ALL POSTS BY Athena Chan

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

California Doctor On Probation For Exempting 2-Year-Old From Vaccines

A California doctor is now facing 35 months of probation as a result of a vaccine exemption note he wrote four years ago. Why did he write the note in the first place?

Medicine June 30, 2018

Teen Girl Declared Brain Dead 5 Years Ago Dies After Surgery

Jahi McMath has died after years of being at the center of a brain death debate. Her ordeal began almost five years ago and she has even sparked the 'Jahi McMath Effect.'

Medicine June 29, 2018

Two Young Siblings Diagnosed With Brain Tumor Just Weeks Apart, What Is Medulloblastoma?

Four-year-old Noah Avery was diagnosed with medulloblastoma just days after his sister had an operation to remove the same type of tumor. What could have caused this twin diagnosis?

Medicine June 29, 2018

New Study Shows How Truly Earth-Like Two Exoplanets May Be Because Of Axial Tilt

Researchers believe that Kepler-186f and 62f may be truly Earth-like in that they also have relatively stable axial tilts. What does this mean for the exoplanets' probability to host life?

Space June 28, 2018

NASA's OMG Campaign Solves Greenland Side-By-Side Glacier Puzzle

Tracy and Heilprin are Greenland glaciers that sit on the same gulf and experience the same weather and water conditions. Why then are they melting at significantly different rates?

Earth/Environment June 24, 2018

Tularemia Confirmed In Dead Rabbit In Colorado, What's The Threat?

A rabbit found in Colorado was confirmed to have died from tularemia. It is the first case of the disease in the state this year, and the first case of the disease in the county since 2015.

Public Health June 24, 2018

Cruise Ship Stops In Alaska Due To A Gastrointestinal Illness Outbreak On-Board: CDC

A cruise ship bound for Alaska had an extended dock at Juneau because of over 70 reports of an outbreak that's causing diarrhea and vomiting among crew and guests. Is it a case of a norovirus outbreak?

Public Health June 24, 2018

Belmont Park Worker's Death Possibly Caused By Rare Hantavirus, Should Visitors Worry?

The death of a Belmont Park worker is suspected to be caused by the rare hantavirus. The New York Racing Association assures the public that the incident will not affect public visiting at the park.

Public Health June 23, 2018

Ohio Authorities Declare Statewide Hepatitis A Outbreak

As of June, the number of hepatitis A cases in Ohio in 2018 is already double the number of cases in the state for the entire 2017. The Ohio health department has already declared a statewide hepatitis A outbreak.

Public Health June 23, 2018

'Normalization' Of Plus Size Poses Hidden Obesity Risks: Study

According to a 2017 study, over 60 percent of UK adults are considered obese. Does the 'normalization' of plus size have anything to do with the ongoing obesity problem?

Public Health June 23, 2018

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.

Medicine June 22, 2018

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 June 22, 2018

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?

Neuroscience June 22, 2018

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

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