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Tobacco Also Wreaks Havoc On The Environment: WHO

WHO has linked tobacco use to damages to the environment, citing that smoke emissions do not just spread toxicants into the air. How does the industry contribute to deforestation, use of fossil fuels, and dumping of wastes?

Public Health May 30, 2017

Dog Flu Cases Confirmed In Florida: Symptoms To Watch Out For

H3N2 canine influenza virus infected at least seven dogs in Florida. What are the symptoms of the dog flu, and what should pet owners do if they suspect infection?

Public Health May 30, 2017

Sleep Disorder Could Be An Early Warning Sign Of Parkinson's Disease And Dementia

People who act out their dreams are likely to develop Parkinson's disease and Lewy bodies dementia. More than 80 percent of those with REM sleep behavior disorder develop neurodegenerative diseases.

Public Health May 30, 2017

Were India’s First Few Zika Cases Hidden From The Public After They Were Detected?

Did the government deliberately hide the first few confirmed cases of Zika virus in India? Today, national guidelines are spread to prevent a Zika outbreak in the country already hit by other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Public Health May 30, 2017

Opioid And Drug Theft Rampant At Veterans Affairs Hospitals: Report

Veteran Affairs hospitals have more cases of opioid and drug theft than private hospitals. Doctors and other employees in VA medical centers and clinics are suspected to be behind the missing drugs.

Public Health May 30, 2017

Got Insomnia? Here's A Safe Way To Get Sleep Without Taking Sleeping Pills

Sleeping pills can be hazardous for some people who suffer from insomnia. Experts said there is a cheaper and safer alternative to taking medications for sleeplessness and even apnea.

Public Health May 29, 2017

Ohio Leads In Nation's Fatal Drug Overdoses With 4,000 Dead In 2016: Survey

The Columbus Dispatch's new survey has revealed more than 4,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 in Ohio. Learn more about the opioid overdose epidemic in the state and the role of powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

Public Health May 29, 2017

Scientists Predict Record Year For Ticks: How To Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease

Some experts are expecting this year’s tick season to be a particularly bad one. Here are easy ways to prevent contracting tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease.

Public Health May 28, 2017

WHO Confirms 3 Cases Of Zika In India

WHO confirmed reports of three separate cases of Zika virus disease in Gujarat State in India. Several agencies are currently working to prevent an outbreak of the disease.

Public Health May 28, 2017

Inmates At Oakland County Jail May Have Been Exposed To Hepatitis A

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office confirms Hepatitis A exposure in the county jail. Inmates and visitors are advised to take necessary precautions to avoid widespread infection.

Public Health May 27, 2017

Here Are The Most Dangerous Sunscreens For Your Kids

Just in time for summer, the EWG released their 2017 guide to sunscreens. With questions of SPF labels and hazardous ingredients, here is their list of the most dangerous sunscreens for your kids.

Public Health May 27, 2017

Alzheimer's Disease Death Increased By 54.5 Percent In 15 Years: CDC

The latest CDC report shows a 54.5 increase in Alzheimer’s disease-related deaths in the United States. More deaths are also recorded at home instead of in facilities.

Public Health May 26, 2017

Jelly Belly Faces Lawsuit Over Sugar Content Of Sports Beans

A woman filed a lawsuit against Jelly Belly over the sugar content of Sports Beans. The sweets company used the term evaporated cane juice instead of just sugar in its ingredients list.

Public Health May 26, 2017

Drug Counselors At Addiction Facility Found Dead After Overdosing On Opioids

Residents in recovery at an addiction facility in West Brandywine, Chester County, found their two counselors dead after they overdosed on opioid drugs. Police discovered used needles and heroin laced with fentanyl near the bodies.

Public Health May 25, 2017

Health Officials Confirm Second Botulism-Related Death In Northern California

Health officials confirmed the second botulism-related death in California within a week. However, the recent death is not related to the botulism outbreak caused by the nacho cheese, which left one dead and nine others critically ill.

Public Health May 25, 2017

Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Brain To Cannibalize Itself: Here Are Signs That You Are Sleep Deprived

Sleep deprivation may cause brain cells to eat some of the brain's synapses, which can have damaging effects. What are some signs that can indicate a person does not get sufficient rest at night?

Public Health May 29, 2017

Are ‘Light’ Cigarettes More Dangerous? Study Finds Cig Filters Up The Risk Of Lung Cancer

If you thought filtered cigarettes were safer, think again. ‘Light’ cigarettes are even more fatal, says a new study, precisely because of the ventilation holes in their filters. Moreover, cigarette filters are linked to higher risk of adenocarcinoma.

Public Health May 24, 2017

Second Successful Penis Transplant Will Have To Be Corrected With Medical Tattooing: Here's Why

A team of surgeons at the Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital performed the second successful penis transplant on April 21. However, it would need to be corrected with medical tattooing.

Public Health May 24, 2017

Love Chocolates? Regular Consumption Could Reduce Risk Of Irregular Heart Rhythm

A study concluded that regularly eating chocolates in moderation may help lower atrial fibrillation or heart flutter risk. Researchers found that consumption of two servings of chocolate per week reduced the risk by over 20 percent.

Public Health May 24, 2017

WHO Suspects 4th Death From Ebola In Congo, CDC Issues No Travel Advisory Yet

Four people have died in the Ebola outbreak in Congo. The WHO confirmed the latest death on Sunday, noting there are now 37 suspected Ebola cases in Africa. The CDC is still evaluating the situation before issuing a travel advisory.

Public Health May 22, 2017

Oregon Girl Temporarily Paralyzed After Undetected Tick Bite

Lyme disease and the Powassan virus are not the only health concerns associated with tick bites. A little girl in Oregon was diagnosed with tick paralysis after she unknowingly got bit by an American dog tick and became temporarily paralyzed.

Public Health May 22, 2017

WHO Controversy: Is The Cash-Strapped UN Health Agency Splurging On Travel?

The World Health Organization (WHO) annual spend on travel may be greater than those on major public health initiatives such as AIDS or malaria, according to internal documents. Find out more about this AP exclusive on shocking WHO travel costs.

Public Health May 22, 2017

Over 200,000 Pounds Of Beef Franks Recalled Due To Possible Metal Contamination

John Morrell and Co. made a recall of two of its beef franks products. The FSIS announced the recall was due to a possible metal contamination.

Public Health May 21, 2017

New UK, EU Laws Crack Down On Smoking And Vaping

UK’s additional restriction to tobacco products comes into force on May 21. Here’s what you have to know about the stricter measures that will be implemented.

Public Health May 21, 2017

Experts Predict 2017 To Be The Worst Tick Season Ever

Health officials and experts forecasted that the 2017 summer would be the worst tick season ever. Other than Lyme disease, experts warned people against the deadly Powassan virus, which is another type of tick-borne disease.

Public Health May 20, 2017

5 Fall Ill From Gas-Station Cheese Sauce: Here’s How You Can Get Sick With Botulism

A case of botulism has five ill after consuming contaminated nacho cheese. What are the different types of botulism and how does one get sick from it?

Public Health May 20, 2017

In Italy, Kids Now Need To Get 12 Vaccines Before Enrolling In State-Run Schools

The Italian cabinet just approved a new law requiring parents to vaccinate their school-aged children. Proof of vaccination is required upon enrollment or parents will be fined.

Public Health May 20, 2017

‘Kissing Bugs’ In Your Home: Chagas Disease May Be More Fatal That Previously Thought

New research suggests that fatalities from Chagas disease may be under-reported due to its non-symptomatic stage. Trypanosoma cruzi increases the risk of death in infected individuals.

Public Health May 20, 2017

WHO Aims To Bring Test Vaccine To Ebola-Hit Democratic Republic Of Congo

DRC’s latest Ebola outbreak poses a major challenge to the World Health Organization. Should the government approve, WHO hopes to bring the Ebola vaccine to the affected region within one week.

Public Health May 19, 2017

Did Anyone Notice McDonald’s Ditching Artificial Ingredients In Its Ice Cream Treats?

The saga of artificial ingredients in fast food continues. Some months ago, McDonald's vanilla ice cream has started to get rid of artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors in a bid for healthier offerings.

Public Health May 19, 2017

Scientists Are A Step Closer To Produce Limitless Supply Of Blood

Scientists made a breakthrough discovery where they found a method to produce limitless blood supply. This procedure could potentially be used to treat blood disorders and life-threatening infections.

Public Health May 19, 2017

Woman Fights For Her Life, Others Hospitalized For Botulism After Consuming Gas Station Cheese Sauce

A woman from Sacramento has spent the last three weeks in the ICU after consuming contaminated nacho cheese from a gas station. What is botulism, and can it cause an outbreak?

Public Health May 19, 2017

Diarrhea-Inducing Parasites In Pools On The Rise: CDC

CDC warns about increasing reports of parasite infection from pools and water parks. The 2016 Crypto outbreaks more than doubled the number of reported cases in 2014.

Public Health May 19, 2017

10-Year-Old Girl Nearly Chokes On Fidget Spinner, Mom Warns

Fidget spinners are all the rage among kids of all ages, yet a Texan mother claims her daughter almost choked on one of the fidget toy’s metal bushings. Are fidget spinners a choking hazard?

Public Health May 18, 2017

How Did This Arkansas Baby End Up With 100 Rat Bites?

A couple from Magnolia in Arkansas faces Class B felony as their baby has suffered a maximum of 100 rodent bites. The couple has revealed knowing about the rat infestation in their house but didn't do anything, according to investigation.

Public Health May 18, 2017

Millions Of US Travelers Skip The Measles Vaccine: Here Are The Potential Consequences

More than half U.S. travelers who are eligible for the MMP vaccine don’t get immunized against measles before traveling abroad, revealed a new study. Almost half of them simply refused vaccination, increasing their chances of importing the virus.

Public Health May 17, 2017

Foot And Leg Amputations Risk Linked To Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Drug Invokana

FDA required Johnson & Johnson to include a boxed warning about the risk for foot and leg amputations in type 2 diabetes patients who use Invokana. Who are most at risk for amputations?

Public Health May 16, 2017

1.2 Million Deaths Among Adolescents Could Have Been Prevented: WHO Report

Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among adolescents worldwide, says a WHO report, stating most victims are pedestrians or cyclists. Almost 1.2 million teens lose their life every year, and most teenage death causes are highly preventable.

Public Health May 16, 2017

Caffeine Overdose Blamed For Death Of 16-Year-Old Teen

A highschool student collapsed in his class after drinking three caffeinated beverages over a period of two hours. The coroner said that the teenager died due to caffeine-induced heart event.

Public Health May 16, 2017

Climate May Affect Pregnancy: Gestational Diabetes Linked To Outdoor Temperature

Pregnant women exposed to hot average temperature have higher risk for gestational diabetes than soon-to-be mothers who are exposed to colder temperatures. Here's how a warmer climate affects health during pregnancy.

Public Health May 15, 2017

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