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In Depth: How Sickle Cell Anemia Was Cured With Genetic Engineering, According To Doctors

For the first time, doctors have claimed that sickle cell anemia is curable with gene therapy. Doctors at the Necker Children's Hospital in Paris, who treated a teenager with the blood disorder, claimed complete cure after gene therapy.

Public Health March 5, 2017

CDC Report Highlights Rise In Number Of Children Getting Sick For Drinking Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizers make it more convenient to keep bacteria at bay but easy access to the alcohol-based product has also led to a spike in ingestion, which puts children’s health at serious risk.

Public Health March 4, 2017

Pee In Swimming Pools: Can Amount Of Urine Present In Pool Water Make You Sick?

The artificial sweetener ACE helped researchers determine how much pee is present in swimming pools. Are there health hazards to worry about when you swim in pools with urine?

Public Health March 4, 2017

Subway Disputes Canadian Report Alleging Products Are Only 50 Percent Chicken

Subway disputes reports by Canadian TV show 'Marketplace' that its products are only 50 percent chicken. The company executive fired back saying the allegation is '100 percent wrong.'

Public Health March 4, 2017

Oball Rattle: Nearly 700000 Baby Rattles Recalled By Kids II Due To Choking Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has directed that Kids II recall its Oball rattles due to chiking hazards. The plastic disc located outside the ball can break down causing the beads to release, posing a serious threat to young children.

Public Health March 4, 2017

I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Recalled As People Hospitalized With E. Coli

The SoyNut Butter Co, has voluntarily issued a recall for the I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter after people were hospitalized due to E. coli. Nearly 12 people, primarily children, have been hospitalized in five U.S. states.

Public Health March 4, 2017

150 Health Advocates Raise Awareness On Kidney Disease In Washington DC Summit

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 90 percent of more than 26 million adults in America are unaware they have kidney disease. For this reason, 150 advocates will convene in Washington D.C. to raise awareness.

Public Health March 5, 2017

MIT Predicts 1,200 Premature Deaths In Europe Due To Excess Emissions From German Cars

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predict that 1,200 people in Europe are likely to die early due to excess emissions from Volkswagen cars sold between 2008 and 2015. These were the cars found to have been installed with 'defeat devices.'

Public Health March 3, 2017

Study Shows Exercise Provides Relief Against Cancer-Related Fatigue

Exercise has always been good for the health. Now, researchers are saying it’s also more effective at providing patients with relief against cancer-related fatigue compared with medication.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Birth Defect Risk Among Moms With Zika Now 20 Percent Higher Than Before

The CDC has found that birth defect risk among moms with Zika virus is now 20 percent higher than before. Researchers determined the prevalence of different birth defects before the 2015 Zika virus epidemic.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Hearing Loss In Americans Expected To Double By 2060, Reveals New Study

Hearing loss in Americans is anticipated to see a rapid rise by 2060. The condition is expected to double in the next five decades and is caused due to exposure to loud noises.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Breastfeeding Mom Shares Story Of Losing Baby After He Accidentally Starved

Jillian Johnson, a mother who decided to breastfeed her son Landon, shares the story of his death after he accidentally starved. 'Breast is best, but follow with the bottle,' she says.

Public Health March 4, 2017

Planned Parenthood Advocates Urge Legislators To Protect Women's Access To Health Care

New York and Washington-based women's health advocates sat down with legislators to share their stories and urge lawmakers to stop the administration's plan to defund Planned Parenthood.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Labiaplasty, Lip Reduction Surgery On The Rise In The US

Lip reduction procedures, labiaplasty, and breast augmentation enjoyed year-on-year growth in cosmetic surgeries in 2016. New figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reflect current plastic surgery trends.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Obamacare: Republicans Keep Draft Of Affordable Care Act Replacement Under Wraps

House GOP leaders were reportedly ready with their new Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill but kept it under wraps. It was made available on Thursday to House Energy and Commerce Committee members and staff for reading only but no one was allowed to have a copy.

Public Health March 2, 2017

Probiotic Combination May Ease Allergy Symptoms: Study

Allergy season is soon to befall us. With that, a new study found that a certain probiotic combination may be effective in alleviating symptoms of mild seasonal allergies.

Public Health March 2, 2017

Other Mosquito Species Could End Up Carrying Zika Virus

The Zika virus has become a major public health concern, especially since studies reveal even more species of mosquitoes than previously thought can transmit the disease. Studies identify 26 additional vector species, seven of which occur in the continental United States.

Public Health March 2, 2017

Colon And Rectal Cancer Rates Up Among Generation X And Millennials: Symptoms, Risk Factors And What To Do

Colorectal cancer incidents in young adults are going up in the United States, according to a new study. Here are the signs, symptoms and other useful information to give you a clearer picture about this disease that claims thousands of lives every year.

Public Health March 2, 2017

Multiple Sclerosis And Coeliac Disease Could Increase Risk Of Dementia In Later Life

Diseases like multiple sclerosis and coeliac disease may increase the risk of suffering from dementia in later life. According to the research, patients with auto immune diseases are at a grater risk of developing memory related disorders.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Nail-Patella Syndrome: New Spotlight On 'No Kneecap' Disorder

The rare genetic disease nail-patella syndrome manifests as a lack of kneecaps, the improper development of nails, and other physical abnormalities. In most cases, the syndrome leads to kidney disease as well.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Why Are Colon And Rectal Cancers Rising Among Young US Adults?

More Gen Xers and millennials are suffering from colon and rectal cancers, according to a new American Cancer Society study. While the rates are climbing steeply among young and middle-aged Americans, they kept dropping among adults 55 years old and above.

Public Health March 1, 2017

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Antimicrobial Resistance

Experts consider antimicrobial resistance as one of the biggest threats to global health. What is it, what causes it, and how can it cast us back to the dark ages of medicine?

Public Health March 6, 2017

Tanning Devices Responsible For Increasing Number Of Skin Cancer Cases In US, Report Suggests

The use of indoor tanning techniques is the leading cause of skin cancer according to a new study. About $343.1 million goes into medical costs to treat skin cancer caused by tanning devices in the United States.

Public Health February 28, 2017

‘Priority Pathogens’: WHO Sounds Alarm On These 12 Superbugs

The WHO has published its first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens,” which details the 12 superbugs believed to pose the greatest threat to human health. Find out what these drug-resistant bacteria are.

Public Health February 28, 2017

Birdwatching Near Your Home Offers Mental Health Benefits, Says Study

Researchers have found that watching birds near your home can be good for your mental health. Results were consistent whether subjects lived in urban or suburban neighborhoods.

Public Health February 27, 2017

One-Third Of Eating Disorder Patients Not Referred For Proper Care: Survey

One-third of eating disorders sufferers are not endorsed to a mental health service for treatment when they visit a doctor. This has prompted a UK charity to call for better medical school training in spotting anorexia nervosa and similar conditions.

Public Health February 27, 2017

Trader Joe’s Voluntarily Recalls Unsweetened Apple Sauce Products Due To Potential Glass Content

Trader Joe’s has recently issued a voluntary recall of its Unsweetened Apple Sauce products due to potential glass contamination. Read on for the affected products and what might have led to the presence of glass in the products.

Public Health February 27, 2017

1 In 4 Drug Overdoses In The US Is Related To Heroin

Latest figures from the CDC showed that 25 percent of drug overdoses in the U.S. are related to heroin. What's behind the rising use of this opioid drug in the country?

Public Health February 26, 2017

Fasting-mimicking Diet: Could It Reverse Diabetes?

New research suggests that fasting-mimicking diet managed to reverse diabetes in adult mice. The subjects were able to produce insulin, and their insulin resistance was also reduced after being administered with this diet.

Public Health February 25, 2017

Depression Leading Cause Of Disability, More Likely To Affect Women, WHO Reports

The World Health Organization has released new figures stating that depression can cause mental and physical disabilities. The statistics were released in a report on Feb. 23 and share that women are more likely to be affected vis-a-vis men.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Here's Why Using More Sugar May Cause Alzheimer's Disease

According to a new study, glucose disables an enzyme that resists Alzheimer's disease. The new finding will help in devising a new approach to finding a cure for Alzheimer's.

Public Health February 24, 2017

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

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