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Pelicans In Vienna Zoo Put Down, Bird Flu Held Responsible

Vienna Schoenbrunn Zoo has performed euthanasia on its flock of Dalmatian pelicans to restrict the spread of virus they were carrying. The pelicans were detected with H5N8 strain of the bird flu virus.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Common Flame Retardant Could Affect Kids' Social Behavior

New research has shown a connection between flame retardants used in common household items and kids' social behavior. Children are negatively affected when exposed to these chemicals.

Public Health March 13, 2017

What To Eat To Live Longer? Start With Nuts And Seeds

New research suggests a strong connection between cardiometabolic diseases and a healthy diet. People should consume more nuts and seeds to avoid these conditions, according to the scientists.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Conservative Activist Groups Disapprove Of House Republicans' New Health Care Plan To Replace Obamacare

The Republicans have unveiled the ObamaCare replacement bill entitled the American Health Care Act (AHCA). However, conservative groups are not pleased and called the new legislation “critically flawed.”

Public Health March 11, 2017

6-Pound Tumor Removed From Gambia Girl's Mouth

A team of doctors successfully removed a 12-year-old girl's mouth tumor. The girl, who is from Gambia, was only given six months to live before the surgery, as the melon-sized tumor didn't allow her to eat properly.

Public Health March 10, 2017

This Toddler’s Message To His Terminally Ill Baby Brother Will Bring Tears To Your Eyes

A mother witnessed her older son comforting his younger sibling, who is diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of cancer. The preschooler’s show of love for his baby brother is heartfelt and deeply moving.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Cheese With Listeria Linked To 2 Deaths: What You Should Know About Listeria

A multi-state Listeria outbreak has been detected by health officials and they are reportedly looking into the issue. This bacterium has already caused two deaths and has resulted in hospitalization of four more individuals.

Public Health March 12, 2017

Bottled Water More Popular Than Soft Drinks Among Americans

Bottled water topped the list of the most popular beverage, beating carbonated drinks and sodas. This change may evidence the fact that people in the U.S. are finally embracing a healthier lifestyle.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Arthritis Crippling One Fourth Of American Adults: Study

Nearly one-fourth of American adults are suffering from arthritis, leaving many unable to conduct daily activities, such as lifting a bag of groceries or holding a cup. Arthritis is accentuated by the lack of exercise, according to a CDC report.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Listeria In Raw Milk Cheese Leaves 2 Dead, At Least 4 Hospitalized In Multi-State Outbreak

Two people died and at least four more were hospitalized in a multi-state listeria outbreak involving soft raw milk cheese. Vulto Creamery of New York has implemented a cheese recall after the incidents.

Public Health March 9, 2017

Can A Gluten-Free Diet Help You Dodge Diabetes? New Study Says No

Find the truth about a gluten-free diet and type 2 diabetes. Major Harvard study begs you to think twice before jumping on the gluten-free diet bandwagon.

Public Health March 10, 2017

World’s Heaviest Woman Receives Bariatric Surgery In India

The world's heaviest woman underwent bariatric surgery in India. The Egyptian woman, who suffers from elephantiasis, has lost approximately 220 pounds since her arrival in Mumbai in February 2017.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Looking After Dementia Patients Can Take A Toll On Caregivers

Dementia leaves emotional and physical distress in its wake. However, not just the patients, but also the caregivers are at a risk due to the continued emotional stress and may suffer a setback financially, emotionally and physically.

Public Health March 10, 2017

Yellow Fever Outbreak In Brazil, Is The US At Risk?

The U.S. may be at risk of Yellow Fever as this deadly disease has already caused a major outbreak in Brazil. Researchers suspect that the disease may spread in the U.S. in a localized manner, similar to the Zika virus outbreak.

Public Health March 9, 2017

Trump’s Immigration Policy Affects Health Care Interests: Travel Ban Keeps Doctors Out

The new travel ban signed by President Donald Trump on March 6 might affect the nation’s health care system in ways that haven't been thoroughly considered. The regions that most stand to lose are rural areas facing an unresolved shortage of doctors.

Public Health March 9, 2017

What Caused A Canadian Town’s Tap Water To Turn Bright Pink?

The public water of Onoway in Alberta, Canada, has suddenly turned fluorescent pink. The culprit: potassium permanganate, which is commonly incorporated in treatment processes to remove iron and manganese.

Public Health March 8, 2017

Drug Overdose Deaths Plague West Virginia, Deplete State Funding For Indigent Burials

Fatal drug overdoses in West Virginia have kept increasing and are nearly three times the national average. They are taking their toll on the state burial assistance program, which is facing a looming budget deficit.

Public Health March 8, 2017

Why Americans Stopped Dieting: Study Shows Drop In Weight Loss Interest

Fewer Americans are striving to shed extra pounds as being overweight is becoming more socially acceptable, a new study has found. The research reveals a surge in obesity rates in the last three decades.

Public Health March 8, 2017

Sound Waves Synced With Brain Waves Can Enhance Memory, Deep Sleep In Adults

Studies showed sound therapy can improve deep sleep and memory in older adults. Northwestern University scientists studied how sound waves, when synced with brain waves, can enhance memory.

Public Health March 8, 2017

Too Much Meat, Salt And Not Enough Nuts Linked To Deaths From Diabetes, Stroke, And Heart Disease

A diet comprising too much processed meat, red meat, salt, and sugary drinks and not enough nuts, fruits, and vegetables has been associated with deaths from diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, research finds.

Public Health March 8, 2017

Alzheimer's Disease: More Than 16 Million Americans Over 65 Years Could Be Affected By 2050

Latest annual report by Alzheimer’s Association suggests that an American of the age 65 years and above is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease by 2050. The report also stated that Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in U.S.

Public Health March 7, 2017

Huge Leap Forward In Understanding Autism: 18 New Genes Identified

Extensive DNA scan reveals additional 18 genes associated with autism. Study shows genetic mutations differ for each affected individual, offering a deeper comprehension of the autism spectrum.

Public Health March 7, 2017

Chicken, Egg Producers In US Gearing Up For Tighter Biosecurity Measures And Quarantines To Combat Bird Flu

With a case of Avian Flu being confirmed in Southern Tennessee farm, several chicken and egg producers are beefing up biosecurity measures to combat the disease. Several farms have also been quarantined in a bid to counter bird flu.

Public Health March 7, 2017

Pennsylvania Kids Suffer From Severe Mouth And Throat Burns After Drinking Apple Juice At Buffet Restaurant

Two children who ordered apple juice at a Chinese restaurant serving all-you-can-eat buffet suffered from burn-type injuries. A test revealed the presence of a toxic ingredient in the juice.

Public Health March 7, 2017

Lyme Disease Control: What To Do After A Tick Bite

With Lyme disease concerns growing, it’s important to understand which ticks carry the disease and which areas are more at risk for housing them. Here’s what to do if you suspect you’ve been bitten by a Lyme-infested tick.

Public Health March 7, 2017

Breastfeeding Mom Donates Her Milk To Babies In Need After Losing Her Own Child

A woman from Utah decided to donate her breast milk to those in need after her six-week-old child died. The woman already donated over 4,000 ounces.

Public Health March 6, 2017

Texas 'Wrongful Birth' Bill May Prevent Parents From Suing Doctors For Witholding Info On Baby Abnormalities

Texas 'wrongful birth' bill may prevent the parents from suing the doctors for withholding the information on baby abnormality especially if they feel the client may seek abortion. The proponents of the bill, however, said the measure would only seek to right the wrong.

Public Health March 9, 2017

Components In Soy Products Slow Growth Of Breast Cancer Cells, New Study Finds

Researchers have discovered that components in dietary soy products are quite beneficial for women diagnosed with breast cancer. The study suggests that it also lowers the growth rate of breast cancer cells.

Public Health March 6, 2017

Pollution Claims Life Of 1 In 4 Children Every Year, Warn WHO Reports

The WHO has released new reports on child mortality rates linked to environmental pollution. The no. 1 cause of death is polluted air, followed by contaminated water.

Public Health March 6, 2017

Zika Virus: Disease In Canadian Travelers More Common Than Expected

A study was conducted to examine the widespread Zika virus, an infectious mosquito-borne disease. Researchers found that the disease was more common among Canadian travelers than previously expected.

Public Health March 6, 2017

Gene Variants Linked To Fatal Gallbladder Cancer, New Study Finds

A recent study suggests that several gene variants can develop gallbladder cancer in many individuals. The revelation was asserted by comparing the genetic features of gallbladder cancer patients with those of healthy volunteers.

Public Health March 6, 2017

Starting Periods At An Early Age Associated With Diabetes During Pregnancy

Women whose menstrual cycle started at 11 years or less may develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Weight control management may help lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

Public Health March 6, 2017

Bird Flu Strain Detected In Tennessee Farm Under Tyson Foods Contract

A Tennessee poultry farm under contract with Tyson Foods Inc. is now placed under quarantine by the U.S. Department of Agriculture officials afrer it was found infected with H7 strain of pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Public Health March 6, 2017

In Depth: How Sickle Cell Anemia Was Cured With Genetic Engineering, According To Doctors

For the first time, doctors have claimed that sickle cell anemia is curable with gene therapy. Doctors at the Necker Children's Hospital in Paris, who treated a teenager with the blood disorder, claimed complete cure after gene therapy.

Public Health March 5, 2017

CDC Report Highlights Rise In Number Of Children Getting Sick For Drinking Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizers make it more convenient to keep bacteria at bay but easy access to the alcohol-based product has also led to a spike in ingestion, which puts children’s health at serious risk.

Public Health March 4, 2017

Pee In Swimming Pools: Can Amount Of Urine Present In Pool Water Make You Sick?

The artificial sweetener ACE helped researchers determine how much pee is present in swimming pools. Are there health hazards to worry about when you swim in pools with urine?

Public Health March 4, 2017

Subway Disputes Canadian Report Alleging Products Are Only 50 Percent Chicken

Subway disputes reports by Canadian TV show 'Marketplace' that its products are only 50 percent chicken. The company executive fired back saying the allegation is '100 percent wrong.'

Public Health March 4, 2017

Oball Rattle: Nearly 700000 Baby Rattles Recalled By Kids II Due To Choking Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has directed that Kids II recall its Oball rattles due to chiking hazards. The plastic disc located outside the ball can break down causing the beads to release, posing a serious threat to young children.

Public Health March 4, 2017

I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Recalled As People Hospitalized With E. Coli

The SoyNut Butter Co, has voluntarily issued a recall for the I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter after people were hospitalized due to E. coli. Nearly 12 people, primarily children, have been hospitalized in five U.S. states.

Public Health March 4, 2017

150 Health Advocates Raise Awareness On Kidney Disease In Washington DC Summit

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 90 percent of more than 26 million adults in America are unaware they have kidney disease. For this reason, 150 advocates will convene in Washington D.C. to raise awareness.

Public Health March 5, 2017

MIT Predicts 1,200 Premature Deaths In Europe Due To Excess Emissions From German Cars

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predict that 1,200 people in Europe are likely to die early due to excess emissions from Volkswagen cars sold between 2008 and 2015. These were the cars found to have been installed with 'defeat devices.'

Public Health March 3, 2017

Study Shows Exercise Provides Relief Against Cancer-Related Fatigue

Exercise has always been good for the health. Now, researchers are saying it’s also more effective at providing patients with relief against cancer-related fatigue compared with medication.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Birth Defect Risk Among Moms With Zika Now 20 Percent Higher Than Before

The CDC has found that birth defect risk among moms with Zika virus is now 20 percent higher than before. Researchers determined the prevalence of different birth defects before the 2015 Zika virus epidemic.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Hearing Loss In Americans Expected To Double By 2060, Reveals New Study

Hearing loss in Americans is anticipated to see a rapid rise by 2060. The condition is expected to double in the next five decades and is caused due to exposure to loud noises.

Public Health March 3, 2017

Breastfeeding Mom Shares Story Of Losing Baby After He Accidentally Starved

Jillian Johnson, a mother who decided to breastfeed her son Landon, shares the story of his death after he accidentally starved. 'Breast is best, but follow with the bottle,' she says.

Public Health March 4, 2017

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