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People With Allergies At Higher Risk For Psychiatric Disorders

Findings of a study conducted in Taiwan showed that Individuals with allergic diseases such as asthma, eczema, and hay fever are at higher risk for depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders. Why?

Public Health April 25, 2018

HTLV-1: Incurable Sexually Transmitted Virus Threatens Aboriginal Communities

The HTLV-1 is a blood-borne and sexually transmitted virus linked to AIDS-causing HIV. It does not have any cure and causes deadly complications like leukemia and a severe lung disease called bronchiectasis.

Public Health April 24, 2018

Gut Bacteria Linked To Osteoarthritis Risk But Prebiotics Could Be Key To Healthier Joints

Prebiotics appear to help reduce inflammation linked to the development of osteoarthritis. The findings provide evidence that gut bacteria could influence risk for the so-called wear-and-tear arthritis.

Public Health April 24, 2018

Can Electric Cars Cause Defibrillators And Pacemakers To Malfunction?

Strong electromagnetic fields may pose danger to patients using implanted heart devices. Do electric cars generate fields strong enough to cause defibrillators and pacemakers to malfunction?

Public Health April 23, 2018

Artificial Sweeteners Linked To Diabetes And Obesity: What Are The Healthier Alternatives?

Results of a mice trials showed that artificial sweeteners change the way food is metabolized and energy is used. Dietitians highly recommend fruits to replace artificial sweeteners because it is naturally sweet and full of good calories.

Public Health April 25, 2018

Ob-Gyns Recommend New Guidelines For Fourth Trimester Postpartum Care For Moms

The American College Of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released its revised Committee Opinion detailing new recommendations on how mothers should receive and seek postpartum care during the critical fourth trimester.

Public Health April 24, 2018

Ziegenfelder Company Recalls Ice Pops Sold In 15 States Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

The Ziegenfelder Company of Wheeling voluntarily recalled its budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops due to possible listeria contamination. Purchased items should be returned in exchange for a full refund.

Public Health April 24, 2018

Dry Drowning Incident In Florida: Signs To Look For And How To Avoid Dry Drowning

A toddler from Florida nearly died from aspiration pneumonia as a result of dry drowning. Doctors said that parents should rush their child to the emergency department if dry drowning is suspected.

Public Health April 24, 2018

Vaping Teens More Likely To Smoke Marijuana, Survey Shows

A survey showed that vaping teenagers may be twice as likely to smoke marijuana, with the trend worse among younger people. The results provide further evidence that e-cigarettes may be a gateway to tobacco and drugs.

Public Health April 24, 2018

4-Year-Old Girl From Florida Nearly Dies From Dry Drowning

A young girl from Sarasota, Florida almost died of dry drowning at her grandparents' pool. It was found out only days after the accident that the 4-year-old had taken in too much water and she almost lost her life.

Public Health April 23, 2018

State Health Officials Issue Measles Exposure Warning For Tri-State Area

If you’re in any of the tri-state cities of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, beware of a possible measles exposure. European tourists carrying the disease went around town and apparently spread the disease.

Public Health April 23, 2018

Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Can Still Increase Risk For Diabetes And Obesity

Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and acesulfame potassium may also lead to body changes linked to diabetes and obesity. How do these zero-calories sugar replacements cause unwanted health impacts?

Public Health April 23, 2018

Exotic Tick Species Possibly Established In New Jersey

In 2017, a sheep was discovered to be infested with a tick species that hasn't previously been seen in the United States. Recent updates reveal that the ticks survived winter and may already be established in New Jersey.

Public Health April 22, 2018

Organic Tampons, Menstrual Cups No Safer Than Regular Tampons Against Toxic Shock Syndrome: Study

New research finds that even organic tampons and menstrual cups may also cause toxic shock syndrome. What can be done to reduce the risk of TSS?

Public Health April 21, 2018

Antibiotic Resistant Super Gonorrhea Spreading Fast As 2 Cases Detected In Australia

The highly antibiotic-resistant 'super gonorrhea' strain, first diagnosed in a patient from the UK, has been recently detected in two Australians. One of them contracted the infection in Southeast Asia, similarly to the patient from the UK.

Public Health April 21, 2018

Multistate E.coli Outbreak: CDC Expands Warning To Cover All Types Of Romaine Lettuce

The CDC has expanded its E.coli warning from chopped romaine lettuce to all types of romaine lettuce. The advisory comes after an investigation in Alaska revealed that several people fell ill after consuming whole heads of romaine lettuce.

Public Health April 20, 2018

Man With ‘World's Worst’ Super Gonorrhea Is Cured

A British man just got cured from the 'world’s worst' super gonorrhea. The unidentified man picked up the sexually transmitted disease while he was on a trip in Southeast Asia.

Public Health April 20, 2018

Vitamin D Deficiency Poses Greater Risk Of Diabetes, Epidemiologists Say

An epidemiology study showed that people deficient in vitamin D have increased chances of diabetes. Researchers from UCSD and Seoul University had found that low levels of vitamin D in the blood caused healthy individuals to become prediabetic or diabetic.

Public Health April 21, 2018

Dengue Vaccine Should Only Be Used On People Who’ve Had Dengue Before, Says World Health Organization

The World Health Organization warns not to get a Dengvaxia shot if you haven’t previously contracted dengue, as it could be dangerous. Doing so puts you at risk of developing a more serious disease.

Public Health April 20, 2018

Doctors Warn Against The Use Of Cannabis In People With Sleep Apnea

Clinicians urged the Minnesota Department of Health to exclude obstructive sleep apnea in the list of conditions applicable to medical cannabis. Doctors say that the lack of sufficient evidence of cannabis’ effectiveness is a cause for concern.

Public Health April 20, 2018

‘Warming’ Of Liver Similar To Body Temperature Improves Organ Quality For Transplant

Livers kept in a warm storage like that of the metra device have reduced rates of tissue injuries compared to those preserved on ice. Surgeons said the use of metra opens up opportunities to improve organ viability prior to transplant.

Public Health April 19, 2018

Promising Gene Therapy Helps Reduce Transfusion In Patients With Blood Disorders

People with beta-thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder, could benefit from a promising gene therapy. The therapy, LentiGlobin, is reported to reduce or eliminate the need for blood transfusions in patients enrolled in Phase 1 and 2 trials.

Public Health April 19, 2018

Buffalo Wild Wings In Warren, Michigan Cleared After Employee Confirmed Hepatitis A

The Buffalo Wild Wings branch in Warren, Michigan has now reopened after being closed due to an employee getting Hepatitis A. The restaurant had submitted to investigations to ensure it was safe to open its doors again.

Public Health April 18, 2018

British Man Gets Life Sentence For Deliberately Giving Men HIV

A man was found guilty of purposely trying to infect men with HIV by sleeping with them without using protection. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with HIV in April 2015 but never sought treatment.

Public Health April 18, 2018

Specific Type Of Blood Pressure Drug Increases Risk Of Pancreatic Cancer In Postmenopausal Women

Pancreatic cancer is said to be the second cause of cancer-related deaths in the US around 2020. A study found that a class of antihypertensive drugs causes chronic inflammation in the body, a risk factor for pancreatic cancer.

Public Health April 18, 2018

NYC Mice Carry Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs: How To Prevent These Rodents From Making You Sick

Droppings from mice captured in New York City buildings contain viruses, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant bugs. Precautions should be observed to prevent these rodents from spreading diseases. Should people get cats to kill mice?

Public Health April 18, 2018

New York City Mice Problem: 1 in 4 Mice Carry Drug-Resistant Bacteria

There is no five-second rule in New York City. If anything comes in contact with mice droppings, it could be contaminated. A new study found that one in four mice carry drug-resistant bacteria.

Public Health April 17, 2018

Flesh-Eating Disease Usually Found In Africa Now An Epidemic In Australia

Scientists in Australia voiced out their concerns amid the growing and worsening flesh-eating disease in Victoria. The cases of infections at present were also more severe and contagious than before.

Public Health April 17, 2018

Millions Will Have Elevated Blood Pressure As Guidelines Lower Hypertension Reading

The updated guideline has categorized more people as hypertensive even if there were no prior diagnosis. Those with a blood pressure of at least 130/80 are classified as stage 1 hypertensive.

Public Health April 17, 2018

Opioid Epidemic Alleviates Shortage In Organ Donors: Study

The opioid epidemic appeared to help alleviate organ donor shortage in the United States. Outcome of transplants from drug overdose donors are slightly better than those involving organs from sick patients.

Public Health April 17, 2018

Here's Why Romaine Lettuce Tainted With E.coli O157: H7 Could Be Very Dangerous

The CDC continued to warn consumers against eating chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona that may be tainted with E.coli O157: H7. What makes this e.coli strain particularly dangerous?

Public Health April 16, 2018

Children With Non-Chromosomal Birth Defects Have Almost Thrice The Risk Of Pediatric Cancer

Children born with congenital heart diseases and CNS abnormalities are at risk of childhood cancers. Science has improved dramatically in the treatment of common pediatric cancers including leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Public Health April 17, 2018

Researchers Propose New Way Of Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Without Relying On Patient Behavior

More people could be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease once a new research framework is put into practice. Scientists propose that Alzheimer’s diagnosis should be based solely on brain tests and not on behavior.

Public Health April 16, 2018

Contact Lens That Acts Like Sunglasses To Protect The Eyes From The Sun Gets FDA Approval

The soft contact lens ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions comes with a light-adaptive technology that can provide protection for the eye against damaging UV radiation. Should you replace your sunglasses with this contact lens?

Public Health April 16, 2018

Chili Grower Defends Carolina Reaper After World's Hottest Pepper Hospitalizes Man

A chili grower defended the Carolina Reaper, after the world's hottest chili pepper reportedly sent a man to the hospital. He said that there is a proper way to prepare the Carolina Reaper, to avoid any health issues.

Public Health April 15, 2018

Indiana Farm Recalls Over 200 Million Eggs Due To Potential Salmonella Health Risk

The Food and Drugs Administration announced the recall of more than 200 million eggs. The recalled products could be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup after 22 illnesses linked to the consumption of the eggs had been reported.

Public Health April 16, 2018

Study Finds Public Restroom Hand Dryers May Be Spreading Bacteria: What's The Best Hand-Drying Method?

Hand drying is just as important a process as hand washing in keeping bacterial transmissions at bay. What is the more effective hand-drying method available in public restrooms?

Public Health April 16, 2018

Heart Failure Study Shows Protein Blockage Could Improve Cardiac Function

An experiment conducted in mice showed that cardiovascular function can be improved just by blocking a particular protein in the heart. The therapy proved successful in mouse models, although further research is warranted in human heart cells.

Public Health April 15, 2018

Police Officer Administered With Narcan After Accidental Exposure During Drug Arrest

First responders often have to bring Naloxone just in case of an opioid overdose emergency. In Ohio, police officers had to administer Narcan on a colleague after the then-unknown substance blew into his face and he fell ill.

Public Health April 14, 2018

Caffeine Crackdown: FDA Takes Step To Block Consumer Sales Of Pure Caffeine In Bulk

Since 2015, the FDA has been cracking down on the sales of pure caffeine. A new guidance will make selling pure caffeine in bulk unlawful.

Public Health April 14, 2018

Restaurant Workers Rank Highest In Cannabis Use Prevalence: CDC Report

A CDC report finds that workers in the food industry have the highest prevalence of cannabis use. The results could help employers create drug-related policies to ensure safety and security.

Public Health April 14, 2018

E.Coli Found In Chopped Romaine Lettuce Infects People In 11 States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a warning about chopped romaine lettuce that is giving people E.coli. The infection has spread across 11 states in the United States.

Public Health April 15, 2018

E.coli Outbreak Recorded In 7 States: What Is The CDC Doing?

Health officials are probing the cause of the multistate E. coli outbreak. The disease has sickened at least 17 people across states, and the specific source is still unknown.

Public Health April 13, 2018

Peanut Allergy Vaccine Turns Off Allergic Reactions By Redirecting Immune Response

An experimental nasal mist vaccine protected allergic mice from reactions, such as breathing problems and itchy skin, due to exposure to peanuts. The treatment works even if the allergy is already established.

Public Health April 12, 2018

Fake Weed Laced With Rat Poison Kills 3, Leaves More Than 100 Others Bleeding From Eyes And Ears

Fake marijuana tainted with rat poison already killed three in Illinois and sickened over 100 due to dangerous bleeding. Is it safe to use synthetic cannabinoids that are not contaminated with other substances?

Public Health April 12, 2018

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