Public Health

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

China Weighs In On US Opioid Overdose Crisis: Cut Demand To Stop Supply

China said that for the U.S. to address illegal shipments of fentanyl, it should first cut the demand from the Americans. The statement was issued after a year-long investigation found that fentanyl is being shipped from China.

Public Health June 25, 2018

Can You Get Addicted To Marijuana? Here’s What Health Experts Say

Listen up, potheads, marijuana addiction is real, according to health experts. Problem is, people don’t know it’s real, or they choose to believe it’s not a legitimate concern.

Public Health June 26, 2018

New ‘Tick App’ For Detecting Ticks Now Available On Apple App Store And Google Play Store

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison created a smartphone app called the ‘Tick App.’ The program was designed to educate people on how to avoid ticks and help scientists understand more about ticks’ behavior.

Public Health June 25, 2018

Walgreens Pharmacist Refuses Woman Drug To End Pregnancy Due To Personal Belief

A woman in Arizona claimed that a Walgreens pharmacist denied to give her the prescription to end her two-month pregnancy because of personal belief. Her doctor earlier told her she will have miscarriage.

Public Health June 25, 2018

Retail Stores Install Blue Lights In Restrooms To Try To Fight Back Against Opioid Epidemic

Retails store chains are participating in a field test for blue lights in their restrooms. The blue lights are being used to deter drug users from injecting themselves in the stalls, as part of the fight against the opioid crisis.

Public Health June 25, 2018

Tularemia Confirmed In Dead Rabbit In Colorado, What's The Threat?

A rabbit found in Colorado was confirmed to have died from tularemia. It is the first case of the disease in the state this year, and the first case of the disease in the county since 2015.

Public Health June 24, 2018

Cruise Ship Stops In Alaska Due To A Gastrointestinal Illness Outbreak On-Board: CDC

A cruise ship bound for Alaska had an extended dock at Juneau because of over 70 reports of an outbreak that's causing diarrhea and vomiting among crew and guests. Is it a case of a norovirus outbreak?

Public Health June 24, 2018

Belmont Park Worker's Death Possibly Caused By Rare Hantavirus, Should Visitors Worry?

The death of a Belmont Park worker is suspected to be caused by the rare hantavirus. The New York Racing Association assures the public that the incident will not affect public visiting at the park.

Public Health June 23, 2018

Ohio Authorities Declare Statewide Hepatitis A Outbreak

As of June, the number of hepatitis A cases in Ohio in 2018 is already double the number of cases in the state for the entire 2017. The Ohio health department has already declared a statewide hepatitis A outbreak.

Public Health June 23, 2018

'Normalization' Of Plus Size Poses Hidden Obesity Risks: Study

According to a 2017 study, over 60 percent of UK adults are considered obese. Does the 'normalization' of plus size have anything to do with the ongoing obesity problem?

Public Health June 23, 2018

Florida Teen Is First Known Case Of Mosquito-Borne Keystone Virus Infection In Humans

The 16-year-old boy was tested for Zika and other related viruses. It took more than a year of testing and analyses before he was diagnosed of Keystone virus, which had not been previously found in humans.

Public Health June 22, 2018

Tuberculosis Vaccine Permanently Lowers Blood Sugar And Reverses Advanced Type 1 Diabetes: Study

Could a tuberculosis vaccine really help lower blood sugar levels? This study says yes. Participants who were given two shots of BCG showed receded blood sugar levels after five to eight years.

Public Health June 22, 2018

Rabid Kitten Attacks Person In North Carolina: Protect Pets From Rabies This Summer

Encounters with potentially rabid animals are statistically higher when the weather is warmer. How can people protect their pets from the disease, especially in the summer?

Public Health June 22, 2018

Lawsuit Claims Immigrant Children Are Injected With Antipsychotic Drugs

A lawsuit said immigrant children were forcibly injected with antipsychotic drugs in one treatment center in Texas. The children reportedly experienced side effects that included feeling constantly lethargic and afraid of people.

Public Health June 21, 2018

Intense Stress And Autoimmune Diseases: Trauma May Raise Risk Of Immune System Disorders

Trauma may increase a person's risk of developing autoimmune diseases by 36 percent. People who experienced severe emotional reaction as a result of stress can reduce their risk of developing immune system disorders. Here’s how.

Public Health June 20, 2018

Children Separated From Parents Suffer ‘Catastrophic’ Effects, Says Harvard Professor

The debate surrounding president Donald Trump’s highly controversial separation policy has largely centered its moral implications. What about the psychological effects it triggers among children?

Public Health June 20, 2018

World Health Organization Says Being Transgender Is Not A Mental Illness But A Sexual Health Condition

The World Health Organization revealed that being transgender would no longer be considered a mental illness. Instead, it will classify being transgender as a sexual health condition.

Public Health June 19, 2018

New Study Suggests 16:8 Diet Can Help With Weight Loss

Researchers who examined the effects of the 16:8 diet claimed that it can help people lose weight and lower their blood pressure. The study followed overweight individuals who fasted for 12 weeks and would only eat from 10 am to 6 pm each day.

Public Health June 19, 2018

Video Game Addiction Officially Classified As A Mental Disorder: Here’s Why This Is Important

The World Health Organization recently classified 'video game addiction' as a mental health disorder. The decision to classify it is believed by many to be a very important step forward. Here's why they believe this is so.

Public Health June 19, 2018

Footage Shows Live Mouse Crawling Inside Wendy’s Burger Buns

A Wendy’s branch was under fire after a mouse was recorded inside the plastic of burger buns. The animal was nibbling on one of the buns but management reportedly thought it was not a big of an issue.

Public Health June 19, 2018

WHO Classifies Video Game Addiction As A Mental Health Problem: What Are The Symptoms Of Gaming Disorder?

Gaming disorder is classified as a mental health problem in the new draft of the 11th edition of the ICD. What are the symptoms of this condition and does this affect many gamers?

Public Health June 18, 2018

Doctor Suspended After Mocking Patient Suffering From Anxiety Attack

A San Francisco doctor has been suspended after mocking a patient’s anxiety attack in the emergency room. The doctor also referred to the patient and his father, who are African-American, as ‘you people.’

Public Health June 18, 2018

Del Monte Food Trays Recalled For Link To Illnesses, What To Know About The Cyclospora Outbreak

Del Monte recalled several vegetable tray products that may be linked to the ongoing cyclospora outbreak. FDA investigations aim to pinpoint the exact source of the parasite.

Public Health June 17, 2018

Idaho Boy Diagnosed With Bubonic Plague, What To Know About The Disease

An Idaho boy was diagnosed with the plague, but authorities are unsure whether he got it from his home state of from his trip to Oregon. The public is advised to avoid interactions with wild rodents, whether dead or alive.

Public Health June 17, 2018

Red Meat Allergen Spread By Tick Bites Linked To Heart Disease

Experts suspected that a red meat allergen could also cause the saturated fats to accumulate in the arteries found in the heart. The researchers noted previous studies, which found that tick bites could spread this type of allergen.

Public Health June 16, 2018

Opioid Epidemic Affects Working Dogs: Drug-Sniffing K-9s Overdosing During Searches

The ongoing opioid epidemic affects many people, but it also affects working dogs during routine searches. Several K-9s have already overdosed on opioids, but there's not enough access to the care required in such cases.

Public Health June 16, 2018

Invasive Plant That Can Cause Burns And Blindness Spotted In Virginia: What To Know About Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed has been spotted in one county in Virginia, and authorities are on the look out for others. Exposure to the sap of the giant hogweed can cause severe burns and blindness.

Public Health June 15, 2018

New Strain Of Chinese Bird Flu Linked To 'Disease X' Kills 38 Percent Of People Infected

A new strain of bird flu in China called H7N9 has killed 38 percent of people infected it. It has already been linked to Disease X, the unknown pathogen named by the World Health Organization.

Public Health June 15, 2018

46-Year-Old Grandmother Strangles Rabid Bobcat With Her Bare Hands After It Attacked Her

A grandmother from Athens, Georgia strangled a rabid bobcat with her bare hands outside of her home. The woman stated that the animal tried to attack her after she took a picture of it on her cellphone.

Public Health June 15, 2018

People Need At Least 8.5 Hours Of Sleep Because Of Social Media And Cellphones

According to a professor from Pennsylvania State University, people require at least 8.5 hours of sleep a day. The professor elaborated that people are processing too much information throughout the day, which requires more sleep at night.

Public Health June 15, 2018

Kellogg’s Issues A Recall For Honey Smacks Cereal Over Possible Salmonella Contamination

The Kellogg Company has voluntarily recalled more than 1.3 million boxes of its Honey Smacks cereal over a possible salmonella contamination. The tainted cereal made at least 73 people in 21 states sick.

Public Health June 15, 2018

Flavoring Chemicals In E-Cigarettes Linked To Heart Attacks And Strokes, Study Finds

Researchers found a causal link between flavoring chemicals in e-cigarettes and health problems associated with the heart. The findings were based on a lab study conducted on nine widely used e-cigarette flavorings including strawberry, mint, vanilla, and spicy cooling.

Public Health June 15, 2018

Two Cases Of West Nile Virus Confirmed In Riverside County As Mosquito Population Surges

Cases of West Nile virus has been confirmed in two Riverside County individuals. In 2017, 33 of the 553 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in California was recorded in Riverside County.

Public Health June 15, 2018

Oregon Woman Dies From Rare Disease Spread By Rodents: What Is Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome?

The Deschutes County Health Department confirmed that a woman in Oregon died from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. What are the signs and symptoms of this rare disease, and how can people be protected from infection?

Public Health June 15, 2018

Teens Are Having Less Sex For The First Time In Decades, But Still At Risk For New Dangers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that teenagers are having less sex for the first time in 10 years. The data that was collected from a nationwide survey stated that teenagers are still at risk for other dangers.

Public Health June 15, 2018

National Health Service Leader Blasts Social Media Companies For Not Helping Kids

National Institute of Health’s Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, revealed his frustrations with technology companies including Facebook and Google at the organization’s conference. He blamed them for not helping the NIH deal with UK children’s mental health.

Public Health June 14, 2018

Invasive Tick Species Native To Eastern Asia Mysteriously Arrives In Arkansas

The longhorned tick can cause anemia and stunted growth in animals. It is also a known carrier of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, which can be deadly for humans.

Public Health June 13, 2018

Massachusetts Sues Purdue Pharma and Sackler Family For OxyContin Profiteering Amid Opioid Crisis

The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for misleading doctors into prescribing excess OxyContin. Eight members of the Sackler family, the owner of Purdue, were named in the complaint.

Public Health June 13, 2018

Idaho Child Infected With Plague, Officials Uncertain Where Patient Contracted Bacterial Disease

A child in Idaho has contracted the plague, a bacterial disease that killed millions during the Black Death pandemic, and is primarily transmitted by rodents such as ground squirrels. Does the patient pose risk to others?

Public Health June 13, 2018

US Metropolitan Areas See Increase In Anti-Vaccine Hotspots

Researchers noted an increasing anti-vaccine movement based on non-medical exemptions or philosophical beliefs across the metropolitan areas in the United States. The researchers argued that unvaccinated children create a higher risk for outbreaks to happen.

Public Health June 13, 2018

Largest Genetic Study Establishes Hereditary Links To Atrial Fibrillation To Explore Treatment Options

Scientists are exploring new ways to develop cardiovascular therapies using human genomics data. Atrial fibrillation is linked to lifestyle factors and genetic predisposition, and it affects more than 33 million people worldwide.

Public Health June 13, 2018

18-Month-Old Baby Has Super-Rare Uncombable Hair Syndrome, Which Affects 100 People Worldwide

Parents of an 18-month-old baby discovered that their baby had an Uncombable Hair Syndrome. The syndrome is a very rare genetic disorder that has only affected 100 people around the world.

Public Health June 12, 2018

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