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U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Hit a 41 Year High

Drivers hit and killed at least 7,508 pedestrians in 2022, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. That’s a 77% increase since 2010.

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EPA Will Spend $5.8 Billion to Help Clean Up U.S. Drinking Water

Nearly $6 billion in funding will soon be spread through every U.S. state and territory as part of a massive, ongoing effort to clean up the nation's water supply, the Biden Administration announced Tuesday.

EPA Adminstrator Michael Regan and Vice Preside...

E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Raw Milk Cheese

Raw milk cheese tainted with E. coli bacteria has sickened 10 people in four states, hospitalizing four, federal regulators warn.

The cases have been tied to Raw Farm brand raw cheddar cheese, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a food safety alert.

Six of the patients remembered which ty...

Oregon Man Struck by Bubonic  Plague Likely Got It From Pet Cat

An Oregonian who was diagnosed with the bubonic plague -- the disease that killed millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages -- probably got it from an infected pet cat, health officials said.

The patient and all close contacts have been provided medication, officials in Deschutes County, Ore., stated in a

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  • February 14, 2024
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  • Man Dies in First Fatal Case of Alaskapox

    Alaska health officials say a man in that state has died after contracting Alaskapox, a rare virus that mostly infects small mammals.

    In a statement, the Alaska Section of Epidemiology said the patient was “an elderly man from the Kenai Peninsula with a history of drug-induced immunosuppression" due to cancer treatments.

    CDC May Consider Loosening COVID Isolation Guidance

    New, proposed guidance being weighed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans who test positive for COVID-19 no longer need to routinely stay home for five days.

    This is the first time the agency has even considered loosening its COVID isolation guidelines since 2021, and the thinking behind the possible shif...

    Dr. Anthony Fauci to Publish Memoir 'On Call' in June

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, who helped Americans navigate the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic, will reflect on his career in a memoir set for release this summer.

    His publisher, Viking, announced that the book, titled “On Call: A Doctor's Journey in Public Service,” will go on sale June 18.

    “I hope that this memoir will...

    FDA Warns of Dangerous Counterfeit Eyedrops

    Certain copycat eyedrops may be contaminated and could give users an antibiotic-resistant eye infection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

    The packaging for South Moon, Rebright and FivFivGo eyedrops mirrors the packaging for Bausch & Lomb's Lumify eyedrops, an over-the-counter product approved for red eye relief.

    However, samples of the knockoff South Moon...

    Seniors Who Smoke Weed & Drive Are Road Hazards: Study

    Many studies have found that getting high on weed and then getting behind the wheel is dangerous for young drivers, and now new research finds it's no different for seniors.

    In a driving-simulator experiment, seniors who were long-term marijuana smokers were weaving in and out of their lanes 30 minutes after getting high, Canadian researchers report.

    The effect was not seen when the...

    Quaker Oats Widens Recall of Granola Bars, Cereals Linked to Salmonella Risk

    The Quaker Oats Co has widened a recall of granola bars and cereals that was first announced in December, adding more products that may potentially be contaminated with salmonella.

    The products were sold in all U.S. states and territories, with a full list of recalled products listed on the company's updated statement.

    While salmonella...

    As Blizzards Bear Down, Stay Safe From Carbon Monoxide Dangers

    With blizzards and possible power outages threatening much of America this week, some dangers might not be immediately obvious: carbon monoxide poisoning, fires and electric shock.

    “I urge consumers to follow CPSC's safety tips to prepare ahead of storms to prevent loss of life in a storm's aftermath," said Alex Ho...

    FDA Warns of Counterfeit Ozempic

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has uncovered counterfeit Ozempic shots in the legitimate U.S. drug supply chain, and is warning patients to be on their guard.

    The FDA said Thursday that it has seized thousands of counterfeit dos...

    Unapproved 'Fat-Dissolving' Injections Are Leaving Patients Maimed, FDA Warns

    People are being maimed by unauthorized fat-dissolving injections meant to tighten up double chins and dissipate flab along the arms, thighs and stomach, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    The shots are supposed to break down fat cells and reduce fat deposits in the areas around the injection sites.

    But adverse reactions from the unapproved injections are causing scarring,...

    Scent of a Woman's Tears Could Lower Anger Levels in Men

    A man becoming incredibly uncomfortable when a woman starts crying -- to the point he'll do anything to make her stop -- is a reliable old chestnut in TV and movies.

    But there appears to be a biochemical truth to that cliché, a new study reports.

    Women's tears contain scent-borne chemicals that block aggression in men, according to research published in the journal PLOS Biology...

    WHO Declares JN.1 a COVID Variant of Interest as It Spreads Widely

    The new COVID variant known as JN.1 was named a "variant of interest" by the World Health Organization on Tuesday, which means health officials are now closely tracking its rapid spread across the globe.

    So far, the highly mutated variant has not been shown to trigger more severe illness than previous incarnations of the coronavirus. Still, it is spreading faster than its ancestor, the BA...

    Cinnamon in Applesauce That Sickened Kids May Have Been Deliberately Tainted With Lead

    Cinnamon used in applesauce pouches that have been tied to high lead levels in kids may have been deliberately tainted with the toxic element, a source at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

    "We're still in the midst of our investigation," Jim Jones, the FDA's deputy commissioner for human foods, told Politico. "But so far all of the signals we're getting lead to an inten...

    Hospitals in Ukraine Seeing Surge in Drug-Resistant Infections: CDC

    As the war in the Ukraine rages on, new research shows that hospitals there are waging a battle of their own against a different kind of enemy: antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" that are spreading at an alarming rate.

    In a study published Thursday by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, researchers from the CDC and Ukraine's health ministry tested 353 Ukrainian patients for ...

    Wildfires Are Undoing Gains Made Against Air Pollution

    Unhealthy air from wildfires is causing hundreds of additional deaths in the western United States every year, a new study claims.

    Wildfires have undercut progress made in cleaning America's air, and between 2000 and 2020 caused an increase of 670 premature deaths each year in the West, researchers report Dec. 4 in The Lancet Planetary Health journal.

    “Our air is supposed...

    Flu, COVID Cases Climb as RSV Infections Start to Level Off

    MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2023 (Healthday News) -- While flu and COVID cases are now on the rise, RSV infections may soon peak and level off, U.S. health officials report.

    COVID-19 continues to fuel the most hospitalizations and deaths among all respiratory illnesses -- about 15,000 hospitalizations and about 1,000 deaths every week, Dr. M...

    Respiratory Illnesses in China Not Caused by New Virus, CDC Director Testifies

    FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2023 (Healthday News) -- In testimony provided Thursday to members of Congress, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a surge in respiratory illnesses in China is not being fueled by a new virus.

    Instead, the spike can be linked to existing viruses and bacteria, including COVID-19, the flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Mycop...

    Bagged, Precut Onions Tied to Salmonella Illnesses in 22 States

    Federal regulators are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to packaged, diced onions that has sickened at least 73 people across 22 states.

    Fifteen of the illnesses were so bad that people required hospitalization.

    Gills Onions has already issued a recall for the products, which include diced yellow onions, diced onions and celery, diced mirepoix (onions, carrots and celery) ...

    EPA to Ban Carcinogenic Chemical Found in Degreasers, Cleaners

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to ban a cancer-causing chemical commonly used as a furniture cleaner and degreaser.

    The ban would prohibit most uses of trichloroethylene (TCE) within one year. Limited remaining commercial and industrial uses would be phased out over a longer period and would require stringent worker protections.

    “Today, EPA is taking a vit...

    Homeless Americans Face 16 Times the Odds for Sudden Death

    Life on the streets can be deadly, with homeless Americans 16 times more likely to die suddenly than their peers, a new study says.

    “Homeless individuals die young, at a mean age of 50 years,” said study co-author Dr. Zian Tseng, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (...

    What Keeps Dr. Anthony Fauci Awake at Night

    When the pandemic hit, Dr. Anthony Fauci saw his "worst nightmare" realized. Now, a different worry keeps him up at night: that humanity will forget the lessons learned.

    That's the crux of a new editorial penned by Fauci, who became a household name in 2020 after quietly leading the U.S. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for nearly four decades.

    Those years saw ...

    FDA Proposes Ban on Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Over Health Dangers

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed a ban on the use of formaldehyde in hair relaxers over concerns about its link to respiratory problems and certain cancers.

    Right now, the FDA only discourages u...

    As Atrocities in Gaza and Israel Unfold, Psychiatrists Give Advice on Coping

    Whether or not you have loved ones in the Middle East, the horrors of the violence and suffering in Israel and Gaza are heart-wrenching and difficult to bear.

    “It's important to be informed, but don't stress yourself out," said Dr. Gary Small, chair of psychi...

    Use of Hair Relaxers Raises Women's Odds for Uterine Cancer

    Older Black women who use chemical hair relaxers may be more likely to develop uterine cancer, new research suggests.

    Specifically, postmenopausal Black women who reported using hair relaxers more than twice a year or for more than five years had more than a 50% increased risk of being diagnosed with uterine cancer compared to women who rarely or never used relaxers.

    “Black women ...

    Doctor's Group Pulls Paper on 'Excited Delirium,' Often Cited in Cases Involving Excessive Force by Police

    A paper that has been used in court cases to justify excessive police force was withdrawn Thursday by the American College of Emergency Physicians, a prominent doctor's group.

    The paper, published in 2009, was on a condition referred to as “excited delirium.”

    “This [withdrawal] means if someone dies while being restrained in custody ... people can't point to excited delirium ...

    Take These Steps to 'Fall-Proof' Your Home

    The risk of falls increases in older age, and along with it, the risk for serious physical or psychological damage, but there are steps people can take to help prevent these accidents.

    Each year, about 27% of adults 65 and older fall and about 10% of those are injured.

    “If you've experienced a fall or have a fear of falling, you are at a higher risk of falling. Once an older adult...

    FDA Adds Warning to Ozempic Label About Risk for Blocked Intestines

    Ozempic, a type 2 diabetes drug that has increasingly been used to help with weight loss, will now be labeled as having the potential to block intestines.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently made the label update for the drug made by ...

    Tear Gas Might Harm a Woman's Reproductive Health

    Researchers in Minnesota have uncovered a new link between tear gas exposures and negative effects on reproductive health.

    The study was prompted by anecdotal reports of irregular menstrual cycles among protestors who were exposed to tear gas during the nationwide protests that followed the May 2020 murder of George Floyd.

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  • September 25, 2023
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  • Kraft Cheese Slices Recalled Due to Plastic Wrap Choking Hazard

    Kraft Heinz said it is recalling over 83,000 packs of its Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices because of a packaging defect in the plastic that wraps the cheese slices.

    A temporary issue developed on one of the wrapping machines, making it possible for a thin strip of individual film to stay on the cheese slice after the wrapper is removed. Having this film on the cheese could ...

    Doctors Often Wary of Asking Patients About Guns in the Home

    It's an important health topic, but both adult patients and their primary care doctors shy away from discussing firearms and gun safety, a new survey finds.

    While they may discuss a variety of health risks, firearm safety isn't often one of them, the study from Michigan Medicine found.

    Of more than 500 adult patients who had regular checkups during a one-month period, about 56% bypa...

    Choking Hazard Spurs Recall of Bath Toys Sold at Target

    If you have a Chuckle & Roar Ultimate Water Beads Activity Kit, a child's toy made by Buffalo Games and sold exclusively at Target, throw it out.

    The toy is being

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 15, 2023
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  • Red Cross Appeals for Donors During National Blood Shortage

    The American Red Cross said Monday that it urgently needs blood donations because the national blood supply has dropped nearly 25% since early August.

    Back-to-back climate-related disasters have hampered blood collection efforts, and a summer shortfall has made the shortage worse.

    Patients in need of transfusions as part of cancer and sickle cell disease treatments face the potentia...

    Anti-Vax Trend May Harm Pet Dogs, With Half of Owners Against Immunization

    Some people mistrust the safety and effectiveness of human vaccines for COVID-19 and other diseases, a fact that became abundantly clear during the pandemic.

    Now, a new survey of 2,200 dog owners shows this mistrust may often extend to canine vaccinations.

    The finding suggests there is spillover between the issues, with those who have negative feelings about human vaccines more lik...

    Booming Sales of Legal Marijuana Linked to More Car Crashes

    Emergency room visits for injuries related to driving under the influence of cannabis skyrocketed in Canada after the drug was legalized there, a new study reports.

    In October 2018, Canada became the second country to nationally legalize recreational or nonmedical cannabis for adult use.

    While known cannabis-involved emergency department (ED) visits for traffic injuries were still ...

    VA Hospitals See Steep, Steady Rise in Heat-Related Illnesses

    Heat domes and extreme heat waves have been battering the United States for years now, and a new study shows that increasing temperatures are doing real harm to humans.

    A significant increase in heat-related illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion has occurred during the past two decades among patients treated at U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) health facilities, VA researc...

    Warm Waters Raise Risk for Flesh-Eating Bacteria. Here's Tips to Stay Safe

    As waters warm across the United States and hurricanes and flooding season begins, the odds of being infected by flesh-eating bacteria are also rising, U.S. health officials warn.

    According to a Sept. 1 health alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a dozen types of the bacteria called <...

    Counterfeit Pills Fuel Rising Number of Fatal Drug Overdoses

    A growing number of overdose deaths in the United States involve counterfeit pills, health officials reported Thursday.

    Overdose deaths involving counterfeit pills were twice as common in the latter half of 2021 as they were in the last six months of 2019, accounting for about 5% of overdose deaths, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In West...

    Female Surgeons Bring Better Outcomes for Patients, Two Studies Show

    The field of surgery has long been dominated by men, and still is today.

    But two new studies show that if patients want safe, effective long-term results, picking a female surgeon might be key.

    In one study involving more than 1 million Canadian surgical patients whose outcomes were followed for a year, “those treated by a female surgeon were less likely to experience death, hospi...

    Nearing Retirement, America's Lower-Middle Class Faces Increasingly Bad Health

    The American middle-class squeeze has grown even worse in recent years, with many in the “forgotten middle” facing financial pressure and poor health as they near retirement age, a new study reports.

    Essentially, the U.S. middle class has split in two, and those relegated to the lower-middle are facing tough times in retirement, said lead researcher

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  • August 24, 2023
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  • Don't Use Dr. Berne's and LightEyez Eye Drops Due to Bacteria, Fungus, FDA Says

    Tainted eye drops are back in the news, with federal regulators warning consumers not to use certain eye drops because of contamination concerns.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday

    Three Deaths Linked to Listeria-Tainted Milkshakes From Restaurant in Washington State

    A strain of listeria bacteria found in milkshakes at a restaurant in Washington state has been linked to six hospitalizations and three deaths.

    The milkshakes were sold at Frugals restaurant in Tacoma, Wash.

    Only the Tacoma site of Frugals, a small fast-food chain in Washington and Montana, appears to have been affected, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

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    Ignore That New TikTok Trend: Eating Borax Is Dangerous

    Despite what you see on TikTok, don't consume the laundry powder borax to relieve pain and inflammation or boost bone health.

    Even though videos on the social media site tout it as a treatment, this substance is not safe to consume and could cause kidney failure and multi-organ damage, one expert says.

    Dr....

    Leprosy on the Rise in Florida: An Expert Answers Your Questions

    A wave of leprosy cases in Florida has led public health officials to conclude the disease-causing bacteria may be naturally found in the state.

    In the past, most people with leprosy in the United States had been first infected in some other country where it might be more common.

    But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued

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  • August 4, 2023
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  • Could Exposure to Lead Early in Life Raise Odds for Criminality Later?

    Being exposed to lead while in the womb or during early childhood may increase a person's chance of engaging in criminal behavior as an adult, a new review claims.

    To arrive at this conclusion, the review authors evaluated 17 previous studies that used varying methods to test for lead exposure, including blood, bones and teeth. They also addressed the effects of exposure at different ages...

    'Swine Flu' Strain Has Passed Between Humans & Pigs Hundreds of Times

    It's well known that some viruses make the leap from animals to humans, but a new study shows the influenza strain responsible for the 2009 H1N1 pandemic has been particularly prolific in hopping between species.

    That strain, called pdm09, has passed from humans to swine about 370 times since the pandemic, researchers report. Further, subsequent circulation in swine prompted the evolution...

    U.S. Study Takes a Closer Look at Mass Shootings

    The United States has more than 10 times the number of mass shootings than other developed countries, but the factors that account for these events are elusive.

    Now, new research suggests that stems from policy, environmental and socio-cultural factors.

    "I'm constantly asked, 'What is public health doing about the rise in mass shootings?" said researcher

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  • July 27, 2023
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  • Men's Use of Personal Care Products, and Chemicals They Contain, Has Doubled in 20 Years

    Men's use of personal care products has almost doubled since 2004, exposing them to some potentially harmful chemicals, a new study commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) finds.

    Overall, the average American adult uses 12 personal care products a day that contain as many as 112 chemical ingredients. That's a change from the previous average of nine products with 126 unique...

    High Cadmium Levels Linked to Endometriosis

    Women are more likely to develop endometriosis if they have elevated levels of cadmium in their system, a new study reports.

    Twice as many women with slightly or moderately elevated levels of the toxic element wound up with endometriosis compared to women with the lowest levels, researchers say.

    “Although endometriosis is estimated to affect 1 in 10 women, the reason why this cond...

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