Public Health

Number Of Alzheimer's Cases Could Double By 2060, Says CDC Study

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia will double by 2060. The study also predicted an increase in cases within the Hispanic community.

Public Health September 23, 2018

Southern California Logs 87 Consecutive Days Of Smog, The Longest In Decades

How bad has the air pollution in Southern California become? These past few months logged the longest consecutive days of smog in the last 20 years.

Public Health September 22, 2018

Outbreak Of Rare Eye Infection That Can Cause Blindness Found Among Contact Lens Wearers

A rare eye infection that can cause blindness has been identified in contact lens users in the United Kingdom. What is Acanthamoeba keratitis, and can it be prevented?

Public Health September 22, 2018

Alcohol Use Responsible For 3 Million Deaths Each Year: WHO Report

According to WHO's latest report, 3 million deaths worldwide can be attributed to harmful alcohol use. Apart from the health consequences, it also brings social and economic costs to both the individual and the society.

Public Health September 22, 2018

Pet Store Puppies Spread Drug-Resistant Diarrhea To Over 100 People: CDC

Did puppies cause an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant diarrhea? The illnesses began in 2016 with over a hundred people falling ill with diarrhea, 29 of whom were pet store employees.

Public Health September 21, 2018

How To Keep You Family Safe From West Nile Virus

The CDC has issued a guideline to help prevent the spread of West Nile Virus. A thousand people across the United States have been infected since the summer season started.

Public Health September 21, 2018

New Research Challenges Myers-Briggs Personality Types With 4 New Personality Groupings

A group of researchers identified four distinct personality types from over 1.5 million volunteers who took online quizzes in a major new study. The four personality types include average, reserved, role-model, and self-centered.

Public Health September 20, 2018

Over 2 Million Middle And High School Students In The US Have Vaped Marijuana, According To Study

A new study found that vaping marijuana is prevalent among children in middle school and high school in the United States. Up to 2 million children across the country have admitted to using e-cigarettes to smoke marijuana at least once.

Public Health September 19, 2018

Common Household Cleaners Can Make Your Children Fatter: Study

A study found that those common cleaning products such as home disinfectants can affect a child's gut microbiome and increase the risk of obesity later in life. However, ecologically friendly products have opposite results.

Public Health September 18, 2018

Pins And Needles Found In Strawberries In Australia: Manhunt Launched For Culprit

Strawberry lovers, beware: pins and needles have been found inside the fruits in Queensland, Australia. Authorities have launched the manhunt for the culprit behind the dangerous scheme, while the public is urged to slice strawberries before eating them.

Public Health September 17, 2018

Man Dies From Shark Attack In Cape Cod, First In Over 80 Years In Massachusetts

Arthur Medici, a 26-year-old, died from a shark attack in Cape Cod's Newcomb Hollow Beach. The incident, the first death due to a shark attack in over 80 years in the state, was believed to be due to mistaken identity.

Public Health September 16, 2018

Marshmallow Test Pioneer Walter Mischel Passes Away At 88

Walter Mischel, known for the Marshmallow Test, died in his home in Manhattan this week. The psychologist and author published an infamous study on delayed gratification and its correlation to success later in life.

Public Health September 15, 2018

San Diego Authorities Warn Of Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine After Three Deaths In Beach Areas

Three deaths and two overdoses were reported in San Diego this past week because of fentanyl-laced cocaine. Authorities believe more of the drug is still being sold by drug dealers in San Diego.

Public Health September 16, 2018

BPA-Free Plastic May Not Be Safer After All

BPA-free plastic products were supposed to be safer compared to those that contained the infamous ingredient. However, researchers accidentally discovered that BPA alternatives are still as dangerous, resulting to chromosomal abnormalities in exposed mice.

Public Health September 15, 2018

Mom Admits To Stealing Terminally Ill Daughter's Pain Medications, Charged With Felony

A mom admitted to stealing her own terminally ill daughter's pain medications and to having an opioid addiction. Addiction can cause people to do risky things to seek out the source of their addiction.

Public Health September 14, 2018

Americans Getting Fatter: Obesity Rates Over 35 Percent In 7 States

The State of Obesity 2018 report revealed that Americans are getting fatter. Seven states had obesity rates of more than 35 percent in 2017, compared to five in 2016 and none in 2012.

Public Health September 13, 2018

Europeans Are Living Longer But Certain Health Issues Can Reverse The Trend, Says WHO

Europeans can expect to live up to 77 years thanks to the ongoing health initiative overseen by the World Health Organization. However, certain lifestyle factors like drinking and smoking are prohibiting progress.

Public Health September 13, 2018

State Of Emergency Declared In Zimbabwe Due To Cholera Outbreak

Zimbabwe declared a state of emergency after a recent cholera outbreak had killed 20 people in the capital city of Harare. An additional 2,000 people have been infected by the bacterial disease.

Public Health September 13, 2018

UCLA's Michael Grunstein Awarded Prestigious 2018 Lasker Price For Research In Genetics

Michael Grunstein is being recognized by the Lasker Foundation for his work on the histone protein and its role in gene expression. He shares the award with C. Davis Allis.

Public Health September 13, 2018

How Do You Spot Prostate Cancer Early On?

Thousands of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, but the disease is curable especially if detected early. Men aged 55 and older should watch out for these symptoms.

Public Health September 13, 2018

One-Third Of All Opioid Prescriptions Lack Proper Reason, Says Study

Doctors and clinics might have contributed to the worsening opioid crisis across the United States. A study found that an alarming number of patients were given an opioid prescription to treat pain not related to cancer.

Public Health September 11, 2018

Is Alzheimer's An Infectious Disease? 'Germ' Theory Of Alzheimer's Regaining Momentum

Leslie Norins wanted to prove that Alzheimer's is caused by a germ. Earlier this year, he launched a challenge for the scientific community to find the virus or bacteria that causes dementia in millions of people around the world.

Public Health September 12, 2018

Flu Vaccines Recommended Ahead Of Flu Season: Is It Time To Vaccinate?

Is it too early to get the yearly vaccination against the flu? October is the recommended vaccination time, but some members of the community are recommended to get it earlier.

Public Health September 9, 2018

News Anchor Who Reported On Opioid Abuse Loses Daughter To Fentanyl Overdose

A journalist who has been covering the opioid crisis in the United States for 10 years lost her daughter to fentanyl overdose. Angela Kennecke hopes that her family's tragedy could save the lives of people addicted to the drug.

Public Health September 9, 2018

Chronic Nail-Biter Has Thumb Amputated Due To Rare Cancer

A young woman's thumb had to be amputated as a result of a rare cancer diagnosis. The chronic nail-biter kept her blackened thumb from family and friends for years after she bit the entire nail off.

Public Health September 8, 2018

Selfie Savior: Strange-Looking Selfies Alert Woman Of Stroke Symptoms

A woman was alerted to her own stroke symptoms thanks to the selfies that she took. What are some of the signs and symptoms of stroke?

Public Health September 8, 2018

Marijuana Use Becoming More Prevalent With Baby Boomers

More baby boomers aged 50 and above have started using marijuana for various reasons, including medicinal purposes. Researchers attribute the increase to the changing attitude toward pot across the country.

Public Health September 7, 2018

Effects Of Probiotics Vary Greatly, May Impair Natural Gut Microbiome: Studies

Do generic probiotics really affect people's gut microbiomes? Two new studies reveal that the effects of probiotics vary greatly, and may even impair natural microbiome establishment after antibiotics.

Public Health September 7, 2018

Trays Used By Airport Security Contain More Germs Than Airport Toilets, Says Study

A study has revealed a dirty truth: airports are teeming with viruses that cause respiratory diseases. Researchers found influenza A and other viruses on surfaces inside of the airport, most commonly on plastic trays at the security checkpoint.

Public Health September 7, 2018

How To Prepare Your Family For The Flu Season

The CDC has issued a guideline to prevent contracting and spreading the flu this fall and winter. The first line of defense is to get vaccinated by September or October before flu season begins.

Public Health September 6, 2018

Inspirational YouTuber Claire Wineland Passes Away After Lung Transplant

Claire Wineland, the young woman who was an advocate for patients with cystic fibrosis, passed away earlier this month. The news came a week after she undergone a double lung transplant to help her breathing problems.

Public Health September 5, 2018

Embattled Blood-Testing Firm Theranos To Shut Down For Good

Theranos will reportedly dissolve soon after Elizabeth Holmes was charged of fraud. The blood-testing company is seeking to keep part of its remaining assets to pay off investors.

Public Health September 6, 2018

CDC Finally Issues Guidelines For Managing Concussions In Kids

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the first guidelines for managing concussions in children. Over 800,000 kids seek treatment for concussions annually, amid increased concerns due to their link with other serious health issues.

Public Health September 5, 2018

Girl Catches Deadly Infection After Trying On New Shoes Barefooted

A 4-year-old girl developed sepsis, a potentially deadly complication. Doctors said bacteria may have entered the child's body through an open wound when she tried new shoes barefooted.

Public Health September 3, 2018

CDC Data Reveals Sharp Increase In STD Cases In Recent Years

CDC data reveals that the United States is at its fourth consecutive year of all-time high in regard to STD cases. The rise persists amid fears about antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.

Public Health September 2, 2018

FDA Warns Against Consuming Food Products Made Using Liquid Nitrogen

Food products prepared with liquid nitrogen pose serious injury risk if the liquid nitrogen is infused to the product immediately before consumption or sale. It may cause skin damage, internal organ injury, and even breathing difficulties.

Public Health September 1, 2018

At Least 17 Fall Ill During Salmonella Outbreak: 1 Death Confirmed Says CDC

At least a person has died and 17 people have gotten sick due to Kosher chicken. The reported cases of salmonella outbreak are in states including New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Public Health September 2, 2018

Texas Hospital Fires Nurse For Anti-Vaccine Post On Social Media

A nurse at the Texas Children's Hospital was fired after posing anti-vaccine opinions on social media. The nurse even reportedly considered infecting her own child with measles.

Public Health August 31, 2018

Age Limit Removed In New Expert Recommendations For Children's Car Seats

The current guideline for using children's rear-facing car seats recommends usage until the child is 2 years old. Experts now suggest using the seat as long as the child's height and weight are within the seat's limits.

Public Health August 31, 2018

Study Sheds Light On How Compound Found In Marijuana Helps Fight Psychosis

A new study by researchers from the King’s College of London shed light on how Cannabidiol, a compound found in marijuana can help treat psychosis. The research was published in the Journal of American Medical Association Psychiatry.

Public Health August 31, 2018

Weight Loss Researchers Will Pay You $300 To Eat Avocados Every Day

Researchers across four universities are willing to pay $300 for test subjects to eat one avocado every day for six months. The study looks to determine whether avocados, containing the highest fat content of any fruit, help with weight loss.

Public Health August 30, 2018

China Refuses To Share Bird Flu Virus Samples, Placing Thousands Of Lives In Danger

Medical experts around the globe share viral samples with one another to develop treatments and vaccines that will prevent outbreaks of pandemics. However, China has refused to share bird flu samples with the United States for over a year.

Public Health August 29, 2018

THC In Marijuana Can Linger In Breast Milk Close To A Week After Use

A research found that marijuana can seep into breast milk up to six days after the mother used the recreational drug. The American Academy of Pediatrics warned breastfeeding women to stay away from inhaling pot in the meantime.

Public Health August 29, 2018

Pharmacist Admits To Filling Fake Opioid Prescriptions For Sexual Favors

A pharmacist in Maryland admitted to filling out fake opioid prescriptions for three women in exchange for sexual favors. When one woman rejected his advances, he called the doctors to report the fraud.

Public Health August 26, 2018

African Swine Fever Hits Europe After Multiple China Outbreaks

After four outbreaks in China this month, African swine fever has now reached Europe. It is said to have contaminated a farm in Romania with over 130,000 pigs.

Public Health August 26, 2018

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