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A new study has found no evidence that COVID-19 shots increase the incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome, according to researchers.

"This is important because we can say that there is no significant increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome in the population," said study ...

How can you make your home safer for your young children? You might want to start by removing window coverings with cords that could strangle a toddler.

"Young children can quickly and silently become strangled on pull cords, conti...

The global public health community should be on the alert for a family of viruses in African monkeys that have the potential to spill over to humans, researchers warn.

In their new study, the scientists noted that while it's not certain what impact these viruses might have on humans, there are troubling parallels to

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 4, 2022
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  • The U.S. government will invest $266 million to shore up the community and public health workforce using American Rescue Plan funding.

    About $225.5 million will go to 83 recipients to support training and apprenticeship for 13,000 new community health workers, CNN reported before Friday's announcement...

    The devastation left by one of the strongest hurricanes to hit Florida in years is immense. But residents flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Ian must be cautious when they return, federal experts warn.

    First off, always assume there's potential risk from electricity or gas leaks, say experts at the U.S. Cent...

    As Hurricane Ian slams Florida, a new study finds that many hospitals positioned near the Gulf and East Coasts are vulnerable to severe flooding from such storms.

    Ian struck the West Coast of Florida Wednesday and careened toward the East Coast. It's then expected to veer north.

    Researchers found that even relatively weak hurricanes pose a serious threat of flooding to hospitals alo...

    As Florida and nearby states brace for the potential impact of Hurricane Ian, residents in the storm's path should also think about the hazards they may face in its aftermath.

    If high winds take out your electricity, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers tips for staying safe.

    First, be cautious about using a generator. The carbon monoxide (CO) from a porta...

    Five years back, “Nugget” the Jack-A-Poo was in serious need of some tender loving veterinary care.

    “He needed vaccinations and a few other things,” Seattle native Grace Stroklund recalled of her sidekick, a Jack Russell Terrier/Toy Poodle mix. “But I was just not in the wheelhouse financially to do any of that.”

    At 23, Stroklund was struggling with her own challenges. H...

    Pediatric surgeon Dr. Rony Marwan has seen way too many kids who have been seriously injured in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents.

    "My kids are not allowed to ride in ATVs because of the horrific things I have seen," said Marwan, ...

    Consumers should immediately stop using HECOPRO digital display carbon monoxide (CO) detectors because they can fail to warn about the presence of the dangerous gas, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said.

    The CPSC issued the warning Thursday after detectors sold on Amazon.com failed tests with a CO concentration of 400 ppm, in violation of safety standards.

    At sus...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning patients who use a particular insulin pump system that unauthorized people could access it and change how much insulin a patient receives.

    The pump at the center of the FDA alert is the Medtronic MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pump S...

    Nitazenes: You've probably never heard of these highly toxic drugs, and neither have many Americans who abuse opioid street drugs.

    That lack of awareness could prove deadly, experts warn, because nitazenes are increasingly being added into heroin and ...

    Monkeypox cases continue to fall in the United States, but public health officials now are concerned that the virus is wending its way into communities of color.

    New case numbers are down by nearly half since early August, White House monkeypox response coordinator Bob Fenton said in a Thursday media briefing....

    Monkeypox was the cause of death in a Los Angeles County adult last week, public health officials confirmed Tuesday.

    This is the first known death from monkeypox to be reported in the United States.

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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  • September 13, 2022
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  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has declared a state emergency after finding evidence of continued community spread of poliovirus.

    Public health officials have detected the virus in a fourth county, Nassau in Long Island, which follows cases detected in Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties.

    That sample was...

    Mientras los investigadores exploran las posibilidades de unas vacunas contra la COVID-19 que no requieran una inyección, las autoridades de salud pública de India y China ya aprobaron nuevas versiones sin agujas para sus ciudadanos.

    En India, los reguladores

  • Hola Doctor and Cara Murez
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  • September 8, 2022
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  • New federal safety standards announced Wednesday aim to keep kids and teens safe from serious or life-threatening injuries from accidental swallowing of high-powered magnets.

    The new standards require that certain products with loose or separable magnets contain only those that are weak or too large to swallow.

    The aim is to reduce injuries that can occur when swallowed magnets att...

    While researchers explore the possibilities of COVID-19 vaccines that don't require an injection, public health officials in India and China have already each approved new needle-free versions for their citizens.

    In India, regulators on Tuesday

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 7, 2022
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  • A new report reveals a hidden secret about the nation's beautiful rural roads: They're too often fatal for motorists.

    Nearly half of all U.S. crashes happen on rural roads, despite only 19% of Americans living in those areas. The report, conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), details why and what can be done to prevent these fatal crashes.

    “Roads are the b...

    While the number of Americans with known monkeypox infections is dropping, that may signal what's happening in big cities, experts say.

    It is not the end of the outbreak, they warn.

    Cases are down about 40% in the United States, an NBC News analysis finds. The seven-day avera...

    Many teenagers have a hard time discerning between accurate health messages and “fake news," a new study finds.

    Presented with a choice between fake and true health messages, about two in five teenagers considered both messages equally trustworthy, researchers found...

    A total of 97 people across six states have now been made ill by E. coli, in an outbreak possibly tied to contaminated lettuce used in sandwiches sold at Wendy's restaurants.

    "Since the last update on August 25, 2022, 13 more illnesses have been reported to CDC," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and P...

    Yes, you can get monkeypox at the gym, but there's no need to panic, one expert says.

    “We have plenty of ways to protect ourselves in this setting,” said Dr. Thomas Giordano, ...

    Munching handfuls of microwave popcorn might be perfect for movie night, but your snack could be loading your body with potentially harmful "forever chemicals," experts warn.

    Many microwave popcorn bags are lined with

    In Washington state, 22 wildlife bridges and underpasses provide animals with a safe way through to search for food or escape predators and wildfires.

    It turns out the crossings have been benefiting humans, too.

    In a 10-mile radius around wildlife crossings, there are between one and three fewer collisions a year between vehicles and animals, a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 31, 2022
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  • Customers who bought a bestselling mattress sold on Amazon and at retailers nationwide are suing the manufacturer amid claims that fiberglass fibers in the product have damaged their health.

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    COVID-19 vaccines do not increase your risk for stroke, new research shows, but severe COVID infection does, and experts hope the finding will ease the concerns of those who are hesitant to get the shot.

    “We now know that patients who've had a vaccine are not at higher risk of stroke, thanks to a large body of data with millions of patients who have been included,” said Dr. Alexis Sim...

    U.S. doctors administered more than 150,000 doses of useless monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19 patients early this year, spending loads of cash on therapies that had been deemed of no benefit, a new study has found.

    FRIDAY, Aug 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) - - A total of 84 people across four states have now been made ill by E. coli, in an outbreak possibly tied to contaminated lettuce used in sandwiches sold at Wendy's restaurants.

    "Since the last update on August 19, 2022, 47 more illnesses have been reported to CDC,...

    The number of monkeypox cases around the world dropped by 21% in the last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday.

    This significant decline may signal that the outbreak in Europe is finally waning, the WHO

  • By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 25, 2022
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  • Lori McClintock, the wife of Northern California congressman Tom McClintock, died late last year after taking white mulberry leaf, a herb used to treat diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol, a recently released report shows.

    The cause of death listed in the report was dehydration due to

  • By Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 25, 2022
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  • MONDAY, Aug 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) - - Amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 37 people in four states, the Wendy's fast food chain has removed romaine lettuce from its sandwiches in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    "A specific food has not yet been confirmed as the source of this outbreak...

    PFAS compounds are known as “forever chemicals” because they degrade slowly in the environment and accumulate in the body, potentially harming human and animal health.

    Bacteria can't eat them. Fire can't incinerate them. Water can't dilute them.

    Instead, these per- and polyfluoroalkyl subs...

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to respond quickly enough during the COVID-19 pandemic and needs an major overhaul, Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday.

    With her rebuke, she sketched out a plan to prioritize action on public health needs, The N...

    A COVID-19 booster that's targeted to the Omicron variant will be available soon — and it's already been approved in Britain.

    The U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency was the first to give the go-ahead for th...

    While most people know that breathing in wildfire smoke isn't good for respiratory health, they may not know that unclean air is also problematic for the heart.

    Individuals with underlying

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 15, 2022
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  • The most popular COVID-19 vaccines are safe to use in pregnancy, a large, new Canadian study has concluded.

    About 4% of pregnant women given an mRNA vaccine had a signif...

    State and local health officials have detected the poliovirus in New York City's wastewater, a finding that indicates the virus has spread widely since first being discovered in the wastewater of a neighboring county last month.

    The New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health...

    Inflatable bounce houses are big, colorful, cheap to rent and practically scream "childhood fun." So, what could possibly go wrong?

    It turns out plenty. For one thing, the air-filled party staples are vulnerable to being blown aloft and even flipped over if left unmoored, a new study warns.

    But even when staked firmly in place, researchers warn that the biggest problem is the potent...

    The popular diabetes drug Januvia may contain traces of a probable carcinogen, but patients should keep using the medication because it could be dangerous to stop taking it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this week.

    Despite the discovery that Nitroso-STG-19 (NTTP) had been found in some samples of the drug, known generically as

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 12, 2022
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  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it has loosened its COVID-19 social distancing recommendations as the American public learns to live with the virus in its midst.

    “We're in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools — like vaccination, boosters, and treatments — to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID-19,”...

    Even a "small" nuclear war, far short of a global conflict, could kill much of the world's population due to starvation, a new study projects.

    Any nuclear war would have obviously devastating effects in the places where it was waged — obliterating cities, instantly killing huge numbers of people, and contaminating local soil and water.

    But the destruction would be expected to stre...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to three companies, including Amazon, for selling unapproved products for removing moles and skin tags.

    No over-the-counter medications hav...

    New Yorkers who aren't vaccinated for polio should get their shots, state public health officials warned Thursday after the virus was found in seven wastewater samples in two neighboring counties.

    The finding comes after an unvaccinated adult in Rockland County last month became the first person known to be

    The Biden Administration on Thursday declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency, a move intended to dramatically ramp up the fight against the spread of the virus.

    “We're prepared...

    Splash pads -- those shallow pools of wet, cooling summertime fun for kids -- can also be sources of nasty gastro infections for youngsters who swallow water during their play.

    That's the take-home lesson from a new analysis of outbreaks of two bacterial illnesses, shigellosis and

  • By Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 4, 2022
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  • People appear less likely to turn to dangerous synthetic pot products in U.S. states where marijuana has been legalized, a new Washington State University study finds.

    Researchers discovered a 37% drop in poisoning reports for

  • By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 4, 2022
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  • Americans could see an easing of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations as soon as this week.

    Updated guidance expected from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would change current recomm...

    U.S. health officials are in the crosshairs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, facing threats and harassment from the public they serve.

    And a growing percentage of U.S. adults are fine with that, according to a new Cornell University study.

    Analysis of public opinion ...

    The White House announced Tuesday that Robert Fenton Jr., a regional administrator with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has been named the country's new monkeypox coordinator.

    The news came as two more states joined New York, New York City and San Francisco in declaring monkeypox a public health emer...

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