Public Health

Superbug Alert: 10 California Babies Confirmed Infected With Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Ten newborn babies at the UC Irvine Medical Center in California's neonatal intensive care unit have been infected with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is resistant to antibiotics and is difficult to treat.

Public Health April 17, 2017

Mislabeling Prompts Recall Of Homeopathic Teething Tablets: What Is Belladonna?

Two homeopathic teething products are being pulled from the shelves due to mislabeled calculated amounts of belladonna alkaloids in the products. What is belladonna, and is it safe to consume?

Public Health April 15, 2017

Latest Recalls: Here Are Some Of The Most Recent Product Recalls, From Contaminated Salad To Homeopathic Teethers

Certain companies have been busy with recalls and investigations of late. Here are some product recalls you may want to know about, from contaminated salads, to garbage disposal hazards.

Public Health April 15, 2017

Rates Of Type 2 Diabetes Climbing In Children And Teens

A study has revealed that type 2 diabetes has tripled in the United States and school-age children are being hit. It is estimated that nearly 208,000 people younger than 20 years old are living with diagnosed diabetes.

Public Health April 15, 2017

Health Experts Eye 3rd Vaccine Dose Against Mumps Amid Outbreaks In Texas, Other US States

A 20-year-high outbreak of mumps is underway in Texas, and cases across the United States have also increased. Now, health officials are mulling over a third vaccine dose for mumps to get the situation under control.

Public Health April 15, 2017

Las Vegas Becomes The First US City To Debut Public Needle Vending Machines

The first public needle vending machine in the United States debuted in Las Vegas. This is in a bid to promote needle safety and prevent the HIV and Hepatitis viruses from spreading due to the use of contaminated needles.

Public Health April 15, 2017

Target Recalls Water-Absorbing Easter Toys Over Serious Ingestion Hazard

Target recalled more than half a million Easter toys that, once ingested, can expand in a child's stomach and may not even show up on X-ray. Here are the products affected by the recall.

Public Health April 13, 2017

What’s Driving Mumps Cases In Texas To Reach 20-Year High?

Texas reported a massive surge in mumps cases which are at a two-decade high. The health department has issued an advisory to healthcare providers.

Public Health April 13, 2017

Trans Fat Ban Linked To Fewer Heart Attacks, Better Health

The trans fat ban in public food venues has made New Yorkers healthier, reducing heart attack and stroke rates by more than 6 percent. Next year, the FDA plans to eliminate partially hydrogenated oils from baked and fried goods sold nationwide.

Public Health April 13, 2017

Beating HIV: Scientists Discover How To Make Body Cells Resistant To The Virus

The cure for AIDS could start by engineering immune cells to produce HIV-fighting antibodies that prevent the infection with the HIV virus. Researchers have already created HIV-resistant cells in a petri dish following this groundbreaking technique.

Public Health April 12, 2017

It’s Official: Chiropractors Can Help Ease Your Back Pain Through Spinal Manipulation, Study Says

A study pooling information from several databases concluded spinal manipulation is as effective as over-the-counter painkillers in managing lower back pain. Chiropractic therapy improves pain intensity by one point on a scale from 1 to 10.

Public Health April 12, 2017

Let Patients Weigh Harms And Benefits Of Prostate Cancer Screening: Federal Task Force

The USPSTF revised its guidelines on PSA screening for prostate cancer, no longer opposing the routine blood test. The newly drafted recommendations now specify patients should be allowed to make individual decisions regarding the procedure.

Public Health April 12, 2017

Decades Of Walking Barefoot In Volcanic Soil Linked To Elephantiasis Outbreak In Uganda

Alerted by an inexplicable elephantiasis outbreak in Uganda, health authorities discovered the reported cases were actually a different form of the disease, called podoconiosis. This condition is not caused by a worm, but rather by prolonged exposure to volcanic soil.

Public Health April 11, 2017

Mead Johnson Faces Lawsuit Over Dead Insects Found On Baby Formula Enfamil

Paulina Rodriguez claimed to have found insects on Enfamil milk formula on four different occasions, one of which was captured on video. An earlier whistleblower lawsuit is connected to Rodriguez's claims.

Public Health April 11, 2017

Dead Bat Found In Salad: How Animals End Up In Packaged Food

Consumers have found frogs, bats, and even live spiders in store-bought salads, vegetables, and fruits. A food safety specialist explained how these small animals likely ended up in these packaged food.

Public Health April 10, 2017

Which US City Has The Most Dog Attacks On Postal Workers?

The U.S. Postal Service, in a report, ranked rising dog attacks on postal workers trying to deliver consignments in various U.S. cities. In 2016, Los Angeles had the highest number of dog attacks on postal workers.

Public Health April 11, 2017

Rare Parasitic Worm Spreads In Maui: Why Is Infection On The Rise?

A rare parasitic worm is spreading in Maui, where a number of people have been infested with the rat lungworm. In rare cases, the infection can affect the nervous system of the host.

Public Health April 10, 2017

Huntington's Disease: Researcher Discover A Way To Stop Progression Of The Fatal Disease

Researchers may have found a potential cure for Huntington's disease. Scientists studied the progression of the disease using mice and human stem cells and surmised that a cure for the fatal disease may be possible.

Public Health April 10, 2017

Hawaii LGBT Couples Push For Equal Access To Fertility Therapy Available To Heterosexual Couples

Sean Smith and his husband paid more than $20,000 for a fertility procedure for which, under Hawaii state law, married heterosexual couples have the right to financial help. The LGBT community is now lobbying for equal access to fertility treatments.

Public Health April 10, 2017

More Gray Hair Linked To Higher Heart Disease Risk

Men with more white hair were found to have higher risk for coronary artery disease that is independent of age and other cardiovascular factors. What do health experts recommend for individuals with high chances of developing heart disease?

Public Health April 9, 2017

Salad Sold In Walmart Recalled After Dead Bat Found Inside Packaged Mix

Fresh Express recalled a batch of its prepackaged salad after two customers complained about a bat found inside the mix. The CDC is currently undergoing an investigation into the matter.

Public Health April 9, 2017

Brain-Invading Parasite May Have Spread Due To Climate Change And Globalization

Rat lungworm was first detected in Taiwan in 1944 and has since spread to other parts of the world including the United States. How does globalization and climate change help spread the parasite?

Public Health April 8, 2017

23andMe Genetic Testing Kit Gets FDA Approval: Things To Know Before Using DNA Test For Disease Risk

23andMe genetic tests can predict risk for only 10 diseases or health conditions. Here are other things consumers should know before using and spending money on this DNA testing kit.

Public Health April 8, 2017

KFC Vows To Shun Antibiotic-Laced Chicken By 2018

Joining many other chicken restaurants, KFC pledged that by the end of 2018, it will be sourcing 100 percent antibiotic-free chicken for its boneless and chicken-on-the-bone products. This follows concerns over the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.

Public Health April 8, 2017

On World Health Day: Global Effort Necessary To End HIV/AIDS

Health organizations plan to continue the great progress in HIV treatment and prevention. Consistent efforts by PEPFAR are getting close to ending the AIDS pediatric epidemic in Africa.

Public Health April 7, 2017

The Mar-a-Lago Kitchen Was Cited With Health Violations, Why Should This Matter?

A report on the various food safety violations in the president’s private Mar-a-Lago club has surfaced, and the citations have since been corrected. Why is this important?

Public Health April 14, 2017

More Than 1 In 5 Adults In America Tainted By High-Risk HPV: How The Virus Serves As Cancer Trap

More than 20 percent of the adults in the United States suffered from a type of high-risk HPV, exposing them to certain cancers. The CDC recommends vaccination for children as a means of prevention.

Public Health April 8, 2017

GSK Recalls Around 600,000 Ventolin Asthma Inhalers In The US

GlaxoSmithKline voluntarily recalled over 593,000 inhalers due to a defect in its packaging, which caused suspected propellant leakage. The company confirmed that this issue was not a direct threat to patients inhaling the product.

Public Health April 6, 2017

Children's Sweatshirts And Jackets Recalled Over Laceration And Choking Hazards

Fred Meyer recalled some jackets and sweatshirts that are sold for infants, toddlers, and children at its stores. Consumers who bought these affected children's clothing products can get a full refund for their purchase.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Baked Goods Laced With Marijuana Send 6 North Carolina Hospital Workers To Emergency Room

Cookies and muffins that contained cannabis oil sickened several employees at a North Carolina Hospital. Here's why no charges were filed against the person who baked the goods and the employee who brought them to the hospital.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Hantavirus: Signs, Symptoms, And Everything You Should Know About This Potentially Deadly Virus

Following a suspected case of hantavirus infection in King County, an alert has been sounded out about the virus that causes a respiratory disease called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Hantavirus is carried by rodents such as the deer mouse.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Can Taking Antibiotics For Extended Period Increase Precancerous Colon Growths?

Consumption of antibiotics for an extended period could increase the risk of colon cancer in women. However, using antibiotics for a short period doesn't eliminate the risk of precancerous colon growths.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Many People With Serious Medical Conditions Are Initially Misdiagnosed: Study

A study highlighted that initial diagnosis in serious medical conditions is wrong in many cases. It also revealed that 21 percent of patients received a different diagnosis in a second opinion.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Zika Poses Higher Risk Of Birth Defects In US Than Previously Estimated

A CDC study has found that one in every 10 pregnant women infected by Zika virus gives birth to babies with birth defects. Researchers have recommended CT scans for babies infected with Zika to check for underlying abnormalities.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Here’s How Doctors Successfully Created First ‘Three-Parent’ Baby

The birth of a three-parent baby in Mexico was a big news, but the project had many risks. According to the details published by the doctors, the process involved in vitro fertilization (IVF) and mitochondrial replacement therapy.

Public Health April 4, 2017

Miami Construction Boom Brings Back Zika Virus Worries

Mosquito control inspectors warn construction sites in Miami-Dade still pose a threat for the transmission of the Zika virus. County officials met on Monday, April 3, to discuss Zika preventive measures that reduce these sites’s role in virus reemergence.

Public Health April 4, 2017

Healthy Kids Can Die From Flu: What Health Experts Recommend To Prevent This

Children with medical conditions have increased risk for flu-related complications and death. A new study by researchers from CDC, however, revealed fatal cases of children who were healthy before contracting the influenza virus.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Flu Vaccination Can Save Lives Of Children: Study

A CDC study revealed that vaccinated children run a lesser risk of succumbing to flu virus, compared with non-vaccinated kids. The result was determined after a data analysis of four flu seasons from 2010 to 2014.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Joe Biden Criticizes Proposed Budget Cuts For Medical Research

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden expressed his displeasure toward the proposed medical spending cuts by the Trump administration. According to Biden, the budget cut would undermine future prospects of clinical studies and search for medical treatments.

Public Health April 4, 2017

Beyond Autism Awareness: Here’s How You Can Foster Acceptance Of Autism

Autism Day celebrated on April 2, with “Light It Up Blue” theme, had buildings lit up in blue marking solidarity to the cause of autism awareness. The event was an opportunity to expand campaigns and acceptance of autism.

Public Health April 4, 2017

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