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Genetically Modified Food Safe, Even Beneficial For Humans: Study

Despite fears over the health effects of genetically modified food, an analysis of nearly 900 studies found GM crops are safe. The study also revealed the benefits of GM crops on human health and the environment.

Public Health May 18, 2016

Is It Legal For Doctors To Counsel Patients On Gun Safety?

A new report suggests that doctors should counsel or ask patients regarding gun safety and other firearm-related issues. This is part of efforts to prevent gun-related violence in the United States.

Public Health May 17, 2016

Weed Killer Glyphosate Unlikely To Pose Cancer Risk To Humans: UN Report

UN experts discovered that weed killer glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer. A new report found that consuming the herbicide via oral route and exposure to the chemical do not result in carcinogenic effects.

Public Health May 18, 2016

Australian Athletes To Get Anti-Zika Condoms For Rio Olympics

Australian athletes will be provided with anti-Zika condoms for the Rio Olympics. The said products may help protect the players as they travel and stay in the Zika-affected country.

Public Health May 18, 2016

Hy-Vee Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Fried Rice Due To Listeria Fears

American supermarket chain Hy-Vee voluntarily recalled two of its frozen rice food items due to listeria scares. To date, no hospitalizations linked to the case have been reported.

Public Health May 17, 2016

Dementia Patients Delay Doctor's Visit Over Myths, Fears

Most people with signs of dementia would prefer to delay a visit to the doctor due to fears that it would mean their 'life is over,' a new survey revealed. However, experts encourage the public to act on their symptoms as early as possible.

Public Health May 17, 2016

Dental Clinic Offers Free Dental Care To Uninsured Children

Uninsured kids received free dental services at Kool Smiles in Baltimore. The event called 'Sharing Smiles Day' provided kids with free tooth extraction, filling, root canal procedures and dental health education.

Public Health May 16, 2016

New York Gov. Cuomo Announces Legislations To End HIV/AIDS Epidemic

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pushes to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the state. The leader set out new legislation to curb the problem by enhancing testing and access to treatments for patients.

Public Health May 15, 2016

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month: Here's What You Can Do To Spread Awareness And Get Involved

It's Mental Health Awareness month. It's time return to a conversation that should carry on year-round.

Public Health May 15, 2016

A Cure For The Common Cold? Meet IBM's Macromolecule

A new macromolecule from IBM could mean the end of all viral diseases, including Zika, Ebola, and the common cold. How does it work?

Public Health May 15, 2016

Obama Administration Takes Step To Protect Rights Of Transgender Patients

The Obama administration took steps to protect the rights of transgender patients in the country. Among the inclusions in the final rule is banning of health insurance discrimination among people with different age, sex, disability or ethnicity.

Public Health May 14, 2016

Puerto Rico Reports First Case Of Microcephaly Related To Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus

The first case of microcephaly in Puerto Rico related to Zika virus has been reported. The U.S. government plans to extend their support to help curb the spread of the mosquito-borne infection.

Public Health May 15, 2016

Your Car Door Windows Do Not Shield Your Skin, Eyes From UV Rays

Front windshields offer more protection from UV-A rays than do car door windows. This is because they are made of laminated glass designed to prevent them from shattering.

Public Health May 13, 2016

European Tourist May Be Responsible For Measles Outbreak In Eastern Massachusetts

A European tourist may have exposed residents in Eastern Massachusetts to measles. Officials warned that the foreign tourist, who traveled from May 1 to 8 in the Greater Boston area, was contagious.

Public Health May 13, 2016

City Dwellers In Poor Countries Worst Hit By Rising Air Pollution: WHO

Vulnerable populations in urban areas are the worst hit by the effects of rising outdoor pollution. Dangerous air kills more than 3 million per year.

Public Health May 12, 2016

Obamacare Lawsuit: Judge Says Affordable Care Act Wrongly Repays Funds To Insurers

A judge decided in favor of the House Republicans on the Obamacare lawsuit. The ruling said that the Administration should not spend billions of federal funds to subsidize payments to private insurers under the Obama health care law without Congress' approval.

Public Health May 13, 2016

US House Passes Opioid Legislation To Fight Prescription Drug Addiction

U.S. Congress passed a package of opioid legislation to address the addiction problem in the country. The White House, however, thinks the lack of necessary funding will make these bills amount to nothing.

Public Health May 13, 2016

Silk Cocoons Can Store Blood Samples Sans Refrigeration

Using silk fibroin, researchers developed a method to store blood samples without refrigeration. The blood can still be analyzed after 84 days of storage at 45 degrees Celsius.

Public Health May 12, 2016

Abortion Rates Plummet In Developed Countries, Steady In Poor Nations

Abortion rates have plummeted in developed countries but have remained steady in poor nations. The findings may suggest that socio-economic status and availability of contraceptive education and tools may play a role in abortion rates.

Public Health May 12, 2016

Imodium High: What's So Addicting With Anti-Diarrhea Drugs And What You Should Know

Opioid addicts are now turning to Imodium to get high. Experts warn that high doses of this anti-diarrhea drug can cause irregular heartbeats and even death.

Public Health May 12, 2016

This Is How Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus Damages The Brain

Three new studies offer evidence that the Zika virus can reach and damage brain cells in the fetus of pregnant mice, supporting earlier proof of how Zika causes birth defects.

Public Health May 12, 2016

Farmers Sue Monsanto Over Alleged Link Of Herbicide Roundup To Cancer

Farmers in Nebraska are suing Monsanto for misleading consumers about the dangers of using its popular herbicide Roundup, which includes a chemical known as glyphosate. The WHO identified glyphosate as a potential carcinogen in 2015.

Public Health May 16, 2016

Too Much Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 During Pregnancy May Up Autism Risk In Children

Pregnant women with excessive amounts of folate and vitamin B12 are likely to give birth to a child with autism. Should women stop taking supplements?

Public Health May 11, 2016

Prince's Death Highlights Problems With Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone

Prince's death is said to highlight problems about opioid antidote naloxone. If authorities confirm that the pop star's cause of death is indeed opioid overdose, then it would spark a surge of frustrations among authors of naloxone access programs.

Public Health May 11, 2016

Chipotle Hires Former Critic Amid Efforts To Promote Food Safety

Chipotle's food safety 'dream team' includes a former critic. In their effort to safeguard products and patrons against health scares, the fast food chain recently hired a critic who previously scrutinized the company's response to its disease outbreak in 2015.

Public Health May 11, 2016

Yellow Fever Could Be The Next Global Health Emergency

Is the world on the brink of a yellow fever epidemic? The WHO announced that outbreaks in Angola, Congo and Uganda are now under control, but urged vigilance in case the disease turns into a global emergency.

Public Health May 12, 2016

Walgreens Launches Web-Based Mental Health Screening

Walgreens has launched a free online mental health screening that targets screening 3 million Americans for mental conditions by the end of 2017. It seeks to help improve mental health treatment in the country by helping in diagnosis and prescription information.

Public Health May 11, 2016

Computer-Generated Virtual Heart May Predict Cardiac Risk In Patients With Arrhythmias

A computer-generated 3D virtual heart is touted to efficiently, non-invasively predict the risk of sudden death due to arrhythmia and their need for an implantable defibrillator.

Public Health May 11, 2016

Correct Patient Treatment Could Have Prevented 33,000 Heart Attack Deaths

Nearly 33,000 heart attack-related deaths could have been prevented if doctors followed the correct patient treatment based on the National Health Service guidelines. The missed intervention places patients at risk of having another heart attack in the future, even death.

Public Health May 10, 2016

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Protects Half Of People Who Tried It

Sanaria Inc.'s experimental malaria vaccine PfSPZ protects half of the study participants who tried it for at least a year. To date, this is the longest duration of malaria protection from an experimental vaccine.

Public Health May 10, 2016

Short People In India Undergo Limb-Lengthening Surgeries Despite Risks

More and more people in India are seeking to undergo limb-lengthening surgery despite the procedure not being regulated by the government. Botching the cosmetic operation could leave the patient unable to walk again.

Public Health May 11, 2016

Tooth Decay Drive Reveals Amount Of Sugar In Drinks

The city council of Liverpool has launched a public health campaign aimed at raising awareness on the amount of sugar included in many popular drinks. Officials hope this would help curb the rise in tooth decay rates among children.

Public Health May 10, 2016

Canada's Justin Trudeau Allocates $785 Million To Support Fight Against Malaria, AIDS, Tuberculosis

Canada has pledged an additional $785 million CA to support the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country has a duty to lead by example.

Public Health May 10, 2016

Low-Cost Paper Diagnostic Test May Reduce Spread Of Zika Virus

Experts were able to develop a low-cost paper test that can detect Zika virus. The test can also detect specific strains of viruses, making it more attractive than existing tests.

Public Health May 10, 2016

Obama Administration Announces Contest To Redesign Medical Bill

The Obama administration launched a contest to innovators to redesign the U.S. medical billing process. The challenge aims to create simpler and more patient-friendly systems when dealing with their medical bills.

Public Health May 9, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About The Blood Disorder Thalassemia: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Thalassemia is a life-threatening blood disorder that has no known cure. However, there are treatments that may alleviate the condition, such as chelation therapy and stem cell therapy.

Public Health May 9, 2016

E-Cigarette Poisoning Surges In Young Children: Study

A new analysis found an alarming surge in e-cigarette poisoning among young children. Immediate government action is called for towards the regulation of these tobacco and nicotine products to lower the numbers and prevent further poisoning.

Public Health May 9, 2016

Australian Medical Board Issues New Guidelines For Cosmetic Surgery Industry

With the growing trend of cosmetic surgeries in Australia is the increased risk of becoming victims of botched procedures. To establish better regulation in the industry, the medical board has issued new guidelines.

Public Health May 10, 2016

Newborns Who Catch Cold, Flu Within 6 Months At Increased Risk For Type 1 Diabetes

Children are more susceptible to developing type 1 diabetes later in life when they contract a cold or flu during their first 6 months, a new study suggests. Infections that occur beyond this period don't produce the same effect.

Public Health May 9, 2016

Publix Voluntarily Recalls Salad Over Listeria Fear

A listeria contamination scare prompted supermarket chain Publix to recall its Wheatberry Salad and Sweet and Salty Almond Bar. The listeria recall was linked to the sunflower seeds used in the products.

Public Health May 8, 2016

Sen. Charles Schumer Wants FDA To Investigate, Recall Exploding E-Cigs

Amid rising incidents of exploding e-cigarettes, Sen. Charles Schumer wanted the FDA to conduct probe on what causes these vaping devices to explode. He also called for a recall to hold the manufacturers accountable.

Public Health May 8, 2016

Norovirus Outbreak Hits Balmoral Cruise Ship, Sickens More Than 250 Passengers

The luxury cruise ship Balmoral has been hit by norovirus, sickening more than 250 passengers and eight crew members, health officials confirmed. Majority of the passengers were from the United Kingdom.

Public Health May 9, 2016

France To Offer Pregnant Women €300 To Quit Smoking

Smoking during pregnancy reaps negative effects for both the mother and the baby. With that, as part of a new study, hospitals in France will offer pregnant women up to €300 in vouchers if they agree to quit smoking.

Public Health May 9, 2016

Arizona Restores 'KidsCare' National Insurance Plan For Working Poor

After six long years, Arizona has once again approved KidsCare that shall benefit at least 30,000 children. However, can it beat the hurdles including a possible violation of the state’s constitution?

Public Health May 8, 2016

Risk For Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation Rises As Temperature Drops: Study

A new study suggests that being exposed to cooler temperatures increases the risk of people experiencing heart failure or atrial fibrillation. Sufferers are more likely to be hospitalized for these ailments during winter months than in summer months.

Public Health May 7, 2016

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