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'Sea Of Despair' Identified Among White Working-Class Americans

A 'sea of despair' is behind the gloomy outlook among white working-class Americans, a new study said. This is characterized by the uptick of physical pain as job prospects continue to decline over time.

Public Health March 23, 2017

Fading Sense Of Smell Could Mean Death Is Closer: Study

Could fading sense of smell mean death is closer? A Swedish study suggests that people in their middle age or older suffering from impaired sense of smell are more likely to die within 10 years.

Public Health March 23, 2017

Saline vs Silicone: Which Breast Implant Type Is Safer?

If you’re considering breast augmentation, the first thing to take into account is safety. Although both types of implants pose similar health risks, silicone implants have been linked to more problems after surgery compared to saline implants.

Public Health March 22, 2017

Are You At Risk Of Getting Alzheimer's Disease? Gene Testing Can Predict When

New research shows that it may be possible to predict which individuals are at a risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Scientists reveal that there are multiple genetic reasons behind people being afflicted with the condition.

Public Health March 23, 2017

Surviving Prostate Cancer: Studies Show Which Treatment Offers Better Quality Of Life

Surgery, radiation or active surveillance? Studies rank treatment options for prostate cancer patients according to their outcomes on sexual, urinary and bowel functions.

Public Health March 22, 2017

FDA Links Breast Implants To Rare Form Of Cancer, Confirms 9 Deaths

The FDA warned against breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare kind of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It has so far led to nine deaths and a probe on the specific danger of breast augmentation surgery.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Baby Born With 2 Spines And 4 Legs Undergoes Successful Surgery

A surgery was performed on an infant from Ivory Coast, Africa, who was born with two spines and four legs of her underdeveloped twin. The operation has been successful and the baby girl is recovering.

Public Health March 22, 2017

Infant Mortality Rate Declining In US, Thanks To Various Initiatives

Infant mortality rate has decreased significantly in the US by 15 percent for the first time in a decade. The decline in deaths is attributed to various initiatives in the country to counter the issue.

Public Health March 22, 2017

CDC Monitoring New Threat In US: Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection

A fungal infection dubbed 'Candida auris’ has raised concerns in the U.S. According to the CDC, around 53 people in the U.S. have fallen sick as a result of the infection after being admitted to hospitals due to unrelated ailments.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Climate Change Can Increase Diabetes Cases In US, Suggests New Study

A new study has revealed that climate change is related to diabetes, and with each degree of temperature rise, the risks from it are also increased. This study proves the real-world effect of climate change upon humans.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Colon Cancer: Doctors Stress At Importance Of Screening

Colon cancer can be treated easily upon early detection. However, people avoid regular testing and checkups through which early detection and diagnosis is possible.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Patients Less Likely To Die In US Hospitals During Surprise Inspections: Study

Patients during surprise hospital accreditation surveys may have a slightly lower risk of dying within 30 days of their admission, a new study has found. What could account for these lower mortality rates?

Public Health March 21, 2017

Rare Strep Throat Infection Results In Tennessee Woman Losing Fingers And Toes

A rare case of strep throat infection has led to a patient getting most of her toes and fingers amputated. The incident took place in Tennessee, where a simple case of throat infection led to severe complications.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Houston Officials Consider Use Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Fight Zika Virus

Officials of Harris County are considering the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to combat Zika virus and other deadly mosquito-borne diseases. The technology may fill in the gaps in existing methods to contain the spread of all mosquito-borne diseases.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Toxic Tea: San Francisco Woman Dies After Drinking Poison Brew From Chinatown Herbalist

A San Francisco woman died after drinking herbal tea she bought from a Chinatown shop. The brew was found to contain aconite, a deadly plant-based toxin often used as a herbal medicine.

Public Health March 21, 2017

NIH Budget Cut Proposal: Demotivating To Scientists, Students, And More

The NIH Budget cut proposal is expected to majorly affect scientists, as well as students studying at the institute. According to the budget document, NIH funding has been reduced by $5.8 million, which is a 20 percent reduction.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Under New Bill, Not Disclosing HIV-Positive Status To Sex Partner Faces Lighter Punishment

New legislation seeks to downgrade some HIV-related felonies to a misdemeanor. Once it passes, it will no longer be a felony for someone to have consensual sex with others and expose them to HIV/AIDS without their partners knowing.

Public Health March 20, 2017

How To Survive Spring Allergies And Limit Pollen Exposure

The early allergy season we are experiencing this year caused a spike in pollen counts, which trigger allergic reactions. Find out how to keep your home allergen-free and how to avoid pollen exposure outdoors.

Public Health March 20, 2017

E-Cigarettes Can Benefit Public Health, New Study Reveals How

Researchers have developed a predictive model, which shows that e-cigarettes will help people control and cut down tobacco cigarette addiction. The study has been conducted by researchers at the British American Tobacco.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Listeria Fears Prompt Nationwide Recall Of Edamame In Grocery Stores, Sushi Counters

Edamame sold at retail sushi counters in supermarket chains and cafeterias nationwide has been recalled due to listeria contamination. Learn more about this food recall and other recent product recalls due to listeria.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Brazilian Butt Lift Goes Wrong In Miami Clinic: Woman Dies Following Surgery

A 25-year-old woman died after undergoing a butt lift surgery in Miami, Florida, which went wrong. The death of Ranika Hall is being investigated by authorities to zone in on the exact cause.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Putting Paper On Toilet Seat To Prevent Infection Is Not A Good Idea: Here's Why

Putting a cover paper on a toilet seat to prevent acquiring infection only makes the matter worse. Toilet seats, according to public health experts, are not vehicles for the transmission of any infectious agents.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Amazon Tribe Offers Clues To Preventing Heart Disease

The Tsimane tribe that lives primitive life in the Amazon jungle has the healthiest heart in the world. Elements of its people's lifestyle can be translated to Western behaviors to reduce risk for heart disease.

Public Health March 19, 2017

Counterfeit Machines Playing Critical Role In Getting Fake Pills To Americans

Counterfeit pill presses have been seized by the U.S. customs. The easy availability of fentanyl and counterfeit pill press machines made it easier to process pills.

Public Health March 18, 2017

Opioid Addiction Can Start As Early As 5 Days Of Use, According To Study

A new report by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that a few days on opioid drugs are enough to trigger opioid dependence among Americans.

Public Health March 18, 2017

Strep Throat Infection: Causes, Signs, Symptoms And Treatment

Strep throat is a common infection among children and causes sore and painful throat, along with high fever. This infection is highly infectious and can be transferred to anyone coming in contact with the infected person.

Public Health March 18, 2017

Mayo Clinic Preference For Patients With Private Insurance Spurs Probe From Health Officials

A leaked video of Mayo Clinic's CEO urging staffers to give higher preference to patients with private medical insurance has elicited a strong reaction from health officials. They said the matter will be investigated for violation of human rights.

Public Health March 17, 2017

Opioid Abuse Linked To Emotional Abuse During Childhood: Study

In a new study, emotional abuse appeared to be more strongly tied to opioid addiction than physical and sexual abuse as well as other forms of maltreatment. The authors call for a more integrated treatment of opioid abuse.

Public Health March 17, 2017

Fentanyl Analogue And Chemical Ingredients Make It To UN’s List Of International Controlled Substances

The United Nations has put chemical ingredients used in the production of the illicit drug fentanyl and a similar substance under its international watch list. What does it mean for America’s drug abuse crisis?

Public Health March 17, 2017

Tulsa County Hardest Hit By Flu In Oklahoma As Hundreds Are Hospitalized

Hundreds of people, including infants and children, in the Tulsa county region have been hospitalized due to flu. People in the area have been advised by health officials to visit nearby centers for vaccination.

Public Health March 17, 2017

Walmart Supplier Recalls Frozen Pizza Over Listeria Fears

RBR Meat Company, a Walmart Stores supplier, recalled frozen pizzas sold in 11 states for potential contamination by the listeria monocytogenes, which cause listeriosis. The FSIS said some of the affected products may still be in consumers' freezers.

Public Health March 17, 2017

Experts Warn Of Dubious Clinical Trials As Unproven Stem Cell Treatment Blinds 3 Patients With Macular Degeneration

Three patients with the eye disease macular degeneration were blinded by a stem cell treatment they thought was part of a government-approved study. What are the red flag signals for clinical trials?

Public Health March 16, 2017

Florida Woman Admits To Killing With Silicone Injection

A woman from Florida caused the death of another woman after injecting her with liquid silicone. The accused has pleaded guilty to using the illegal substance.

Public Health March 16, 2017

Smoking Cessation Programs Prior To Joint Replacement Surgery Can Benefit Patients

Researchers have found out that there is a 4.1 times lesser risk of patients who have undergone smoking cessation programs, to develop post-surgical complications. These programs are also effective in helping smokers quit tobacco.

Public Health March 16, 2017

66 Seattle Jail Inmates Screened For Tuberculosis Infection

Nearly 66 prisoners at a Seattle county jail have been tested for Tuberculosis. This was done when one of the inmates was diagnosed with the disease and officials wanted to determine whether it was passed on to any of the others.

Public Health March 16, 2017

Nearly Half A Million US Doctors Could Not Be Wrong: Climate Change Harms Health

Nearly half a million U.S. doctors could not be wrong, as they warned that climate change causes more harm to public health. According to the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, climate change is making Americans sicker.

Public Health March 16, 2017

Routine Dental Procedure Kills 4-Year-Old Boy From Vancouver

A 4-year-old boy died after a routine dental procedure. The kid was administered with Ketamine as an anesthetic but never woke up after.

Public Health March 16, 2017

Light For The Blind: Artificial Retina Implant May Restore Vision To Millions

Scientists have developed an artificial prosthesis as retina implant that can convert light into electrical signals to stimulate retinal neurons. If the human trial becomes successful, it will help millions of people suffering from retinal degeneration to regain eyesight.


Public Health March 15, 2017

Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Deadly Antibiotic-Resistant Fungus Candida Auris

Candida auris is a deadly fungus which causes drug-resistant infections and is typically found on hospital catheters. A new investigational compound has shown efficacy in stopping the fungus’s development and could lead to more potent antifungal drugs.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Cystic Fibrosis Outcomes Better In Canada Than The US: Study

Study reveals cystic fibrosis patients live 10 years longer in Canada than in the United States. Easier access to lung transplants as well as healthier diet and better health insurance could be the cause.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Whole Foods Expands Recall Of Cheese Over Listeria Fear

As a result of the recent Listeria cases linked with the consumption of certain cheese, Whole Foods Market is expanding its recall. Hamden, Andes and Walton Umber cheese have also been recalled by the super market chain.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Sperm Donations In Florida May Contain Zika: Here's What Affected Counties Should Do

The CDC has warned the potential presence of Zika virus in sperm donations in three Florida counties. Donated semen can be stored frozen for certain periods of time and does not necessarily inactivate the Zika virus.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Synthetic Marijuana Use Can Lead To Violent Behavior, Drug And Alcohol Abuse Among Teens: Study

Synthetic marijuana is largely used among adolescents for recreation. Studies show it can increase the risk of addiction, and also trigger violence, other drug use, alcohol abuse, and sexual risk-taking.

Public Health March 14, 2017

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