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Vaccinate Or Get Fired: Lawsuit Claims Woman Was Forced By Employer To Get Flu Shot

In order to keep her job, a nursing assistant was forced to get a flu shot despite her opposing religious beliefs. A filed lawsuit alleges that this was a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Public Health March 9, 2018

More Than 700 Canadian Doctors Protest Pay Raises Saying They're Getting Paid Too Much

Doctors in Quebec are protesting their own pay raises negotiated by their unions. They argue that other healthcare professionals are struggling and that the money should be used elsewhere it is needed.

Public Health March 8, 2018

Thousands Of Cheerleaders From 39 States Possibly Exposed To Mumps During National Event In Dallas

The All-Star National Championship event held in Dallas in February may have exposed thousands of cheerleaders to the contagious mumps disease. Texas state health officials have now sent out letters to all the participants, informing them about the same.

Public Health March 7, 2018

FDA Approves 23andMe's Home Test Kit For 3 BRCA Gene Mutations

Testing for three variants of BRCA gene mutation can now be made at home using a simple test kit. All it takes is spitting into a collection tube, without needles and other painful processes involved.

Public Health March 7, 2018

Guinea Pigs Linked To Salmonella Outbreak: Here's What You Can Do To Stay Safe

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked a multistate outbreak to contact with guinea pigs. Owners of the pet rodents are advised to follow certain rules to keep themselves safe from the disease.

Public Health March 7, 2018

Teens Using E-Cigarette Have The Same Toxic Chemicals Found In Smokers

Toxic compounds found in those who smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes were also found in teens who just used e-cigarettes. The same chemicals were also detected in teens who used flavored e-cigarettes without nicotine.

Public Health March 6, 2018

Increasing Steroid Doses Does Not Prevent Sudden Asthma Attack, May Stunt Growth In Children

Experts do not recommend an increased dose of inhaled steroids for treating asthma in children. A new study suggests that frequent and high-dose steroid inhalation may affect a child's growth.

Public Health March 5, 2018

South Africa Listeria Outbreak That Killed 180 Linked To Sausage Meat

South Africa warned the public against eating processed meat products after tracing deadly listeria outbreak to sausage meat. The outbreak has infected nearly 1,000 and killed 180 people.

Public Health March 5, 2018

CDC Says The 2017-18 Flu Season Has Peaked, But Deaths Continue

The CDC says the flu season has peaked, and cases are starting to decline, signaling the end of one of America’s most deadliest flu periods. However, there will still be weeks and weeks of flu ahead.

Public Health March 5, 2018

Coyote Killed In New York City Tests Positive For Rabies: Second Coyote Still At Large

A coyote that was killed after going on a biting spree in New York City tested positive for rabies. The danger is not yet over though, as a second coyote also believed to be rabid is still on the loose.

Public Health March 5, 2018

9-Year Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Fighting For Life Against Rare Hantavirus

The 9-year-old Fernando Hernandez is still fighting for his life after his flu-like symptoms turned out to be caused by hantavirus. He has been on life support for over 20 days.

Public Health March 4, 2018

Houston Daycare Teacher Remains Positive After Losing Foot To Flesh-Eating Bacteria

A Houston daycare teacher is already using a walker and ready to recover after his ordeal with flesh-eating bacteria. In order to save his life, surgeons had to remove his foot.

Public Health March 4, 2018

Contaminated Cantaloupe Causes Deadly Listeria Outbreak In Australia

A listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe or rockmelon left three dead in Australia. The outbreak prompted the country’s melon industry to adopt measures to avoid similar incidents in the future.

Public Health March 4, 2018

Tummy Tuck Not Just A Cosmetic Procedure: Abdominoplasty May Reduce Back Pain, Urinary Incontinence

Women who had abdominoplasty with repair of the abdominal muscles reported major improvements in disability caused by back pain and urinary incontinence. How does tummy tuck help address these health issues?

Public Health March 3, 2018

Peanuts, Pecans May Lower Death Risk Of Colon Cancer Patients: Here Are More Reasons To Eat Nuts

Consuming tree nuts and peanuts may help Stage III colon cancer patients. Studies also showed that nuts could benefit healthy individuals through fat loss and reduced risk for early death.

Public Health March 3, 2018

Men In Zimbabwe Complain That Imported Chinese Condoms Are 'Too Small'

The health minister of Zimbabwe is challenging condom makers to make better condoms than those that are being imported from China. Men are complaining about the imported condoms.

Public Health March 1, 2018

Doctors May Have Found Cause of Mysterious Polio-Like Disease Striking Kids

Doctors now have evidence that the 2014 outbreak of polio-like acute flaccid myelitis, which causes paralysis in children is linked to Enterovirus D68. A new study on these rare conditions encouraged further surveillance for effective prevention strategies.

Public Health March 2, 2018

Cornell University Food Scientist Under Fire For Manipulating Data

Brian Wansink and his colleagues at the Food and Lab Brand of Cornell University were exposed to have manipulated data in many of their research on food and eating conduct. The controversies prompted Wansink to recall six of his research studies.

Public Health March 1, 2018

1 In 14 Women In The US Smokes While Pregnant: CDC

West Virginia has the highest rate of women who smoked while they were pregnant. Babies born to women who smoked during pregnancy are at higher risk for birth defects.

Public Health February 28, 2018

Common Skin Bacteria Produces Chemical That Can Help Prevent Cancer

A strain of bacteria that commonly lives on the human skin produces 6-HAP that can kill cancer cells without harming other cells. About 20 percent of healthy humans have 6-HAP-producing Staphylococcus epidermidis.

Public Health February 28, 2018

Lawsuit Seeks Money To Cover Treatment Of Babies Born Addicted To Opioids

A medical-legal team filed the first lawsuit in the United States that aims to protect children born with NAS. The suit was filed to several drug makers and distributors, which include Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson.

Public Health February 28, 2018

Varicose Veins Linked To Potentially Deadly Blood Clots

People with varicose veins were found to have higher incidence of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms, and peripheral artery disease. Do varicose veins cause blood clots?

Public Health February 27, 2018

Pediatricians Recommend All Kids 12 To 21 Years Old To Undergo Depression Screening

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidelines recomming that all kids between 12 and 21 years old undergo depression screening. Pediatricians are urged to talk to their parents alone.

Public Health February 27, 2018

Woman Saves Her 17-Year-Old Cat With A $19,000 Kidney Transplant

A woman from Baltimore spent $19,000 for a kidney transplant to save her 17-year-old cat named Stanley. The surgery, which used up a significant portion of her savings, also allowed her to save another life.

Public Health February 27, 2018

Standing Desks Could Be Harmful For Your Health

Using standing desks for long periods of time could be as dangerous as prolonged sitting. Standing for two hours has been linked to discomfort and decreased mental reactiveness.

Public Health February 27, 2018

New York Fears Australian Tourist May Have Spread Measles In Early February

New York City fears that an Australian tourist may have exposed people to measles earlier this February. The New York State Department of Health has issued a warning to those visiting certain hotels.

Public Health February 26, 2018

Children Struggle To Hold Pencils Due To Excessive Use Of iPads

Children are having difficulty holding a pencil because of excessive use of devices that prevents the development of muscles needed for holding pencils and writing correctly. Some children do not even know how to receive a pencil or paintbrush.

Public Health February 26, 2018

CDC Scientist Vanishes After Taking A 2-Week Sick Leave

An epidemiologist working with the CDC has disappeared under strange circumstances and the police have still not been able to trace him. Timothy J. Cunningham took a sick leave on Feb. 12 and has not been seen since then.

Public Health February 26, 2018

Orlando Doctor Arrested For Vaccine Fraud: 500 Children At Risk Due To Unsterile, Partial Vaccines

A doctor in Orlando, Florida, has been arrested for vaccine fraud. The alleged malpractice has placed about 500 children at risk, and parents are recommended to consider revaccination to ensure that their children are protected.

Public Health February 26, 2018

CDC Says Flu Season Appears To Have Peaked, But Activity Levels Still High

It appears the United States has gotten through one of the worst flu season s in recent memory. New data from the CDC shows that hospitalization rates from flu-related cases are on the decline.

Public Health February 24, 2018

E-Cigs Contain Toxic Metals That Can Kill You: How Many Are In Danger In The US?

E-cigarette users may be exposed to potentially toxic amounts of metals such as lead, nickel, manganese, and chromium. Here are the number of people in the United States that are at risk of the adverse effects of using these vaping devices.

Public Health February 26, 2018

Indian State Takes Welfare To A New Level: Will Offer Breast Implants For Poor People

A state in southern India will be helping its poorest citizens by giving away free breast implants. There will also be a range of other surgeries that will be given to the residents of the state.

Public Health February 23, 2018

Instant Pot Warns One Of Its Multicooker Models Is Overheating And Melting

In a Facebook post, Instant Pot informed Gem 8-in-1 Multicooker users about reports of the cooker overheating and melting. The company is working with CPSC to replace the defective units.

Public Health February 23, 2018

Antibiotic Clarithromycin Can Potentially Raise Risk Of Death In Patients With Heart Disease

FDA has released an alert cautioning against the prescription of clarithromycin to heart disease patients. The agency had advised health care providers to weigh the cons of the antibiotics because it can increase death risks in heart disease patients.

Public Health February 23, 2018

Should You Drink Alcohol To Live Longer? Studies Show Risks Of Booze May Outweigh Benefits.

The 90+ Study involving 14,000 seniors showed a link between drinking alcohol and longevity. Earlier studies, however, suggested that drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol can cause adverse health effects.

Public Health February 23, 2018

FDA Recalls And Razes Products With Opioid Kratom Linked To Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA is not batting an eye after discovering kratom as the culprit behind this recent Salmonella outbreak. For public protection, products with the opioid substitute are now being recalled and destroyed.

Public Health February 25, 2018

2 Marijuana Legalization Myths Debunked: It Doesn't Increase Recreational Use But Also Doesn't Reduce Opioid Deaths

Can marijuana legalization really lead to more recreational users among adolescents or can it actually help combat the opioid epidemic? Two new studies found no evidence to support both myths.

Public Health February 23, 2018

Nasal Flu Vaccine FluMist OK To Use Again, Advisers Say

A federal advisory group gave doctors a go-ahead to use the nasal flu vaccine spray FluMist for 2018-2019 flu season. This will be an added protection for citizens as the brutal flu outbreak continues to claim more lives.

Public Health February 22, 2018

Florida House Of Representatives Declares Porn A Public Health Risk After Declining Gun Control Bill

Following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Florida House of Representatives declined a gun control bill. Instead it opted to declare pornography a public health risk.

Public Health February 22, 2018

Doctors Remove World's Largest Brain Tumor In 7-Hour Operation

A brain tumor weighing 1.8 kg had been removed from a 31-year old man in India. After checking medical texts, doctors said it was the largest tumor to be excised successfully.

Public Health February 22, 2018

Peanut Allergy Drug Offers Hope For Children Allergic To Nuts

In a major study, AR101, a capsule of peanut flour taken daily, helped desensitize children with severe peanut allergy. Can this oral drug cure children who are allergic to nuts?

Public Health February 21, 2018

Woman Forced To Miss Her Emirates Flight After Complaining About Period Pain

Beth Evans was forced to miss her Emirates Airlines flight to Dubai due to menstrual cramps. She said that she was deplaned along with her boyfriend despite saying that the pain was "one out of ten."

Public Health February 21, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak In 20 States Linked To Kratom Supplements, Warns CDC

A salmonella outbreak has affected 28 people across 20 states, with 11 victims hospitalized. The CDC has linked the incident to the controversial kratom herbal supplements, and has recommended consumers to avoid the products.

Public Health February 21, 2018

'Gluten Intolerance' In Women Could Be Symptom Of Ovarian Cancer

Instead of seeing a doctor, women who experience symptoms of ovarian cancer would rather change their diet, which includes eliminating dairy and gluten. Some start consuming probiotics like yogurt.

Public Health February 20, 2018

HPV Vaccination Rates Among American Teens Still Low: Why It’s Important To Get The Vaccine

The number of American teenagers who receive HPV vaccinations are still low, according to a new research. Only a measly 43 percent of them are up to date on the vaccines, in fact.

Public Health February 21, 2018

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