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California County Reports Almost 1,000 Cases Of Norovirus In Schools: Details On The Outbreak So Far

Health experts urge parents to keep sick children at home as the norovirus outbreak in California now totals more than 950 confirmed cases. Thirty-two schools in Yolo County have reported norovirus infections, affecting both students and their teachers.

Public Health May 16, 2017

10-Year-Old NY Boy Overdoses On Cannabis-Laced Sour Candy: Here Are The Details

A 10-year-old boy from Rockland County in New York has been brought to the emergency room after consuming sour gummy candy laced with medical marijuana. Find out more about the case and how THC in marijuana affects the body.

Public Health May 15, 2017

Green Chile Frozen Burritos Recalled Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

Green Chile Foods recalls meat and poultry frozen products after traces of Listeria monocytogenes was found during a routine test. Find out if your frozen burrito is affected.

Public Health May 14, 2017

Rare Human Rabies Case Confirmed In Virginia Resident Who Was Bitten By A Dog

The Virginia Department of Health confirmed a case of rare human rabies in a Virginia resident. The infected individual suffered a dog bite while traveling abroad.

Public Health May 13, 2017

Global Cyberattack Targets Over 70 Countries, UK Hospitals Held At Ransom

UK’s National Health Service was severely hit by a cyberattack that targeted over 70 countries. The latest cyberattack stamps the medical industry as a vulnerable target.

Public Health May 13, 2017

WHO Confirms At Least One Ebola Death In Congo: Another Outbreak At Hand

Another Ebola outbreak has been reported out of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The World Health Organization was quick to respond to DRC’s eighth Ebola outbreak since 1976.

Public Health May 13, 2017

Brazil’s Zika Emergency Is Over With Drop In Cases Of Mosquito-Borne Virus

Brazil has lifted its public health emergency over the mosquito-borne illness Zika virus. This occurs 18 months after its worst outbreak, which causes severe birth defects like microcephaly in newborns.

Public Health May 12, 2017

Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Existed Even Before The Dinosaur Age

A study indicated that drug resistant enterococci or Superbugs existed even before the dawn of the dinosaurs. The research conducted also isolated the genes responsible for the superior resistance in these bacterial strains.

Public Health May 12, 2017

Parasites Could Be Lurking In Your Sushi: Food Safety Tips To Avoid Anisakiasis

A man was hospitalized after complaints of abdominal pain turned out to be a parasitic infection from sushi. Here's what you need to know about Anisakiasis and food safety.

Public Health May 14, 2017

Fond Of Eating Sushi And Other Undercooked Seafood? It Could Cause Anisakiasis Caused By Parasites

Scientists cautioned people about a particular dangerous strain of parasite, which infests raw fish and seafood. The parasite infested food when consumed and caused severe stomach pain, vomiting, and many other digestive problems.

Public Health May 14, 2017

Avocado Hand: Slicing For Guacamole Sends People To The Hospital

Doctors have seen an increase in injuries caused by slicing avocados. What is behind incidents of people lacerating their hands while preparing the green fruit for their guacamole?

Public Health May 12, 2017

Heroin Epidemic Triples Cases Of Hepatitis C In The US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports of higher hepatitis C incidences due to the heroin epidemic. The report calls for state policies for HCV prevention, and testing for at risk individuals.

Public Health May 12, 2017

New Study Says Cheese Won’t Up Your Heart Disease And Stroke Risk: What’s The Beef With Full-Fat Dairy?

The recent study saying full-fat dairy products such as cheese, butter, and milk don’t increase the risk of heart disease was rapidly contested by some medical organizations. The cheese debate lays down the pros and cons of saturated fat.

Public Health May 11, 2017

Hanford Nuclear Site Incident: What Are The Health And Human Risks?

The tunnel breach detected in Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the United States has triggered concerns about radiation hazards, and workers have been alerted. The facility is famous for having supplied plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

Public Health May 11, 2017

Minnesota Health Department Needs $5 Million To Combat Measles Outbreak In The State

The Minnesota Health Commissioner revealed that the state needed $5 million to combat the outbreak of infectious diseases in the state, including measles. The measles outbreak has stretched the state’s resources.

Public Health May 11, 2017

Cotton-Tipped Swabs Send Dozens Of Children To The Emergency Room Every Day

About 34 children are sent to the emergency room each day for using cotton-tipped applicators to clean the ear. Why is it not safe to use these products?

Public Health May 10, 2017

Meningitis-Causing Bacteria Suspected To Be Behind Deadly Mystery Outbreak In Liberia

Evidence points to a contagious bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis in the occurrence of a mystery illness in Liberia. Find out more about this infectious disease from U.S. health officials as well as the WHO.

Public Health May 9, 2017

Deer Antler Tea Recalled Over Botulism Contamination Fear In California

The California health department has warned consumers not to drink Deer Antler Tea products from U.S. Deer Antlers Exports and Imports Inc. out of concerns with Clostridium botulinum contamination. Here are the warnings and recall details.

Public Health May 9, 2017

Anti-Vaxx Drive Continues Amid Measles Outbreak In Minnesota: What’s Fueling Our Vaccine Fears?

The measles outbreak in Minnesota was fueled by anti-vaccination groups, health experts suggest. Anti-vaxx advocates, including Andrew Wakefield, are actively engaged in misinformation campaigns against the MMR vaccine, targeting the Somali community in Minneapolis.

Public Health May 9, 2017

Want To Have Good Memory Later In Life? Low And Regular Use Of Cannabis Could Help

A new study discovered that tetrahydrocannabinol or THC had a positive effect on aging mice's brains and could impact human brains similarly. The human trials are expected to start in the latter half of 2017.

Public Health May 9, 2017

Baldness And Gray Hair Cure Could Be On Horizon With Accidental Discovery

Researchers studying cancer tumors accidentally learned what causes hair to turn gray and stop growing. The discovery may pave the way for a cure for baldness and gray hair.

Public Health May 8, 2017

Here’s How The Sick Could Get Sicker Under GOP Health Plan

The American Health Care Act, a GOP plan designed to replace Obamacare, passed through Congress. The House of Representatives’ vote will influence health insurance coverage for people relying on the Affordable Care Act, particularly those with pre-existing conditions.

Public Health May 8, 2017

7,000 Bodies From Former Asylum Potentially Buried On Mississippi Campus, And They’re Quite Costly To Exhume

Up to 7,000 bodies may be buried on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and officials are seeking to exhume the bodies. The ambitious plan involves putting up a visitors center and a lab to study the bodies.

Public Health May 8, 2017

‘Gray Death’ Explained: How Dangerous Mix Is Changing The Face Of America’s Opioid Epidemic

What is gray death? Find out what it is, why experts call it one of the scariest opioid combinations ever seen in almost 20 years, and what it means for the worsening opioid epidemic in the country.

Public Health May 8, 2017

USDA Recalls Marcho Farms Meat Products In Several States Due To Possible E. Coli Contamination

The USDA recalls more than 5,600 lbs of meat produced in Pennsylvania after authorities tested it positive for E.Coli. Affected states include Illinois, New York, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Public Health May 7, 2017

Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast Products Recalled Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

Pinnacle Foods voluntarily recalls several Aunt Jemima frozen products due to possible contamination. The U.S. FDA says the affected products are distributed nationally and in Mexico.

Public Health May 7, 2017

Woman’s Small Rash Turns Out To Be Rare, Aggressive Breast Cancer: Here’s Her Journey

A woman who had a small rash on her breast found out that she was suffering from a very rare type of cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is difficult to diagnose and advances very rapidly.

Public Health May 6, 2017

Woman Who Blames Baby Powder For Her Ovarian Cancer Wins Lawsuit: Should You Stop Using Talcum Powder?

Johnson & Johnson has lost another lawsuit connected to its cosmetic powders but the company continues to defend its products. Is it time to throw out talc-based products?

Public Health May 6, 2017

Lyme Disease And Powassan Virus Abound: What's The Deal With Tick-Borne Diseases?

This year is expected to have a particularly bad tick season, with experts warning of increases in Lyme disease and Powassan virus. Here are some things you may want to know about tick-borne diseases in the United States.

Public Health May 6, 2017

Speech Delay In Babies And Toddlers May Be Blamed On Mobile Devices Like Smartphones And iPads

Many babies and toddlers start to use mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads before they can talk. A new study revealed these children are at risk for delay in expressive language

Public Health May 5, 2017

Health Insurance In America: Here Are Pre-Existing Conditions Under The GOP Health Plan

The U.S. Congress has approved the Republicans' Obamacare replacement bill. Check out the list of pre-existing health conditions under the GOP’s American Health Care Act.

Public Health May 5, 2017

Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay More Than $110 Million In Baby Powder, Shower To Shower Powder Cancer Case

Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay more than $110 million to a woman who claimed to have developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products for many years. What do studies say about the talcum powder and ovarian cancer link?

Public Health May 5, 2017

Bombay Sapphire Recall: Gin Contains Nearly Double The Advertised Amount Of Alcohol

Bacardi issues a nationwide recall for Bombay Sapphire in Canada after discovering incorrect alcohol content. The company urges consumers to throw out or return bottles from the affected batch.

Public Health May 5, 2017

Gray Death: Authorities Warn About Latest And Scariest Opioid Drug Threat

Authorities warn the public about a new drug mix that could lead to more deaths in the opioid epidemic. Heroin and a drug used as elephant tranquilizer are just some of the dangerous components of gray death.

Public Health May 4, 2017

New Lyme In Town? Here’s The Fuss Over The Tick-Borne Powassan Virus

There’s a new and nastier reason to add to the list of why tick season is a nightmare – Powassan virus. Rumor has it, it’s even worse than Lyme disease.

Public Health May 4, 2017

Playing Video Games Can Help Boost Memory And Prevent Dementia In Elderly People: Study

A study revealed that physically intensive video games helped increase memory and brain functions among the elderly. It was reported that physical activity through these games was more beneficial than ordinary exercise and activity among elderly.

Public Health May 4, 2017

How Intermittent Fasting Could Work For Weight Loss And Overall Health

Intermittent fasting is getting quite popular and the trend is catching up with many, including celebrities. A debate is on whether a controlled diet is better than intermittent fasting.

Public Health May 4, 2017

New York State Health Department Faces Lawsuit From Medical Marijuana Companies

Medical marijuana manufacturers filed a lawsuit against the New York State Health Department. This lawsuit challenged the health department's plan of expanding registered marijuana manufacturers in the state from 5 to 10.

Public Health May 3, 2017

Blood Type May Determine Risk For Heart Attack And Stroke

Non-O blood type people have been found to have higher risk for heart attack and stroke. Those who belong to blood group type AO, BO, or AB, though have ways to reduce their cardiovascular disease risks.

Public Health May 2, 2017

Skin Cancer Awareness: Advice From Sportscaster Holly Rowe and Melanoma Research Foundation

Sportscaster Holly Rowe decided to team up with the Melanoma Research Foundation in skin cancer awareness campaign. Melanoma Awareness Month is dedicated to informing people on the dangers of skin cancer and sun exposure.

Public Health May 2, 2017

US States Ramp Up Efforts To Fight Zika, Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses As Warm Weather Approaches

As warm weather makes its way to the United States, the threat of Zika virus is revived anew, and states are gearing up for battle. Various states, for instance, are now acting against the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Public Health May 2, 2017

Unemployed Heart Failure Patients Face 50 Percent Higher Risk For Death

Heart failure patients who are unemployed have higher risk for death and rehospitalization compared with their employed counterparts. How can this finding benefit people with the heart condition?

Public Health May 2, 2017

How New Trend Called ‘Stealthing’ Is Actually A Sex Crime

‘Stealthing,' the new trend that implies nonconsensual condom removal, could be construed as sexual assault. Already punishable under Irish law as a sex crime, this practice inflicts emotional and physical trauma comparable to other forms of sexual abuse.

Public Health May 1, 2017

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