MENU

Public Health

Higher Folate Intake Not Harmful: UK Concern Over Fortifying Flour With Folic Acid Unjustified

Researchers reanalyzed the data used by the US Institute of Medicine as the basis for tolerable upper intake level of folate. They found no link between high doses of folic acid and increased risk of neurological damage.

Public Health January 31, 2018

Drug Distributors Flooded Small West Virginia Town With 20.8 Million Opioid Painkillers

In just 10 years, two drug wholesalers has sent more than 20 million painkillers to a town in West Virginia, which only has 2,900 population. Other small towns also received excessive number of prescription painkillers.

Public Health January 31, 2018

Two Men Sent To Prison For Having Enough Fentanyl To Kill Everyone In New York City And New Jersey

Two men were sentenced to prison for possession of heroin and fentanyl, with intent to distribute the drugs. Police seized from them 45 kilograms of fentanyl, which contained over 18 million lethal doses of the powerful opioid.

Public Health January 30, 2018

Nicotine In E-Cigarette Vapors May Cause Cancer, Mouse Study Suggests

Experiments conducted on mice and cultured human cells show that nicotine in e-cigarette vapors may cause changes in the DNA that may elevate cancer risk. Does this mean e-cigarettes can cause cancer in humans?

Public Health January 30, 2018

Couple Get Hookworms In Their Feet On Vacation In The Dominican Republic, Denied Medication In Canada

A Canadian couple acquired hookworms after walking barefoot on a beach in the Dominican Republic. Health Canada denied them the necessary medication, so they had to get it in the United States.

Public Health January 30, 2018

Swatting Mosquitoes Trains Them To Stay Away From You: Other Ways To Avoid Mosquito Bites

Swatting mosquitoes away is one way of teaching them to avoid you, a new research suggests. Here are other recommended ways to avoid getting bitten by these disease-carrying bugs.

Public Health January 29, 2018

This Flu Season Could Be The Worst In 15 Years

The current flu season is shaping to be one of the worst according to the CDC. Brace for more weeks of this fierce epidemic that has spread across 49 states and has affected more than 80,000 people.

Public Health January 28, 2018

Feeling Sick? Here Are The Most Common Cold And Flu Symptoms

Feeling like you might be coming down with the common cold or flu? Here's a guide on how to tell the difference between common cold and flu symptoms.

Public Health January 29, 2018

Boy Dies From Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Bike Accident: How To Avoid Necrotizing Fasciitis Infection

An 8-year old boy died after bacteria entered his body through a wound. Wounds and blisters can put anyone at risk of contracting necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating disease and here are some precautions to avoid infection.

Public Health January 28, 2018

Replacing Sedentary Time With 30 Minutes Of Housework Can Benefit Health

A new study highlights the health benefits of everyday activities such as household chores. The study involved measuring the physical activity of over 800 men and women in a span of 15 years.

Public Health January 28, 2018

Second-Hand Plastic Toys Contain Toxic Elements That May Harm Your Child

Toxic elements that can harm children's brain and overall health were found in second-hand plastic toys. Bricks produced by a popular toy maker in the '70s and '80s were among the worst offenders.

Public Health January 27, 2018

8-Year-Old Boy Dies From Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Falling Off A Bike

There’s another death from the scary flesh-eating disease. An 8-year-old Oregon boy contracted necrotizing fasciitis and was declared dead within days after crashing his bike.

Public Health January 27, 2018

Smoking Just 1 Cigarette A Day Can Raise Heart Disease Risk

Light smokers and those who smoke occasionally still carry substantial risk of suffering from heart disease and stroke. Experts recommend to stop smoking. Does this mean that smoking down is useless?

Public Health January 25, 2018

Extra Body Fat Linked To Increased Breast Cancer Risk In Women With Normal Weight

Higher body fat level is linked to increased breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women with normal BMI. How do fat cells influence odds for developing estrogen receptor-positive cancer?

Public Health January 27, 2018

Influenza May Increase Risk Of Heart Attack By Six Times: Study

The influenza virus can cause more than just respiratory symptoms, a Canadian study found. Based on hospital records and flu test results, the infection puts a person at higher risk of having a heart attack.

Public Health January 26, 2018

Philadelphia Officials Approve Safe Injection Sites To Alleviate Opioid Crisis

Philadelphia shook the entire country with its recent announcement. With a rising number of deaths due to opioid addiction, city officials proposed establishment of a facility that offers both clean needles and recovery.

Public Health January 25, 2018

6-Year-Old Flu Patient Dies Hours After Paramedics Said She Would Be OK

Just hours after the paramedics left their home, the little girl’s condition made a turn for the worst. Her flu progressed so rapidly all because she missed this one important form of protection.

Public Health January 24, 2018

Caesarean Section Risks Highlighted In New Study: Dangerous Pregnancies For Mothers, Health Issues For Children

New research highlighted the risks associated with caesarean section deliveries for both mothers and children. Mothers may face dangerous pregnancies in the future, while children may be exposed to a variety of health issues.

Public Health January 25, 2018

Vaping E-Cigarettes Can Be Good Or Bad Depending On Your Age

A NAS report that looked into the impact of e-cigarettes on public health found that the vaping devices are either harmful or beneficial depending on the user's age. At what age is using e-cigarettes a bad idea?

Public Health January 24, 2018

Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco: FDA Reviews Philip Morris iQOS Device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently reviewed a new handheld electronic device that was developed by Philip Morris International. The device, which heats tobacco without burning it, is claimed to contain 95 percent less harmful chemicals than cigarettes.

Public Health January 23, 2018

Woman With Flu Symptoms Diagnosed With Flesh-Eating Disease

A woman initially diagnosed with the flu contracted a rare flesh-eating disease called necrotizing fasciitis. Here's what you need to know about this rare bacterial infection.

Public Health January 23, 2018

Fifth Grader Hands Out Gummy Bears Laced With Marijuana Chemical THC

A fifth-grade student shared THC-infused gummy bears to fourth graders at a New Mexico elementary school. School officials realized these were not ordinary candies after the children fell ill and they saw a box labeled 'Incredibles.'

Public Health January 22, 2018

How To Protect Your Pet Animals From Dog And Cat Flu

A recent outbreak of canine influenza in the United States has left pet owners terrified about their pets catching the virus. The good news is that the disease can be prevented. Here’s what you can do to protect your pets.

Public Health January 23, 2018

FDA Looks To Kill Cigarettes With New Anti-Smoking Plan, Which May Ironically Save Big Tobacco Companies

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing an anti-smoking proposal that will look to end cigarette use. However, the plan may also have an ironic effect of saving the world's biggest tobacco companies, through the sale of cigarette alternatives.

Public Health January 22, 2018

Is Eating Raw Fish Safe? Man Pulls 5-Foot Tapeworm From Body After Eating Sushi

Eating raw food is good for the health but not if you're eating raw fish. Experts warned that consuming raw or uncooked fish increases the risks of parasitic infections.

Public Health January 21, 2018

New AI System That Predicts Death Of Patients Can Improve End-Of-Life Care

Are we ready for this? A new AI system developed by Stanford University can predict the death of terminally ill patients with 90 percent accuracy can help improve end-of-life care.

Public Health January 21, 2018

Flu Virus Can Spread Simply By Breathing: Study

Current measures observed to prevent the spread of flu are no longer enough. In a new study, scientists found that influenza can be spread through the air even if infected people do not sneeze or cough.

Public Health January 20, 2018

Government Shutdown May Impact CDC Response To Flu Outbreak

A government shutdown is impending if the White House and Congress don’t reach a deal on a new budget by Friday, Jan. 25. This situation would cause shutdown of important services, including CDC’s emergency flu response.

Public Health January 20, 2018

Deadly Arrow Poison Could Be Used For Male Birth Control Pills

Oral contraceptives could soon be available for men. However, it would be made using a toxic substance that was used as an arrow poison by ancient Africans in hunting and war.

Public Health January 19, 2018

Be Careful With Your Sushi: Salmon Sashimi Lover Pulls Out 5-Foot Tapeworm While On The Toilet

A salmon sashimi lover thought that his intestines were coming out of his bottom. It turned out to be a tapeworm that measured over five feet, according to Dr. Kenny Bahn on the 'This Won't Hurt A Bit' podcast.

Public Health January 19, 2018

New Blood Test Can Detect 8 Types Of Cancer, Study Says

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have come up with a blood test that can apparently detect eight common types of cancer. They aim to release an annual test to aid people in the early detection of the disease.

Public Health January 19, 2018

Family, Lawyer Of Woman Left On The Street By Hospital Staff Speak Out

A woman's ordeal after being left on the street by hospital staff highlighted the problem of patient dumping. Her family says her case also highlights a failed mental health care system.

Public Health January 19, 2018

Studies Raise Concern Over Chronic Wasting Disease From Deer Jumping To Humans

CWD, a deadly prion disease with no known treatment, was found to potentially be transmissible to humans. Monkeys were fed with contaminated meat and the results were alarming, with three out of five testing positive after three years.

Public Health January 21, 2018

Army Veteran Sues Hospital For Leaving Scalpel Inside His Abdomen: It Was There For Over 4 Years

An army veteran started feeling abdominal pain after an operation at a Veteran Affairs Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut, in 2013. Four years later, an X-ray revealed that a surgeon left behind a scalpel inside his abdomen.

Public Health January 18, 2018

Advisory Panel Recommends Reducing Blood Alcohol Concentration Limit To Prevent Traffic-Related Deaths

Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have been a problem in the United States since the early 1980s. As a solution, the National Academies advisory committee recommended policy reforms, including a reduced BAC limit.

Public Health January 17, 2018

Model Sues New York For Identifying Her As HIV Patient In AIDS Campaign Photo

After a state agency illegally used her stock photo for an HIV campaign, the NY court ruled in favor of Avril Nolan. The model can now pursue a lawsuit demanding payment for the emotional distress caused by the ad.

Public Health January 17, 2018

High-Fat Diet Could Worsen Prostate Cancer: Study

A high-fat diet brings more than just extra weight. It has been found to accelerate the progression of serious conditions such as prostate cancer, turning it into a lethal disease.

Public Health January 18, 2018

Is It Safe To Hold In A Sneeze? One Man Did, And He Ruptured His Throat

A man tried to hold in a sneeze by pinching his nose and then holding his mouth closed. Before long, he noticed that there was something wrong - he had apparently ruptured his throat.

Public Health January 17, 2018

Experimental Technique To Cure Rabies Fails To Save Florida Boy Who Was Scratched By Bat

A 6-year-old boy from Florida died due to rabies, which he contracted from a bat. The child was placed in a medically induced coma as part of the Milwaukee protocol, but the experimental treatment did not save his life.

Public Health January 16, 2018

Birth Control App Blamed For Unwanted Pregnancies, Abortions

Don't fully trust a mobile app when it comes to birth control methods. A hyped contraceptive app used by thousands of women and certified as effective as the pill is now blamed for dozens of unwanted pregnancies.

Public Health January 16, 2018

Tamiflu Side Effects: 6-Year-Old Tried To Jump Out The Window, And It's Not The Only Reported Case

It appears flu medicine Tamiflu (oseltamivir) can have some serious side effects, which may include psychosis. A 6-year-old girl tried to jump out the window after taking the drug, and other reported cases of side effects include a dozen deaths.

Public Health January 15, 2018

People Born Before 1968 More At Risk Of Deady Aussie Flu: H3N2 Virus Symptoms To Watch Out For

Age is a risk factor for H3N2. Hospitalization rates are higher for people between 55 and 64 years old. What should older people do to protect themselves from Aussie flu virus?

Public Health January 15, 2018

Surfers More Likely To Have Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Their Stomachs

Surfers are more likely to have their stomachs colonized by antibiotic-resistant bacteria than non-surfers, a new study found. Researchers attempted to test the strength of the E. coli bacteria in the presence of cefotaxime, and here’s what they discovered.

Public Health January 15, 2018

Measles Patient Possibly Exposed Hundreds Of Airport Passengers To Contagious Disease

On Wednesday morning, a passenger with a confirmed case of measles landed at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. Now, hundreds of travelers are at risk of contracting the contagious and deadly disease.

Public Health January 15, 2018

Black Death Panic Spreads In Africa After Girl Dies With Blood Oozing From Her Eyes

Panic is spreading in Africa after a 9-year-old girl in Uganda died with blood oozing from her eyes. Tests on the girl's blood sample will confirm if she died from the disease known as the Black Death.

Public Health January 15, 2018

Real Time Analytics