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Mother Of 8-Year-Old With Cancer Urges Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids As An 'Act Of Compassion'

A mother of a young cancer patient is urging parents to ger their kids vaccinated. People like her daughter, who cannot get vaccinated and have weak immune systems, rely on other people's vaccinations to protect them from diseases.

Public Health November 25, 2018

University Students Fear Dorm Mold Might Be Connected To Freshman's Adenovirus Death

Is the death of a university freshman linked to the mold problem at the students' dorm? Some students are speaking about the problem that began last August.

Public Health November 24, 2018

University Freshman Dies Of Adenovirus, Five More Cases Confirmed

A university freshman lost her life from adenovirus-related illness, while five more students are confirmed to be sick from it. The student who died may have been more susceptible to the virus because of her Crohn's disease.

Public Health November 23, 2018

Hepatitis A Identified In Restaurant Worker In Orlando, Guests Encouraged To Get Vaccinated

Hepatitis A was identified in one of the workers at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs. Guests who visited between Nov. 6 and 16 are advised to get vaccinated.

Public Health November 23, 2018

Authorities Investigating On Multistate E.coli Outbreak Likely Linked To Romaine Lettuce

An ongoing multistate e.coli outbreak has already affected 32 people from 11 states. Just like the 2017 e.coli outbreak, this one appears to be linked to romaine lettuce as well.

Public Health November 23, 2018

World's Second Case Of Rat Hepatitis In Humans Reported In Hong Kong

Another case of rat hepatitis was discovered in a 70-year-old woman in Hong Kong. The infection can likely be contracted through contact with rats or from the consumption of contaminated food or water.

Public Health November 23, 2018

Doctors Respond To NRA By Calling For Additional Research On Gun-Related Injuries And Deaths

In the light of comments from the NRA, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a statement calling for more research that tackles gun-related injuries and deaths. The editorial came a few weeks after the Thousand Oaks shooting in California.

Public Health November 20, 2018

36 Sick With Chickenpox At North Carolina School With High Vaccination Exemption Rate

Authorities confirmed 36 chickenpox cases at North Carolina school with one of the highest vaccination exemption rates in the state. It is considered the state's worst chickenpox outbreak in two decades.

Public Health November 20, 2018

One Of Raccoons Thought To Be 'Drunk' On Crabapples Actually Had Distemper

Were the raccoons thought to be 'drunk' really intoxicated or were they actually sick? One of them, as well as another raccoon, was euthanized because of distemper.

Public Health November 17, 2018

FDA Warns Against Honey Pacifiers Following 4 Infant Botulism Cases In Texas

The FDA is reminding parents not to feed honey to their infants, as their digestive systems are still immature. The warning comes after four infant botulism cases were reported in Texas.

Public Health November 17, 2018

Milk Allergy The Most Common Allergy In Kids, Many Are Undiagnosed: Study

How common are milk allergies? A new study found that only less than half of children who are allergic to milk are properly diagnosed by a physician.

Public Health November 17, 2018

Chinese Authorities Issue Public Warning Over 'Serious' African Swine Fever Crisis

Chinese authorities issued a rare public warning about the African swine flu crisis hitting country's farm since August. The strain is so virulent that it has killed 100 percent of affected pigs.

Public Health November 17, 2018

CDC Report Shows Increasing Suicide Rates Among American Workers

CDC data show an increase in suicide rates across many occupational groups in the United States. As such, the agency is working on comprehensive suicide prevention resources that include work-based approaches.

Public Health November 16, 2018

Teen Dies After 'Huffing' Deodorant Spray To Get High

How can deodorant be misused and abused? A case study shows how a teen lost his life after inhaling deodorant spray to get high.

Public Health November 16, 2018

Raccoons Thought To Be Rabid Actually Drunk On Fermented Crabapples

Two supposedly 'rabid' raccoons turned out to be drunk from eating fermented crabapples. Authorities captured them after receiving several reports of strange behavior from neighborhood residents.

Public Health November 16, 2018

Low-Carb Diets Effective At Maintaining Healthy Body Weight Says Study

A clinical trial found that eating less carbohydrates and more fat could aid people who want to lose weight. Participants who were obese and overweight lost an average of 250 calories per day during the duration of the study.

Public Health November 15, 2018

Cancer May Soon Surpass Heart Disease As Top Cause Of Death In US

A new report by the CDC revealed that cancer will be the leading cause of death in the United States by 2020. The shift follows a decade-old theory that predicted a pattern in health and disease across the country.

Public Health November 13, 2018

New Cholesterol Management Guidelines Could Improve Heart Health While Lowering Alzheimer's Risk

Lowering high cholesterol by eating healthy and exercising regularly will also decrease a person's risk of heart attack, stroke, and Alzheimer's. In a new guideline for preventing and diagnosing high cholesterol, experts agreed risk assessment should be done regularly.

Public Health November 13, 2018

FDA May Soon Crack Down On Menthol Cigarettes

A report said that the FDA might follow Canada and the European Union into banning traditional menthol cigarettes. The regulatory board might also crack down on flavored e-cigarette cartridges or pods.

Public Health November 12, 2018

Pneumonia Caused By Bacteria More Dangerous To Cardiovascular Health Than Viral Pneumonia

A new study found that patients diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia are 60 percent more likely to experience a major adverse cardiac event than those with viral pneumonia. Caregivers are advised to more aggressively treat bacterial pneumonia.

Public Health November 14, 2018

Dog Food Products Recalled Due To Elevated Vitamin D Levels

The FDA recalled tainted dog foods with dangerously high vitamin D content. At abnormally high levels, vitamin D may cause serious health problems in dogs.

Public Health November 12, 2018

Smoking In US At Record Low, Says CDC Report

A report by the FDA and the CDC revealed that only 14 percent of Americans smoke or consume tobacco products. The number is down from over 40 percent in the mid-60s.

Public Health November 9, 2018

Salmonella Cases Linked To Raw Turkey Up To 164, 1 Death Reported

A death has already been reported in relation to an ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey meat. The total number of cases has now risen to 164.

Public Health November 10, 2018

Utah Man's Rabies Death Is First In State Since 1944

A man in Utah has died from rabies from a possible bat exposure in their property. Evidently, he and his wife were unaware that bats were rabies carriers.

Public Health November 9, 2018

Newborn Child Of Mother Who Drank Kratom While Pregnant Treated For Withdrawal: Report

A newborn had to undergo withdrawal treatment after his mother drank kratom during her pregnancy. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. says that this case is not unique.

Public Health November 9, 2018

Man Passes Away 8 Years After Eating Slug Infected With Lungworm

A young man who had eaten a slug as a dare eight years ago lost his battle against rat lungworm, a type of parasite. He died last Friday surrounded by family and friends.

Public Health November 6, 2018

Skin Cancer Death Rates Among Men In Developed Countries Significantly Increased In Past 30 Years

Since 1985, skin cancer death rates among men in developed countries saw a sharp increase. On the other hand, skin cancer death rates among women increased more slowly or even declined.

Public Health November 6, 2018

4-Year-Old Finds STD-Positive Condom In School Playground

A 4-year-old child is undergoing precautionary treatment for chlamydia after she was found playing with a condom on the school playground. Evidently, the school is located directly across a popular concert spot.

Public Health November 4, 2018

College Student Dies Of Rare Bacterial Infection: What Is 'The Forgotten Disease'?

A college student suddenly died as a result of a rare bacterial infection called Lemierre syndrome or "the forgotten disease." It was initially believed that she had tonsilitis.

Public Health November 4, 2018

Number Of Children Visiting ERs Due To Mental Health Problems Rising At Alarming Rate

A new study found that the number of children heading to the emergency room for mental health concerns has increased significantly from 2012 to 2016. More children, specifically from minority groups, are diagnosed with mental health-related issues.

Public Health November 3, 2018

10,000 US Children Visit ER Every Year Due To Burns From Hot Soup

A new study found that hot soup accidents have been causing children to get emergency treatments. Every year from 2006 to 2016, 10,000 children got burn injuries related to a microwavable and prepackaged soup.

Public Health November 3, 2018

Living In America Changes Gut Bacteria Composition For Immigrants

There is an obesity epidemic in immigrants moving to the United States and their changing gut microbiome might be the one to blame. New research revealed that diversity in gut microbiome gets more westernized in immigrants from developing countries.

Public Health November 2, 2018

Preterm Birth Rates On The Rise For Third Year In A Row

Preterm birth rates are on the rise in the United States for the third year in a row. The rate difference seems small, but it amounts to about 27,000 babies born prematurely since 2014.

Public Health November 2, 2018

Study Finds Link Between Cellphone Radiation And Cancer In Male Rats, But There's No Need To Worry

Should cellphone users have to worry about cellphone radiation? A major study found that the threat is only for male mice.

Public Health November 2, 2018

Parkinson's Disease May Have Roots In Appendix Says Study

Could the appendix be the cause of Parkinson's? A new study revealed that people who had appendectomy early in life have reduced risks of getting the neurodegenerative disease.

Public Health November 1, 2018

Being Above Or Below Recommended Weight Could Shave 4 Years Off Life Expectancy

Having a higher body mass index has been linked to early mortality. A new study claimed that above or below the normal BMI increases a person's risk of dying from serious illnesses.

Public Health October 31, 2018

Peanut Allergies Becoming More Prevalent: Here's What You Can Do About It

A new study found that the number of children born with a peanut allergy has increased in the past decades. In 2008, one in 70 children has peanut allergy compared to one in 250 back in 1997.

Public Health October 29, 2018

8th Child Dies At New Jersey Facility, Alleged 'Filthy Conditions' Blamed For Virus Outbreak

New Jersey authorities announced the eighth death related to an adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center. Investigations are ongoing amid the questions and allegations.

Public Health October 28, 2018

Oct. 27 Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Properly Dispose Of Old Unused Prescription Drugs

Oct. 27 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Last April's take back event brought in nearly a million pounds of unused pills from across the country.

Public Health October 27, 2018

1 Young Person In Britain Is Diagnosed With STD Every 4 Minutes: Report

One young person in England is said to be diagnosed with an STD every four minutes. Just like in the United States, a majority of the cases are of chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Public Health October 26, 2018

Tall People More Likely To Get Cancer, Says Study

An American research that looked at more than 10,000 cancer cases linked a person's height to the risk of getting the disease. Tall women are also more likely to get cancer than tall men.

Public Health October 26, 2018

New Report Shows Medical Crowdfunding Funds Often Go To Shady Treatments

Millions of dollars are being raised to fund treatments that are not backed by any scientific research. A new study warned that these treatments might not be effective or safe.

Public Health October 24, 2018

6 Children Dead, 12 Other Ill Amid Adenovirus Outbreak At New Jersey Rehabilitation Facility

Of the 18 children affected by an adenovirus outbreak in New Jersey, six have already died. With their immune systems already compromised, they were more susceptible to contracting illnesses.

Public Health October 24, 2018

Organic Food Can Reduce Cancer Risk: Study

A new study adds to the increasing number of evidence that pesticide in food is causing cancers in humans. Eating organic foods has decreased the risk of getting cancer by up to 25 percent.

Public Health October 23, 2018

Microplastics Found In Human Feces Highlight Plastic Problem: First-Of-Its-Kind Study

Just how far has the problem of microplastic pollution gone? All eight human feces samples from different parts of the world were found to be contaminated with up to eight different types of plastic.

Public Health October 23, 2018

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