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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.

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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 January 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coke, Other Junk Food Companies May Have Influenced China's Health Policies Through Nonprofit Group ILSI

Coca Cola, McDonald's, Nestlé, and PepsiCo may have influenced China's health policies through the nonprofit group International Life Sciences Institute. An anthropologist from Harvard said ILSI-China enjoyed close ties with Chinese health officials.

Public Health January 10, 2019

Study Finds Link Between High Waist-To-Hip Ratio And Smaller Brains

Belly fat is not just bad for heart health. A new study involving nearly 10,000 people found a link between having excess belly fat and brain shrinkage, which has been tied to an increased risk for memory decline and dementia.

Public Health January 10, 2019

New Smartphone App Second Chance Can Detect Opioid Overdose And Call For Medical Help

The still experimental Second Chance app converts a smartphone into a sonar device to detect breathing problems that could indicate an overdose. The app can also contact medical services and people who can administer Naloxone.

Public Health January 10, 2019

Health Care Companies Use Up $30 Billion Every Year To Market Products And Services

Health care companies in the United States doubled their ad spending in the past 10 years. From $17.7 billion, companies are now spending $29.9 billion to advertise to consumers and health care professionals.

Public Health January 9, 2019

Eye Color May Be Linked To Seasonal Depression, Says Study

Scientists found that people with brown eyes are likely to suffer from winter blues. According to the new study, the dark irises may trigger increased melatonin production that makes people more vulnerable to Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

Public Health January 9, 2019

FDA Warns Candy From Kentucky Could Be Contaminated With Hepatitis A

FDA warned about eating Bauer’s Candies Modjeskas after a facility worker tested positive for hepatitis A. Here's what consumers should do if they have eaten potentially contaminated candies.

Public Health January 9, 2019

Children's Hospital Wants To Restrict Young Visitors To Keep Flu At Bay

To prevent more children from contracting the flu, a hospital is temporarily restricting children under the age of 12 from visiting. The new policy will take effect this week as the 2018-2019 flu season continues to peak.

Public Health January 9, 2019

Fluctuating Income Places You At Risk Of Heart Attack And Early Death

Individuals with volatile income have higher risk of suffering from heart events such as stroke and heart attack. They also have higher risk for early death compared with those with more stable income. Here's why.

Public Health January 8, 2019

Researchers Pin Down Biomarkers That Could Speed Up Detection Of Heart Problems

New research identified biomarkers that could predict atrial fibrillation or AF. Through blood testing, doctors can screen patients for the heart condition and, therefore, reduce the risk of stroke.

Public Health January 8, 2019

House Passes New Alzheimer's Bill That Gives $20 Million To Research Annually

A new law will direct funds toward the implementation of interventions focusing on early detection and risk reduction of Alzheimer's. The neurodegenerative disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Public Health January 7, 2019

Can Food Allergies Be This Severe? 11-Year-Old Cameron Jean-Pierre Dies Due To Smell Of Fish Cooking

An 11-year-old boy from Brooklyn died from a severe form of an allergic reaction after smelling a fish being cooked. Experts said that hypersensitivity to food particles is increasingly becoming a problem among children.

Public Health January 9, 2019

Popular Gay Dating App Halts Registration Following Reports Of Underage Users Contracting HIV

The gay dating app Blued is halting new user registration. The decision was made after a report had emerged claiming that juvenile users contracted AIDS-causing HIV after going on dates that were set up through the app.

Public Health January 7, 2019

NHS’ Historic 10-Year Plan Reduces Waiting Time To Access Mental Care Services

The NHS’ expanded 10-year plan will allow young and adult citizens to access mental care services with reduced waiting period. Apart from funding, critics said the agency is faced with a difficult task to prioritize specific areas of healthcare.

Public Health January 7, 2019

Hy-Vee Pharmacies Change Policies To Help Stop Opioid Abuse

Hy-Vee pharmacies changed prescription policies to help combat the national opioid epidemic in the United States. According to the CDC, more than 47,000 deaths in 2017 werer related to opioid abuse, the highest number ever recorded in a given year.

Public Health January 6, 2019

Women Who Suffer From Frequent Hot Flashes More Prone To Breast Cancer, Says Study

Women who experienced persistent hot flashes during menopause are likely to develop breast cancer, new research revealed. Scientists claimed that highs and lows in estrogen exposure may trigger the condition years later.

Public Health January 6, 2019

Breathalyzer-Like Test That Can Detect Several Types Of Cancer Cleared For Clinical Trials

A new device being tested in the United Kingdom has the potential to significantly improve the rate of cancer mortality through early detection. By simply breathing into a device, doctors can screen patients for different types of cancer.

Public Health January 5, 2019

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