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Teen With Peanut Allergy Dies After Chips Ahoy Cookie Packaging Mix-Up

Mom posted warning in her Facebook after her daughter with a peanut allergy died from accidentally eating Chips Ahoy Cookies with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The mom highlighted her daughter committed the mistake due to Chips Ahoy’s packaging.

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Vampire Horsefly Infestation Linked To Heatwave Raises Risk Of Potentially Deadly Insect Bites

Spikes in calls about insect bites coincided when the temperature peaked between June 24 and July 9. The Antibiotic Research UK said that the bite from the bloodsucking horseflies may lead to potentially deadly infections.

Public Health July 16, 2018

The North Korea Tuberculosis Problem Is Getting Worse, And The United States Is To Blame

The United States is championing international sanctions that are preventing medical supplies against tuberculosis from entering North Korea. Tuberculosis is under control in developed countries through vaccines and medicine, but the disease is getting worse in North Korea.

Public Health July 16, 2018

Investigation On 500 Illnesses At Zip Line Destination Continues: Tennessee Department Of Health

What caused the outbreak of over 500 illnesses linked to a zip line destination in Tennessee? E. coli and norovirus are possible sources, but investigations are still ongoing to find the main source.

Public Health July 15, 2018

Invasive Weed Causes Teen To Suffer Third-Degree Burns: Safely Identify And Remove Giant Hogweed

How can one safely identify or remove a giant hogweed? The first step is always to wear protective gear that covers the skin and eyes.

Public Health July 15, 2018

McDonald’s Salad Pulled From 3,000 Stores Due To Possible Fecal Parasite

A multistate clyclospora outbreak was linked to consumption of McDonald’s salad. In response, the fast-food chain pulled out the said food item from its 3,000 stores to help contain the outbreak.

Public Health July 15, 2018

Multistate Bacteria Outbreak Linked To Fresh Crab Meat From Venezuela

The CDC, FDA, and several local health departments issued a warning against possibly contaminated fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela. There had been cases of people getting sick and hospitalized due to the product under investigation.

Public Health July 14, 2018

Virginia Teen Suffers Third-Degree Burns From Giant Invasive Weed While Gardening

A teen from Virginia had to be treated for severe burns after an encounter with the noxious giant hogweed. The plant was introduced to the United States as an ornamental plant but has since become invasive.

Public Health July 14, 2018

Nationwide Smoking Ban In And Near Public Housing Takes Effect End Of July

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a smoke-free policy in and near local public housing two years ago. HUD said the policy, that will strictly take effect on July 31, was aimed at encouraging people to quit smoking.

Public Health July 13, 2018

New Smallpox Drug Approved By FDA To Address Bioterrorism Risks

To address bioterrorism risks, the FDA has approved the first drug that's specifically designed to treat smallpox. Research on the disease continues even if it has been considered eradicated since 1980.

Public Health July 13, 2018

Pregnant Millennial Women Have A 50 Percent Higher Chance Of Suffering From Depression Than Their Mothers

Pregnant millennial women are more likely to suffer from depression than their mothers did, a new study found. The research suggested that social media and social changes were to blame.

Public Health July 13, 2018

Bride Sues Wedding Reception Caterer After 100 Guests Became Violently Ill Due To Food Poisoning

A bride is suing the catering company that served food at her wedding in 2015. The woman claimed at least 100 of her guests became violently ill and 22 of them had to be hospitalized.

Public Health July 13, 2018

Consuming High Saturated Dairy Products Reduces A Person's Risk Of Dying From Stroke By 42 Percent

Researchers suggested that eating dairy products that are high in saturated fats is better health wise The researchers found that a person with higher levels of fatty acid has a 42 percent less chance of dying from stroke.

Public Health July 13, 2018

FDA Says Honey Smacks Cereal Linked To Salmonella Outbreak Still In Shelves

In June, the Kellogg company itself issued a recall for its Honey Smacks cereal after it was linked to a salmonella outbreak occurring across the country. The agency now says, however, the some retailers are still selling them.

Public Health July 13, 2018

Tingling Feeling In Woman's Feet Caused By Tapeworm In Her Spine: Here Are Other Signs Of The Parasitic Infection

A tapeworm in the spine turned out to be responsible for the odd sensation and pain in a French woman's feet. What are the other symptoms associated with echinococcus granulosus infection?

Public Health July 13, 2018

35-Year-Old Woman Discovers Electric Shock In Her Legs Is A Parasite That Invaded Her Spine

A French woman, who had been struggling with pain in her lower legs, discovered she had a parasite that invaded her spine. The parasite is usually found in pets or farm animals.

Public Health July 12, 2018

4-Month-Old Baby Dies From Meningitis, Family Urges People To Get Vaccinated

A 4-month-old baby boy died 24 hours after contracting meningitis. Doctors informed the parents that the infant most likely contracted the virus from an unvaccinated person.

Public Health July 12, 2018

Women Enlisted In The Military Should Expect To Be Sexually Harassed, Wife Of White House Official Claims

The wife of a White House official claimed that women who enlist in the military should expect to be sexually harassed. The woman's controversial remarks were made during her radio show in 2009.

Public Health July 12, 2018

Having High Blood Pressure Late In Life May Lead To Brain Illness, Study Warns

Elderly people with higher blood pressure may have more signs of brain disease, a new study found. The researchers also saw a link between higher blood pressure in later life and Alzheimer’s disease.

Public Health July 12, 2018

World’s Deadliest Tick-Borne Disease Kills Woman In Wisconsin

Wisconsin saw its first ever death caused by a tick bite when a resident died of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a tick-borne disease that CDC said is world’s deadliest. Doctors initially thought the patient only contracted a viral infection.

Public Health July 12, 2018

Heat Waves Can Make People Dumber By 13 Percent, Says Harvard Study

Heat waves might affect a person’s cognitive ability, too. According to a study conducted by Harvard, students who lived in air conditioned dorms during a heatwave answered tests faster and more accurately than students without air conditioning.

Public Health July 12, 2018

Artifact Discovered In China Suggests Human Ancestors Left Africa Over 2 Million Years Ago

New artifacts discovered by researchers suggest that the early human migrated from Africa to China 270,000 years earlier than imagined. The scientists uncovered 80 artifacts that indicate that they were also used.

Public Health July 11, 2018

Humans Did Not Evolve From A Single Population In Africa, New Study Claims

A new study suggests that human ancestors were from more than one region in Africa. A team of researchers suggests that homo sapiens were not from just one single population but various others.

Public Health July 11, 2018

43-Year-Old Man 'Shocked' To Be Alive After Being Impaled By 40-Pound Piece Of Farm Equipment

A man from Idaho was impaled by a 40-pound spear while working on building a fence. The object pierced the man through his back and out of his stomach when it fell from the loader it was attached to.

Public Health July 11, 2018

Happily Married Couple Considering Divorce To Afford Health Care For Their 6-Year-Old Disabled Daughter

An army vet and his wife are considering to get a divorce to pay for their daughter's health expenses. The couple's 6-year-old daughter is suffering from Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, which requires the child to need 24-hour care.

Public Health July 11, 2018

E.coli In Well Water Sickens More Than 500 People At Zip Line Attraction

More than 500 people reported having experienced gastrointestinal illness after visiting CLIMB Works in Gatlinburg. Local health officials determined the water well as the root cause of infection among the visitors.

Public Health July 11, 2018

Sexually Transmitted Infection MG Could Become The Next Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug

Doctors warned that the sexually transmitted disease Mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, could become resistant to standard antibiotics. What are the symptoms of this STI and potential effects of untreated infection?

Public Health July 11, 2018

Massachusetts Restaurant Shuts Down Following Massive Salmonella Outbreak

There’s a suspected salmonella outbreak again. This time, it originated from Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading, Massachusetts, and reportedly infected as many as 39 people.

Public Health July 12, 2018

Hundreds Of Cancer Lawsuits Against Monsanto Proceed To Trials

A district court judge in San Francisco ruled Tuesday that hundreds of cases against Monsanto Roundup may now be taken for trials. The company faced more than 400 cancer lawsuits in the region and about 5,000 more nationwide.

Public Health July 11, 2018

New Jersey Waters Possibly Have Flesh-Eating Bacteria: Man To Lose Four Limbs After Infection

A 60-year-old father was infected with flesh-eating bacteria after crabbing in brackish water in New Jersey. The man has since been admitted at a hospital and in danger of having legs amputated.

Public Health July 10, 2018

Physician Burnout: Doctors In Smaller Practices Less Likely To Commit Medical Errors

Physicians who practice in small, independent practices have better psychological well-being and are less likely to commit medical errors. Experts said that unsafe work settings and burnout go hand-in-hand in the risk of medical errors.

Public Health July 11, 2018

Yet Another Research Says Vaping Doesn’t Help Smokers Quit The Habit

A new study adds to the growing evidence that vaping devices aren’t the answer if you want to quit smoking. Researchers found that over 90 percent of the test participants still smoked cigarettes after a year of vaping.

Public Health July 11, 2018

Boys Trapped In Flooded Thailand Cave May Have Dangerous Infection: What Is Histoplasmosis?

The members of the soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand are being rescued, but the danger is far from over. Medical experts are concerned that the boys have contracted histoplasmosis, a rare and dangerous infection.

Public Health July 10, 2018

Babies Given Solid Foods At 3-Months-Old Sleep Longer, New Study Claims

A new study conducted in Britain suggests that parents should introduce solid foods to their infants when they are 3 months old. The study claimed that infants who were fed solid foods slept longer throughout the night.

Public Health July 9, 2018

Sex Addiction Is Now Considered As A Mental Health Disorder, According To WHO

The World Health Organization has now classified sex addiction as a mental health disorder. This announcement followed after WHO also listed compulsive video game playing as a mental health problem.

Public Health July 9, 2018

33-Year-Old Bride Devastated After Groom Dies Of Lung Cancer 4 Days Into Their Honeymoon

A new bride has lost her husband four days into their honeymoon. The groom was thought to have food poisoning but actually died from lung cancer, leaving his wife shocked and devastated.

Public Health July 9, 2018

State Approves Use Of Medical Marijuana For Treatment Of Autism, 10 Other Debilitating Conditions

Autism and 10 other debilitating conditions, which include chronic pain, spinal cord injury, and Tourette’s Syndrome, are now allowed to be treated with medical marijuana. Patients are required to be a registered voter of Michigan to qualify.

Public Health July 10, 2018

Parasite In Del Monte Vegetables Sickens More Than 200 People: Symptoms Of Cyclosporiasis To Watch Out For

Experts suspect that there could be more cases of cyclosporiasis linked to Del Monte vegetable trays since signs of infection may emerge a week after eating contaminated food. What are the symptoms of the parasitic illness?

Public Health July 9, 2018

US Delegates Oppose WHO Resolution Encouraging Breastfeeding

A report said U.S. delegates tried to block a breastfeeding decree discussed during a World Health Organization assembly. The delegates allegedly wanted to omit a particular language of the resolution that highly encourages breastfeeding over formula milk.

Public Health July 10, 2018

New IVF Regulation Protects Patients From Expensive And Potentially Dangerous Fertility Add-Ons

Additional treatments for in vitro fertilization did not show evidence of safety and efficacy. The UK government implemented a color coding scheme so patients can know which treatments are supported by clinical data.

Public Health July 9, 2018

Child Visiting US May Have Spread Measles: These Are The Public Places The Youngster Visited

A visiting foreign minor was confirmed to have contracted measles during a stay with the host family in Snohomish County in Washington state. Local health officials released the list of public places visited by the sick child.

Public Health July 9, 2018

If You've Ever Felt Sleepy While Driving, It May Be Your Car's Fault

Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of fatal road accidents. According to researchers from Australia, the cars themselves may be to blame for making drivers feel sleepy while behind the wheel.

Public Health July 9, 2018

Loneliness Can Be Linked To A Person's Genes, New Study Suggests

A new study from the University of Cambridge suggested that loneliness is found in a person's genetics. The study also noted that loneliness and obesity could also be linked.

Public Health July 7, 2018

Rare Outbreak: Knox County Investigation On E.coli Outbreak Finds 2 Separate Sources

What caused the cluster of E.coli cases that sickened 15 children last June? Investigations revealed that the cases were actually from two different E.coli strains that affected children at the same time.

Public Health July 7, 2018

West Nile Virus Reported In Over 20 States In 2018

Over 20 U.S. states have reported cases of West Nile virus in humans, mosquitoes, and birds since the beginning of 2018. The presence of the disease in birds is actually one way to test the disease's presence in a location.

Public Health July 8, 2018

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