Public Health

When Eating Contests Go Wrong: Ghost Pepper Puree Tears Hole In Man’s Esophagus

A man suffered a spontaneous esophageal rupture after eating ghost pepper on a contest. He was hospitalized for 23 days, connected on a plastic tube.

Public Health October 19, 2016

Dental Sealants Effective Against Cavities But Most US Children Don’t Have Them: CDC Vital Signs Report

Dental sealants are proven to be highly efficient among children, preventing up to 80 percent of cavities. However, up to 7 million children are in need of dental sealant programs, which could save up to $300 million in dental treatments.

Public Health October 19, 2016

Zika Virus: Miami Beach Plans To Use Bats To Get Rid Of Zika Virus-Infected Mosquitoes

In the fight against the dangers of Zika virus, the officials of Miami Beach have decided to attract a bat population into the area. The pilot project aims at reducing the mosquitoes, since air spraying was inefficient.

Public Health October 18, 2016

Outpatient Care In The US Has Not Improved In Critical Areas: Study

According to a new report examining the past decade, health care for the U.S. adult population has shown inconsistent improvements. While four of the clinical composites improved, two dropped and three showed no progress.

Public Health October 18, 2016

Fewer, Later Cervical Cancer Screenings May Be Prescribed After Women Get HPV Shots

Got your HPV shots? According to new research, women may undergo cervical cancer screening less frequently and at a later date if they have been vaccinated against the virus.

Public Health October 18, 2016

Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals In Plastic, Everyday Objects Make Americans Sick And Cost US $340 Billion Per Year

Chemicals present in plastic bottles, metal food cans and cosmetics make Americans sick and cost billions in treatment and lost earnings per year. Exposure to these chemicals, however, can be avoided.

Public Health October 18, 2016

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set For Oct. 22

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will mark its 12th edition on Oct. 22. The purpose of the event is to assure the safe disposal of unused or unwanted medicine in order to reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.

Public Health October 18, 2016

More Than Half Of Americans Stressed About Presidential Elections: Here's How To Manage Stress According To The APA

More than 50 percent of Americans are stressed because of the upcoming presidential elections, according to the American Psychological Association's Harris Poll.

Public Health October 15, 2016

Efforts To End Global Tuberculosis Epidemic Falling Short, Says WHO

According to a WHO report, efforts to curb tuberculosis cases around the world are there but countries are not doing enough to meet targets necessary to end the epidemic once and for all.

Public Health October 15, 2016

CDC: Contaminated LivaNova Heater-Cooler Heart Devices Ups Infection Risk In Open-Heart Surgery Patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning to patients and health care providers that contaminated LivaNova heater-cooler heart devices could increase the risk of infection in open-heart surgery patients.

Public Health October 15, 2016

DEA Retracts Kratom Ban, Initiates Public Comment Period

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is retracting its notice of intent to classify kratom as a schedule I substance. The agency has also opened a public comment period to gather more information.

Public Health October 14, 2016

High Blood Pressure May Be A Potential Risk Factor For Alzheimer’s Disease

The American Heart Association published a review, suggesting a correlation between high blood pressure during mid-life and cognitive impairment decades later. The study was observational, therefore the causal relations are not yet proven.

Public Health October 12, 2016

Americans Are Taking Fewer Multivitamins But Supplement Use Remains Stable

Use of dietary supplements has remained stable between 1999 and 2012, reported a recent study. While 52 percent of adults in the United States were on supplements over the years, the use of multivitamins has reduced significantly.

Public Health October 13, 2016

FDA Issues Safety Warning For St. Jude Medical Implanted Defibrillators After Two Deaths Reported

The FDA has issued a safety warning for defibrillators created by St. Jude Medical. The warning was given after two patients died because of abnormal battery depletion caused by lithium clusters in their implanted defibrillators.

Public Health October 13, 2016

IBM To Offer Employees Access To Watson Technology To Fight Cancer Starting January 2017

IBM will offer its employees and their families access to Watson Health in their struggle against cancer, as part of a project in partnership with the Harvard-based company Best Doctors.

Public Health October 12, 2016

Public Health Alert Issued For Costco Chicken Salad Citing Possible Salmonella Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has warned people on salmonella infection linked to consumption of chicken salad sold at a Costco Store in Lynnwood, Washington State.

Public Health October 12, 2016

Nearly 100 Health Groups Funded By Coke, Pepsi: Study

A recent report showed that 96 health organizations conducting research on dietary changes to reduce obesity were funded by Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. Their actions had a negative impact on the outcome of the studies, as well as on the American health care improvements.

Public Health October 12, 2016

Raising Tax On Sugary Drinks Will Address Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes: WHO

A new WHO report presents the possibility of lowering sugary drinks consumption through their taxation, contributing to the reduction of type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

Public Health October 11, 2016

Using Same Hospital Bed As A Patient Given Antibiotics Increases Risks Of Clostridium Infection

Hospital beds are usually associated with getting better but a new study is saying this may depend on who used it before. If the previous patient received antibiotics, the subsequent patient is likelier to develop a Clostridium infection, report researchers.

Public Health October 11, 2016

Blue Bell Expands Ice Cream Recall, Pulls Out All Products Made With Aspen Hills Cookie Dough

Blue Bell expanded its recall notice for products made with a cookie dough potentially containing Listeria monocytogenes. The dough is produced by third-party supplier, Aspen Hills Inc.

Public Health October 11, 2016

Is California Taxing E-Cigarettes? Proposition 56 Voting Set For November

If Proposition 56 be voted into law come November, then California will become the fifth U.S. state to tax e-cigarettes. The collected the tax money will be allocated to fund health care, tobacco use prevention, research and law enforcement.

Public Health October 11, 2016

Religion Influences A Person’s Likelihood To Get Cancer Screening

A new study conducted in Canada among immigrants shows that religious women are more likely to go through cancer screening procedures than those with no religious affiliation. Despite lower income, Muslim women have an 85.2 percent screening rate.

Public Health October 11, 2016

Altering Human ‘Flavor’ May Have A Role In Fighting Malaria

Mosquitoes pick up both taste and smell while choosing to suck blood from the host, reports a recent study. Developing a repellent then that would make mosquitoes detest “human flavor” could help fight malaria better.

Public Health October 11, 2016

Mylan To Pay $465 Million Over EpiPen Medicaid Rebate Classification

Mylan has agreed to pay $465 million after lawmakers and health officials said it wrongly classified EpiPen as a generic product. The classification allowed the pharmaceutical company to pay lower rebates for Medicaid program.

Public Health October 8, 2016

Vegan Mom Who Fed 11-Month-Old Baby Nuts And Berries Charged For Child Endangerment

A mother was charged of child endangerment for feeding her 11-month-old son only nuts and berries. The child suffered from malnutrition, developmental delays and rashes.

Public Health October 7, 2016

Breast Cancer Screening Risks And Benefits: What You Need To Know About Mammograms

While mammograms are never 100 percent foolproof, they diminish the risks of breast cancer so women are advised to get them. Here's what you need to know about them!

Public Health October 7, 2016

US Lawmakers To Investigate WHO Cancer Agency, Question NIH Officials About Funding

Representatives of the National Institute of Health will give personal briefing in relation to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This comes after the U.S. lawmakers ask for a full disclosure of NIH's funding policy.

Public Health October 7, 2016

AFM: Possible Causes And Symptoms Of Polio-Like Disease Causing Paralysis In US Children

Cases of acute flaccid myelitis which can cause paralysis in children is on the rise in the United States. What causes this rare disease and what symptoms should parents watch for?

Public Health October 6, 2016

E-Cigarettes Are Supposed To Help Smokers Quit, So Why Are They Sending So Many Of Them To The Hospital?

E-Cigarettes are supposed to help smokers quit, but some doctors have found that the devices are starting to send an increasing amount of people to the hospital.

Public Health October 7, 2016

Ohio Bridal Shop Suing Texas Hospital Whose Negligence Got It Called The ‘Ebola Store’

Ohio-based bridal shop filed a suit against a Texas Hospital because one of its nurses unknowingly contracted the Ebola virus and visited the boutique. The business was temporarily shut down by the authorities and never reopened because of the clients' reluctance.

Public Health October 6, 2016

DEA Reducing Amount Of Opioid Medication Manufactured In The US By 25 Percent In 2017

DEA reduced the amount of opioid pills that may be produced in the country in 2017. Ongoing opioid epidemic and decrease in the prescription of such pills by doctors in recent days are claimed to be the reasons behind the cut in production.

Public Health October 7, 2016

Exploding E-Cigarettes Cause Injuries So Severe Victims Have To Go To Burn Centers

From October 2015 to June 2016, there have been 15 cases of e-cigarettes burns among ENDS consumers. Because of the lack of regulation in the production of the devices with lithium-ion batteries, scientists consider the issue a matter of public health concern.

Public Health October 7, 2016

Flint Residents Are Too Scared Of The Water To Wash And They're Getting Sick As A Result

Residents in Flint, Michigan, might have found a way to 'avoid' lead poisoning, but by doing so, they have subjected themselves to a new threat: Shigellosis.

Public Health October 5, 2016

A Smoker’s Legacy: Study Reveals Carcinogens From Tobacco Smoke Linger Months After Smokers Quit

Smokers' houses were discovered to carry dangerous carcinogen residues responsible for lung cancer even months after quitting. The residues were found in household objects as well as walls because of the substances' capacity to penetrate deep layers of surfaces.

Public Health October 5, 2016

Polio-Like Disease That Paralyzes Children On The Rise In The US: How To Protect Kids From Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Fifty cases of the polio-like illness acute flaccid myelitis have already been reported in the US this year. The CDC provided tips on how to prevent the spread of this paralyzing disease.

Public Health October 4, 2016

Democratic, Republican Doctors Offer Treatments Differently, Says Yale Study

The physician’s political view, whether he is a Democratic or Republican, could be influencing the way he deals with the politicized health issues like abortion, marijuana and firearm use. Patients might have to choose doctors according to their own political views, suggest researchers.

Public Health October 4, 2016

Don’t Blame The Bromeliads: Growers Decry Zika Transmission In Miami Beach Being Blamed On The Flowering Plant

The Botanical Garden in Miami Beach, Florida was forced to dispose of the bromeliads because the plant's water-trapping leaves make a good breeding habitat for mosquitoe larvae, which is responsible for the rapid spreading of the Zika virus. However, the measure seemed unnecessary to the locals.

Public Health October 4, 2016

FDA Warns Against Homeopathic Teething Tablets, Gels For Babies

Teething can appear to be distressing to a baby but the FDA is cautioning parents and guardians against teething tablets and gels. In particular, the agency has issued a warning against homeopathic teething products.

Public Health October 2, 2016

CDC Urges Americans To Get Flu Shots: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 2016-2017 Flu Season

The CDC is urging people to get their flu shots in preparation for 2016-2017 flu season. The decline in vaccination coverage last season has prompted health experts to emphasize the importance of flu shots.

Public Health October 1, 2016

Zika Virus Transmission Via Sweat And Tears? It May Be Possible, Warn Experts

Zika virus infection could be acquired by a healthy person from sweat or tears of an infected person. The alarming new report suggests such a possibility if the patient has exponentially high loads of virus in their blood.

Public Health September 30, 2016

CDC Wraps Up Contaminated Flour Investigation, Warns Illnesses Expected To Continue

The CDC has finished its investigation into the contaminated flour that led to a multi-state E. coli outbreak. But while its questions have been resolved, the agency warned that illnesses may continue.

Public Health September 30, 2016

CDC Issues Zika Advisory For Pregnant Women Traveling To 11 Southeast Asian Countries

The CDC issued on Thursday a travel advisory for pregnant women traveling to 11 Southeast Asian countries amid the risk of Zika virus infection. Officials say that although local residents may be immune, travelers from the United States may not be.

Public Health September 29, 2016

DEA To Schedule Kratom: What Is This Medicinal Plant And Why Is It Considered A Public Hazard?

As per DEA’s announcement on Aug. 30, it is unacceptable to use the tropical medicinal plant, kratom, in the country from Friday, Sept. 30. Many people as well as researchers claim that kratom is effective in treating alcohol and painkiller addiction.

Public Health September 30, 2016

FDA To Redefine ‘Healthy Food,’ Seeks Public Comment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is turning to the public for help in defining what is “healthy.” Guidelines were released decades ago and no longer meet recent public health recommendations.

Public Health September 29, 2016

Tyson Foods Voluntarily Recalls Chicken Nuggets Due To Plastic Contamination

Tyson Foods issued a recall of its Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets, citing plastic contamination. The company has advised consumers to discard affected products bought, releasing information on how to get a full refund.

Public Health September 28, 2016

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