Public Health

Mosquito Bite Causes Brain Swelling And Seizures Of 6-Year-Old Boy

A mom’s Facebook post warning about a rare condition caused by a single mosquito bite had now gone viral on the internet. Her 6-year-old son had suffered brain swelling and seizures due to a disease identified as La Crosse Encephalitis.

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Pet Owners May Be Harming Pets On Purpose For Opioid Prescriptions: Study

Are people bringing their pets to veterinarians in hopes of opioid prescriptions? A new study finds that even veterinary clinics are not immune from the opioid epidemic.

Public Health August 12, 2018

Blue Light Emitted By Phones And Tablets Can Speed Up Blindness

Blue light from smartphones are dangerous for your eyes. According to a new study, prolonged exposure to blue light might speed up macular degeneration and lead to blindness.

Public Health August 11, 2018

Number Of Pregnant Women With Opioid Use Disorder Quadrupled In 15 Years

More and more pregnant women are being affected by the ongoing opioid epidemic in the country. Even the infants are affected, and some of them even experiencing withdrawal symptoms after birth.

Public Health August 11, 2018

Woman Dies From Rare Infection Days After Dog Bite

Two cases of a rare infection were reported just miles apart and days apart last June. One caused a man to lose four limbs, while the other cost a woman her life.

Public Health August 11, 2018

Man Fights Off And Kills Rabid Beaver That Attacked Him And Daughter While Kayaking

An afternoon of kayaking turned into a nightmare when a beaver attacked a father and daughter. Local authorities eventually confirmed that the beaver was indeed rabid.

Public Health August 11, 2018

Opioid Prescriptions Drop After Doctors Get Notified Of Own Patients' Fatal Overdoses

Can sending letters help reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths? Hundreds of doctors were sent notifications of the overdose deaths of their patients, leading to a reduction in opioid prescriptions.

Public Health August 10, 2018

Men Who Wear Boxers More Likely To Have Higher Sperm Count, Says New Harvard Study

Listen up, men who want to have babies: wearing boxers might do you a favor instead of wearing briefs or other close-fitting undergarments. It turns out men who wear boxers have higher sperm count and concentration.

Public Health August 9, 2018

Maryland Woman Tests Positive For Opiates While Giving Birth Because Of What She Ate For Breakfast

A woman was told that she tested positive for opiates while in labor at a Maryland hospital. She was confused by the drug test result, but eventually realized that the culprit was what she ate for breakfast that day.

Public Health August 8, 2018

American Heart Association Finds Link Between Prolonged Screen Time And Heart Disease In Children

Parents are encouraged to keep their children away from prolonged screen time since it’s linked to poor cardiovascular health and obesity. The American Heart Association recommends no more than two hours a day.

Public Health August 8, 2018

Lyme Disease Detected In All 50 States: Protect Yourself From The Tick-Borne Illness

Lyme disease, the tick-borne illness, is now found across all 50 states of the USA. This means that even people in places where Lyme disease was traditionally not a problem should start learning how to protect themselves from being infected.

Public Health August 7, 2018

Women Are More Likely To Survive Heart Attacks If Their Doctor Is A Woman, Too

A female doctor might be better than male doctors at treating female heart attack patients, according to a new study. It brings to light the issue of gender diversity in the emergency room.

Public Health August 7, 2018

You Shouldn’t Microwave Food In Plastic Containers, Or Put Them In The Dishwasher, Says New Research

The American Academy of Pediatrics is cautioning the public against microwaving or dishwashing plastic containers, as they contain harmful chemicals that can be released upon being heated. The group also criticized additives that are presumed safe.

Public Health August 6, 2018

Pot Breathalyzer: California Company Creates THC-Detecting Breathalyzer For Safer Roads

The "world's first marijuana and alcohol breathalyzer" was developed by a California company. Several police departments are expected to test the device by this fall.

Public Health August 5, 2018

Human Swine Flu Cases Linked To Pigs At Family Fair

Human swine flu cases have been confirmed in relation to a recently concluded family fair in Michigan. The CDC recommends both exhibitors and attendees to be extra careful when dealing with pigs, especially ones suspected to be ill.

Public Health August 5, 2018

Ebola Outbreak Declared In Congo War Zone

A new Ebola outbreak has just been declared in a Congo war zone. This outbreak is much harder to combat because of the large refugee population and the higher chances of encountering militant groups in the region.

Public Health August 5, 2018

Unapproved Antidepressant Is Causing Opioid-Like Symptoms, Raises Drug Abuse And Misuse Concerns

Tianeptine is considered an effective antidepressant drug that can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, its toxicity and opioid-mimicking characteristics make it a potential public health risk.

Public Health August 4, 2018

Nearly 700 People Have Gotten Sick After Eating Chipotle

It’s not looking good for Chipotle. The Mexican grill fast food chain is now facing a bunch of lawsuits after nearly 700 people got sick from eating at one of its branches in Ohio.

Public Health August 3, 2018

Man's Limbs Amputated Due Rare Blood Infection Caught From Dog Licks: What Is Capnocytophaga?

A man remains positive even after losing four limbs to a blood infection that he got from dog saliva. The bacteria that infected him are not often harmful to humans but may cause severe illness in people with compromised health.

Public Health August 3, 2018

Bacteria Increasing Tolerance Of Hand Sanitizers In Hospitals: Study

A common gut bacteria that's responsible for many healthcare-related infections has become more tolerant to hand sanitizers in hospitals. What does this mean for our everyday use of hand sanitizers?

Public Health August 3, 2018

Chicken Meat Most Likely To Make People Sick, According To CDC

Chicken sickened the most number of people during related outbreaks, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings from the report resulted in divided opinions among poultry experts.

Public Health August 3, 2018

CDC: For The Love Of God, Don’t Wash Or Reuse Condoms

Condoms shouldn’t be reused, the CDC warns. Even if it’s washed with soap and water, that won’t remove harmful organisms on the condom that can lead to more serious complications for both participants.

Public Health August 1, 2018

Man Loses All Limbs After Getting Rare Blood Infection From Dog Licking

A man from Wisconsin lost all four limbs to amputation after contracting an infection from bacteria known as capnocytophaga. The man's body reacted aggressively with a rapid drop in blood pressure, causing circulation in his limbs to quickly decline.

Public Health August 1, 2018

FDA Cautions Against ‘Vaginal Rejuvenation’ Treatments, Says They Might Cause Serious Side Effects

The FDA says vaginal rejuvenation devices have not gone through the correct approval process required to show they’re effective or let alone safe to use. These alternative treatments have increased in popularity thanks to the media.

Public Health July 31, 2018

Teen Suffers 2nd Degree Burns From The Hot Water Challenge, Another Stupid Internet Craze

The Hot Water Challenge, which has been around for years, claimed a new victim in a 15-year-old teenager from Indiana. The teen suffered second-degree burns to his chest, back, and face after a prank gone wrong.

Public Health July 30, 2018

Boston Officials Warn Of Possible Measles Exposure In Restaurant And Airport

People who passed Logan Airport and went to a restaurant in Boston in mid-July may have been exposed to the measles virus. The United States technically eradicated measles in 2000, but the virus still gets into the country.

Public Health July 29, 2018

Parents Sue School District Over Teacher Who Allegedly Strapped Their Autistic Daughter To Chair

An 8-year-old girl with autism was allegedly strapped to a chair by her teacher. It is prohibited to use any kind of physical restraint on a child unless there is imminent danger of harm to self or others.

Public Health July 29, 2018

US Considered One Of The Worst Countries For Childbirth: Here’s Why

Doctors and nurses know how to properly care for a woman during childbirth, including constantly monitoring blood pressure and blood loss. So why aren’t they doing it?

Public Health July 28, 2018

Teen Gets Hookworms From Being Buried In Beach Sands: What To Know About Hookworms

What are some important things to remember about preventing hookworm infections? It would be wise to not defecate outdoors and avoid walking barefoot on potentially contaminated soil.

Public Health July 28, 2018

Backyard Chickens Linked To Multistate Salmonella Outbreak: CDC

Since the year 2000, over 4,700 people have been infected with salmonella because of contact with backyard chickens. The current outbreak has so far affected 44 states.

Public Health July 29, 2018

New Jersey Woman Strangles Rabid Fox That Attacked And Bit Her

In an escape attempt, a New Jersey woman strangled the rabid fox that had already bitten her multiple times. In 2015 alone, there were over 5,500 rabies cases in the United States.

Public Health July 27, 2018

UNICEF: Every 3 Minutes, A Teenage Girl Is Infected With HIV

Majority of those who were infected HIV in 2017 are women, according to a new report by the UNICEF. It sheds a light on the global AIDS crisis, and how girls are bearing the brunt of the epidemic.

Public Health July 26, 2018

Parasite In Cat Poop May Give People Courage To Start Own Business

Students who tested positive for toxoplasma gondii, a mind-controlling parasite found in cat feces, were more likely to be a business major. People tested positive for the parasite are also 1.8 times more likely to have started their company.

Public Health July 26, 2018

Teen Infected With Hookworms After Friends Bury Him In Sands Of Florida Beach

Michael Dumas' friends buried him in the sand during a trip to a Florida Beach. The doctor said hookworms may have burrowed under his feet while he was buried.

Public Health July 25, 2018

Woman's Pedicure Infection Nearly Led To Leg Amputation

A woman who had a pedicure at a salon contracted cellulitis, a bacterial infection that can rapidly become life-threatening. Doctors said she may have been infected after a minor cut by a callus cutter.

Public Health July 25, 2018

Liberian Woman Spreads Ebola To Family A Year After Infection

The woman may have spread the disease to her family when the virus reemerged during her pregnancy. Experts do not think she infected her husband through sexual contact.

Public Health July 24, 2018

Doctors Interrupt, Stop Listening To Their Patients 11 Seconds Into A Conversation

Doctors on average interrupt their patients 11 seconds after the latter start to speak. Specialists are less likely to give ample time to their patients. What are the factors that contribute to this kind of encounters?

Public Health July 23, 2018

Norovirus Sickens Nearly 100 People At Woods Pond Beach In Maine

If you have norovirus, perhaps it’s a good idea not to go to the beach. Otherwise, you might sicken everyone you come into contact with, just like what happened at this beach in Maine.

Public Health July 23, 2018

Ritz Cracker Products Recalled For Potential Salmonella Contamination

Mondelēz Global LLC, which produces Ritz Cracker products, issued a recall over fears an ingredient used in the snacks is contaminated with salmonella. Here are the products affected by the recall.

Public Health July 22, 2018

Dozens Of 'Zombie' Raccoons Found Dead In New York's Central Park: What's Happening?

Officials have found dozens of dead raccoons in New York's Central Park, killed by a viral outbreak that is causing the animals to exhibit zombie-like behavior. What is happening to the animals, and should people stay away from them?

Public Health July 23, 2018

Man Dies Of Flesh-Eating Bacteria From Eating Raw Oysters: Safety Reminders To Avoid Vibrio Infections From Oysters

What are some food safety tips to avoid getting infections from oysters? Contrary to some people's belief, even experienced oyster lovers cannot determine the presence of harmful bacteria just by seeing, smelling, or tasting an oyster.

Public Health July 21, 2018

Experimental Blood Test Can Detect Early Stages Of Melanoma Skin Cancer

Australian scientists developed a blood test that can detect melanoma early and can potentially save thousands of lives. What makes it different and more efficient than current tests for diagnosing skin cancer?

Public Health July 21, 2018

Complementary Therapies May Increase Risk Of Early Death In Cancer Patients

Patients with breast, prostate, lung or colorectal cancer who received complementary therapies are more likely to refuse standard treatment such as chemotherapy and surgery. They also have a higher risk of early death.

Public Health July 20, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak In 26 States Linked To Raw Turkey

A salmonella outbreak that sickened 90 people in 26 states has been linked to raw turkey. The CDC said that two of the infected patients live in homes where raw turkey were given as pet food.

Public Health July 20, 2018

Wild Parsnip Causes Serious Burns And Blisters On Vermont Woman's Legs

After the giant hogweed, there is another invasive plant that people might have to watch out for to avoid serious burns. A Vermont woman shares her experience with wild parsnip to warn the public of its potential dangers.

Public Health July 19, 2018

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