Public Health

Genetic Research Could Be Suffering From Racial Bias To Detriment Of Science

Researchers found that the majority of participants in genomic studies of human diseases are of European descent, ignoring the diverse populations around the world. They argued that this might exacerbate health inequalities and even harm the public.

Public Health March 23, 2019

Department Of Defense May Soon Pay For Troops To Freeze Eggs, Sperms Before Deployment

A bill was filed requiring the Department of Defense to shoulder expenses for expanded health services and infertility treatments for service members and their families. Once legislated, the law will allow troops to store their eggs and sperms before deployment.

Public Health March 22, 2019

Researchers Examined Facebook Profiles Of People Who Post Anti-Vaccination Messages Online: Here's What They Learned

Anti-vaccination campaigns are spreading like wildfire on social media platforms. In a new study, researchers classify the anti-vaccination Facebook users into four distinct sub-groups.

Public Health March 21, 2019

Strawberry, Spinach, Kale Top Dirty Dozen List Of Food With Cancer-Causing Pesticide Residues

What are the fruits and vegetables included in the most recent 'dirty dozen' report? The popular kale is nearly at the top of the list, following strawberries and spinach.

Public Health March 22, 2019

Sharp Rise In Fentanyl Deaths Shows Opioid Crisis Far From Over

There has been an exponential increase in the rate of overdose deaths linked to fentanyl. In a new report, the CDC revealed that the number of lives claimed by the synthetic opioid has doubled every year since 2013.

Public Health March 21, 2019

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin Intentionally Exposed His Unvaccinated Kids To Chickenpox To Build Their Immunity

Bevin said in an interview he intentionally exposed all of his nine children to chickenpox instead of having them vaccinated. The CDC, however, advises against this method of immunizing children. Here's why.

Public Health March 21, 2019

Massimiliano Fedriga, Politician Who Opposed Italy's Mandatory Vaccination Rules, Hospitalized After Contracting Chickenpox

An anti-vaxx political leader in Italy was given a taste of his own medicine. Massimiliano Fedriga has contracted chickenpox as Italy schools start sending unvaccinated children home.

Public Health March 21, 2019

Bayer's Roundup Weedkiller Is Major Factor In Man's Cancer, Jury Finds

Edwin Hardeman’s case convinced a San Francisco jury that Roundup herbicide is a major factor in his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Roundup maker, Monsanto, faces 11,200 other related lawsuits.

Public Health March 21, 2019

CDC Study Says Most HIV Infections Are Transmitted By Undiagnosed Individuals

Eight in 10 new HIV infections were transmitted by people who do not receive the care they need to suppress the virus. The CDC launched an initiative to reduce new infections and keep those who are infected in treatment.

Public Health March 21, 2019

Frequent Use Of Marijuana Linked To Increased Risk For Psychosis

A new European study has linked marijuana use to psychotic episodes. The research showed evidence that heavy weed users especially those who use more potent strains are more likely to develop pyschosis later in life.

Public Health March 21, 2019

FDA Keeps Secret Database Of Medical Device-Related Injuries And Malfunctions, Report Claims

More than a million injuries and malfunctions have been recorded in a hidden database accessible only to the FDA. Under the alternative summary reporting program, companies obtained exemptions from making reports of their product malfunctions public.

Public Health March 20, 2019

Colon Cancer Becoming More Common In Young Adults

Colon Cancer risk among younger adults has increased over the years. Experts believe that unhealthy food consumption and a sedentary lifestyle might be some of the factors contributing to the alarming trend.

Public Health March 19, 2019

Unvaccinated Student Jerome Kunkel Sues Health Department For Banning Him From School During Chickenpox Outbreak

18-year-old Jerome Kunkel filed a lawsuit against the health department because he was banned from school during a chickenpox outbreak. The high school student is not vaccinated because of religious reason.

Public Health March 19, 2019

Russia Fits Warships With New Weapon That Can Cause Mass Hallucination

Russia's latest weapon system Filin 5P-42 blinds and causes hallucinations in enemies. Two naval ships are already equipped with this newly revealed system and more are expected in the near future.

Public Health March 19, 2019

This Is The Amount Of Diet Soda That Can Increase Women's Risk For Early Death

Researchers found that women who excessively drink artificially sweetened beverages such as diet sodas face higher risk for early death. They recommend a healthier option to sugary drinks.

Public Health March 19, 2019

Pediatricians Issue New Advice To Prevent Food Allergies In Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a new guideline on how parents can prevent their children from developing food allergies and other allergic conditions. The key lies in the early introduction of allergenic foods to young children's diet.

Public Health March 18, 2019

US Seizes 1 Million Pounds Of Smuggled Pork From China Amid African Swine Fever Concerns

1 million pounds of smuggled pork from China were seized by federal agents in New Jersey. The illegally imported meat was hidden in containers of laundry detergents and ramen noodles.

Public Health March 18, 2019

Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement Could Lead To Drop In Cardiac Surgery

According to a new study, TAVR might be superior to open-heart surgery even among patients with low operational risks. The researchers found that the rate of death, stroke, and rehospitalization is lower among those who had the minimally invasive procedure.

Public Health March 18, 2019

Bacteria And Viruses In Children's Noses Can Indicate Lung Infections

Lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia are among the leading causes of death in young children. Researchers found the makeup of bacteria and viruses in children's noses may improve diagnosis and treatment of lung infections.

Public Health March 18, 2019

EPA Bans Household Use Of Toxic Paint Stripping Chemical Methylene Chloride

The United States Environmental Protection Agency imposed a final ban on the consumer sale of highly-lethal methylene chloride. Methylene chloride has been implicated in the deaths of several people.

Public Health March 18, 2019

Chemicals Found In Home And Food Products Harm Sperm Of Men And Dogs

Man and his best friend share the same problem: lower sperm quality and male fertility issues due to exposure to toxic environmental pollutants.

Public Health March 18, 2019

New Guidelines No Longer Recommend Daily Low-Dose Aspirin To Prevent Heart Attack And Stroke

Doctors may still prescribe daily low-dose aspirin for some patients, but aspirin therapy is now a class 2b recommendation under the new guidelines. What will experts recommend for preventing heart attack and stroke?

Public Health March 17, 2019

Dementia Related Deaths In US Have Doubled In Recent Years Says CDC Report

Researchers found that the number of deaths associated with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia significantly rose between 2000 and 2017. Last year, over 200,000 people in the United States died because of the neurodegenerative disease.

Public Health March 16, 2019

Anti-Vax Parents Want Kids Back In School But Judge Disagrees

A federal judge refused the appeal of parents to allow their unvaccinated children back to school in Rockland County. The decision was a response to the current measles outbreak, which has already reached 147 confirmed cases.

Public Health March 15, 2019

Distant Relatives' Medical History May Indicate Your Risk For Alzheimer's Disease

Individuals with first-degree and second-degree relatives diagnosed with Alzheimer's have an increased risk of developing the same disease. Data also showed significant differences in gender and maternal or paternal origin.

Public Health March 19, 2019

Amazon Removes Books Claiming Unscientific Autism 'Cures'

Amazon is the latest online giant that's cracking down on unscientific and potentially dangerous misinformation. Two books were removed from the online platform, both promoting unproven cures for autism.

Public Health March 15, 2019

Gathering Of Top Experts Urge Moratorium On Gene-Editing Experiments Involving Babies

Two of the principal inventors of the CRISPR system signed a new moratorium on germline editing. The move was a direct response to a controversial experiment by Jiankui He in China four months ago.

Public Health March 14, 2019

Unvaccinated Kids Banned From Attending Schools In Italy

Three hundred children without mandatory vaccinations are turned away from kindergarten after parents failed to provide proper documentation of their immunizations. These measures are implemented under the Lorenzin law passed in 2017.

Public Health March 14, 2019

Bill Aims To Allow Minors To Receive Vaccinations Without Parental Consent

New York legislators passed a bill to allow minors to get vaccines even without their parents' consent. The proposed law came after an unprecedented number of recent measles outbreaks in the state erupted.

Public Health March 14, 2019

Health Officials Warn LAX Travelers Of Possible Measles Exposure

A passenger who tested positive for measles had a layover at LAX on Feb. 21. Public health officials warned those who were in the area last month might have been exposed to the contagious disease.

Public Health March 13, 2019

More Than 250 Scientists Warn EMF From Wireless Devices Such as Apple's Airpods Poses Cancer Risk

Scientists signed a petition calling for stronger guidelines on wireless devices They cited scientific studies linking these gadgets to health problems such as cancer. Why are wireless headphones particularly concerning?

Public Health March 13, 2019

National Cancer Institute Director Ned Sharpless To Be Acting FDA Commissioner

Physician-scientist Norman ‘Ned’ Sharpless will take over FDA leadership from outgoing Commissioner Scott Gottlieb starting April. Sharpless is expected to continue the agency’s critical public health mission.

Public Health March 14, 2019

Pregnant Women Who Smoke 1 Cigarette A Day Doubles Baby's Risk For SUID

A new study found that the number of cigarettes smoked by pregnant women impacts a baby's risk of dying from SUID. Adding even one cigarette per day could double the risk associated with infants' sudden, unexpected deaths.

Public Health March 12, 2019

Orthodox Jews In New York Hit With The Worst Measles Outbreak In Decades, And Here’s Why

New York had the highest cases of measles since October 2018 due to lack of herd immunity. Public health officials said that most of the infected individuals are from the Orthodox Jewish communities in Rockland County, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Public Health March 14, 2019

Rabid Goat Puts 9 People In Danger Of Rabies

The DHEC confirmed that a goat in South Carolina has rabies, potentially exposing nine people to the deadly viral disease. Officials warned the public to avoid contact with stray and wild animals.

Public Health March 12, 2019

Washing Hands Regularly Provides Good Protection From Flu

Proper handwashing is an easy and effective way to prevent the spread of the flu virus this season. To help the public avoid illnesses, the CDC has issued a guideline on how to properly wash the hands.

Public Health March 11, 2019

Outbreaks In US Forcing Officials To Quarantine New Migrants

An outbreak of infectious diseases that can be prevented by vaccines have been reported among immigrants detained in ICE facilities. Thousands have been placed in quarantine, barring them from meeting with lawyers and denied access to libraries.

Public Health March 11, 2019

Iowa Health Officials Report First Child Death From Flu This Season

Iowa health officials revealed the death of a child in the state's latest flu weekly report. To prevent the spread of the disease, the state recommends getting a flu shot.

Public Health March 11, 2019

Working Moms Could Be To Blame For Child Obesity Epidemic, Study Suggests

A study involving nearly 20,000 families revealed a link between overweight children and having a working mother. The association is more pronounced in children of working single mothers.

Public Health March 11, 2019

Lab-Grown Meat Gets Regulatory Oversight As FDA, USDA Team Up To Oversee Cell-Cultured Food Products

The FDA and USDA will work together to ensure lab-grown meat products are produced safely and labeled accurately. Cell-cultured meat won't simply use the terms hamburger or ground beef.

Public Health March 10, 2019

Rabid Raccoons Identified In Manhattan For The First Time Since 2011

Rabid raccoons have been found in New York for the first time in eight years. Health authorities are urging New Yorkers to vaccinate their pets.

Public Health March 9, 2019

New Molecule Derived From Studying Anti-Bodies Could Result In More Effective Flu Treatment

A new treatment promises to offer long-term protection against the flu. Researchers are in the early stages of development of the drug which can bind and disable the areas of the influenza virus that remain constant in every strain.

Public Health March 9, 2019

Son Of Anti-Vaxers Shares Message About Vaccination After Getting Sick From Measles

A man who almost died after contracting measles spoke about his experience with the disease amid the current outbreak. He was not vaccinated as a kid because his parents believe the misinformation being spread by anti-vaxer communities.

Public Health March 9, 2019

Unvaccinated Oregon Boy Diagnosed With Tetanus Racks Up Nearly A Million Dollars In Medical Bills

A family paid nearly a million dollars in medical bills after an unvaccinated boy from Oregon suffered from Tetanus. The child spent more than two months in the hospital fighting for his life. After the ordeal, the family declined recommended subsequent vaccinations.

Public Health March 8, 2019

Facebook Announces Multi-Step Plan To Curb Vaccine Conspiracy Theories

In the wake of the measles outbreak and the continual rise of antivaxxers, Facebook announces a new set of policies to quell the spread of vaccine misinformation on their social media platform.

Public Health March 7, 2019

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