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B 8/10 -- FDA Warns Amazon, Other Vendors About Sale of Skin Tag Removal Products

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) – 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 t...

New Yorkers Warned of Possible Community Spread of Polio

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – 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 mo...

U.S. Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

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...

Wildlife Park's 'Splash Pad' Source of Severe Gastro Infections in Kids

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- 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,

  • By Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 4, 2022
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  • B 8/9 -- When Pot Made Legal, Poisonings From Synthetic Pot Decline

    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

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  • August 4, 2022
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  • CDC Set to Ease COVID Guidance, Including for Schools

    THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) – 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

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 4, 2022
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  • Rising Number of Americans Think It's OK to Harass Public Health Officials

    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 ...

    New U.S. Monkeypox Coordinator Named as California, Illinois Declare Public Health Emergencies

    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...

    San Francisco, N.Y. State Declare Monkeypox Public Health Emergencies

    Both San Francisco and New York state declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday, as they struggle to gain access to more resources to help contain the spread of the virus.

    About 40% of the 4,907 monkeypox cases recorded in the United States have been

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 29, 2022
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  • US to Send Out 800,000 Doses of Monkeypox Vaccine

    THURSDAY, July 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Amid public concerns about a slow government response to monkeypox, U.S. health regulators on Wednesday signed off on the distribution of another 800,000 doses of vaccine to stem the outbreak.

    The additional shots of the

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 28, 2022
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  • Rare, Deadly Bacterial Illness Is Now in United States, CDC Warns

    THURSDAY, July 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) – A bacteria that causes a rare but serious disease has been discovered in soil and water samples in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi after two people who live near each other fell ill.

    In a notice issued Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Contro...

    Face Shields No Match for COVID Spread

    Clear shields that cover in front of the face have been a fairly frequent sight since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

    They're worn with or without a mask on the nose and mouth.

    Though these face shields do offer some protection, none of 13 styles studied offered high protection against...

    Biden Administration May Declare Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

    As monkeypox continues to spread, with nearly 3,500 cases now reported in the United States, the Biden administration is weighing whether to declare the outbreak a public health emergency.

    The administration may also name a White House coordinator to supervise the response, all in an effort to ...

    WHO Declares Monkeypox a Global Health Emergency

    Monkeypox, which has now spread to 75 countries and sickened at least 16,000 people, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    The declaration came after WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus overruled a panel of advisors that could not come...

    Salmonella Linked to Pet Turtles Has Hospitalized 5, CDC Says

    Tiny turtles are the cause of a multistate outbreak of salmonella that has led to five hospitalizations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

    The agency has linked an outbreak that has infected at least 15 people in 11 states to turtles th...

    3 Key Changes Could Make Roads Safer for Older Pedestrians

    Better lighting and other changes to street crossings could improve pedestrian safety for seniors -- the age group most likely to be killed by oncoming vehicles.

    Researchers pored over four years of Oregon crash data for locations considered dangerous for walkers age 65 and older. They called for changes to improve visibility and illumination, to increase the use of left-turn traffic sign...

    Biden Administration Announces New Division to Deal With Pandemics

    The Biden administration announced Thursday that it will create a new division in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focused solely on coordinating responses to pandemic threats and other health emergencies.

    The office of the existing Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will become its own operating division called the Administration for Strategic...

    U.S. Hospitals Are Getting Safer for Patients, Study Finds

    U.S. hospitals became much safer places for patients over the past decade, with medical errors and adverse events declining significantly across the nation, federal government data show.

    Between 2010 and 2019, patient safety dramatically improved among the four types of conditions for which people are most often hospitalized: heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and major surgical proc...

    Which Americans Are Most (and Least) Prepared for Disasters?

    When hurricanes, floods and fires hit, everyone can struggle to respond and cope, but new research suggests that women, people with kids under 18, renters, the poor, and Black and Asian Americans are the most vulnerable to weather disasters.

    These groups need special help before disasters occur to make sure they're equipped to act, said lead researcher Smitha Rao, an assistant professor ...

    Paintball Guns Are Being Used to Harm - And Blinding Victims

    When a paintball bursts out of a CO2-powered gun, it can travel nearly 300 feet per second.

    Pointed in the direction of a face, that paintball - meant to be used in certain jobs or for entertainment while wearing protective gear - can cause devastating injury to the eye, including ruptur...

    U.S. Extends COVID Public Health Emergency Another 3 Months

    As the latest Omicron subvariant fuels climbing case counts in the United States, the Biden administration has extended the country's public health emergency status through mid-October.

    Known as BA.5, the subvari...

    Stay Safe in Summer's Sizzle

    Temperatures are skyrocketing across the United States, as the high sky sun bakes everyone who ventures out for some summer fun.

    Unfortunately, these record high temperatures increase your risk of experiencing heat-related illnesses during your typical summer activities, said Dr. Maria Mejia, associate professor of fam...

    As Monkeypox Cases Spike, U.S. Orders More Vaccine, Boosts Testing

    With monkeypox cases continuing to climb in the United States, federal health officials said Friday they have ordered another 2.5 million doses of monkeypox vaccine and boosted national testing capacity to respond to the outbreak.

    The news comes not a moment too soon, as demand for the vaccine outstrips supply and clinics in some American cities run out of supplies almost as soon as they ...

    Demand for Monkeypox Vaccine Overwhelms U.S. Cities

    As monkeypox cases continue to climb worldwide, demands for vaccines to combat the virus are crashing the vaccine appointment system in New York City.

    The city of over 8 million people has been running out of supplies almost as soon as they arrive, the Associated Press reported.

    City health officials acknowledged the frustration over the limited vaccine supply and said the...

    COVID Pandemic Slowed Progress Against Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbugs'

    The COVID pandemic has eaten into the progress made against drug-resistant infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The agency reported that hospital-related infections and deaths grew by 15% during the pandemic's first year, 2019 to 2020. The increase owes to

  • By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 12, 2022
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  • Abortion Bans Could Put Lives of Cancer Patients in Jeopardy

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will limit cancer treatment options for pregnant women and put lives needlessly at risk, America's leading cancer societies warn.

    About one in every 1,000 women who are pregnant will wind up being diagnosed wi...

    Weed Killer Glyphosate Found in Most Americans' Urine

    More than 80% of Americans have a widely used herbicide lurking in their urine, a new government study suggests.

    The chemical, known as glyphosate, is "probably carcinogenic to humans," the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer has said. Glyphosate is t...

    Bumble Bee Clams Recalled Due to PFAS Chemical

    Bumble Bee Foods is recalling some canned, smoked clams because they contain high levels of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

    The voluntary recall, announced July 6,...

    WHO Says Global Monkeypox Cases Have Jumped 77% in One Week

    More than 6,000 monkeypox cases in 59 countries have surfaced since the outbreak began in May, the World Health Organization confirmed Thursday.

    The United Nation's health agency reported a 77% rise in cases on Thursday, wit...

    Why COVID Spread So Fast in California's Prisons

    An array of problems, including overcrowding, led to a surge of COVID-19 cases in California prisons in 2020-2021, a new report details.

    Preventing outbreaks in the future will require a comprehensive list of fixes, from reducing overcrowding in the state's 34 adult prisons to improving old buildings. Vaccination drives and methods for rapid detection are also necessary, researchers said...

    Vaccinations Cut U.S. COVID Deaths by 58%: Study

    The U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program slashed the coronavirus' expected death rate by as much as 58%, saving hundreds of thousands of lives during the first two waves of the pandemic, a new study says.

    Computer models estimate that vaccines prevented 235,000 COVID deaths in the United States between December 2020 and September 2021, blunting the death toll from both the original virus and...

    Gas Used in Homes Has Links to Cancer; Leaks Often Undetected

    The natural gas being piped into your home contains a wide array of toxic chemicals, including nearly two dozen so harmful they're classified as hazardous air pollutants, a new study says.

    Natural gas samples taken from 69 Boston-area cooking stoves were found to contain at least 21 different hazardous air pollutants, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and hexane, according ...

    Many Very Ill After Eating Daily Harvest Lentil Crumbles; FDA Investigating

    Fallout is mounting for the food delivery service Daily Harvest, which has voluntarily recalled a frozen food product suspected of sickening hundreds of customers in at least 26 states.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating. And an Oklahoma woman has sued...

    U.S. Fireworks Injuries Are on the Rise

    Fourth of July celebrations often include festive picnics and dazzling fireworks, but these holiday pyrotechnics are causing a growing number of injuries and deaths.

    Fireworks-related injuries and deaths in the United States have climbed by about 25% over the past 15 years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 1, 2022
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  • Tests Find Salmonella in Third of Store-Bought Ground Chicken

    Nearly one-third of ground chicken may contain dangerous salmonella, a new Consumer Reports investigation shows.

    Based on its findings, the group called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which regulates the nation's meat supply, to redouble its efforts to protect consumers from this bacteria, which can cause

    Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA Warns

    Neck floats marketed for babies to use in water can lead to serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week.

    The inflatable plastic rings are especially dangerous for infants who have developmental delays or special needs, such as those with spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy...

    Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' Now Widespread in Pigs, Can Jump to Humans

    A strain of the superbug MRSA has emerged in pigs that is highly resistant to antibiotics and a growing cause of human infections.

    University of Cambridge researchers said this particular strain of MRSA, short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, has shown up in livestock over the past 50 ye...

    WHO Says Monkeypox not a Global Health Threat for Now

    The spread of monkeypox should be closely monitored, the World Health Organization said on Saturday, but it is not a global emergency at this time.

  • By Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • June 27, 2022
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  • Live in a Wildfire Zone? Be Prepared

    More Americans now live in wildfire zones as wildfire seasons have become longer, with hotter, faster-moving fires.

    If you're one of those who live in a location threatened by wildfires, it's important to be prepared, according to Environment America, a national network of 30 state environmental groups.

    You should have a...

    NYC Opens First Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic in U.S.

    On Thursday, New York City became the first U.S. city to start offering the monkeypox vaccine to those at high risk for the disease.

    The announcement follows similar ones issued from the United Kingdom and Canada. Although most cases of the disease have been reported among gay and...

    COVID Vaccines Saved 20 Million Lives Worldwide in First Year

    Nearly two-thirds of the world's population has had at least one COVID-19 vaccine, which has prevented nearly 20 million deaths, new research finds.

    The study from Imperial College London was the first to quantify

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 24, 2022
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  • Britain Investigates Possible Presence of Poliovirus in London

    Health authorities in Britain, who routinely test sewage samples for the virus that causes polio, declared a "national incident" after evidence of local spread was found in London sewers.

    No cases have been identified yet, accor...

    Key Facts You Need to Know About Monkeypox

    Media reports about an outbreak of monkeypox may sound scary, but there's no need for most people to take special steps to avoid getting the viral illness, an infectious disease expert says.

    Normal precautions recommended to prevent other diseases are sufficient, according to Dr. David Cennimo, an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rut...

    CDC Warns of Deadly Outbreak of Meningitis Among Gay Men in Florida

    One of the worst meningitis outbreaks in U.S. history has prompted public health officials to urge gay and bisexual men who live in Florida or plan to visit the state to get vaccinated right away.

    Twenty-four cases of meningitis (

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 22, 2022
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  • As Heat Waves Continue, Experts Urge Steps to Stay Safe

    As a weekend heat wave that put more than 15 million Americans in the Northern and Central Plains on alert slowly moves east, the nation's emergency doctors have advice to keep you safe.

    "Overexposure to the sun or heat can turn into an emergency faster than most people expect," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). By Tuesday, the hea...

    Skin Tags? Moles? Products Promising to Treat Them Can Do Real Harm

    It may seem tempting to remove a mole or skin tag you don't like with a product that promises to make them disappear quick...

    Extreme Heat Blankets Much of America: Tips to Stay Safe

    If you're among the millions of Americans sweltering in extreme heat this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some solid advice on keeping safe.

    More than 60 million people from Southern California to West Virginia and as far south as Florida are now under an excessive heat w...

    Scientists Pinpoint Origins of the Black Death

    A centuries-old mystery as to the origins of the Black Death has been solved, according to an international team of scientists.

    They said the plague pandemic that killed up to 60% of people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa in the mid-1300s originated in central Asia in what is now Kyrgyzstan.

    Plague first entered the Mediterranean in 1347 on trade ships from the East. ...

    Feds Warn of 14 Infant Deaths in Rockers From Fisher-Price, Kids2

    At least 13 infant deaths have been reported in Fisher-Price's Infant-to-Toddler Rockers and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers since 2009, while there has been one death reported with a Kids2 Bright Starts Rocker, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and both companies warned in new alerts issued Tuesday.

    Rockers should never be used for sleep, and infants should never be unsupervi...

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