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Texas Man Tests Positive For Zika After Traveling To Florida

A man in El Paso County, Texas tested positive for Zika infection after a recent trip to Miami, Florida. Health officials say this is the first confirmed case of interstate transmission of the virus in the United States.

Public Health August 16, 2016

Study Says Parents Are Still Making These Major Mistakes When It Comes To Babies' Sleep Safety

A new study found that parents are placing babies in unsafe sleeping environments by having them sleep in cribs with potentially harmful bedding and accessories, as well as not placing them on their backs.

Public Health August 15, 2016

Amusement Park Safety Under Scrutiny After Recent String Of Accidents

A recent string of theme park ride-related accidents over the past five days has renewed calls for better safety regulations. Experts urge the government to provide more oversight for amusement and water parks in the country.

Public Health August 15, 2016

Combating Zika: Floridians Plan Protest At Bug Board Over Release Of GMO Mosquitoes

Florida Keys residents are planning to conduct a demonstration at the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board office on Tuesday, Aug. 16, to protest a move to introduce millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in their community. The aim for the GMO mosquitoes is to combat Zika.

Public Health August 15, 2016

Ohio Declares Crypto Outbreak: Swimming Pools Could Be Contaminated By Parasite That Causes Diarrhea

Health officials declared an outbreak following an increase in cases of cryptosporidiosis. The crypto parasite, which causes gastrointestinal disease can survive in chlorinated pool waters.

Public Health August 14, 2016

Many US Children Do Not Have Ideal Heart Health Because Of Poor Diet And Sedentary Lifestyle

Many U.S. children have poor cardiovascular health based on standards set by the American Heart Association. How do children achieve ideal heart health?

Public Health August 13, 2016

Hispanic, Black Students Less Likely To Receive Help For Mental Health Problems

A new study has found disparities based on race and ethnicity in the mental health care received by Black and Hispanic students when compared to their white counterparts. Researchers urge officials to look closely at how the health care system treats minorities.

Public Health August 13, 2016

Polio Makes A Return In Nigeria, 2 Years After The Virus Was Thought To Be Eradicated

In an unfortunate turn of events, Nigeria, which had been poised to announce that it was polio-free next summer, has announced two new cases of the paralytic virus. The country had gone two years without reporting a case.

Public Health August 12, 2016

Health Effects Of Atomic Bombs Dropped In Hiroshima And Nagasaki In Japan Not As Bad As Feared

The long-term health effects of exposure to atomic bomb radiation on survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not as severe as once thought. Radiation-associated mutations were neither found in the survivors’ children.

Public Health August 12, 2016

US Allows More Marijuana Research But Rejects Requests To Change Classification

The federal government on Thursday will announce the rejection of requests to change the classification of marijuana. At the same time, the government will expand a policy that may increase research on the substance.

Public Health August 11, 2016

People Hospitalized For Infection At Increased Risk Of Dying From Suicide

People who were hospitalized with infection have increased risk for suicide death, new research suggests. The risk is higher in those with HIV, AIDS or hepatitis.

Public Health August 11, 2016

US Drinking Water Sources Contaminated By Firefighting Chemicals That Cause Cancer, Hormonal Disruptions

Many public drinking water sources in the U.S. were found to have high levels of toxic chemicals known as PFASs. These are the places with particularly high concentration of these dangerous substances known to cause cancer, hormonal disruptions and obesity.

Public Health August 9, 2016

13 Percent Of American Adults Smoke Marijuana: Study

A new Gallup poll revealed that one in every eight American adults currently uses marijuana, regardless of whether it is legal or not. The survey shows a strong shift in views regarding cannabis.

Public Health August 8, 2016

Breakthrough Drug May Help Reduce Symptoms Of Severe Asthma

Hailed as a 'game-changer,' a new asthma drug has been found to significantly reduce the symptoms of severe asthma. Researchers believe the new drug offers hope for millions of asthma sufferers.

Public Health August 7, 2016

South Carolina Girl Dies From Brain-Eating Amoeba Infection She Contracted While Swimming In River

A girl in South Carolina died after contracting brain-eating amoeba naegleria fowleri while swimming in Edisto River. Health experts said that infection rarely occurs and requires specific circumstances.

Public Health August 7, 2016

August Marks Springtime For Zika In Puerto Rico: CDC

Puerto Rico has a few long months ahead of them, as officials predict the ZIka virus will claim up to 25 percent of the population by the end of the year.

Public Health August 6, 2016

Half Of US Women Are Overweight Before Getting Pregnant

CDC researchers reported that more than half of women are overweight or obese prior to becoming pregnant. Unhealthy weight poses threats of health complications to pregnant women.

Public Health August 5, 2016

Vision Loss Is As Bad As Loss Of Hearing, Limb Or Speech For Many Americans

Many Americans consider vision loss equally bad as losing one's limb, hearing, memory or speech, a new survey revealed. The findings highlight the importance of support for eye health research.

Public Health August 5, 2016

Fraudsters Look To Cash In On Zika Scare With Knock-Off Products

As the Zika scare makes its way to New York, some companies are looking to cash in with a line of knock-off products.

Public Health August 4, 2016

Health Researchers Begin Clinical Trials For Experimental Zika Vaccine

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have launched an early-stage clinical trial for an experimental Zika virus vaccine. The testing will be conducted in different NIH sites in the United States.

Public Health August 4, 2016

Sickle Cell Trait May Not Increase Risk For Early Death: Study

Carriers of a single copy of the sickle cell gene variant do not have increased risk for early death. Sickle cell trait, however, is linked with exertional rhabdomyolysis, or muscle breakdown caused by intense exercise.

Public Health August 3, 2016

Higher BMI Is Linked To High Risk For Type 2 Diabetes, But Not Heart Attack: Twin Study

Past studies have found that higher BMI may be linked to higher risk of death or heart attack. However, a new report that focused on twins suggests that higher BMI is strongly linked to type 2 diabetes, but not heart attack.

Public Health August 3, 2016

Seniors Rarely Go Online For Healthcare Needs, Medical Advice

There is a general belief that the advent of digital health technology could improve the health care quality of seniors. However, results of a new study reveal that elders rarely go online to address their health care needs.

Public Health August 2, 2016

Zika Cases Reported In Florida: How To Protect Against Zika And West Nile Virus This Summer

With Zika cases reported in Florida by mosquito bites and it being prime West Nile Virus time, here’s how to protect against the bugs for the rest of the summer.

Public Health August 1, 2016

More Locally Transmitted Zika Cases Are Likely, Warns Top Health Official

Not only has an instance of locally-transmitted Zika been confirmed, but an expert now warns that more cases are likely on the way.

Public Health August 1, 2016

Sen. Schumer Blasts FDA Over Recall Delays

New York’s Schumer has a thing or two to say to the FDA. According to the senator, the agency acts too slowly when recalling food products, endangering the public more in the process.

Public Health August 1, 2016

Trampoline Park-Related Injuries Soar 12-Fold In The US

As the number of trampoline parks in the U.S. increases, so do the cases of park-related injuries, a new study has revealed. Injuries range from broken legs, neck sprains, concussions and many more.

Public Health August 1, 2016

Lesson From General Mills Flour Recall? Don't Eat Raw Cookie Dough Or Batter

American food company General Mills is expecting the recall of roughly 45 million pounds of flour over cases of E.coli contamination. Experts say the biggest takeaway from the incident is this: don't eat raw cookie dough or batter.

Public Health July 31, 2016

Obama Signs GMO Labeling Law

U.S. President Barack Obama signed a new law that would require food companies to indicate whether their products have been made using genetically modified ingredients.

Public Health August 1, 2016

Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone Saving Lives But Critics Say Not Without Consequences

Naloxone saves lives by reversing opioid overdoses. Critics, however, are unconvinced it’s doing any good, seeing the drug as actually paving the way for worse addictions.

Public Health July 27, 2016

First Zika-Related Microcephaly Birth In Europe Seen In Spain

Spain records first microcephaly birth related to the Zika virus. Doctors at the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona say the baby's status is 'normal and stable' and the mother is doing well after giving birth via C-section.

Public Health July 26, 2016

Medicare Proposes Fixed Payments To Hospitals For Heart Attack Treatments

Medicare proposed to pay bundled or fixed payments to hospitals for heart attack treatments. The new payment scheme could help lower costs and improve health care services through the federal program.

Public Health July 26, 2016

Legalized Marijuana Sending More Colorado Children To The Hospital

Colorado saw a sharp rise in the number of young children who were hospitalized after ingesting pot-laced goodies. Cannabis-related hospitalizations increased after the state legalized recreational marijuana.

Public Health July 25, 2016

Suspected West Nile Virus Reported In Monmouth County, New Jersey

Monmouth County in New Jersey announced a suspected case of West Nile virus and scheduled ground spraying activities on Tuesday morning. The arbovirus is commonly spread by infected mosquito bites and can cause meningitis and encephalitis.

Public Health July 25, 2016

California's Seal Beach Reopens After Sewage Spill Incident, Long Beach Remains Closed

A massive sewage spill incident closed down Seal Beach and Long Beach in California. A damaged sewage line spilled a total of 2.4 million gallons of untreated waste into the Los Angeles River.

Public Health July 24, 2016

Suspected Zika Cases In Miami Ups Mosquito Control Efforts

Following the announcements of suspected Zika infections linked to local transmissions, Florida ups its mosquito control efforts to keep a possible disease outbreak at bay. Investigations are underway to determine the number of potentially infected individuals in Broward and Miami-Dade.

Public Health July 24, 2016

A New Carrier Of The Zika Virus Has Been Discovered In Brazil

Brazilian health officials have discovered a new strain of mosquito that's capable of carrying the dreaded Zika virus — the common house mosquito.

Public Health July 22, 2016

Chicken Odor May Be Used In Insect Repellents To Prevent Mosquito-Borne Malaria, Zika

Malaria-carrying mosquitoes are repelled by the odor of chickens. The discovery could pave way for new insect repellents that can help in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.

Public Health July 22, 2016

CDC Warns Of Salmonella Risks From Backyard Chickens

The CDC is in the midst of an investigation concerning eight outbreaks of salmonella that are linked to backyard chicken farms across the U.S.

Public Health July 21, 2016

Taking Anti-HIV Pill Before And After Sex Could Prevent Infection

Findings from a new study show that taking anti-HIV pills before and after sex can lower the risks of developing an HIV infection. The anti-HIV pill also helps lower the rates of condom usage among the participants.

Public Health July 21, 2016

In Vitro Fertilization Not Linked To Increased Breast Cancer Risk

The link between in vitro fertilization and increased breast cancer risk debunked. The breast cancer risks of women who underwent IVF and those who didn't are nearly the same.

Public Health July 21, 2016

Bar-S Recalling 37,200 Pounds Of Hot And Corn Dogs Over Listeria Concerns

In the latest recall in the United States, Bar-S is recalling over 372,000 pounds of hot and corn dog products due to fears that they may be contaminated with listeria.

Public Health July 20, 2016

Female Smokers At Higher Risk For Strokes Caused By Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Female smokers are at increased risk of suffering from a type of serious stroke caused by subarachnoid hemorrhage. What contributes to increased SAH risk in women?

Public Health July 22, 2016

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