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6-Year-Old Flu Patient Dies Hours After Paramedics Said She Would Be OK

Just hours after the paramedics left their home, the little girl’s condition made a turn for the worst. Her flu progressed so rapidly all because she missed this one important form of protection.

Public Health January 24, 2018

Caesarean Section Risks Highlighted In New Study: Dangerous Pregnancies For Mothers, Health Issues For Children

New research highlighted the risks associated with caesarean section deliveries for both mothers and children. Mothers may face dangerous pregnancies in the future, while children may be exposed to a variety of health issues.

Public Health January 25, 2018

Vaping E-Cigarettes Can Be Good Or Bad Depending On Your Age

A NAS report that looked into the impact of e-cigarettes on public health found that the vaping devices are either harmful or beneficial depending on the user's age. At what age is using e-cigarettes a bad idea?

Public Health January 24, 2018

Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco: FDA Reviews Philip Morris iQOS Device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently reviewed a new handheld electronic device that was developed by Philip Morris International. The device, which heats tobacco without burning it, is claimed to contain 95 percent less harmful chemicals than cigarettes.

Public Health January 23, 2018

Woman With Flu Symptoms Diagnosed With Flesh-Eating Disease

A woman initially diagnosed with the flu contracted a rare flesh-eating disease called necrotizing fasciitis. Here's what you need to know about this rare bacterial infection.

Public Health January 23, 2018

Fifth Grader Hands Out Gummy Bears Laced With Marijuana Chemical THC

A fifth-grade student shared THC-infused gummy bears to fourth graders at a New Mexico elementary school. School officials realized these were not ordinary candies after the children fell ill and they saw a box labeled 'Incredibles.'

Public Health January 22, 2018

How To Protect Your Pet Animals From Dog And Cat Flu

A recent outbreak of canine influenza in the United States has left pet owners terrified about their pets catching the virus. The good news is that the disease can be prevented. Here’s what you can do to protect your pets.

Public Health January 23, 2018

FDA Looks To Kill Cigarettes With New Anti-Smoking Plan, Which May Ironically Save Big Tobacco Companies

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing an anti-smoking proposal that will look to end cigarette use. However, the plan may also have an ironic effect of saving the world's biggest tobacco companies, through the sale of cigarette alternatives.

Public Health January 22, 2018

Is Eating Raw Fish Safe? Man Pulls 5-Foot Tapeworm From Body After Eating Sushi

Eating raw food is good for the health but not if you're eating raw fish. Experts warned that consuming raw or uncooked fish increases the risks of parasitic infections.

Public Health January 21, 2018

New AI System That Predicts Death Of Patients Can Improve End-Of-Life Care

Are we ready for this? A new AI system developed by Stanford University can predict the death of terminally ill patients with 90 percent accuracy can help improve end-of-life care.

Public Health January 21, 2018

Flu Virus Can Spread Simply By Breathing: Study

Current measures observed to prevent the spread of flu are no longer enough. In a new study, scientists found that influenza can be spread through the air even if infected people do not sneeze or cough.

Public Health January 20, 2018

Government Shutdown May Impact CDC Response To Flu Outbreak

A government shutdown is impending if the White House and Congress don’t reach a deal on a new budget by Friday, Jan. 25. This situation would cause shutdown of important services, including CDC’s emergency flu response.

Public Health January 20, 2018

Deadly Arrow Poison Could Be Used For Male Birth Control Pills

Oral contraceptives could soon be available for men. However, it would be made using a toxic substance that was used as an arrow poison by ancient Africans in hunting and war.

Public Health January 19, 2018

Be Careful With Your Sushi: Salmon Sashimi Lover Pulls Out 5-Foot Tapeworm While On The Toilet

A salmon sashimi lover thought that his intestines were coming out of his bottom. It turned out to be a tapeworm that measured over five feet, according to Dr. Kenny Bahn on the 'This Won't Hurt A Bit' podcast.

Public Health January 19, 2018

New Blood Test Can Detect 8 Types Of Cancer, Study Says

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have come up with a blood test that can apparently detect eight common types of cancer. They aim to release an annual test to aid people in the early detection of the disease.

Public Health January 19, 2018

Family, Lawyer Of Woman Left On The Street By Hospital Staff Speak Out

A woman's ordeal after being left on the street by hospital staff highlighted the problem of patient dumping. Her family says her case also highlights a failed mental health care system.

Public Health January 19, 2018

Studies Raise Concern Over Chronic Wasting Disease From Deer Jumping To Humans

CWD, a deadly prion disease with no known treatment, was found to potentially be transmissible to humans. Monkeys were fed with contaminated meat and the results were alarming, with three out of five testing positive after three years.

Public Health January 21, 2018

Army Veteran Sues Hospital For Leaving Scalpel Inside His Abdomen: It Was There For Over 4 Years

An army veteran started feeling abdominal pain after an operation at a Veteran Affairs Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut, in 2013. Four years later, an X-ray revealed that a surgeon left behind a scalpel inside his abdomen.

Public Health January 18, 2018

Advisory Panel Recommends Reducing Blood Alcohol Concentration Limit To Prevent Traffic-Related Deaths

Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have been a problem in the United States since the early 1980s. As a solution, the National Academies advisory committee recommended policy reforms, including a reduced BAC limit.

Public Health January 17, 2018

Model Sues New York For Identifying Her As HIV Patient In AIDS Campaign Photo

After a state agency illegally used her stock photo for an HIV campaign, the NY court ruled in favor of Avril Nolan. The model can now pursue a lawsuit demanding payment for the emotional distress caused by the ad.

Public Health January 17, 2018

High-Fat Diet Could Worsen Prostate Cancer: Study

A high-fat diet brings more than just extra weight. It has been found to accelerate the progression of serious conditions such as prostate cancer, turning it into a lethal disease.

Public Health January 18, 2018

Is It Safe To Hold In A Sneeze? One Man Did, And He Ruptured His Throat

A man tried to hold in a sneeze by pinching his nose and then holding his mouth closed. Before long, he noticed that there was something wrong - he had apparently ruptured his throat.

Public Health January 17, 2018

Experimental Technique To Cure Rabies Fails To Save Florida Boy Who Was Scratched By Bat

A 6-year-old boy from Florida died due to rabies, which he contracted from a bat. The child was placed in a medically induced coma as part of the Milwaukee protocol, but the experimental treatment did not save his life.

Public Health January 16, 2018

Birth Control App Blamed For Unwanted Pregnancies, Abortions

Don't fully trust a mobile app when it comes to birth control methods. A hyped contraceptive app used by thousands of women and certified as effective as the pill is now blamed for dozens of unwanted pregnancies.

Public Health January 16, 2018

Tamiflu Side Effects: 6-Year-Old Tried To Jump Out The Window, And It's Not The Only Reported Case

It appears flu medicine Tamiflu (oseltamivir) can have some serious side effects, which may include psychosis. A 6-year-old girl tried to jump out the window after taking the drug, and other reported cases of side effects include a dozen deaths.

Public Health January 15, 2018

People Born Before 1968 More At Risk Of Deady Aussie Flu: H3N2 Virus Symptoms To Watch Out For

Age is a risk factor for H3N2. Hospitalization rates are higher for people between 55 and 64 years old. What should older people do to protect themselves from Aussie flu virus?

Public Health January 15, 2018

Surfers More Likely To Have Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Their Stomachs

Surfers are more likely to have their stomachs colonized by antibiotic-resistant bacteria than non-surfers, a new study found. Researchers attempted to test the strength of the E. coli bacteria in the presence of cefotaxime, and here’s what they discovered.

Public Health January 15, 2018

Measles Patient Possibly Exposed Hundreds Of Airport Passengers To Contagious Disease

On Wednesday morning, a passenger with a confirmed case of measles landed at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. Now, hundreds of travelers are at risk of contracting the contagious and deadly disease.

Public Health January 15, 2018

Black Death Panic Spreads In Africa After Girl Dies With Blood Oozing From Her Eyes

Panic is spreading in Africa after a 9-year-old girl in Uganda died with blood oozing from her eyes. Tests on the girl's blood sample will confirm if she died from the disease known as the Black Death.

Public Health January 15, 2018

Pet Owners Warned Not To Feed Animals With Raw Meat Products

Researchers are warning pet owners about the dangers of feeding their pets raw meat products, as they pose a risk not only to animals but also to themselves. These products were often found to be infected with parasites and bacteria.

Public Health January 13, 2018

Video Of Patient 'Dumped' On Street Stirs Anger: Patient Dumping Is Still A Problem

A woman was left by hospital staff at a freezing bus stop wearing nothing but a hospital gown. Her story highlights the ongoing problem with patient dumping even with the EMTALA.

Public Health January 13, 2018

Surgeon Who Burned His Initials On Patients' Livers Gets $14K Fine

The British surgeon who burned his initials on two patients' livers got away with a £10,000 ($13,600) fine. The surgeon also has to perform 120 hours of unpaid work.

Public Health January 13, 2018

The Tide Pod Challenge Is The Latest Stupid Internet Craze: Kids, Please Don't Eat Laundry Detergent

The Tide Pod Challenge is both a stupid and dangerous internet craze that is gaining popularity among teens. The challenge requires participants to eat small pods that contain laundry detergent, which is never a good idea.

Public Health January 12, 2018

Hepatitis A Outbreak In Utah Came From San Diego, Say Health Officials

According to health officials, the Utah hepatitis A outbreak has spread from San Diego. Thousands of people may have been exposed to the virus, but no deaths have been reported yet.

Public Health January 12, 2018

Most People Who Try One Cigarette Likely To Become Habitual Smokers: Study

A new research suggested that it only takes one cigarette for the majority of people to become regular smokers. The research is based on surveys that were conducted between 2000 and 2016 in eight English-speaking countries.

Public Health January 12, 2018

Florida Monkeys May Infect Humans With Possibly Fatal Herpes Virus

Monkeys in Florida may possibly infect humans with herpes B, which is a possibly fatal virus. While state officials determine their best course of action, people who come across the monkeys are advised to stay away.

Public Health January 11, 2018

Two Boys In Ohio Killed By Flu: Get Your Babies And Children Flu Shots Right Away

Ohio health officials reported that two boys, with ages of one year old and four years old, died from the flu virus. Parents are urged to have flu shots administered to their babies and children.

Public Health January 11, 2018

Do You Have A Drinking Problem? This Online Tool Can Help You Find Out

If people think they have a drinking problem but they just aren’t sure, then they can now find out by using this new online tool called the Alcohol Treatment Navigator. The tool was created by the National Institute of Health.

Public Health January 11, 2018

21-Year-Old Bodybuilder Dies Of Flu Complications: Septic Shock Led To Organ Failure

Kyler Baughman, a 21-year-old bodybuilder from Pennsylvania, died of flu complications just days after he started feeling ill. He developed complications as his flu caused a septic shock, which in turn, led to organ failure.

Public Health January 11, 2018

California Girl Succumbs To Deadly Infection That Was Misdiagnosed As Flu

Alyssa Joyce Alcaraz, a 12-year-old girl from California, died due to a deadly infection. Doctors misdiagnosed her condition as the flu, which has recently been out of control in the state.

Public Health January 10, 2018

SIDS: CDC Says Sleep-Related Deaths Still Persist Among U.S. Babies

Despite government warning, a number of U.S. mothers still observe unsafe sleep practices. This resulted in thousands of sleep-related deaths each year among American babies.

Public Health January 10, 2018

Woman Dies OF Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Eating Raw Oysters

Next time you crave for oysters, think again. A woman from Texas reportedly died weeks after eating fresh oysters that were infected with flesh-eating bacteria. This condition is rare, but deadly.

Public Health January 9, 2018

Cancer Patient Holly Butcher Pens Dying Letter To Encourage Blood Donation: 'Help Each Other More'

A 27-year-old dying of Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, spent her last days writing an inspiring letter. On the day she died, her family shared her message on social media and is now touching thousands of hearts across the globe.

Public Health January 8, 2018

Deadly Flu Season In California: ERs Packed, Pharmacies Run Out Of Medicines

In less than four months, California's major counties experienced medicine and emergency service shortage as influenza spread throughout the state. All regions were severely affected with a particular strain that is known to be deadly.

Public Health January 8, 2018

7-Eleven Customers In Utah Possibly Exposed To Hepatitis A

Salt Lake County health officials warned that up to 2,000 customers of a certain 7-Eleven branch may have been exposed to hepatitis A. Here are the details surrounding the incident, and what you should do if you may be infected.

Public Health January 8, 2018

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