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New York Heroin Use Figures Higher Than US Average

Many New York workers tested positive for heroin, according to Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index. The state’s average use rate for the opiate is higher than the national average.

Public Health April 15, 2019

Large Parts Of Europe Could Be At Risk From Diseases Spread By Insects

Scientists warned that climate change will bring mosquitos that carry diseases like dengue and chikungunya to Europe. The authorities should begin preparing for outbreaks of tropical diseases transmitted through insect bites.

Public Health April 16, 2019

Trials Underway For 5-Minute iPad Test To Spot Early Signs Of Dementia

UK-based researchers have developed a quick and easy way to diagnose early signs of dementia. The test makes use of AI and different images to determine whether a patient is suffering from symptoms of the disease.

Public Health April 15, 2019

NYC Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot Warns About 'Measles Party': Why Deliberate Exposure To Infectious Disease Is Dangerous

In New York City, where the measles outbreak has been wreaking havoc, parents are holding 'measles parties' to help their unvaccinated children contract the disease. Here's why purposefully exposing young people to measles is a bad idea.

Public Health April 14, 2019

Measles Outbreak Kills Over 1,200 In Madagascar Amid Lack Of Resources To Fight Infectious Disease

The current measles outbreak has killed over 1,200 in Madagascar. The World Health Organization and the Ministry of Public Health of Madagascar have coordinated nationwide response activities to address the epidemic.

Public Health April 15, 2019

14,000 Pounds Of Pork And Beef Recalled From Denver Processing Plant That Operate After Hours And Without Inspection

The Department of Agriculture ordered Denver Processing to recall thousands of its raw pork and beef products from markets. The company had allegedly violated the agency's guidelines by producing after regular operation hours.

Public Health April 15, 2019

Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-Cut Melons

Pre-cut melon and fruits produced by Caito Foods were identified as the possible sources of the Salmonella outbreak in nine states. The CDC and FDA issued public warnings on the recalled food product.

Public Health April 14, 2019

Pet Immunization Rate Drops Amid Growing Anti-vaxx Movement

Anti-vaxx sentiments have spread even to pet owners. Veterinarians have recorded declining pet immunization — a situation that could be dangerous to animals and even humans.

Public Health April 14, 2019

Microbiome In Newborn Baby's Stool May Predict Risk Of Weight Problems By Age 3

Bacteria present in a newborn baby’s first poop could determine the risk of obesity later in life. Researchers also found that antibiotic use during pregnancy could alter the composition of microbiome responsible for a range of health outcomes.

Public Health April 14, 2019

Fecal Transplant Reduces Nearly 50 Percent Of Autism Symptoms In Children

Children with ASD who received healthy donor gut bacteria through Microbiota Transfer Therapy showed improvements in behavior and digestive symptoms. Fecal transplant thus holds potential as a treatment for children with ASD who also have gastrointestinal problems.

Public Health April 13, 2019

How To Protect Yourself And Your Family This Tick Season

The beginning of spring also means the start of tick season. This year, experts warned that there will likely be high tick activity after a wet winter and warm weather.

Public Health April 13, 2019

Immune System May Contribute To Tooth Decay And Cavities

A new study suggests that immune cells in the human body can help cause teeth to decay and tooth-colored fillings to fail. Neutrophils have been shown to produce more damage to the teeth than bacterial infections.

Public Health April 13, 2019

Fisher-Price Issues Recall Of Millions Of Rock 'N Play Baby Sleepers

With over 30 infant deaths linked to its popular Rock n' Play sleeper, Fisher-Price conducted a voluntary recall of the product. The Consumer Product Safety Commission also advised parents to immediately stop using the product.

Public Health April 14, 2019

Microbes Living In Different Parts Of Human Body Can Still Swap Genes

Researchers found that 60 percent of the horizontal gene transfer in the human body take place between microbes that are far apart. The process can help understand the evolution of microbes and address the emergence of superbugs.

Public Health April 13, 2019

Ground Beef Linked To E. Coli Outbreak That Sickened 109 From 6 States

More than a hundred people have suffered from the sudden outbreak of E. coli in the United States. Now, CDC has traced the source to ground beef.

Public Health April 13, 2019

Hospital Curtains Could Be Carriers Of Deadly Bacteria: Study

A new study revealed that privacy curtains in hospitals could be potential carriers of deadly bacteria. Other hospital equipment and tools could also be contaminated, experts said.

Public Health April 13, 2019

Inmate Rebecca Smith Files Lawsuit Over Scabies Outbreak At Michigan Women's Prison

The lawsuit alleges the outbreak started in 2017, but the Michigan Department of Correction only publicly acknowledged the issue this year. It said the defendants failed to make reasonable steps to mitigate the infection and treat inmates.

Public Health April 13, 2019

US Emergency Rooms See Spike In Children Who Swallow Coins, Toys: What To Do If Your Child Swallows Foreign Object

Cases of foreign-object ingestions among young American children has nearly doubled over the past 20 years. Child safety experts advise parents and caregivers to always keep an eye out for signs of accidental swallowing.

Public Health April 14, 2019

Woman Discovers Tie-dye Rash All Over Her Body Was Rare Sign Of Anal Cancer

A Kansas woman suffered from a distinct type of rash all over her body for 11 months. Little did she know that it was already a rare sign of anal cancer.

Public Health April 12, 2019

ER Visits For Kids Swallowing Small Objects Has More Than Doubled Says Study

Researchers found that more than 759,000 children ended up in the emergency room for ingesting a foreign object. Coins and small toys or toy parts were identified as the most common objects swallowed accidentally by children younger than 6 years old.

Public Health April 12, 2019

$6,000 Sperm Extractor Used In Chinese Hospitals To Help Men Who Want To Donate Sperm

A sperm extractor developed by a Chinese company could help urge men to donate their semen in a busy environment like hospitals. The Chinese government is exhausting all efforts to increase their birth rate, including offering rewards to sperm donors.

Public Health April 13, 2019

Older Mothers More At Risk Of Cesarean Section Complications

Cesarean delivery or C-section poses a risk of complications both for the mother and the baby. A new study revealed that maternal age is linked to a higher risk of complications.

Public Health April 13, 2019

CDC Report Shows Autism Is On The Rise Among 4-Year-Olds In The US

Autism is surging in the United States as researchers from the CDC reveal a 1.9 percent autism rate nationwide. In New Jersey, this number is even higher.

Public Health April 12, 2019

FDA Issues Final Rule To Ensure Safety Of Hand Sanitizers

The FDA has ruled out 28 active ingredients found in hand sanitizers for evaluation under its OTC Drug Review. However, the agency is still reserving judgment on three other ingredients, including ethyl alcohol, until it completes its analysis.

Public Health April 12, 2019

Candida Auris: Signs And Symptoms If You're Infected By The Deadly Superbug

This fungus is deadly in hospitals and capable of surviving in surfaces for a long time. Learn more about this tenacious superbug that's kiling people all over the world.

Public Health April 11, 2019

Meijer Recalls 43,000 Pounds Of Ground Beef For Possible Contamination With Hard Plastic

The Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that Meijer recalled more than 43,000 pounds of ground beef. Some customers complained finding hard plastic in the products.

Public Health April 11, 2019

New York City Declares Public Health Emergency Over Measles Outbreak In Brooklyn: What You Need To Know

The NYC Health Department issued mandatory vaccination for residents living in or near Williamsburg. Unvaccinated individuals should have their shots within 48 hours or face $1,000 fine.

Public Health April 11, 2019

New Study Links More Severe Allergy Season To Climate Change

A new study suggests that climate change is causing allergy season to become longer and more disruptive every year. The warmer the Earth gets, the more conducive the environment becomes for growing pollen-producing plants.

Public Health April 11, 2019

Let The Dogs Out! Canine Sense Of Smell Demonstrates 97 Percent Accuracy In Cancer Detection

Scientists trained four beagles to identify blood samples from volunteers who have been diagnosed with lung cancer. The study could lead to new non-invasive methods to detect cancer early and improve the survival rate.

Public Health April 9, 2019

Lawsuit Alleges Conditions Of Maggots And Mice In California Prison

A California state prison faced lawsuit for being lenient in addressing poor living conditions of the inmates. An inmate disclosed that bird feces have painted the walls of the dining hall and a maggot once fell onto his food.

Public Health April 9, 2019

Blood-based Screen Shows Promise For Colon Cancer Detection

Researchers were able to discover a blood-based screen that could potentially lead to non-invasive screening techniques for colon cancer. The discovery showed promise for better patient compliance and prevention of disease overtreatment due to complex diagnostic processes.

Public Health April 9, 2019

Food Additive Used In Crackers, Meat, And Fried Food Can Make People More Susceptible To Flu

A common food additive suppressed two types of T cells, which respond to the influenza virus when a person is infected, in lab mice. It also affected the immune system's memory response and reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.

Public Health April 9, 2019

CDC Statement Warns Of Multi-State Outbreak Of E. Coli

A multi-state E.Coli outbreak has been reported by the CDC. The outbreak started on March 2 and has affected five states in the United States.

Public Health April 9, 2019

Deadly, Drug Resistant Fungus Could Be Next Global Threat

This superbug fungus can kill people in just 90 days. Find out all about this new drug-resistant fungus that is spreading in hospitals all over the world.

Public Health April 8, 2019

Researchers Find Correlation Between Medicaid And Lower Rate Of Heart-Related Deaths

Researchers found that counties, where Medicaid coverage was expanded, saw lower mortality linked to cardiovascular diseases. The findings add evidence to the claim that the presence or absence of health insurance can influence public health.

Public Health April 7, 2019

21-Month-Old Baby Survives Stage 4 Cancer After Year-Long Treatment

Molly Hughes was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was just 4 months old. After 130 days in the hospital and endless cancer treatments, she's now in remission.

Public Health April 7, 2019

Man With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies In ICE Processing Center

A man detained at an ICE facility in Florida died after being placed under medical observation for symptoms of the flu. The 52-year-old is the fourth person to die this fiscal year while in the custody of ICE.

Public Health April 7, 2019

FDA Releases List Of 'Safe' Blood Pressure Drugs Amid Sartan Recalls

FDA published a list of drugs that the public can take in place of recalled sartan medications. Amid the issues on impurity-containing products, the agency encouraged patients to still take their blood pressure medications.

Public Health April 6, 2019

Cannabis Sold In Spain Tested Positive For High Levels Of Fecal Matter

An overwhelming 75 percent of cannabis samples in Spain contained fecal matter while some still smelled like feces, according to a new study. Over 80 percent were unfit for human consumption and posed danger to human health.

Public Health April 6, 2019

Many People Are Forgetting To Use Sunscreen On Areas At Risk Of Skin Cancer

Most people usually skip the eyelids when putting on sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF. When in truth, it is one of the areas of the body most prone to skin cancer.

Public Health April 8, 2019

Organ Donors With Hepatitis C Eligible For Donating Heart And Lungs, Says Study

A study proved that antiviral drugs can prevent the hepatitis C virus from spreading among patients who received heart and lungs transplant. The new findings prevent organs donated by people who have the disease from being discarded for fear of infection.

Public Health April 5, 2019

Poor Diet Linked To 11 Million Deaths Worldwide, Study Finds

One in five deaths worldwide could be blamed on poor diet. Diets high in sodium and low in whole grains and fruits are responsible for more than half of these fatalities.

Public Health April 4, 2019

Seizures Could Be A Side Effect Of E-Cigarette Use: Here Are The Warning Signs To Watch Out For

The FDA said it has received 35 reports of people who experienced seizures with e-cigarette use, indicating a potential safety issue. Seizures do not always cause full body shaking.

Public Health April 3, 2019

FDA Updates Fluoride Level Standard For Bottled Water

FDA proposed to update the allowable levels of fluoride in bottled water. The action was made to ensure that the public gets the benefits of fluoride, without experiencing its adverse effects.

Public Health April 4, 2019

Judge Sides With Kentucky School On Banning Unvaccinated Student

A judge from Kentucky sided with the decision of the state health department to ban unvaccinated students from attending classes at Assumption Academy. A total of 32 cases of chickenpox have been reported in the school since February.

Public Health April 3, 2019

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