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NY Police Officer Falls Ill With Legionnaire’s Disease

Two persons who made separate trips to Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino have recently fallen ill with Legionnaire's disease. Now in New York City, an East Harlem precinct also have a potential case of the disease.

Public Health June 12, 2017

Dry Drowning And Secondary Drowning: What You Need To Know

Two incidences of dry drowning have been reported of late. Here are the things you need to know about dry drowning, secondary drowning, and the reason why some doctors shy away from using the terminologies.

Public Health June 11, 2017

Guests At Las Vegas Resort Contract Legionnaires' Disease

Two guests of a hotel and casino in Las Vegas have reportedly contracted Legionnaires’ disease. The hotel and Health District are working together to remediate the problem.

Public Health June 10, 2017

Over 2 Million Pounds Of Ready-To-Eat Meat Products Recalled Due To Mislabelling

Food product companies are conducting a recall on chicken products after learning from a supplier that some of their ingredients may have had undeclared allergens.

Public Health June 10, 2017

Authorities Preparing To Drain Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool: Here's Why

The National Park Services will drain and clean the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. The authorities decided to undertake this step after 80 ducks were reported dead.

Public Health June 11, 2017

Mosquito Spray Used To Fight Zika Linked To Delayed Motor Skills

Researchers find motor delays among Chinese infants who were prenatally exposed to the basic insecticide chemicals used to control the spread of Zika virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Public Health June 10, 2017

FDA Seeks For Removal Of Opioid Painkiller From Market: Understanding Substance Abuse

Amid the opioid epidemic, the FDA requested for a voluntary removal of an injectable prescription opioid painkiller. Just how exactly does a drug go from painkiller to an addictive drug?

Public Health June 10, 2017

Synthetic Opioids Found In Fake Prescription Pills

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released preliminary findings on fake Percocet pills that had caused four deaths across Central and South Georgia. The yellow pills contain a mixture of deadly drugs.

Public Health June 9, 2017

Coke Launches Coca-Cola No Sugar: What Makes It Different From Diet Coke And Coke Zero?

Coca-Cola is releasing the company’s newest diet soda in Australia on June 16, but is it really any different? Find out more about the new sugarless coke option.

Public Health June 9, 2017

Overweight Women Likely To Have Babies With Birth Defects

Pregnant women who are obese or overweight face risk of having children with birth defects. Experts advise women to aim for healthy weight even before pregnancy, have healthy diet and engage in exercise.

Public Health June 15, 2017

Birth Control Pills Recalled Due To Incorrect Packaging That Can Lead To Unplanned Pregnancy

The FDA announced a recall on birth control pills with a packaging error. Taking the pills out of order could render the pills ineffective and lead to unplanned pregnancies.

Public Health June 9, 2017

A Child From Texas Dies From A Suspected Case Of 'Dry Drowning' Days After A Swimming Trip

A child from Texas is said to have died from 'dry drowning' days after his last swimming activity. Amid the pending autopsy report, the CDC and other doctors are avoiding the usage of terms such as 'dry drowning.'

Public Health June 9, 2017

Drug Overdose Crisis In Georgia: What Are These Deadly Yellow Pills?

Police and health authorities warn the recent wave of drug overdose hospitalizations in Georgia is linked to counterfeit medication. The mysterious yellow pills sold on the streets are designed to mimic Percocet, a prescription opioid painkiller.

Public Health June 8, 2017

Tick Bite May Have Caused 2-Year-Old Indiana Girl’s Death

A tick bite may have led to the death of a two-year-old girl in Indiana, who was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. This condition is only one among different tick-borne diseases potentially leading to death.

Public Health June 8, 2017

Hormone Therapy Drug Shows Promise In Upping Survival Rates Of Prostate Cancer Patients

The hormone therapy drug abiraterone (Zytiga) can significantly extend the lives of prostate cancer patients by slowing tumor progression and increasing survival rates. These findings came from two clinical trials presented this weekend at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Public Health June 7, 2017

US Opioid Epidemic Poses Potentially Deadly Threats To First Responders

Police officers and paramedics face potentially deadly threats when responding to drug overdose incidents. They still face these threats even when they observe safety precautions such as wearing gloves and masks.

Public Health June 8, 2017

Manhattan Doctor Arrested For Writing Unnecessary Painkiller Prescriptions Worth $20 Million

Manhattan based 81-year old Dr. Martin Tesher was arrested on charges of unnecessary distribution of painkillers. The police stated that Dr. Tesher prescribed more than 14,000 oxycodone pain pills to his patients.

Public Health June 6, 2017

Want Your Baby To Sleep Longer? Make The Infant Sleep In Their Own Room

A new study recommended that parents do not share their beds with babies. The researchers advised parents to stop sharing the bed after the baby was six months to reduce the infant’s poor sleep.

Public Health June 7, 2017

Pregnancy-Linked Death Rate Skyrockets In Texas, Emerges As Highest In The Developed World

Pregnancy-related death rates have doubled in Texas, shows a 2016 study. However, Texas lawmakers failed to vote on a number of measures that could have helped curb the state’s increased maternal mortality rate.

Public Health June 5, 2017

CDC Warns Public Not To Get Too Close To Chicken, Geese And Other Fowls: Here's Why

The CDC issued an advisory to the public, warning people from being in close contact with chickens, birds and other fowls. The advisory is a result of a Salmonella outbreak in over 40 states.

Public Health June 4, 2017

CDC Reports 14 Cases Of Wild ‘Death Cap’ Mushroom Poisoning In Northern California

The CDC revealed 14 incidences of wild mushroom poisoning in the last two weeks of December 2016. The agency advises against foraging and eating wild mushrooms.

Public Health June 3, 2017

Frozen Tuna In Oklahoma, California, And Texas Recalled Over Hepatitis A Fears

Following two major product recalls in May, the FDA and CDC are conducting an investigation on Hepatitis A positive tuna products. Authorities are calling for unvaccinated consumers affected by the recall to undergo post-exposure prophylaxis.

Public Health June 3, 2017

Man Dies After Flesh-Eating Bacteria Infected His New Tattoo: Safety Precautions To Remember After Getting Inked

A 31-year-old man lost his life to a bacterial infection after he took a swim in the Gulf of Mexico shortly after getting a tattoo. Here are some safety precautions that you can follow if you're planning to get a tattoo.

Public Health June 3, 2017

Hot And Cold Water Are Equally Effective In Removing Bacteria: Study

Study finds that cold water is just as effective in removing bacteria as warm water when washing hands. The more important part is following proper handwashing methods.

Public Health June 2, 2017

Baby Teeth Show Link Between Exposure To Toxic Lead And Autism

It is difficult to uncover and understand the causes of autism and much more difficult to point to a single cause. A new research now shows how exposure to essential and toxic metals can be linked to autism.

Public Health June 2, 2017

Man Dies From Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Getting New Crucifix And Praying Hands Tattoos

A man who decided to go swimming five days after getting inked with new tattoos contracted flesh-eating bacteria vibrio vulnificus. What made the man vulnerable to the deadly infection?

Public Health June 1, 2017

Doctors Warn About Putting Wasp Nest In Vagina: Here's Why Some Women Do It

Oak galls can cause burning and drying of women's private parts. An ob-gyn warned it can cause infection, but why do some women use these wasp nests as a vaginal product?

Public Health June 2, 2017

Internet Withdrawal: Study Finds Social Media Addiction Can Raise Heart Rate, BP

Internet addiction can cause physical changes once you go offline, which usually include elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Researchers call it internet withdrawal, and it shows most people who spend too much time online are hooked to social media.

Public Health June 1, 2017

How Did The US Opioid Epidemic Start? Study Points To A 1980 Doctor's Letter On Painkiller Addiction

Researchers suggest the U.S. opioid epidemic may have started with a 100-word letter, published in 1980 in a medical journal. The brief note tackled the addiction risk of opioid painkillers in certain conditions and was blatantly misquoted in the scientific literature.

Public Health June 1, 2017

Spirit Airlines Pilot And Wife Died From Overdose After Ingesting Cocaine With Elephant Tranquilizer

Overdose from cocaine and carfentanil, a drug so powerful it is used to sedate elephants, killed a pilot and his wife in Ohio. The fatal accident occurred a week after the Spirit Airlines pilot's last flight.

Public Health May 31, 2017

Modified Antibiotics Offer Hope Against Superbugs As Multidrug-Resistant Infections Emerge

Amid emerging cases of multi-drug infections in the United States, researchers have found a way to modify drugs to make them more effective at fighting superbugs. This is how they improved the antibiotic vancomycin.

Public Health May 31, 2017

Listeria Contamination Prompts Recall Of Macadamia Nuts And Cashews

Two food companies recalled some of their products over fear of Listeria contamination. What products are affected and what should consumers do when they have bought the recalled macadamia nuts and cashews?

Public Health May 30, 2017

Tobacco Also Wreaks Havoc On The Environment: WHO

WHO has linked tobacco use to damages to the environment, citing that smoke emissions do not just spread toxicants into the air. How does the industry contribute to deforestation, use of fossil fuels, and dumping of wastes?

Public Health May 30, 2017

Dog Flu Cases Confirmed In Florida: Symptoms To Watch Out For

H3N2 canine influenza virus infected at least seven dogs in Florida. What are the symptoms of the dog flu, and what should pet owners do if they suspect infection?

Public Health May 30, 2017

Sleep Disorder Could Be An Early Warning Sign Of Parkinson's Disease And Dementia

People who act out their dreams are likely to develop Parkinson's disease and Lewy bodies dementia. More than 80 percent of those with REM sleep behavior disorder develop neurodegenerative diseases.

Public Health May 30, 2017

Were India’s First Few Zika Cases Hidden From The Public After They Were Detected?

Did the government deliberately hide the first few confirmed cases of Zika virus in India? Today, national guidelines are spread to prevent a Zika outbreak in the country already hit by other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Public Health May 30, 2017

Opioid And Drug Theft Rampant At Veterans Affairs Hospitals: Report

Veteran Affairs hospitals have more cases of opioid and drug theft than private hospitals. Doctors and other employees in VA medical centers and clinics are suspected to be behind the missing drugs.

Public Health May 30, 2017

Got Insomnia? Here's A Safe Way To Get Sleep Without Taking Sleeping Pills

Sleeping pills can be hazardous for some people who suffer from insomnia. Experts said there is a cheaper and safer alternative to taking medications for sleeplessness and even apnea.

Public Health May 29, 2017

Ohio Leads In Nation's Fatal Drug Overdoses With 4,000 Dead In 2016: Survey

The Columbus Dispatch's new survey has revealed more than 4,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 in Ohio. Learn more about the opioid overdose epidemic in the state and the role of powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

Public Health May 29, 2017

Scientists Predict Record Year For Ticks: How To Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease

Some experts are expecting this year’s tick season to be a particularly bad one. Here are easy ways to prevent contracting tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease.

Public Health May 28, 2017

WHO Confirms 3 Cases Of Zika In India

WHO confirmed reports of three separate cases of Zika virus disease in Gujarat State in India. Several agencies are currently working to prevent an outbreak of the disease.

Public Health May 28, 2017

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