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Carfentanil Overdose: Elephant Tranquilizer 100 Times More Potent Than Fentanyl, Kills 5 In Minnesota

An overdose of carfentanil, a deadly elephant tranquilizer, killed five people in Minnesota. The opioid is said to be 100 and 10,000 times more potent than fentanyl and morphine, respectively.

Public Health April 2, 2017

Annual Report Shows A Downward Trend In Overall Cancer Death Rates In The United States

Overall cancer death rates in the United States are seeing a downward trend according to a report. Authors call for more attention and resources for the prevention and treatment of several cancer types.

Public Health April 1, 2017

WHO Names Depression As Leading Cause Of Sickness And Disability, Calls For Urgent Action

The World Health Organization named depression as the world’s leading cause of sickness and disability. Their program “Depression: let’s talk” aims to urge people with depression all around the world to seek for help.

Public Health April 1, 2017

1 In 3 US Breast Cancer Patients Opts To Remove Healthy Breast: Why Doctors Do Not Recommend Preventive Double Mastectomy

Women diagnosed with cancer in one breast increasingly opt to undergo double mastectomy because of anxiety and not because of medical necessity. Here's why doctors do not recommend contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.

Public Health April 1, 2017

HPV Vaccine Safe For Pregnant Women, Study Finds

The HPV vaccine Gardasil doesn’t cause major birth defects if administered during pregnancy. The human papillomavirus vaccine is still not recommended for pregnant women, but a new safety study proves it’s OK to get vaccinated while carrying a baby.

Public Health March 30, 2017

Girl Suffers Severe Burns From DIY Slime Project

Do-it-yourself slime projects are not only becoming a craze, but also a safety risk among schoolchildren. The slime-making spree has led to severe burns for an 11-year-old, with doctors suspecting the inadequate dilution of borax used in the project.

Public Health March 30, 2017

Heroin Addiction Rises In White People, Says New Study

Heroin addiction, especially among the whites in the United States, has experienced a rise. The rise in heroin addiction is attributed to the wrongful use of prescribed opioids.

Public Health March 31, 2017

Breast Cancer Patients Who Smoke At Higher Risk From Radiation Therapy Complications

Deaths due to radiotherapy for breast cancer are higher among women who continue smoking even after diagnosis according to a new study. The researchers also analyzed the adverse effects of prolonged radiotherapy on patients.

Public Health March 30, 2017

Exposure To Lead During Childhood Can Cause Lower IQ In Adulthood

New research suggests that high levels of blood lead during childhood can account for lower IQ in adulthood. Doctors warn that no lead exposure level is safe for children.

Public Health March 30, 2017

Measles Outbreak In Europe: More Than 500 Infected By Contagious Virus Amid Declining Vaccination Rates

Countries most hit by the measles outbreak in Europe have low vaccination rates, WHO revealed. What factors are behind the declining immunization levels in these countries?

Public Health March 29, 2017

Hepatitis B And Hepatitis C: Improved Efforts Can Wipe Out The Diseases By 2030 In US

A research committee has laid out a plan to successfully eradicate hepatitis B and C from the United States by 2030. The plan suggests that the federal government acquire license rights for expensive drugs used to treat these diseases.

Public Health March 29, 2017

Human Waste Detected In Coke Cans At Northern Ireland Manufacturing Plant

Human waste has turned up in drink cans at a Coca-Cola manufacturing plant in Northern Ireland. The discovery prompted machine closure for hours and a police investigation into the product contamination.

Public Health March 29, 2017

Italy Debates Implementing Paid 3-Day 'Menstrual Leave' Policy

A legislation proposed in the Italian Parliament may lead to changes in women’s rights. The country may be the first to allow women to take paid leaves each month, on account of their menstrual pain.

Public Health March 29, 2017

Court Declares Coke Products Sprite And Fanta 'Poisonous'

A judge in Nigeria ruled that Coke products Sprite and Fanta could pose health threats to consumers. How do certain ingredients in these beverages become poisonous when consumed?

Public Health March 28, 2017

It’s Not All About Fast Food: Study Finds Rare Genetic Obesity Cases Are More Common Than Anticipated

Researchers found 79 syndromes linked to genetic causes of obesity, almost triple than previously anticipated. Although rare, these syndromes are much more numerous and diverse than expected and their understanding could help curb obesity rates worldwide.

Public Health March 28, 2017

NIH Budget Cuts Disasterous To Life-Saving Research, Leading Heart Doctors Warn

Top U.S. heart doctors and researchers worry that the NIH budget cut in the White House Budget proposal will greatly affect work in producing life-saving heart drugs. Here’s what they have to say at a recent meeting.

Public Health March 28, 2017

Breastfed Kids Not Necessarily Smarter But Mothers Should Still Consider Breastfeeding Babies: Here's Why

A new study debunks the idea that breastfeeding babies would make them smarter. Despite this, there are a number of reasons why mothers are still urged to consider giving breast milk to their kids.

Public Health March 28, 2017

Frozen Taquitos Recalled Because Of Potential Plastic And Rubber Contamination

Ajinomoto Windsor recalled more than 35,000 pounds of frozen and ready-to-eat beef taquitos that have been shipped to several states in the United States. What are the products affected by this food recall?

Public Health March 27, 2017

Contraceptive Pill May Protect Against Cancer For Up To 30 Years

Women who took oral birth control pill appeared protected from breast cancer and endometrial cancer for up to 30 years after they stopped taking oral contraceptives. Does this mean use of the pill is completely safe?

Public Health March 27, 2017

Sepsis: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatment Of The Deadly Condition

The accidental cure discovered for sepsis has led to a flurry of excitement in the medical world. Here's a look at the symptoms, causes, and proposed treatment to counter the deadly condition.

Public Health March 27, 2017

This Shapes Up To Be A Bad Tick Season And Lyme Disease Could Become More Prevalent, Experts Warn

The tick season in 2017 is making an early appearance and Lyme disease is likely to become more widespread, according to experts. But there are other tick-borne diseases to watch out for amid rising temperatures.

Public Health March 27, 2017

Citrus vs. The Big C: Vitamin C 10 Times More Effective Than Cancer Drugs, Says Study

British scientists report that high-dose vitamin C, a nutrient naturally found in citrus fruits and vegetables, could be a potent treatment for cancer. How can this be possible?

Public Health March 27, 2017

Italy Named World’s Healthiest Country In Bloomberg Survey

Italy has been named the healthiest country in the Global Health Index released by Bloomberg with the United States ranked at 34. The indexes found Italians relatively free from high blood pressure, cholesterol, and possess better mental health than others.

Public Health March 27, 2017

Breaded Chicken Recalled After Metal Was Discovered Inside: Other Foreign Objects Found In Food Products

OK Foods recalled nearly 1 million pounds of breaded chicken because of metal discovered inside the meat. Here are other cases of foreign objects in food that prompted recalls.

Public Health March 26, 2017

Amid Antibiotic Resistance And Current Treatments, How Are We Faring In The Fight Against Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis is not yet a relic of the past as it continues to kill millions every year, especially in low-income countries and Africa. How is the battle going in the face of antibiotic resistance and new bacterial strains?

Public Health March 26, 2017

Woman Finds Teeth In Barbacoa Tacos, San Antonio Company Responds

A woman from Texas complained on Facebook after getting what looked like teeth inside her barbacoa tacos. The story went viral really fast, getting numerous reactions on social media.

Public Health March 26, 2017

Caution: Your Supermarket Grocery May Be Carrying More Germs Than Your Toilet

Germs found in groceries bought from supermarkets could be more than what is found in toilets. According to experts, microbes piggyback on produce from shops including supermarkets with the buyer not being aware of the gravity of the risk.

Public Health March 26, 2017

Obamacare Replacement Is Dead: Trump Administration’s Health Care Bill Pulled Out Prior To Procedural Vote

Republicans have been actively pushing to replace the Affordable Care Act despite protests but the GOP’s proposed bill is now officially dead even before Senate vote.

Public Health March 25, 2017

OK Foods Recalls Breaded Chicken Products For Possible Metal Contamination

OK Foods, Inc., recalls almost a million pounds of breaded meat products due to possible metal contamination. The most recent food recall raises questions on the industry’s food safety.

Public Health March 25, 2017

Doctor Stumbles On Cure For Deadly Sepsis And It’s All About Vitamin C

The physician successfully treated his patients with vitamin C infusions, along with thiamine and hydrocortisone. Pending validation through additional studies, his remedy could prove to be a long-awaited breakthrough in sepsis treatment.

Public Health March 24, 2017

Unlucky DNA Mutations Explain Why People With Healthy Lifestyle Still Get Cancer

Random bad luck DNA mutations can be blamed for some cases of cancer. Does this mean that a healthy lifestyle no longer matters when it comes to preventing cancer?

Public Health March 24, 2017

Getting Breast Implants May Cause Blood Cancer: Other Cosmetic Procedures With Unwanted Side Effects

The FDA announcement on a link between breast implants and ACLC, a rare type of blood cancer, may raise concerns over the safety of breast enhancement procedures. Here are other cosmetic surgeries that come with health risks.

Public Health March 23, 2017

'Sea Of Despair' Identified Among White Working-Class Americans

A 'sea of despair' is behind the gloomy outlook among white working-class Americans, a new study said. This is characterized by the uptick of physical pain as job prospects continue to decline over time.

Public Health March 23, 2017

Fading Sense Of Smell Could Mean Death Is Closer: Study

Could fading sense of smell mean death is closer? A Swedish study suggests that people in their middle age or older suffering from impaired sense of smell are more likely to die within 10 years.

Public Health March 23, 2017

Saline vs Silicone: Which Breast Implant Type Is Safer?

If you’re considering breast augmentation, the first thing to take into account is safety. Although both types of implants pose similar health risks, silicone implants have been linked to more problems after surgery compared to saline implants.

Public Health March 22, 2017

Are You At Risk Of Getting Alzheimer's Disease? Gene Testing Can Predict When

New research shows that it may be possible to predict which individuals are at a risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Scientists reveal that there are multiple genetic reasons behind people being afflicted with the condition.

Public Health March 23, 2017

Surviving Prostate Cancer: Studies Show Which Treatment Offers Better Quality Of Life

Surgery, radiation or active surveillance? Studies rank treatment options for prostate cancer patients according to their outcomes on sexual, urinary and bowel functions.

Public Health March 22, 2017

FDA Links Breast Implants To Rare Form Of Cancer, Confirms 9 Deaths

The FDA warned against breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare kind of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It has so far led to nine deaths and a probe on the specific danger of breast augmentation surgery.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Baby Born With 2 Spines And 4 Legs Undergoes Successful Surgery

A surgery was performed on an infant from Ivory Coast, Africa, who was born with two spines and four legs of her underdeveloped twin. The operation has been successful and the baby girl is recovering.

Public Health March 22, 2017

Infant Mortality Rate Declining In US, Thanks To Various Initiatives

Infant mortality rate has decreased significantly in the US by 15 percent for the first time in a decade. The decline in deaths is attributed to various initiatives in the country to counter the issue.

Public Health March 22, 2017

CDC Monitoring New Threat In US: Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection

A fungal infection dubbed 'Candida auris’ has raised concerns in the U.S. According to the CDC, around 53 people in the U.S. have fallen sick as a result of the infection after being admitted to hospitals due to unrelated ailments.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Climate Change Can Increase Diabetes Cases In US, Suggests New Study

A new study has revealed that climate change is related to diabetes, and with each degree of temperature rise, the risks from it are also increased. This study proves the real-world effect of climate change upon humans.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Colon Cancer: Doctors Stress At Importance Of Screening

Colon cancer can be treated easily upon early detection. However, people avoid regular testing and checkups through which early detection and diagnosis is possible.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Patients Less Likely To Die In US Hospitals During Surprise Inspections: Study

Patients during surprise hospital accreditation surveys may have a slightly lower risk of dying within 30 days of their admission, a new study has found. What could account for these lower mortality rates?

Public Health March 21, 2017

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