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Loneliness Can Be Linked To A Person's Genes, New Study Suggests

A new study from the University of Cambridge suggested that loneliness is found in a person's genetics. The study also noted that loneliness and obesity could also be linked.

Public Health July 7, 2018

Rare Outbreak: Knox County Investigation On E.coli Outbreak Finds 2 Separate Sources

What caused the cluster of E.coli cases that sickened 15 children last June? Investigations revealed that the cases were actually from two different E.coli strains that affected children at the same time.

Public Health July 7, 2018

West Nile Virus Reported In Over 20 States In 2018

Over 20 U.S. states have reported cases of West Nile virus in humans, mosquitoes, and birds since the beginning of 2018. The presence of the disease in birds is actually one way to test the disease's presence in a location.

Public Health July 8, 2018

CDC Reports Parasite In Del Monte Vegetable Sickens More Than 200 People

The recent cyclospora outbreak linked to Del Monte vegetable trays had already sickened more than 200 people, CDC announced on July 5. Meanwhile, Texas health officials have been investigating separate reported cases of cyclosporiasis in the state.

Public Health July 7, 2018

Poisonous Books Discovered In University Library: Why Were They Covered In Arsenic?

Researchers used a scanning technique to try to read hidden texts in the covers of three books in a university library in Denmark. They discovered that the books were coated with poisonous paint.

Public Health July 8, 2018

Child Suffers Second-Degree Burns From Wearing Popular Light-Up Sneakers

A 9-year-old child suffered from chemical burns after the batteries of his Skechers brand "Sketch Rayz" sneakers spewed corrosive when the shoes got wet. The incident gave the boy phobia of wearing shoes.

Public Health July 6, 2018

Colorado Woman Rescues Baby Raccoon, Exposes 21 People To Rabies

A Weld County woman's rescue of a baby raccoon turned into the largest rabies exposure case in the county. Authorities advise the public to stay away from wildlife, even if they appear to have been abandoned.

Public Health July 6, 2018

Johns Hopkins Declares Zero Risk After Accidental Release Of Tuberculosis Bacteria

Vials of tuberculosis were accidentally released in two buildings at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Authorities said employees on the site do not need to do additional tests as authorities declared no incidence of health risks.

Public Health July 6, 2018

Woman Trapped By Subway Train Did Not Want To Call An Ambulance Because She Can't Afford It

A woman who had an accident at a Boston train station last week asked other passengers not to call the ambulance because it is expensive. How much does an ambulance ride cost?

Public Health July 6, 2018

Mother's Lifestyle Habits May Influence Risk Of Obesity In Children

Researchers found that children whose mothers observe healthy habits have lower risk for obesity. What are the lifestyle habits in women that are strongly associated with obesity in children?

Public Health July 6, 2018

Party Food Contaminated With Feces Spreads Highly Contagious Disease

At least 40 people were infected with shigella germs after attending a potluck party in Charlotte. Health officials suspected that one of the foods served was contaminated with fecal matters.

Public Health July 5, 2018

Working 45 Hours Per Week Can Increase Women's Diabetes Risk: How To Prevent This Lifestyle Disease

Women who work at least 45 hours per week have a 63 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Here are ways hardworking individuals can lower their risk for this lifestyle disease.

Public Health July 4, 2018

Young Woman Loses Her Toenails After Getting A Fish Pedicure

A young woman's toenails stopped growing and began to fall off after she got a fish pedicure. A fish pedicure is when toothless carp fish eats away someone's dead skin on their feet. The treatment has been banned in 10 states.

Public Health July 3, 2018

Mom Moved To Tears As She Watches Her 1-Year-Old Deaf Daughter Hear For The First Time

A clip that showed a deaf 1-year-old girl hearing for the first time has gone viral. The mom reads to her daughter as the baby responds.

Public Health July 3, 2018

Suburban Mom Who Robbed 12 Homes Blames PTSD For Two-Day Crime Spree

A stay-at-home mom from Ohio was found guilty of stealing packages from 12 different homes. The woman claimed to have been suffering PTSD and that stealing the packages brought excitement to her life.

Public Health July 3, 2018

Health Experts Urge People To Stay Indoors And Watch For Heat-Related Illnesses During Brutal Weather

Health experts advised people in the United States to stay indoors while the heat wave continues. Weather experts claimed that the high temperatures will continue until the fourth of July.

Public Health July 4, 2018

Parasite Sickens Dozens Of People In Texas: Symptoms Of Cyclospora Infection

At least 56 people in Texas have been sickened by the parasite Cyclospora since May. Past outbreaks were associated with consumption of fresh produce. How is this intestinal illness treated?

Public Health July 3, 2018

Workaholic Women Have Greatest Risk Of Diabetes: Study

There’s now another study that adds to the growing understanding of how being overworked affects overall health. This time, however, the focus is on women.

Public Health July 3, 2018

'Vacation Bliss' Disappears Faster For Americans Who Are 'Stressed-Out' Workers

A survey found that many Americans who work full-time or part-time still feel stressed out after returning from vacation. The study also notes that at least 55 percent of the participants felt more motivated following their vacation.

Public Health July 2, 2018

Teenagers From Urban Areas Between 15 To 19 Years Old Are More Likely To Be Injured From Firearms

A new report has found that older teenagers between the ages of 15-19-years-old from urban areas have a higher risk of being injured by a firearm. Researchers from the report are suggesting more be done to prevent this from happening. 

Public Health July 2, 2018

Judge Permits Electric Shock Therapy On Students With Special Needs Or Disabilities

A judge has allowed a school in Massachusetts to continue using a form of electric shock therapy on the students with special needs. The center has used this treatment in the past and the state tried to prevent it.

Public Health July 2, 2018

Woman Tries Feeding Sharks By Hand, Gets Dragged Into Ocean

A 34-year-old woman, on a friend's yacht off the coast of Kimberley, Australia, tried feeding tawny nurse sharks by hand. One of the sharks sucked her finger into its mouth, then tried dragging her into the water.

Public Health July 2, 2018

Swimmers Beware: CDC Warns Of Waterborne Diseases This July

Most of the recorded outbreaks associated with untreated recreational waters evidently occurred between June and August. What can swimmers do to reduce the risks of pathogen transmission?

Public Health July 1, 2018

Maintaining Healthy Eyesight May Protect Against Mental Decline In Old Age

A study of more than 2500 American adults shows a link between vision loss and mental decline. Here are ways to keep the eyes healthy and reduce one's risk of developing eye diseases such as cataract and macular degeneration.

Public Health June 30, 2018

Majority Of Supermarket Meat Contaminated With Superbugs: Report

A new report states that nearly 80 percent of raw meats in supermarkets are contaminated with superbugs. What can consumers do to stop the spread of such bacteria?

Public Health June 30, 2018

New CDC Map Shows Childhood Cancer Rates Are Higher In The Northeast

A map released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the Northeast has the highest rate of childhood cancer. The map also showed that states in the south had the lowest rate of cancer among children.

Public Health June 29, 2018

Hospital Charges $18,000 For Baby Who Took A Nap And Drank Formula In ER

A South Korean couple had their baby checked for injuries after falling off the bed, but emergency room doctors said that he was fine. The baby took a nap and drank formula, and then the couple was charged over $18,000.

Public Health June 30, 2018

Parasailing Accident Leaves Woman Floating In Air For 45 Minutes

Katie Malone was celebrating her 29th birthday in Mexico when she suffered numerous injuries from a parasailing accident. The cable connecting the parasail and the boat snapped, leaving her in the air for 45 minutes.

Public Health June 29, 2018

Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Canal Water

The romaine lettuce E. coli scare has finally come to a close, but investigation into the cause might still take months. The FDA and CDC both already have a guess as to the culprit: canal water.

Public Health June 29, 2018

Doctors Remove 50-Pound Ovarian Cyst From Woman Who Looked 9 Months Pregnant

Doctors at Jackson Hospital in Alabama removed a giant cyst from a woman who was not losing weight and was suspected to be pregnant of twins. The woman had mucinous cystadenoma.

Public Health June 28, 2018

Dying Man's Unbearable Odor Which Caused Plane To Make An Emergency Landing Was Due To Severe Infection

A Russian man died from a flesh-eating infection he contracted while on vacation with his wife. Prior to his death, the man's odor was so unbearable, it caused the plane he was aboard to make an emergency landing.

Public Health June 28, 2018

Dark Suicide Theme In Anime Game ‘Doki Doki Literature Club’ Linked To Mental Health Risks Among Kids

A father from the UK suspected that his son’s suicide was triggered after frequently playing ‘Doki Doki Literature Club.’ Indeed, the game’s plot revolved around dark characters who are committing suicides.

Public Health June 30, 2018

‘Fortnite’ Addiction Now A Recognized Mental Health Disorder: What Health Experts Say

Gaming disorder is classified as a mental health problem by WHO. Experts weighed in on children's addiction to video games like 'Fortnite' and what can be done to prevent it.

Public Health June 28, 2018

More Americans Spending Last Days Of Life At Home Rather Than In Hospitals, Study Finds

Where do Americans spend their last days of life? A new study based on the analysis of millions of records of Medicare beneficiaries who passed away between 2000 and 2015 revealed more people died at home, not in hospitals.

Public Health June 28, 2018

Men With Higher Levels Of Estrogen More Likely To Have Migraines, Study Finds

Estrogen is known to increase the severity of migraine attacks in women. However, it is unclear whether it also affects migraines in men. To find out, researchers took daily blood samples from 39 men to compare estrogen and testosterone levels.

Public Health June 28, 2018

Children With Allergies At Increased Risk Of Developing Immune Condition That Causes Esophagus Inflammation

Children with three existing allergies are nine times more likely to develop eosinophilic esophagitis, an immune condition that causes painful inflammation of the esophagus. Is it as deadly as anaphylactic food allergies?

Public Health June 28, 2018

Polio Outbreak Hits Papua New Guinea For The First Time In 18 Years

Papua New Guinea recently confirmed its first polio outbreak in 18 years, with the case of a 6-year-old boy from Morobe province. Polio vaccine campaigns and better surveillance were initiated to contain the outbreak.

Public Health June 27, 2018

These Jobs Could Increase Your Risk Of Developing Cancer

People who work in certain professions, like manufacturing, are more likely to get cancer compared to those in other occupations. Here are the jobs that may increase the workers' risk of developing cancer, according to scientific research.

Public Health June 27, 2018

MRI Scans May Cause Mercury Poisoning From Dental Fillings

A new study discovered that high-powered MRI scans may cause the mercury in dental fillings to leak, leading to mercury poisoning. Should people with metal dental fillings consult their dentist on a possible replacement?

Public Health June 27, 2018

Study Finds Women With Denser Breasts Have Worse Cancer Outcomes

Possible cancer tumors are more difficult to detect in women with dense breast than those with non-dense tissues. A new study looking at breast density can now classify dense breasts more accurately.

Public Health June 27, 2018

New Study Reveals Neanderthals Hunted In Packs And Speared Their Prey Up Close

Researchers have discovered that Neanderthals were actually intelligent by the way they hunted their prey. The researchers found the bones of prehistoric deers in Eastern Germany that had cut marks on them.

Public Health June 26, 2018

New Research Reveals Which States Psychopaths Are Most Likely To Reside In

A scientist has conducted an ongoing study that showed which states have the highest concentration of psychopaths. The study, which combined data from other studies, also showed which states had the least amount of psychopaths.

Public Health June 27, 2018

More Americans Now Allergic To Red Meat Because Of Tick Bites: Is There Cure For Alpha-gal Allergy?

The number of Americans with red meat allergy caused by tick bites increased from 3,500 two years ago to 5,000. Is there an established treatment for alpha-gal allergy?

Public Health June 27, 2018

Rabid Fox Killed In New Hampshire After Attacking 4-Year-Old Boy

A fox was shot and killed in New Hampshire after attacking a 4-year-old boy and another man. The fox, which was acting in an aggressive manner, later tested positive for rabies.

Public Health June 26, 2018

Flight Attendants Have Higher Risk Of Breast, Skin, And Other Types Of Cancer

Researchers found that flight attendants have higher rates of several forms of cancer particularly breast, melanoma, and non-melanoma skin cancer. What makes cabin crews vulnerable to developing cancer?

Public Health June 26, 2018

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