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CDC warns STD cases in the US reached an all-time high in 2018

CDC warns STD cases in the US reached an all-time high in 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its latest report on the state of STDs in the United States. According to the agency, three sexually-transmitted diseases in particular reached a combined all-time high in the US last year, including tragic cases of newborns who died as a consequence of congenital syphilis. All three diseases can be cured with antibiotics, but only if the patient seeks medical help.

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CDC warns pregnant women in the US aren’t getting vital vaccines

CDC warns pregnant women in the US aren’t getting vital vaccines

The majority of pregnant women in the United States haven't received two vaccines that could greatly reduce their risk of developing two common illnesses widely found in hospitals. Both whooping cough and the flu can be contracted by new mothers and their newly born babies, putting both the mother and infant at risk of hospitalization or, in a worst-case scenario, death.

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FDA issues strong warning to avoid all THC and ‘street’ vapes

FDA issues strong warning to avoid all THC and ‘street’ vapes

In a statement published on Friday, the Food and Drug Administration warned the public to avoid all vaping products that are sold privately, including homemade offerings, which it collectively refers to as 'street' vapes. As well, officials are warning the public to avoid vaping products that contain THC, the compound in marijuana that causes one to become 'high.'

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Lung injury cases climb to 1,080 as CDC warns public to stop vaping

Lung injury cases climb to 1,080 as CDC warns public to stop vaping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published its latest update on the vaping lung injury cases, revealing that nearly 300 new cases were reported over the last week. As of October 3, the number of probable and confirmed cases across the United States have climbed to 1,080, underscoring a startling increase in a condition that some researchers speculate may be caused by toxic fumes.

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Lung biopsies hint toxic fumes may cause severe vaping disease

Lung biopsies hint toxic fumes may cause severe vaping disease

A study on lung samples taken from patients suffering from a mysterious vaping-related lung disease may offer a clue about the cause of the condition: toxic chemical fumes. The discovery was announced by the Mayo Clinic in a newly published study detailing the analysis of 17 lung biopsy samples. Though the disease resembles lipid pneumonia, which is caused by inhaling oils, the study didn't find any evidence of oil accumulation in the patients' lungs.

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Fish oil found to significantly reduce heart attack risk

Fish oil found to significantly reduce heart attack risk

A new study from the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) looked into the potential cardiovascular and cancer-related health benefits associated with fish oil and vitamin D. Past research has implicated both substances as potentially beneficial in these areas of health, something that spurred the researchers behind this latest study to further look into the matter. Though the substances weren't found to offer benefits in certain ways, they were linked to benefits in other aspects of cancer and heart health.

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Second Ebola vaccine will be deployed in the DRC next month

Second Ebola vaccine will be deployed in the DRC next month

An experimental Ebola vaccine from Johnson & Johnson will be deployed in mid-October to treat at-risk populations in regions that don't have active Ebola transmission, according to the World Health Organization. This vaccine is the second to be used in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been dealing with a deadly Ebola outbreak for more than a year.

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High blood pressure drug recall expands again over cancer risk

High blood pressure drug recall expands again over cancer risk

The FDA has advised consumers that Torrent Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily expanding its blood pressure medication recall over the presence of an impurity that may trigger the development of cancer in some patients. The expansion covers another two lots of Losartan Potassium / Hydrochlorothiazide tablets USP, as well as three lots of Losartan Potassium tablets USP.

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FDA proposed rule shows it’s serious about banning e-cigarettes

FDA proposed rule shows it’s serious about banning e-cigarettes

As anticipated, the FDA has proposed a new rule detailing the steps tobacco companies will be required to take in order to sell electronic cigarettes and similar vaping products. The FDA will evaluate applications for marketing approval across a variety of categories, including the product's potential impact on public health. The agency aims to 'clear the market' of all unauthorized flavored electronic cigarettes.

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DARPA seeks psychedelic drugs that don’t cause hallucinations

DARPA seeks psychedelic drugs that don’t cause hallucinations

The government research agency DARPA has announced a new program called Focused Pharma that seeks drug innovations that offer the mental health benefits of psychedelics without the 'significant side effects.' The agency detailed its new program earlier this week, revealing that it has reviewed the growing body of private research on the potential benefits of psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin.

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Taking certain popular antibiotics may increase heart risk during use

Taking certain popular antibiotics may increase heart risk during use

Taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which include many popular options commonly prescribed for a variety of conditions, may increase one's risk of developing certain heart conditions, a new study claims. The research comes out the University of British Columbia, joining past studies that have found links between taking antibiotics and increased risk for heart issues. Examples of antibiotics in this class include ciprofloxacin.

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Another study warns drinking soda and energy drinks daily may be deadly

Another study warns drinking soda and energy drinks daily may be deadly

Another study has found that drinking soft drinks -- including soda and energy drinks -- on a regular basis may have a major impact on one's long term health. The latest research was recently published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine where scientists detail their analysis of data on a potential link between soft drink consumption and death risk. The health risk was found in both sweetened and artificially-sweetened beverages.

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