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The Cleveland Fertility Clinic Embryo Failure Is Actually Far Worse Than Originally Thought

4,000 frozen eggs and embryos were destroyed after the alarm system of a storage tank in a Cleveland fertility clinic malfunctioned. Further investigation reveals a history of problems with the storage units.

Public Health March 28, 2018

CDC Warns Against Incoming Second Wave Of Flu, Which Will Be More Severe For Kids

The flu season in the United States has peaked, but parents should not yet let their guard down. According to the CDC, a second wave of the flu is incoming, and it may be more severe for younger children.

Public Health March 28, 2018

FDA Faces Lawsuit Over Decision To Delay Review Of E-Cigarettes

The FDA now faced a lawsuit for the extended deadlines given to e-cigarette and cigar manufacturers seeking approval for their products. What are the potential impacts of delaying reviews on public health?

Public Health March 28, 2018

Low-Income Countries Drive Rise In Global Antibiotic Use

The rate of antibiotic use increased 39 percent from 2000 to 2015. Researchers said that the dramatic rise in global antibiotic use is driven by consumption in countries such as India, China, and Pakistan.

Public Health March 28, 2018

Man's Beer Belly Turns Out To Be 30-Pound Tumor

A man's large stomach was initially thought of a beer belly. CAT scan revealed it was a large mass the size of a beach ball that already enveloped one of his organs.

Public Health March 27, 2018

NYC Sees The Largest Increase Of Tuberculosis Patients Since 1992

In 2017, a total of 613 verified cases of tuberculosis were recorded by the NYC Health Department. Among these, 14 cases were caused by a multidrug-resistant organism.

Public Health March 27, 2018

Children With Autism And Their Siblings Are Less Likely To Be Vaccinated, Putting Them At Risk For Diseases

A new study finds that children with autism and their younger siblings are less likely to be vaccinated. This puts these children at an increased risk to contract diseases preventable by vaccines.

Public Health March 26, 2018

Growing Number Of Cancer Cases Caused By Excess Weight

Excess weight is now the cause of 6.3 percent of all cancer cases in the United Kingdom in which the number increased by 5.5 percent from 2011. Here are other preventable causes of cancer.

Public Health March 26, 2018

Restaurants Involved In Norovirus Outbreak Reopen: Are They Safe Now?

The Windjammer Restaurant and the Upper Deck Pub spent two full days sanitizing everything inside the restaurants following reports of a norovirus outbreak. Now, the sites have reopened.

Public Health March 26, 2018

ABC Reporter Karl Schmid Breaks Stigma, Reveals He’s HIV Positive In A Lengthy Facebook Post

ABC7 reporter Karl Schmid admitted publicly that he has been HIV positive for the last 10 years. In a Facebook post, Schmid said he held off the announcement because his peers told him that it would ruin his reputation.

Public Health March 26, 2018

Health Officials Warn Of Synthetic Marijuana That Can Cause Severe Bleeding

Illinois officials are conducting an investigation after several people were rushed to the hospital due to synthetic-marijuana-induced severe bleeding. The product is called synthetic pot, but its effects vary greatly from marijuana.

Public Health March 25, 2018

Norovirus Outbreak Reported At 2 Vermont Restaurants, Over 50 Sickened

The Vermont Department of Health is conducting an investigation regarding a norovirus outbreak among 50 restaurant customers. What are some important things to know about the norovirus?

Public Health March 24, 2018

SC Johnson Debunks Claims of Drugs Laced With Bug Sprays, Says They Are ‘Inaccurate’

SC Johnson vehemently denied reports that high concentrations of its household chemicals can lead to aggressive behaviors. Earlier, authorities reported cases of addicts behaving like “mad dogs” when police found that their drugs were laced with household chemicals.

Public Health March 23, 2018

Possible Mumps Outbreak In Delaware After Dance Festival, Health Officials Warn

Residents in Wilmington, Delaware, might have suffered from a possible mumps outbreak following a dance festival. State health officials are advising those who think they might have the virus to call their doctor as soon as possible.

Public Health March 23, 2018

Veteran AIDS Researcher Robert Redfield Appointed As CDC Head Amid Protests On Misconduct

Robert Redfield, a longtime AIDS researcher, has been appointed as the new chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His appointment is clouded by controversies in effect of the HIV treatment scandal in the 1990s.

Public Health March 22, 2018

One In 10 Non-Drug Users Have Detectable Cocaine Or Heroin On Their Fingerprints

Staying clean no longer keeps you safe from testing positive for class A drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Simply touching a drug user's hands already facilitates the transfer of traces that can't be removed even by thorough handwashing.

Public Health March 22, 2018

Officials Caution About Possible Measles Exposure In St. Louis, Missouri

Health officials are concerned about a possible measles exposure in the state of Missouri. A man infected with the virus apparently went into a museum and might have transmitted the virus in the air.

Public Health March 22, 2018

Grilling And Cooking Meat In High Heat May Raise Risk Of High Blood Pressure

Cooking chicken, fish, and red meat in open flame or at high temperature by grilling and barbecuing may increase a person's risk of high blood pressure. What makes cooking in high heat dangerous for your health?

Public Health March 22, 2018

Authorities Warn Of Street Drug Laced With Bug Spray That Causes Zombie-Like Effects

Users of the bug spray-laced drug known as KD passed out with the drug still in their hands. Some were observed eating grass and dirt from the ground.

Public Health March 21, 2018

Alzheimer's Disease Will Cost Americans $277 Billion This Year

A report by the Alzheimer's Association revealed that Alzheimer's disease will cost Americans $277 billion in 2018. The figure is expected to increase to over $1 trillion by 2050, if a cure for the dreaded illness is not yet found.

Public Health March 21, 2018

FDA Takes Action To Regulate Flavors In Cigarettes

The U.S. FDA announced it will regulate flavored tobacco products in an effort to reduce the number of young smokers. The agency is also looking to review policies on e-cigars and lowering nicotine content to a nonaddictive level.

Public Health March 20, 2018

Kansas Suffers Measles Outbreak, Now With 10 Cases Across Different Counties

The measles outbreak in Kansas has infected more people, expanding to two other counties. Health departments are concerned that there’ll be more cases over time, as measles is a highly contagious virus.

Public Health March 20, 2018

Male Birth Control Pill Is Safe To Use, But Is It Effective At Preventing Pregnancy?

Result of preliminary study showed that the experimental male birth control pill DMAU is safe to use. Is it also effective when it comes to lowering sperm count and preventing pregnancy?

Public Health March 20, 2018

Low Sperm Count Indicates Other Health Issues Not Just Infertility

Low sperm count does not just cause fertility problems. Researchers of a study involving 5,100 men also found that it could be an indication of other health problems in men.

Public Health March 19, 2018

Artificial Sweetener Splenda May Worsen Symptoms Of Crohn's Disease

In a six-week study, researchers gave mice with Crohn's-like disease water with the artificial sweetener Splenda. What side effects did they observe in the animals with the inflammatory bowel disease?

Public Health March 18, 2018

Abortions Are Safe And Effective, Says Study, But The Quality Of Care Varies From State To State

Getting an abortion in the United States is safe and effective, generally speaking. However, state restrictions play a huge role in affecting the quality of abortion care for women, according to a new landmark study.

Public Health March 17, 2018

9-Year-Old Girl Attacked By Coyote Just Outside Her Home

A young girl got bruised, scratched, and bitten when she was attacked by a coyote just outside their house. What is the first thing to do when bitten by a possibly rabid animal?

Public Health March 17, 2018

Salmonella Cases Linked To Kratom Are Increasing, CDC Says

Health officials are now investigating kratom supplements as the number of salmonella cases linked to kratom increases. To date, there have been 87 cases in the kratom-based salmonella outbreak.

Public Health March 16, 2018

FDA Plans To Lower Nicotine Content In Cigarettes To Non-Addictive Levels

In a historic move, the Food and Drug Authority announced its plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. This effort could lead to lower smoking rates and could address rising tobacco smoking-related deaths and diseases.

Public Health March 16, 2018

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes And SEC Reach Settlement Over Blood-Test Technology Scandal

On March 14, the SEC has filed fraud charges against Theranos and its chief executive Elizabeth Holmes over the Edison. The blood-testing machine turns out to be a fake and that investors have only been misled all along.

Public Health March 16, 2018

Retirees To Outnumber Children In The US By 2035: Census Bureau

Those who haven't secured their retirement should start acting now. With the number of seniors rapidly rising and the number of young adults declining in the next decades, it is best to prepare for potential pension and healthcare problems.

Public Health March 16, 2018

Measles Alert: Detroit Metropolitan Airport Travelers At Risk Of Exposure To Contagious Infection

Travelers who were at Detroit Metropolitan Airport's North Terminal on March 6 afternoon are at risk of contracting measles. This warning comes after a passenger who arrived on such day was confirmed to have the contagious respiratory infection.

Public Health March 15, 2018

More Than 90 Percent Of Bottled Water Are Contaminated With Microplastic Particles

Analysis of more than 250 water bottles revealed that 93 percent of the samples are contaminated with tiny pieces of plastic particles. It is not yet clear how ingestion of microplastic can impact human health.

Public Health March 15, 2018

The US Spends More On Health Care Than Wealthy Nations But Its People Are In Worse Health

America is spending more on health care than any other high-income countries, a new analysis has revealed. The reason? Costly branded medicine and expensive diagnostic procedures, among other things.

Public Health March 14, 2018

Chinese Ready Meals Should Come With Health Warnings About Their Salt Content: Campaign Group

One of the Chinese takeaway dishes analyzed by the campaign group Action on Salt contains five times the amount of salt present in McDonald’s Big Mac. Here's why this amount of salt in food could be dangerous to one's health.

Public Health March 13, 2018

The Great Recession Impacted The Health Of Americans: Study

The Great Recession raised blood pressure and glucose levels of adults in the United States. Who were the most vulnerable to the effects of the economic crisis and who were the least affected?

Public Health March 13, 2018

CDC Denies That Missing Scientist Was Passed Over For Job Promotion

A month after the mysterious disappearance of Timothy Cunningham, the CDC clarified he was granted an early promotion. It contradicts the Atlanta police’s statement claiming he was upset about being turned down for a career advancement.

Public Health March 13, 2018

Lead Exposure Kills 10 Times More People In The US Than Previously Thought

A new study reveals that lead exposure is a much more deadly killer in the United States than previously thought. The findings revealed that almost 412,000 people in the country die from lead contamination every year.

Public Health March 14, 2018

Lawmakers Threaten Budget Cuts On Agency Refusing To Release Information On Virus That Killed State Park Worker

Last June, an employee of the Meramec State Park died after contracting the Bourbon virus infection. Months later, Missouri lawmakers are threatening budget cuts to the state's agency for refusing to release information on the virus.

Public Health March 11, 2018

Disease X: Unknown Pathogen Could Cause Epidemic That Can Kill Millions Worldwide

The World Health Organization identified Disease X as a global threat. A deadly epidemic caused by the still unknown pathogen may emerge from a variety of sources and may strike anytime.

Public Health March 10, 2018

CDC Identifies Cluster Of Deadly Disease Among Dentists: What Is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a cluster of deadly disease among dental personnel and dentists. Called as the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, the disease leads to scarring of the lung.

Public Health March 11, 2018

Exposed To Mumps At Texas Cheerleading Championship? Here Are Signs And Symptoms You Should Know

Cheerleaders and coaches who joined the national championship in Dallas, Texas last month are at risk for developing mumps. If you are among the participants, here are symptoms of the viral infection to look out for.

Public Health March 10, 2018

Outbreak Of Syphilis And HIV In Milwaukee Affecting Babies, Teens

Over a hundred people tested positive for syphilis and HIV in Milwaukee in a cluster infection. The outbreak of sexually transmitted disease among teens alarmed the health authorities.

Public Health March 9, 2018

Progressive Lung Disease Killing Dentists For Still Unknown Cause

A CDC report revealed that eight dentists and one dental technician have been treated for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at a Virginia hospital. The number was about 23 times greater than expected.

Public Health March 9, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Chicken Salad Worsens: Here's How To Avoid Getting Infected

The salmonella outbreak linked to premade chicken salad purchased from grocery stores has worsened, according to the CDC. The total number of victims has increased to 170 people across seven states, with 62 hospitalizations.

Public Health March 9, 2018

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