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Patients Less Likely To Die In US Hospitals During Surprise Inspections: Study

Patients during surprise hospital accreditation surveys may have a slightly lower risk of dying within 30 days of their admission, a new study has found. What could account for these lower mortality rates?

Public Health March 21, 2017

Rare Strep Throat Infection Results In Tennessee Woman Losing Fingers And Toes

A rare case of strep throat infection has led to a patient getting most of her toes and fingers amputated. The incident took place in Tennessee, where a simple case of throat infection led to severe complications.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Houston Officials Consider Use Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Fight Zika Virus

Officials of Harris County are considering the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to combat Zika virus and other deadly mosquito-borne diseases. The technology may fill in the gaps in existing methods to contain the spread of all mosquito-borne diseases.

Public Health March 21, 2017

Toxic Tea: San Francisco Woman Dies After Drinking Poison Brew From Chinatown Herbalist

A San Francisco woman died after drinking herbal tea she bought from a Chinatown shop. The brew was found to contain aconite, a deadly plant-based toxin often used as a herbal medicine.

Public Health March 21, 2017

NIH Budget Cut Proposal: Demotivating To Scientists, Students, And More

The NIH Budget cut proposal is expected to majorly affect scientists, as well as students studying at the institute. According to the budget document, NIH funding has been reduced by $5.8 million, which is a 20 percent reduction.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Under New Bill, Not Disclosing HIV-Positive Status To Sex Partner Faces Lighter Punishment

New legislation seeks to downgrade some HIV-related felonies to a misdemeanor. Once it passes, it will no longer be a felony for someone to have consensual sex with others and expose them to HIV/AIDS without their partners knowing.

Public Health March 20, 2017

How To Survive Spring Allergies And Limit Pollen Exposure

The early allergy season we are experiencing this year caused a spike in pollen counts, which trigger allergic reactions. Find out how to keep your home allergen-free and how to avoid pollen exposure outdoors.

Public Health March 20, 2017

E-Cigarettes Can Benefit Public Health, New Study Reveals How

Researchers have developed a predictive model, which shows that e-cigarettes will help people control and cut down tobacco cigarette addiction. The study has been conducted by researchers at the British American Tobacco.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Listeria Fears Prompt Nationwide Recall Of Edamame In Grocery Stores, Sushi Counters

Edamame sold at retail sushi counters in supermarket chains and cafeterias nationwide has been recalled due to listeria contamination. Learn more about this food recall and other recent product recalls due to listeria.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Brazilian Butt Lift Goes Wrong In Miami Clinic: Woman Dies Following Surgery

A 25-year-old woman died after undergoing a butt lift surgery in Miami, Florida, which went wrong. The death of Ranika Hall is being investigated by authorities to zone in on the exact cause.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Putting Paper On Toilet Seat To Prevent Infection Is Not A Good Idea: Here's Why

Putting a cover paper on a toilet seat to prevent acquiring infection only makes the matter worse. Toilet seats, according to public health experts, are not vehicles for the transmission of any infectious agents.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Amazon Tribe Offers Clues To Preventing Heart Disease

The Tsimane tribe that lives primitive life in the Amazon jungle has the healthiest heart in the world. Elements of its people's lifestyle can be translated to Western behaviors to reduce risk for heart disease.

Public Health March 19, 2017

Counterfeit Machines Playing Critical Role In Getting Fake Pills To Americans

Counterfeit pill presses have been seized by the U.S. customs. The easy availability of fentanyl and counterfeit pill press machines made it easier to process pills.

Public Health March 18, 2017

Opioid Addiction Can Start As Early As 5 Days Of Use, According To Study

A new report by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that a few days on opioid drugs are enough to trigger opioid dependence among Americans.

Public Health March 18, 2017

Strep Throat Infection: Causes, Signs, Symptoms And Treatment

Strep throat is a common infection among children and causes sore and painful throat, along with high fever. This infection is highly infectious and can be transferred to anyone coming in contact with the infected person.

Public Health March 18, 2017

Mayo Clinic Preference For Patients With Private Insurance Spurs Probe From Health Officials

A leaked video of Mayo Clinic's CEO urging staffers to give higher preference to patients with private medical insurance has elicited a strong reaction from health officials. They said the matter will be investigated for violation of human rights.

Public Health March 17, 2017

Opioid Abuse Linked To Emotional Abuse During Childhood: Study

In a new study, emotional abuse appeared to be more strongly tied to opioid addiction than physical and sexual abuse as well as other forms of maltreatment. The authors call for a more integrated treatment of opioid abuse.

Public Health March 17, 2017

Fentanyl Analogue And Chemical Ingredients Make It To UN’s List Of International Controlled Substances

The United Nations has put chemical ingredients used in the production of the illicit drug fentanyl and a similar substance under its international watch list. What does it mean for America’s drug abuse crisis?

Public Health March 17, 2017

Tulsa County Hardest Hit By Flu In Oklahoma As Hundreds Are Hospitalized

Hundreds of people, including infants and children, in the Tulsa county region have been hospitalized due to flu. People in the area have been advised by health officials to visit nearby centers for vaccination.

Public Health March 17, 2017

Walmart Supplier Recalls Frozen Pizza Over Listeria Fears

RBR Meat Company, a Walmart Stores supplier, recalled frozen pizzas sold in 11 states for potential contamination by the listeria monocytogenes, which cause listeriosis. The FSIS said some of the affected products may still be in consumers' freezers.

Public Health March 17, 2017

Experts Warn Of Dubious Clinical Trials As Unproven Stem Cell Treatment Blinds 3 Patients With Macular Degeneration

Three patients with the eye disease macular degeneration were blinded by a stem cell treatment they thought was part of a government-approved study. What are the red flag signals for clinical trials?

Public Health March 16, 2017

Florida Woman Admits To Killing With Silicone Injection

A woman from Florida caused the death of another woman after injecting her with liquid silicone. The accused has pleaded guilty to using the illegal substance.

Public Health March 16, 2017

Smoking Cessation Programs Prior To Joint Replacement Surgery Can Benefit Patients

Researchers have found out that there is a 4.1 times lesser risk of patients who have undergone smoking cessation programs, to develop post-surgical complications. These programs are also effective in helping smokers quit tobacco.

Public Health March 16, 2017

66 Seattle Jail Inmates Screened For Tuberculosis Infection

Nearly 66 prisoners at a Seattle county jail have been tested for Tuberculosis. This was done when one of the inmates was diagnosed with the disease and officials wanted to determine whether it was passed on to any of the others.

Public Health March 16, 2017

Nearly Half A Million US Doctors Could Not Be Wrong: Climate Change Harms Health

Nearly half a million U.S. doctors could not be wrong, as they warned that climate change causes more harm to public health. According to the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, climate change is making Americans sicker.

Public Health March 16, 2017

Routine Dental Procedure Kills 4-Year-Old Boy From Vancouver

A 4-year-old boy died after a routine dental procedure. The kid was administered with Ketamine as an anesthetic but never woke up after.

Public Health March 16, 2017

Light For The Blind: Artificial Retina Implant May Restore Vision To Millions

Scientists have developed an artificial prosthesis as retina implant that can convert light into electrical signals to stimulate retinal neurons. If the human trial becomes successful, it will help millions of people suffering from retinal degeneration to regain eyesight.


Public Health March 15, 2017

Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Deadly Antibiotic-Resistant Fungus Candida Auris

Candida auris is a deadly fungus which causes drug-resistant infections and is typically found on hospital catheters. A new investigational compound has shown efficacy in stopping the fungus’s development and could lead to more potent antifungal drugs.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Cystic Fibrosis Outcomes Better In Canada Than The US: Study

Study reveals cystic fibrosis patients live 10 years longer in Canada than in the United States. Easier access to lung transplants as well as healthier diet and better health insurance could be the cause.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Whole Foods Expands Recall Of Cheese Over Listeria Fear

As a result of the recent Listeria cases linked with the consumption of certain cheese, Whole Foods Market is expanding its recall. Hamden, Andes and Walton Umber cheese have also been recalled by the super market chain.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Sperm Donations In Florida May Contain Zika: Here's What Affected Counties Should Do

The CDC has warned the potential presence of Zika virus in sperm donations in three Florida counties. Donated semen can be stored frozen for certain periods of time and does not necessarily inactivate the Zika virus.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Synthetic Marijuana Use Can Lead To Violent Behavior, Drug And Alcohol Abuse Among Teens: Study

Synthetic marijuana is largely used among adolescents for recreation. Studies show it can increase the risk of addiction, and also trigger violence, other drug use, alcohol abuse, and sexual risk-taking.

Public Health March 14, 2017

House Bill Lets Employers Fine Employees Who Decline Genetic Testing

A bill that has received approval by the U.S. House committee could compel employees to share genetic data as part of the workplace wellness program. In the event the employee declines, they may face penalty if this bill is enacted.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Researchers Call For Safer Nursery Products As Injuries Rise Among Kids

A study conducted by Center for Injury Research and Policy has stated that there is a need of safer products for baby nurseries. Consumer products related to kids cause more harm than what meets the eye.

Public Health March 13, 2017

Not Just Lyme: Here Are Other Tick-Borne Disease To Watch Out For

While it remains the most commonly reported vector-borne sickness in the country, Lyme disease is not the only scourge of tick bites these days. Here's a rundown of other tick-borne diseases in the U.S. today.

Public Health March 13, 2017

Lyme Disease Arrives Early In East Coast This Year, Climate Change To Blame?

Experts are of the belief that Lyme disease's early arrival at the East Coast is due to climatic changes. Come 2025, the Lyme disease season could get preponed by half a week and two weeks by 2065.

Public Health March 13, 2017

Deadly And Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection Affects More Than 30 In The US

The deadly fungal infection Candida auris already infected more than 30 people in the United States. Who are the people most vulnerable, and where does this drug-resistant pathogen commonly spread?

Public Health March 12, 2017

GOP-Sponsored Bill Could Help Companies Access Your Genetic Information

A new GOP-sponsored bill could grant companies access to their employees' genetic information. Both Democrats and advocacy groups have expressed opposition to the bill.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Arsenic Poisoning: Here’s What You Need To Know About Jane Austen’s Possible Cause Of Death

What is arsenic poisoning, its symptoms and causes, and what are the chances that it contributed to the death of the popular female novelist Jane Austen?

Public Health March 12, 2017

Toxin Found In Tea Bought At Chinatown Shop: What Other Harmful Ingredients Are There In Popular Brew?

Two individuals in San Francisco fell ill after drinking tea that contains toxin from an aconite plant. Here are other health risks associated with drinking this popular beverage.

Public Health March 13, 2017

Mumps Cases On The Rise In US, Vaccination Best Way Of Protection

There have been numerous reports of Mumps, which is a contagious disease, in the U.S. Doctors and health officials suggest that vaccination is the surest way to prevent the disease.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Two People Critically Ill After Consuming Toxic Tea In San Francisco

Two people in San Francisco have been poisoned by a herbal tea which contained traces of the toxic aconite. The health department is investigating the matter and has asked people not to consume the particular tea.

Public Health March 13, 2017

Zika-Like Yellow Fever Raises Concern Despite Availability Of Vaccine: Here's Why

U.S. health officials have warned that advancement of Zika-like yellow fever in Brazil could pose another mosquito-borne health threat to the United States. They urged for closer monitoring of the outbreak, which is moving from less populated areas to cities.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Marijuana Use Linked To Stroke And Heart Failure: Study

New research on more than 300,000 hospital data suggests a link between marijuana use and a heightened risk for heart failure and stroke. Researchers aim for continued studies and healthy dissemination of information.

Public Health March 10, 2017

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