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  • The U.S. Is Now Eating and Wasting Twice as Much Food as It Did in 1975

    The U.S. Is Now Eating and Wasting Twice as Much Food as It Did in 1975

    Americans ate an average of 1,999 calories per day in 1975. That’s according to the USDA, which released updated data this month that says we’re now up to 2,481. That increase has come with soaring rates of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, the fiscal cost of which is inordinate.The greater threat to our health as a […]

  • Mosquitoes Can Pass Zika to Their Offspring

    Mosquitoes Can Pass Zika to Their Offspring

    Mosquito-borne viruses, like dengue and chikungunya, tend to come in seasonal waves, flaring up in the summer or wet seasons, and fading in the winter or dry seasons. Zika is expected to behave similarly, though hopefully future flare-ups will be less intense than the current epidemic as people in affected populations develop immunity. One way […]

  • Saving lives by prescribing naloxone with opioid painkillers

    Saving lives by prescribing naloxone with opioid painkillers

    Opioid drugs help relieve pain by sticking to opioid receptors in the body, which in turn, helps block “pain signals.” The umbrella term “opioids” includes prescription painkillers, such as hydrocodone (in Vicodin) or oxycodone (in Percocet), as well as heroin. These drugs not only ease pain and cause pleasurable feelings, but also can depress breathing […]

  • Screening for Zika in Donated Blood

    Screening for Zika in Donated Blood

    NEWS BRIEF  The U.S. government is now recommending that blood banks around the nation take precautions against the Zika virus. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it will recommend all U.S. blood banks screen donated blood for the mosquito-borne virus, which can cause birth defects. In February, the FDA recommended screening only in areas […]

  • 174 Heroin Overdoses in Six Days in Cincinnati

    174 Heroin Overdoses in Six Days in Cincinnati

    NEWS BRIEF Cincinnati is facing a public-health emergency, as an estimated 174 people overdosed on heroin in the last six days. Police in the Ohio city are trying to find the source of the heroin batch. Tim Ingram, the Hamilton County health commissioner, told reporters Friday the number of hospital visits this week have been […]

  • The Siren’s Call

    The Siren’s Call

    When a medical emergency occurs, the first professional a patient comes into contact with is usually a paramedic in the ambulance. Paramedics often work long shifts in high-stress, life-or-death situations. Due to the physically (and psychologically) demanding nature of the job, workers frequently burn out, which can lead to shortages. Jason Hernandez is a paramedic […]

  • When Pain Is the Best Therapy

    When Pain Is the Best Therapy

    In the vast arboretum near my home, ducks clamor on pond shores as shrieking children throw bread. The bike path bustles with university students, and, in winter, the adjacent canal teems with skaters. But for me, any health benefits that accrue from a brisk walk in the park are—I’m convinced—counteracted by the stress of encountering […]

  • Why Hyper-Masculine Women Are Scary, but Fish-Like Men Aren’t

    Why Hyper-Masculine Women Are Scary, but Fish-Like Men Aren’t

    The South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya will compete in the women’s 800-meter final this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, and she’s favored to win. Her potential victory is already being described as a “dilemma.” At best, her detractors will give the credit for her win to the 25-year-old’s body chemistry rather than her skill. […]

  • Hawaii’s Hepatitis-The Outbreak Is Unusual But Not Unprecedented In Recent Decades

    Hawaii’s Hepatitis-The Outbreak Is Unusual But Not Unprecedented In Recent Decades

    A Hepatitis-A outbreak of this scale is unusual but not unprecedented in recent decades. In 2003, 565 people were sickened in Pennsylvania after eating contaminated green onions at a Chi-Chi’s Mexican restaurant. That same year, 297 cases of Hepatitis A recorded in Georgia were also linked to contaminated green onions. In 2013, 162 people across […]

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