctor put a patient in danger after deviating from standard practice.

Public Health September 10, 2016

Immunity May Protect People In Southeast Asia From Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus

People living in Southeast Asia could probably be immune to Zika virus infection. Exposure to locally transmitted Zika virus strain for more than 50 years might give them the protection from the South American strain.

Public Health September 10, 2016

Fourth Case Of Drug Resistant Superbug Identified In Connecticut Toddler

A 2-year-old girl who traveled to the Caribbean was found to have a drug-resistant strain of E.coli. The superbug was resistant to colistin, but the patient recovered after she was treated with the antibiotic paromomycin.

Public Health September 9, 2016

Possible Cases Of Leprosy Detected In Kids In California: What You Should Know About This Flesh-Rotting Skin Disease

Two unconfirmed cases of leprosy were detected in a school in California. Here are some facts to know about this infectious but curable disease.

Public Health September 9, 2016

Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Not Linked To Birth Risks: Study

An analysis of 31 earlier studies did not find independent link between adverse birth events and smoking while pregnant. Findings suggest preterm birth and low birth weight could be due to tobacco smoking during pregnancy.

Public Health September 8, 2016

FDA Warns Women Against Results Of Ovarian Cancer Screening Tests

FDA issued a warning against the use of ovarian cancer screening tests such as the CA 125 test. The agency said that erroneous results may lead women to either forgo treatment or undergo unnecessary care.

Public Health September 8, 2016

Weather And Chronic Pain: Smartphone Study Reveals Rain Can Worsen Body Aches

The Cloudy with a Chance of Pain study has found a link between weather and body pain. People suffering from arthritis or chronic pain experienced more frequent severe symptoms during rainy days.

Public Health September 8, 2016

Zika Virus May Be Spread From Infected Eyes, Suggests Study

Zika is spreading fast and researchers are scrambling to learn more about it. According to a new study, however, the virus can find its way to the eyes, making the windows to the soul a possible infection source.

Public Health September 8, 2016

Elephant Tranquilizer Carfentanil Blamed For At Least 8 Overdose Deaths In Ohio

Carfentanil, a drug used to sedate big animals such as elephants, is being blamed for overdose deaths in Ohio. Users may not even be aware they are taking the powerful synthetic opioid.

Public Health September 7, 2016

Pediatricians Recommend Kids To Get Flu Vaccine In The Form Of Shot Not Nasal Spray

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that children get flu vaccine in the form of shot and not through nasal spray. Studies found that FluMist was only 3 percent effective during the past flu seasons.

Public Health September 7, 2016

Cesarean Birth Linked To Higher Obesity Risk In Childhood

Children born via cesarean delivery are at increased risk of becoming obese compared with their peers born vaginally. The difference in risk is more pronounced among siblings.

Public Health September 7, 2016

Carfentanil: Everything You Should Know About This Deadly Synthetic Drug

Carfentanil, a potentially fatal synthetic drug in combination with heroin, is sold in the streets of the United States. The opioid is capable of tranquilizing an African elephant, which is more than 50 times heavier than the average man.

Public Health September 6, 2016

Bay Area Rapid Transit Using Bacteria-Eating Enzymes To Deal With Urine Stench In Elevators

Elevators within the Bay Area Rapid Transit are overrun by urine and the stench of it because of the lack of public bathrooms. This has caused the relevant authorities to utilize something known as Urine-B-Gone.

Public Health September 6, 2016

Clinical Tool May Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotic Use In Kids With Respiratory Tract Infection And Cough

The clinical tool STARWAVe considers seven factors that can help doctors determine if a patient suffering from respiratory tract infections and cough need to be prescribed with antibiotics. The new tool may help curb the problem with antibiotic resistance.

Public Health September 3, 2016

Chickenpox Cases In The US Down Since 2-Dose Vaccine Program Began

Since 2006, Americans have been receiving better protection against chickenpox via a two-dose vaccination program. According to the CDC, this has led to a further drop in cases since a vaccine against the disease was introduced.

Public Health September 3, 2016

Triclosan, Similar Chemicals Used In Antibacterial Soaps May Cause More Harm Than Good

FDA issues new rule banning sale of antibacterial soaps that contain triclosan and similar ingredients. These chemicals may worsen antibiotic resistance and are associated with hormonal disruption and cancer.

Public Health September 3, 2016

FDA Bans Various Antibacterials From Consumer Soaps

Soapmakers were given a year to prove whether the antibacterials used in their products were effective, and since they failed to do so, the FDA has decided to issue a ban on 19 of the most commonly used antibacterials used in commercial soaps.

Public Health September 3, 2016

Experts Warn Dengue Vaccine Can Make People Sick: Here's What You Should Know

The dengue vaccine currently used in about six countries could make people sick rather than protect them if not used appropriately. Researchers advise that the vaccine should be used depending on the infection rate of the locality.

Public Health September 3, 2016

2 Billion People In Asia, Africa At Risk Of Zika: Study

Researchers estimate that as many as 2.6 billion people in Asian and African countries are at risk of Zika outbreaks. This is based on an analysis of travel, climate and mosquito patterns related to ongoing transmissions of the virus.

Public Health September 2, 2016

Voluntary Recall Issued For Entenmann’s Little Bites Products

The 5- and 10-pack variants of Little Bites chocolate chip muffins are included in the voluntary recall issued by Entenmann’s-owner Bimbo Bakeries. According to the recall notice, affected products present choking and/or cutting hazard.

Public Health September 1, 2016

Scientists Find Strong Link Between Zika And Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Researchers from the Pan American Health Organization have found a strong connection between the Zika outbreaks and increased incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome. In some Zika-affected countries, rates of temporarily paralyzed patients rose by as much as 877 percent.

Public Health September 1, 2016

More American Adults Using Marijuana Than Ever: Study

An increasing number of adults in the United States are using marijuana over the past few years, a new study says. This trend coincides with a decrease in people's perception of how harmful the drug could be to their health.

Public Health September 1, 2016

FDA Issues Warning Against Mixing Opioids With Anxiety Meds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered the adding of black box warning labels on benzodiazepines and narcotic pain relievers. This is to inform consumers about the dangers of using the drug classes in combination with opioid medications.

Public Health August 31, 2016

Ebola Virus Genetic Material Can Survive In Semen For More Than A Year

Researchers have found that Ebola can remain in semen for more than a year. This means that survivors of the virus can play a critical part in reigniting outbreaks in regions that were once thought to be Ebola-free.

Public Health August 31, 2016

Is The CDC Out Of Money To Fight Zika?

What happens when the CDC runs out on funds? It will no longer be able to support efforts to fight Zika, like tests carried out in Miami Beach in the wake of an outbreak in Florida.

Public Health August 31, 2016

Health Experts Link 40 Cases Of Hepatitis A To Strawberry Smoothie Of Tropical Smoothie Cafe: What You Should Know

Forty four hepatitis A cases reported in Virginia are linked to Egyptian strawberries used in Tropical Smoothie Cafe. The illness reportedly began as early as May and has lasted up until August.

Public Health August 31, 2016

UK, Australia Issue Travel Advisories For Singapore After Zika Outbreak

Several countries have issued warnings to their citizens regarding traveling to Singapore, where a recent outbreak of the Zika virus has been reported. Expectant mothers are advised to take all necessary precautions to avoid contracting the infection.

Public Health August 30, 2016

Adult Mosquitoes Can Infect Offspring In Their Eggs With Zika Virus

Adult female mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus to their offspring in their eggs. Experts said this makes it more difficult to eliminate Zika, which is known to cause serious birth defects.

Public Health August 30, 2016

Potential Listeria Contamination Prompts Recall Of 30,000 Cases Of Country Fresh Fresh-Cut Vegetable Products

Country Fresh LLC. has announced a recall of pre-cut fresh vegetables on possible listeria contamination. About 30,000 cases of veggies shipped to eight major retailers in the country are being recalled by the company.

Public Health August 30, 2016

Roche Receives Emergency Use Authorization From FDA For LightMix Zika Test

Microcephaly is one of the brain defects prominently associated with the Zika virus. With Roche’s LightMix test, it will only take 2.5 hours to analyze up to 96 samples, helping speed up detection of the virus.

Public Health August 29, 2016

FDA Recommends Zika Virus Testing For All Donated Blood, Blood Components In US Territories

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended nationwide screening for Zika virus in all the donated blood and blood components. FDA revised the guidance issued earlier in February considering the risk of travel-related infections through blood components.

Public Health August 27, 2016

Judge Denies Injunction Against California Vaccination Law

Parents are divided on the issue of whether or not their kids should be vaccinated. Regardless, a federal judge has ruled that California’s vaccination requirement will stay in place.

Public Health August 27, 2016

For Flavor Or Nicotine? Here's Why US Teens Vape

In a latest study, most teens in the United States vape for the flavors in e-cigarettes and vaporizers - not for nicotine. While there is a growing concern in the use of such alternatives, the outcome of the study is ambiguous with regard to vaping practice in teens.

Public Health August 28, 2016

Baby Simulator Program Designed To Prevent Teen Pregnancy Does Opposite Effect: Study

Across 89 countries, most teenage girls are enrolled in 'baby simulator' programs that aim to prevent teen pregnancy. However, a new study suggests these programs may be causing the opposite effect.

Public Health August 26, 2016

Scientists Identify Existing Drugs That Can Kill Zika

Researchers have identified three existing drug compounds that can target the Zika virus. These drugs were shown to be able to prevent the infection from replicating itself and killing brain cells during lab tests.

Public Health August 30, 2016

HIV Testing Shortfalls Could Limit Attainment Of Global Targets: WHO

Shortfalls in testing capacity could seriously undermine efforts to attain global targets against HIV/AIDS, a new WHO report revealed. Researchers suggest the improvement of both national and international measures.

Public Health August 24, 2016

Florida Teen Becomes Fourth Person To Survive Brain-Eating Amoeba

Sebastian DeLeon, a 16-year-old boy from Florida, becomes the fourth survivor to recover from the highly deadly brain-eating amoeba infection. What did doctors do to save him?

Public Health August 24, 2016

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