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Will An Increase In Minimum Age To Buy Tobacco Products Curb Smoking In Teens?

Minnesota state legislature announced a regulation that raised the minimum buying age for all tobacco products from 18 years to 21 years. The SF-2370 legislation could lead to a reduction in tobacco addiction in teens.

Public Health May 5, 2017

Bombay Sapphire Recall: Gin Contains Nearly Double The Advertised Amount Of Alcohol

Bacardi issues a nationwide recall for Bombay Sapphire in Canada after discovering incorrect alcohol content. The company urges consumers to throw out or return bottles from the affected batch.

Public Health May 5, 2017

Gray Death: Authorities Warn About Latest And Scariest Opioid Drug Threat

Authorities warn the public about a new drug mix that could lead to more deaths in the opioid epidemic. Heroin and a drug used as elephant tranquilizer are just some of the dangerous components of gray death.

Public Health May 4, 2017

New Lyme In Town? Here’s The Fuss Over The Tick-Borne Powassan Virus

There’s a new and nastier reason to add to the list of why tick season is a nightmare – Powassan virus. Rumor has it, it’s even worse than Lyme disease.

Public Health May 4, 2017

Playing Video Games Can Help Boost Memory And Prevent Dementia In Elderly People: Study

A study revealed that physically intensive video games helped increase memory and brain functions among the elderly. It was reported that physical activity through these games was more beneficial than ordinary exercise and activity among elderly.

Public Health May 4, 2017

Frozen Tuna Recalled In Hawaii Due To Hepatitis A Contamination

A shipment of frozen ahi cubed tuna was found to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus in Hawaii. The distributor of the product recalled it from all retailers and apologized for the mishap.

Public Health May 4, 2017

Even A Mild Zika Outbreak In US Could Have Massive Financial Impacts

An analysis revealed that even a mild Zika outbreak in the United States would result in astronomical financial losses. The study shared that an infection rate of 0.01 percent would incur losses over $183 million.

Public Health May 4, 2017

How Intermittent Fasting Could Work For Weight Loss And Overall Health

Intermittent fasting is getting quite popular and the trend is catching up with many, including celebrities. A debate is on whether a controlled diet is better than intermittent fasting.

Public Health May 4, 2017

New York State Health Department Faces Lawsuit From Medical Marijuana Companies

Medical marijuana manufacturers filed a lawsuit against the New York State Health Department. This lawsuit challenged the health department's plan of expanding registered marijuana manufacturers in the state from 5 to 10.

Public Health May 3, 2017

Life Expectancy Of Black Americans Improves, But It's Still Lower Than Whites

A new CDC study stated that the life expectancy of black Americans improved significantly during a 17-year period. However, their life expectancy still lags behind the white population by four years.

Public Health May 3, 2017

Blood Type May Determine Risk For Heart Attack And Stroke

Non-O blood type people have been found to have higher risk for heart attack and stroke. Those who belong to blood group type AO, BO, or AB, though have ways to reduce their cardiovascular disease risks.

Public Health May 2, 2017

Skin Cancer Awareness: Advice From Sportscaster Holly Rowe and Melanoma Research Foundation

Sportscaster Holly Rowe decided to team up with the Melanoma Research Foundation in skin cancer awareness campaign. Melanoma Awareness Month is dedicated to informing people on the dangers of skin cancer and sun exposure.

Public Health May 2, 2017

US States Ramp Up Efforts To Fight Zika, Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses As Warm Weather Approaches

As warm weather makes its way to the United States, the threat of Zika virus is revived anew, and states are gearing up for battle. Various states, for instance, are now acting against the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Public Health May 2, 2017

Regular Use Of Low-Dose Aspirin Can Reduce Breast Cancer Risk In Women: Study

A new research suggested that consumption of low doses of aspirin lowered breast cancer risk in women. The study focused specifically on baby aspirin due to its cheap price and easy availability in pharmaceutical stores.

Public Health May 3, 2017

Unemployed Heart Failure Patients Face 50 Percent Higher Risk For Death

Heart failure patients who are unemployed have higher risk for death and rehospitalization compared with their employed counterparts. How can this finding benefit people with the heart condition?

Public Health May 2, 2017

How New Trend Called ‘Stealthing’ Is Actually A Sex Crime

‘Stealthing,' the new trend that implies nonconsensual condom removal, could be construed as sexual assault. Already punishable under Irish law as a sex crime, this practice inflicts emotional and physical trauma comparable to other forms of sexual abuse.

Public Health May 1, 2017

Alcohol Ups The Risk Of Breast Cancer In African-American Women: Study

A new study indicated that alcohol increases risk of breast cancer in African-American women. Previous studies conducted on the subject did not involve women from the African-American ethnicity.

Public Health May 2, 2017

Anti-Vaccine Drive Continues Despite Increased Number Of Measles Cases In Minnesota

Minnesota health officials faced opposition from anti-vaccine activists even as measles cases in the state increase. The outbreak is mostly centered on the Somali-Minnesotan community of Hennepin County who opposed vaccines for fear of triggering autism in children.

Public Health May 1, 2017

Some Antibiotics Linked To Increased Miscarriage Risk In Early Pregnancy

Certain antibiotics may raise miscarriage risk when taken by women in the early stage of pregnancy. Which antibiotics are safe and which may possibly cause pregnancy loss?

Public Health May 1, 2017

Marijuana-Laced Edible Sickens Dog: Signs Of Marijuana Poisoning In Animals Pet Owners Should Watch Out For

A pet owner urges marijuana users to be careful with their weed after her golden retriever ingested a pot-laced edible. What are the signs a pet has ingested weed?

Public Health April 30, 2017

Rice University Engineering Students Develop An Algorithm That Effectively Predicts And Prevents Seizures

A team of engineering students have designed an algorithm that is very good at predicting and stopping seizures in real time. The project could be a product in the next seven years.

Public Health April 29, 2017

Minnesota Health Officials Face Opposition From Anti-Vaccine Activists Over Measles Vaccination

Minnesota health officials faced opposition from anti-vaccine activists. The activists tried to advocate the dangers of measles vaccination in kids to the Somali-Minnesotan community.

Public Health April 29, 2017

Yellow Fever Vaccine In US To Run Out By Midsummer: CDC

CDC officials claimed that Yellow Fever vaccines in the United States would likely run out in July. However, the FDA authorized import of Stamaril, a yellow fever vaccine, which is licensed in Europe but not in the United States.

Public Health April 30, 2017

This Is How Diabetes Can Damage Your Brain Health

A recently published study links diabetes with increased abnormalities in several brain areas. Overweight and obese diabetics are most at risk for serious brain deterioration.

Public Health April 29, 2017

Surgeon Convicted Of Intentionally Harming Patients With Unnecessary Surgeries

A UK court convicted surgeon Ian Paterson of intentionally harming patients with unneeded surgeries. Paterson made many of his patients believe that they had breast cancer and operated on them.

Public Health April 29, 2017

Mystery Illness Kills 11, Sickens At Least 5 Others In Liberia

The World Health Organization is investigating 11 cases of unexplained deaths resulting from a mystery illness in Liberia. The incidents come almost a year after WHO announced the end of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.

Public Health April 29, 2017

Minnesota Health Officials Report 5 New Measles Cases

Minnesota health officials reported five new measles cases, taking the total to 29 since March end. While four of the cases were detected in Hennepin County, the fifth was reported in the neighboring Stearns County.

Public Health April 28, 2017

One-Third Of US Childhood Lead Poisoning Is Undiagnosed

A published study reveals that a huge number of lead poisoning in children is left undiagnosed and untreated. Southern and Western States have the highest undiagnosed cases.

Public Health April 28, 2017

Drugged Driving More Complex And Fatal Than Drunk Driving: Report

A report shows that drugged driving is overtaking the number of recorded fatalities among drunken driving incidences. The numbers are concerning, but the topic of drugged driving is more complicated than it seems.

Public Health April 27, 2017

Organic Dog Food Recalled After Testing Positive For Euthanasia Drug

A pet food company recalled some of its organic dog food products after samples tested positive for the potentially lethal pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug. Here are the affected products.

Public Health April 27, 2017

Affordable Drug Called Tranexamic Acid Could Save Mothers From Bleeding To Death

A new study has found an inexpensive and efficient treatment for women who experience severe bleeding after giving birth. Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading birth-related cause of death among women worldwide.

Public Health April 27, 2017

FDA Goes After Companies Illegally Selling Unproven Cancer Treatment Products

FDA cautioned 14 companies for selling untested and unapproved medication, which the firms claimed to be for cancer treatment. These products were sold online through social media sites like Instagram and Facebook.

Public Health April 26, 2017

Choline And Bacteria May Be Culprit Behind Stroke And Heart Disease

Eggs and red meat contain an essential nutrient called choline, which was found to increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. Digested by gut bacteria, choline creates a by-product that makes blood prone to clotting, leading to heart attacks.

Public Health April 25, 2017

Obesity And 4 Other Conditions Lead Americans To The Grave

A new study has drawn attention to the plight of Americans who are haunted by top 5 conditions cutting their lives. Topping the list is obesity with 47 percent more life stealing capacity than tobacco in mortality rates.

Public Health April 26, 2017

At 91 Overdose Deaths A Day, Opioid Epidemic May Still Be Underestimated: CDC Report

A new CDC report has warned that the total number of opioid-related deaths may still be underestimated and a few cases may be missed. Find out more from the example of Minnesota drug overdoses.

Public Health April 25, 2017

Malaria Could Be Deadlier In The United States Than Previously Thought

Serious and even deadly cases of malaria may be striking the United States more often than previously reported. Learn more about malaria incidence in the country, according to a new report.

Public Health April 25, 2017

Teen Initially Denied Lung Transplant Over Marijuana Use Dies After Failed Surgery

The young man who was declined a spot on the transplant list of the University of Utah Hospital because of marijuana use has passed away. The 19-year-old received a lung transplant just four weeks ago.

Public Health April 25, 2017

Climate Linked To More Drinking, Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

Cold climate with poor sunshine drives up craving for alcoholic drinks and escalates liver cirrhosis in people, according to an international study. The urge for alcohol stems from the misleading perception that a drink adds more warmth.

Public Health April 24, 2017

Italian Court Rules Cellphone Use Caused Brain Tumor: What Do Cancer Experts Say?

An Italian court ruled that heavy mobile phone use caused a former telecom worker's brain tumor. What do scientific studies and cancer experts say about this link?

Public Health April 24, 2017

Ghana, Kenya, And Malawi Get World's First Malaria Vaccine

The WHO announced the start of a pilot program to test the world’s first malaria vaccine, Mosquirix, developed by GlaxoSmithKline. The real-life trial will begin in 2018 in three African countries with a high prevalence of the mosquito-borne disease.

Public Health April 24, 2017

Campbell's Voluntarily Recalls Chicken Soup Over Label Mixup And Undeclared Allergen

The Campbell Soup Company has issued a voluntary recall of more than 4,000 pounds of chicken soup because of discovered errors in labeling. Affected products also have an undeclared allergen.

Public Health April 24, 2017

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