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Shortage In Blood Bank Supply Prompts US Retail Brands To Drop Letters In Support Of Red Cross #MissingType Campaign

Blood banks in the United States experienced shortage annually as fewer people are now donating blood. The Red Cross launched a campaign urging major U.S. retail brands to drop letters A, B, and O in their names.

Public Health June 13, 2018

NHS Might Replace Nurses With Robot Medics Such As Carebots: Could This Be The Future Of Medicine?

A report in the United Kingdom recommends that the National Health Service integrate robot medics or 'carebots.' This technology lowers medical costs and improves efficiency.

Public Health June 11, 2018

Polio Hits Venezuela For The First Time In 30 Years Amid Healthcare Crisis

The first case of poliovirus nearly 30 years after its eradication surfaced in the Warao communities in Venezuela’s Orinoco Delta. A 2012 study also showed that 10 percent of the indigenous tribe contracted the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

Public Health June 11, 2018

Public Reminded Of Lawn Mower Safety Guidelines After Fatal Accidents

Recent lawn mower-related accidents claimed the lives of an elderly woman and a young child. What are some important safety guidelines to remember when operating such machinery?

Public Health June 10, 2018

Tyson Foods Recalls 3,000 Pounds Of Frozen Chicken Products Due To Plastic Contamination

Tyson Foods recalled frozen breaded chicken products sold to food service establishments that are potentially contaminated with pieces of blue and clear soft plastic. These are the products affected by the recall.

Public Health June 10, 2018

Dog Flu Scare: Can Canine Influenza Really Cause The Next Flu Pandemic?

Can the next global flu pandemic really come from dogs? The CDC says the pandemic risk of canine influenza poses a low threat to humans.

Public Health June 10, 2018

US Suicide Rate Keeps Climbing: Here Are 2 Major Reasons Why

The suicide rate in the United States keeps climbing, it's up by 25 percent since 1999. Mental health experts identified two reasons that have contributed to the increase, namely suicide contagion and the public mental health crisis.

Public Health June 10, 2018

Tennessee Children Treated For E. Coli Infection Possibly Linked To Raw Milk

In the past weeks, over 10 children in Tennessee fell ill possibly due to consumption of raw milk. While some believe that raw milk is beneficial to health, it's actually very risky to consume, as it may contain harmful bacteria.

Public Health June 9, 2018

Beware Of Pre-Cut Melons: Turns Out They Might Be Linked To Recent Salmonella Outbreak

Avoid buying pre-cut melon from Walmart and Kroger stores for the time being, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The health agency is currently investigating a salmonella outbreak that’s been linked to the fruit.

Public Health June 9, 2018

Doctor Who Sang And Danced During Surgeries Gets License Suspended

A Georgia doctor's medical license has been suspended for her being a 'threat to public health, safety, and welfare.' Evidently, she sings and dances while doing surgery, an act that has resulted in several botched procedures.

Public Health June 9, 2018

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade Die Of Suicide: How To Spot Suicidal Tendencies And What To Do About It

Deaths due to suicide are on the rise in the United States. The U.S. CDC indicated that firearm is the most common method of suicide, followed by hanging and poisoning.

Public Health June 9, 2018

Backyard Chickens Linked To 124 Cases Of Salmonella Illnesses Across 36 States

The CDC reports that a salmonella outbreak has been linked to contact with backyard chickens. There have been 124 cases throughout 36 states identified as part of the outbreak.

Public Health June 8, 2018

A Hand Sanitizer That Stops Ebola And Other Major Diseases? FDA Wants To Take It Down

The FDA filed a complaint against the company behind the Zylast hand sanitizers, which claim to protect people from major diseases such as Ebola. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the misleading products may provide 'a false sense of safety.'

Public Health June 8, 2018

Researchers Will Give You $3,500 To Get The Flu And Stay At ‘Hotel Influenza’

Researchers from Saint Louis University have a crazy proposition: stay in this hotel for 10 days, get infected with influenza, then receive $3,500 when it’s all over. Up for the challenge?

Public Health June 9, 2018

Here Are The Top US Cities With Tick Problems

A lawn maintenance and treatment company revealed their data that shows which cities have the biggest problems with ticks. Is your city on the list?

Public Health June 9, 2018

Suicides Rates In America Have Increased By 25 Percent Since 1999

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in America has increased within the past two decades. The organization found that the rate for suicides has risen by 25 percent from 1999-2016.

Public Health June 7, 2018

A 25-Year-Old Arkansas Man Gets 50 Years In Prison For Intentionally Contracting HIV To Infect Others

Stephen Koch, 25, of Arkansas admitted that he wanted to intentionally spread his HIV to his dates. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison on June 4 and must register as a sex offender.

Public Health June 7, 2018

HIV Drug Linked To Less Condom Use During Sex: Study

HIV-negative people who take pre-exposure prophylaxis drugs are using condoms less and less, according to a new study. As condom use drops, HIV risks rise.

Public Health June 7, 2018

The More Time You Spend Studying, The More Nearsighted You Become

A new research has provided a strong evidence for the causal link between education and nearsightedness. The research involved more than 67,000 people from the United Kingdom who were between the ages of 40 and 69 years old.

Public Health June 7, 2018

Hepatitis A Linked To Recalled Frozen Pomegranate Arils Kills 64-Year-Old Woman

A woman in Australia who contracted hepatitis A virus from a recalled packet of frozen pomegranate arils died on Wednesday. Most people who contract the liver disease get well. Who are at risk of liver failure and death?

Public Health June 6, 2018

STI Rates On The Rise: Symptoms And Treatment For Syphilis And Gonorrhea

Syphilis and gonorrhea cases in England continue to rise. The government is encouraging its citizens, especially the younger generation, to practice safe sex to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

Public Health June 6, 2018

Opioid Overdose Medication Naloxone Recalled Due To Presence Of Particulate Matter

Naloxone, the drug that can reverse the results of an opioid overdose, has been recalled by its maker. The drug is being recalled due to the presence of a particulate matter.

Public Health June 5, 2018

Syphilis And Gonorrhea Rates Have Risen Within The Past Year In England

New reports have stated that in England, syphilis and gonorrhea diagnoses have risen drastically within the past year. Those who are most impacted by this are teenagers and young adults, among others, between the ages of 15-21 years old.

Public Health June 5, 2018

Why Having Sex With Robots Might Not Be Good For You After All

Much has been claimed about sex robots: some say they are therapeutic, some say they can make sex safer, and some say they can help with sexual deviances. New research shows there’s no backing to these claims.

Public Health June 5, 2018

American Cancer Society Recommends Earlier Colorectal Cancer Screening Amid Rising Diagnoses Among Millennials And Gen X

Cases of colorectal cancer is on the rise among people below 50 years old. In response to this, the American Cancer Society recommended a new age those with average risk should get screened for the disease.

Public Health June 5, 2018

Houston Hospital Suspends Heart Transplant Program After Patient Deaths

The Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas has temporarily closed its heart transplant program. There have been three deaths and numerous staff complaints that lead the hospital to investigate the program.

Public Health June 4, 2018

E. coli Outbreak Linked To Romaine Lettuce Is The Largest In A Decade: FDA

What's the latest update on the investigations regarding the multistate E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce? Authorities are still struggling to find the main source of the contamination.

Public Health June 3, 2018

Here’s How Many Young People In The US Overdosed On Opioids In 2016

It’s no secret that the opioid crisis in the United States is worsening. But did you know how many young lives it claims every year? A new study looked into it and found devastating numbers.

Public Health June 3, 2018

Woman Being Treated For Rabies After Touching Rabid Bat With Bare Hands

Minnesota authorities warn the public of potential encounters with rabid bats, saying bats should be avoided at all costs. Pets should also be vaccinated with anti-rabies as a precaution.

Public Health June 2, 2018

Nearly Half Of The 4,600 Cases Of The Worst Black Lung Occurred After 2000

A study has revealed that 4,600 coal miners have been diagnosed with progressive massive fibrosis, a severe form of black lung. Most of the cases have occurred in the past 17 years.

Public Health June 1, 2018

Researchers Studied 25 Ancient Skulls To Discover How Iceland's Genetics Evolved Over 1,100 Years

A new study discovered how the genetic makeup of Iceland evolved over the last 1,100 years. About 70 percent of the population of Iceland has Norse ancestry compared to 57 percent during the founding of Iceland.

Public Health May 31, 2018

Taytulla Birth Control Pills Recalled Due To Packaging Error That May Lead To Pregnancy

Allergan issued a voluntary recall of 170,000 packs of its birth control pill Taytulla because these could raise risk for unplanned pregnancy. The contraceptive products with packaging error have been in circulation since August last year.

Public Health May 31, 2018

Teen Diagnosed With Deadly Infection From Working Out 'Too Much'

A seventeen-year-old boy from Houston, Texas was hospitalized with a deadly infection that he contracted from lifting weights. The teen was diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis, which can happen from exercising too much.

Public Health May 31, 2018

Insys Sales Representative Admits Bribing Doctors To Prescribe Opioid Painkiller Subsys

Michelle Breitenbach said that Insys sales representatives promoted the Speakers Bureau Program to boost the sales of the drug Subsys. How were doctors rewarded for prescribing the fentanyl-based opioid painkiller?

Public Health May 31, 2018

Researchers Say That Triclosan In Hand Sanitizers Can Cause Colon Problems

Researchers discovered that triclosan, a chemical found in household products, could cause health problems in the colon. They tested the chemical on mice to reach this hypothesis.

Public Health June 1, 2018

People Who Have A Keen Sense Of Smell Will Enjoy Sex More, New Study Suggests

A new study showed that people who had a high sensitivity to smell enjoyed sex more. The study, which was conducted by team of researchers in Germany, tested 42 women and 28 men.

Public Health June 2, 2018

New Study Suggests That A Woman's Voice Becomes 'Deeper' After Giving Birth To Her First Child

A team of researchers has discovered that women, who have just given birth to their first child, experience voice change. The team noted that this is only a temporary effect that lasts for about a year.

Public Health May 30, 2018

Why A 32-Year-Old Dad Wanted To 'Cut Off His Leg' After A Brush With Common Hogweed

Nathan Davies, 32, said that he nearly lost his left leg after a severe skin infection. His skin came in contact with common hogweed, which caused lime disease.

Public Health May 30, 2018

Woman Dies After Doctor Removed Her Ovaries During Surgery Without Consent

When asked why he removed the woman’s ovaries, Anthony Dixon said they were getting in the way. The doctor, renowned for treating patients with bowel problems using vaginal mesh implants, is now under investigation by the NHS.

Public Health May 30, 2018

Woman Diagnosed With Skin Cancer Refuses To Stop Her Addiction To Sun Tanning

A 51-year-old woman who was diagnosed with skin cancer continues to suntan. The woman claimed she is 'addicted' to brown skin and used very little protection in the past when she would sunbathe.

Public Health May 29, 2018

Purdue Pharma Knew Oxycontin Was Being Abused Since The Late '90s

A document was leaked that Purdue Pharma knew Oxycontin was being abused by users since the late '90s. Apparently it didn't stop the drugmaker from continuing to aggressively market the drug.

Public Health May 29, 2018

France Made 1 Million Smokers Quit In 2017

The government of France helped 1 million smokers quit the life-threatening habit in 2017. The significant decline in smokers was attributed to a national anti-smoking campaign that included reimbursements for people moving to tobacco substitutes and cigarette price increases.

Public Health May 29, 2018

Obese People Should Be Allowed To Start Work Later: UK Government Adviser

Stephan Bevan said that obesity should be treated like any other health condition. He also recommended that obese workers should be given an extra hour to arrive at work. Here's why.

Public Health May 28, 2018

Metal Pieces In Hormel’s Spam May Cause Oral Injuries: More Than 228,000 Pounds Of Products Recalled

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled Spam Classic, Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf, and other canned pork and chicken products due to possible contamination of metal pieces. There were reports linked to minor oral injuries after consuming the products.

Public Health May 28, 2018

Treating Clothes With Permethrin Insecticide May Prevent Tick-Borne Diseases: Other Effective Ways To Prevent Tick Bites

Clothes treated with permethrin insecticide may prevent tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a CDC study revealed. Here are other ways to avoid tick bites.

Public Health May 27, 2018

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