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1-Year-Old Needs Bleach Baths Every Week For Rare Skin Disorder: What Is Harlequin Ichthyosis?

An infant was given no life expectancy when he was born with harlequin ichthyosis last May 2017. The severe genetic disorder primarily affects the skin and is caused by a mutation in the ABCA12 gene.


Rabid Kitten Attacks Person In North Carolina: Protect Pets From Rabies This Summer

Encounters with potentially rabid animals are statistically higher when the weather is warmer. How can people protect their pets from the disease, especially in the summer?

Public Health

Research Finds New Evidence Linking Herpes Virus And Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers found herpes virus strains in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients, supporting a decades-old theory. Could this lead to new avenues in Alzheimer's research?


Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked To Reduced Breast Cancer Risks

Researchers found that great amounts of vitamin D may reduce the risks of developing breast cancer in women. The beneficial levels were found to be much higher than the current daily recommendations.

Medicine June 17, 2018

Del Monte Food Trays Recalled For Link To Illnesses, What To Know About The Cyclospora Outbreak

Del Monte recalled several vegetable tray products that may be linked to the ongoing cyclospora outbreak. FDA investigations aim to pinpoint the exact source of the parasite.

Public Health June 17, 2018

Idaho Boy Diagnosed With Bubonic Plague, What To Know About The Disease

An Idaho boy was diagnosed with the plague, but authorities are unsure whether he got it from his home state of from his trip to Oregon. The public is advised to avoid interactions with wild rodents, whether dead or alive.

Public Health June 17, 2018

Opioid Epidemic Affects Working Dogs: Drug-Sniffing K-9s Overdosing During Searches

The ongoing opioid epidemic affects many people, but it also affects working dogs during routine searches. Several K-9s have already overdosed on opioids, but there's not enough access to the care required in such cases.

Public Health June 16, 2018

Psychiatrist's License Suspended For Spanking Patients With Whips

Psychiatrists often combine talk therapy with medication to treat their patients. A Tennessee psychiatrist got her medical license suspended for treating her patients by hitting them with whips.

Medicine June 16, 2018

Invasive Plant That Can Cause Burns And Blindness Spotted In Virginia: What To Know About Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed has been spotted in one county in Virginia, and authorities are on the look out for others. Exposure to the sap of the giant hogweed can cause severe burns and blindness.

Public Health June 15, 2018

Two Cases Of West Nile Virus Confirmed In Riverside County As Mosquito Population Surges

Cases of West Nile virus has been confirmed in two Riverside County individuals. In 2017, 33 of the 553 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in California was recorded in Riverside County.

Public Health June 15, 2018

Mammals Becoming Nocturnal Because Of Human Activity

Just how much can humans affect wildlife? Researchers found that mammals worldwide, even those that are not nocturnal, are shifting to more nocturnal behavior to avoid human disturbance.

Animals June 15, 2018

Top 10 Designs At Boeing's $2 Million 'Personal Flying Device' Contest Revealed

The winners of GoFly Prize Phase I all have unique designs and styles. In Phase II, innovators have to bring their ideas to life by actually building them.

Robotics June 14, 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

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

Loneliness Linked To Poorer Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes, Higher Mortality Risks

Patients with heart disease who had feelings of loneliness were found to have poorer health outcomes and mental health, as well as higher mortality risks. Is it time to consider feelings of loneliness when assessing health risks?

Healthy Living/Wellness June 10, 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

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

Michigan Authorities Recommend Banning Deer Feeding And Baiting To Prevent 'Zombie Deer' Disease

Michigan authorities recommend banning deer feeding and the use of deer urine-based baits to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease. Their aggressive actions are intended to mitigate or even eliminate CWD in the state.

Animals 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

Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Trafficking Of Sperm Whale Teeth From Ukraine

A Connecticut man admitted to illegal whale teeth trafficking between 2004 and 2008. Sperm whales are considered an endangered species and are protected under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Animals June 8, 2018

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