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Pregnant Women With Genital Herpes Twice As Likely To Have Child With Autism

Pregnant women with genital herpes are at higher risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder. The study shows that inflammation during pregnancy may have effect on the developing brain of the fetus.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Experts Say Superbugs Pose Serious Threat To Humans, Animals

EFSA and ECDC in a joint report stated that superbugs are posing an alarming threat to public and animal health in European Union. Superbugs are resistant to multiple antibiotics and evolve with the overuse of medicines.

Public Health February 23, 2017

Salmonella May Have Contributed To Collapse Of Aztec Empire

A strain of salmonella could be behind the cocoliztli epidemic that killed the natives of the New World, essentially contributing to the collapse of the Aztec empire.

Public Health February 23, 2017

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Mysterious Reason Traced To Immune Fault

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, had been an enigma regarding its cause, with most researchers calling it a psychological illness. New research has now traced its origin to a disorder in the cell receptor system.

Public Health February 25, 2017

Salmonella Food Poisoning May Permanently Damage The DNA

Food scientists found that some salmonella serotypes that cause foodborne illnesses can damage the DNA. What are the potential consequences of DNA damage from salmonella infection?

Public Health February 22, 2017

Life Expectancy Set To Increase Globally By 2030: But Is The Gender Gap Shrinking?

Average life expectancy is set to rise globally by 2030. But is the perceived gender gap in life expectancy narrowing, and what factors are potentially at play?

Public Health February 22, 2017

Cancer Death Rate Likely To Decline Faster In Men Than In Women, New Research Finds

Cancer death rates in the EU are falling faster for men compared to women per a new study. The researchers predict that death rates for men will decline by 8 percent in 2017 vis-à-vis 4 percent for women.

Public Health February 22, 2017

Teens With PTSD, Conduct Disorder Can Misidentify Facial Expressions, New Study Reveals

A new study has been conducted in the field of PTSD and conduct disorder. The research has revealed that teens suffering from these problems tend to misidentify facial expressions.

Public Health February 22, 2017

US To Have Lowest Life Expectancy Among High-Income Countries By 2030

The life expectancy of American men and women by the year 2030 will be comparable to those of middle-income countries like Mexico and Croatia. What are the factors behind low life expectancy in the U.S.?

Public Health February 21, 2017

Sleepy Teens 4.5 Times More Likely To Commit Criminal Offenses As Adults

A study has found that teenage boys who feel drowsy in the afternoon tend to be antisocial. They also have higher odds of committing crime by the time they become adults.

Public Health February 23, 2017

Scratch That: Your Cat Will Not Give You Mental Illness

Owning cats does not up your risk for mental disorders such as schizophrenia and psychosis, among other mental illnesses. Here's the proof.

Public Health February 23, 2017

H7N9 Mutation Makes Bird Flu Virus Drug-Resistant And More Infectious

Analysis revealed mutations of the bird flu virus H7N9 make it more infectious in poultry and resistant to a class of antiviral drugs. Does this mean the virus could spread more easily between humans?

Public Health February 21, 2017

Bird Flu Virus Hits French Foie Gras Industry As France Plans To Cull 600,000 Ducks

The H5N8 bird flu virus that hit France and other countries in Europe and the Middle East is set to hit the French foie gras industry. Authorities are planning to cull thousands of ducks, a preventative measure that is estimated to cost foie gras producers 270 million euros.

Public Health February 21, 2017

Healthy Diet For Kids: Only One-Third Of Parents Believe They Follow Recipe To Healthy Eating

Only one-third of the parents in the United States self-reported using a recipe to healthy eating for their children, according to a new poll. Additionally, one in five parents doesn't believe it's important to limit fast food intake.

Public Health February 26, 2017

Not La La Land After All: Los Angeles Is World’s Most Traffic-Congested City

Los Angeles has emerged in a global traffic scorecard as the city with the worst traffic congestion in the world. Find out about other U.S. cities in the top 10, and what likely fueled traffic congestion in these places.

Public Health February 21, 2017

Listeria Poses Miscarriage Threat In Early Stages Of Pregnancy

A study revealed that like the Zika virus, Listeria too leads to problems during pregnancy and in some cases even miscarriage. The researchers also revealed some preventive measures that could help to avoid the disease.

Public Health February 21, 2017

Children Can Inherit Obesity From Their Parents, New Study Says

New findings by University of Sussex researchers have revealed that children inherit obesity from their parents. The BMI count of the parents directly affects that of the child, making them obese.

Public Health February 21, 2017

Hibernation May Help Cure Terminal Cancer Patients: Expert

Putting cancer patients into hibernation may give oncologists more time to aggressively treat the tumors without killing the patient. The approach may help thousands of patients with advanced cancer.

Public Health February 20, 2017

Overweight Individuals With Diabetes Can Reduce Health Risks With Gastric Band Surgery, New Study Reveals

Individuals who are overweight and suffer from diabetes can decrease the health risks by opting for lap band or gastric band surgery per a new study. The surgery reportedly enhances a patient’s life quality and reduces medication need for diabetes.

Public Health February 20, 2017

Study Uncovers How Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

Zika leading to microcephaly in babies is one of the reasons the virus is considered a major health threat around the world. Researchers now know how exactly the infection affects fetal brain development.

Public Health February 18, 2017

CDC Temporarily Closes Biosafety Labs Over Air Hose Safety Concerns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily shut down four of its biosafety laboratories in Atlanta due to concerns for equipment safety. Officials say air supply hoses attached on workers’ suits were not approved for use.

Public Health February 18, 2017

Women Urged To Check For Lumps In Their Breasts When Lying In Bed

Normally, women are urged to do breasts self-examination when standing with arms raised in front of a mirror. This time, they must do it when lying in bed too. Some lumps are detectable only when lying in bed.

Public Health February 21, 2017

How Cholera And Diarrhea Pathogens Spread Northward Because Of Climate Change

Infectious disease experts are concerned about climate change. See how this crisis could increase chances of diseases, and move them to places they may have never gone before.

Public Health February 18, 2017

Bird Flu Infection Rate In China Higher Than Estimated, Virus Harder To Detect

Bird Flu has reared its ugly head once again and is affecting people in China. The disease has killed more than100 people in the country and the infection rate of the hard-to-detect virus is higher than estimated.

Public Health February 17, 2017

Not Recluse: Scientists Devise Method To Tell Difference Between Brown Recluse Spider Bite, Skin Cancer

Think you got bitten by a brown recluse spider? A team of researchers in the United States invented a new mnemonic device to help you avoid misdiagnosis and tell the difference between a spider bite and skin cancer.

Public Health February 17, 2017

'Sell-By' Dates On Food Items Will Be Replaced By 'Use By' And 'Best If Used By' Labels

Food trade groups have decided to scrap ‘sell by’ label on food and replace it with 'Use by' and 'best If used by' label henceforth. The decision was taken to avoid confusion and reduce food waste.

Public Health February 17, 2017

Zika Tests Repeated Due To US Lab Mistakes, Two Pregnant Women Confirmed Infected

A public health lab in Washington D.C. has made mistakes while testing for the Zika virus in over 400 people. The CDC has retested all the samples, which confirms two pregnant women were infected.

Public Health February 17, 2017

How Effective Is The Flu Vaccine? Number Of Cases Continues To Rise

Flu vaccine is only 48 percent effective against the most common strain of flu virus, according to epidemiologists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials urged people to get vaccinated, noting that less than half of Americans got the shot.

Public Health February 26, 2017

Nearly Half Of Americans To Have Some Form Of Heart Disease-Related Health Problem By 2035

A new American Heart Association report estimates that 45 percent of the U.S. population will have some form of health problem linked to heart disease by 2035. Costs associated with cardiovascular conditions would also rise to $1.1 trillion.

Public Health February 15, 2017

Rare Rat-Related Bacterial Disease Leptospirosis Kills 1 In The Bronx

Leptospirosis, a rare rat-related disease has resulted in the death of one person and rendered few others seriously ill. Leptospirosis incidents have been reported in the Bronx.

Public Health February 16, 2017

Intragastric Balloon: A New Anti-Obesity Treatment Minus The Surgery

An oral balloon pill that an obese person could conveniently swallow to help keep him full, lose weight, and finally break free from obesity. Sounds too good to be true? Not really.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Congenital Heart Disease: What It Means For Your Baby’s Health

Congenital heart disease is one the most common birth defects seen today. Know more about the different types of CHD, the potential causes and risk factors, and the available treatment options for this condition.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Benefits vs Risks: Daily Aspirin Therapy For Heart Disease

One of the most commonly prescribed medicines of all time, low-dose aspirin therapy may have a lot of benefits, but it comes with serious side effects, too.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Breast Cancer Patients Can Retain Hair With This Novel Technology

A new study shows that scalp cooling caps can help breast cancer patients retain their hair during chemotherapy. The DigniCap cooling cap has received FDA approval and is now available in the U.S.

Public Health February 15, 2017

'Obamacare Continues To Fail,' Tweets Trump After Humana Confirms Plan To Quit ACA

Humana is all set to quit Obamacare by 2018. Several other investors are expected to go with the same flow as Humana and wait for President Trump's all new replacement of the ACA.

Public Health February 15, 2017

Drug Overdose Cases On The Rise In Louisville, 52 Cases Reported Within 32 Hours

Louisville recently reported 52 drug cases in 32 hours, throwing the state in frenzy. The overdoses were caused due to consumption of heroin and synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Public Health February 15, 2017

Bill Gates Worried Trump's America First Might Jeopardize Foreign Aid That Prevents Deaths In Poor Countries

President Donald Trump's America First policy has a shotgun effect that might also hit global health care. Bill Gates and wife Melinda are worried about its effects on foreign aids that help save lives in poor countries.

Public Health February 14, 2017

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Research Proposes New Potential Cause

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a condition that currently affects up to 25 percent of the American population. Among the factors contributing to this disease, weight, exercising, and diet are some of the most important.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Premature Babies Face Higher Risk For Mental Health Problems Later In Life

Babies born with low birth weight such as those who were born prematurely have increased odds of suffering from mental health problems as children, teenagers and adults. What are the risk factors for giving birth to low birth weight babies?

Public Health February 14, 2017

Shoveling Snow Can Increase Heart Attack Risk In Men

Increased incidence of heart attack and heart-related deaths in men after snowfalls could be due to shoveling snow. How does shoveling snow up heart attack risks?

Public Health February 13, 2017

BEWARE: Contaminated Machines Used In Heart Surgeries Are Causing Infection In Patients

Melbourne researchers have published a paper warning patients who have gone through an open heart surgery about possible infections. The bacteria, Mycobacterium chimaera, can cause serious illness.

Public Health February 15, 2017

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