North Seattle Health Authorities Issue Public Warning After Sudden Spike In Opioid Overdoses

North Seattle authorities issued a public health warning after a spike in opioid overdoses. Those who use illicit drugs are cautioned not to do so alone.

Public Health

Controversial Startup Ambrosia Offers Adults Young Blood Transfusions As Anti-Aging Therapy

A controversial startup is offering plasma therapy for adults as an anti-aging treatment. One liter of young plasma costs $8,000, while two liters would cost $12,000.

Healthy Living/Wellness

Researchers Narrow Down Specific Cells Responsible For Pain In Human Brain

Scientists from Stanford temporarily disabled the brain cells responsible for the emotional experience of pain in mice. They hope this could lead to the future treatment of chronic pain in humans.

Neuroscience January 19, 2019

Study Shows Significant Number Of Antibiotic Prescriptions Are Not Necessary

Researchers found that 23 percent of prescription antibiotics were handed to patients who might not need them. They warned that the high rate of antibiotics prescription is contributing to the rise of superbugs.

Medicine January 19, 2019

More Affected By Measles Outbreak In Washington Including Attendee At Trail Blazers Game In Portland

Authorities so far confirmed 19 cases of measles related to the ongoing outbreak in Washington state. One of the affected was one of over 19,000 audience members at a basketball game.

Public Health January 19, 2019

Study Links Drugmakers' Marketing To Doctors To More Opioid Overdose Deaths

A new study found increases in opioid overdose deaths for every three additional payments of drugmakers to doctors. These 'payments' are not just in money, but in subtler forms such as meals.

Public Health

Maggots Used To Treat UK Man Matthew Blurton's Rotting Foot Caused By Insect Bite In Africa

UK doctors used medical maggots to treat Matthew Blurton, who contracted a serious foot infection when he was bitten by an unknown insect while doing volunteer work in Africa. How does maggot therapy work?

Public Health January 18, 2019

Report Details Possible Link Between Birth Defect And Opioid Use

The number of children born with the birth defect gastroschisis doubled between 1995 and 2005. After the investigation, the CDC found that the number of new cases rose in counties where the number of opioid prescription is high.

Public Health January 18, 2019

Wearing Zebra-Like Stripes May Protect Your From Insect Bites

Tribal communities in areas where horseflies are abundant paint themselves in black and white stripes for cultural purposes. However, scientists found that the monochromatic tones also repel insects, protecting these people from diseases.

Public Health January 18, 2019

Florida Woman Ann-Christine Langselius Attacked By 'Aggressive' Otter While Walking Her Dog

A woman in Florida says that an otter attacked her while she was taking a stroll with her dog at a park. Her dog was unharmed, but she is temporarily unable to walk because of the severe bites she incurred.

Public Health January 18, 2019

Vaccination Hesitancy Part Of WHO's Top Global Health Threats Of 2019

Ebola, HIV, and the anti-vaxx movement are just some of the top global health threats of 2019. The World Health Organization notes the multiple health challenges that the world is facing this year.

Public Health January 18, 2019

Mayo Clinic Study Finds Mindfulness Can Ease Women's Menopausal Symptoms

Women with high mindfulness scores were found to experience fewer menopausal symptoms. Researchers said that doctors can discuss about mindfulness as a potential treatment option for menopausal women.

Public Health January 18, 2019

Youth Suicide Higher In States With High Gun Ownership

The states with higher gun ownership also have higher youth suicide rates, a study finds. According to researchers, gun ownership may be driving the rise in suicide rates.

Public Health January 18, 2019

Elderly People Can Protect Their Aging Brain From Dementia With Housework, Exercise

Physical activities can protect older adults' brain from dementia. Intense activities and exercises are highly beneficial but light activities such as doing house chores can still provide benefit.

Public Health January 17, 2019

Diet With More Beans And Less Beef Better For Planet And Health, Says Study

A diet that is rich in beans, vegetables, and fruits could be the way to fight global warming. However, to significantly reduce greenhouse gases emission, everyone around the world should switch to a mostly plant-based diet with less red meat.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 17, 2019

Experimental Stroke Treatment Prevents Alzheimer's In New Study

A team of scientists revealed that an experimental drug developed for stroke has significantly reduced Alzheimer's-like symptoms in mice. The drug, they believe, has the potential to stall the progression of the disease in its early stage.

Public Health January 16, 2019

Chocolate-Based Treatment Works Better Than Cough Syrup, Study Finds

The ROCOCO study found patients who received the cocoa-based medicine had significant improvement in their symptoms. It also reduced cough frequency and sleep disruption within two days. What were the side effects?

Medicine January 16, 2019

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise Against Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

A new study found that hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is more effective in treating some cases of multiple sclerosis than currently available drugs. After the procedure, the progression of the autoimmune disease significantly slowed down in the majority of patients.

Medicine January 16, 2019

Scientists Develop 'Calculator' That Can Predict Breast Cancer Risk

Scientists in the United Kingdom developed a tool that can predict breast cancer risk in women. The team believes that the still-unreleased tool will lead to early detection and increase survival rate.

Public Health January 16, 2019

Parents Of 18-Month-Old Who Died Of Fentanyl Overdose On Christmas Day Charged

An 18-month-old met her untimely demise on Christmas Day because of fentanyl overdose. Her parents were charged with second-degree murder and were found that they manufacture and distribute the synthetic opioid.

January 16, 2019

Microneedle Contraceptive Patch Can Give 1 Month Protection Minus The Hassle Of Pills

Scientists developed a contraceptive patch that only needs to be administered once a month. It works by injecting microneedles under the skin that will release a contraceptive hormone into the body over time.

Medicine January 15, 2019

Cutting Down On Sitting Effective At Boosting Longevity, Says Study

Even 30 minutes of light exercise per day can reduce a person's risk of early death. A new study found that swapping periods of sitting with physical activity can improve the chances of living a long life.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 15, 2019

Smoking Marijuana Just Once Or Twice Can Change Structure Of Teen's Brain

Recreational marijuana can cause brain differences in young users. The new research found evidence suggesting using weed just once or twice can have structural brain and cognitive effects on teens.

Public Health January 15, 2019

Less Than 6 Hours Of Sleep At Night Raises Your Risk For Heart Disease

Sleeping less than six hours at night may raise risk for atherosclerosis, which is linked to stroke and heart attack. Is it a good idea to drink alcohol to get longer and quality sleep?

Public Health January 14, 2019

Genetically Modified Food Survey Shows Opponents Know Less About The Science Than They Think

The more strongly respondents are opposed to GM foods, the more knowledgeable they think they are on the topic, and the lower they score on science tests. The psychology of extremism and the Dunning-Kruger effect could explain the trend.

Public Health January 14, 2019

Opioid-Related Deaths Now More Likely Compared To Motor Vehicle Related Deaths

Americans now have a higher odds of dying from opioid overdose than in a car crash. The latest data revealed that opioid overdose is now the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.

Public Health January 14, 2019

Plague-Infected Cat In Wyoming Is The Third In Past Six Months

Health authorities announced that a cat in Wyoming is confirmed to have the plague. The cat is the third case of the illness in Wyoming in the past six months.

Public Health January 14, 2019

Bud Light Unveils New Nutritional Labels On Beer Cans For Calorie Counters

Bud Light revealed the new package design that includes the product's ingredients and nutritional information. According to Anheuser-Busch, the move is to better inform the consumers about what they consume and help them make better choices.

Public Health January 14, 2019

Florida Surgeon To Pay $3,000 Fine After Removing Patient's Healthy Kidney Mistakenly Thought As Tumor

Surgeon Ramon Vazquez removed a patient's kidney which he initially thought was a tumor. However, it turned out that the presumed cancerous mass was an intact pelvic kidney.

January 14, 2019

American Doctor Being Monitored For Ebola In Omaha Released From Hospital

The American doctor who was exposed to Ebola and taken to Nebraska Medicine has finally been released from the hospital. He completed the 21-day monitoring period without developing Ebola symptoms.

Public Health January 13, 2019

Tattoo Artist Charged For Failing To Tell Sex Partners About Being HIV-Positive

A tattoo artist is being charged with six felonies after failing to inform sexual partners that he is HIV-positive. At least one of the women have tested positive for HIV.

Public Health January 12, 2019

Preeminent UK Cancer Expert Martin Gore Passed Away Unexpectedly

Martin Gore, a prominent cancer expert from the United Kingdom, reportedly passed away after he had received a vaccine for yellow fever. Investigations are still ongoing to find out whether his death was directly caused by the vaccine or unrelated factors.

Public Health January 12, 2019

Man Who Took Excessive Erectile Dysfunction Drug Suffered Vision Problems

A man who is in his mid-50s complained of several eye problems after drinking a bottle of liquid sildenafil, an erectile dysfunction medicine. Doctors said the patient saw 'doughnut-shaped' spots in both his eyes.

Medicine January 12, 2019

Pet Painkillers May Have A Hand In The Opioid Crisis

Researchers said the rise in the painkiller prescriptions for pets may have a role in the opioid epidemic America is facing. The study further warned that leftover veterinary drugs may end up in the wrong hands.

Public Health January 12, 2019

The Best Fiber-Rich Foods To Reduce Chronic Illness Risks

Research has found that fiber-rich foods actually reduce the risks for chronic illnesses. Here are some of the most common, and some more surprising, sources of fiber.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 12, 2019

Up To 7.3 Million Already Sick With Flu, Season Is So Far Milder Than Last Year's

Millions are already being affected by the ongoing flu season. That said, authorities say that this year's flu season is so far milder than last year's particularly harsh one.

Public Health January 12, 2019

Getting Hooked On Social Media Very Similar To Gambling And Drug Addiction, Says Study

New research wants professionals to treat excessive social media use seriously. In a study, they found that those who spend more time logged into Facebook or Instagram performed badly in an exercise that tests decision-making skills.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 12, 2019

Eating Fiber-Rich Food Can Significantly Lower Risk Of Chronic Disease, Says Study

New research provided evidence that meeting the daily recommended intake of fiber can significantly reduce the risks of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The research also found that diet high in fiber is associated with lower body weight and cholesterol.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 11, 2019

Louisiana Pushes For Netflix-Subscription Style In Buying Hepatitis C Drugs

Louisiana said it was adopting a Netflix-subscription model in order to pay for expensive hepatitis C medications. On Thursday, the state sent solicitation to find a drug manufacturer as partner.

Medicine January 11, 2019

Rebecca Hendricks, Mom Of 5-Year-Old Who Died From Flu, Now Warning Others Of Flu Dangers

The mother of a child who had died from the flu is warning others of its dangers. She founded an organization that aims to educate people about the flu.

Public Health January 11, 2019

Jameek Lowery, Man Who Died After Going To New Jersey Police Station For Help, May Have Had Meningitis

Jameek Lowery, the man whose Facebook Live showed how he begged for water and sought help to police officers, died of a still unspecified cause on Monday. Health officials suspected he had meningitis.

Neuroscience January 11, 2019

Ebola Survivor Gives Birth To Virus-Free Baby In Congo, The First In This Outbreak

A woman who recovered from Ebola gave birth to a healthy child on Sunday. Baby Sylvana is the first virus-free infant to be born to a survivor in the current deadly outbreak at the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Public Health January 10, 2019

More Than Half Of Medical Marijuana Users Drive While High

Twenty-one percent of medical marijuana users in Michigan drive while 'very high,' a behavior that increases their risk for car accident. When should marijuana users drive after using cannabis?

Public Health January 11, 2019

Dental Floss Use, Other Behaviors And Choices Expose Body To Potentially Toxic Chemicals

What are the behaviors and choices that contribute to higher PFAS concentrations in the body? Among them, researchers found dental floss use to result in higher levels of the toxic chemical.

Public Health January 10, 2019

Here's Why Drug Overdose Deaths Are Skyrocketing Among US Middle-Aged Women

Drug overdose deaths among middle-aged women in the United States rose by 260 percent from 1999 to 2017. Why are women in this age group hit hard by the drug abuse crisis?

Public Health January 10, 2019

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