Public Health

Zika No Longer A Public Health Emergency But Remains A Threat: WHO

The WHO reclassified the Zika virus from a global health emergency to an ongoing threat, described as any disease that is easily spreadable and very dangerous and intrusive. Examples of ongoing threats include malaria.

Public Health November 19, 2016

Mosquitoes Can Infect You With Two Viruses In One Bite: Safe And Natural Ways To Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes can infect humans with chikungunya and Zika virus in just one bite. How do you avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes without using insect repellents?

Public Health November 17, 2016

Addiction Is A Chronic Illness: US Surgeon General Report

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that addiction should not be treated as a character flaw. He said that substance abuse should be viewed and approached as a chronic illness such as cancer and heart disease.

Public Health November 17, 2016

Almost 21 Million People In America Afflicted By Substance Use Disorder: Surgeon General

According to the Surgeon General's report on alcohol and drugs, roughly 21 million people in the United States are affected by substance use disorder. The report is the first to focus primarily on substance abuses.

Public Health November 17, 2016

Many Patients Still Receive 'Surprise' Bills After ER Visit

About 22 percent of patients who visit emergency room hospitals within their health insurance network still receive expensive medical bills, a new study revealed. Researchers propose that a new law would help in addressing the issue of surprise bills.

Public Health November 17, 2016

Black Women Nearly Twice As Likely To Be Diagnosed With Late Stage Breast Cancer As White Women

New research has found that black women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with late stage breast cancer as white women. The study emphasizes the importance of awareness within this ethnic group.

Public Health November 16, 2016

More Than A Billion People In The World Are Living With High Blood Pressure: Study

New study revealed that the worldwide blood pressure has significantly increased in the last 40 years. The research suggests that dietary habits and financial conditions could be related to this condition.

Public Health November 16, 2016

Large Drop In Coronary Heart Disease Cases Recorded In The US: Study

A 20-percent drop was observed in the number of coronary heart disease cases in the United States, reports a recent study. A decline in the prevalence of diabetes, one of the heart disease risk factors, was also found.

Public Health November 17, 2016

1 In Every 4 Ebola Patients Doesn't Show Symptoms: Is Virus Transmission Broader Than Previously Thought?

New research suggests people can be infected with Ebola without showing any of the associated symptoms. Researchers will try to discover whether these individuals can transmit the disease to other people.

Public Health November 16, 2016

Study Finds West Nile Virus Can Still Kill Years After Infection

The West Nile Virus infection could be more dangerous than earlier believed, reports a recent study. People who survived the WNV infection initially could die prematurely in succeeding months or years, noted the researchers.

Public Health November 16, 2016

You Can Get Both Zika And Chikungunya Viruses From One Mosquito Bite

New researches related to the Zika virus suggest that mosquitoes could also be carrying both chikungunya and dengue. The manner Zika would interact with the other two viruses in human patients is still unknown.

Public Health November 15, 2016

Hepatitis C, Diabetes Drugs Led Medicare Spending For 2015

CMS has decided to make information on the spending, usage and trends of the medication of its patients public. The decision is part of a strategy to keep citizens informed, in an attempt to be more transparent.

Public Health November 16, 2016

CDC Releases Core Guidelines To Aid Outpatient Facilities In Addressing Antibiotic Resistance

The CDC released a set of four guideline pillars to guide the medical personnel involved in the medication of outcare patients. One of the core positive effects of this measure will be lowering antibiotic resistance.

Public Health November 15, 2016

Constipation Linked To Increased Risk For Kidney Disease: Ways To Prevent And Treat Constipation

A study involving 3.5 million U.S. veterans found a link between severe constipation and kidney problems. Here are ways to prevent and treat constipation.

Public Health November 15, 2016

Depression Prevalence In Teens: More US Teenagers Are Depressed, Especially Girls, Says Study

Depression has increased in teens and young adults from 2005 to 2014, according to a new study. While boys' episodes have also multiplied, girls seem to be the most affected within the age group.

Public Health November 15, 2016

Parents, Beware: Long Periods Of Sleep In Car Seats Dangerous For Babies

Researchers at Bristol University are advising parents not to put their babies' lives at risk by letting their children sleep in car seats for long. Babies sleeping in car seats face breathing risks that could lead to other fatal consequences.

Public Health November 14, 2016

Crisis, Suicide Prevention Hotlines See Surge In Calls In First 24 Hours After Trump Wins

Hotlines in charge of suicide prevention recorded abnormal spikes in phone calls and text messages following Donald Trump's presidential victory. Among the groups who were most active in this concern, LGBT people were the most worried.

Public Health November 12, 2016

Life-Threatening Multi-Drug Resistant Infection In Cystic Fibrosis Patients Spreading Globally

Multi-drug resistant bacteria shown to affect people with serious pulmonary diseases were found to be transmissible patient to patient. The research opens a way toward preventing possible pandemics within the affected population.

Public Health November 12, 2016

Pfizer Expands Humanitarian Assistance Program, Drops Price For Pneumonia Vaccine Prevnar 13

Pfizer is expanding its humanitarian assistance program by making the pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar 13 more reachable for humanitarian groups. The initiative follows company policy for emergency settings and for people in developing countries.

Public Health November 11, 2016

Constipation Ups Risks Of Chronic Kidney Disease And Kidney Failure

The way constipation is diagnosed and treated could impact the overall health of patients. A new study has found a link between constipation and the likelihood to suffer from kidney disease or kidney failure.

Public Health November 11, 2016

Your Birth Year May Be A Flu Risk Factor

Researchers discovered a connection between people's year of birth and the type of immunity they have to the influenza virus. The connection lies in one of the two type of the virus the person had the first flu from.

Public Health November 11, 2016

Red Squirrels Carry Bacteria That Cause Leprosy In Humans

Red squirrels in the UK were found to carry strains of bacteria that cause human leprosy. What are the chances that these animals can transmit the infectious disease to humans?

Public Health November 10, 2016

HIV Test On The Go? Scientists Develop USB Tool For Convenient HIV Testing

An HIV test on a USB stick? Researchers have made the technology possible, making HIV tests more accessible without compromising the quality of test results.

Public Health November 10, 2016

Don’t Worry About Getting More Vitamin D, Doctors Reassure

According to a new study, a large number of people administer medication for a problem they don't actually have. Vitamin D, a vital nutrient in the human body, is actually present in necessary amounts in most people.

Public Health November 11, 2016

American Women Getting IUD To Prepare For Trump Presidency

Many women plan to get IUD and are urging others to do the same before the inauguration of Donald Trump. What would women's reproductive rights be like under a Trump presidency?

Public Health November 10, 2016

Timing When You Eat Dinner May Help You In Losing Body Fat: Study

According to new study, eating dinner earlier could benefit your attempts to lose weight. First human test of early time-restricted feeding showed promise to help people lose body fat.

Public Health November 10, 2016

Walgreens Suing Theranos For $140 Million For Agreement Violation

Drugstore giant Walgreens sued former laboratory-testing partner Theranos Inc. in a federal court in Delaware. Theranos allegedly breached a contract between the two companies.

Public Health November 9, 2016

Marijuana Now Legal In California: Will Other States Follow Suit?

A state initiative allowing the recreational consumption of marijuana in California passed on Nov. 9. The measure, also called Proposition 64, will come along with a regulation process.

Public Health November 9, 2016

Low Vitamin D Level Linked To Increased Bladder Cancer Risk

Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to an increased risk for bladder cancer. How does the sunshine vitamin influence the body's likelihood of developing cancer?

Public Health November 9, 2016

Frequent Vaping By Teens May Lead To Heavy Smoking Later In Life

The use of e-cigarettes is considered as a roadblock to prevent the use of conventional cigarette smoking. However, a new report suggests that teenagers who use e-cigarettes frequently are highly likely to develop a heavy smoking habit later in life.

Public Health November 9, 2016

Faulty Nasal Spray Device For Heroin Antidote Naloxone Voluntarily Recalled

The atomization device used to dispense naloxone to treat against drug overdoses was recalled by Teleflex after the company received complaints about the nasal spray's effectiveness.

Public Health November 9, 2016

Soylent Looking At Algal Flour As Offending Ingredient Making Its Consumers Sick

Soylent has been investigating two of its products after hearing complaints about side effects including gastrointestinal problems. The substance at fault is an algae-based flour.

Public Health November 8, 2016

5 US States Mulling Making Marijuana Legal

Whether or not marijuana will be legal for recreational use in five states will depend on how those in Nevada, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and California will cast their votes on their state ballots.

Public Health November 7, 2016

WHO Wants Children To Be Protected From Online Food Marketing: Here's How To Help Kids Eat Healthy

Digital marketing advertisements targeting children could be one of the leading causes of pre-teen and teen obesity. The impact on the children's health is negative on a long-term perspective.

Public Health November 8, 2016

Killer Fungus Found In US Hospitals: What You Should Know About The Deadly Yeast Called Candida Auris

U.S. Federal authorities have reported the attack of a drug-resistant fungus that is killing patients. The yeast Candida auris has already infected 13 people and taken the lives of four.

Public Health November 5, 2016

Ebola Mutation Made Virus More Infectious And More Deadly

The Ebola virus went through mutations that made it more infectious. The mutated Ebola is one reason the epidemic in West Africa spread fast and claimed more lives than earlier outbreaks.

Public Health November 4, 2016

Suicide Death Rate Up In US Middle School Kids: CDC Report

The suicide rates among middle school children have surpassed the number of deaths from car crashes. While the leading causes of pre-teen deaths are still accidents of all kinds, the statistics are dramatic.

Public Health November 4, 2016

Smoking A Pack A Day For A Year Leads To 150 Extra Mutations In Every Lung Cell: Study

For the longest time, it was unclear how exactly smoking promotes cancer. Now, researchers are a step closer toward understanding how tobacco-related cancers develop after identifying how smoking affects the body on a genetic level.

Public Health November 4, 2016

Prostate Surgery Numbers Down As More Men Follow USPSTF Prostate Cancer Screening Guidance

The USPSTF prostate screening guidelines suggested men to skip the prostate tests, as only 1 man is saved per 1,000 tests carried out. However, other cancer associations don't agree with these recommendations.

Public Health November 3, 2016

Washington State Couple Facing Charges After Injecting Their Young Children With Heroin As 'Feel Good Medicine'

Three children in Washington state were removed from their home in November 2015 after their parents had drugged them with heroin. The children are now in protected custody, and their parents risk jail and a $100,000 bail.

Public Health November 2, 2016

Cancer Deaths Among Women Expected To Rise 60 Percent By 2030: Study

A report by the American Cancer Society estimates that as many as 5.5 million women around the world could die because of cancer by 2030. This is a 60 percent increase from cancer-related mortality rates recorded in 2012.

Public Health November 7, 2016

Leapfrog Releases Fall 2016 Hospital Safety Grades, Ranks Hawaii As US State With Safest Hospitals

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade has been released, marking the Fall edition. Among the safest hospitals, Hawaii occupies the first position.

Public Health November 2, 2016

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