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Here Are The Infant Formula And Baby Food Products Found Positive For Toxic Chemicals

A recent report by non-profit organization Clean Label Project showed that some of the top-selling and emerging baby food products tested positive for toxic chemicals such as arsenic. Over 500 products were tested and rated from best to worst.

Public Health October 27, 2017

CDC Panel Recommends GSK's New Shingles Vaccine Shingrix

GlaxoSmithKline's Shingrix is the newly approved vaccine for preventing shingles. The vaccine has got the thumbs up from CDC.

Public Health October 27, 2017

Baby Food And Infant Formulas Tested Positive For Arsenic, Lead, And Other Toxic Chemicals

More than half of baby products, including infant formula, that researchers examined were found positive for toxic chemicals. Mainstream brands, which include Gerber and Enfamil, were among the worst offenders.

Public Health October 25, 2017

Carpenter Who Repaired Homes After Hurricane Harvey Dies Of Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Josue Zurita, a 31-year-old man, has succumbed to the deadly necrotizing fasciitis. He had contracted the flesh-eating bacterial infection while repairing homes damaged by floodwater post-hurricane Harvey.

Public Health October 26, 2017

Frequent Need To Urinate Could Be Sign Of Ovarian Cancer

The need to urinate more often than usual is a potential symptom of ovarian cancer, but only 1 percent of women are aware of this warning sign. What are the other signs of the disease?

Public Health October 25, 2017

New York Law Bans Use Of E-Cigarettes In Public Places

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill that bans the use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking tobacco products is prohibited. The new law will take effect in 30 days.

Public Health October 25, 2017

How Do You Stop The Spread Of HIV? Quarantine Those Infected, Suggests Georgia Lawmaker

Georgia lawmaker Betty Price has come under fire for asking whether there is legal basis for the quarantine of people infected with HIV. She has now spoken out amid the controversy, claiming her comments were taken out of context.

Public Health October 23, 2017

Judge Tosses $417 Million Talcum Powder Case Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

A judge in Los Angeles has thrown out a $417 million 'talcum powder' case verdict against Johnson & Johnson. Previously, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay the sum to a woman who claimed she got ovarian cancer from the company's baby powder product.

Public Health October 21, 2017

California Faces Largest Person-To-Person Hepatitis Outbreak Since 1995

California is currently struggling with a hepatitis A outbreak that has already claimed 19 lives. What are the challenges that authorities are facing in their quest to control the outbreak?

Public Health October 20, 2017

Price Hike Cuts Sales Of Sugary Drinks In Jamie's Italian Restaurants

Raising the price of sugary drinks in Jamie's Italian restaurants causes sales to drop by 11 percent, a new experiment reveals. As a result, the increase in price of those beverages has led to the decrease in sugary drink consumption.

Public Health October 19, 2017

Promising Obesity Treatment: Engineered Protein Helps Obese Animals Lose Weight

An engineered version of the protein GDF15 caused test animals to lose weight. Researchers also observed a link between increased levels of the protein and lowered cholesterol and insulin levels in the blood.

Public Health October 20, 2017

Men Who Receive Blood From Mothers Are More Likely To Die Three Years After The Transfusion, Study Suggests

Men are more likely to die when they receive blood from a woman who had been previously pregnant, says a new study. This could ultimately alter blood donation policies in the global scale if future studies support the conclusion.

Public Health October 18, 2017

More Than 57 Dead After Devastating Pneumonic Plague Spreads Across Madagascar

Madagascar is seeing an unusually high rate of new plague cases this year. With already more than 680 documented cases just six weeks into the plague season, experts are worried.

Public Health October 17, 2017

One Out Of Nine American Men Infected With Oral HPV: STD May Lead To Cancer

A new study found that about one out of nine American men is infected with oral HPV. The growing risk of the STD calls for a renewed focus on the available HPV vaccine, but not everyone can take it.

Public Health October 17, 2017

Wife Claims Excessive Energy Drink Consumption Left Hole In Husband's Skull

A new mother claims her husband suffered from brain hemorrhage and was left with a hole in the skull from excessive consumption of energy drinks. What are the potential dangers of energy drink consumption?

Public Health October 15, 2017

New Mom Loses Limbs From Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Giving Birth, Sues Hospital

A new mother in Canada is suing a hospital and five doctors for negligence for their contributions to her ordeal with flesh-eating bacteria. Lawyer says her ordeal could have possibly been prevented had she been assessed properly at the hospital.

Public Health October 14, 2017

The Obesity Problem Worsens: There Were 10 Times More Obese Children And Teens In 2016 Than 40 Years Ago

There were 10 times more obese children and teens in 2016 compared to 40 years ago, according to a joint study between the Imperial College London and the World Health Organization. The worldwide obesity problem is indeed getting worse.

Public Health October 11, 2017

These Foods May Slash Your Risk Of Dying From Heart Disease

Potassium-rich foods such as bananas and avocados can help protect against heart disease, a study reveals. What are some other examples of food that contain high amounts of potassium?

Public Health October 9, 2017

Here's The Gross Reason Why You Should Stop Taking Your Phone To The Bathroom

Experts have warned about the dangers of using the cellphone inside the bathroom. Here's why it is not a good idea to browse through your Facebook News Feed while sitting on the toilet.

Public Health October 9, 2017

City Of Newark Sues Opioid Manufacturers For False And Deceptive Advertising

The city of Newark sued pharmaceutical companies for false marketing and advertising. According to the civil lawsuit, the companies committed fraud and created a public nuisance.

Public Health October 7, 2017

Watching A Hockey Game Can Stress Your Heart Out

Heart rates of hockey spectators almost double during peak moments of the game. At-risk sports fans must be wary of their heart rates so as to avoid adverse cardiovascular events.

Public Health October 6, 2017

Mom Could Go To Jail For Refusing To Vaccinate Son

An Oakland County court judge has ordered a mother to have her child vaccinated within the week. Non-compliance to the order could land the mother in jail.

Public Health September 30, 2017

Bed Bugs Attracted To Dirty Laundry, Study Finds

Researchers have found that bed bugs are more attracted to exposed used clothing compared to clean clothing. The results show a possible explanation for the bed bugs' global expansion.

Public Health September 29, 2017

Body Art Gone Wrong: Woman At Risk Of Going Blind After Eyeball Tattoo

A woman warns people of the dangers of getting a scleral tattoo after her own botched procedure. Although her eyesight has improved, doctors say her damaged eye is unlikely to get its full eyesight back.

Public Health September 29, 2017

Woman Dies Of Flesh Eating Bacteria Contracted From Hurricane Harvey Floodwaters

An elderly woman in Houston, Texas, died of flesh-eating bacteria after she fell into contaminated floodwaters. This is the second case of flesh-eating infection related to Hurricane Harvey. What are the symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis?

Public Health September 28, 2017

Number Of STD Cases In The US Now At The Highest It’s Ever Been: Report

The number of new STD cases continues to grow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its annual STD surveillance report, showing that in 2016, the country recorded its highest rate of new STD cases thus far.

Public Health September 27, 2017

Parasitic Worm Moves Around And Digs Holes In Boy's Eye For 3 Weeks

A parasitic worm was found wriggling in the eyeball of a teenager in Mexico. The nematode was removed but it has already caused serious eye damage. How did it get into the boy's eye?

Public Health September 25, 2017

Meth-Laced 7Up: Contamination Of Soft Drinks In Mexico Causes 1 Death

Travelers were warned that some bottles of 7Up were tampered and contaminated with methamphetamine in Mexico. Should consumers in the United States also worry about meth-laced soft drinks?

Public Health September 25, 2017

CVS Health To Limit Opioid Prescriptions To 7 Days

CVS Health is taking part in the war against the worsening opioid abuse epidemic in the United States. The drugstore chain revealed it will only allow seven-day supplies of opioids for certain prescriptions.

Public Health September 23, 2017

Gender Straitjacket: Gender Norms Negatively Affect Young Boys And Girls From 15 Countries

Does gender stereotyping really affect the way children think and grow up? A new study shows that it does and at an earlier age than previously thought.

Public Health September 21, 2017

Sleep Deprivation May Reduce Symptoms Of Depression: Study

A meta-analysis suggests that partial sleep deprivation may help people who suffer from depression. Antidepressants are currently the popular treatment for people suffering from depressive symptoms.

Public Health September 20, 2017

Be Careful With Nerf Guns, Kids: You Might Seriously Damage Your Eyes

Eye doctors have warned that Nerf guns can cause serious eye damage, to the point that they recommended players to wear protective goggles. Making matters worse is that third-party companies make cheaper but more dangerous replacement bullets.

Public Health September 20, 2017

2 Corpsmen Removed From Patient Care After Calling Newborns ‘Mini Satans,’ Pointing Middle Finger At A Baby

Two corpsmen are now under investigation after posting photos and videos online that show how they inappropriately behaved with a newborn. The hospital staff members involved have come under fire in social media as well.

Public Health September 20, 2017

New Drug Test Can Detect Cocaine In Fingerprints Within Seconds

Researchers developed a new drug test that can identify molecules of cocaine in fingerprints within 30 seconds. Here's how it works to prevent the results from being faked.

Public Health September 23, 2017

Teens Today Less Interested In Sex, Alcohol Compared To Counterparts From Previous Decades: Are Gadgets To Blame?

American teens today are not as interested in sex, alcohol, dating, or driving compared to older generations. Here's what's happening.

Public Health September 19, 2017

Tobacco Still One Of World's Top Killers: Here Are The Other Top Causes Of Death Worldwide

A new report revealed that smoking remains one of the leading killers in the world. Here are the other causes of deaths worldwide in 2016, according to the Global Burden of Disease study.

Public Health September 16, 2017

Teen Dies From Hairball Infection: What Is Rapunzel Syndrome?

A teenager from the UK died from complications brought about by an infected hairball in her stomach. How did this happen, and what exactly is Rapunzel syndrome?

Public Health September 14, 2017

San Diego Starts Bleaching Streets As Hepatitis A Outbreak Kills 16: Here's How To Protect Yourself

San Diego has started washing its streets with bleach to fight back against the Hepatitis A outbreak that has already taken the lives of 16 people. For people in San Diego, here are ways to protect yourself from being infected.

Public Health September 14, 2017

Nanoparticles From Tattoo Ink Travel To Lymph Nodes Of The Body

A study involving deceased individuals with tattoo revealed that pigments and toxic elements in the form of nanoparticles make their way into the body's lymph nodes. Tattooed corpses were also found to have higher levels of titanium dioxide.

Public Health September 13, 2017

Sitting For More Than 13 Hours A Day Can Be Deadly Even If You Exercise

Sitting for prolonged periods can be deadly. A new study involving nearly 8,000 adults suggests that even physical exercise cannot undo the harm associated with extended sitting time.

Public Health September 12, 2017

Puppies From Pet Store Linked To Bacterial Outbreak That Sickened Dozens In 7 US States

Contact with puppies that were sold by the national pet store chain Petland has been linked to a multistate campylobacteriosis outbreak. What are the symptoms of this bacterial infection?

Public Health September 12, 2017

Rats Attack Paraplegic Girl In Her Bed As She Slept

Rats attacked a girl in France who was sleeping in her bed. The rodents left her with hundreds of lesions. Several of the teen's fingertips were also gnawed off.

Public Health September 10, 2017

Later School Start Time, Longer Sleep For Teens May Save US $9 Billion Per Year

Giving teenagers more time to sleep by delaying school start time to 8:30 a.m will benefit the economy, a new study shows. Here's how more snooze time may lead to billions in U.S. savings.

Public Health September 5, 2017

Obesity Report: 1 In 5 Americans Are Obese

One in five Americans is still obese. There is still hope as the rate increase slows down, and as long as policies and programs are bolstered.

Public Health September 3, 2017

Homeopathic Teething Bracelet Causes Lead Poisoning In 9-Month-Old Baby

A nine-month-old baby had lead poisoning because of a homeopathic teething bracelet with exceeding amounts of lead. The CDC warns that there is no safe level of lead for children.

Public Health September 2, 2017

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