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Top 10 Health News Of 2016: Zika Virus, Opioid Crisis, Marijuana Legalization, And More

Throughout 2016, many health issues have come to the attention of the public space. From discovering potential treatments addressed at curing deadly diseases to concerns on people's unhealthy lifestyles, this year has shed new light on various public health topics.

Public Health December 31, 2016

Indoor Smoking Bans Helping Children Breathe Easier: Fewer Asthma-Related ER Visits In Kids Reported

The indoor smoking ban has remarkably helped children breathe easier, reported a recent study. Researchers have found that the number of asthma-related emergency room visits by children have been reduced following the ban.

Public Health January 1, 2017

Mysterious Illness Linked To Marijuana Use Spikes In States That Legalized Weed

Doctors see rising cases of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome in states that legalized marijuana. What are the symptoms of this condition and how can it be treated?

Public Health December 29, 2016

Bill Gates: World Is Vulnerable To Deadly Flu Epidemic In Next Decade

In an interview with the BBC, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates expressed his concern about the world's inability to handle deadly epidemics in the future. He said global emergency response systems need to be strengthened and better treatments developed.

Public Health December 31, 2016

Melanoma Cases, Deaths Down In Northeast States, Says Study

New research analyzing the incidence of melanoma cases within the United States from 2003 to 2013 reveals disparities among states and regions. Awareness programs would be among the most effective means of preventing this type of cancer.

Public Health December 29, 2016

NIH Testing Injectable Cabotegravir To Prevent HIV: Move Over, Truvada?

Injectable cabotegravir is being tested by the NIH in an effort to develop other HIV prevention options. Currently, the oral tablet Truvada is the only HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis approved for use.

Public Health December 29, 2016

Fertility Clinic Investigates Possible Mix-Up That May Have Left 26 Women Fertilized With Wrong Sperm

A procedural error may have resulted in 26 women being wrongly fertilized. Fertility clinic UMC Utrecht launched an investigation to determine the best course of action for the incident.

Public Health December 29, 2016

Medical Marijuana: Traffic Deaths Drop In States That Legalized Cannabis Use

While the debate on medical marijuana continues, a surprising new finding relating to its legalization has surfaced. Traffic death rates dropped significantly in states that legalized the use of medical marijuana.

Public Health December 30, 2016

Common Weight Loss Surgery Linked To Lasting Gastrointestinal Problems

Researchers warn that undergoing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass could aggravate a patient's digestive issues following the surgery. The weight loss procedure is also being linked to a development of food tolerance.

Public Health December 29, 2016

Hospital Intensive Care Units Are Being Overused, Says Study

A study conducted on ICU admissions at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center states that the hospital’s Intensive Care Units are being overused by non-deserving patients. This revelation is suggesting that the hospital’s most evasive and pricey care is gradually becoming inefficient.

Public Health December 31, 2016

Researchers Uncover New Molecular Mechanism Behind Some Autoimmune Diseases

People suffer from allergies and autoimmune diseases when their immune systems don't work properly. Latest research conducted in Japan has led to the discovery of an important cause of the phenomenon.

Public Health December 31, 2016

US Antitrust Approval Granted To Abbott For St. Jude Medical Acquisition

In a bid to become an important player on the market dedicated to cardiovascular devices, Abbott Laboratories will buy St. Jude Medical. The transaction was greenlighted by the FTC after the two companies agreed to sell two device businesses so as to avoid a monopoly.

Public Health December 29, 2016

Marijuana Legalization Could Make Teens Think The Substance Is Harmless, Spur Them To Try Cannabis, Suggests Study

New research underlines the increased use of recreational marijuana among teenagers in Washington state following the legalization of the substance. Fewer students in the eighth and 10th grades believe in the associated harms of marijuana use.

Public Health December 29, 2016

Former New Hampshire Psychiatric Patient Posts Thousands Of Pieces Of Private Data Online

Officials from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services revealed that a former patient at a state hospital posted thousands of pieces of confidential information on social media. The data breach affects individuals who received services from the DHHS.

Public Health December 29, 2016

Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program On Track As Readmission Rates For Common Conditions Drop

Readmissions are not always avoidable but they should be kept to a minimum. Researchers have found that after being levied financial penalties through the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, hospitals moved to keep readmission rates down.

Public Health December 28, 2016

Carrie Fisher's Death Raises Questions About Women's Heart Disease

Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 27, after having been hospitalized for heart attack last week. Her sudden death raises concerns about the issue of women's heart disease.

Public Health December 28, 2016

Study Finds Immune Cell Function In Mothers Critical To Avoiding Preterm Births

A new research found a lymphocyte in the uterine lining of late births that could help in treating inflammation in pregnant women and help in avoiding preterm births, which have long-term consequences for children.

Public Health December 28, 2016

Red Cross Seeking Blood, Platelet Donations This Holiday Season

Red Cross is seeking blood donors as the holiday season brought along a period with both few donors and more car accidents. Representatives from different countries are asking people to make an effort and keep their appointments, or even make one to help people in need.

Public Health December 27, 2016

Brushstrokes In Paintings Can Predict Onset Of Neurodegenerative Diseases Like Alzheimer's

Paint strokes of seven famous painters revealed that patterns in paintings may hint the onset of neurodegenerative disorders in artists. How does fractal analysis help detect the onset of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease?

Public Health December 29, 2016

Genome Sequencing Sheds Light On Shigella Outbreaks In California

A team of researchers have sequenced and analyzed the genome of Shigella sonnei, the bacteria that is involved in 2014 and 2015 shigellosis outbreaks in California. The researchers identified how the S. sonnei acquired antibiotic resistance and toxin genes, which made the bacteria more virulent than ever before.

Public Health December 27, 2016

Boil Order Still In Effect For Lindon City Residents After Water Sample Tests Positive For E. Coli

The water supply in Lindon City, Utah, has been hit by E. coli, prompting the city to issue a boil water advisory for drinking water on Dec. 23. The order is said to still be in place as of Dec. 25 until further notice.

Public Health December 26, 2016

Heart Attack Risk Higher During Christmas Time: What Is Behind Spike In Cardiac Deaths During The Holidays?

Cold weather is widely blamed for the spike in heart-related deaths during the Christmas holiday, but a new study debunks this. What cause the increased cardiac deaths during the holidays?

Public Health December 25, 2016

Study Suggests Blocking A Protein That Initiates Immune Response Can Actually Aid In Fighting HIV

A study performed by UCLA researchers revealed that blocking the Type I interferon protein, the functions of a failing immune system can be boosted, which in turn can fight against viral infections. The treatment is believed to be a stepping stone in the eradication of chronic infections like HIV.

Public Health December 26, 2016

Cardinal Health Agrees To Pay $44M To Settle Allegations Of Suspicious Painkiller Shipments

Cardinal Health, the Ohio-based pharmaceutical company, has agreed to pay $44 million as its settlement against the allegations of suspicious shipment of painkiller drugs. The company was charged with shipment of drug oxycodone from pharmacies of Washington State, New York, Maryland, and Florida.

Public Health December 26, 2016

Researchers Uncover Molecular Events To Help Explain Allergic Reactions To Air Pollution

The rising level of air pollution is resulting in increased cases of asthma and other lung-related diseases. Researchers in Japan have uncovered the series of molecular events that can help explain the relation of allergic reactions to pollution in atmosphere.

Public Health December 26, 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act: What You Need To Know

The 21st Century Cures Act is the new powerful law signed by President Obama last week. The act not only aims at giving a boost to medical research, but also intends to support people’s fights against cancer, mental health problems and opioid issues.

Public Health December 26, 2016

FDA Draft Guidance Suggests Maximum Lead Level For Lipsticks, Other Cosmetics

The FDA has issued draft guidance on advisable lead concentration in lipsticks and externally applied cosmetics. Lip glosses, lip liners, lipsticks, body lotions, shampoos, blushes and eye shadows sold in the United States are covered by the guidance.

Public Health December 23, 2016

Holiday Season Kills: Deaths Spike Between Christmas And New Year's Day

More people die of natural causes between Christmas day and New Year's day. What could be driving the spike in deaths during the holiday season?

Public Health December 22, 2016

1 In 6 Breast Cancer Patients Chose Double Mastectomy With Little Knowledge Of The Aggressive Procedure’s Lack Of Benefit: Study

According to a recent study, one in six patients diagnosed with breast cancer decides to have both breasts removed. The procedure is not necessary for many of them and it is believed the examples provided by celebrities may influence such decisions, together with lack of information.

Public Health December 24, 2016

Incidence, Death Rates On The Rise For Melanoma: Study

In a dramatic increase since 2009, 1 in 54 people is expected to develop a dangerous form of melanoma, which may be lethal in some cases. Lifestyle choices may be a factor in this increase.

Public Health December 24, 2016

Grapes As A Choking Hazard: Doctors Say Lack Of Awareness Puts Young Children At Risk

Three recent cases of young children choking while eating whole grapes highlighted choking hazards for kids. A report was released wishing to build awareness among parents concerning the dangers of fruits with smooth textures.

Public Health December 24, 2016

Drinking Water In Louisiana Town Tests Positive For High Levels Of Lead And Copper

The discovery of high levels of lead and copper in the drinking water of a small town in Louisiana has worried both the residents and authorities. A series of measures are aimed at providing the people with access to water until the situation is resolved.

Public Health December 23, 2016

New Study Suggests Daily Sugar Intake Guidelines Are Based On Low-Quality Evidence

Dietary recommendations on daily sugar intake could be based on poor evidences, reports a recent study. WHO recommends sugar intake of less than 5 percent of dietary calories per day, while the Institute of Medicine limits sugar intake to less than 25 percent of dietary calories taken every day.

Public Health December 23, 2016

Mumps Cases In Arkansas, Illinois And Iowa Continue To Rise

Instigated this year in August, mumps virus continues to spread in the areas of Arkansas, Illinois and Iowa. The overall count of the cases reported has crossed 4,000, which has topped the charts in recent years. Arkansas being the highly affected area accounts for about 2,200 of the 4,000 cases.

Public Health December 21, 2016

Asthma Sufferers Should Avoid Eating Cured Meats Such As Ham And Salami: Here's Why

Consumption of salami and ham may not be good for asthma sufferers. Nitrite preservatives used in cured and processed meat products could be blamed for worsening respiratory conditions.

Public Health December 21, 2016

Listerine Mouthwash May Help Kill Gonorrhea Bacteria In Mouth And Throat

Listerine mouthwash may not just help with bad breath. Researchers found that Listerine Cool Mint and Total Care can also kill sexually transmitted gonorrhea bacteria in the mouth and throat.

Public Health December 20, 2016

2015 El Niño ‘Godzilla’ Fueled Zika Outbreak In South America: Study

The Zika virus outbreak in South America was said to have been supported by climatic changes due to the2015 El Niño ‘Godzilla’. A study made at University of Liverpool suggested that the climate favored the transmission of mosquito vectors and acted as a positive catalyst in spreading the virus.

Public Health December 23, 2016

New York Veterinarian Catches Rare Bird Flu From Sick Cat

A veterinarian working at an animal shelter in New York has contracted a rare form of bird flu. Officials said the vet may have gotten the infection from the respiratory secretions of sick cats being treated at the shelter.

Public Health December 26, 2016

Patients Treated By Female Doctors Have Lower Mortality, Readmission Rates: Study

Elderly patients treated by female doctors are less likely to die or be readmitted, a study has found. This highlighted an interest in how female doctors treat in an effort to offer better outcomes to all patients.

Public Health December 22, 2016

Inventor Of Life-saving Heimlich Maneuver, Henry Heimlich, Dead At 96

Dr. Henry Heimlich, the inventor of life-saving procedure Heimlich maneuver died at the age of 96 on Dec. 17. Celebrities Cher, Simon Cowell and politicians Ronald Reagan and Ed Koch were saved using the technique.

Public Health December 20, 2016

Researchers Uncover Potential Reason Why COPD Patients Lose Ability To Repair Lung Damage On Their Own

COPD patients lose the ability to repair lung damage as their disease progresses. Researchers now know why and how this happens exactly, taking a step closer to developing new COPD treatment.

Public Health December 20, 2016

Black Lung Disease Resurgence: CDC Report Identifies Cases Of Progressive Massive Fibrosis In Kentucky

The number of black lung disease cases could be 10 times more than estimated by federal regulators, noted recent reports. About 60 black lung cases were reported in miners from eastern Kentucky in a single radiology practice, revealed the CDC.

Public Health December 20, 2016

Alcohol Poisoning In Russia: Dozens Die After Drinking Lotion Containing Toxic Methanol

Dozens of people in Russia died after drinking lotion with toxic alcohol. Although the bottles have a warning stating that they are not intended for internal use, the contents were still consumed like alcohol.

Public Health December 19, 2016

Drug Companies Poured 780 Million Painkiller Pills Into West Virginia

West Virginia has shipped a giant number of painkillers inside the state, from 2007 to 2012. Prior to the investigation, which found these alarming numbers, nobody ever reported suspicious activities of the pharmacies throughout state.

Public Health December 20, 2016

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