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Minnesota Health Officials Report 5 New Measles Cases

Minnesota health officials reported five new measles cases, taking the total to 29 since March end. While four of the cases were detected in Hennepin County, the fifth was reported in the neighboring Stearns County.

Public Health April 28, 2017

One-Third Of US Childhood Lead Poisoning Is Undiagnosed

A published study reveals that a huge number of lead poisoning in children is left undiagnosed and untreated. Southern and Western States have the highest undiagnosed cases.

Public Health April 28, 2017

Drugged Driving More Complex And Fatal Than Drunk Driving: Report

A report shows that drugged driving is overtaking the number of recorded fatalities among drunken driving incidences. The numbers are concerning, but the topic of drugged driving is more complicated than it seems.

Public Health April 27, 2017

Organic Dog Food Recalled After Testing Positive For Euthanasia Drug

A pet food company recalled some of its organic dog food products after samples tested positive for the potentially lethal pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug. Here are the affected products.

Public Health April 27, 2017

Affordable Drug Called Tranexamic Acid Could Save Mothers From Bleeding To Death

A new study has found an inexpensive and efficient treatment for women who experience severe bleeding after giving birth. Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading birth-related cause of death among women worldwide.

Public Health April 27, 2017

Choline And Bacteria May Be Culprit Behind Stroke And Heart Disease

Eggs and red meat contain an essential nutrient called choline, which was found to increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. Digested by gut bacteria, choline creates a by-product that makes blood prone to clotting, leading to heart attacks.

Public Health April 25, 2017

Obesity And 4 Other Conditions Lead Americans To The Grave

A new study has drawn attention to the plight of Americans who are haunted by top 5 conditions cutting their lives. Topping the list is obesity with 47 percent more life stealing capacity than tobacco in mortality rates.

Public Health April 26, 2017

At 91 Overdose Deaths A Day, Opioid Epidemic May Still Be Underestimated: CDC Report

A new CDC report has warned that the total number of opioid-related deaths may still be underestimated and a few cases may be missed. Find out more from the example of Minnesota drug overdoses.

Public Health April 25, 2017

Malaria Could Be Deadlier In The United States Than Previously Thought

Serious and even deadly cases of malaria may be striking the United States more often than previously reported. Learn more about malaria incidence in the country, according to a new report.

Public Health April 25, 2017

Teen Initially Denied Lung Transplant Over Marijuana Use Dies After Failed Surgery

The young man who was declined a spot on the transplant list of the University of Utah Hospital because of marijuana use has passed away. The 19-year-old received a lung transplant just four weeks ago.

Public Health April 25, 2017

Climate Linked To More Drinking, Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

Cold climate with poor sunshine drives up craving for alcoholic drinks and escalates liver cirrhosis in people, according to an international study. The urge for alcohol stems from the misleading perception that a drink adds more warmth.

Public Health April 24, 2017

Italian Court Rules Cellphone Use Caused Brain Tumor: What Do Cancer Experts Say?

An Italian court ruled that heavy mobile phone use caused a former telecom worker's brain tumor. What do scientific studies and cancer experts say about this link?

Public Health April 24, 2017

Ghana, Kenya, And Malawi Get World's First Malaria Vaccine

The WHO announced the start of a pilot program to test the world’s first malaria vaccine, Mosquirix, developed by GlaxoSmithKline. The real-life trial will begin in 2018 in three African countries with a high prevalence of the mosquito-borne disease.

Public Health April 24, 2017

Campbell's Voluntarily Recalls Chicken Soup Over Label Mixup And Undeclared Allergen

The Campbell Soup Company has issued a voluntary recall of more than 4,000 pounds of chicken soup because of discovered errors in labeling. Affected products also have an undeclared allergen.

Public Health April 24, 2017

Breast Cancer Rates Rising Among Asian-American Women

Research from California’s Cancer Prevention Institute reveals that women from six out of seven Asian-American ethnic groups have seen an overall rise in breast cancer incidences. Lead researcher recommends further investigation.

Public Health April 24, 2017

Golf Ball Pieces In Frozen Hash Brown Prompts Recall

Two hash brown products are voluntarily being pulled from the shelves due to possible golf ball pieces in the product. The recall adds to FDA’s list of latest food product recalls.

Public Health April 23, 2017

Jalapeño-Flavored Chips Recalled Over Salmonella Risks: Here Are The Affected Products

Frito-Lay announces a product recall for some of its Jalapeño-flavored snacks due to the potential presence of Salmonella. Find out which chips are affected by the recall.

Public Health April 23, 2017

Diet Soda May Triple Stroke Risks: Other Reasons Why Artificially Sweetened Beverages Are Not The Healthier Option

Diet soda is not a healthier option to sugary drinks. Besides diet soda's links to stroke and dementia, here are other reasons why health experts advise steering away from beverages that use artificial sweeteners.

Public Health April 23, 2017

Surgeon May Have Performed Liposuction Without License In Pole Barn

A surgeon may have performed liposuction in pole barn without a license. The location of the facility is near South Haven, and authorities expressed concern concerning patients' safety.

Public Health April 23, 2017

Global Hepatitis Deaths On The Rise, With Vast Majority Of Patients Lacking Access To Testing Or Treatment: WHO

According to the 2017 WHO Global Hepatitis Report, only a small percentage of people suffering from hepatitis are diagnosed. An even smaller fraction get treatment, despite efforts to increase vaccination rates.

Public Health April 23, 2017

Vending Machine At UC Davis Campus Now Dispenses Morning-After Pill

The UC Davis campus in the United States became the first college to dispense contraceptives from a vending machine named the Wellness to Go machine. The vending machine has already become a talking point on Facebook.

Public Health April 22, 2017

Dentist Charged Of Medical Fraud Accused Of Pulling Teeth While Riding A Hoverboard

A dentist in Alaska pulled an unconscious patient's teeth while on top of a self-balancing scooter. The dentist described the hoverboard procedure as the "new standard of care."

Public Health April 23, 2017

California Health Officials Fine Hospitals For Substandard Care

Hospitals in California were fined for infractions on Health and Safety Codes that led to patient injuries and deaths. The medical facilities have to pay a combined amount of over $1 million.

Public Health April 22, 2017

Florida Unleashes Thousands Of Experimental Zika-Fight Mosquitoes

Thousands of experimental male mosquitoes were released in Florida Keys as an attempt to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, the disease responsible for serious birth defects. Should the trial be successful, it could be implemented nationwide.

Public Health April 21, 2017

Mobile Phone Use Can Lead To Brain Tumors, Italian Court Rules In Telecom Executive’s Case

An Italian court ruled telecom executive Roberto Romeo developed a brain tumor due to the prolonged use of a mobile phone as per his job requirements. The link between cellphones and brain cancer has been widely disputed in health studies.

Public Health April 21, 2017

26 Doctors, Medical Professionals Charged In $40 Million Health Scam In California

More than a dozen medical professionals were charged in an alleged California health scam that got doctors getting kickbacks over unnecessary prescriptions and tests. Learn more about the suspected $40 million health scam.

Public Health April 21, 2017

FDA Warns Use Of Kids Cough Syrup And Pain Meds That Contain Codeine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against the use of drugs containing codeine in children under the age of 12. Here’s why.

Public Health April 21, 2017

Petco Not Liable For Death Of Boy Who Suffered From Rat Bite Fever: Jury

Jury finds Petco not liable in the case of 10-year-old boy who died in 2013. The boy’s death is linked to rat-bite fever despite not having been bitten or scratched.

Public Health April 21, 2017

Diet Soda Linked To Increased Risk For Stroke And Dementia

People who consume at least one diet drink per day were found to have nearly three times the risk of suffering from dementia or stroke. What are the other health risks posed by these artificially-sweetened beverages?

Public Health April 20, 2017

West Virginia Becomes 29th US State To OK Medical Marijuana

West Virginia became the 29th state in the United States to legalize medical marijuana. The new law will allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for terminally ill and support 16 medical conditions including cancer and AIDS.

Public Health April 20, 2017

Contraceptive Pills Slash Quality Of Life In Healthy Women But Rise In Depression Symptoms Not Seen: Study

Researchers from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet have linked combined oral contraceptive pills to a significantly lower quality of life. They did not, however, find an increase in depression symptoms.

Public Health April 21, 2017

Berkeley Finds Sweet Gains in Imposing Soda Tax: Other Anti-Soda, Anti-Sugar Measures In Action

Apart from Berkeley, California, six other U.S. cities have imposed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages in an attempt to curb soda consumption and reduce obesity and diabetes rates. In Europe, several countries have also rallied to the soda tax.

Public Health April 20, 2017

FDA Approves Vagus Nerve Therapy For Cluster Headaches

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a handheld vagus nerve stimulation device in the treatment of cluster headaches. More than 350,000 people suffer from this extremely painful illness.

Public Health April 19, 2017

WHO Hails Major Progress In Fight Against Tropical Diseases, But Challenges Remain

The World Health Organization is on track in achieving its goals to eradicate and control neglected tropical diseases, but challenges with treatment distribution remain. Officials urge drug companies to take action.

Public Health April 19, 2017

New Measles Case Confirmed In Minnesota: Health Officials Estimating Numbers To Increase

Minnesota recorded the ninth case of measles infecting young children, all of whom were not vaccinated. Most of the infected children belonged to the Somali-American region, having a history of low vaccination rates.

Public Health April 18, 2017

More Than Half Of US Adults Have Used Marijuana: Poll

A phone survey involving 1,122 adults revealed that 52 percent of adult Americans have tried using marijuana at least once and 14 percent are regular users. Stigma, however, still exists.

Public Health April 17, 2017

Meet Another Zika Carrier, A Common Backyard Mosquito

Apart from Zika’s main carrier, Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus is the second mosquito species that could potentially transmit the disease. Although this species is not yet a confirmed Zika mosquito vector, Ae. albopictus has been found to carry Zika virus RNA.

Public Health April 17, 2017

New Rat Lungworm Cases In Hawaii Linked To Contaminated Kava Drink

Two of the six people who drank Kava drink in Keaau were confirmed infected by rat lungworm parasite. A slug was found at the bottom of the brew that was left in an uncovered bucket overnight.

Public Health April 20, 2017

Why Diabetes Is A Real Threat Among African-Americans

Black people are 1.7 more likely to contract diabetes than white people, statistics show. Since this chronic condition seems to be more prevalent among ethnic minorities, the American Diabetes Association has designed culturally specific programs to raise disease awareness.

Public Health April 17, 2017

Fentanyl And Heroin Drive Virginia’s Death Toll From Drug Overdoses

Virginia’s soaring drug overdose deaths have a high opioid addiction factor. The state department health officials have assessed that a substantial number of deaths are linked to synthetic opioids like heroin and prescription fentanyl.

Public Health April 17, 2017

Syringe Vending Machines In Las Vegas May Help Lower Hepatitis C And HIV Transmission Rates

The new syringe vending machines in Las Vegas, Nevada will dispense clean needles for free to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. How do these machines work?

Public Health April 15, 2017

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