Public Health

Is Zika Infection Causing More Women To Get Illegal Abortions?

Abortion requests in countries with local Zika transmissions increased significantly. Is the global epidemic causing more women to get abortions in countries with banned or restricted access to abortions?

Public Health June 23, 2016

Ohio Teen Dies From Rare, Brain-Eating Amoeba After A Rafting Trip

A teenager from Ohio died on June 19 from a rare, brain-eating amoeba after a rafting trip at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte on June 8. The amoeba is often found in soil and warm freshwater.

Public Health June 23, 2016

Sudden Cardiac Death Kills Young People Without Prior Symptoms: Can It Be Prevented?

Genetic mutation linked with unexplained cases of sudden cardiac death among young people can be passed on to the next generation. How can this finding help save lives?

Public Health June 23, 2016

Product Recall: GNP Company Recalls More Than 55,000 Pounds Of Chicken Due To Possible Contamination

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that Minnesota-based poultry producer GNP is recalling an estimated 55,608 pounds of its products. This is because of a possible foreign matter contamination involving its products.

Public Health June 24, 2016

Should You Get Your Birth Control Pills From A Mobile App?

Several mobile apps are now offering to deliver birth control pills in a fast, convenient and hassle-free way. Is this particular mobile trend normal and safe?

Public Health June 22, 2016

Mosquito Saliva Can Help Spread Zika Virus, Other Viral Infections

Mosquito saliva can help spread mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue and Zika, according to two new studies. Mosquito saliva tricks the immune cells into spreading any kind of virus throughout the body.

Public Health June 22, 2016

High Education Level Linked To Increased Risk Of Developing Brain Tumor: Report

There are only a few risk factors known to lead to the development of brain tumor. Now, a new observational study revealed that holding a university degree may be linked to higher chances of developing certain types of brain tumor.

Public Health June 22, 2016

War Against Lead Exposure Not Yet Over: Pediatricians Call For More Testing, Tighter Rules

A new AAP statement called for stricter regulations and increased federal resources in protecting children from the dangers of lead. The Flint water crisis serves as an indicator that the war against the neurotoxin is far from over.

Public Health June 22, 2016

It's Getting Hot In Here: Tips On How To Survive A Heat Wave

Southwest U.S. is getting hotter due to the current heat wave, which is expected to last until Wednesday, June 22. Here are some tips on how to survive a heat wave and prevent heat strokes.

Public Health June 21, 2016

E-Cigarettes Act As 'Roadblock' To Prevent Youth From Cigarette Smoking: Report

Whether vaping can eventually lead to cigarette smoking among the youth has long been a topic of discussion. How do young adults and teens really perceive vaping?

Public Health June 20, 2016

Philadelphia Now First Major US City With Soda Tax: Beverage Industry Vows To Fight New Regulation

Supporters of the soda tax claim victory in Philadelphia as the city becomes the first major city to approve the regulation. However, critics say the soda tax is 'unconstitutional.'

Public Health June 19, 2016

More Than Half A Million Older Men Are Lonely, Harms Their Health: Report

About 550,000, or one-third, of older men in the UK who are suffering from long-term health issues are lonely. The numbers are expected to surge to two-thirds by 2030 as the life expectancy for senior men becomes closer to that for women.

Public Health June 18, 2016

'Baby Fat' Can Lead To Heart Failure In Middle Age

Excess weight during adolescence can lead to heart problems in middle age. A study finds increased risk of developing heart failure among obese or overweight teenage boys, and even in boys whose BMI are within the normal range.

Public Health June 18, 2016

Gay Men In The US Can't Donate Blood: 'Very Bizarre And Perverse Situation,' Says Gay Lawmaker

Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, an openly gay member of Congress, is calling on the FDA to lift the ban on gay men who wish to donate blood. The ban creates a 'very bizarre and perverse' situation.

Public Health June 17, 2016

Six Babies, Fetuses In US Suffer Birth Defects Linked To Zika Virus

Birth defects of six babies and fetuses in the U.S. are linked to the Zika virus. Three infants were born with either microcephaly or brain damage, while three women lost their babies due to stillbirth, miscarriage or pregnancy termination.

Public Health June 17, 2016

Women Who Work Long Hours Likely To Suffer From Cancer, Heart Disease

Long hours at work in women are linked to cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Why are women more vulnerable than men to the health consequences of working long hours?

Public Health June 18, 2016

Mismanagement Of Relief Funds? Red Cross Scrutinized For Allegedly Using 25 Percent Of Haiti Donations On Own Expenses

The American Red Cross spent 25 percent of the 2010 Haiti earthquake donations for internal expenses, a new Senate report found. The amount is far higher than what the charity originally disclosed.

Public Health June 17, 2016

Not-So-Wholesome Products From Whole Foods? FDA Slams Whole Foods For 'Serious Violations'

The FDA has warned Whole Foods regarding several instances of food safety violations that inspectors found in the company's Massachusetts facility. Violations include failing to sanitize food preparation surfaces and placing food near dirty dishes.

Public Health June 16, 2016

Effects Of Antiobiotics On Your Baby's Microbiome: How Antibiotic Treatment Changes Your Baby's Gut Microbiome

Many scientists are concerned about the effects of C-section and antibiotic treatments to the gut microbiome of newborn infants. Now, two new studies reveal how both could affect your baby.

Public Health June 16, 2016

New Compression Collar May Help Save Athletes Lives: How Specifically Designed Compression Collar Can Help Prevent Brain Injuries

A new compression collar designed specifically to protect athletes from head-to-head collision has been found to be effective in reducing devastating impact. The wearable collar is a 'game-changer' in helping athletes.

Public Health June 16, 2016

At Least 650 Dialysis Patients Possibly Exposed To Hepatitis B At Seattle Hospital

Virginia Mason Hospital is contacting at least 650 dialysis patients who may have been exposed to hepatitis B over the past five years. The problem stems from lapses in screening procedures.

Public Health June 19, 2016

Can Drinking Coffee Cause Cancer? WHO Says Only If Beverage Is Drunk At Very Hot Temperature

WHO reversed its 1991 warning that coffee is a possible carcinogen. Drinking the beverage and other hot liquids at very high temperature, however, may still cause cancer of the esophagus.

Public Health June 16, 2016

Kellogg's Voluntarily Recalls Keebler, Famous Amos Cookies For Possible Undeclared Peanut Residue

Where have all the cookies - and snacks - gone? Kellogg Company announced the voluntary recall of several products due to possible undeclared peanut residue, following the wheat flour recall of its supplier Grain Craft.

Public Health June 16, 2016

Beyoncé Supports Flint Water Crisis Relief Efforts, Helps Raise More Than $82,000 For Victims

Beyoncé helps raise over $82,000 for the Flint residents who are still suffering from the city's lead-contaminated water supply. Parkwood Entertainment also presented 'college gifts' to several high school students in Detroit where the check presentation was held.

Public Health June 15, 2016

Air Pollution Could Increase Mental Illness Risk In Children

Researchers find a link between an increase in air pollution rates and the surge in children's mental illness. Alarmingly, the link persists even in countries with relatively low air pollution levels such as Sweden.

Public Health June 14, 2016

What Would CDC Do When Zika Virus Hits The US? Send Rapid-Response Teams

The CDC will send rapid-response teams to communities in the mainland and Hawaii when the mosquito-borne Zika virus starts transmitting locally, even if there's only one confirmed case. These teams will help monitor cases and perform lab tests, among other things.

Public Health June 14, 2016

Study Finds Link Between Kids Exposed To Domestic Violence And Suicide Attempts

New research suggests that adults who were exposed to domestic violence when they were kids are more likely to attempt suicide. Experts advise professionals to consider a wider range of interventions.

Public Health June 14, 2016

Vaping Teens More Likely To Become Regular Cigarette Smokers: Study

Researchers from the University of Southern California have found that teens who puffed e-cigarettes at least once are more likely to use regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes were initially proposed as a means of weaning off smokers.

Public Health June 13, 2016

Changes In Population, Climate Could Predict Diseases

A new model can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases such as Zika, Ebola and Lassa fever. The model uses changes in population growth, land usage and climate to determine outbreak risks.

Public Health June 13, 2016

Why Heart Disease-Type 2 Diabetes Is A Deadly Combo

New research suggests that patients with type 2 diabetes who were hospitalized due to a major heart disease have higher chances of dying in the next 18 months than others. Researchers hope more attention is given to the matter.

Public Health June 13, 2016

Accidental Deaths Of Americans Reach Record High

Accidental deaths are now more common than ever before across the United States. What is driving this increase in fatalities?

Public Health June 12, 2016

Kiss Of Death: 20-Year-Old Woman Dies After Kissing Boyfriend Goodnight

A goodnight kiss turned out fatal for 20-year-old Myriam Ducré-Lemay. Her boyfriend just ate a peanut butter sandwich not knowing of her food allergy.

Public Health June 12, 2016

UN Vows To End AIDS Epidemic By 2030

The recently concluded United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York announced that they have concrete plans to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The said meeting was well-attended by stakeholders from different fields.

Public Health June 11, 2016

Mosquitoes In Clark County Test Positive For Encephalitis

Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed the presence of St. Louis encephalitis in the pools of mosquitoes they tested. The health district said that while they rarely cause diseases, areas with high concentration of the mosquitoes should be avoided.

Public Health June 12, 2016

Dozens Of Customers Get Sick After Eating At California Restaurant

Ay, caramba! Dozens of customers get sick after eating at a locally famous Mexican restaurant in Fairfield, California. Health officials linked dozens of food poisoning cases to local food joint Alejandro's Taqueria.

Public Health June 11, 2016

Doctors Not As Mindful Of Hand Hygiene When Not Watched: Study

Doctors and nurses may not be spared from the so-called 'Hawthorne Effect' and are potentially unmindful of hand hygiene when someone isn't looking. How is hand hygiene compliance in hospitals faring?

Public Health June 11, 2016

'Super Bacteria' Detected In Several Rio Olympics Venues

Two separate studies have detected potentially dangerous 'super bacteria' in several venues for the 2016 Rio Olympics. What likely caused the contamination?

Public Health June 11, 2016

Unemployment, Changing Economic Conditions Impact Children's Weight

Researchers have found a link between economic hard times and the likelihood of children becoming fat and obese. How did the recent Great Depression affect children's weight?

Public Health June 11, 2016

Scientists Decipher 11 Distinct Subtypes Of A Major Blood Cancer

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is actually an umbrella term for 11 distinct subtypes of the illness, new research has revealed. This finding could revolutionize treatment and diagnosis.

Public Health June 11, 2016

Research Finds Link Between PTSD And Shockwaves From Combat Blasts

Soldiers who were exposed to blasts from high explosives sustain scarring on the part of their brain linked to post-traumatic stress disorder. This scarring often follows a pattern of damage not seen in other forms of brain injuries.

Public Health June 11, 2016

FDA Too Slow To Act On Food Recalls: US Watchdog

The Office of Inspector General said in a new report that the FDA lacks efficient processes to ensure timely food recalls in the U.S., leading consumers at risk of illness and death.

Public Health June 10, 2016

Forty Percent Of US Women, 17 Percent Of Teenagers Are Obese: CDC

Two new reports from the CDC shed new light on the current obesity crisis in the U.S. The reports found that 40 percent of women and 17 percent of teenagers in America are still obese despite various intervention initiatives.

Public Health June 11, 2016

US Teen Smoking Drops But Vaping Increases: CDC

The latest survey on risk behaviors among teens has found an all-time low of students smoking tobacco or traditional cigarettes. On the other hand, vaping and use of e-cigarettes among these high school students are increasing.

Public Health June 10, 2016

Lab Researcher Contracts Zika Virus From Infected Needle Stick

A female lab researcher from the University of Pittsburgh contracts Zika virus after accidentally sticking herself with an infected needle. The case is believed to be the first Zika infection contracted through a lab in the U.S.

Public Health June 10, 2016

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