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Medical Student Claudia Martinez Survives 6 Brain Surgeries While Pursuing Dream To Be A Doctor

Twenty-eight-year-old Claudia Martinez received six brain surgeries to address a Chiari malformation in her brain. Despite her struggles, she is now on track to recovering and is about to become a doctor herself.

Public Health May 28, 2019

Maine Becomes 4th US State To End Religious, Philosophical Vaccine Exemptions

Governor Janet Mills has signed a bill formally lifting all non-medical exemptions to immunization in the state of Maine. Residents will have to secure a written statement from healthcare professionals if they wish to secure an exemption.

Public Health May 28, 2019

Colorado Places Bets On Medical Marijuana To Help Curb Opioid Problem

Colorado passed a new law to help slow down the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States. Instead of giving an opioid prescription, doctors can instead recommend the use of medical marijuana to alleviate symptoms of their conditions.

Public Health May 28, 2019

All-Purpose Flour Sold At Aldi Grocers In 8 States Recalled Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

A grocer chain recalled a flour product sold in its retail locations across eight states due to E. coli. Consequently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reiterated its warning to the public against eating raw dough and batter.

Public Health May 27, 2019

Teva Pharmaceuticals Agrees To Pay $85 Million As Settlement In Oklahoma Opioid Case

Teva Pharmaceuticals has reached a settlement with Oklahoma state attorneys over allegations that the company contributed to the state's opioid crisis. The Israel-based company is the second company to agree in a settlement in the historic lawsuit.

Public Health May 27, 2019

American Tourist Contracts Rat Lungworm In Hawaii After Eating Slug On A Dare

Three tourists from the mainland contracted rat lungworm while visiting Hawaii. One contracted the illness after eating a slug on a dare. How does the parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis infect humans?

Public Health May 26, 2019

Eating Egg Everyday Does Not Raise Stroke Risk Even In APOE4 Carriers

Researchers found that neither dietary cholesterol nor daily consumption of eggs is associated with risk of stroke. They did not find a link even in individuals who are genetically predisposed to greater effects of dietary cholesterol.

Public Health May 26, 2019

Dog Owners Warned Of Serious Hand Injury Risk From Misusing Leads And Collars

Improper use of dog leads and collars may lead to serious hand injuries, which may require long and even costly treatments. How should pet owners handle their dogs to avoid injury?

Public Health May 25, 2019

High-Intensity Exercise May Reverse Heart Function Loss In Type 2 Diabetes Patients

HIIT could be an inexpensive way to improve heart health of type 2 diabetes patients. High-intensity interval training is also beneficial for the elderly and obese individuals.

Public Health May 25, 2019

Health Officials Proposing 'No-Fly' Measures To Prevent Spread Of Measles

Eight individuals who might be infected with measles have been warned that they might be placed on the CDC's Do Not Board List. The measure was adopted to prevent people who are contagious from traveling on a plane.

Public Health May 27, 2019

FDA Gives Thumbs Up To 2 New Extragenital Tests For Gonorrhea And Chlamydia

Two new devices that detect chlamydia and gonorrhea in the throat and rectum have received the approval of the FDA. These are the first devices to test for sexually transmitted infections using extragenital specimens.

Public Health May 25, 2019

62,000 Pounds Of Beef Recalled Before Memorial Day Over Fears Of E. Coli Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that more than 62,000 pounds of raw ground beef products are getting recalled due to potential contamination of E. coli. An E. coli infection could be severe and even life-threatening.

Public Health May 24, 2019

Over 200 People Die From Snakebites Every Day

Public health officials have called snakebites a 'hidden health crisis' affecting thousands every year. The Wellcome Trust UK and the World Health Organization have stepped up to address the problem and prevent thousands from dying from snakebites around the world.

Public Health May 24, 2019

CRISPR-Modified Viruses Could Be Next Potent Weapon Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Scientists are looking at CRISPR gene-editing technology to develop a treatment to antibiotic-resistant bacteria or superbugs. A company called Locus Biosciences claimed that it has a 'living antibiotic' made up of viruses that only attack harmful pathogens.

Public Health May 24, 2019

Ebola Outbreak: Health Workers In Congo Fear Violent Attacks

Ebola responders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are struggling to deal with the outbreak amid recent violent attacks by armed groups. Efforts to curb the spread of the disease have been hampered by threats to health workers.

Public Health May 23, 2019

CDC Advises Not To Kiss Or Snuggle Chickens After Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Backyard Poultry

CDC gave a fair warning: always wash hands after handling backyard poultry animals and do not hug or snuggle chicks and ducklings. These animals were found as the source of a salmonella outbreak.

Public Health May 23, 2019

Improper Use Of Car Seats For Sleeping Babies Is Dangerous: Study

A new study warns against the improper use of car seats for sleeping babies because it could increase the risk for early death. What must parents do to keep their babies safe?

Public Health May 23, 2019

Thousands Of US Cancer Cases Linked To Poor Diet: These Popular Food Products May Increase Your Cancer Risk

More than 80,000 new cases of invasive cancer cases in the United States are linked to poor diet. What popular food products can increase a person's risk of developing the deadly disease?

Public Health May 22, 2019

Starbucks Lawsuit Alleges NYC Stores Exposed Customers To Toxic Pesticide

Customers of Starbucks in Manhattan filed a lawsuit claiming that the iconic coffee store exposed them to poisonous pesticide. The legal complaint said Starbucks' sanitation and infestation problem led to the reckless exposure.

Public Health May 22, 2019

Nearly 500 Pakistani Children Infected With HIV

Since April, 607 individuals have tested positive for HIV in Pakistan and most of the cases involve children as young as 2 years old. Experts say unsafe medical practices are likely the root of the outbreak.

Public Health May 22, 2019

These Are The US Cities With Worst Mosquito Infestation

Diseases from vectors are becoming increasingly common, so it's important to protect yourself from vectors, especially mosquitoes. Find out if your city is part of Orkin's list of top mosquito cities in the country.

Public Health May 22, 2019

Cannabis-Derived CBD May Help Treat Heroin Addiction: Study

The CBD, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, already provides relief for a slew of health conditions. Now, it's showing promise in helping curb cravings and anxiety of heroin-addicted individuals.

Public Health May 21, 2019

Google AI Predicts Lung Cancer Better Than Radiologists

A team of researchers at Google is planning to use deep learning to look for signs of lung cancer in people. So far, the AI has detected malignancies in CT scans of patients, with an accuracy of 94.4 percent.

Public Health May 21, 2019

Biohacker Who Injected Himself With Gene-Editing Tech Now Under Investigation By Health Officials

A celebrity biohacker was summoned by California's Department of Consumer Affairs to discuss a complaint against him. The former NASA scientist and the CEO of The Odin was accused of practicing medicine without license.

Public Health May 21, 2019

Weight Loss Surgery May Improve Type 2 Diabetes, Blood Pressure Outcomes In Teens

NIH researchers have found some potential benefits of early gastric bypass surgery for teenagers. Results show that teens who received the procedure had better outcomes in terms of their diabetes and blood pressure management compared to their adult counterparts.

Public Health May 19, 2019

Millions Of People And Animals Are At Risk Of Naturally Occurring Anthrax

A new CDC study outlines the potential threat of naturally occurring anthrax to people and livestock around the world. As many as 1.83 billion people and 1.1 billion livestock live in areas where the bacterial infection can be found.

Public Health May 19, 2019

CVS Will Only Sell Vitamins, Supplements Tested By Third Parties For Safety

CVS Pharmacy is launching its "Tested to Be Trusted" program designed to ensure the safety and effectiveness of vitamins and supplements available in-store and online. Only those that have passed third-party testing will be made available.

Public Health May 18, 2019

US Birth Rate Hits 32-Year Low In 2018, CDC Says

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the number of new birth in the United States has dropped to about 3.7 million in 2018. This is 2 percent lower compared to birth rates recorded in the previous year.

Public Health May 18, 2019

FDA Recalls Tattoo Inks Because Of Bacterial Contamination

The Food and Drug Administration has recalled six tattoo inks with microorganisms that can cause bacterial infection. Consumers, retailers, and tattoo artists are advised to avoid the recalled products.

Public Health May 17, 2019

Twitter Adds New Features Aimed At Curbing Anti-Vaxer Activity

Twitter joined Facebook and YouTube in the fight against the spread of misinformation online. The social media platform has announced a new tool that will prevent users from encountering anti-vaccine content.

Public Health May 17, 2019

Philadelphia Soda Tax Cuts Sales Of Sugary Drinks

People in Philadelphia seem to be trying to avoid buying soda from stores within the city due to the new soda tax. However, they are choosing to buy their sugary drinks from nearby areas to avoid the levy.

Public Health May 18, 2019

Transgender Women Who Had Sex Change Face Increased Breast Cancer Risk

A new study in the Netherlands suggests that transgender women undergoing hormone treatment are at a higher risk for breast cancer compared to cisgender people. Health risks increased during a relatively short duration of the treatment.

Public Health May 17, 2019

Experts Say Doctors Are Overtreating Thyroid Diseases

Patients with hypothyroidism might not see benefits from taking daily pills to replace their missing hormones, new research revealed. Researchers found that hormone therapy does not ease symptoms like weight gain and low mood.

Public Health May 16, 2019

Alabama Passes Bill That Bans Nearly All Abortions

The most restrictive abortion law in the United States just got passed by the Alabama state senate. The bill, which makes performing abortion a criminal act for doctors, does not allow exceptions for rape or incest.

Public Health May 15, 2019

California Jury Awards Couple $2 Billion In Roundup Cancer Trial

A California jury reaches a verdict awarding more than $2 billion to couple Alva and Alberta Pilliod who both contracted cancer after long-term exposure to the popular herbicide Roundup. The key ingredient of the weed killer is glyphosate.

Public Health May 15, 2019

American Psychological Association Releases New Therapy Guidelines For 2019

The new guidelines released by the APA encourages mental health professionals to be more aware of biases and recognize the different experiences of girls and women. It offers new recommendations that reflect changes in the society for the past decade.

Public Health May 15, 2019

1.2 Million Pigs Culled In Vietnam In Effort To Combat African Swine Fever Spread

African swine fever virus has been detected in 29 provinces across Vietnam. According to the Southeast Asian country's government, over 1.2 million pigs have been culled to prevent the further spread of the highly-contagious and deadly disease.

Public Health May 15, 2019

Doctors Are Less Likely To Screen Cancer Patients Later In The Day: Study

New research from the University of Pennsylvania explores the importance of time of day in medical screenings. Results show that doctors are more inclined to order cancer screenings in the morning than in the afternoon.

Public Health May 14, 2019

Older Fathers Risk Health Of Unborn Children And Partners

Men should consider their own biological clock when planning their families. A new study found that, like women, men over the age of 45 experience physical changes that might affect the wellbeing of their partners and children.

Public Health May 14, 2019

Health Officials Confirm Cases Of Canine Brucellosis In Iowa

Several cases of canine Brucellosis have been reported at a commercial breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa. While the disease primarily affects dogs, it can also be transmitted to humans.

Public Health May 13, 2019

Disfigured Burn Victims Sue Cooking Spray Company For Exploding Cans

Several lawsuits were filed against Conagra, maker of Pam and other cooking spray brands, following injuries sustained by individuals as faulty cans exploded or caught fire. Conagra claimed their product is 100 percent safe if used properly.

Public Health May 10, 2019

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Family Accuses Him Of Spreading Dangerous Vaccine Misinformation

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s siblings and niece call him out for his anti-vaccination views in an an op-ed piece. The three Kennedy family members stress how dangerous this way of thinking is, calling Kennedy Jr. an ‘outlier’ in the family.

Public Health May 10, 2019

Child Finds $40K Worth Of Meth Inside Lego Box From Thrift Store

Local authorities in Georgia report that a 10-year-old child stumbled upon a package containing methamphetamine. The illegal drugs were stored inside a Lego set bought from a store in South Carolina.

Public Health May 9, 2019

Kentucky Teen Jerome Kunkel Who Sued Over School Vaccine Ban Gets Chickenpox

Jerome Kunkel and his family said they do not have regrets they decided not to get vaccinated. Since the teenager is now immune to chickenpox following his infection, he hopes to return to class for the first time since March 15.

Public Health May 8, 2019

Traces Of Arsenic In Drinking Water Can Increase Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke, Says Study

Drinking water contaminated with arsenic might lead to the thickening of the heart's main pumping chamber that could result in cardiac arrest and stroke. Researchers found that higher levels of arsenic increase the chances of developing a heart condition.

Public Health May 9, 2019

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