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One In Three Antibiotic Prescriptions In US Are Unnecessary

Nearly 30 percent of antibiotic prescriptions in the U.S. are unnecessary, warned a new CDC study. Such antibiotic overuse is seen as the primary driver behind antibiotic resistance or superbugs, which kill 23,000 every year.

Public Health May 4, 2016

Promoting Abstinence Not Effective In Preventing HIV Transmission

Promoting abstinence and fidelity is ineffective in preventing HIV transmission, a new study has found. Experts think the government should allot these PEPFAR programs to other more effective strategies against HIV/AIDS.

Public Health May 4, 2016

More Than 250,000 Patients In US Die Yearly Due To Medical Errors: Report

More than 250,000 patients in the United States die and will die annually due to medical errors, a new report revealed. Researchers say medical errors are the third top cause of death in the country.

Public Health May 4, 2016

Parents Of Chinese Baby Born With 16 Toes, 15 Fingers Hope For Help

A family from China is currently seeking financial help for their child born with one of the most extreme cases of polydactyly. The money will be used for a very risky procedure and post-operative recovery.

Public Health May 4, 2016

NHS Health Check For Patients Aged 40 And Up Has Little Impact: Study

A study has found that the UK National Health Service health check program has little impact on its attendees. The researchers discovered that for every 4,000 attendees, only one stroke or heart disease death is prevented.

Public Health May 3, 2016

More US Kids Suffer Head Injuries At Playgrounds: How To Ensure Playtime Safety

Playgrounds continue to remain unsafe for children despite improved safety standards, according to the new CDC study. The risk of traumatic brain injuries has increased significantly over the last few years.

Public Health May 3, 2016

FDA Launches $35.7 Million Campaign To Prevent Tobacco Use Among Young LGBT People

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a new health campaign aimed at curbing the use of tobacco among young LGBT adults in the country. The $35.7 million 'This Free Life' program features four videos that tells about the dangers of smoking to cope with the pressures of coming out.

Public Health May 3, 2016

Jury Orders Johnson & Johnson To Pay $55 Million Over Talc-Based Powder Linked To Ovarian Cancer

Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay damages to a South Dakota woman who developed ovarian cancer after decades of using the company's talc powder products. The company faces 1,200 other similar lawsuits.

Public Health May 2, 2016

'First Finger Food' Products For Infants Fail To Meet Safety Standards

An association of pediatricians has just released an abstract that should serve as a warning to parents. It turns out, some of the first finger food products you know may not be completely safe for babies.

Public Health May 3, 2016

One Third Of Kids With Autism Wander Away From Safe Environments

One third of kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders were found to wander more out of a safe place. The study call for more strategies to ensure safety of these kids at all times.

Public Health May 2, 2016

Expectant, New Moms Suffer Increasing Amount Of Unfair Treatment At Work: Citizens Advice

Pregnant women and new moms continue to suffer an increasing amount of unfair treatment at work, a report by Citizens Advice revealed. This suggests that pregnancy discrimination is still prevalent.

Public Health May 2, 2016

Stressful Days Make Kids More Prone To Nightly Asthma Attacks

Stressful days could increase the risk of nightly asthma attacks in children. Researchers found that kids who had a rough day are more likely to experience nocturnal asthma, missed school days and more visits to their doctors.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Drinking Apple Juice, Other Fluids OK To Treat Vomiting, Mild Diarrhea In Kids

When it comes to treating mild dehydration in children, it may be better to give in. A new study recommends a more patient-centered approach to it by letting children drink apple juice or their preferred drink.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Aerial Pesticide Spraying Linked To Autism

Autism in children may be driven, in part, by aerial spraying of pesticides. How serious is the problem?

Public Health April 30, 2016

Zika Is A Deadly Virus: This Is How It Can Kill You

Recent deaths of patients infected with Zika show the mosquito-borne virus, which do not often cause symptoms in infected individuals, can kill. Here's how the virus attacks.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Don't Fall For Those Instagram Weight Loss Teas: Here's Why (Read: L-A-X-A-T-I-V-E-S)

A lot of weight loss teas are really just laxatives. Some people say self-inflicted diarrhea cleanses the colon, while others assert that it's a serious health risk.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Newborn Babies To Be Tested For Alcohol Over Concerns That Mothers Drink During Pregnancy

Newborn babies were tested for alcohol molecules over concerns that mothers are drinking alcoholic beverages during their pregnancy. The researchers initially tested some fecal samples and found significant traces of alcohol molecules.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Dole Officials Aware Of Listeria Problem At Salad Plant: FDA Report

An FDA report found that Dole Food Company officials knew about the listeria issues at their Ohio salad plant more than a year before the factory closed in January. The Department of Justice is also conducting its own investigation.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Belgium Residents To Get Iodine Pills In Case Of Nuclear Incident

Belgium is distributing iodine pills to its citizens to prepare them for any potential nuclear fallout. The Netherlands has followed suit, considering some of its people live near two aging Belgian nuclear plants.

Public Health May 1, 2016

Massachusetts Senate Approves To Raise Minimum Age For Buying Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products

Massachusetts Senate approved a bill raising the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. The bill garnered a 32-2 vote, putting it a step closer to implementation.

Public Health April 29, 2016

US Teen Birth Rate Drops: 50 Percent Decline Seen Among Minority Groups

U.S. teen birth rates have dropped in the latest report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Significant declines of teen pregnancy were specifically noted among minorities.

Public Health April 29, 2016

One Sign Of Aging? Your Ability To 'Smell' Aromas Through Your Mouth Declines

Along with the loss of sight and hearing during old age comes the loss of smell, according to a new study by the Oregon State University. One's ability to smell odors through the mouth declines considerably with age.

Public Health April 29, 2016

Black Lung Disease Detected In Coal Miners Again After 30 Years: What You Need To Know About Its Return

A potentially deadly respiratory disease in coal miners called black lung disease has made a comeback in Australia after 30 years. With a long-term development, the illness leaves its vitims with irreversible lung damage.

Public Health April 29, 2016

Childhood Obesity Rates Across US Still On The Rise

Childhood obesity rates across the United States are rising. A study showed obesity statistics among American children in a span of 15 years.

Public Health April 29, 2016

Kids With Food Allergies From Low-Income Families Suffer Highest Medical Costs

The effects of food allergies on children can go beyond skin rashes. They may be particularly expensive for kids born on families with low income.

Public Health April 28, 2016

Jessica Alba's Honest Company Faces Lawsuit Over 'Hazardous' Baby Food Ingredient

Is Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company playing dirty? Alba’s company is facing another lawsuit claiming that one of its baby products contains a ‘hazardous’ food ingredient and other synthetic substances.

Public Health April 28, 2016

British Doctors Back E-Cigarette Use For Smoking Cessation

An influential medical group in Britain released a report Thursday that supported e-cigarette use for smoking cessation, saying that the benefits far outweigh the harm. Experts both slammed and lauded the group's report.

Public Health April 28, 2016

HIV Cases Higher Among Young Adults, Minorities In Minnesota

Minnesota saw an increase of HIV cases from 2014 to 2015 in certain populations. Among the most affected groups include young adults and minorities.

Public Health April 28, 2016

Jersey Man With Lamellar Ichthyosis Featured In Documentary: What Is This Rare Skin Disease?

In a new TV documentary, a Jersey man born with a rare skin disease hopes to accomplish two things. He wants to shed more light on his condition while inspiring others with the same disease.

Public Health April 28, 2016

More Than 1 Million Kids Aged 5 Below Die In India Annually: Report

Because of the lack of proper health and medical care systems in India, more than 1 million children who are 5 years old and below die each year. The country registers the highest mortality rate in a 15-nation list.

Public Health April 27, 2016

Norovirus Costs Over $60 Billion In Health Care And Lost Productivity Per Year

The combined costs for health care and productivity loss for norovirus exceeds $60 billion worldwide every year. A new study looks into norovirus' effects on the global economy.

Public Health April 27, 2016

Occasionally Working At Night Could Increase Your Risk Of Heart Disease

A new study found that rotational night shifts could increase the risk of acquiring heart diseases. The link between the disease and working at night may be based on a number of factors.

Public Health April 27, 2016

Yeast Infection Drug Ups Miscarriage Risk During Pregnancy, FDA Warns

The FDA is currently investigating potential oral fluconazole risks, particularly among pregnant women taking the drug as yeast infection treatment. It is reviewing the results of a Danish study that found greater miscarriage risks from using the drug while pregnant.

Public Health April 27, 2016

Female Pelvis Broadens During Puberty But Shrinks Over Time

A new study reveals fascinating information about the female pelvis: it actually widens during puberty and becomes narrow during menopause. But why is this so?

Public Health April 27, 2016

Flu Jab Is More Effective When Given Early In The Morning, Study Says

Flu shots given early in the morning are more effective than ones given later during the day, revealed a new study done by researchers at the University of Birmingham. These findings could prove instrumental in improving the overall vaccination strategies.

Public Health April 27, 2016

Can Heavy Cannabis Use Increase Chances Of Early Death?

Smoking cannabis while young may be bad for the health later in life. In fact, it may increase the risk of dying prematurely, according to a new study.

Public Health April 27, 2016

Chick-fil-A Withdraws Chocolate Chunk Cookie Supply Over Allergen Concerns: Signs, Symptoms Of Peanut Allergy

Chick-fil-A's Chocolate Chunk Cookies are being voluntarily recalled by the supplier because of allergen concerns. CSM Bakery Solutions issued an allergy alert on undeclared peanut present in the flour used in the cookies.

Public Health April 26, 2016

CVS Recalls Herbal Tea Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

CVS pharmacy announced that it has recalled an herbal tea product due to possible salmonella contamination risk. No reports of illnesses have been reported and the store has already removed all the recalled items from its shelves.

Public Health April 26, 2016

Laundry Pods More Dangerous To Children Than Other Types Of Detergent

Laundry pods are more dangerous than traditional detergents, a new study has found. Aside from the higher cases of poison report among children, laundry pods also pose more serious consequences, even death.

Public Health April 26, 2016

This Is How Ads Lure Kids To Start Using E-Cigarettes

A new study shows advertisements increase teen use of e-cigarettes. How these ads lure kids is a question that must be looked into to mitigate the problem.

Public Health April 26, 2016

It's Rocket Science: ISRO Creates Tiny Heart Assist Device From Rocket Material

Materials and technology usually used in the rocket world have been innovatively leveraged to develop an artificial heart pumping machine. The artificial pump works almost as fast as the human heart!

Public Health April 26, 2016

Victoria's $30 Million Crackdown On 'Prescription Shopping' To Stop Overdose Deaths

The Victorian government is spending $30 million to fund its real-time monitoring system to crackdown prescription shopping that could lead to drug overdose deaths. The system will include Schedule 8 drugs such as morphine and would include participation of physicians, pharmacies and hospitals.

Public Health April 25, 2016

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