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Legionnaires' Disease Discovery Leads To Water Restrictions In Pittsburgh Veteran Affairs Hospital

Pittsburgh’s Veterans Affairs hospital has been subjected to water restriction after Legionella bacteria were found in many areas of the hospital. The bacteria causes a pneumonia-type infection called Legionnaires’ disease.

Public Health January 30, 2017

Hawaii Senator Wants Homelessness To Be Classified As Medical Condition

Josh Green, an emergency doctor and a democratic state senator, introduced a bill last week in Hawaii classifying homelessness as a medical condition. The bill could entitle doctors to prescribe housing facilities to the homeless.

Public Health January 30, 2017

Mumps Outbreak Hits Washington, Nearly 300 Cases Reported

The Washington state has reported 278 confirmed and likely cases of mumps in five counties since October. Health officials urge everyone to get protected through the MMR vaccine.

Public Health January 30, 2017

Heart Disease, Stroke Statistics 2017: Cardiovascular Disease Still Leading Cause Of Death, Reports AHA

The 2017 update of Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics of the American Heart Association confirms that cardiovascular disease is still leading cause of death. The number of deaths attributed to it is expected to rise by 46 percent by 2030.

Public Health January 30, 2017

Food Additive Under Review After Study Finds Cancer Links In Animal Study

Titanium dioxide used as food additive to make food whiter and brighter has been linked to carcinogenesis in an animal study. What are other potential health concerns associated with this substance?

Public Health January 29, 2017

Malignant Melanoma Death Rates To Reduce By 2050, Predict Experts

According to researchers, the death rates due to malignant melanoma will decline by 2050. In the U.S., the death rates would be 2.5 to 3 times lower when compared to peak years.

Public Health January 29, 2017

France Bans Unlimited Soda Refills To Tackle Obesity: Should US Follow Suit?

France has banned unlimited refills of sodas and sugary drinks in restaurants and other fast food places, in accordance with the WHO's 2016 health data. It remains to be seen if the U.S. implements similar measure to counter obesity.

Public Health January 31, 2017

France Fights Obesity By Banning Unlimited Soda Refills

France has banned unlimited refills of sugary drinks in an attempt to combat obesity. Although the country is not among the ones with the highest obesity rates, the number of obese people has increased over the last few years.

Public Health January 29, 2017

FDA Confirms Elevated Belladonna Levels In, Warns Against Hyland Homeopathic Teething Products

The FDA has confirmed inconsistent amounts and raised quantities of belladonna in some homeopathic teething tablets, and warns consumers that these products 'pose an unnecessary risk' to children. The agency particularly warns against the use of Hyland's products.

Public Health January 30, 2017

Age Restriction Aimed At Limiting E-Cigarette Use Caused More Pregnant Teens To Smoke Cigarettes

New research has shown that more pregnant teens tend to smoke traditional cigarettes in the aftermath of the e-cigarette regulation. The study suggests a better implementation of the laws in force.

Public Health January 29, 2017

More Than 1 In 4 US Adults, Almost 1 In 10 Youth Use Tobacco: Study

Latest findings from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study suggest that more than one in four adults and almost one in every four teenagers use tobacco.

Public Health January 28, 2017

New Jersey Giving Parents Free Baby Boxes To Lower Infant Mortality Rate

New Jersey is now the first U.S. state to launch a universal baby box program. How can the program help reduce infant mortality rate?

Public Health January 27, 2017

14 New Developmental Disorders In Children Identified

The largest genetic study on children who suffer from rare developmental disabilities identified 14 new disorders. According to the research team, one in every 300 newborns in the United Kingdom suffers from a rare condition caused by a mutation in an already existing genetic disease.

Public Health January 28, 2017

Majority Of Primary Care Physicians Don’t Support Repealing All Of Obamacare: Survey

According to a survey, most physicians don't support repealing the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. However, many of them would improve the health policy.

Public Health January 28, 2017

More People Are Dying From Diabetes In The US Than Earlier Thought

Diabetes accounts for 12 percent of the total number of deaths in the United States. This is a number higher than previously thought, raising concerns even more about the disease.

Public Health January 27, 2017

Doctors Pull Out 6-Foot-Long Tapeworm Curled Up Inside Man's Gut

Doctors in India discovered a 6-foot-long tapeworm in a man's gut and extracted it through the patient's mouth. An endoscopy revealed a long tapeworm curled up inside the man's intestines.

Public Health January 26, 2017

World Still ‘Grossly Underprepared’ For Outbreaks, Warn Experts

In the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak, a research team reviewed major reports discussing key problems and recommendations. According to the paper, the world is "grossly unprepared" to deal with health emergencies of the scale.

Public Health January 27, 2017

Later School Start Times Could Help Improve Teen Health, Grades, Says Study

Research from Canada suggests that schools starting later in the morning could help children perform better. The study also underlined that most of the teenagers don't sleep as many hours per night as they should.

Public Health January 27, 2017

Watch Out For Cold Spells! You’re Likelier To Catch The Flu After Outdoor Temperature Suddenly Drops

After looking into three years’ worth of scientific data from 20,000 virus samples and weather statistics, researchers from Sweden found that flu outbreaks always begin a week after the first cold spell of winter.

Public Health January 26, 2017

Baltimore School Dental Program In Hot Water After Removing Third Grader’s Teeth Without Permission

Baltimore mother Shanda Flemming was furious when her 9-year-old son Michael came home from school in tears, with a swollen mouth, and with three of his teeth missing.

Public Health January 26, 2017

Ikea Recalls MYSINGSÖ Beach Chair For Finger Entrapment, Fall Risk

Ikea has issued a mass recall for its MYSINGSÖ beach chair. The voluntary recall from the world’s largest furniture retailer comes after reports of collapse and injury from five customers from Finland, Germany, the United States, Denmark, and Australia.

Public Health January 25, 2017

Flint Water Falls Below Federal Lead Limits, But Remains Unsafe To Drink

The lead content of Flint, Michigan’s water no longer exceeds the federal limit, government officials announced on Jan. 24. But the city is not out of the woods yet, as lead exposure and poisoning remain an immediate threat.

Public Health January 25, 2017

Wearable Smartphone Baby Monitors May Cause More Harm Than Good, Pediatricians Warn

Pediatricians warned parents about the dangers of using wearable smartphone baby monitors. How can these devices that supposedly track vitals such as oxygen levels harm babies?

Public Health January 25, 2017

Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Health: Here’s How

Sleep apnea is a common condition among Americans and, in a lot of cases, is undiagnosed. This is highly problematic as the sleep apnea can affect the health in a negative manner.

Public Health January 26, 2017

Glass Hazard Prompts Brewery To Recall Bottled Beers

A packaging flaw has prompted Sierra Nevada to issue a voluntary recall of some of its beers. What are the products affected by the brewery's recall?

Public Health January 24, 2017

US Cervical Cancer Death Rate Higher Than Thought: Here’s How Women Can Lower Their Cervical Cancer Risk

New data concerning cervical cancer death rates among women in the United States showed that annual deaths caused by the disease have been significantly underrated.

Public Health January 24, 2017

Sitting Too Much Makes Women Age Faster: Counter Accelerated Aging With These 5 Tips

A new study reveals too much sitting can speed up the aging process for women, but adds that it’s possible to slow it down through regular exercise and daily physical activity.

Public Health January 24, 2017

Gynecologists Warn Against Jade Eggs Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Website Recommends For Women's Vagina

Two women's health experts question the effectiveness of the vaginal jade eggs sold by actress Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle website Goop. What are the potential dangers of using jade eggs?

Public Health January 22, 2017

Pet Rats Caused Illinois, Wisconsin Seoul Virus Outbreak: CDC

An outbreak of the Seoul virus, which affected eight people in Illinois and Wisconsin, was linked to pet rats. What are the symptoms of this hantavirus?

Public Health January 22, 2017

Viral Communication: Viruses Use Chemical Signals To Decide Whether To Kill Or Infect Host

New research suggests that viruses have an innate capacity to communicate through an organized system. The research could lead to the prevention of viral infections through the altering of this communication process.

Public Health January 23, 2017

Sitting Too Long, Exercising Too Little May Accelerate Aging, Say Researchers

A study conducted on older women showed that a sedentary lifestyle can accelerate aging. The researchers found that women who lacked exercise had shorter telomeres, which indicate a decreased capacity to protect chromosomes from deteriorating.

Public Health January 23, 2017

BEWARE: Your Cat May Be Susceptible To Bird Flu - And You Can Catch It Too

An outbreak of the bird flu among cats was recorded in a New York City animal shelter. Pet owners are reminded to take extra caution since they can catch the bird flu from house cats.

Public Health January 22, 2017

Common Insecticide Chemicals Adversely Affect Biological Clocks, Bump Up Metabolic Disease Risk

Latest study published in Chemical Research in Toxicology reveals exposure to chemicals found in insecticides messes up with the body’s circadian rhythm, increasing the likelihood of metabolic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Public Health January 21, 2017

Nearly Half Of American Men Infected With Genital HPV

A little over 45 percent of men in the United States are infected with genital HPV. The prevalence of infection increases and stays high as men age.

Public Health January 20, 2017

Bill Gates Warns Of Potential Damage From Bioterrorism, Dangers Of Epidemics

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates spoke out about the possible threats of bioterrorism and epidemics as a global threat. Gates also called for global unity and investment.

Public Health January 22, 2017

Seeing New Version Of E-Cigarettes Can Spark Desire To Smoke

Seeing a person smoke cigarettes or use vape pens sparks desire in young smokers to smoke. The findings cast doubt on the potentials of electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid.

Public Health January 19, 2017

Blood Test Can Predict Survival Chances Of Ebola Patients

Researchers at the University of Liverpool reveal that a blood test may be able to predict the survival chances of Ebola patients. A molecular barcode in the blood stream may help detect the survival possibilities.

Public Health January 20, 2017

Superbug CRE May Spread And Infect People Without Causing Any Symptoms

The superbug CRE may infect people without them knowing it. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria has the ability to silently spreading without causing symptoms.

Public Health January 19, 2017

Parents, Be Warned: Being Rude To Your Child’s Doctor May Lead To Drop In Level Of Care

Being rude with your child's pediatrician or medical team could lead to significantly less qualitative care for your children. According to new research, medical mistreatments, however, are not necessarily committed on purpose.

Public Health January 19, 2017

Idaho Man Loses 7 Teeth, Earns Trip To ICU After E-Cigarette Explodes In His Mouth

A man lost seven of his teeth and got second-degree burns after an electronic cigarette exploded in his mouth. The man immediately went to the ICU and had the plastic bits removed from his mouth and throat.

Public Health January 19, 2017

Many Parents Don’t Know When To Keep Sick Kids Home From School: Survey

According to a new national poll, parents' reactions to their children's sickness differ significantly when it comes to kids missing school. Two of the factors weighing in this decision are the age of the kids and the seriousness of the symptoms.

Public Health January 18, 2017

Repealing Obamacare Could Result In Millions Of Americans Losing Their Insurance

The repeal and delay of Obamacare could affect millions of Americans in the first year itself. According to estimates, the number of uninsured people is expected to increase by 32 million by 2026.

Public Health January 19, 2017

Abortion In The US Falls To Historic Low

A new survey by the Guttmacher Institute has found that in 2014, there were 14.6 abortions for every 1,000 women of childbearing age, reflecting the biggest recorded drop since abortion was legalized by a Supreme Court ruling.

Public Health January 18, 2017

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