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Everything You Need To Know About The Blood Disorder Thalassemia: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Thalassemia is a life-threatening blood disorder that has no known cure. However, there are treatments that may alleviate the condition, such as chelation therapy and stem cell therapy.

Public Health May 9, 2016

E-Cigarette Poisoning Surges In Young Children: Study

A new analysis found an alarming surge in e-cigarette poisoning among young children. Immediate government action is called for towards the regulation of these tobacco and nicotine products to lower the numbers and prevent further poisoning.

Public Health May 9, 2016

Australian Medical Board Issues New Guidelines For Cosmetic Surgery Industry

With the growing trend of cosmetic surgeries in Australia is the increased risk of becoming victims of botched procedures. To establish better regulation in the industry, the medical board has issued new guidelines.

Public Health May 10, 2016

Newborns Who Catch Cold, Flu Within 6 Months At Increased Risk For Type 1 Diabetes

Children are more susceptible to developing type 1 diabetes later in life when they contract a cold or flu during their first 6 months, a new study suggests. Infections that occur beyond this period don't produce the same effect.

Public Health May 9, 2016

Publix Voluntarily Recalls Salad Over Listeria Fear

A listeria contamination scare prompted supermarket chain Publix to recall its Wheatberry Salad and Sweet and Salty Almond Bar. The listeria recall was linked to the sunflower seeds used in the products.

Public Health May 8, 2016

Sen. Charles Schumer Wants FDA To Investigate, Recall Exploding E-Cigs

Amid rising incidents of exploding e-cigarettes, Sen. Charles Schumer wanted the FDA to conduct probe on what causes these vaping devices to explode. He also called for a recall to hold the manufacturers accountable.

Public Health May 8, 2016

Norovirus Outbreak Hits Balmoral Cruise Ship, Sickens More Than 250 Passengers

The luxury cruise ship Balmoral has been hit by norovirus, sickening more than 250 passengers and eight crew members, health officials confirmed. Majority of the passengers were from the United Kingdom.

Public Health May 9, 2016

France To Offer Pregnant Women €300 To Quit Smoking

Smoking during pregnancy reaps negative effects for both the mother and the baby. With that, as part of a new study, hospitals in France will offer pregnant women up to €300 in vouchers if they agree to quit smoking.

Public Health May 9, 2016

Arizona Restores 'KidsCare' National Insurance Plan For Working Poor

After six long years, Arizona has once again approved KidsCare that shall benefit at least 30,000 children. However, can it beat the hurdles including a possible violation of the state’s constitution?

Public Health May 8, 2016

Risk For Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation Rises As Temperature Drops: Study

A new study suggests that being exposed to cooler temperatures increases the risk of people experiencing heart failure or atrial fibrillation. Sufferers are more likely to be hospitalized for these ailments during winter months than in summer months.

Public Health May 7, 2016

Munchkin Issues Recall Of Pacifiers And Clips Over Choking Hazards

Product recalls in the US this week include a recall of Munchkin pacifiers and clips (sold as a set) due to choking hazards. Learn more information from a recall announcement posted by the CPSC.

Public Health May 7, 2016

US Bans Sales Of E-Cigarettes, Cigars To Minors

The U.S. FDA has banned the sales of e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products to minors. The new regulations aims to curb teenage smoking problems all across the nation.

Public Health May 7, 2016

Medical Scopes Likely Cause Of Three Hospital Deaths In Pasadena

Officials from a California hospital said that at least three patients died because of a bacterial outbreak last year. A newly discovered report regarding the incident revealed that the infections were likely caused by contaminated medical scopes.

Public Health May 7, 2016

Refugees Who End Up In Poor Neighborhoods Face Increased Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Type 2 diabetes emerged in a new study as more prevalent among refugees who settled in high-deprivation communities. The findings are deemed important in tackling the current European refugee crisis and its health consequences.

Public Health May 6, 2016

FDA Issues Much Tougher Rules For E-Cigarettes, Tobacco Products

The FDA slapped tighter regulations on e-cigarettes and related products, including an e-cigarette ban for minors. E-cigarette use in youth is seen to rise 900 percent between 2010 to 2015, according to government data.

Public Health May 6, 2016

Blue Bell Recalls Some Rocky Road Ice Cream Pints Due To Labelling Errors

A Blue Bell ice cream recall is underway as some Rocky Road ice cream pints have been mistakenly filled with a Cookies ‘n Cream flavor. Consumption could trigger soy and wheat allergies in sensitive individuals, the company noted.

Public Health May 5, 2016

Opioid Addicts Turn To Over-The-Counter Diarrhea Drug To Get High

Opioid addicts take large doses of anti-diarrhea drug Imodium (loperamide hydrochloride) to get high or manage their withdrawal symptoms. Experts warn the growing trend may result in serious and potentially fatal side effects.

Public Health May 5, 2016

Mosquitoes Infected With Wolbachia Bacteria Could Diminish Zika Virus Transmission

Infecting female mosquitoes with Wolbachia bacteria could significantly reduce the insects' ability to transmit Zika virus, a new study in Brazil revealed. The biological method could help stop the spread of the infection.

Public Health May 5, 2016

Legal Age To Purchase Tobacco Products In California Is Now 21

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday finally signed into law the bill that raises legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. How will this affect the tobacco industry?

Public Health May 5, 2016

Hepatitis C-Related Deaths Reach All-Time High In US

Hepatitis C infections are now killing more people in the US than other infections combined, according to a new CDC report. The data pointed to hepatitis C in baby boomers as well as new worrisome virus transmission routes.

Public Health May 5, 2016

Your Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke May Be Overestimated

Widely used equation tools used to assess heart attack and stroke may be overestimating risk. In some cases, patients are given statin therapy even when unnecessary, exposing them to the drug's side effects.

Public Health May 5, 2016

Evidence Lacking To Support Celiac Disease Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that there is not enough evidence available to support widespread screening for celiac disease. This involves testing individuals who do not show any of the symptoms of the disease yet are identified to be at high risk of developing it.

Public Health May 4, 2016

One In Three Antibiotic Prescriptions In US Are Unnecessary

Nearly 30 percent of antibiotic prescriptions in the U.S. are unnecessary, warned a new CDC study. Such antibiotic overuse is seen as the primary driver behind antibiotic resistance or superbugs, which kill 23,000 every year.

Public Health May 4, 2016

Promoting Abstinence Not Effective In Preventing HIV Transmission

Promoting abstinence and fidelity is ineffective in preventing HIV transmission, a new study has found. Experts think the government should allot these PEPFAR programs to other more effective strategies against HIV/AIDS.

Public Health May 4, 2016

More Than 250,000 Patients In US Die Yearly Due To Medical Errors: Report

More than 250,000 patients in the United States die and will die annually due to medical errors, a new report revealed. Researchers say medical errors are the third top cause of death in the country.

Public Health May 4, 2016

Parents Of Chinese Baby Born With 16 Toes, 15 Fingers Hope For Help

A family from China is currently seeking financial help for their child born with one of the most extreme cases of polydactyly. The money will be used for a very risky procedure and post-operative recovery.

Public Health May 4, 2016

NHS Health Check For Patients Aged 40 And Up Has Little Impact: Study

A study has found that the UK National Health Service health check program has little impact on its attendees. The researchers discovered that for every 4,000 attendees, only one stroke or heart disease death is prevented.

Public Health May 3, 2016

More US Kids Suffer Head Injuries At Playgrounds: How To Ensure Playtime Safety

Playgrounds continue to remain unsafe for children despite improved safety standards, according to the new CDC study. The risk of traumatic brain injuries has increased significantly over the last few years.

Public Health May 3, 2016

FDA Launches $35.7 Million Campaign To Prevent Tobacco Use Among Young LGBT People

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a new health campaign aimed at curbing the use of tobacco among young LGBT adults in the country. The $35.7 million 'This Free Life' program features four videos that tells about the dangers of smoking to cope with the pressures of coming out.

Public Health May 3, 2016

Jury Orders Johnson & Johnson To Pay $55 Million Over Talc-Based Powder Linked To Ovarian Cancer

Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay damages to a South Dakota woman who developed ovarian cancer after decades of using the company's talc powder products. The company faces 1,200 other similar lawsuits.

Public Health May 2, 2016

'First Finger Food' Products For Infants Fail To Meet Safety Standards

An association of pediatricians has just released an abstract that should serve as a warning to parents. It turns out, some of the first finger food products you know may not be completely safe for babies.

Public Health May 3, 2016

One Third Of Kids With Autism Wander Away From Safe Environments

One third of kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders were found to wander more out of a safe place. The study call for more strategies to ensure safety of these kids at all times.

Public Health May 2, 2016

Expectant, New Moms Suffer Increasing Amount Of Unfair Treatment At Work: Citizens Advice

Pregnant women and new moms continue to suffer an increasing amount of unfair treatment at work, a report by Citizens Advice revealed. This suggests that pregnancy discrimination is still prevalent.

Public Health May 2, 2016

Stressful Days Make Kids More Prone To Nightly Asthma Attacks

Stressful days could increase the risk of nightly asthma attacks in children. Researchers found that kids who had a rough day are more likely to experience nocturnal asthma, missed school days and more visits to their doctors.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Drinking Apple Juice, Other Fluids OK To Treat Vomiting, Mild Diarrhea In Kids

When it comes to treating mild dehydration in children, it may be better to give in. A new study recommends a more patient-centered approach to it by letting children drink apple juice or their preferred drink.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Aerial Pesticide Spraying Linked To Autism

Autism in children may be driven, in part, by aerial spraying of pesticides. How serious is the problem?

Public Health April 30, 2016

Zika Is A Deadly Virus: This Is How It Can Kill You

Recent deaths of patients infected with Zika show the mosquito-borne virus, which do not often cause symptoms in infected individuals, can kill. Here's how the virus attacks.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Don't Fall For Those Instagram Weight Loss Teas: Here's Why (Read: L-A-X-A-T-I-V-E-S)

A lot of weight loss teas are really just laxatives. Some people say self-inflicted diarrhea cleanses the colon, while others assert that it's a serious health risk.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Newborn Babies To Be Tested For Alcohol Over Concerns That Mothers Drink During Pregnancy

Newborn babies were tested for alcohol molecules over concerns that mothers are drinking alcoholic beverages during their pregnancy. The researchers initially tested some fecal samples and found significant traces of alcohol molecules.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Dole Officials Aware Of Listeria Problem At Salad Plant: FDA Report

An FDA report found that Dole Food Company officials knew about the listeria issues at their Ohio salad plant more than a year before the factory closed in January. The Department of Justice is also conducting its own investigation.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Belgium Residents To Get Iodine Pills In Case Of Nuclear Incident

Belgium is distributing iodine pills to its citizens to prepare them for any potential nuclear fallout. The Netherlands has followed suit, considering some of its people live near two aging Belgian nuclear plants.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Massachusetts Senate Approves To Raise Minimum Age For Buying Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products

Massachusetts Senate approved a bill raising the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. The bill garnered a 32-2 vote, putting it a step closer to implementation.

Public Health April 29, 2016

US Teen Birth Rate Drops: 50 Percent Decline Seen Among Minority Groups

U.S. teen birth rates have dropped in the latest report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Significant declines of teen pregnancy were specifically noted among minorities.

Public Health April 29, 2016

One Sign Of Aging? Your Ability To 'Smell' Aromas Through Your Mouth Declines

Along with the loss of sight and hearing during old age comes the loss of smell, according to a new study by the Oregon State University. One's ability to smell odors through the mouth declines considerably with age.

Public Health April 29, 2016

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