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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ugandan Government Says Ebola Threat A Lot Worse Than Previous Projections

Uganda reported its first cases of Ebola this week. Two people have already died from the disease and three individuals were held in isolation after coming into contact with the infected patients.

Public Health June 15, 2019

Home Diagnostic Kit Can Detect Drugs In Blood And Urine Using Silicon Chips And An iPhone

A new diagnostic system proposed by researchers from Vanderbilt University uses a smartphone to test for drugs, infection, or bacteria in a liquid sample. An app will handle the data processing and perform diagnosis.

Public Health June 13, 2019

Chickenpox Vaccination Also Effective At Protecting Children From Shingles

The varicella vaccine, which prevents chickenpox among children, could also reduce a person's likelihood of getting shingles years later. Researchers made the discovery after analyzing the medical records of more than 6 million people.

Public Health June 11, 2019

Asia’s Longhorned Tick Makes Its Way To The US With First Documented Bite

For the first time in history, health officials confirmed a bite from the Asian longhorned tick in the United States. This species appeared in the United States in 2017, but is it time to be worried?

Public Health June 10, 2019

Three Hospital Patients Dead Due To Pre-Packed Sandwiches Contaminated With Listeria

Investigations are under way after three hospital patients died in a listeria outbreak. The source of the listeria contamination so far appears to be pre-packed sandwiches .

Public Health June 9, 2019

1 Million New STD Infections Are Diagnosed Every Day, According To WHO

The four sexually transmitted infections continue to spread globally at alarming rates with a million new cases daily on adults and children. While treatable, STDs could have grave effects, including stillbirths and a higher risk of HIV.

Public Health June 7, 2019

Study: White Meat Can Increase Cholesterol Levels Just The Same As Red Meat

New research revealed that white meat has almost the effect on cholesterol levels as red meat. To decrease the risk of heart diseases, experts advise the consumption of lean meat and healthier food options.

Public Health June 7, 2019

Keeping A Regular Sleep Schedule Can Help Prevent Metabolic Problems, Says Study

A study linked irregular sleeping habits to the increased risk of metabolic disorders, including obesity and high blood sugar. An hour of variability in time for bed and time for sleep can raise the risk to up to 27 percent.

Public Health June 7, 2019

Marcia Cross' Anal Cancer Linked To HPV That Caused Husband's Throat Cancer

Former 'Desperate Housewives' star Marcia Cross recently opened up about her battle with anal cancer. The 57-year-old actress, whose cancer is now in remission, said she wants to change people's misconceptions about the disease.

Public Health June 6, 2019

Liquid Laundry Pods Cause About 40 US Injuries A Day

New research showed the dangers that liquid laundry detergent packets pose to children and adults alike. In 2017, public health agencies received an average of one call related to substance exposure almost every 42 minutes.

Public Health June 5, 2019

Researchers Pretend To Be Heroin Addicts To Spot Weaknesses In Treatment System

Researchers tried to set up appointments for heroin addiction treatment in clinics in states where opioid mortality is high. They found that real patients would face a number of roadblocks when seeking help.

Public Health June 5, 2019

US To Lose Measles Elimination Status If Outbreak Continues Until October 2019

The CDC warned that the United States may lose its measles elimination status if the current outbreak is not contained by October. The country already has 981 confirmed cases of infection in the first five months of 2019.

Public Health June 4, 2019

Kentucky Toddler Jackson Oblisk Falls Into Coma After A Tick Bite: Here Are The Symptoms Of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

When a tick bit toddler Jackson Oblisk, the family thought nothing of it. However, when spots began appearing on his body and the little boy slipped into a coma, they realized it was the fatal Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Public Health June 4, 2019

Perdue Foods Recalls 31,000 Pounds Of Chicken Over Possible Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service recalled several of Perdue's chicken products after customer complaints revealed possible contamination. These products were shipped nationwide.

Public Health June 3, 2019

Michigan Doctor Yasser Awaad Faces Trial Over Wrong Epilepsy Diagnosis

A Michigan woman has accused former Oakwood Healthcare physician Dr. Yasser Awaad of misdiagnosing her epilepsy. Awaad allegedly misread her test results to convince her to undergo more testing and medication to make more money for his employer.

Public Health June 3, 2019

Surgeons Had To Put Out Fire In Man's Chest During Heart Surgery

Surgeons from Australia present the strange case of a flash fire suddenly erupting in the chest cavity of a man under surgery. They point to several risk factors, including the patient's illness, that may have led to the accident.

Public Health June 3, 2019

15 Percent Of Sepsis Survivors Die Within A Year Of Leaving The Hospital: Study

Sepsis is a serious disease that could result from any infection. Among nearly 100,000 survivors of critical cases, a new study revealed that 15 percent died in the first 12 months after getting discharged.

Public Health June 2, 2019

81 Percent Of Antibiotics Prescribed By Dentists Prior To Dental Procedures Are Unnecessary

A large percentage of antibiotics prescribed to patients prior to a dental procedure are not aligned with national guidelines. The finding is significant because dentists are behind 10 percent of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States.

Public Health May 31, 2019

Ariana Grande Cancels Concerts Due To Tomato Allergy

Multi-awarded pop superstar Ariana Grande canceled concert dates in her world tour due to an allergic reaction to tomatoes. The singer is recovering, but the food allergy made her sick and her throat almost closed.

Public Health June 1, 2019

Doctors Remove Huge Clump of Hair In Stomach Of 16-Year-Old Girl With Rapunzel Syndrome

Doctors performed emergency surgery on a teenager who had been chewing on her own hair over the past 10 years. The girl suffers from a rare condition known as Rapunzel Syndrome.

Public Health May 31, 2019

Genetically Modified Fungus Kills 99 Percent oF Malaria Mosquitoes In Just 45 Days

Researchers tested the fungus in a fake village called the MosquitoSphere. By the end of the 45-day trial, the spider toxin fungus wiped out 99 percent of the mosquito population.

Public Health May 31, 2019

27-Year-Old Chelsie Thomas Left Infertile After Surgeon Mistakenly Removed Healthy Fallopian Tube

Chelsie Thomas had suffered an ectopic pregnancy, forcing her to undergo surgery to address the condition. However, her doctor had accidentally removed the wrong fallopian tube, which left her unable to conceive a child again without IVF treatment.

Public Health June 1, 2019

Night Shift Work Does Not Raise Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

New research funded by British charity group Breast Cancer Now has found little to no link between shift work and breast cancer development. The results contradict an earlier report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Public Health May 31, 2019

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