Public Health

Anti-Vaping Surgeon General Has Been Abruptly Replaced

Late Friday evening, the White House made a mysterious decision to ask for Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy’s resignation. He was quickly replaced by …

President Trump's Big Week: 100-Day Countdown and a Looming Shutdown

(WASHINGTON ) — Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline …

Health Care Law

Trump's Family Planning Cuts Would Cause Global Side Effects

The president's proposed spending slash could spark a rise in global health crises<p>By Rachel Sullivan Robinson, <i>American University School of International Service</i><p>President Donald Trump is leading an assault on family planning around the world.<p>Most recently, his administration cut off U.S. …

Women's Rights

'It’s going to hit the poorest people': Zika outbreak feared on the Texas border

As mosquito season ramps up again, activists and health workers fear the worst for the the Rio Grande Valley, where conditions are ripe for mosquitoes to breed<p>When Patricia Pena hosted a Zika awareness class near the Texas border with Mexico on Tuesday, only four people showed up.<p>“Even though …

Viruses

Trump Fires Surgeon General Who Called Gun Violence a Public Health Issue

President Trump asked Obama administration holdover Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to resign, getting rid of a staunch advocate for the Affordable …

Guns

Conservatives, 'Let ObamaCare implode' is a trap we must avoid

Even as House Republicans ready the possibility of a second attempt at a vote on their legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act next week, there are still too many content to simply let the law implode. “Democrats own ObamaCare,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer last month. “It’s …

Health Care Law

Ebola virus response: experiences and lessons from Sierra Leone

It’s 18 months since Sierra Leone was declared Ebola free after a two-year outbreak that left 4,000 people dead.<p>While the outbreak might be over, its …

Ebola

Meet the everyday scientists, doctors and engineers of NYC's March for Science

<b>NEW YORK</b> — Tens of thousands marched from Manhattan's Upper West Side to Times Square on Saturday in support of science, research and STEM fields …

Science

Hijabi Artist Channels Beyoncé For Debut Of Her 'Resistance Music' And Video

Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American artist from Flint, Mich. She wears a hijab with pride. She's been a performance poet for 13 years, writing about love, trauma, loss and joy.<p>Earlier this month, she did something different. She released her first rap song, "Hijab," along with an accompanying video. …

Music

When teaching teenagers about AIDS was a really big deal

Former Vancouver School Board chair says a new AIDS education program met with fierce opposition in 1987<p>With sex education in B.C. starting as early …

Education

Wearing shoes inside the house could harm your health, study shows

It allows dangerous bacteria to spread<p>Do you ask people to remove their shoes before coming into your home? Well, you might be onto something. A new …

Microbiology

The United States may be about to inflict a massive hardship on Haiti

POVERTY IN Haiti, by far the most destitute country in the Americas, is so extreme that it defies most Americans’ imaginations. Nearly 60 percent of Haitians live on less than $2.42 per day; a quarter of Haitians scratch out a living on half that amount. That the United States would intentionally …

Opinion

Ban the Ritual That Can Kill Jewish Newborns

There’s no safe way for rabbis to do the ancient metzitzah custom. And New York City newborns will keep getting infected by a lethal virus until Mayor de Blasio ends his handshake deal.<p>On March 29, 2017, the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, admitted defeat. “We tried a new policy,” he said. “It …

New York City

Is Rat Bite Fever Deadly? Petco Found ‘Not Negligent’ In Death Of Child

A San Diego jury found Petco Animal Supplies not liable Thursday in a lawsuit involving the death of a 10-year-old boy from a rat bit.<p>Aidan Pankey …

Wildlife

‘Blue Whale’ suicide game linked to 130 teen deaths makes its way to UK

<b>A potentially dangerous social media game, which has been linked to 130 teen deaths in Russia, is making its way to the UK, leading to schools</b> …

Biological Species

Strongest warnings issued for codeine and tramadol

The Food and Drug Administration has just announced that nursing mothers should avoid taking the opioids codeine and tramadol because these …

Addiction

Trump Thinks This Is Pro-Life?

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — When President Trump and his (male) aides sit at a conference table deciding to cut off money to women’s health programs abroad, they call it a “pro-life” move.<p>Yet here in Haiti, I’ll tell you the result: Impoverished women suffer ghastly injuries and excruciating deaths. …

Women's Rights

The 9 Biggest Lies About STDs You Should Stop Believing Now

As someone who’s written an awful lot about sexually transmitted diseases, I’ve come across a ton of misguided STD information out in the wild. …

Lifestyle

Henrietta Lacks' Cells Are Still Helping Protect Women From Cervical Cancer

She's helped save countless women from the disease that killed her.<p>When Henrietta Lacks was being treated for cervical cancer more than 60 years ago, her cells were taken for medical research without her consent. This ethical controversy became the subject of a 2010 best-selling book, Rebecca …

Cancer

Mia Khalifa Diagnosed with HIV Is Fake News

A viral rumor claiming that Mia Khalifa was diagnosed with HIV is <b>false</b>. Though the social media personality became a trending topic on Twitter in …

Social Media

Ottawa Hospital sees spike in suspected fentanyl overdoses

Ottawa Public Health recorded 15 suspected cases recorded in 72 hours<p>Ottawa Public Health is warning residents about the dangers of opioid use after …

Addiction

Tory failure to deliver pollution action plan angers environmentalists

Ministers submit court application to delay tackling illegal levels of toxic fumes, deemed by MPs to be a public health emergency<p>The government has made a last-minute application to the high court to delay the publication of its plan to tackle the air pollution crisis.<p>Ministers were under a court …

Environment

US women pay on average $1000 in medical bills after being raped

American women who have been raped or sexually assaulted pay almost $1,000 (£780) in medical bills after reporting the crime to authorities, a new …

Health Care

Italy upholds vaccine requirements for preschoolers

ROME (AP) — Italy's top administrative body has rejected a challenge to mandatory vaccines for children attending preschool.<p>Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin hailed Friday's decision by the Council of State.<p>Two families from Trieste, in northeastern Italy, had challenged the town's requirement that …

Health

Rest easy, Trump tells young US immigrants

Young immigrants brought to the US as children and in the country illegally can "rest easy", President Donald Trump says, telling the "dreamers" they …

Health Care Law

New report halves the number of people infected with hepatitis C worldwide

A new World Health Organization (WHO) report chops the estimated number of people around the world living with the liver-damaging hepatitis C virus …

Medicine

Bloomberg says his public health crusades will land him in heaven

Former mayor Michael Bloomberg has no time for St. Peter.

U.N. To Pull Controversial Peacekeepers From Haiti

To say that the U.N.'s peacekeeping mission in Haiti has been controversial is an understatement.<p>The peacekeepers are blamed for bringing cholera to the island nation for the first time.<p>They were accused of sexually abusing locals. Haitians have accused them of being an occupying army.<p>But the …

Africa

White House hopes new health care reform deal will satisfy House GOP factions

<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b> As we reported earlier, the White House announced today that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will continue this …

Health Care Reform

Most Americans support restrictions on where firearms can be carried

(Reuters Health) - More than two-thirds of Americans surveyed support some restrictions on carrying firearms in public places.<p>"One of the findings that surprised us was that, even among gun owners, there was strong support for placing at least some restrictions on the public places where legal gun …

Gun Control