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WHO Says Children Below 2 Should Not Have Sedentary Screen Time

WHO released a new guideline, saying that children under 2 should not have any screen time. The panel said childhood health is best achieved through physical activity and good sleep.

Public Health April 25, 2019

Researchers Map Effect Of Popular Weed Killer Across Several Generations

Second to third generations of those exposed to glyphosate seems to be the most affected by its adverse health effects. Researchers from Washington State University called the phenomenon 'generational toxicology.'

Public Health April 25, 2019

New Washington Bill Seeks To Limit Exemptions To Measles Vaccination

Lawmakers voted to limit non-medical vaccine exemptions in Washington state as the country continues to see a rise in new cases of measles. Parents are no longer allowed to opt out of vaccinating their children for personal or philosophical reasons.

Public Health April 25, 2019

Walgreens To Stop Selling Tobacco To Anyone Under Age 21

Walgreens will enforce a new policy that will prevent anyone below 21 years old from purchasing tobacco products from their pharmacies. This will take effect starting Sept. 1.

Public Health April 24, 2019

Dozens Of Popular E-Cigarettes Contaminated With Microbial And Fungal Toxins

A Harvard study found traces of bacteria and fungi contaminants in popular e-cigarette brands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that if you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don’t start.

Public Health April 24, 2019

Target Issues Recall Of Wooden Toys Over Choking Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of almost half a million wooden toys manufactured in China and sold by Target. The miniature toy vehicles have small, detachable parts that pose choking hazard to children.

Public Health April 24, 2019

People Are Eating Food With Packaging In 'Shell On' Viral Challenge

The Shell On Challenge involves having teenagers eat different food items along with their 'shells' or packagings. Some youngsters have even chowed down non-organic materials such as plastics and cardboard boxes.

Public Health April 24, 2019

Scientists Are Revisiting PFAS And The Dangers They Pose To Human Health

PFAS, which have been linked to cancer, contaminated drinking water and have been found in the bloodstream. Several government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, have taken actions to protect the public from exposure to the potentially harmful chemicals.

Public Health April 24, 2019

Home-Delivered Meal Kits Greener Than Those Bought From Grocery

The extra cardboard packaging from delivered meals is sometimes frowned upon. However, a new cradle-to-the-grave comparative study showed that meal delivery services actually have lower carbon footprints than meals brought from a grocery.

Public Health April 24, 2019

Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Will Kill More People Than Cancer By 2050

A study commissioned by the British government predicts that drug-resistant diseases could kill an additional 10 million people around the world by 2050. Such infections are also likely to cost the world as much as $100 trillion.

Public Health April 23, 2019

Ugly Snoring Sounds Can Be Signs Of Serious Sleep Apnea

Loud and ugly snoring sounds most likely indicate obstructive sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that can cause a heart attack. Experts advise treatment of sleep apnea and practice of sleep hygiene to achieve some quality shut-eye.

Public Health April 23, 2019

Genetic Test Could Be Used To Predict Risk Of Obesity In Newborns

A genetic scorecard may help scientists predict the risk of obesity in newborns, a new study revealed. Scientists believe doing so could urge people to prevent the early onset of obesity.

Public Health April 24, 2019

Skipping Breakfast Raises Your Risk Of Dying Early From Heart Disease

People who do not eat breakfast have 87 percent higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with those who eat their first meal of the day every day. How does skipping breakfast raises risk of heart disease?

Public Health April 23, 2019

Unsafe Levels Of Arsenic Found In Some Bottled Water Brands

Market watchdog Consumer Reports has named six popular bottled water brands that have arsenic levels that are at or above the 3 ppb federal limit. Long-term exposure to such levels could lead to serious health effects.

Public Health April 23, 2019

Marijuana Users Weigh About 2 Pounds Less Than Non-Users Despite Munchies

People who smoke marijuana are less likely to become overweight, according to a new study. These new findings refuted the theory on munchies or eating excessively after smoking joint.

Public Health April 22, 2019

American Airlines Passengers Who Fell Sick During Flight Taken to Hospital After Landing In Boston

More than a dozen passengers from an American Airlines flight were hospitalized after falling ill of stomach virus symptoms on the plane. The patients were all part of a student group who visited Galapagos Island in Ecuador.

Public Health April 21, 2019

Goodbye Epipens? Students Create Syringe Watch With Foldable Allergy Shot

Allergies can be life-threatening. Students of Rice University came up with the EpiWear, a prototype device that could be a possible alternative to EpiPen, the costly epinephrine auto-injector that is now in short supply in many countries.

Public Health April 21, 2019

Generic Anti-Overdose Nasal Spray Gets FDA Approval

The first generic naloxone nasal spray has been approved by the FDA. The move is a response to the increasing number of people who have died due to opioid overdose in the United States.

Public Health April 20, 2019

FDA Warns Of Pre-owned, Unauthorized Medical Test Strips Sold Through Amazon, eBay, And Craigslist

Consumers should avoid buying and using pre-owned or unauthorized home use test strips through online marketplaces, according to the FDA. Many of these products might prove to be unsafe to use by patients.

Public Health April 20, 2019

Four More New York Schools Close Amid Measles Outbreak, Emergency Order On Vaccination Still In Place

New York schools are being ordered to close down as a result of the on-going measles outbreak. Since October, over 300 measles cases have been recorded.

Public Health April 20, 2019

Knee Bone Fabella Thought Lost To Human Evolution Shows Up In People With Arthritis

The fabella used to be rare in humans. Researchers now said that 39 percent of the world's population in 2018 likely have the knee bone. Arthritis sufferers are twice as likely to have fabella.

Public Health April 19, 2019

Researchers Identify Common Virus As Cause Of Mysterious Disease Paralyzing Children

AFM is a polio-like illness that causes paralysis in children. Researchers from the University of Minnesota now report they have found a link between the condition and a common virus.

Public Health April 19, 2019

CDC Links Recent Listeria Outbreak With Deli Meat And Cheese

The CDC released a report confirming that deli products have caused eight people to be hospitalized due to Listeria infection. The public health agency is warning people who are at high risk of infection, including pregnant women and older adults.

Public Health April 20, 2019

EPA Announces New Rule Aimed To Limit Use Of Asbestos In The US

The EPA's Significant New Use Rule is designed to curb the continued use of asbestos in the United States. Under the initiative, companies will have to seek an EPA permit first before they could make or import the dangerous substance.

Public Health April 19, 2019

USDA Faces Lawsuit Over Claims There Is Poo On Chicken Meat

Feces in food? A non-profit group filed a lawsuit against USDA for failing to respond to their petition pushing for new food regulations that would prevent fecal contamination on poultry and meat products.

Public Health April 19, 2019

Two Hours Screen Time Linked To Children's Behavioral Problems

A study by researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada revealed that kids who spend too much screen time than the average recommended time have a seven-fold increased risk of meeting the criteria for ADHD.

Public Health April 19, 2019

Late Ultrasound Scan May Prevent Thousands Of C-Section Births Per Year

Researchers in the UK are exploring the possibility of implementing late ultrasound screening for women who are in their 36th week of pregnancy. A new study suggests that the procedure can help reduce emergency caesarean deliveries.

Public Health April 19, 2019

Google's Silicon Valley Employees Exposed To Measles After Visit Of Sick Individual

Silicon Valley employees were put at risk of measles after a Google visitor was found diagnosed with the disease. The public health department urged the public to get vaccinated.

Public Health April 18, 2019

New Type Of Antibody Can Hold HIV Virus At Bay For 4 Months

A clinical trial of an experimental injectable drug was proven effective in suppressing the HIV virus among patients diagnosed with it. Researchers reported that it is as effective as taking a cocktail of pills every day.

Public Health April 18, 2019

Late Dinner And No Breakfast Can Be Deadly For Heart Attack Survivors

Heart attack patients who skip breakfast and eat late-night dinners are likely to develop severe health effects. These include developing chest pain, suffering another heart attack, and or even dying within 30 days after their initial heart attack.

Public Health April 19, 2019

Flight Attendant Who Works For Israel Airline El Al In Coma After Getting Measles

A woman who contracted measles has slipped into a coma after developing encephalitis. Health officials believe that she was vaccinated, but with just a single dose rather than the recommended two doses.

Public Health April 18, 2019

Vaccinated Adults May Still Get Measles: Find Out If You Need Another Jab

The steady rise of measles cases prompts urgent vaccination to help prevent the spread of the disease. Even adults who have received measles vaccine as kids may consider getting reimmunization.

Public Health April 19, 2019

Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies Recalled Due To Contamination With Unexpected Solidified Ingredient

Chewy Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookies are the subject of a recent food recall. Company Mondelēz Global announced the recall of a selected batch of products after an ingredient solidified in the baking of the cookie.

Public Health April 18, 2019

Doctors Use HIV, Gene Therapy To Cure Bubble Boy Disease

Researchers developed a new way to treat SCID and doctors call this a cure. Children who received the new therapy are now producing the type of cells needed to fight infection.

Public Health April 17, 2019

FDA Bans Sale Of Pelvic Mesh Product Amid Reports Of Injuries In Women

The FDA said pelvic mesh makers failed to provide a reasonable assurance that their products are safe and effective to use. This led to the agency banning the sale and distribution of all such products in the market.

Public Health April 17, 2019

Men With Beard Carry More Bacteria Than Dogs

Researchers who looked at bacterial samples from bearded men and dogs found that all 18 men had high microbial counts. Only 23 of the 30 dogs had high bacterial counts. Seven of the men also had so much bacteria in the beard they were likely to get sick.

Public Health April 17, 2019

Parents File Lawsuit Against Emergency Vaccination Orders In New York

An anonymous lawsuit filed against the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene claimed that the mandatory measles vaccination was unjustifiable and a violation of their legal rights. The petitioners appealed for a preliminary injunction and restraining order.

Public Health April 18, 2019

No, 5 Hours Of Sleep Is Not Enough For Adults: Researchers Identify Common Sleep Misconceptions That Make People Sick

A new study by New York University researchers highlights the different myths surrounding sleep. The team aims to set the record straight regarding many of these misconceptions.

Public Health April 17, 2019

Intestinal Bacteria Can Sense Pregnancy And Help In The Development Of The Baby

The abundance of the bacteria Bifidobacterium increases during pregnancy. Researchers now find evidence the bacteria senses pregnancy and responds to it. How does this affect the baby’s development?

Public Health April 16, 2019

Large Majority Of Teen Dating Violence Victims Are Female, Says Study

Not only is teen dating violence common, but it can also be deadly. Most of the victims are females with crimes perpetrated by men older than them, according to a new study.

Public Health April 17, 2019

Superbug Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found In Hospital Patients' Hands And Nostrils

Researchers in Michigan have detected superbug antibiotic-resistant bacteria among hospital patients' hands and nostrils. The findings of the study emphasize the importance of following a strict hand-washing practice.

Public Health April 16, 2019

Animals In Petting Zoos Carry Highly Virulent Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Health experts warn about the potential of petting zoos becoming breeding grounds for multidrug resistant bacteria. Zoogoers can come into direct contact with these microbes when they interact with infected animals.

Public Health April 16, 2019

Neck Cracking Leaves Paramedic Natalie Kunicki Paralyzed

A young paramedic in London has suffered from stroke after cracking her neck last month. The patient now warns young people against the dangers of neck cracking.

Public Health April 16, 2019

FDA Added Sugar Label On Packed Food And Drinks May Prevent 1 Million Cases Of Cardiometabolic Diseases

A cost-effective study revealed that implementing the Food and Drug Administration's added sugar labeling policy could generate substantial health gains and cost savings. Among these gains include the reduction of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Public Health April 16, 2019

Falling For Phone Scams Could Be Sign Of Alzheimer's Disease In Seniors Who Showed No Symptoms Of Dementia

Seniors who have little or no awareness of potential scams were found to be at greater risk for mild cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers hope that a scam awareness test could help diagnose dementia sufferers in the future.

Public Health April 15, 2019

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