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Bird Flu Virus Hits French Foie Gras Industry As France Plans To Cull 600,000 Ducks

The H5N8 bird flu virus that hit France and other countries in Europe and the Middle East is set to hit the French foie gras industry. Authorities are planning to cull thousands of ducks, a preventative measure that is estimated to cost foie gras producers 270 million euros.

Public Health February 21, 2017

Healthy Diet For Kids: Only One-Third Of Parents Believe They Follow Recipe To Healthy Eating

Only one-third of the parents in the United States self-reported using a recipe to healthy eating for their children, according to a new poll. Additionally, one in five parents doesn't believe it's important to limit fast food intake.

Public Health February 26, 2017

Not La La Land After All: Los Angeles Is World’s Most Traffic-Congested City

Los Angeles has emerged in a global traffic scorecard as the city with the worst traffic congestion in the world. Find out about other U.S. cities in the top 10, and what likely fueled traffic congestion in these places.

Public Health February 21, 2017

Listeria Poses Miscarriage Threat In Early Stages Of Pregnancy

A study revealed that like the Zika virus, Listeria too leads to problems during pregnancy and in some cases even miscarriage. The researchers also revealed some preventive measures that could help to avoid the disease.

Public Health February 21, 2017

Children Can Inherit Obesity From Their Parents, New Study Says

New findings by University of Sussex researchers have revealed that children inherit obesity from their parents. The BMI count of the parents directly affects that of the child, making them obese.

Public Health February 21, 2017

Hibernation May Help Cure Terminal Cancer Patients: Expert

Putting cancer patients into hibernation may give oncologists more time to aggressively treat the tumors without killing the patient. The approach may help thousands of patients with advanced cancer.

Public Health February 20, 2017

Overweight Individuals With Diabetes Can Reduce Health Risks With Gastric Band Surgery, New Study Reveals

Individuals who are overweight and suffer from diabetes can decrease the health risks by opting for lap band or gastric band surgery per a new study. The surgery reportedly enhances a patient’s life quality and reduces medication need for diabetes.

Public Health February 20, 2017

Study Uncovers How Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

Zika leading to microcephaly in babies is one of the reasons the virus is considered a major health threat around the world. Researchers now know how exactly the infection affects fetal brain development.

Public Health February 18, 2017

CDC Temporarily Closes Biosafety Labs Over Air Hose Safety Concerns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily shut down four of its biosafety laboratories in Atlanta due to concerns for equipment safety. Officials say air supply hoses attached on workers’ suits were not approved for use.

Public Health February 18, 2017

Women Urged To Check For Lumps In Their Breasts When Lying In Bed

Normally, women are urged to do breasts self-examination when standing with arms raised in front of a mirror. This time, they must do it when lying in bed too. Some lumps are detectable only when lying in bed.

Public Health February 21, 2017

How Cholera And Diarrhea Pathogens Spread Northward Because Of Climate Change

Infectious disease experts are concerned about climate change. See how this crisis could increase chances of diseases, and move them to places they may have never gone before.

Public Health February 18, 2017

Bird Flu Infection Rate In China Higher Than Estimated, Virus Harder To Detect

Bird Flu has reared its ugly head once again and is affecting people in China. The disease has killed more than100 people in the country and the infection rate of the hard-to-detect virus is higher than estimated.

Public Health February 17, 2017

Not Recluse: Scientists Devise Method To Tell Difference Between Brown Recluse Spider Bite, Skin Cancer

Think you got bitten by a brown recluse spider? A team of researchers in the United States invented a new mnemonic device to help you avoid misdiagnosis and tell the difference between a spider bite and skin cancer.

Public Health February 17, 2017

'Sell-By' Dates On Food Items Will Be Replaced By 'Use By' And 'Best If Used By' Labels

Food trade groups have decided to scrap ‘sell by’ label on food and replace it with 'Use by' and 'best If used by' label henceforth. The decision was taken to avoid confusion and reduce food waste.

Public Health February 17, 2017

Zika Tests Repeated Due To US Lab Mistakes, Two Pregnant Women Confirmed Infected

A public health lab in Washington D.C. has made mistakes while testing for the Zika virus in over 400 people. The CDC has retested all the samples, which confirms two pregnant women were infected.

Public Health February 17, 2017

How Effective Is The Flu Vaccine? Number Of Cases Continues To Rise

Flu vaccine is only 48 percent effective against the most common strain of flu virus, according to epidemiologists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials urged people to get vaccinated, noting that less than half of Americans got the shot.

Public Health February 26, 2017

Nearly Half Of Americans To Have Some Form Of Heart Disease-Related Health Problem By 2035

A new American Heart Association report estimates that 45 percent of the U.S. population will have some form of health problem linked to heart disease by 2035. Costs associated with cardiovascular conditions would also rise to $1.1 trillion.

Public Health February 15, 2017

Rare Rat-Related Bacterial Disease Leptospirosis Kills 1 In The Bronx

Leptospirosis, a rare rat-related disease has resulted in the death of one person and rendered few others seriously ill. Leptospirosis incidents have been reported in the Bronx.

Public Health February 16, 2017

Intragastric Balloon: A New Anti-Obesity Treatment Minus The Surgery

An oral balloon pill that an obese person could conveniently swallow to help keep him full, lose weight, and finally break free from obesity. Sounds too good to be true? Not really.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Congenital Heart Disease: What It Means For Your Baby’s Health

Congenital heart disease is one the most common birth defects seen today. Know more about the different types of CHD, the potential causes and risk factors, and the available treatment options for this condition.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Benefits vs Risks: Daily Aspirin Therapy For Heart Disease

One of the most commonly prescribed medicines of all time, low-dose aspirin therapy may have a lot of benefits, but it comes with serious side effects, too.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Breast Cancer Patients Can Retain Hair With This Novel Technology

A new study shows that scalp cooling caps can help breast cancer patients retain their hair during chemotherapy. The DigniCap cooling cap has received FDA clearance and is now available in the U.S.

Public Health February 15, 2017

'Obamacare Continues To Fail,' Tweets Trump After Humana Confirms Plan To Quit ACA

Humana is all set to quit Obamacare by 2018. Several other investors are expected to go with the same flow as Humana and wait for President Trump's all new replacement of the ACA.

Public Health February 15, 2017

Drug Overdose Cases On The Rise In Louisville, 52 Cases Reported Within 32 Hours

Louisville recently reported 52 drug cases in 32 hours, throwing the state in frenzy. The overdoses were caused due to consumption of heroin and synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Public Health February 15, 2017

Bill Gates Worried Trump's America First Might Jeopardize Foreign Aid That Prevents Deaths In Poor Countries

President Donald Trump's America First policy has a shotgun effect that might also hit global health care. Bill Gates and wife Melinda are worried about its effects on foreign aids that help save lives in poor countries.

Public Health February 14, 2017

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Research Proposes New Potential Cause

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a condition that currently affects up to 25 percent of the American population. Among the factors contributing to this disease, weight, exercising, and diet are some of the most important.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Premature Babies Face Higher Risk For Mental Health Problems Later In Life

Babies born with low birth weight such as those who were born prematurely have increased odds of suffering from mental health problems as children, teenagers and adults. What are the risk factors for giving birth to low birth weight babies?

Public Health February 14, 2017

Shoveling Snow Can Increase Heart Attack Risk In Men

Increased incidence of heart attack and heart-related deaths in men after snowfalls could be due to shoveling snow. How does shoveling snow up heart attack risks?

Public Health February 13, 2017

BEWARE: Contaminated Machines Used In Heart Surgeries Are Causing Infection In Patients

Melbourne researchers have published a paper warning patients who have gone through an open heart surgery about possible infections. The bacteria, Mycobacterium chimaera, can cause serious illness.

Public Health February 15, 2017

Pregnant Woman's Immune Response Shaped By Baby’s Sex: Study

According to a study by Ohio State University researchers, the bodies of pregnant women react differently when carrying a male and when carrying a female fetus. The study says high inflammation was noticeable in the pregnant woman who was carrying the female fetus.

Public Health February 13, 2017

Is Conventional Medicine Making Women Suffer Heart Disease In Silence?

A CNN report cited how an underlying sexism in medical research has cost lives, with heart disease research and treatments historically tailored for men. Women may be suffering from heart attacks in silence, experts warned.

Public Health February 14, 2017

Texas Woman Sues Popeyes: Customer Claims Flesh-Eating Screwworms In Rice And Beans

Rice and beans with flesh-eating screwworms? A woman from San Antonio is going after Popeyes for allegedly serving her the popular side dish with an extra ingredient.

Public Health February 13, 2017

Pregnant Inmate Gives Birth On Prison Cell Floor Of County Jail

Jessica Preston gave birth on the prison cell floor of the Macomb County Jail despite that the hospital is just about three minutes away. Her baby was born one month early and weighed less than 5 pounds.

Public Health February 12, 2017

Iranian Baby With Congenital Heart Disease Ready To Undergo Surgery

The Iranian baby temporarily banned from coming to the United States because of President Donald Trump's immigration order appears ready to undergo heart surgery. The girl's condition can be deadly if left untreated.

Public Health February 12, 2017

Common Weed In Florida Fights Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Without Killing Bacteria

The red berries of the Brazilian peppertree, a noxious weed in Florida, contain compounds that can disarm potentially deadly bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. What makes the plant a good tool for fighting superbugs?

Public Health February 10, 2017

Ruth’s Pimento Spreads Recalled Over Listeria Risk

Ruth’s Salads has announced an expanded recall of pimento cheese products. In a food recall announcement, the FDA pointed to potential listeria contamination as the reason behind the recall.

Public Health February 10, 2017

False Alarm Mammograms Can Cause Women To Skip Or Delay Future Breast Cancer Screening

Women who had mammograms with false-positive result are more likely to skip or delay getting breast cancer screening. Experts said this attitude could have potentially fatal consequences.

Public Health February 9, 2017

South Korea Confirms 2nd Strain Of Foot-And-Mouth Disease Outbreak

South Korea has raised its foot-and-mouth disease alert status to highest level as a second strain of the virus was confirmed Thursday. The government has begun vaccinating all its cattle and livestock.

Public Health February 9, 2017

Millions Of Americans Likely Have Hearing Loss Without Knowing It: What Can Be Done?

A newly released federal study has found that about 1 in 4 adults who think they have good or excellent hearing have signs of hearing loss. What can be done to prevent this permanent damage?

Public Health February 9, 2017

Myopia In Children May Be Linked To Amount Of Time Spent Indoors

The amount of time spent by children indoors may cause myopia, according to a study. Scientists have discovered that myopia is developed when the retinal cell does not function properly. The new finding will hopefully lead to new treatment.

Public Health February 13, 2017

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