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Over Half Of All Pregnancy-Related Deaths Can Be Prevented, Says CDC

More than half of the deaths associated with complications during pregnancy and childbirth can be prevented, according to a recent analysis by the CDC. Stroke and heart disease were identified as the leading cause of deaths among mothers.

Public Health May 9, 2019

3 LAPD Officers Contract Possible Antibiotic Resistant MRSA Infection

The Los Angeles Police Department revealed that a potential MRSA outbreak may have occurred at its West Valley station in Reseda. Three of its police officers developed skin infections after coming into contact with a homeless person.

Public Health May 8, 2019

Teeth Whitening Deal Bought From Facebook Leaves 42-Year-Old Clare Clark With ‘Botched Lip Filler’ Pout

A teeth whitening deal that costs only $80 left Clare Clark with serious allergic reaction. She could hardly eat or talk, and she had blisters in her mouth after the treatment.

Public Health May 7, 2019

Mongolian Couple Die Of Bubonic Plague After Eating Large Rodent's Raw Kidney For Good Health

A couple in Mongolia died after eating the raw meat of a marmot for good health. The incident happened despite warnings that the large rodent is a known carrier of the Yersinia pestis.

Public Health May 7, 2019

Citizen Scientists Release Study On New Hampshire Tick-Borne Disease

An increase in tick bites is associated with warmer weather, but research suggested that the threat exists all year round in New Hampshire. They also found the presence of a new pathogen among ticks collected by volunteers in the state.

Public Health May 6, 2019

Oral, Genital Herpes Viruses Are ‘Having Sex’ And Evolving

Oral and genital herpes are two of the most common viral infections affecting humans on the planet. Now, researchers find that genital herpes is still evolving by "having sex."

Public Health May 6, 2019

Arizona Health Officials See Surge In Hepatitis A Cases

The number of hepatitis A cases in Arizona has been increasing over the past few months. Most of those infected by the disease were concentrated in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

Public Health May 6, 2019

Amputee Stearn Hodge Left To Crawl On Floor After Airline Security Confiscated Scooter Battery

An amputee man has filed a complaint before the Canadian Human Rights Commission for discrimination. Airport security officials allegedly forced him to leave the batteries of his mobility scooter even though he needed them for his trip.

Public Health May 6, 2019

Insys Therapeutics Founder, Execs Found Guilty In Opioid Crisis Scheme

A Boston court has found Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor and four other executives guilty of racketeering conspiracy. The defendants allegedly paid doctors to prescribe the company's opioid painkiller and then lied to insurance companies about its use.

Public Health May 6, 2019

Oklahoma Man Josh Hader Suffers Stroke From Cracking His Neck

28-year-old Josh Hader suffered from a stroke after attempting to stretch out his neck. He had to be brought to the ER after experiencing numbness, double vision, and weakness, but despite this, he is still a lucky man.

Public Health May 4, 2019

FDA Strengthens Warning Regarding Link Between Breast Implants And Cancer But Continues To Allow Implant Sales

Despite acknowledging that breast implants can increase cancer and autoimmune disease risks, the Food and Drug Administration isn’t planning to ban their sales yet. Instead, it issues guidelines to improve patient and healthcare provider information.

Public Health May 4, 2019

Don't Wash Raw Chicken Before Cooking, Says CDC

Washing raw chicken does not get rid of bacteria that can cause food poisoning, said the CDC. The only way to make meat safe for consumption is by thoroughly cooking it.

Public Health May 4, 2019

Sanofi's Dengue Fever Vaccine Gets Green Light From FDA

FDA announces their approval of the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. The mosquito-borne dengue virus infects millions of people worldwide and it is endemic in a number of United States territories.

Public Health May 3, 2019

FDA OKs Sale Of Philip Morris' New Tobacco Device IQOS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration green-lighted the selling of tobacco stick device IQOS from Philip Morris. Claims of reduced risk of tobacco devices do not outweigh the harmful effects of conventional and e-cigarette smoking.

Public Health May 3, 2019

Moviegoers Watching Midnight Screening Of 'Avengers: Endgame' May Have Been Exposed To Measles

A woman might have exposed movie fans to measles at a screening of 'Avengers: Endgame' in Orange County, California on Thursday. The authorities advised those who were at the cinema to look out for symptoms of the highly contagious disease.

Public Health May 2, 2019

Study Says Autism Can Be Detected In Infants Less Than 14 Months Old

A recent study indicated that children can get a screen for autism as early as 14 months old. The AMA recommends that screening for the disease should be during regular pediatrician visits between 18 and 24 months old.

Public Health May 3, 2019

Even Infants As Young As 6 Months Old Are Urged To Get Measles Vaccination In Wake Of Outbreak

The measles count in the United States is the highest its been in 25 years. With the surge of sick children and adults in the country, even babies in at-risk places are encouraged to get their vaccinations early.

Public Health May 2, 2019

Teen Suicide: Increasing Number Of Girls 10 To 15 Years Old Trying To Kill Themselves By Poisoning

A new report revealed that there has been a disturbing increase in the number of young girls trying to kill themselves by poison. The data emphasized how much of an urgent matter teen suicide prevention is.

Public Health May 2, 2019

Scientology Cruise Ship 'Freewinds' Quarantined Over Confirmed Case Of Measles On Board

Only one case of measles is confirmed but it is possible other people on board the vessel have been exposed to the disease. Passengers and crew members of the cruise ship have been quarantined.

Public Health May 2, 2019

Ambien, Other Insomnia Drugs Get FDA’s Strongest Warning For Their Troubling Side Effects

FDA gives insomnia drugs their strongest warning due to numerous cases of these medications causing serious side effects. In some recorded incidents, the patients have even experienced death or homicide.

Public Health May 2, 2019

New Bill May Soon Require Doctors To Treat Unvaccinated Children

A doctor examining a young patient. A new bill in Pennsylvania will prohibit doctors from scolding, harassing, coercing parents of patients to vaccinate their children. They also would not be allowed to deny care for sick unvaccinated patients.

Public Health May 1, 2019

Bottle-fed Babies 25 Percent More Likely To Become Obese: WHO

Infrequent or the absence of breastfeeding increases the risk of severe childhood obesity by 25 percent. Children who are at risk of developing obesity have poor health outcomes than those who were exclusively breastfed for six months.

Public Health May 1, 2019

That Viral Flower-Shaped Milk Duct Photo Looks Weird — And Inaccurate

An image depicting women's breasts in a flower-shaped pattern have gone viral on Twitter. Netizens were particularly freaked out by the photo, which was debunked by scientists.

Public Health May 1, 2019

Contaminants In California Tap Water Ups Risk For Cancer: Here's What You Should Know

The Environmental Working Group released a report to warn about the toxic contaminants in California's tap water. They revealed that multiple pollutants could lead to an excess of 15,500 cases of cancer over the course of a lifetime.

Public Health April 30, 2019

Dead Will Outnumber Living Facebook Users By 2070

At the end of the century, there will be more than 1 billion memorial pages on Facebook than living users. Researchers from Oxford believes that their findings have implications on the legacy and history of the current generation of users.

Public Health April 30, 2019

Youth Suicide Rates Increased By Nearly 29 Percent After Debut Of Netflix Drama '13 Reasons Why'

The controversial show '13 Reasons Why' is getting a third season on Netflix. However, new research pointed out that its first season release led to a significant increase in youth suicide in the following month.

Public Health April 30, 2019

Taller And Heavier Children More Likely To Develop Kidney Cancer

Danish researchers found a link between the height, weight, and body mass index of children and cancer risk factors. Their study indicated that heavier and taller children have increased risks of having renal cell carcinoma later in life.

Public Health April 30, 2019

Drone Successfully Delivers Kidney For Organ Transplant In Historic Flight

A drone takes flight to deliver precious cargo: a donor kidney ready for transplantation. It's the first time an unmanned aircraft has ever delivered an organ.

Public Health April 30, 2019

Here's Why Cosmetic Clinics Will Screen Botox Patients For Mental Health Problems

Body dysmorphic disorder or BDD affects one in 50 people. The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners in the United Kingdom decided that its member clinics will implement mental health assessments on patients before giving them Botox treatments.

Public Health April 30, 2019

Indiegogo Crowdfunding Site Wants To Ban Anti-Vaxx Fundraising Campaigns

Anti-vaccination campaigns have spread worldwide, with the misinformation causing more and more parents to hesitate vaccinating their children. Indiegogo has joined other companies in making a stand against anti-vaccination.

Public Health April 30, 2019

Kentucky Woman Melissa Carmicle Sues K2D Foods Over Kidney Failure Linked To E.coli-Contaminated Beef

K2D Foods faced its first lawsuit after the recall of more than 110,000 pounds of ground beef products due to E. coli contamination. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $75,000 as she pursues treatment for kidney failure and seizures.

Public Health April 29, 2019

Breast Milk Promotes Brain Growth In Premature Babies

Premature babies can significantly benefit from their mother's milk. Breastfeeding can boost levels of chemicals that are crucial for preemies' brain growth and development.

Public Health April 29, 2019

Japanese Fungus Resistant To Drugs Linked To Death Of 8 Patients In UK Hospitals

Candida auris has been found in 25 hospitals in Britain, and eight of those infected by the superfungus have died. Here's why hospital patients are particularly at risk of the deadly infection.

Public Health April 28, 2019

Half Of US Marijuana Users Think They Can Drive Safely While High, Study Says

As much as 48 percent of marijuana users in the United States said it is safe for them to drive while stoned. Of the total respondents, 17 percent said they are 'very safe', while 31 percent said they are 'somewhat safe'.

Public Health April 28, 2019

President Trump Urges Americans To Get Measles Vaccine As Cases Of Disease Hit Highest Level Since 2000

Amid the rising cases of measles in the United States, President Donald Trump has urged Americans to get vaccinated to protect themselves against the disease. The cases of measles have hit an all-time high since 2000.

Public Health April 28, 2019

Third Case Of Rat Lungworm Confirmed In Hawaii

Hawaii announces the third confirmed case of rat lungworm disease on the island in 2019. Find out more about this parasitic infection that can cause a rare type of meningitis in patients.

Public Health April 28, 2019

Front Seat May Be Safer Than Back Seat, IIHS Study Says

An IIHS report underscores the difference in safety standards between front seats and back seats of vehicles. Passengers are considered relatively safer when sitting in front of cars because of airbags systems and higher quality seat belts.

Public Health April 27, 2019

No Amount Of Alcohol Is Safe During Pregnancy: Study

Researchers discourage drinking any amount of alcohol at any stage of pregnancy. Teens exposed to alcohol in the womb tend to have connectivity issues in brain that have also been been identified in people with depression, autism and schizophrenia.

Public Health April 28, 2019

Feeding Peanuts To Children To Cure Food Allergy Puts Them At Risk Of Serious Allergic Reaction

The risk of people with peanut allergy suffering from anaphylactic shock increases from 7.1 percent to 22 percent when they take small doses of peanuts to desensitize them. What are the factors that affect how immunotherapies work?

Public Health April 27, 2019

Ebola Responders Considering Strike If More Effective Protection Measures Not Implemented

Congolese health workers marched to demand increased protection against armed militiamen. Dozens of doctors and nurses who are at the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak threatened to go on strike if their demands are not met by the government.

Public Health April 26, 2019

Thousands Of Non-Smokers Die From Lung Cancer Per Year

As many as 6,000 non-smoking people in the United Kingdom die every year because of lung cancer, a new study said. Exposure to secondhand smoke, carcinogens, and air pollution are some of the most common causes of malignancy.

Public Health April 26, 2019

FDA Finds Listeria In 19 Ice Cream Manufacturing Plants

Federal inspectors have detected listeria contamination in 19 different ice cream manufacturing facilities. The discovery has led to several product recalls and the closure of one ice cream maker.

Public Health April 26, 2019

Florida Man Mike Walton, Who Was Pricked By Fish Hook, Nearly Loses Hand To Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Mike Walton contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, through a small prick from a fish hook. The infection spread quickly, and doctors considered to amputate his arm.

Public Health April 25, 2019

'Kissing Bug' Biting Confirmed In Delaware For First Time, CDC Says

A Delaware girl was bitten on the face by a suspected kissing bug in 2018. The CDC said the culprit has been identified as a Triatoma sanguisuga, an insect known to carry parasites that can cause Chagas disease.

Public Health April 25, 2019

Lego Launches Braille Bricks For Blind And Visually Impaired Children

Danish toy maker Lego announced the launch of its Lego Braille Bricks. The new toy blocks will feature letter and number markings that can help blind and visually impaired children learn Braille.

Public Health April 25, 2019

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