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Vaping-linked lung illness cases leap from 94 to 153 in 5 days, CDC states [Updated]

Vaping-linked lung illness cases leap from 94 to 153 in 5...

Enlarge / A person exhales vapor while using an electronic cigarette device in San Francisco, California on Monday, June 24, 2019. Cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping rose from 94 to 153—a jump of over 60%—in just five days, according to an update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Saturday,…
Vaping connected to 94 mystical cases of extreme lung illness in 14 states

Vaping connected to 94 mystical cases of extreme lung illness in...

Enlarge / A person smokes a Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarette. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Saturday that it’s investigating a puzzling burst of severe lung-disease cases linked to e-cigarette product use or “vaping.” Between June 28 and August 15, health officials have counted 94 probable cases of severe lung illness in 14…
Brain-eating amoeba eliminates once again– here’s how it eliminates and how to prevent it

Brain-eating amoeba eliminates once again– here’s how it eliminates and how...

A 59-year-old North Carolina man died Monday, July 22, from an infection caused by the free-living amoeba Naegleria fowleri, aka the “brain-eating amoeba.” According to state officials, the man fell victim to the single-celled organism after swimming at the Fantasy Lake Water Park in Cumberland County on July 12, 2019. Laboratory testing at the Centers…
DEA tracked every opioid tablet offered in the United States. The information is out– and it’s dreadful

DEA tracked every opioid tablet offered in the United States. The...

Enlarge / Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters hold signs while protesting during the McKesson Corp. annual meeting at the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce in Irving, Texas, US, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Between 2006 and 2012, opioid drug makers and distributors flooded the country with 76 billion pills of oxycodone and hydrocodone—highly…
Mystical disease that incapacitates healthy kids triggers plea from CDC

Mystical disease that incapacitates healthy kids triggers plea from CDC

Enlarge / 13-year-old boy recovering in a Denver hospital from a suspected case of human enterovirus 68 during a 2014 outbreak. After a record number of cases in 2018 of a rare, puzzling illness that causes paralysis in otherwise healthy kids, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging doctors to hasten…
Antivaxxers rely on homeschooling to prevent safeguarding their kids’ health

Antivaxxers rely on homeschooling to prevent safeguarding their kids’ health

Enlarge / A boy at school. Anti-vaccine advocates in New York are encouraging parents to homeschool their children rather than protect them from serious diseases, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal. The move by New York anti-vaccine groups comes just weeks after state lawmakers eliminated exemptions that allowed parents to opt…
Hawaii alerts travelers of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brains

Hawaii alerts travelers of parasitic worm that can burrow into human...

Enlarge / Male Angiostrongylus cantonensis Hawaii’s health department has released fresh warnings about a parasitic worm that can infest human brains after officials confirmed that three more visitors to the state picked up the infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed three new cases in unrelated adults visiting Hawaii Island from the US…
What to learn about measles in the United States as case count breaks record

What to learn about measles in the United States as case...

Enlarge / A young child, seated in a bed in a clinical setting, who had presented with an extensive rash, which had developed due to a measles infection. The image was captured on day-3 of the rash, which is usually when the rash manifests, beginning on the face, then adopting a more generalized distribution. This…
“Natural” mineral water has natural arsenic contamination, screening discovers

“Natural” mineral water has natural arsenic contamination, screening discovers

Enlarge / Water can pick up arsenic from geological, agricultural, or industrial sources. Several brands of bottled water contain concerning levels of arsenic contamination, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports. The worst offenders in the report were Starkey, a brand owned by Whole Foods and marketed as water in its “natural state,” and Peñafiel,…
Prepare your hamburgers well this weekend: Beef connected to enormous E. coli break out

Prepare your hamburgers well this weekend: Beef connected to enormous E....

Enlarge / Organic hamburgers are grilled at a outdoor Farmer's Market August 15, 2013, in Washington, DC. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images It may be safe to eat salad again, but tasty meatballs and juicy burgers are in for some side eye. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced that ground beef appears…
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