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Smoking Pot While Breastfeeding: Can Marijuana Turn Up In Breast Milk?

Women, who regularly smoke marijuana while breastfeeding, could have exposed their babies to THC, a psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis. Scientists have yet to find its effects on the baby’s neurological development.

Public Health April 11, 2018

23andMe CEO Compares Complicated Genetic Risk Reports To Simple At-Home Pregnancy Test

23andMe chief executive Anne Wojcicki released an opinion article saying that people don't need experts to decipher genetic risk reports. She likened the reports to at-home pregnancy tests.

Public Health April 11, 2018

Mom Finds Used Needles On McDonald's Baby Changing Table

A young mother found three used needles on the baby changing table at a McDonald's restaurant and thinks these were intentionally left to injure somebody. What was fast food giant's response to the incident?

Public Health April 9, 2018

Survey Shows Adults Prefer Popping Pills Than Exercise To Treat High Blood Pressure

People prefer to swallow pills or drink tea than to exercise to manage their high blood pressure. A Yale study showed that only 1 in 3 Americans are interested in prolonging their lifespan even if options are available.

Public Health April 9, 2018

Stress And Grief During Pregnancy Increases Chances Of Mental Health Illness In Children: Study

A study has shown that stress is a potent indicative factor of adults being depressed or children having ADHD. This data explains one of the possible causes of the increasing purchase of mental health prescription drugs.

Public Health April 9, 2018

Measles Outbreak In Santa Clara County: Five Cases Confirmed So Far

Five Santa Clara County residents are now confirmed to have been afflicted by a measles outbreak. Experts say, however, that public threat is very low.

Public Health April 7, 2018

FDA Now Considers Vaping A Rising Epidemic In High School

The U.S. FDA has considered vaping among high school students a growing epidemic and national concern. At least 1.7 million students are smoking e-cigarettes, and more are getting addicted to combustible nicotine products.

Public Health April 7, 2018

New Jersey E.Coli Outbreak Possibly Linked To Panera Bread: Report

An E.coli outbreak in four counties of New Jersey has had eight people hospitalized. The state's Department of Health is currently conducting an investigation with help from the CDC and the FDA.

Public Health April 7, 2018

Couple Awarded $37 Million In Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit

Stephen Lanzo claimed he contracted cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's products for more than 30 years. He and his wife were awarded $37 million in compensatory damages on Thursday.

Public Health April 7, 2018

Surgeon General Issues New Advisory On Naloxone: What To Know About The Opioid Overdose-Reversal Drug

The Surgeon General wants more people to carry Naloxone with them in case of opioid overdose emergencies. How can members of the general public help with this public health crisis?

Public Health April 7, 2018

Rat Poison May Be Causing Severe Bleeding From Synthetic Weed: Outbreak Is Now Spreading From Illinois

Severe bleeding is being caused by synthetic weed that may have been laced with rat poison. This outbreak of bleeding caused by synthetic weed is now spreading from Illinois to other states.

Public Health April 6, 2018

Timothy Cunningham: Atlanta Police Rules Out Foul Play In Missing CDC Scientist’s Case

Atlanta police ruled out foul play in the death of CDC scientist Timothy Cunningham. Cunningham’s body was found Tuesday in a river near his house, although, the medical examiner is yet to release details of his death.

Public Health April 7, 2018

Pet Owners Beware: 10 Sickened After Common Fish Tank Coral Released Potentially Deadly Toxin

Ten individuals including responding firefighters and two dogs got sick after a common coral released potentially deadly toxins. The incident happened overnight after the fish tank was cleaned out.

Public Health April 6, 2018

Surgeon General Advisory Urges The Public To Carry Opioid Antidote Naloxone To Potentially Save Lives

To combat the opioid epidemic, the Surgeon General calls on the public to carry naloxone and to know how to administer it. This is the first surgeon general advisory in 13 years.

Public Health April 6, 2018

Missing CDC Scientist's Body Found In A River In Atlanta: What Are The Police Saying?

The body of a CDC scientist who has been missing since February has been found in a river in Atlanta. He vanished under mysterious circumstances, including that he was reported to be a whistleblower and that he passed over for a promotion.

Public Health April 5, 2018

Denver Hospital Sterilization Malpractice Places Surgical Patients At Risk Of HIV, Hepatitis B, And Hepatitis C

A 'sterilization breach' in a Denver hospital has placed an unknown number of surgical patients at risk of HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C infection. There was apparently 'a gap in the pre-cleaning process' that lasted for nearly two years.

Public Health April 5, 2018

‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Is An Epidemic In At Least 27 US States: What Could Happen If It Continues To Spread?

Government officials and healthcare workers worked double time to prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These superbugs will cost the country billions of dollars in hospitalization and medications with no certain recovery.

Public Health April 5, 2018

Twins With Debilitating OCD Shot Dead In Presumed Suicide Pact

Amanda and Sara Eldritch, the twins who became famous after undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery for their OCD, were found dead with gunshot wounds. Authorities believe it was a suicide pact.

Public Health April 5, 2018

FDA Issues First Ever Mandatory Recall For Contaminated Food: Kratom Products With Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a mandatory recall for all kratom products by Triangle Pharmanaturals. This is the first time that the FDA launched such an order, looking to stem the salmonella outbreaks related to the herbal supplement.

Public Health April 4, 2018

CDC Warns Of 'Nightmare Bacteria' That Is Antibiotic Resistant Spreading Throughout The U.S.

CDC has released a new report detailing the spread of a nightmare bacteria that is antibiotic resistant. There have been more than 200 cases reported across the U.S.

Public Health April 5, 2018

Legalizing Marijuana May Help Alleviate Rise Of Opioid Epidemic

Two new studies find that legalizing marijuana may help offset the number of opioid prescriptions. Opioid deaths are ravaging through every state in the U.S.

Public Health April 3, 2018

Breast Cancer Info On U.S. Department of Health And Human Services Website Disappears Without Warning

Without warning and explanation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services removed crucial information about breast cancer from its website in December 2017. The reason? It wasn’t used that much and wasn’t mobile-friendly.

Public Health April 3, 2018

Synthetic Marijuana Situation In Illinois Kills 2, Number Of Cases Still Growing

Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed that the death toll in Illinois linked to fake marijuana use climbs to two. The unexplained outbreak now listed 56 cases of severe bleeding, along with other pressing symptoms.

Public Health April 3, 2018

Dozens Of Tourists In Washington D.C Hospitalized For Possible Food Poisoning

51 tourists were brought to the hospital after showing symptoms of norovirus. Some started to feel sick in New York but sought medical attention after checking in to their hotel in Washington D.C.

Public Health April 3, 2018

Grindr Will Now Stop Sharing HIV Status Of Users After The Practice Was Exposed

Grindr faced backlash from its users after a research firm discovered that the app was sharing their HIV status data to third-party companies. Grindr defended the practice, but it was clearly at fault in protecting the privacy of its users.

Public Health April 3, 2018

California On The Brink Of War Against EPA’s Nationwide Emission Rules

EPA challenged California to adhere to its new emission rules and discard its 10-year stricter implementation on greenhouse gases. EPA chief Scott Pruitt said the government wants to make cars and fuel more affordable to the public.

Public Health April 3, 2018

Sinus Infections Are Treated Too Long With Antibiotics: CDC Study

Even when new regulations have been passed, U.S. physicians are still prescribing too many antibiotic medications for sinus infections. This puts patients at risk of side effects and drug resistance.

Public Health April 2, 2018

World Autism Awareness Day 2018: How Is ASD Different In Girls?

This year, the World Autism Awareness Day puts the spotlight on female patients, including young girls who are often misdiagnosed. Know the sex differences for early detection.

Public Health April 2, 2018

Up To 40 Percent Of Direct-To-Consumer DNA Tests Are Wrong

Direct-to-consumer DNA testing kits shouldn’t be treated as diagnostic tools. A new study claims to have found that these kits have a 40 percent false positive rate, indicating the importance of having raw DNA data properly analyzed by labs.

Public Health April 2, 2018

The Condom Challenge Is Not A Joke: Teens Really Pulling Condoms Through Their Nose And Out Their Mouth

The Condom Challenge is the latest stupid internet craze that is sweeping through teens on social media. The so-called challenge requires you to inhale a condom up your nostril, and then pull it through your throat and out your mouth.

Public Health April 1, 2018

7,000 Pounds Of Raw Beef Recalled For Being Produced Without Federal Inspection

A Texas company has recalled over 7,000 pounds of raw beef products that were not inspected. The Federal Meat Inspection Act requires all meat products for commercial use to pass federal inspection.

Public Health April 1, 2018

Loperamide Poisoning: Man Dies Due To Overdose Of Anti-Diarrhea Drug

The 29-year-old man was found to have 25 times the amount of loperamide's regular dose in his blood. What is the recommended dose for the anti-diarrhea drug Imodium?

Public Health March 30, 2018

Illinois Patients Suffer Severe Bleeding Over Fake Marijuana: Report

Cases of severe bleeding in Illinois over synthetic marijuana use have grown to 22. State health officials say the situation is being investigated and that no deaths have been reported so far.

Public Health March 30, 2018

FDA Cracks Down On Salt Intake, Redefines What ‘Healthy’ Labels Mean

The FDA revised its nutrition plans, which follows through the efforts of the Obama administration. Among the targeted programs are reduced public sodium intake, better food labels, and full disclosure of product ingredients.

Public Health March 31, 2018

Restaurant Meals May Have High Levels Of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals: What Are Phthalates?

Meals from restaurants and fast food joints may have far higher levels of phthalates compared with home-cooked meals. Why is this chemical considered dangerous to the human body?

Public Health March 30, 2018

Judge Rules Coffees Sold In California Must Have Cancer Warning Labels

Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle ruled that coffee companies in California including Starbucks should have cancer warning labels because their products contain acrylamide. What do scientific studies say about this chemical?

Public Health March 30, 2018

Researchers In Kenya Made Human Blood Deadly To Mosquitoes

In experiments that involved malaria patients, up to 97 percent of mosquitoes that fed on the participants' blood samples died. Here's how the researchers made human blood poisonous to these disease carriers.

Public Health March 29, 2018

Using Simulations Researchers Finally Figure Out Why Cracking Knuckles Make That Popping Sound

Scientists have figured out why knuckles make a popping sound when they're cracked. French researchers used a combination of lab experiments and simulations to figure out what makes the sound.

Public Health March 29, 2018

Two Women Lose Their Hair After Eating Bitter Squash

Two women experienced food poisoning symptoms and hair loss after eating bitter-tasting squash they bought from different sellers. Luckily for them, they were able to grow back their hair.

Public Health March 29, 2018

Eating Out Increases Exposure To Harmful Chemicals Linked To Cancer And Diabetes

Dining out was linked to increased exposure to phthalates, a group of chemicals associated with increased risk for diabetes, fertility issues, and breast cancer. Researchers suggested a means to reduce exposure to these chemicals.

Public Health March 29, 2018

SIDS May Be Genetic: Here's How To Prevent Crib Death

A new study has identified a genetic mutation known as SCN4A to be among the causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, crib death can still be caused by many other factors which, luckily, are preventable.

Public Health March 29, 2018

New Drugs Needed? Main Antibiotic Treatment Fails To Cure Traveler's Super Gonorrhea Infection

The combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone failed to cure the infection of a UK man who contracted drug-resistant gonorrhea in Southeast Asia. WHO earlier cited the need for new drugs amid rising cases of antibiotic-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted infection.

Public Health March 29, 2018

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Linked To Rare Genetic Mutation

DNA samples of four children with unexplained death showed a rare mutation in the SCN4A gene, which plays a role in muscle control. Can treatments for disorders caused by this mutation reduce risks of cot death?

Public Health March 28, 2018

Vaginal Mesh Leaves Australian Women With Rotting Pelvises And Other Complications

Pelvic mesh implants that have been used to treat women in Australia have led to complications that have launched a government report. The government's report says that the procedure should only be used as a last resort.

Public Health March 28, 2018

Study Reveals Why Good Night Sleep Becomes Elusive As We Get Older

Researchers who studied aging mice revealed why older people tend to find it difficult to fall asleep. Their findings showed a link between the aging process and how age impairs the body's circadian clock.

Public Health March 28, 2018

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