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Changes In Population, Climate Could Predict Diseases

A new model can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases such as Zika, Ebola and Lassa fever. The model uses changes in population growth, land usage and climate to determine outbreak risks.

Public Health June 13, 2016

Why Heart Disease-Type 2 Diabetes Is A Deadly Combo

New research suggests that patients with type 2 diabetes who were hospitalized due to a major heart disease have higher chances of dying in the next 18 months than others. Researchers hope more attention is given to the matter.

Public Health June 13, 2016

Accidental Deaths Of Americans Reach Record High

Accidental deaths are now more common than ever before across the United States. What is driving this increase in fatalities?

Public Health June 12, 2016

Kiss Of Death: 20-Year-Old Woman Dies After Kissing Boyfriend Goodnight

A goodnight kiss turned out fatal for 20-year-old Myriam Ducré-Lemay. Her boyfriend just ate a peanut butter sandwich not knowing of her food allergy.

Public Health June 12, 2016

UN Vows To End AIDS Epidemic By 2030

The recently concluded United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York announced that they have concrete plans to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The said meeting was well-attended by stakeholders from different fields.

Public Health June 11, 2016

Mosquitoes In Clark County Test Positive For Encephalitis

Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed the presence of St. Louis encephalitis in the pools of mosquitoes they tested. The health district said that while they rarely cause diseases, areas with high concentration of the mosquitoes should be avoided.

Public Health June 12, 2016

Dozens Of Customers Get Sick After Eating At California Restaurant

Ay, caramba! Dozens of customers get sick after eating at a locally famous Mexican restaurant in Fairfield, California. Health officials linked dozens of food poisoning cases to local food joint Alejandro's Taqueria.

Public Health June 11, 2016

Doctors Not As Mindful Of Hand Hygiene When Not Watched: Study

Doctors and nurses may not be spared from the so-called 'Hawthorne Effect' and are potentially unmindful of hand hygiene when someone isn't looking. How is hand hygiene compliance in hospitals faring?

Public Health June 11, 2016

'Super Bacteria' Detected In Several Rio Olympics Venues

Two separate studies have detected potentially dangerous 'super bacteria' in several venues for the 2016 Rio Olympics. What likely caused the contamination?

Public Health June 11, 2016

Unemployment, Changing Economic Conditions Impact Children's Weight

Researchers have found a link between economic hard times and the likelihood of children becoming fat and obese. How did the recent Great Depression affect children's weight?

Public Health June 11, 2016

Scientists Decipher 11 Distinct Subtypes Of A Major Blood Cancer

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is actually an umbrella term for 11 distinct subtypes of the illness, new research has revealed. This finding could revolutionize treatment and diagnosis.

Public Health June 11, 2016

Research Finds Link Between PTSD And Shockwaves From Combat Blasts

Soldiers who were exposed to blasts from high explosives sustain scarring on the part of their brain linked to post-traumatic stress disorder. This scarring often follows a pattern of damage not seen in other forms of brain injuries.

Public Health June 11, 2016

FDA Too Slow To Act On Food Recalls: US Watchdog

The Office of Inspector General said in a new report that the FDA lacks efficient processes to ensure timely food recalls in the U.S., leading consumers at risk of illness and death.

Public Health June 10, 2016

Forty Percent Of US Women, 17 Percent Of Teenagers Are Obese: CDC

Two new reports from the CDC shed new light on the current obesity crisis in the U.S. The reports found that 40 percent of women and 17 percent of teenagers in America are still obese despite various intervention initiatives.

Public Health June 11, 2016

US Teen Smoking Drops But Vaping Increases: CDC

The latest survey on risk behaviors among teens has found an all-time low of students smoking tobacco or traditional cigarettes. On the other hand, vaping and use of e-cigarettes among these high school students are increasing.

Public Health June 10, 2016

Lab Researcher Contracts Zika Virus From Infected Needle Stick

A female lab researcher from the University of Pittsburgh contracts Zika virus after accidentally sticking herself with an infected needle. The case is believed to be the first Zika infection contracted through a lab in the U.S.

Public Health June 10, 2016

Cuomo Calls To Limit Prescription, Expand Help For Heroin Addiction As New York Sees Rising Opioid Overdose Deaths

Cuomo has called on doctors to limit their prescription of opioid medications to patients. He also urged the government to increase its funding for drug addiction treatments and provide better support for people who are trying to stay clean.

Public Health June 10, 2016

High Levels Of Cobalt, Cadmium In Portland Detected Through Moss Study

A moss study revealed that at least three areas in Portland have high levels of cadmium and cobalt. The researchers, along with government agencies, are conducting air tests to monitor levels of metals, which may be inhaled by the residents.

Public Health June 9, 2016

New Yellow Fever Case In Congo Linked To Local Mosquito

The new confirmed case of yellow fever in Congo was from a local carrier mosquito and not from the existing outbreak in neighboring Angola, pointing to the likelihood of a wider outbreak in the country.

Public Health June 11, 2016

UK Obesity Crisis Costs More Than Fire Or Police Service: NHS Chief

National Health Service chief revealed that most of the agency's budget is spent on fighting the obesity crisis. Simon Stevens believes that sugar tax would save the government billions of taxpayer's money.

Public Health June 8, 2016

FDA Warns About People Overdosing On Diarrhea Drug

Overdosing on Imodium can lead to severe health problems and even death, according to the FDA. The agency has received 48 reports of people suffering from serious heart ailments after taking high doses of the diarrhea drug.

Public Health June 8, 2016

US Faces Increasing Threat From Synthetic Drug Overdose

DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg told a Senate committee that they need the help of lawmakers to effectively control the sale and use of synthetic drugs. The agency has monitored an increase in the use of the drugs in the country.

Public Health June 8, 2016

Screening Key To Fighting Syphilis Amid Rising Infections

USPSTF recently released new syphilis screening recommendations, from once a year to every three months among high-risk groups. Syphilis rates in the U.S. are increasing since 2000, when authorities thought they were close to eradicating it.

Public Health June 8, 2016

Media Reports Link Violence With Mental Illness: Are They Accurate?

The media often report violent crimes and link them with mental illness. Researchers, however, said that many of such reports and associations are not entirely accurate.

Public Health June 8, 2016

Wearable Artificial Kidney Could Free Patients From Dialysis Machines

Soon, patients with kidney failure may not have to rely on dialysis machines for treatment. A new wearable artificial kidney developed by experts in California can allow patients to perform dialysis even at home.

Public Health June 8, 2016

Biden Launches Open-Access Database To Help Researchers Develop More Effective Treatments

Vice President Joe Biden announced that a new open-access database for cancer research has been launched to help scientists develop better treatments. The database contains clinical and genomic data collected from 12,000 cancer patients.

Public Health June 7, 2016

Minnesota Bakery Recalls Meat Pies For Lack Of Inspection And Misbranding

Solomon Snacks and Bakery in Minnesota is recalling 873 pounds of its chicken, beef and turkey meat pies from retail stores. These products did not go through standard USDA inspection and were not properly labeled.

Public Health June 7, 2016

Hostess, Kashi Recall Thousands Of Items Over Peanut Residue, Contamination

Hostess and Kashi announced a voluntary recall of their food items. Hostess snack cakes and donuts are recalled because of peanut residue, while the Kashi recalls its granola bars over fears of Listeria contamination risks.

Public Health June 6, 2016

Hong Kong Suspends Sale Of Live Chickens Over Bird Flu Concerns

There might not be any chicken supply for this week's Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong due to bird flu concerns. After droppings tested positive for the H7N9 bird flu strain, Hong Kong has halted the sale of live chicken.

Public Health June 6, 2016

Harvard Researchers Develop Quick And Cheap Test For Zika Virus

Harvard researchers developed a paper-based diagnostic test for Zika that is hoped to be a quick, portable and accurate way to detect the disease. Health officials previously established a definite link between the Zika virus and microcephaly.

Public Health June 6, 2016

Crocs Are Bad For Your Feet: Podiatrists

Feet experts warn that wearing Crocs all day may not be a good option. Supposedly, the popular rubber clogs do not offer enough support to one's heels.

Public Health June 6, 2016

Makers Of Clif Bar Issue Voluntary Recall Over Possible Listeria Contamination Risk

California-based Clif Bar & Company is issuing a voluntary recall of three of its products because of a possible risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The bacteria can cause serious diseases in pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals.

Public Health June 5, 2016

Higher Cooking Temperatures Needed To Make Burgers Safe From E.Coli Bacteria

Researchers discovered E.coli genes that can survive the temperature recommended by federal authorities for cooking beef. This means ground meat-based food items need to be cooked at higher cooking temperatures to keep them safe from E.coli bacteria.

Public Health June 4, 2016

Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus Can Be Transmitted By Kissing And Oral Sex

Zika virus may be transmitted via oral sex or kissing, a new report has found. The public is cautioned about the disease's mode of transmission.

Public Health June 5, 2016

What Is Fentanyl? Accidental Overdose Of This Drug Killed Prince

Authorities have concluded that Prince died of fentanyl overdose. The opioid is a potent painkiller that is said to be deadly even in small doses.

Public Health June 3, 2016

For Black Americans, Stroke In Middle Age Is Deadlier Than For Whites: Study

Middle-aged Black Americans are more likely to die from stroke than their white counterparts, new research suggests. It's not because of difference in care, but because of higher stroke rates.

Public Health June 3, 2016

Newly Released Documents Raise Concern Over CDC Biolab Failures

An article published by USA Today sheds light on possible lapses in the CDC's safety procedures. The report tells about an incident where a decontamination chamber in one of the agency's top level facilities that stored deadly pathogens suddenly malfunctioned.

Public Health June 3, 2016

Zika Discoverer Leaves Treasure Trove Of Data On Mosquito-Borne Virus

Work of the man who first discovered Zika virus was found in the archives of the University of Glasgow. The slides, images and hand-written notes may help ongoing Zika researches.

Public Health June 3, 2016

New Program May Reduce Urinary Tract Infections Related To Catheter Use

The Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) aims to help prevent the rise in cases of catheter-related urinary tract infection. The program has successfully reduced incidence by as much as 32 percent.

Public Health June 3, 2016

Menstrual Headache And Estrogen: Female Hormone Drops More Rapidly In Migraine Sufferers

Analysis of first morning urine samples showed link between the female sex hormone and migraine. Levels of estrogen drop more rapidly in women with history of migraine headaches days before menstruation.

Public Health June 1, 2016

Woman With Zika Delivers Baby With Microcephaly In New Jersey Hospital

A woman from Honduras who is infected with Zika delivered a baby with birth defects linked to the virus. The premature baby was born with severe microcephaly as well as visual and intestinal problems.

Public Health June 1, 2016

General Mills Voluntarily Recalls 10 Million Pounds Of Flour Over E.Coli Concerns

A General Mills flour recall is ongoing after some of its 10 million pounds of flour has been linked to a multi-state E.coli outbreak that sickened 38 people dating back to December.

Public Health June 1, 2016

Louisiana Woman Contracts Flesh-Eating Bacteria While Surf Fishing In Gulf Of Mexico

A woman in New Orleans contracted flesh-eating bacteria while surf fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The microbe can infect the body by entering through open wounds or through ingestion of raw oysters that have already been contaminated.

Public Health June 1, 2016

WHO Rejects Call To Postpone, Cancel Rio Olympics Because Of Zika Virus Threat

The World Health Organization said there is no need to cancel or postpone the Rio Olympics in Brazil as it will not have any significant bearing in the international spread of the disease.

Public Health June 1, 2016

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