Public Health

Global Crisis: UN Pledges To Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the United Nations elevated the antibiotic resistance crisis on par with other major health issues such as Ebola and HIV. World leaders have pledged to strengthen efforts against the issue.

Public Health September 23, 2016

Meet the EpiPencil: The $30 DIY EpiPen Alternative Created By Pharma Hackers

EpiPencil, a cheaper alternative for EpiPen, is developed by a group of pharma hackers, Four Thieves Vinegar Collective. The DIY EpiPencil costs just $30 and can be made easily using off-the-shelf parts.

Public Health September 22, 2016

Another Day, Another Listeria Scare: Blue Bell Voluntarily Recalls Select Ice Cream Products Over Listeria Concerns

Blue Bell Creameries is recalling some of its Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cookie Two Step ice cream products on potential Listeria contamination. The company has announced this recall as a precautionary measure to contain potential outbreak.

Public Health September 22, 2016

Painkiller Codeine Not Safe For Children: Pediatricians

The American Academy of Pediatrics urged parents and doctors to stop giving medications with codeine such as pain relievers and cough syrups to children. What makes codeine dangerous?

Public Health September 22, 2016

Organ Transplants Linked To Increased Skin Cancer Risk

Organ transplant patients have up to 250 times increased risk for squamous-cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer. The risk also applies to Black, Asian and Hispanic patients

Public Health September 22, 2016

Mosquito Saliva Found Effective At Keeping Dengue Virus At Bay

Mosquito saliva could offer protection against Dengue virus, reports a recent study. It is found that the protein D7 present in the mosquito spit inhibits the transmission of virus into the host.

Public Health September 22, 2016

FDA Turns To Technology, Launches App Competition To Combat Opioid Overdose Epidemic

FDA announced a tech challenge called 2016 Naloxone App Competition to contain deaths caused by opioid overdose. Innovators are urged to develop an app to help overdosed individuals connect with people carrying the reversal drug naloxone.

Public Health September 21, 2016

Obese, Lean Children Have Different Gut Bacteria: Study

Efforts are in place to address obesity in children and teens but the problem persists. In a new study, researchers have found that obese children and teens and their leaner counterparts have different gut microbiota.

Public Health September 21, 2016

Smoking Cigarettes Can Permanently Damage Your DNA: Study

Many of the smoking-related damages to the DNA fade within five years after a smoker quits. Findings of a new study, however, revealed that changes on at least 19 genes can last for decades.

Public Health September 21, 2016

Wynwood Now Zika-Free: Florida Governor Rick Scott Urges Community Effort To Keep Zika Transmissions At Bay

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced on Monday, Sept. 19 that Miami’s Wynwood region is free of Zika virus transmission. The governor also urged people to visit Wynwood later this month for the 'Dine Out Wynwood' event to support businesses in the region.

Public Health September 21, 2016

Eggos Need To Go: Kellogg’s Recalls Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles For Possible Listeria Contamination

Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles are being recalled. According to the Kellogg Company’s recall notice, the Eggo product is being pulled out because of possible Listeria contamination.

Public Health September 20, 2016

Depression During Early Pregnancy Linked To Gestational Diabetes: NIH Study

A study by the National Institutes of Health found a 'two-way link' between depression and diabetes among pregnant women. It said depression in the early stages of pregnancy could escalate the chances of gestational diabetes and postpartum depression may follow.

Public Health September 21, 2016

Getting A Vasectomy Not Linked With Increased Prostate Cancer Risks, Says Study

A new study has debunked speculated linkages between vasectomy and prostate cancer. The research by the American Cancer Society gives an encouraging message for those wanting to go for a vasectomy.

Public Health September 20, 2016

Antibiotics Are Still Overprescribed In US Hospitals Amid Concerns Over Drug Resistance

Despite growing concerns over bacteria becoming drug-resistant, doctors still overprescribe antibiotics in hospitals. What strategies can be adopted to help curb this problem?

Public Health September 20, 2016

Indonesia Haze Led To 100,000 Premature Deaths In 2015, Estimates Study

The haze from burning peat lands and forest fires in Indonesia could have caused more than 100,000 premature deaths in Southeast Asia, reports a recent study. The warning should elicit intensified efforts to address the crisis.

Public Health September 20, 2016

Residents Urged To Stay Away From Bogue Chitto River Due To Sewage Spillage

Citizens, who live in the vicinity of Bogue Chitto River, are being asked to stay away from the river due to a recent sewage leakage. The water right now is contaminated with bacteria and other elements that might cause illness.

Public Health September 19, 2016

France Bans Plastic Dishes, Cups And Utensils

A law that will be fully implemented in 2020 makes France the first country in the world to ban the use of plastic dishware. Disposable dishes, cups and utensils can still be used as long as they are made from biologically sourced materials and are compostable.

Public Health September 18, 2016

FDA Cracks Down On Online E-Cigarette Sales, To Fine Stores Selling To Minors

The FDA is serious about keeping e-cigarettes off the hands of minors. The agency recently warned online retailers that fines will be imposed on those who will be selling e-cigarettes to underage buyers.

Public Health September 17, 2016

Brain Cancer Surge Among US Children And Looming Threat of Other Cancers

While brain cancer is the new deadliest cancer afflicting children in the United States, many other cancer forms are also taking a toll on young lives. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overall, pediatric cancer deaths are declining.

Public Health September 17, 2016

Cancer Deaths In US: Brain Cancer Now Deadliest Cancer For American Children

Because of strides in medical treatment, leukemia is no longer the deadliest cancer among U.S. children. What makes treatment of brain cancer difficult?

Public Health September 16, 2016

Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease Hits Florida State University Students

The viral infection hand, foot and mouth disease often affects children below 5 years old, but it recently hit college students at Florida State University. What likely caused the outbreak?

Public Health September 16, 2016

Early Menopause Linked To Increased Heart Disease Risk And Early Death

Women who reach menopause by 45 years old were found to have increased risk for heart problems and early death. Hormonal changes possibly contribute to these health problems.

Public Health September 15, 2016

Could Medical Marijuana Help Reduce Opioid Abuse?

Medical marijuana use on the rise in the United States, and it is getting to a point where it could replace some drugs. One such drug is opioid, as a new study shows that people who use marijuana instead of opioid, fair beter than those who do not.

Public Health September 16, 2016

Yale Hospital Receives Approval, Certification To Perform HIV-HIV Organ Transplants

HIV-HIV transplants are now approved at the Yale New Haven Hospital. With this, more of the life-saving procedure can be done, benefiting those with the disease and those without.

Public Health September 15, 2016

Long Naps During The Day Could Be Warning Sign For Type 2 Diabetes

Napping for an hour or more during the day was linked to a 45 percent increased risk for type 2 diabetes. What does prolonged sleep tell about a person's lifestyle?

Public Health September 15, 2016

Millions Of Americans Do Not Take High Blood Pressure Drugs Properly

About 5 million Americans who have high blood pressure do not take their medicines properly. Improper use of these drugs may put older adults at risk for heart disease and other unwanted health outcomes.

Public Health September 13, 2016

Use Of E-Cigarettes May Have Helped 18,000 Smokers Quit Smoking In 2015

As the number of people who use e-cigarettes increases, the number of smokers who quit smoking also rises. Use of electronic cigarettes may indeed help smokers who want to stop their unhealthy habit, researchers say.

Public Health September 14, 2016

FDA Sets Stem Cell Hearing, Asks Public For Comments On Draft Therapy Guidelines

Many clinics across the U.S. use stem cells for treatment without complying with federal regulations. This has prompted the FDA to schedule a public hearing to gather comments about drafted guidelines for stem cell therapy.

Public Health September 13, 2016

Zika Virus Effects On Adults: Zika Virus Can Damage Brain And Memory, New Evidence Suggests

A nurse who was infected with Zika in the Dominican Republic suffered from neurological problems. Her case provides evidence the mosquito-borne virus can affect the brains of human adults.

Public Health September 13, 2016

Concussion, Other Injuries From Youth Soccer Soar In US

Over the last 25 years, the number of youth soccer-related injuries in the United States has skyrocketed, a new study suggests. The statistics reflect the growing popularity of the sport as well as the awareness on the effects of such injuries.

Public Health September 13, 2016

Saturated Fats May Not Be That Bad After All: Analysis Found Sugar Industry Manipulated Heart Studies

Documents from the 1960s revealed why cardiovascular diseases are primarily blamed on saturated fats. The Sugar Research Foundation paid researchers to conduct studies that would downplay the role of sugar on heart disease risk.

Public Health September 13, 2016

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

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