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Laundry Pods Pose Lethal Risks To Adults With Dementia

An elderly woman with dementia passed away two days after ingesting two packets of laundry pods. Hers is the sixth death of an adult with dementia due to ingesting laundry pods.

Public Health June 18, 2017

New Mice Study Links Common Household Chemicals To Birth Defects

A chemical found in common household items such as disinfectants and preservatives could be linked to birth defects in newborn mice, a new study revealed. The findings raise a possible red flag that this chemical may be toxic to humans.

Public Health June 18, 2017

Coconut Oil Not Healthy, Increases Bad Cholesterol Level That Can Cause Cardiovascular Disease: US Heart Experts

Coconut oil is marketed as a health food. An advisory from the American Heart Association, however, urges consumers to avoid it because of its saturated fat content that can elevate risk for stroke and heart disease.

Public Health June 17, 2017

Just 3 Genetic Mutations Could Make Bird Flu Strain Fuel Another Human Pandemic: Study

A few genetic tweaks to the H7N9 bird flu virus can pave the way for another human pandemic, researchers have warned. Learn more about these genetic tweaks to a property of the bird flu virus and how likely human transmission is.

Public Health June 16, 2017

E-Cigarette Use Among Adolescents Declines In 2016: FDA

The number of middle and high school users of tobacco and e-cigarettes declined from 2015 to 2016. Despite the promising news, the 2011 to 2016 numbers show almost no significant change in any tobacco use.

Public Health June 16, 2017

Analysis Of FDA Data Shows Presence Of Lead In Baby Food Samples As Hidden Health Threat

An analysis of various food products shows that certain infant and toddler food types have detectable lead levels. The Environmental Defense Fund calls for stricter lead regulations as children are more vulnerable to lead.

Public Health June 15, 2017

HS Students In Texas To Undergo Tuberculosis Testing After Active Case Has Been Detected

There's a case of active TB in George Bush High School in Fort Bend County in Texas, and authorities have initiated a public health probe. Learn more about the health inspection to be done among students and teachers.

Public Health June 15, 2017

Michigan Health Officials Charged With Manslaughter For Flint Water Crisis

The handling of the Flint water crisis that started in 2014 was a mess to say the least, resulting in 14 people dying from lead exposure. Because of this, four Michigan health officials are facing manslaughter charges as the city still works on recovering.

Public Health June 14, 2017

NASA And ISS Crystal Growth And More: How Astronauts Are Keeping Humans Healthy

NASA and the ISS astronauts are now growing crystals that could help with drug development on Earth. That is just one of the ways that these explorers have kept humans healthy.

Public Health June 13, 2017

What If Your Child Gets Bitten By A Black Widow Spider? Massachusetts Couple Learns The Hard Way

Josh and Kristine Donovan of Massachusetts were shocked to find out that their 5-year-old daughter got bitten by a black widow spider. These spider bites are deemed very rare and usually strike in southern and western U.S. regions.

Public Health June 13, 2017

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

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