Health

Scientists develop superbug-resistant, self-cleaning plastic wrap

Researchers have developed a self-cleaning plastic wrap that repels bacteria -- and could be used to prevent the transfer of antibiotic resistant superbugs, and other forms of dangerous bacteria.A team of scientists from Canada's McMaster University used a combination of…

Medicine in motion: How Tai Chi heals body and mind

As the sun breaks over the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, the smooth, graceful moves of Tai Chi sweep across the green spaces below. Surrounded by dozens of people from all ages, former ballet dancer Linda Fung joins them in breathing…

The FDA is investigating 3 separate E. coli outbreaks

Just days after health officials urged Americans to throw out their salad kits over E. coli concerns, the Food and Drug Administration announced it's investigating three separate E. coli outbreaks linked to salad products.The first outbreak, linked to romaine lettuce…

New York state renews ban on flavored vaping liquids

New York state health officials have extended a ban on flavored liquids used in e-cigarette devices.The state health department's Public Health and Health Planning Council voted Thursday to reauthorize its emergency prohibition on flavored e-liquids.The renewal is effective for another…

Senate confirms Dr. Stephen Hahn as FDA commissioner

The US Senate on Thursday confirmed Dr. Stephen Hahn to be the next commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. The Senate vote was 72 to 18.Hahn, 59, is a well-known radiation oncology expert and is the current chief…

'Holiday heart syndrome': What is it and how to avoid it

'Tis the season of holiday parties, powered by fatty, salty hors d'oeuvres with plenty of booze to wash them down.The combination can create what doctors call "holiday heart syndrome." It's a term coined in 1978 to describe the sudden increase…

Top 10 health questions America asked Dr. Google in 2019

Google users in the United States had a lot of questions about blood pressure, the keto diet and hiccups in 2019.Those topics were among the 10 most-searched health-related questions on the search engine this year, according to new data from…

More people in the US are dying at home than at the hospital

For the first time since the early 20th century, more people in United States are dying at home than at the hospital, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.The researchers looked at the…

Exercise advice on food labels could help reduce obesity, researchers say

Food labels detailing how much exercise is needed to burn off a product's calorie content could help to combat obesity, according to UK researchers.Physical activity calorie equivalent (PACE) labels could improve on labels that identify only calories and nutrient content,…

Girls in Nepal sleep in 'menstruation huts' despite ban, study finds

Nearly eight out of 10 girls in a region of mid-Western Nepal sleep in dangerous outdoor "menstruation huts" during their period, despite the practice being outlawed, a study has found.The illegal custom, known as "Chhaupadi," stems from a centuries-old Hindu…

White Castle issues recall of frozen sliders over possible listeria contamination

White Castle has issued a voluntary recall of multiple products for possible listeria contamination.The recall affects a limited number of frozen six-pack cheeseburgers, frozen six-pack hamburgers, frozen six-pack pack jalapeno cheeseburgers, 16-pack hamburgers and 16-pack cheeseburgers, according to the US…

Dallas children's hospital relocates 28 patients after tests find mold

Children's Medical Center Dallas last week relocated 28 patients after routine air tests showed higher-than-normal levels of Aspergillus and Penicillium molds, according to Virginia Hock, a Children's Health spokesperson.When mold results were identified on December 4, patients were moved from…