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National Cancer Institute Director Ned Sharpless To Be Acting FDA Commissioner

Physician-scientist Norman ‘Ned’ Sharpless will take over FDA leadership from outgoing Commissioner Scott Gottlieb starting April. Sharpless is expected to continue the agency’s critical public health mission.

Health March 14, 2019

Pregnant Women Who Smoke 1 Cigarette A Day Doubles Baby's Risk For SUID

A new study found that the number of cigarettes smoked by pregnant women impacts a baby's risk of dying from SUID. Adding even one cigarette per day could double the risk associated with infants' sudden, unexpected deaths.

Health March 12, 2019

Orthodox Jews In New York Hit With The Worst Measles Outbreak In Decades, And Here’s Why

New York had the highest cases of measles since October 2018 due to lack of herd immunity. Public health officials said that most of the infected individuals are from the Orthodox Jewish communities in Rockland County, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Health March 14, 2019

Eye Test May Detect Alzheimer's Disease Before Symptoms Appear

Eye health may be a good reflection of a person's brain health. A thorough scan of retinal blood vessels shows whether a person could develop Alzheimer's disease.

Health March 13, 2019

Rabid Goat Puts 9 People In Danger Of Rabies

The DHEC confirmed that a goat in South Carolina has rabies, potentially exposing nine people to the deadly viral disease. Officials warned the public to avoid contact with stray and wild animals.

Health March 12, 2019

Babies Can Differentiate Between Friends And Strangers By Listening To Sound Of Laughter

Researchers from UCLA and New York University had one more important note to parents. Babies as young as 5 months old can differentiate co-laughter between friends and strangers.

Health March 12, 2019

Washing Hands Regularly Provides Good Protection From Flu

Proper handwashing is an easy and effective way to prevent the spread of the flu virus this season. To help the public avoid illnesses, the CDC has issued a guideline on how to properly wash the hands.

Health March 11, 2019

Outbreaks In US Forcing Officials To Quarantine New Migrants

An outbreak of infectious diseases that can be prevented by vaccines have been reported among immigrants detained in ICE facilities. Thousands have been placed in quarantine, barring them from meeting with lawyers and denied access to libraries.

Health March 11, 2019

Iowa Health Officials Report First Child Death From Flu This Season

Iowa health officials revealed the death of a child in the state's latest flu weekly report. To prevent the spread of the disease, the state recommends getting a flu shot.

Health March 11, 2019

23andMe Genetic Report Can Tell If You Are Likely To Develop Type 2 Diabetes

23andMe used data of more than 2.5 million to develop its new genetic report on Type 2 diabetes. The DNA testing company said the report can identify people who may not know they have a genetic predisposition to diabetes.

Health March 11, 2019

Working Moms Could Be To Blame For Child Obesity Epidemic, Study Suggests

A study involving nearly 20,000 families revealed a link between overweight children and having a working mother. The association is more pronounced in children of working single mothers.

Health March 11, 2019

The Secret To A Happy Marriage Could Be In Your Genes

Researchers found that the secret to a happy marriage involves more than just love and trust. Science showed that genes play an important role in marital satisfaction and attachment security.

Health March 10, 2019

Lab-Grown Meat Gets Regulatory Oversight As FDA, USDA Team Up To Oversee Cell-Cultured Food Products

The FDA and USDA will work together to ensure lab-grown meat products are produced safely and labeled accurately. Cell-cultured meat won't simply use the terms hamburger or ground beef.

Health March 10, 2019

Guinness Names 116-year-Old Japanese Woman Kane Tanaka World's Oldest Person

A 116-year-old woman from Fukuoka, Japan is honored by Guinness as the oldest living person. Kane Tanaka keeps alert in her nursing home by studying math and playing board games.

Health March 9, 2019

Rabid Raccoons Identified In Manhattan For The First Time Since 2011

Rabid raccoons have been found in New York for the first time in eight years. Health authorities are urging New Yorkers to vaccinate their pets.

Health March 9, 2019

Injections Better Than Pills At Treating HIV

A new treatment for HIV promises to eliminate the need for daily pills to suppress the virus that causes AIDS. If approved, patients only need to visit a clinic once a month to get the necessary shots.

Health March 9, 2019

FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment For Breast Cancer

The FDA approved the first immunotherapy drug to treat breast cancer. The medication was specifically prescribed for patients with triple-negative breast cancer, which is the metastatic and advanced-stage disease.

Health March 9, 2019

New Molecule Derived From Studying Anti-Bodies Could Result In More Effective Flu Treatment

A new treatment promises to offer long-term protection against the flu. Researchers are in the early stages of development of the drug which can bind and disable the areas of the influenza virus that remain constant in every strain.

Health March 9, 2019

Son Of Anti-Vaxers Shares Message About Vaccination After Getting Sick From Measles

A man who almost died after contracting measles spoke about his experience with the disease amid the current outbreak. He was not vaccinated as a kid because his parents believe the misinformation being spread by anti-vaxer communities.

Health March 9, 2019

Unvaccinated Oregon Boy Diagnosed With Tetanus Racks Up Nearly A Million Dollars In Medical Bills

A family paid nearly a million dollars in medical bills after an unvaccinated boy from Oregon suffered from Tetanus. The child spent more than two months in the hospital fighting for his life. After the ordeal, the family declined recommended subsequent vaccinations.

Health March 8, 2019

Facebook Announces Multi-Step Plan To Curb Vaccine Conspiracy Theories

In the wake of the measles outbreak and the continual rise of antivaxxers, Facebook announces a new set of policies to quell the spread of vaccine misinformation on their social media platform.

Health March 7, 2019

Drinking Water Additive Recalled Over Potential Contamination With Deadly Bacteria

A company is voluntarily recalling its water additive product after FDA analysis revealed that it was contaminated with a potentially deadly bacteria. The bacteria is typically contracted in hospital settings.

Health March 7, 2019

Getting An Infection During Pregnancy Could Result In Higher Risk Of Autism And Mental Disorders

Infection during pregnancy increases the likelihood that her child will be diagnosed with a mental disorder, particularly autism and depression, in the future, a study has found. The risk remains high even if the mother experienced an infection that is considered mild.

Health March 7, 2019

Dog Walking Is Causing Higher Rate Of ER Visits For Seniors

Dog walking is often a recommended physical activity for older adults, but experts warned that it might cause serious injuries. In a study, they found that the number of accidents related to the activity more than doubled in 2017.

Health March 7, 2019

Düsseldorf Patient: A Third Person May Have Been Cured Of HIV

Just after the second patient ever to be cured of HIV was revealed, a third potentially successful case is announced from Germany. Both patients have been HIV-free since undergoing cancer treatment.

Health March 8, 2019

Long-Term Use Of Oral Hormone Therapy Tied To Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

Post-menopausal women have greater dementia risk due to the decline in estrogen levels in the brain. A BMJ study concluded that the slight increase in the risk of Alzheimer’s due to oral hormone therapy should not be a cause for alarm.

Health March 7, 2019

At Least 20 US States Propose Anti-Vaccination Bills Amid Measles Outbreaks

A number of states have introduced bills that will make it easier for parents to avoid vaccination for their children. This comes in the wake of a measles outbreak in the country that has already affected 11 states.

Health March 7, 2019

Mom Of Teen Who Got Vaccinated Behind Her Back Disagrees With Son's Senate Hearing Speech

The mother of the teen who testified in front of a Senate health committee on Tuesday said she maintains the decision not to vaccinate her children. She said that she disagrees with her son's decision to get vaccinated.

Health March 6, 2019

Ethan Lindenberger, Teen Who Defied Parents Over Vaccine, Says Anti-Vaxx Mom Believed Fake News On Facebook

Eighteen-year-old Ethan Lindenberger appeared before a Senate Committee, where he stated his anti-vaxx mom's misinformation stemmed from social media. He said Facebook is among the sites often used by his mother to backup the idea vaccines are harmful.

Health March 7, 2019

Ketamine-Based Antidepression Nasal Spray Gets FDA Thumbs Up

The FDA announced on Tuesday that esketamine has been approved for people with treatment-resistant depression. The drug developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. can offer quick relief from symptoms for patients living with the mood disorder.

Health March 6, 2019

Wisconsin Man Jeffery Murawski Criminally Charged For Breaking Measles Quarantine To Go To Gym

Jeffery Murawski was supposed to be under quarantine in his home but decided to go to the gym to work out. He was unfortunately spotted by off-duty sheriff's deputy.

Health March 6, 2019

London Patient Could Be Second Person Cured Of HIV After Stem Cell Transplant

An HIV patient in London could be the second person to be cured of the AIDS-causing infection. He had hematopoietic stem cell transplant from a donor with a genetic mutation that prevents the expression of an HIV receptor.

Health March 6, 2019

Child Psychiatrist Classified Children According To Personality As Either 'Orchids' Or 'Dandelions'

A child development expert grouped children in either dandelion or orchid based on how they respond to stressors. He revealed that dandelions are unfazed by their surroundings but orchids are a little more sensitive to their environment.

Health March 6, 2019

Amazon Takes Down Controversial Vaccine Documentary From Amazon Prime

On Friday, Amazon removed a controversial anti-vaccine documentary from its streaming platform. The move was a response to a letter from Rep. Adam Schiff about the growing anti-vaccine sentiment in the United States.

Health March 5, 2019

'Keto Crotch' Could Be Another Stinky Side Effect Of Popular Low Carb Diet

Women have been complaining about a smelly side effect of the keto diet. Here's how ketosis may cause the so-called keto crotch and even bacterial vaginosis according to health experts.

Health March 5, 2019

Another Study Confirms MMR Vaccine Does Not Raise Autism Risk

A study that involved 657,461 in Denmark showed MMR vaccine does not raise risk of autism. Researchers were also able to identify groups of children with the highest risk for the neurodevelopmental condition.

Health March 5, 2019

Teen Who Got Vaccinated Behind Parents' Backs To Speak Before Congress

Ethan Linderberger will speak in front of the Senate to talk about his decision to get vaccinated despite his parents' anti-vaccine beliefs. He will make an appearance during a hearing on the reappearance of preventable diseases in the United States.

Health March 4, 2019

Researcher Finds Link Between Increased Calorie Intake In Children And Social Media Use

Children who use social media, particularly YouTube, are getting exposed to marketing through influencers. New research found that children who saw vloggers endorse junk food are also likely to eat junk food, such as chocolate bars and cookies.

Health March 4, 2019

Adults Who Had Measles Vaccination As Kids May No Longer Be Protected From Viral Disease

Some adults who received their measles vaccine as a kid may need to get another shot to be protected from the viral disease. These are the individuals who need revaccination.

Health March 2, 2019

Colorectal Cancer Commonly Misdiagnosed In Younger Patients

Patients are likely to get treated for different conditions before they get a correct diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Symptoms resemble that of other conditions, which is why the cancer is often in the advanced stages once detected.

Health March 2, 2019

Moms Taking Prenatal Vitamins Early In Pregnancy Lower Baby's Risk Of Autism

Folate or folic acid supplementation prior to or early on the pregnancy helps reduce the risk of autism in high-risk groups. Children, whose older sibling has autism spectrum disorder, have greater risk of language delay and intellectual disability.

Health March 1, 2019

Buttock Implants Linked To Rare Blood Cancer Also Tied To Breast Implants

Anaplastic large cell lymphoma has already been linked to breast implants. Doctors now report the first case of deadly cancer on a woman who had a buttocks implant.

Health March 1, 2019

Scientists Develop Wireless Sensors That Monitor NICU Babies

Researchers from Northwestern University have developed wireless sensors for preterm babies. The team, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Save the Children, plans to conduct more trials later this year.

Health March 1, 2019

Weekend 'Catch-Up' Sleep Not Effective, May Increase Waistline

Are 'catch-up' sleeps during the weekend effective for people who did not sleep enough during the week? A new study says it may not be a healthy habit.

Health February 28, 2019

Hospital Charges Florida Woman Jeannette Parker Nearly $50,000 For Stray Cat Bite

Jeannette Parker fed tuna to a seemingly hungry stray cat outside Everglades National Park in Florida. The feline however, bit her. Worse, she got billed $48,512 for the treatment.

Health February 27, 2019

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