Public Health

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

At $149 A Month, Forward Aims To Be The Apple Store Of Doctors’ Offices

Forward, a San Francisco startup, opened a high-end primary care facility. For $149 a month, members can monitor their health using technology designed by former employees of Google, Facebook, Uber, and Palantir.

Public Health January 18, 2017

Eating Disorders On The Rise In Middle-Aged Women In The UK

New research carried out in the UK showed that middle-aged women can also suffer from a wide range of eating disorders. The study's results raised concern, as eating disorders are generally associated with teens and young adults.

Public Health January 17, 2017

Acupuncture Shows Promise As Infantile Colic Treatment

Acupuncture has long been associated with pain relief and inducing calm. Now, researchers are saying the treatment may also be effective at alleviating excessive crying in babies with infantile colic.

Public Health January 17, 2017

Know Your Lemons: Campaign Explains What Breast Cancer Could Look Like With Lemon Images

A new visual campaign aimed at creating awareness concerning breast cancer features lemons. Its creator explained that a visual way which does not lead to different associations, while addressing the problem, could be very powerful when it comes to breast cancer awareness.

Public Health January 17, 2017

Obamacare Replacement Targets At 'Insurance For Everybody,' Says Trump

American President-elect Donald Trump is almost ready with a replacement plan for Obamacare. He plans to scrap the law after he is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017.

Public Health January 16, 2017

Salmon From Alaska Now Carry Japanese Tapeworm Parasite

The Japanese broad tapeworm was once thought to infect only fish in Asia. Now, four species of Pacific salmon carry the parasite. What species of salmon are affected?

Public Health January 15, 2017

Nationwide Abortion Ban In US Congress: What Is The Heartbeat Bill?

Rep. Steve King's Heartbeat Bill proposes a nationwide abortion ban. How is it connected to Ohio's blocked Heartbeat Bill, and what should Americans expect from the proposal in Congress?

Public Health January 15, 2017

Repealing Obamacare Will Result In 36,000 Deaths Each Year, Claims Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders claims on Twitter that repeal of Obamacare would lead to 36,000 deaths per year. He based his calculations on recent studies by Urban Institute.

Public Health January 14, 2017

Woman Dies Of Superbug Resistant To All Available Antibiotics In The US

A woman in Nevada died of an infection resistant to all of the 26 antibiotics in the United States. She was hospitalized several times in India prior to her return to the US.

Public Health January 14, 2017

Just One Interval Weight-Training Session Can Lower Risks Of Type 2 Diabetes Complications

Researchers have discovered that Interval Weight-Training is efficient for people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes. While the type of exercise improves blood circulation for all categories of people, the best results were obtained among diabetes patients.

Public Health January 15, 2017

Jessica Alba's Honest Company Recalls Organic Baby Powder Because Of Possible Microorganism Contamination

Jessica Alba's The Honest Company recalled its organic baby powder because of possible microorganism contamination. The said substance may cause eye and skin irritation.

Public Health January 13, 2017

Why Is Lyme Disease More Prevalent In Northern United States?

Lyme disease affects an estimated 300,000 people in the United States each year. Researchers have found that the northern regions face a higher risk of this disease because of temperature and humidity.

Public Health January 15, 2017

Exposure To Secondhand Smoke During Childhood Increases Pregnant Women's Miscarriage Risk

Pregnant women who were exposed to secondhand smoke as a child have increased risk of losing their pregnancy. What are other factors that can raise miscarriage risk?

Public Health January 12, 2017

Two New Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Found In Florida: Is Another Zika Underway?

University of Florida researchers discover two new tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes for the first time in their state, warning about the possibility of a new virus and the role of global warming in the arrival of the exotic species.

Public Health January 12, 2017

Nutella Maker Defends Use Of Palm Oil Amid Boycott By Other Food Companies Over Cancer Scare

Cancer-causing contaminant in palm oil prompted food companies to boycott the product. Ferrero assured the public about the safety of its Nutella chocolate spread, which uses palm oil as a key ingredient.

Public Health January 11, 2017

Trump Taps Vaccine Skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. To Lead Immunization Safety Panel

Anti-vaccination activist Robert Kennedy Jr. said that he was asked by President-elect Donald Trump to lead a panel on immunization safety. A Trump spokesperson, however, said there has been no final decision made yet.

Public Health January 11, 2017

Holiday Twinkies Voluntarily Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns

Hostess voluntarily recalls its holiday-edition White Peppermint Twinkies over potential salmonella contamination, due to a confectionary coating on the cakes that contains recalled milk powder.

Public Health January 11, 2017

8 Million Lives, $1 Trillion Could Be Saved Every Year By Effective Tobacco Policies: UN Report

Smoking, one of the leading causes of preventable death, could be reduced through more effective tobacco policies, according to a new UN report. A higher regulation from the governments and more investment in awareness could save millions of lives every year.

Public Health January 11, 2017

FDA Approves Egalet Long-Acting Opioid Painkiller With Abuse-Deterrent Properties

After an independent panel voted for the approval of Egalet Corp's Arymo ER back in August 2016, the FDA released a statement approving the drug. However, the medication does not meet the requirements for claims of deterring snorting.

Public Health January 11, 2017

Weekend Exercise May Be Enough To Lower Death Risk From Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Says Study

‘Weekend warriors’ enjoy health benefits despite just engaging in physical activity once or twice in a week. According to researchers, that much exercise is enough to lower death risks associated with cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Public Health January 11, 2017

Some Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Via Mammogram Are Treated Unnecessarily, Study Warns

Sparking controversy around the breast cancer screening anew, a Danish study has found that one in three women with breast cancer detected through mammograms is given unnecessary treatment.

Public Health January 10, 2017

January Is National Radon Action Month: EPA Advises Homeowners To Test For Lung Cancer-Causing Radioactive Gas

January is National Radon Action Month, and the EPA wants you to take action and ensure the cancer-causing radioactive gas is not putting you and your family in danger.

Public Health January 10, 2017

Coca-Cola Lawsuit Claims Beverage Company Misled Public To Consume Unhealthy Drinks

Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association face lawsuit over deceptive marketing practices to promote and sell sugar-sweetened beverages. The Praxis Project advocacy group filed the complaint.

Public Health January 9, 2017

Crowding In UK Hospitals A Humanitarian Crisis: Red Cross

The British Red Cross described overcrowding and shortage of beds in UK hospitals as a humanitarian crisis. The charity asked the government for more budget in caring for the sick and the elderly.

Public Health January 7, 2017

Superbug Infections Down In VA Hospitals Thanks To Veterans Affairs Prevention Initiative

New study showed that the rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus have steadily and significantly dropped. The results were recorded after the implementation of a Prevention Initiative.

Public Health January 8, 2017

New Guidelines Recommend Best Time To Introduce Peanuts To Babies To Prevent Food Allergy

An expert panel wrote new guidelines that recommend the best time to feed peanut-based food to children. When should parents give babies peanut-containing food to prevent food allergy?

Public Health January 6, 2017

6-Year-Old Girl Drinks Liquid Nicotine Used For Parents' E-Cigarettes

A 6-year-old girl suffered nicotine poisoning after accidentally being given liquid nicotine stored in a medicine bottle. The child's ordeal opens up questions about the safety of e-cigarette storage and use.

Public Health January 7, 2017

Flu Cases On The Rise: Experts Issue Vaccine Recommendations

Specialists issue vaccination recommendations against flu, since more cases have been recorded. The virus, A H3N2, is best avoided through vaccine and not other alternative means.

Public Health January 7, 2017

Canned Cat Food Products Recalled For Potentially Harmful Levels Of Thiamine

Canned cat food products were recalled after they were discovered to have low levels of thiamine, also known as Vitamin B1. Why is thiamine deficiency harmful for cats?

Public Health January 5, 2017

All French Citizens Are Automatic Organ Donors Now

France is now automatically assigning all its citizens as organ donors upon their death, unless they join an official register for opting out. This opt-out system is already being practiced in other countries around the world, including Spain and Austria.

Public Health January 5, 2017

Bloomlife Wearable Puts Moms-To-Be At Ease With Pregnancy Monitoring

A new device has been released, targeting pregnant women in their third trimester. The wearable technology records the frequency and duration of contractions, giving an accurate estimation of entering labor.

Public Health January 5, 2017

How Has Teen Perception, Use Of Marijuana Changed After Cannabis Was Legalized For Recreational Use?

Latest study indicates that there is a change in perceived harmfulness and usage of marijuana among the teen population in Washington after the drug’s legalization in 2012.

Public Health January 5, 2017

Florida Senate Bill Bans Cough Syrup Containing Dextromethorphan From Being Sold To Minors

Minors are banned from buying medicines that contain dextromethorphan over the counter in Florida starting this new year. The laws also demand vendors to verify identification if the customer looks younger than 25 years of age.

Public Health January 5, 2017

Genes To Blame For Severe Form Of PMS? Researchers Link Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder To Poor Sex Hormone Gene Expression

Premenstrual syndrome brings a slew of uncomfortable symptoms for women. According to researchers, PMS' more severe counterpart, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, may be caused by poor gene expression in sex hormones.

Public Health January 4, 2017

Experts Advise Creatine Not For Below 18 But Supplement Stores Are Not Listening

Even after pediatricians’ warning on the usage of creatine among children less than 18 years of age, the supplement stores and retailers are still recommending it to youngsters. Creatine supplement is used for muscle building and to improve athletic performance.

Public Health January 4, 2017

What Made Zika So Deadly? 7 Proteins May Be To Blame, Say Researchers

Zika caused a public health emergency last year. Now, researchers have identified key proteins that may have been responsible for the virus’ severity, taking them a step closer to mitigating threats Zika still has.

Public Health January 4, 2017

Mysterious Marijuana-Related Illness Often Misdiagnosed: What Are Its Symptoms?

A newly recognized illness blamed to heavy and long-term use of marijuana is often misdiagnosed because it is relatively unknown. What are its symptoms and how is it treated?

Public Health January 2, 2017

Pakistani City Launches New Anti-Polio Drive As Rare Strain Surfaces

The Southwestern city of Quetta in Pakistan launches a special anti-polio drive as the rare Type 2 polio virus surfaced in sewage samples. Officials have recruited religious leaders for the mission amid resistance of extremists to immunization campaigns.

Public Health January 3, 2017

Nearly Half Of Deployed US Soldiers Drink 1 Energy Drink Per Day: Why This Is Bad For Military Performance

Many U.S. soldiers see energy drinks as a mission essential. Excess consumption though poses health risks that can impair performance in the military setting.

Public Health December 31, 2016

10-Month-Old Massachusetts Baby Revived Twice After Being Exposed To Deadly Fentanyl

A 10-month-old baby girl had to be resuscitated by doctors twice after she had suddenly stopped breathing. It was later discovered that the child had ingested traces of the dangerous opiate fentanyl in her system.

Public Health January 3, 2017

Lack Of Standards For Baby Cereals Puts Health Of Children In Low-Income Countries At Risk

Premixed baby cereals can provide young children with the nutrients they need to develop properly. However, inconsistent nutritional content in complementary food products can lead to malnutrition instead.

Public Health December 31, 2016

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