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Dr. Scott Roberts of Yale School of Medicine says cordyceps fungus exists in our world, but it’s not a threat to human health -- for now.
Paid sick leave is linked to lower death rates from suicide, homicide and alcohol-related causes, researchers find.
A new, national poll finds many parents worry that school traffic is a danger for kids.
Researchers analyze gas samples taken from 69 stoves and find dozens of hazardous pollutants, including one known carcinogen.
The number of Americans injured by fireworks jumped 25% over the past 15 years.
As the evaluation of the CDC’s internal workings wraps up and the agency looks to modernize, HealthDay’s Mabel Jong will be joined by Kyle McGowan, former chief of staff at the CDC, and Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Michigan’s chief medical executive, to discuss what was learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the agency plans to move forward.
HealthDay’s Mabel Jong is joined by Kyle McGowan, former chief of staff at the CDC, and Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Michigan’s chief medical executive, to discuss how the CDC can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic and improve their systems in the future.
WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Congressional leaders introduced a bill on Tuesday that would further restrict access to the veterinary drug xylazine, which is now being added to fentanyl powder.
Also known as tranq, the drug is meant to be a sedative and muscle relaxer for horses and other large animals and is not approved for human use. But the U.S. Drug Enforcement Admin...
Following a mass shooting that killed three children and three adults at a private Christian school in Tennessee on Monday, public officials are again talking about how to stop the never-ending cycle of gun violence in the United States.
Recent research offers both bad and good news on the issue.
Two separate studies from the same researcher found that firearms deaths involving pres...
A medical device used to diagnose and treat pancreatic and bile duct disease is getting attention from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after pieces have fallen off and remained in patients’ bodies.
Previously, the FDA had expressed
MONDAY, March 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Frozen organic strawberries packaged under a variety of names and sold at stores including Costco, Trader Joe’s and Aldi have been recalled as part of a hepatitis A outbreak investigation.
If you bought a carbon monoxide detector on Amazon and it was sold under the names GLBSUNION and CUZMAK, stop using it.
A strain of avian (bird) flu appears to be killing seals off the New England coast, heightening fears among scientists that mammal-to-mammal transmission could be happening.
If so, it would be a step towards something health experts have long dreaded: A strain of H5N1 bird flu that might spread easily among people, with potentially devastating effects.
"We report an HPAI A (H5N1)...
When you turn your clock forward for the start of daylight saving time, take time for some potentially life-saving safety checks.
“When moving your clocks forward, remember to check every level of your home for working smoke and CO alarms,” said Alexander Hoehn-Saric,...
Public health officials offered a lot of advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 early in the pandemic, but some parents apparently tuned it out.
About 1 in 4 misled others about their child’s COVID status, vaccination and related details, a nationwide survey found.
“Like everyone else, parents worried about getting sick with COVID-19 or about losing their job, but parents also...
Alarmed by the increasing spread of medical misinformation, 50 U.S. medical and science organizations have announced the formation of a new group that aims to debunk fake health news.
Called the Coalition for Trust in Health & Science, the group brings together reputable associations representing American academics, researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, drug and insurance...
Don’t put lip balm on your eyelid, even if you saw it on TikTok.
It’s bad for your eyes, according to a Michigan Medicine expert.
The trend first began back in the 2010s, but has seen a resurgence in 2023.
Called “beezin',” because the trend is to use Burt’s Bees lip balm in particular, some believe it gets them high, heightens the sensation of being drunk or high,...
Locking up firearms can help prevent injury and death, yet a majority of gun owners say they keep at least one gun unlocked in case of emergency.
Rutgers University researchers surveyed more than 2,100 adult gun owners about gun storage, types of locking devices and locking mechanisms.
Two cases of bird flu in Cambodia, in a girl and her father, were not spread from one to the other.
Both got the virus from poultry, according to health officials, easing concerns about a potential public health crisis, the Associated Press reported.
The 11-year-old girl died Feb. 22 at a hospital in the capital, Phnom Penh. She was from the southeastern province of Prey Ve...
While adult bed rails are marketed with safety in mind, they need to be used with caution, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises.
"Many death and injury reports related to entrapment and falls for adult portable bed rail products and hospital bed rails have been reported to the FDA and the CPSC [U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission]," the FDA said in a new
Pedestrian deaths have surged on U.S. roads in recent years, and they are climbing again.
Pedestrian deaths hit a 40-year high in 2021, and numbers for the first half of 2022 were up about 5% over the same period in 2021, according to a new Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) analysis.
It cites a variety of contributors, including heavier vehicles that are more likely to inj...
HBO’s hit series “The Last of Us" envisions a world decimated by a fungal apocalypse.
A real-life insect fungus called Cordyceps makes the leap into humans, turning those stricken into violent zombie-like creatures that spread it to others through bites. Society collapses in a matter of days after the fungus emerges.
But viewers can relax: There’s very little real ris...
Watching the big game on a big TV? Keep safety in mind if young children are around.
Seven of 10 fatal furniture tip-over incidents in children involve a falling television, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns.
Its latest report on furniture-related tip-over incidents turned up an annual average of 19,400 tip-over injuries treated in emergency rooms from 2019 to...
U.S. health officials are investigating whether a specific brand of over-the-counter eyedrops are behind one death and dozens of bacterial infections in several states.
The infections have not been traced to preservative-free EzriCare Artificial Tears, but a majority of people who became ill reported using the drops, the U.S. Center...
A variety of ready-to-eat sausage and charcuterie products are being recalled because they may have come into contact with surfaces that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
The bacteria can cause an invasive infection and is especially dangerous in pregnant women, older adults and those with weakened immune systems.
Daniele International LLC, based in Rhode Island,...
To fight an urgent opioid overdose crisis, a Canadian province took an unusual step on Tuesday.
British Columbia decriminalized small amounts of several hard drugs.
This includes up to 2.5 grams of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, the province's Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions said in a statement
Carbon monoxide is a silent, odorless killer, but even during winter heating season, it's possible to stay safe.
This dangerous gas is produced when fuels burn incompletely.
This can happen in furnaces, both gas- and wood-burning fireplaces, space heaters and vehicles that burn fossil fuel. It’s also possible in water heaters, gas clothes dryers and stoves, as well as other equipm...
Longstanding restrictions on blood donations from gay or bisexual men could soon shift towards a more nuanced policy, where such men are asked about sexual partners and practices instead, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.
Specifically, gay men who are in monogamous relationships will no longer be required to abstain from sex for any period of time before donating to ...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed stricter limits on levels of lead in infant food products.
The agency announced draft guidance for manufacturers that would lower allowable lead levels in processed foods meant for infants and children 2 years and younger.
The change could reduce dietary exposure to lead, which can cause neurological and developmental harm, the FDA ...
MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) – “Pharma bro” Martin Shkreli may have violated a judge’s order banning him from being involved in the pharmaceutical industry, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced Friday.
Shkreli, who was convicted for an illegal scheme to maintain a monopoly on the lifesaving toxoplasmosis drug Daraprim, could now be held in contempt of court for fo...
The pandemic brought the utility of testing wastewater to gauge viral spread to the fore.
Now, experts at the independent National Academies of Sciences (NAS) have issued a report outlining a roadmap for the broader surveillance of Americans' wastewater.
The report "reviews the usefulness of comm...
If a study conducted at one St. Louis hospital is a good indicator, the COVID pandemic is tied to a surge in childhood injuries and deaths due to firearms.
Black children and those in low-income households were at greater risk, according to the University of Missouri-led study.
“We found a significant increase in pediatric firearm injury rates during the pandemic compared to the ...
THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Nearly one quarter of hospitalized people experience a harmful event during their stay, a new study finds.
However, most of the bad outcomes are not preventable because they’re related to known side effects from medications or risks of surgery. The findings were published Jan. 11 in the
While COVID-19 vaccine acceptance rose around the world between 2021 and 2022, wide gaps remain, according to new research.
Teams from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health in Spain (ISGlobal) and City University of New York (CUNY) also noted the need to address vaccine hesitancy with tailored communication strategies.
“The pandemic is not over, and authorities must urgently a...
Two companies are issuing new recalls on Monday for millions of previously recalled rocking sleepers for infants, with about 115 infant deaths possibly linked to use of the sleepers so far reported.
With both products, the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers and the Kids2 Rocking Sleepers, infants have rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, in addition to pos...
Following the deaths of 15 infants, families are advised to immediately stop using all models of Kids2 Rocking Sleepers, according to a second recall notice.
Four of those 15 babies died after the first recall notice, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported.
The company is recalling 694,000 Rocking Sleepers. Parents can contact the Kids2 company for a refund.
For the first time in a decade, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed strengthening standards on fine soot in the air, a known contributor to serious health issues.
Under the new proposal, standards for fine particulate pollution, known as PM 2.5, would change from a level of 12 micrograms per cubic meter to a level between nine and 10 micrograms per cubic meter. The stand...
When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling last June, many feared that abortion bans would jeopardize the health of pregnant women.
Several months later, a conservative group known as the Alliance Defending Freedom sue...
U.S. communities with higher Hispanic, American Indian or Black populations also have the highest concentrations of metal in public water systems, new research reveals.
Researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City found significantly higher arsenic and uranium levels in public drinking water in Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native communities...
In some parts of the United States, young men face a higher risk of dying from gun violence than if they'd gone to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, a new study reports.
Young men living in certain high-violence ZIP codes in Chicago and Philadelphia run a greater risk of firearm death than military personnel who served in recent U.S. wars, according to findings published online Dec. 22 in
Air pollution is plaguing the world's oldest subway system, a new study warns, with high levels of tiny metal particles found in dust samples throughout the London Underground.
Whether these particles actually pose a risk to human health remains an open question, British researchers acknowledge. But experts say it's happening in subway systems elsewhere, including the United States.<...
As the United States moves towards a world in which electric vehicles (EVs) have fully replaced fossil fuel-driven engines, can Americans look forward to reliably cleaner air and better health?
Absolutely, a new study predicts.
By 2050, researchers say, th...
Mpox cases are down significantly in the United States, prompting the federal government to plan not to renew an emergency designation for the virus when it expires late next month.
“Given the low number of cases today, HHS does not expect that it needs to renew the emergency declaration when it ends on January 31, 2023,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said i...
The Laundress, a laundry and cleaning products company, has recalled nearly 8 million of its products over concerns they may be contaminated with various bacteria.
The bacteria include Burkholderia cepacia complex, Klebsiella aerogenes and multiple different species of Pseudomonas. So far, testing has identified these bacteria in certain recalled products, inclu...
Winter weather brings with it plenty of hazards, including risks from carbon monoxide poisoning, and fires.
But the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers suggestions for staying safe on those cold winter nights.
When storms knock out power...
If you've ever left a medical appointment confused, it's probably not you: A new study finds that the medical jargon doctors use can be completely misunderstood by patients.
Common medical lingo that makes perfect sense to doctors often gets lost in translation when conveyed to laypeople, the new research found. It turns out that many people mistakenly believe it's good news if a tum...
Once a year, giant motorcycle rallies ride into places like Daytona Beach, Fla., and Sturgis, S.D., bringing hundreds of thousands of people, an economic boost -- and a wave of crash-related deaths.
That means more organs available for donation and the need to be prepared, according to a
It's not too late to get the latest COVID-19 booster shot.
Whether it's the bivalent vaccine from drug maker Pfizer or from Moderna, the shots offer more protection against symptomatic infection, public health officials reiterated at a White House briefing on Tuesday.
However, since the vaccines debuted in September, only 13% of American adults have gotten the updated boosters, wh...
The whole family — even the youngest members — can take part in Thanksgiving's hours of food preparation by following some safety tips.
The nation's leading pediatrics organization offers some holiday advice for families with young children.
“There's a lot of excitement and joy surrounding meal preparation at this time of year, but it also can be stressful,” said
Research in wild bats is reinforcing a notion crucial to stopping future pandemics: When wildlife populations stay healthy, the odds of "crossover" viruses infecting humans subsides.
In Australia, deforestation has caused a deadly respiratory virus to pass from fruit bats to humans, by forcing the two species into closer contact, a
A happy holiday can go sour quickly when food poisoning joins the party.
Experts from Rutgers New Jersey Poison Control Center offer some tips on safely thawing, preparing and storing food, as well as avoiding issues with alcohol and drugs.
“Forgetting about food safety is a recipe for disaster,” said Diane...
Americans are more likely to carry a loaded handgun than ever before: New research finds about twice as many adults carried in 2019 as did in 2015.
“Between increases in the number of people who own handguns and the number of people who carry every day, there has been a striking increase in handgun carrying in the U.S.,” said lead study author
Guns cause more than half of all suicides in the United States each year, and new research finds most of these are handguns owned by the deceased that were stored unlocked and loaded.
Researchers used data from the National Violent Death Reporting System to examine the deaths of more than 117,000 people who killed themselves with guns between 2003 and 2018.
"These results highlight ...
It might be tempting to buy prescription medication online, but buyers should beware, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
While some pharmacy websites operate legally and can offer convenience, privacy and lower costs, others may be selling unapproved, counterfeit and unsafe medications, the
Hurricane Nicole left thousands of Floridians without power Thursday morning, leading the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to warn residents about the dangers of generators and candles.
The Category 1 hurricane made landfall south of Vero Beach on the East Coast and was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm. It was expected to d...
Heat waves may be killing prisoners in Texas, according to an analysis that found far-higher-than-normal death rates in the state's non-air-conditioned prisons.
“The majority of Texas prisons do not have universal air conditioning,” noted lead study author Julie Skarha. “And in these...