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Investigation On 500 Illnesses At Zip Line Destination Continues: Tennessee Department Of Health

What caused the outbreak of over 500 illnesses linked to a zip line destination in Tennessee? E. coli and norovirus are possible sources, but investigations are still ongoing to find the main source.

Public Health July 15, 2018

Invasive Weed Causes Teen To Suffer Third-Degree Burns: Safely Identify And Remove Giant Hogweed

How can one safely identify or remove a giant hogweed? The first step is always to wear protective gear that covers the skin and eyes.

Public Health July 15, 2018

Virginia Teen Suffers Third-Degree Burns From Giant Invasive Weed While Gardening

A teen from Virginia had to be treated for severe burns after an encounter with the noxious giant hogweed. The plant was introduced to the United States as an ornamental plant but has since become invasive.

Public Health July 14, 2018

Eight Endangered Black Rhinos Die In Relocation Attempt In Kenya

Eight critically endangered black rhinos have died following a translocation attempt. The deaths are unprecedented as such efforts have been done in past years with little mortality.

Animals July 14, 2018

New Smallpox Drug Approved By FDA To Address Bioterrorism Risks

To address bioterrorism risks, the FDA has approved the first drug that's specifically designed to treat smallpox. Research on the disease continues even if it has been considered eradicated since 1980.

Public Health July 13, 2018

Icelandic Whalers Possibly Killed Endangered Blue Whale, Say It Was A Hybrid

Did Icelandic whalers kill a blue whale or a hybrid blue/fin whale? Photographs from the current whaling season suggest the whalers might have killed a protected species.

Animals July 13, 2018

3-Year-Old Girl FaceTime's Mom At Work To Save Dad Who Had A Stroke

More than 85 percent of people who experience the same stroke as Trevor McCabe end up dead. His survival is thanks to his 3-year-old daughter's quick thinking to call her mom for help.

Feature | Health July 13, 2018

Scientists Use CRISPR To Engineer Cancer Cells That Kill Own Tumor

Researchers were able to shrink the tumor in mice that were introduced with therapeutic protein-infused cancer cells, thanks to CRISPR. Can this lead to a potential cancer cure?

Medicine July 12, 2018

West Nile Virus Reported In Over 20 States In 2018

Over 20 U.S. states have reported cases of West Nile virus in humans, mosquitoes, and birds since the beginning of 2018. The presence of the disease in birds is actually one way to test the disease's presence in a location.

Public Health July 8, 2018

Common Heart Medication Recalled In 22 Countries For Possibly Containing Carcinogenic Chemical

Why is a commonly prescribed drug being recalled in 22 countries? Authorities learned that certain batches of an active ingredient are tainted with a possibly carcinogenic chemical.

Medicine July 7, 2018

Rare Outbreak: Knox County Investigation On E.coli Outbreak Finds 2 Separate Sources

What caused the cluster of E.coli cases that sickened 15 children last June? Investigations revealed that the cases were actually from two different E.coli strains that affected children at the same time.

Public Health July 7, 2018

Hawaii First State To Ban Sunscreens With Coral Reef-Harming Ingredients

Some groups praise Hawaii's move to ban sunscreens with coral reef-harming chemicals while others criticize it. There are still other ways to protect the skin from UV rays even without such products.

Earth/Environment July 7, 2018

4-Year-Old Takes First Independent Steps After Spine Surgery: What Is Cerebral Palsy?

A young girl just took her first steps weeks after a spinal surgery to help her be more mobile even with cerebral palsy. What Maya has is the most common motor disability among children.

Medicine July 6, 2018

Colorado Woman Rescues Baby Raccoon, Exposes 21 People To Rabies

A Weld County woman's rescue of a baby raccoon turned into the largest rabies exposure case in the county. Authorities advise the public to stay away from wildlife, even if they appear to have been abandoned.

Public Health July 6, 2018

Rhino Poachers Believed To Be Eaten By Lions At Nature Reserve In South Africa

The human remains discovered at a South African nature reserve are believed to be the bodies of poachers who attempted to kill rhinos. Rhino poaching for horns remains to be a major wildlife issue in South Africa.

Animals July 6, 2018

110-Year Anniversary: Tunguska Impact Event Remains A Mystery After A Century

What really caused the Tunguska event 110 years ago? Scientists believe it might have been a near-surface space rock explosion or an icy asteroid impact, but the answer remains a mystery.

Space July 1, 2018

Swimmers Beware: CDC Warns Of Waterborne Diseases This July

Most of the recorded outbreaks associated with untreated recreational waters evidently occurred between June and August. What can swimmers do to reduce the risks of pathogen transmission?

Public Health July 1, 2018

Study Finds That People Wash Their Hands Incorrectly Most Of The Time: How To Wash The Hands Properly

What's the necessary amount of time for proper hand washing? If in doubt, sing two "Happy Birthday" songs from start to finish while lathering the hands with soap and water.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 1, 2018

Majority Of Supermarket Meat Contaminated With Superbugs: Report

A new report states that nearly 80 percent of raw meats in supermarkets are contaminated with superbugs. What can consumers do to stop the spread of such bacteria?

Public Health June 30, 2018

FDA Approves Cloth Drug That Combats Excessive Armpit Sweating

A drug-infused cloth that can prevent the activation of sweat glands has been approved by the FDA as a drug to combat excessive armpit sweating. It only needs to be wiped on the skin once a day.

Medicine June 30, 2018

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