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Pet Turtles Blamed For Salmonella Outbreak in 13 States

The CDC and FDA warned the public not to buy turtles as pets or give them as gifts. A multistate salmonella outbreak is now being attributed to handling of the hard-shelled reptile.

Public Health August 30, 2017

Aetna Mailers Accidentally Expose HIV Status Of Thousands Of Clients

On July 28, possibly 12,000 Aetna clients received mailers from the health insurance provider, exposing private medical information. Clients are taking legal action as a result of the serious privacy breach.

Public Health August 26, 2017

Chemicals In Yoga Mats And Furniture Can Lower Chances Of Successful IVF Pregnancy: Study

Researchers find that women with high levels of flame retardant (PFR) chemicals in their urine had significantly lower chances of successful IVF pregnancies. Couples trying to conceive through IVF are advised to avoid materials with PFR.

Public Health August 26, 2017

New Google Tool Can Help Diagnose Clinical Depression

Google and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) worked together to help Google users who may be suffering from depression. The partnership brings a reliable depression severity diagnosis tool accessible to users.

Public Health August 25, 2017

Alternative Cancer Treatments More Than Double Risk Of Death

Cancer patients who opted to use alternative treatments were found to be at greater risk of dying early compared with their counterparts who use standard treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Steve Jobs used alternative cancer treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Public Health August 23, 2017

Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay $417 Million In Lawsuit Tying Baby Powder To Ovarian Cancer

Eva Echeverria claimed she would have stopped using Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder had a warning been placed on it. What do scientific studies say about the link between baby powder and ovarian cancer?

Public Health August 22, 2017

Pediatricians Issue New Guidelines For Identifying High Blood Pressure In Children

High blood pressure in children may soon be easier to identify and manage with AAP's new guidelines. The guidelines recommend annual routine blood pressure measurements and use of blood pressure lowering medications.

Public Health August 21, 2017

Smokers 20 Percent More Likely To Quit Smoking When Cigarette Prices Increase

Older smokers are 20 percent more likely to quit smoking with just a $1 increase in cigarette prices. Can price hikes also encourage younger smokers to quit the unhealthy habit?

Public Health August 21, 2017

Coyote That Attacked Woman In New York Trail Tests Positive For Rabies

A woman strolling through a park in rural New York was left with severe bites after being attacked by a coyote. The coyote responsible for the attack tested positive for rabies.

Public Health August 20, 2017

Oregon Man Partially Blinded By 1962 Eclipse Warns Of Viewing Danger

A man from Oregon is warning people of the possible damage that improperly looking at an eclipse can do to the eyes. Proper equipment usage is advised to enjoy the upcoming total solar eclipse safely.

Public Health August 18, 2017

Fleas In Arizona Found Positive For Bubonic Plague

Health authorities warned the public to observe precautions after fleas were found positive for bubonic plague. The disease once known as the Black Death killed hundreds in the Middle Ages.

Public Health August 15, 2017

FDA Addresses Health Care Providers After Five Deaths From Weight Loss Balloon Treatment

The FDA addressed a letter to health care providers regarding five deaths linked to a weight loss balloon treatment. A similar advisory regarding its adverse effects was posted just February of this year.

Public Health August 12, 2017

Weight Loss Intragastric Balloons Linked To 5 Deaths

The FDA said that five deaths have been linked to intragastric balloons albeit it remains unclear if the fatalities were caused by the device itself or the surgery. What are the potential side effects of intragastric balloons?

Public Health August 11, 2017

Moscow Mule Copper Mug May Cause Food Poisoning

Drinking the trendy cocktail drink Moscow mule in copper mug may result in food poisoning marked by diarrhea and yellowing of the skin. Here's why copper and alcoholic beverage should not mix.

Public Health August 9, 2017

Cleaning Kitchen Sponges Can Make Them Dirtier: Study

Microwaving kitchen sponges or cleaning them in hot and soapy water does not remove the bacteria and may even make them dirtier. Here's what experts advise for cleaner and safer kitchen sponges.

Public Health August 7, 2017

Is Loneliness Already A Bigger Killer Than Obesity?

Two new meta-analyses have warned that loneliness and social isolation have become an urgent public health threat. Find out more about the health effects of loneliness and what can be done about it.

Public Health August 7, 2017

Officers Taken To Hospital After Responding To Fentanyl Overdoses

A car crash related to drug overdose in Chelsea sent three police officers to the hospital after rescuing the casualties. Reports say fentanyl was involved.

Public Health August 6, 2017

Kitchen Sponges Are Host To Millions Of Bacteria

Scientists reveal that kitchen sponges may be more dangerous than originally believed and should be replaced weekly. Cleaning or sterilizing sponges do not remove bacteria.

Public Health August 4, 2017

Suicide Rate Among US Teen Girls Hit 40-Year High: CDC

Since recording began in 1975, suicide rates among teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 have increased. Among female teenagers in the age group, the suicide rates saw a peak back in 2015.

Public Health August 4, 2017

FDA Targets Lower Nicotine Levels To Combat Cigarette Addiction

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb announced Friday new measures to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes and vaping products. The federal agency made the proposal for the first time to curb cigarette addiction.

Public Health July 31, 2017

Utah Health Department Confirms That Livestock Caused The Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

The Health Department reports findings of its investigation on the deadly E. Coli outbreak that killed 2 children in Southwest Utah. Officials say that livestock is responsible.

Public Health July 30, 2017

Researchers Say It’s OK Not To Finish Antibiotics But Doctors Disagree

Researchers recently claimed that patients do not need to finish out their antibiotics. Doctors are now firing back over the irresponsible and potentially harmful advice.

Public Health July 28, 2017

4-Year-Old Boy Contracted Flesh-Eating Disease After He Bumped His Head

Four-year-old Rhys Pritchard sustained a small cut above his eye after bumping his head. The problem went worse when he started to show symptoms of necrotising fasciitis, more commonly known as flesh-eating disease.

Public Health July 24, 2017

Man Recovers After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria On Hike

A Florida man finally recovers after battling flesh-eating bacteria contracted from a hike in New Hampshire. Health experts say blaming Mount Garfield is an inaccurate assumption.

Public Health July 23, 2017

Drugstore Says Lowering Price Of Morning-After Pill May Encourage Women To Use It

Boots Pharmaceuticals angered women for suggesting that decreasing the price of its morning-after pills will encourage inappropriate behavior. The drugstore apologized after a major backlash.

Public Health July 22, 2017

Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Papaya Sickens 47

A multistate Salmonella outbreak has already sickened 47 people from New York to Louisiana. Federal officials believe that the infections are linked to yellow Maradol papayas.

Public Health July 22, 2017

Fecal Bacteria Found In Drinks Sold By Major Fast Food Restaurants Like McDonald's

Scientists discover another reason why fast food is unhealthy. Three major fast food chains in the UK test positive for poo bacteria in its iced drinks.

Public Health July 21, 2017

Healthier Living Could Slash Dementia Cases By One-Third: Report

Dementia prevention techniques that involve diet, quitting smoking, and changing one's lifestyle may slash cases by one-third, experts reveal. Learn how leading a healthier life could save you from this brain disorder.

Public Health July 20, 2017

100 Million Americans Are Either Diabetic Or Prediabetic: CDC

Diabetes rates in the United States paint a picture of low awareness and increasing statistics, a new CDC report has showed. Experts continue to call for optimal nutrition as key in diabetes treatment and prevention.

Public Health July 19, 2017

Mad Cow Disease Detected In Alabama: Is There Reason To Be Alarmed?

A cow delivered to a livestock market in Alabama and later died was found positive for BSE, or mad cow disease. Does the fifth BSE case in the United States pose human threats?

Public Health July 18, 2017

Verily Releases Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes To Fight Zika And Dengue: Is Wolbachia Technique Safe For Humans?

Up to 20 million mosquitoes infected by the Wolbachia bacteria will be released in California to fight zika, dengue and chikungunya. Does this technique pose safety risk to humans and other species?

Public Health July 17, 2017

Doctors Remove 27 Contact Lenses From Woman's Eye During Cataract Surgery

A woman initially thought her eye problem was caused by old age and dry eyes. She was supposed to undergo cataract surgery when doctors discovered a blue mass that turned out to be contact lenses stuck together in her eye.

Public Health July 17, 2017

More Than 200 Hogs Slaughtered After One Confirmed Swine Flu Case At County Fair

An entire hog barn at the Clinton County Fair was tagged ‘Terminal’ after one hog tested positive for swine flu. All 280 hogs will be slaughtered.

Public Health July 16, 2017

Here's How Pregnant Women Can Avoid C-Section Birth According To Analysis Of 36 Studies

C-section birth comes with a number of unwanted consequences for the mother and child. Here's how pregnant women can avoid it and up their chances for normal delivery, according to science.

Public Health July 21, 2017

Hot Dogs Sold By New York City Pushcart Vendors Recalled Over Bone Fragment Contamination

As a precautionary measure, a meat processor recalled more than 7 million of its hot dogs and sausages over concern these may contain bone fragments. Here are the affected products.

Public Health July 16, 2017

Infamous Experiment: Descendants Of Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment Victims Seek Remaining Settlement Money

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment is infamous for its misleading nature. Families of the victims are now seeking to claim the remaining money from a 1975 settlement.

Public Health July 16, 2017

Early Prostate Cancer Surgery May Not Prolong Life: Treatment May Even Cause Lifelong Complications

Early surgery may not be necessary, and may even pose side effect risks to some men diagnosed with prostate cancer. A smaller group of patients though may still benefit from early treatment.

Public Health July 15, 2017

Releasing 20 Million Mosquitoes May Help In Fight Against Zika Virus, Chikungunya And Dengue

Verily's technologically advanced Debug Project is already underway in Fresno County. How will releasing 20 million bacteria-infected male mosquitoes help reduce the population of disease-carrying mosquitoes?

Public Health July 15, 2017

Hundreds Of Medical Professionals Charged With Health Care-Related Scams

The federal government has concluded its largest takedown operation on health-related scams with hundreds of fraud charges. Doctors were accused of prescribing unnecessary opioids to patients and addicts.

Public Health July 15, 2017

Scientific Panel Seeks Harsher Strategy, Total Policy Overhaul To Solve Opioid Problem

An FDA-commissioned scientific panel recommends sweeping changes in doctors’ opiod prescription practices and health policy, in general, to stop the growing opioid epidemic in the United States. Here are the details on the new report.

Public Health July 14, 2017

Tall Men At Higher Risk Of Death From Prostate Cancer: Study

Prostate cancer is the second leading type of cancer among men. Now, researchers have found that taller men and heavier men are more at risk of being diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer and of death from prostate cancer.

Public Health July 14, 2017

Powdered Mac And Cheese May Contain Toxic Chemicals Banned From Kids' Toys

Advocacy groups are conducting a test of the phthalate content of dairy products in the market. Out of the 30 cheese products tested, 29 turned out positive for containing phthalates.

Public Health July 14, 2017

Mac And Cheese May Contain Dangerous Phthalates: Other Processed Food With Toxic Ingredients

Macaroni and cheese powder may contain harmful phthalates that have been banned in baby products, but potentially toxic ingredients are also present in other popular food products. Here are some of them.

Public Health July 15, 2017

‘Unacceptable Tragedy’: Measles Claims 35 Child Lives In Europe

In a new statement, the World Health Organization has released details on measles deaths in Europe. The U.N. agency has hit low coverage of the measles vaccine for the spread of the contagious disease.

Public Health July 12, 2017

Teen Electrocuted When Cellphone Accidentally Falls In Bathtub

A girl died after attempting to use her cellphone while charging in the bathtub. Her family is now spreading awareness about the dangers of using electrical devices near water.

Public Health July 12, 2017

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