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Health Officials Fear Another Zika Outbreak On Texas Border

Zika virus, which leads to severe neurological birth defects in pregnant women, may rear its ugly head in Texas. According to health experts, with the onset of monsoons, Texas could experience another Zika outbreak.

Public Health April 24, 2017

Breast Cancer Rates Rising Among Asian-American Women

Research from California’s Cancer Prevention Institute reveals that women from six out of seven Asian-American ethnic groups have seen an overall rise in breast cancer incidences. Lead researcher recommends further investigation.

Public Health April 24, 2017

Golf Ball Pieces In Frozen Hash Brown Prompts Recall

Two hash brown products are voluntarily being pulled from the shelves due to possible golf ball pieces in the product. The recall adds to FDA’s list of latest food product recalls.

Public Health April 23, 2017

Jalapeño-Flavored Chips Recalled Over Salmonella Risks: Here Are The Affected Products

Frito-Lay announces a product recall for some of its Jalapeño-flavored snacks due to the potential presence of Salmonella. Find out which chips are affected by the recall.

Public Health April 23, 2017

Diet Soda May Triple Stroke Risks: Other Reasons Why Artificially Sweetened Beverages Are Not The Healthier Option

Diet soda is not a healthier option to sugary drinks. Besides diet soda's links to stroke and dementia, here are other reasons why health experts advise steering away from beverages that use artificial sweeteners.

Public Health April 23, 2017

Surgeon May Have Performed Liposuction Without License In Pole Barn

A surgeon may have performed liposuction in pole barn without a license. The location of the facility is near South Haven, and authorities expressed concern concerning patients' safety.

Public Health April 23, 2017

Global Hepatitis Deaths On The Rise, With Vast Majority Of Patients Lacking Access To Testing Or Treatment: WHO

According to the 2017 WHO Global Hepatitis Report, only a small percentage of people suffering from hepatitis are diagnosed. An even smaller fraction get treatment, despite efforts to increase vaccination rates.

Public Health April 23, 2017

Vending Machine At UC Davis Campus Now Dispenses Morning-After Pill

The UC Davis campus in the United States became the first college to dispense contraceptives from a vending machine named the Wellness to Go machine. The vending machine has already become a talking point on Facebook.

Public Health April 22, 2017

Dentist Charged Of Medical Fraud Accused Of Pulling Teeth While Riding A Hoverboard

A dentist in Alaska pulled an unconscious patient's teeth while on top of a self-balancing scooter. The dentist described the hoverboard procedure as the "new standard of care."

Public Health April 23, 2017

California Health Officials Fine Hospitals For Substandard Care

Hospitals in California were fined for infractions on Health and Safety Codes that led to patient injuries and deaths. The medical facilities have to pay a combined amount of over $1 million.

Public Health April 22, 2017

Florida Unleashes Thousands Of Experimental Zika-Fight Mosquitoes

Thousands of experimental male mosquitoes were released in Florida Keys as an attempt to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, the disease responsible for serious birth defects. Should the trial be successful, it could be implemented nationwide.

Public Health April 21, 2017

Mobile Phone Use Can Lead To Brain Tumors, Italian Court Rules In Telecom Executive’s Case

An Italian court ruled telecom executive Roberto Romeo developed a brain tumor due to the prolonged use of a mobile phone as per his job requirements. The link between cellphones and brain cancer has been widely disputed in health studies.

Public Health April 21, 2017

26 Doctors, Medical Professionals Charged In $40 Million Health Scam In California

More than a dozen medical professionals were charged in an alleged California health scam that got doctors getting kickbacks over unnecessary prescriptions and tests. Learn more about the suspected $40 million health scam.

Public Health April 21, 2017

FDA Warns Use Of Kids Cough Syrup And Pain Meds That Contain Codeine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against the use of drugs containing codeine in children under the age of 12. Here’s why.

Public Health April 21, 2017

Petco Not Liable For Death Of Boy Who Suffered From Rat Bite Fever: Jury

Jury finds Petco not liable in the case of 10-year-old boy who died in 2013. The boy’s death is linked to rat-bite fever despite not having been bitten or scratched.

Public Health April 21, 2017

Diet Soda Linked To Increased Risk For Stroke And Dementia

People who consume at least one diet drink per day were found to have nearly three times the risk of suffering from dementia or stroke. What are the other health risks posed by these artificially-sweetened beverages?

Public Health April 20, 2017

West Virginia Becomes 29th US State To OK Medical Marijuana

West Virginia became the 29th state in the United States to legalize medical marijuana. The new law will allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for terminally ill and support 16 medical conditions including cancer and AIDS.

Public Health April 20, 2017

Contraceptive Pills Slash Quality Of Life In Healthy Women But Rise In Depression Symptoms Not Seen: Study

Researchers from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet have linked combined oral contraceptive pills to a significantly lower quality of life. They did not, however, find an increase in depression symptoms.

Public Health April 21, 2017

New York City Could Soon Be The Most Expensive US City To Buy Cigarettes In

New York City's Mayor proposed a plan to reduce tobacco addiction in the city. If the proposal is passed New York City would become the most expensive U.S. city for buying cigarettes.

Public Health April 21, 2017

Berkeley Finds Sweet Gains in Imposing Soda Tax: Other Anti-Soda, Anti-Sugar Measures In Action

Apart from Berkeley, California, six other U.S. cities have imposed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages in an attempt to curb soda consumption and reduce obesity and diabetes rates. In Europe, several countries have also rallied to the soda tax.

Public Health April 20, 2017

FDA Approves Vagus Nerve Therapy For Cluster Headaches

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a handheld vagus nerve stimulation device in the treatment of cluster headaches. More than 350,000 people suffer from this extremely painful illness.

Public Health April 19, 2017

Soft Drink Sales In Berkeley Decline By Over 9 Percent: Here's Why

A study revealed that the tax on sugar-sweetened drinks imposed in Berkeley, California, has fulfilled its purpose. The implementation of the tax reduced soda sales by more than 9 percent and increased the sales of bottled water.

Public Health April 19, 2017

WHO Hails Major Progress In Fight Against Tropical Diseases, But Challenges Remain

The World Health Organization is on track in achieving its goals to eradicate and control neglected tropical diseases, but challenges with treatment distribution remain. Officials urge drug companies to take action.

Public Health April 19, 2017

New Measles Case Confirmed In Minnesota: Health Officials Estimating Numbers To Increase

Minnesota recorded the ninth case of measles infecting young children, all of whom were not vaccinated. Most of the infected children belonged to the Somali-American region, having a history of low vaccination rates.

Public Health April 18, 2017

More Than Half Of US Adults Have Used Marijuana: Poll

A phone survey involving 1,122 adults revealed that 52 percent of adult Americans have tried using marijuana at least once and 14 percent are regular users. Stigma, however, still exists.

Public Health April 17, 2017

Meet Another Zika Carrier, A Common Backyard Mosquito

Apart from Zika’s main carrier, Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus is the second mosquito species that could potentially transmit the disease. Although this species is not yet a confirmed Zika mosquito vector, Ae. albopictus has been found to carry Zika virus RNA.

Public Health April 17, 2017

New Rat Lungworm Cases In Hawaii Linked To Contaminated Kava Drink

Two of the six people who drank Kava drink in Keaau were confirmed infected by rat lungworm parasite. A slug was found at the bottom of the brew that was left in an uncovered bucket overnight.

Public Health April 20, 2017

Why Diabetes Is A Real Threat Among African-Americans

Black people are 1.7 more likely to contract diabetes than white people, statistics show. Since this chronic condition seems to be more prevalent among ethnic minorities, the American Diabetes Association has designed culturally specific programs to raise disease awareness.

Public Health April 17, 2017

Fentanyl And Heroin Drive Virginia’s Death Toll From Drug Overdoses

Virginia’s soaring drug overdose deaths have a high opioid addiction factor. The state department health officials have assessed that a substantial number of deaths are linked to synthetic opioids like heroin and prescription fentanyl.

Public Health April 17, 2017

Syringe Vending Machines In Las Vegas May Help Lower Hepatitis C And HIV Transmission Rates

The new syringe vending machines in Las Vegas, Nevada will dispense clean needles for free to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. How do these machines work?

Public Health April 15, 2017

Superbug Alert: 10 California Babies Confirmed Infected With Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Ten newborn babies at the UC Irvine Medical Center in California's neonatal intensive care unit have been infected with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is resistant to antibiotics and is difficult to treat.

Public Health April 17, 2017

Minnesota Health Officials Confirms 5 New Measles Cases In Hennepin County

Health officials revealed that five new cases of measles have been diagnosed in Minnesota. The outbreak is not limited to Minnesota alone as 10 other states have also reported measles cases between January and March 2017.

Public Health April 15, 2017

Mislabeling Prompts Recall Of Homeopathic Teething Tablets: What Is Belladonna?

Two homeopathic teething products are being pulled from the shelves due to mislabeled calculated amounts of belladonna alkaloids in the products. What is belladonna, and is it safe to consume?

Public Health April 15, 2017

Latest Recalls: Here Are Some Of The Most Recent Product Recalls, From Contaminated Salad To Homeopathic Teethers

Certain companies have been busy with recalls and investigations of late. Here are some product recalls you may want to know about, from contaminated salads, to garbage disposal hazards.

Public Health April 15, 2017

Rates Of Type 2 Diabetes Climbing In Children And Teens

A study has revealed that type 2 diabetes has tripled in the United States and school-age children are being hit. It is estimated that nearly 208,000 people younger than 20 years old are living with diagnosed diabetes.

Public Health April 15, 2017

Health Experts Eye 3rd Vaccine Dose Against Mumps Amid Outbreaks In Texas, Other US States

A 20-year-high outbreak of mumps is underway in Texas, and cases across the United States have also increased. Now, health officials are mulling over a third vaccine dose for mumps to get the situation under control.

Public Health April 15, 2017

Las Vegas Becomes The First US City To Debut Public Needle Vending Machines

The first public needle vending machine in the United States debuted in Las Vegas. This is in a bid to promote needle safety and prevent the HIV and Hepatitis viruses from spreading due to the use of contaminated needles.

Public Health April 15, 2017

Michigan Doctor Arrested For Performing Female Genital Mutilation On Minor Girls

The FBI arrested a Michigan doctor on charges of having performed female genital mutilations. The doctor performed the FGM on two 7-year-old girls from Minnesota.

Public Health April 14, 2017

Target Recalls Water-Absorbing Easter Toys Over Serious Ingestion Hazard

Target recalled more than half a million Easter toys that, once ingested, can expand in a child's stomach and may not even show up on X-ray. Here are the products affected by the recall.

Public Health April 13, 2017

What’s Driving Mumps Cases In Texas To Reach 20-Year High?

Texas reported a massive surge in mumps cases which are at a two-decade high. The health department has issued an advisory to healthcare providers.

Public Health April 13, 2017

Trans Fat Ban Linked To Fewer Heart Attacks, Better Health

The trans fat ban in public food venues has made New Yorkers healthier, reducing heart attack and stroke rates by more than 6 percent. Next year, the FDA plans to eliminate partially hydrogenated oils from baked and fried goods sold nationwide.

Public Health April 13, 2017

Beating HIV: Scientists Discover How To Make Body Cells Resistant To The Virus

The cure for AIDS could start by engineering immune cells to produce HIV-fighting antibodies that prevent the infection with the HIV virus. Researchers have already created HIV-resistant cells in a petri dish following this groundbreaking technique.

Public Health April 12, 2017

It’s Official: Chiropractors Can Help Ease Your Back Pain Through Spinal Manipulation, Study Says

A study pooling information from several databases concluded spinal manipulation is as effective as over-the-counter painkillers in managing lower back pain. Chiropractic therapy improves pain intensity by one point on a scale from 1 to 10.

Public Health April 12, 2017

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