Tag: Health & Population

EpiPen Maker Offers Discount After Outrage [VIDEO]

Following extremely critical news coverage and condemnation from politicians including Hillary Clinton, pharmaceutical maker Mylan has agreed to offer a discount to the patient cost of the EpiPen, the emergency epinephrine shot that stops anaphylaxis. The cost of the severe-allergy treatment had increased by more than 400 percent in the past 10 years. Mylan said…

‘Drug-Resistance Bacteria’ Discovered In Rio’s Waters As Olympics Near

Bacteria is coming from local sewage and could affect water sport competitions Athlete says beach water “feels like there’s some alien enemy entering your face” Rio de Janeiro (CNN)A group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off the shores of some of Rio de Janeiro’s most stunning beaches, one month before they’re…

Scientists Discover Antibodies That ‘Neutralise’ Zika Virus [VIDEO]

European scientists announced on Thursday they had discovered antibodies which attack Zika, a step they hope will pave the way for a protective vaccine against the brain-damaging virus. The antibodies — frontline soldiers in the immune system — “efficiently neutralise” Zika in human cells in lab dishes, and are also effective against its cousin virus…

Temporary Blindness Tied To Smartphone Use In Dark

Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision. Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in the dark, say doctors who are now alerting others to the unusual phenomenon. The solution: Make sure to use both eyes when looking at your smartphone screen in…

Major Study Links Cellphones to Cancer

A link between cellphones and cancer has been found in a major U.S. study, officials said late Thursday. The peer-reviewed $25 million study was conducted over multiple years and found two types of tumors in male rats exposed to the same kind of radio frequencies emitted by the devices. The tumors were found in brain…

MLB Pulls Games From Puerto Rico Over Zika Fears [VIDEO]

Major League Baseball reportedly decided Friday to relocate an upcoming games away from Puerto Rico over growing concerns about the Zika virus in the area. The Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates are scheduled to play a two-game series in San Juan at the end of May, but as the U.S. territory’s hit nearly 700 cases…

Michigan Environmental Protection Agency Leader Quits

Susan Hedman, the EPA director overseeing an area in Michigan that includes Flint, stepped down on Thursday as the water crisis in the city has continued unabated. The EPA also announced an emergency order on Thursday requiring the state and city to take “immediate steps to address the drinking water contamination in Flint.”

Officials Dismissed Flint Water Fears In Emails [VIDEO]

Data unveiled in 274 pages of emails released by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder paint a picture of dismissive state leaders who deflected responsibility and ignored scientific evidence regarding the lead-poisoned drinking water in Flint. Top aides reportedly scoffed at people voicing questions about the water quality “anti-everything,” and findings reported by a concerned paediatrician were…

7 States Hit With E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Costco Chicken Salad [VIDEO]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 19 people across seven states have been sickened from an E. Coli contamination that officials have linked to chicken salad purchased at Costco. People who bought chicken salad at U.S. Costco stores on or before Friday were directed to throw it away. Though the strain…

World Health Organization: Bacon and Sausage Cause Cancer [VIDEO]

A WHO study released Monday categorizes processed meats like sausage and bacon as “carcinogenic to humans,” along with asbestos and smoking. The study adds that red meat likely causes cancer, too. Though the 22-member panel behind the study was not unanimous, the research has raised alarms in the beef industry, which takes in some $95…

Ebola Vaccine Is 100% Effective [VIDEO]

A recently developed vaccine against the Ebola virus provided 100 percent protection in preliminary trials, showing such promise that the World Health Organization is extending vaccination to “all people at risk.” According to a WHO statement Friday, the VSV-EBOV vaccine was hailed as “highly effective” and could help prevent the spread of the deadly disease…

Jim Carrey: Vaccine Law Is ‘Fascism’ [VIDEO]

Actor Jim Carrey took to Twitter to condemn a California law that requires mandatory vaccinations for nearly every schoolchild in the state. “California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped,” Carrey posted. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law Tuesday, eliminating…

14 Brands Of Bottled Water Recalled Due To Possible E. Coli [VIDEO]

An Escherichia Coli scare has prompted a Canada-based bottled water producer to recall some of its products. Niagara Bottling LLC said the recall is purely out of an abundance of caution. There have been no signs of its product being contaminated or reports of consumers falling sick, it said. The family-owned company said the operator…

Blue Bell Pulls All Food Over Listeria [VIDEO]

Ice cream giant Blue Bell Creameries expanded a recall to include all of its products Monday in the wake of potential contamination concerns, according to a statement on its website. The Texas-based company pulled all of its products over a threat of of Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious or fatal infections in children, the…

Coffee May Prevent Heart Attacks [VIDEO]

Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day may be more helpful than harmful, according to a study published in the journal Heart on Monday. A team of researchers in South Korea found that people who drank moderate amounts of coffee, which is three to five cups daily, were less likely to develop clogged…

Scientists Allegedly Exposed To Ebola In Atlanta Lab [VIDEO]

As many as a dozen scientists were potentially exposed to the Ebola virus in an Atlanta CDC lab on Monday. The technician who specifically handled the misplaced virus material currently has no symptoms and is being monitored for 21 days. Others who entered the same lab have been contacted and will be assessed. CDC officials…

FDA Will Put Calorie Counts on Menus

Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets, and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie-labeling rules on Tuesday, requiring establishments…

Ebola Patient in Nebraska Dies

A U.S. resident who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone passed away at the Nebraska hospital where he was being treated. Dr. Martin Salia, 44, was airlifted out of Sierra Leone and arrived at the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Saturday. “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” said Dr.…

10 dead after doctor uses infected tools on women in India

An Indian surgeon used infected instruments to sterilize 83 women in about six hours, according to a local medical official, leaving 10 of them dead and another 69 hospitalized in the central state of Chhattisgarh. The doctor breached guidelines that limit surgeons from performing more than 30 sterilizations a day, said the official, who asked…

Scientists Decode Spontaneous HIV Cure

Two HIV-infected men appear to have experienced a “spontaneous cure” to HIV, which may hold the secret to combatting the virus. French scientists studied the two men who contracted HIV but never developed AIDS symptoms. They came from a group known as “elite controllers,” the fewer than 1 percent of people who contract HIV can…

Brittany Maynard Commits Suicide [VIDEO]

Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who gained fame over the last few weeks with her public decision to end her life, died Saturday at home in Portland, Oregon. “Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love,” she wrote on Facebook. “Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with…

Nurse Will Bust Out of Quarantine

Nurse Kaci Hickox announced on the TODAY show Wednesday that she will leave home tomorrow in Maine, despite a 21-day quarantine. “I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and…

NBC News freelance cameraman declared free of Ebola

An NBC News freelance cameraman was declared free of Ebola on Tuesday and will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center, the hospital announced. Ashoka Mukpo was diagnosed with Ebola while working in Liberia for NBC. He was flown back to the United States for treatment.

Canada to start shipping experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

Canada’s government announced on Saturday that it will start shipping an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday. The WHO will consult with its partners, including the health authorities from the affected countries, to determine how best to distribute and use the vaccine.

President Obama to appoint Ron Klain as Ebola czar [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his “Ebola czar,” the president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States. “It may make sense for us to have one person … so that after this initial…

Dallas Ebola Worker on Cruise Ship

Two Dallas health workers have already fallen ill with Ebola, but another who may have had contact with the disease is now on a cruise ship. The unnamed employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where a Liberian man named Thomas Duncan died, has agreed to be kept in an isolated cabin on the ship, which…

Nurses: Hospital Botched Ebola Case

Nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas made scandalous accusations about how the facility treated the first Ebola case in the United States. On Tuesday, several anonymous nurses spoke to reporters in a conference call organized by National Nurses United, which does not represent them. The nurses said Thomas Eric Duncan languished for hours…

Man Addicted to Google Glass

Scientists say they have treated a man they believe is the first patient with Internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass. The 31-year-old U.S. Navy serviceman had been using the wearable technology that comes with an optical head-mounted display for about 18 hours a day, removing it only to sleep and bathe.…