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21 Oct

Cleaning Products and Lung Health

Nurses regularly exposed to disinfectants at work may be at increased risk of serious lung diseases.

07 Jun

How Many Microplastic Particles Do We Really Consume?

Men, women and children may be consuming tens of thousands of microplastic particles each year.

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Roll Up Your Sleeve and Donate Blood for Cancer Patients

Many people don't realize that cancer patients are in constant need of blood supplies.

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer can damage the body's ability to produce healthy blood cells and cause potentially life-threatening conditions. Blood transfusions help provide critical clotting factors, proteins and antibodies.

Now, the American Red Cross and the American C...

Measles Complications Can Affect Every Organ: Study

Hepatitis, appendicitis and viral meningitis are among the serious complications that can occur when you get the measles, doctors warn in a new report.

The study -- which outlines cases involving three adults who developed major complications -- is also a reminder of the importance of vaccination against the illness.

Measles is highly contagious, but it's also easily prevent...

Vaping Causes DNA Changes Similar to Those in Cancer: Study

People who vape have potentially cancer-causing changes in their DNA similar to those found in cigarette smokers, according to a new study.

These chemical alterations -- called epigenetic changes -- can cause genes to malfunction. They are found in nearly all types of cancer, as well as other serious diseases, the researchers noted.

"That doesn't mean that these people are g...

Antiviral Drug, Plasma Transfusions Show Promise in Treating Coronavirus

The race is on to find effective treatments against the new COVID-19 coronavirus spreading through China, and two new therapies show real promise, researchers say.

One is an experimental antiviral medicine that already being used by Chinese doctors on a "compassionate" basis in coronavirus patients and has shown effectiveness in monkey trials.

The other involves transfusing ...

Air Pollution Made in One State Can Cause Deaths in Others

Deadly air pollution doesn't stop at state borders, researchers warn.

Their analysis of 2005-2018 data on different types of air pollution from a variety of sources showed that half of pollutants generated in one state are carried by winds to affect the health and life span of people in other states.

More than half of early deaths related to air pollution in the United State...

Consumers Waste Twice as Much Food as Experts Thought

Much more food is wasted worldwide than commonly thought, a new study shows.

In 2005, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimated that one-third of all food available for human consumption was wasted.

This figure has been used to show the extent of food waste worldwide, but it considers supply alone and not consumer behavior.

The new...

Coronavirus Fears Have U.S. Pharmacies Running Out of Face Masks

As millions in China scramble to find and wear face masks they believe will protect them against the new coronavirus, many Americans are trying to do the same.

In a new survey conducted by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), nearly two-thirds (63%) of U.S. pharmacists said they've had customers buy surgical masks as a precaution against coronavirus, and nearly a...

Some U.S. Workers Are Bringing Toxins Home to Their Kids

People who work with potentially dangerous chemicals or hazardous metals such as lead may unwittingly bring those toxic substances home, a new review says.

In the home, these substances put family members, especially children, at risk of serious illness.

While precautions may be taken in the workplace to protect workers, these take-home exposures may fall into a regulatory bli...

Texting While Walking Is Risky Business

The dangers of "distracted driving" are well-known, but texting while walking may also be a road hazard, a new research review finds.

Pedestrians who are busy texting are less likely to look both ways before crossing the street and have caused a growing number of "close calls" with cars, the review found. And while chatting on a cellphone or listening to music can be distracting, neit...

As Health Experts Fear Possible Pandemic, 2nd Death Reported Outside China

While health experts fear that the coronavirus outbreak in China will become a pandemic as infections topped 20,600 worldwide, the second death outside China was reported in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

On Monday, U.S. officials reported three more cases in California, bringing the total in this country to 11.

A pandemic, which is when there are epidemics occurring on two or more c...

As Health Experts Fear Possible Pandemic, U.S. Reports Cases Have Hit 11

While health experts fear that the coronavirus outbreak in China will become a pandemic as infections topped 17,000 worldwide, U.S. officials reported three more cases in California, bringing the total in this country to 11.

A pandemic, which is when there are epidemics occurring on two or more continents, is looking more likely by the day, as the World Health Organization (WHO) repor...

U.S. Bans Foreign Travelers From China as 8th Case of Coronavirus Confirmed

The United States will temporarily bar entry to any foreigners who have recently traveled to China because of a coronavirus outbreak in that country that has sickened nearly 14,000 and killed just over 300.

Since Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed two more U.S. cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to eight. The seventh case is a man from Cali...

U.S. Bans Foreign Travelers From China as 7th Case of Coronavirus Confirmed

The United States said Friday it will temporarily bar entry to any foreigners who have recently traveled to China because of a coronavirus outbreak in that country that has sickened nearly 12,000 and killed just over 250.

On the same day, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a seventh case of coronavirus in a man from California who had recently traveled to W...

Study Estimates Actual Coronavirus Case Count in Wuhan May Be Near 76,000

Nearly 76,000 people in the city of Wuhan, China, may have already been infected with the new coronavirus, an estimate that is far higher than the number of cases reported so far, researchers say.

On Friday, Chinese health officials said nearly 10,000 cases of the virus called 2019-nCoV have been reported, with 213 deaths at this point. The World Health Organization declared the outbr...

Your Game Plan for Keeping 'Super Bowl Flu' at Bay

Don't get tackled by the flu if you go to a Super Bowl party this weekend.

Some simple precautions can protect you and others, said Libby Richards, an associate professor who specializes in public health at Purdue University School of Nursing in West Lafayette, Ind.

"If you are sick or a family member or friend you are planning on visiting for a Super Bowl gathering is sick ...

Coronavirus Doesn't Have to Scare You or Your Kids, Psychologists Say

Coronavirus is all over the news, and people are talking about the latest outbreak that started in China and appears to be rapidly spreading to other countries.

It's happened before. Ebola. MERS. SARS. All are dangerous diseases that took lives, but the widespread panic about these illnesses affected millions more. So, how can you stay calm when these threats arise, and how can you k...

U.S. Issues Highest Travel Alert for China as WHO Declares Health Emergency

The United States issued its highest travel alert for China on Thursday night, advising all Americans to avoid travel to that country because of a coronavirus outbreak that has now sickened nearly 10,000 and killed just over 200.

The advisory came just hours after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak an international public health emergency and the United St...

Spring Time Change Tied to More Fatal Car Crashes

Turning the clocks ahead one hour in the spring and losing an hour of sleep increases the risk of fatal car crashes, new research shows.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 733,000 fatal car crashes that occurred between 1996 and 2017 in states that make the spring switch to Daylight Saving Time (DST).

The risk of fatal crashes rose nearly 6% in the we...

Even Low Levels of Air Pollution Add to Risk of Cardiac Arrest

All it takes is short-term exposure to fine-particle air pollution from cars and bushfires to increase the risk of cardiac arrest, a new study warns.

The findings underscore the need for tighter worldwide limits on so-called PM2.5 air pollution and development of cleaner energy sources, according to the authors.

"As no boundary exists in air quality among countries, a global...

WHO Declares Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency, U.S. Reports First Person-to-Person Infection

The World Health Organization declared the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak an international public health emergency on Thursday, as the United States reported its first case of person-to-person transmission of the virus.

The declaration states that the world's top health advisory body thinks the situation is grave, The New York Times reported. Countries can then make their own decis...

Will a Face Mask Protect You From Coronavirus?

The dreaded coronavirus in China has many reaching for face masks across the globe.

But while mandatory in Wuhan, China, where the virus originated, a face mask is of little use, practically speaking, some experts say.

"A surgical mask might provide some protection, but it's going to be very modest," said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbi...

Just 1% of Doctors Prescribe Nearly Half of Opioids in U.S.

Nearly half of all opioid doses and more than a quarter of all opioid prescriptions in the United States come from 1% of health care providers, a new study says.

The authors said this suggests that efforts to reduce overuse of prescription opioid painkillers should not focus on strict limits for all doctors but on a small percentage.

"Most p...

Hospitalized Coronavirus Patients Develop Pneumonia, About 10% Die: Study

It's still the early days, but a report on the first 99 cases of the new coronavirus treated at a hospital in Wuhan, China, finds severe respiratory infection that proved fatal in about 10% of cases.

It should be noted that the report only involved patients sick enough to warrant hospitalization with 2019-nCoV -- the overall death rate from the infection remains much lower than th...

Family's Experience in Vietnam Shows Coronavirus Spreading Outside China

A man from Wuhan, the Chinese city that's the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, apparently transmitted the infection to his son living in Vietnam, a new case report shows.

The report, published Jan. 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine, highlights how the respiratory illness can spread person-to-person, experts say.

As of Wednesday morning, 5,974 cases of th...

Where Is the New Coronavirus Most Likely to Spread?

As Chinese health officials fight to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has sickened nearly 6,000 and killed 132, British researchers have mapped out which international cities are most vulnerable to its spread.

While the greatest risk for infection with what is now dubbed 2019-nCoV are the cities of Bangkok, Hong Kong and Taipei, that doesn't mean other cities around the world are ...

New Coronavirus Infections in China Top SARS Total, as U.S Evacuates Americans

As the case count in China's new coronavirus outbreak eclipsed those reported in the 2003 SARS outbreak on Wednesday, the United States evacuated 200 Americans from the center of the epidemic.

Overnight, the number of cases of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus in China shot from 4,515 to 5,974, while the death toll climbed to 132. There were 5,327 cases and 348 deaths reported in China during...

Coronavirus Deaths Top 100 in China, While U.S Issues Travel Alert

As the death toll in China's coronavirus outbreak surpassed 100 on Tuesday, the United States expanded its travel alert and prepared to evacuate American government workers who are in the center of the epidemic.

Overnight, the number of cases of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus in China shot from 2,835 to 4,515, the New York Times reported. Of those cases, 976 are considered severe.

Coronavirus Cases Top 2,700 in China, While 5th U.S. Case Is Confirmed

Chinese officials extended the New Lunar Year holiday on Sunday, as the number of cases of a new coronavirus climbed past 2,700 and the death toll reached 81.

Meanwhile, the United States reported on Sunday that its latest case count for the 2019-nCoV virus has climbed to five.

"To date, we have 110 of what we call persons under investigation in 26 states. This is a cumulati...

Even Female Bosses Face Sexual Harrassment: Study

When most people think of sexual harassment of females on the job, they assume it's happening to lower-level staffers. But surprisingly, women supervisors actually encounter more of it than other female workers, a new study finds.

Researchers examined workplace sexual harassment in the United States, Japan and Sweden. They found that female supervisors experienced between 30% and ...

Chicago Woman Is 2nd U.S. Case of Wuhan Virus

A Chicago woman in her 60s has been identified as the second U.S. patient to be diagnosed with a new Chinese coronavirus, health officials announced Friday.

The woman visited China in late December and returned to Chicago from Wuhan on Jan. 13, days before the CDC started screening incoming passengers for coronavirus.

A few days after returning home the woman began to feel s...

First Clinical Studies Find Wuhan Virus Closely Resembles SARS

The new coronavirus rapidly spreading in China and nearby countries seems to trigger symptoms similar to those seen in the severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (SARS) coronavirus outbreak in 2003, two new studies show.

Published Jan. 24 in The Lancet journal, these are the first clinical studies conducted on patients struck by the new coronavirus, dubbed 2019-nCoV. As of ...

What You Need to Know Now About the Wuhan Virus

As China scrambles to contain an outbreak of a new coronavirus spreading rapidly within its own borders and to other countries, U.S. infectious disease experts tackled questions about the emerging virus.

What is the novel coronavirus circulating in China?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses responsible for about one out of every four cases of the common cold, ...

Scientists Trace Coronavirus Outbreak to Snakes

Snakes may be the source of the new coronavirus outbreak in humans that started in China and has spread to other countries.

Patients who became infected with the virus -- named 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization -- were exposed to wildlife at a wholesale market where seafood, poultry, snakes, bats and farm animals were sold, researchers report.

The Chinese scientists...

Super-Cooled Injections Might Ice Away 'Deep Fat'

The Harvard-associated lab that created the "CoolSculpting" process of reducing fat says it's on the trail of the next advance in nonsurgical slimming.

CoolSculpting freezes fat cells by applying an ice-cold gel pad to the skin, causing cells to die off and either be flushed away or absorbed by the body, said lead researcher Dr. Lilit Garibyan, an investigator at the Wellman Center for ...

Just 2% of Patients Who Need It Get Anti-Opioid Drug Naloxone

Naloxone can prevent opioid overdose deaths, but only a tiny percentage of Americans at risk are prescribed the lifesaving drug.

That's the key finding from an analysis of nationwide data on adults with private health insurance.

The researchers found that while naloxone (Evzio, Narcan) prescriptions in this group rose between January 2014 and mid-2017, only 1.6% of thos...

Many Americans Are Inactive, With Southerners Faring Worse

Uncle Sam has a message for sluggish Americans: Get moving now.

More than 15% of American adults are physically inactive, a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study reports. And all that time on the couch or staring into a computer screen adds to the risk of health problems and premature death.

"Too many adults are inactive, and they may not know how much...

Are Doctors Discarding 'Injured' Kidneys That Might Be Used for Transplant?

Many of the donor kidneys that are discarded each year in the United States could instead be effectively transplanted, a large new study suggests.

At issue are kidneys from deceased donors that are acutely injured. Right now in the United States, about 30% of those organs are discarded, rather than being given to patients on transplant waitlists.

But the new study found ...

More Studies Link Vaping to Asthma, COPD

Lung illnesses and deaths from vaping have been grabbing headlines for months, and now two new studies offer fresh evidence pointing to long-term respiratory concerns.

The studies link the use of electronic cigarettes to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

"These studies add to the body of evidence on the relationship between electronic cigarette use a...

Heart Transplants From Donors With Hepatitis C May Be Safe: Study

One-year survival rates are similar for transplant patients who receive a heart from a donor with hepatitis C or one without the infectious virus, a new study finds.

The researchers suggest that using hearts from donors with hepatitis C, a viral infection of the liver, may be safe and could help reduce a U.S. organ shortage.

The study included nearly 7,900 adults with heart ...

New Study Reports Alarming Surge in E-Scooter Accidents

Electric scooter accidents are sending droves to emergency rooms -- especially young adults, a new study finds.

As e-scooters' popularity has exploded, so have injuries -- skyrocketing 222% between 2014 and 2018 to more than 39,000. Hospital admissions also soared -- 365% to nearly 3,300.

Head injuries made up about a third of the injuries -- twice the rate seen in...

As Manufacturing Jobs End, Opioid OD Deaths May Rise

It's a connection that health officials might miss, but an alarming new study shows that when factories close, deaths from opioid overdoses soar.

"There's this sense of increasing despair among people -- especially people who are working-class who have seen in the last several decades a lot of their economic opportunities wither away," said lead researcher Dr. Atheendar Venkataraman...

Cases of Flu Continue to Mount Across America

Flu continues to spread throughout the United States and has reached elevated levels in nearly every state.

"We're still seeing an increase in activity, which is what we've been experiencing over the last few weeks," said Dr. Scott Epperson, an epidemiologist in the influenza division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

So far the CDC estimates th...

Heavy Drinking Plus Xanax, Valium: A Dangerous Mix

People who regularly drink to excess are also likely to use benzodiazepines, a new study finds.

These drugs -- like Valium (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), and Restoril (temazepam) -- are used to treat depression and anxiety.

But when heavy drinkers use them, benzodiazepines (sometimes referred to as "benzos") may increase the risk...

Skin-Lightening Cream Could Cause Nerve Damage, CDC Report Warns

A skin-lightening cream from Mexico that contained toxic mercury left a California woman with significant central nervous system damage, doctors report in a case study.

Many weeks after her initial hospitalization, the woman requires "ongoing tube feeding for nutritional support" and can't speak or care for herself, according to the authors.

The cream contained a form of org...

Prepared Bystanders Save Lives When Cardiac Arrest Strikes

Few Americans survive cardiac arrest when it happens outside a hospital, but if more people knew how to recognize it and do CPR the odds might be better, a new study finds.

Only about 8% of those who suffer a cardiac arrest -- a sudden stoppage of the heart -- survive. Simply knowing what to do and doing it can increase the chance of survival, researchers say.

Three st...

New Studies Show Vaping Illnesses Tapering Off

Even as the number of Americans hospitalized with a lung injury tied to vaping passed the 2,500 mark this week, new research confirms case counts are finally declining and vitamin E acetate remains the most likely culprit in the outbreak.

"The outbreak is getting better," Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a...

Puppies: They're Cute, Cuddly and Making People Ill, CDC Says

Puppies in pet stores appear to have transmitted a dangerous, antibiotic-resistant germ that's sickened 30 people across 13 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Tuesday.

The infection in question is a multidrug-resistant form of Campylobacter jejuni, the agency said in a statement. So far, of 24 patients interviewed by the CDC, 21 (88%) said...

FDA Approves First Disposable Duodenoscope, Reducing Infection Risk

Improperly cleaned duodenoscopes -- a type of endoscope used to diagnose illness in the pancreas and bile ducts -- have been linked to hundreds of cases of severe, sometimes fatal, infections in patients.

Now, U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the first disposable duodenoscope should pave the wave for procedures that nearly eliminate that worry.

"The availability...

FDA Testing Levels of Carcinogen in Diabetes Drug Metformin

Levels of possible cancer-causing chemicals in metformin diabetes medications are under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Metformin is a prescription drug used to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Over the past year and a half, several types of drugs -- including angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) used for high blood pressu...

Cleaner Air Quickly Brings Big Health Benefits, Study Finds

When people are breathing cleaner air, their health generally improves -- rapidly, in some cases, a new review shows.

The report, from the Environmental Committee of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), details some of the evidence on air quality and human health. Overall, it concludes, people can reap a range of benefits when air pollution is cut -- from fewer as...

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