Public Health

Drinking Water Additive Recalled Over Potential Contamination With Deadly Bacteria

A company is voluntarily recalling its water additive product after FDA analysis revealed that it was contaminated with a potentially deadly bacteria. The bacteria is typically contracted in hospital settings.

Public Health March 7, 2019

Dog Walking Is Causing Higher Rate Of ER Visits For Seniors

Dog walking is often a recommended physical activity for older adults, but experts warned that it might cause serious injuries. In a study, they found that the number of accidents related to the activity more than doubled in 2017.

Public Health March 7, 2019

At Least 20 US States Propose Anti-Vaccination Bills Amid Measles Outbreaks

A number of states have introduced bills that will make it easier for parents to avoid vaccination for their children. This comes in the wake of a measles outbreak in the country that has already affected 11 states.

Public Health March 7, 2019

Mom Of Teen Who Got Vaccinated Behind Her Back Disagrees With Son's Senate Hearing Speech

The mother of the teen who testified in front of a Senate health committee on Tuesday said she maintains the decision not to vaccinate her children. She said that she disagrees with her son's decision to get vaccinated.

Public Health March 6, 2019

Ethan Lindenberger, Teen Who Defied Parents Over Vaccine, Says Anti-Vaxx Mom Believed Fake News On Facebook

Eighteen-year-old Ethan Lindenberger appeared before a Senate Committee, where he stated his anti-vaxx mom's misinformation stemmed from social media. He said Facebook is among the sites often used by his mother to backup the idea vaccines are harmful.

Public Health March 7, 2019

Wisconsin Man Jeffery Murawski Criminally Charged For Breaking Measles Quarantine To Go To Gym

Jeffery Murawski was supposed to be under quarantine in his home but decided to go to the gym to work out. He was unfortunately spotted by off-duty sheriff's deputy.

Public Health March 6, 2019

London Patient Could Be Second Person Cured Of HIV After Stem Cell Transplant

An HIV patient in London could be the second person to be cured of the AIDS-causing infection. He had hematopoietic stem cell transplant from a donor with a genetic mutation that prevents the expression of an HIV receptor.

Public Health March 6, 2019

Amazon Takes Down Controversial Vaccine Documentary From Amazon Prime

On Friday, Amazon removed a controversial anti-vaccine documentary from its streaming platform. The move was a response to a letter from Rep. Adam Schiff about the growing anti-vaccine sentiment in the United States.

Public Health March 5, 2019

Another Study Confirms MMR Vaccine Does Not Raise Autism Risk

A study that involved 657,461 in Denmark showed MMR vaccine does not raise risk of autism. Researchers were also able to identify groups of children with the highest risk for the neurodevelopmental condition.

Public Health March 5, 2019

Adults Who Had Measles Vaccination As Kids May No Longer Be Protected From Viral Disease

Some adults who received their measles vaccine as a kid may need to get another shot to be protected from the viral disease. These are the individuals who need revaccination.

Public Health March 2, 2019

Colorectal Cancer Commonly Misdiagnosed In Younger Patients

Patients are likely to get treated for different conditions before they get a correct diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Symptoms resemble that of other conditions, which is why the cancer is often in the advanced stages once detected.

Public Health March 2, 2019

Moms Taking Prenatal Vitamins Early In Pregnancy Lower Baby's Risk Of Autism

Folate or folic acid supplementation prior to or early on the pregnancy helps reduce the risk of autism in high-risk groups. Children, whose older sibling has autism spectrum disorder, have greater risk of language delay and intellectual disability.

Public Health March 1, 2019

Buttock Implants Linked To Rare Blood Cancer Also Tied To Breast Implants

Anaplastic large cell lymphoma has already been linked to breast implants. Doctors now report the first case of deadly cancer on a woman who had a buttocks implant.

Public Health March 1, 2019

Hospital Charges Florida Woman Jeannette Parker Nearly $50,000 For Stray Cat Bite

Jeannette Parker fed tuna to a seemingly hungry stray cat outside Everglades National Park in Florida. The feline however, bit her. Worse, she got billed $48,512 for the treatment.

Public Health February 27, 2019

Colorectal Cancer Test Kits Could Speed Up Screening Process

At-home cancer screening kits can effectively detect colorectal cancer among patients, according to a recent analysis. Researchers discovered that fecal immunochemical tests have 75 to 80 percent sensitivity compared to 90 percent from colonoscopy.

Public Health February 27, 2019

South Carolina Pediatrician Marc Bahan Explains Why CPG Pediatrics Turns Away Unvaccinated Patients Amid Measles Outbreak

CPG Pediatrics in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has a new policy to refuse treating patients who were not vaccinated. Here's why this is necessary, according to pediatrician Marc Bahan.

Public Health February 26, 2019

Cancer Patient's Dead Body Leaves Radioactive Materials In Arizona Crematory

The body of a cancer patient who had radiation treatment was cremated in a crematory in Arizona, contaminating the vacuum filter, oven, and bone crusher with radioactive materials. The man received lutetium-177 dotatate prior to his death.

Public Health February 26, 2019

Unvaccinated French Tourist May Have Reinstroduced Measles To Costa Rica

A boy from France who arrived in Costa Rica with his family earlier this month may have reintroduced measles to the country. The 5-year-old has not received the measles vaccine.

Public Health February 26, 2019

Drug Manufacturer Points Finger At FDA Label Change Regulation As Cause Of Opioid Problem

A long-time drug manufacturer said that the FDA is partly to blame for the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States. A 2001 label change of Oxycontin, a powerful painkiller, gave more people access to the drug.

Public Health February 26, 2019

Chance Of Getting Red Meat Allergy From Tick Bite Higher Than Previous Estimates

The risk of developing an alpha-gal syndrome from a tick bite is higher than originally thought. Scientists found that alpha-gal is present in the saliva of certain tick species whether they recently fed on mammal blood or not.

Public Health February 25, 2019

Methyl Alcohol In Homemade Liquor May Have Killed At Least 154 In India

Hundreds were hospitalized in the northeast state of Assam in India after consuming tainted alcohol. The brew may have used methyl alcohol instead of ethyl alcohol, which made the liquor poisonous.

Public Health February 25, 2019

US Agencies Investigate Johnson & Johnson Over Carcinogenic Asbestos In Baby Powder

J&J knew about the asbestos contamination on its baby powder line but failed to notify the public and regulators. The company is facing another bout of inquiry from the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Public Health February 25, 2019

FDA Proposes New Rule To Ensure Safety, Effectiveness Of Sunscreen Products

One of the proposed changes would be to classify safe ingredients used in sunscreen products as GRASE. Only two of the 16 ingredients in sunscreens would be considered GRASE under the new proposal.

Public Health February 23, 2019

Pinterest Blocks Search Results For Vaccinations To Prevent Spread Of Misinformation

Pinterest will no longer return search results about vaccinations, whether for or against them. This is in line with the social network's policies to prevent the spread of misinformation.

Public Health February 22, 2019

State Sanctioned Vaccine Exemptions Could Force Federal Hands To Move, Says FDA Chief

The FDA might take action if the states continue to allow parents to not vaccinate children despite the declaration of measles outbreaks in five states. There are currently 17 states that allow vaccine exemptions for philosophical reasons.

Public Health February 21, 2019

Killer Immune Cells Could Fight Off 3 Influenza Strains Permanently

Strains of flu virus mutate each season, making it difficult for the immune system to detect and fight off infection. A new study showed renewed hope for a universal flu vaccine that could attach all three strains of influenza virus.

Public Health February 21, 2019

Young Blood Transfusions To Stop Aging Unproven And Potentially Harmful, FDA Warns

FDA warned the public about plasma blood transfusions that are supposed to halt aging and treat a range of conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis. The FDA said the treatment is not proven effective and is potentially dangerous.

Public Health February 20, 2019

Hong Kong’s War On E-Cigarettes Could Soon Send Vape Offenders To Jail

Hong Kong announced it is planning to penalize e-cigarette smokers for up to six months of jail time. Vaping is a controversial topic in many topics due to limited evidence supporting its health safety and efficacy in tobacco smoking cessation.

Public Health February 20, 2019

Transgender Hormone Therapy May Increase Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke And Blood Clots

Research found that transgender people who had hormone therapy face greater cardiovascular risk. They are more likely to suffer from stroke, blood clots and heart attacks than cis people. Why?

Public Health February 19, 2019

Zombie Deer Disease Spreading In The US May Infect Humans, Expert Warns

Michael Osterholm warned the possibility of the chronic wasting disease that primarily affects deer, elk, and moose transferring to humans soon. One study already found monkeys that ate infected deer meat contracted the disease.

Public Health February 19, 2019

CDC Report Says 3.6 Million US Teens Vaped In 2018

A study by the CDC, FDA, and the National Cancer Institute found that the use of e-cigarettes among teens has increased significantly in 2018. Based on estimates, one in five high school students and one in 14 middle school students vape.

Public Health February 13, 2019

Bat Showing Up At Indiana Pacers Game Triggers Rabies Scare

A bat that invaded last week's Indiana Pacers versus Los Angeles Clippers game last week might have rabies, public health officials said. The state health department is urging everyone who touched the bat to look into getting a rabies vaccination.

Public Health February 11, 2019

Authorities Confirm Mumps Cases In Houston ICE Facility

Several people were confirmed to have had mumps while at the ICE facility in Houston, Texas. Despite this, authorities say they do not think this poses a threat to the community.

Public Health February 9, 2019

Burn Injuries From Viral Boiling Water Challenge Sending People To The Hospital

The viral boiling water challenge became popular amid record low temperatures in the United States. Unfortunately, the stunt is sending people to the hospital because of burns. Some suffered from face scald injuries.

Public Health February 9, 2019

Hundreds Join Antivax Rally In Washington Following Measles Outbreak

Parents and guardians marched down to Washington to oppose a bill that will require measles vaccination for students in public school. The bill is a response to an ongoing measles outbreak in the state.

Public Health February 9, 2019

Diet Drugs Make Mosquitoes Stop Biting, Study Finds

Is there a way to stop mosquitoes from biting humans? A team of researchers found that human diet drugs also worked to suppress the apetites of mosquitoes.

Public Health February 8, 2019

J&J First Big Pharma Company To Add Prices To Television Product Ads

Johnson & Johnson became the first company to add pricing information on pharmaceutical products being advertised on television. The anticoagulant Xarelto will soon have a list price and out-of-pocket cost in commercials.

Public Health February 9, 2019

FDA Statement Warns Of Link Between Breast Implants And Cancer

The FDA said that the number of unique cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma associated with breast implants increased to over 400 patients. The agency also noted that the disease is more common in textured breast implants.

Public Health February 9, 2019

Common Protein May Be Causing Heart And Metabolic Health Issues, Says Study

New research suggested that a form of protein known as clusterin is linked to cardiometabolic syndrome (CMS) risk due to its actions in the liver. CMS is a collection of conditions that elevates a person’s risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Public Health February 9, 2019

Los Angeles City Hall Planning To Remove Carpets Amid Typhus Outbreak

Amid a rat infestation, the Los Angeles city hall might remove all its carpets and replace it with different floorings. The City Council president has submitted a motion to conduct an investigation on the vermin problem.

Public Health February 7, 2019

Most Common Reason For Medical Marijuana Use Is To Deal With Chronic Pain

A team of researchers probed whether people who reported to using medical marijuana do so because of evidence-based reasons. They found that 85 percent of users suffer from symptoms, which, according to previous research, can be alleviated using the drug.

Public Health February 6, 2019

Trump Puts Goal Of Eradicating AIDS Squarely In His Sights

President Donald J. Trump has joined the fight against HIV/AIDS. At his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he declared that he will ask for a budget that will go toward eradicating the epidemic in the United States.

Public Health February 6, 2019

Women's Brains Are Aging Slower Compared To Men's Brains

Researchers found that on average, women's brains are three years younger than men's brains. The team believes that this explains why women tend to experience less cognitive decline in old age.

Public Health February 5, 2019

Hill's Recalls Select Canned Dog Food Over Elevated Vitamin D Levels

Hill's Pet Nutrition confirmed that its canned dog foods have elevated levels of vitamin D, which might seriously affect the health of pets, hence the voluntary recall of these products. The company said it was due to a supplier error.

Public Health February 4, 2019

Vaccines Administered At Workplaces Across 3 US States May Have Caused Infections

Kentucky Department of Public Health is conducting an investigation over contaminated vaccines that were administered at some businesses across three states. Workers who had the vaccine are encouraged to contact the DPH immediately.

Public Health February 4, 2019

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