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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.
With the United States facing a high number of drug shortages, a Chinese company may help to boost the supply of one in particular, the chemotherapy agent cisplatin.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with the Chinese drugmaker Qilu Pharmaceutical to import the widely used cancer drug. The Canadian pharmaceutical company Apotex will distribute the medication in 50-milli...
It’s tempting to treat little skin bumps on your own, but that delays proper diagnosis and treatment that may work better, federal regulators cautioned.
Among the many types of skin conditions a person can contract are a virus called molluscum, which look like white, pink or flesh-colored bumps.
Products marketed as treatments for molluscum have not been approved by the U.S. Food ...
WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Providing sick leave to restaurant workers could help prevent the spread of foodborne illness because ill workers are key drivers of outbreaks at restaurants, a new government report shows.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data on Tuesday covering 800 outbreaks of foodborne illness at restaurants between 2017 and 20...
Be cautious when heading to Florida's beaches this summer, an expert warned, as a 5,000-mile floating mass of sargassum seaweed has begun washing up on the state's shores.
It can be low risk in some instances, but it also has the potential for triggering serious respiratory health issues.
“The sargassum itself is not dangerous. It can have different jellyfish and sea creatures i...
Emergency departments aren’t perceived as safe for professionals or their patients, according to an international survey from the European Society of Emergency Medicine (EUSEM).
More than 90% of emergency professionals surveyed said they felt at times the number of patients exceeded the capacity the emergency department (ED) had to provide safe care. Overcrowding was a problem, they sa...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a second nasal spray for reversing an opioid overdose.
To be sold as Opvee, the spray contains the medication nalmefene hydrochloride and will be available to Americans aged 12 and older with a prescription, the FDA said.
"The agency continues to advance the FDA Overdose Prevention Framework and take actionable steps that enc...
MONDAY, May 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Cases of vision loss and deaths are mounting in an investigation into eye drops contaminated with a rare strain of a drug-resistant bacteria.
In all, four people have died, with one new death now being reported by the U.S. Centers for D...
Most cases of mpox are spread from skin-to-skin contact, but it is possible to catch the virus by touching a contaminated surface in a house or a hospital room, according to a new study.
Researchers studying this found temperature made a difference. The virus could survive at room temperature on a surface for up to 11 days. At 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit), it could survive f...
Public health officials are urging people at risk of contracting mpox, the virus previously called monkeypox, to get vaccinated.
They are concerned that a slowdown in infections since last summer may not continue.
“There's a very real risk of there being a surge in mpox cases over the next few months. Most likely, it won't be anywhere near as big as it was last year, and that is ...
Black and Hispanic communities in the United States are more often poor — and also more likely to have harmful levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their drinking water, a new study reveals.
Sources of PFAS pollution — including major manufacturers, airports, military bases, wastewater treatment plants and landfills — are disproportionately sited near watersheds t...
Cases of mpox around the world have dropped dramatically, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday to declare an end to the global health emergency.
The virus is no l...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday finalized the elimination of certain restrictions that prevented healthy gay and bisexual men from donating blood.
Instead of requiring men who have sex with men or the women who have sex with them to abstain for sexual contact for three months, the FDA has created an individual risk assessment for all donors.
These questions are m...
The first U.S. cases of drug-resistant ringworm infection have been reported in New York City.
The cases of two women with highly contagious skin infections caused by Trichophyton indotineae are reported in the May 12 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
People who use a Peloton exercise bike at home should check their model number immediately.
A recall of 2 million bikes with the model number PL01 was issued Thursday. People should stop using them immediately because of fall and injury hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The new recall follows reports of seat posts that break and detach from the bike during u...
Artificial intelligence (AI) research and development should stop until its use and technology are properly regulated, an international group of doctors and public health experts said.
Certain types of AI pose an “existential threat to humanity,” the experts wrote in the May 9 issue of the journal
While the mpox outbreak has been waning since last summer, it hasn't disappeared yet.
Howard Brown Health, a LGBTQ-focused health clinic in Chicago, recently reported seeing an increase in mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) cases, with eight diagnosed since April 17, compared to only one in the previous three months.
Last week's case count was the highest in Chicago since early No...
The U.S. federal government has committed $5 million to study three existing and planned safe drug injection sites to see if they help prevent overdoses and whether they may offer savings in the health and criminal justice systems.
At these overdose prevention centers (OPCs), people can use heroin or other illegal drugs under supervision so they can potentially be revived if they overdose...
Many common household products emit airborne toxins that can harm your health in ways up to and including cancer, a new study reports.
Dozens of different types of consumer products contain toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemicals that escape as gases and accumulate in indoor air, researchers from the Silent Spring Institute and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkele...
U.S. regulators are urging Americans to avoid Apetamin, an illegal drug used for weight gain and figure enhancement.
The substance, typically sold as a syrup, is manufactured overseas, illegally imported and isn't approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
It contains a potent antihistamine called cyproheptadine, which requires a physician's prescription in the United State...
For the first time since the mpox outbreak began last spring, no new cases have been reported in more than a week, fresh government data shows.
At the peak of the outbreak, there were 500 new infections reported daily, but by late last year that number was 16, CDC statistics show.
Health care facilities remain one of the last places left in the United States with COVID-era mask requirements still in effect.
It's time for that to end, experts say.
A prestigious collection of infection disease experts and epidemiologists say universal masking requirements in health care settings should be lifted, according to a commentary they published April 18 in the
Tests done on a Chilean man infected with bird flu showed signs that the virus has partially adapted to spread between mammals. However, the public health risk still remains low, U.S. health officials say.
“Those genetic changes have been seen previously with past H5N1 infections, and have not resulted in spread between people,”
Juul Labs on Wednesday reached a $462 million settlement with several states over the aggressive marketing of its electronic cigarettes to minors.
This latest settlement includes New York, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Mexico.
Whether the gender of a blood donor could affect the recipient's survival was an unanswered question in medicine. Until now.
“Some observational studies had suggested female donor blood might be linked with a higher risk of death among recipients compared to male donor blood, but our clinical trial found that isn't the case,” co-lead author
U.S. officials are intensifying efforts to crack down on illicit use of the veterinary tranquilizer xylazine, which can cause painful and deadly side effects in humans.
The drug, when mixed with the opioid fentanyl, has been designated an “emerging threat,” the Office of National Drug Control Policy announced Wednesday.
“As a physician, I am deeply troubled about the devastat...
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed limiting the use of a chemical used to clean medical equipment in sterilizing plants because it also raises cancer risks for workers.
The agency plans to slash emissions of the odorless gas, called ethylene oxide, by about 80% at 86 medical sterilization facilities.
“EPA's number one priority is protecting people's health and...
Nearly 20% of the American population has had a family member killed by a gun, including by suicide, and 1 in 6 has witnessed a shooting, a new survey found.
The survey -- by nonprofit KFF -- also found about 4% have shot a gun in self-defense and 4% have been injured by a gun.
For Black adults, the numbers were even higher, attesting to greater gun violence in minority communities...
Forcibly moving homeless people away from their encampments is a widespread practice in the United States. And it may be killing them.
A new study found significant spikes in deaths, overdoses and hospitalizations with involuntary displacement of the homeless.
These forced movements contribute to 15% to 25% of deaths in this population over 10 years, according to researchers.
Two ongoing outbreaks of Marburg virus in Africa prompted U.S. health officials to issue an alert on Thursday for doctors to be on the lookout for any cases that might surface in the coming weeks.
The virus causes a deadly hemorrhagic disease that is similar to Ebola. The U.S. Centers for Dise...
The first season of "The Last of Us" may be over, but many folks have been left with an abiding fear of fungal infections.
Some of that fear might be well-founded in real life: A cluster of the fungal infection blastomycosis was found in dogs and humans in Wisconsin in 2022, which led to serious health consequences, U.S. health officials report.
Blastomycosis is caused by a fungus ...
U.S. public health officials want high-risk individuals who haven't been vaccinated for mpox — previously called monkeypox — to do so before a potential resurgence of the virus in the coming months.
That surge could be worse than last year, federal modeling has found, but only about 23% of those at high risk for the virus have received vaccines, according to a report released Thursda...
For older Americans, a fall is no laughing matter.
According to the National Council on Aging, more than 1 in 4 people over age 65 fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among the elderly. However, falls are not a normal part of aging.
So why do the elder...
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 Administration has
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
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 h...
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, or in...
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 risk th...
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...