Oregon's New Law Allows Students To Take 'Mental Health Days'

Under the new law, students can cite mental or behavioral health issues as a reason to miss class. The measure, backed by student leaders and youth activists, was signed by Governor Kate Brown last month.

Healthy Living/Wellness

Space Research May Help Patients Suffering From Low Blood Pressure

Researchers examined the daily activities of astronauts from space to help develop a treatment for orthostatic intolerance. The condition often causes people to faint due to low blood pressure.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 21, 2019

Healthy Lifestyle May Help Lower Dementia Risk: Study

A new study from the University of Exeter suggests that following a healthy lifestyle can help lower people's risk for dementia. This is true even for people who have been identified with a genetic risk for the disorder.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 21, 2019

Legionnaires' Cases In Several States: What You Need To Know About This Water-Borne Disease

Legionnaires' disease cases are on the rise with recent incidents recorded in Georgia, Maine, New York, and Michigan. Most people contract this illness from inhaling microscopic water droplets containing legionella bacteria.

Public Health

Rise In Preterm Births Possibly Linked To Trump's Election In 2016: Study

Premature births among Latina women were higher than expected nine months starting the U.S. 2016 presidential election that voted Donald Trump into office. Researchers identified the potential stressor that affected pregnant women.

Public Health July 20, 2019

Study Finds That Taking A Warm Bath Before Bed Can Significantly Improve Sleep

Want a peaceful night of sleep? Researchers found that by simply taking a warm bath an hour or two before bedtime can help a person fall asleep faster and improve the overall quality of sleep.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 21, 2019

Autism Is Largely Genetics Than Environmental, New Study Finds

Environmental factors like vaccines and the mother's pregnancy weight or mode of delivery have minimal to nonexistent impact in developing autism. A new study has found that genetics is the major driver of this disease.

Neuroscience July 20, 2019

Detroit Health Officials Confirm New Measles Case In Resident Who Returned From Overseas

A Detroit resident was recently admitted to the Children's Hospital of Michigan ER after coming down with measles. The man had reportedly traveled abroad recently.

Public Health July 20, 2019

Rwanda Denies WHO Ebola Border Breach Report

A Rwanda public health official dispelled reports that the Ebola outbreak in Congo has now spilled over to the country. This is in reaction to a supposed WHO statement that an Ebola patient crossed the border through Gisenyi.

Public Health July 20, 2019

Salmonella Outbreak In 27 States Linked To Pig Ear Dog Treats

Twenty seven states are now affected by a salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats. No deaths have been reported but 20 people have been hospitalized.

Public Health July 20, 2019

Just 10 Minutes With Pets Can Significantly Relieve Stress, Study Finds

Do pets really contribute to people's mental health and well-being? Researchers of a new study find that just 10 minutes with pets can significantly reduce stress.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 20, 2019

Heat Wave Health Risk: How To Avoid, Spot, And Treat Heatstroke And Heat Exhaustion

Record-breaking temperatures this weekend could put many at risk of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. How can one avoid them, and what should be done if someone is spotted with signs of these heat-related conditions?

Public Health July 20, 2019

Study: Don't Ignore 'Bottom' Blood Pressure Numbers In Determining Cardiovascular Risks

Both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels need to be controlled to prevent heart attack and stroke. A large study probed some 36 million blood pressure readings to come up with this conclusion.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 19, 2019

EPA Not Banning Pesticide Linked To Health Problems In Children

The EPA has refused to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that has been linked to health problems in children. According to the agency, there is no sufficient evidence of its dangers to warrant the ban.

Public Health July 19, 2019

Pentagon Ordered To Investigate Conspiracy Theory That Government Experiments Weaponized Ticks

New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith cited books and articles that claim government facilities did experiments to turn ticks into bioweapons. The Department of Defense is investigating if the insects escaped the labs.

Biotech July 18, 2019

FDA Warns Of Undeclared Ingredient In 'Big Penis' Supplement

The U.S. FDA is warning of a male sexual stimulant that was discovered to contain undeclared Viagra. It could pose health risks for those who are taking other prescription drugs.

Public Health July 18, 2019

Heat Wave Building As Record-Breaking Temperatures Hit US

Record temperatures are hitting parts of the United States, building up to a potentially deadly heat wave. The dangerously hot weather is expected even at nighttime.

Public Health July 18, 2019

Woman Who Wore Contact Lens In Pool And Shower Nearly Loses Vision: What Is Acanthamoeba Keratitis?

A woman from England nearly lost her vision in one eye after swimming and showering with her contact lenses. She experienced pain, blurry vision, and sensitivity to light.

Public Health July 18, 2019

Scientists Use Radiation And Bacteria To Wipe Out Invasive Asian Tiger Mosquitoes In China

Sterile female mosquitoes and infertile male mosquitoes will not produce any offspring. This new sterile insect technique was successfully used to drastically reduce the female population of disease-carrying mosquitoes in Guangzhou, China.

Medicine July 18, 2019

Kentucky Man Chris Prater Shocked To Find Tiny Tick Embedded In His Eye

Kentucky-native Chris Prater was horrified when he discovered that the speck that went into his eye turned out to be a deer tick. The doctor had to numb the serviceman's eye before he could safely take out the troublesome bug.

Public Health July 19, 2019

Broken Heart Syndrome Found Linked To Cancer, Says New Study

Is a broken heart associated with cancer? Researchers linked broken heart syndrome or takotsubo with cancer and a lower survival rate in a new international study.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 18, 2019

US Drug Overdose Cases Fell In 2018: CDC

Preliminary figures from the CDC reveal that fatal overdose cases in the United States has dropped to 68,500 in 2018 from 72,000 in 2017. This translates to a 5 percent drop in overall overdose death cases nationwide.

Public Health July 18, 2019

Ebola Outbreak In Congo Now A Global Health Emergency, Says WHO

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in Congo as a global health emergency. The decision comes following the confirmation of an infection case in Goma, a city near the border between Congo and Rwanda.

Public Health July 17, 2019

Menstrual Cups Are As Safe And Effective As Other Sanitary Products, Study Reveals

The first scientific study of menstrual cups found them safe and effective. Use of these sanitary product is also cost-effective and convenient for women and girls in settings where water and sanitary facilities are not readily available.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 17, 2019

Higher Iron Levels Boosts Heart Health But Also Increases Stroke Risk: Study

A new study from Imperial College London suggests that naturally higher levels of iron can help lower people's risk of high cholesterol and atherosclerosis. However, it can also increase the risk of stroke and bacterial skin infections.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 17, 2019

Most Dietary Supplements Could Not Protect You From Heart Disease And Early Death

Most supplements could not prevent early death and cardiovascular disease, reveals a new analysis that looked at 277 earlier studies. Some supplements may even cause harm by increasing stroke risk.

Public Health July 16, 2019

Alabama Man Ricky Rutherford Contracts Flesh-Eating Bacteria During Kayaking Trip On Tennessee River

Doctors initially thought that Ricky Rutherford’s fever and leg pain were symptoms of cellulitis, but eventually found out he was infected with a deadly flesh-eating bacteria. Why is necrotizing nasciitis often misdiagnosed?

Public Health July 16, 2019

Alzheimer's Disease Could Soon Be Detected By Blood Test

Doctors want a diagnostic tool for dementia that can be used during routine exams One of these promising solutions is a blood test that is 88 percent accurate at detecting Alzheimer's disease.

Neuroscience July 16, 2019

Researchers Successfully Eliminate HIV From Mice Genome Using CRISPR

Is a cure for HIV in the horizon? Scientists take a huge step forward by successfully removing HIV from the genomes of infected mice with the help of gene-editing tool CRISPR.

Biotech July 3, 2019

Americans Eating Less Red Meat But A Lot Of Processed Meats, Study Finds

Although Americans are eating less meat than 18 years ago, the consumption of processed meats remain the same. About a quarter of Americans' red meat and poultry consumption come from processed meats.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 23, 2019

New Drug To Boost Sex Drive In Women Gets FDA Approval

A new drug for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women has been approved by the U.S. FDA. HSDD is a female sexual desire disorder that has been recognized as a medical condition since the 1970s.

Medicine June 23, 2019

Gaps In Congo And Uganda Border Is Making Ebola Quarantine More Difficult

People who have Ebola might be coming in and out of Uganda without going through official border posts, authorities have admitted. The first two confirmed cases of Ebola in Uganda used unguarded dirt paths between the two countries.

Public Health June 20, 2019

More US Women Use Marijuana During Pregnancy, Says Study

More women admitted to using medical and nonmedical marijuana during pregnancy in 2017 than in 2001, according to a new study. The drug is also more prevalent among those who are in the first trimester of their pregnancy.

Public Health June 20, 2019

Ebola Containment Efforts In The Congo Starting To Run Out Of Funding

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is currently experiencing the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. However, the World Health Organization has not received the funding it needs to control the further spread of the deadly disease.

Public Health June 26, 2019

Researchers 3D Print Wearable Mesh That Can Function As Flexible Medical Braces

MIT engineers developed a 3D-printed mesh that can be used as an ankle or a knee brace. The material is flexible enough to allow comfort and movement, but stiff enough to prevent further injuries.

Biotech June 20, 2019

Teen Suicides At All-Time High Since Turn Of The Millennium

The rate of suicide among young people has been rising alarmingly in recent years. Adolescent and young adult males made up the majority of the deaths caused by suicide in 2017.

Public Health June 19, 2019

Sleeping Habits Can Have Effect On Alzheimer's Progression Later In Life

Another study linked changes in sleep pattern to the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's later in life. Researchers found that an individual's current sleeping habits can predict accumulation of tau and proteins in the brain.

Public Health June 19, 2019

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Spreading In More Beaches As Oceans Get Warmer

Bacteria that cause flesh-eating infections are becoming more common in beaches where they've never been found before. New research suggests that this is caused by the warmer oceans that provide ideal conditions for the bacteria.

Public Health June 18, 2019

A New Algorithm Uses Your Facebook Profile, Posts To Predict Your Medical Conditions

The words and language you use on Facebook could be indicators of existing medical conditions, including diabetes, depression, and psychosis, among others. In a new study, researchers explore digital language as reliable predictors of health.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 18, 2019

Father's Health Choices Have Large Impact On Health Of Children, Says Study

Fathers choosing to be healthy can influence the lifelong health of their children, a study has found. For father's day, men should start eating right and exercising regularly to give their offsprings better metabolic health and avoid certain diseases, including cancer.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 18, 2019

Religious Exemptions For Vaccines No Longer Allowed In New York

The state of New York has passed a bill banning parents for claiming religious beliefs to opt their children out of receiving required vaccinations. The mandate was introduced as a response to the measles outbreak across the United States.

Public Health June 15, 2019

New Mathematical Model Can Accurately Predict Decisions People Make In Card-Picking Game

A new mathematical model can predict the cards that a participant will pick in the Iowa Gambling Task. According to a researcher, this will help scientists understand the disruptions in decision-making that some people experience.

Neuroscience June 15, 2019

5,200 People Quarantined In ICE Due To Mumps Or Chicken Pox Exposure

Over 5,000 people are now quarantined in ICE due to possible exposure to chicken pox or mumps. This is a spike from the number of quarantined individuals just months ago.

Public Health June 15, 2019

Sleeping With Lights Or TV On Can Lead To Weight Gain In Women

Exposure to artificial lights such as lamps or the television during bedtime can do more harm than just disrupting sleep. Evidently, it can lead to weight gain and obesity in women.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 15, 2019

Patient Dead From Superbug Infection After Fecal Transplant, FDA Warns

Are fecal transplants completely safe? The U.S. FDA warns of the possible risks after a patient died from being infected by superbugs from the donor.

Medicine June 15, 2019

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