Category: Health & Fitness

Is Blue-Green Algae Toxic for Children? What to Know

Three dogs died last week from blue-green algae poisoning after playing in a pond in a North Carolina park. And the tragic incident has parents wondering whether their children could be at risk, too. In a conversation with Parents.com, Hans W. Paerl — a professor of marine and environmental sciences

Hepatitis A outbreak at New Jersey golf club affects nearly two dozen people, one individual ‘seriously ill’

At least 23 people — including one person who is “seriously ill,” according to the New Jersey Department of Health — have contracted hepatitis A from a food handler at the Mendham Golf & Tennis Club. Those sickened were likely exposed between June 9 and June 30 but were not

Only bottled water for Newark residents, EPA says

Just over a year ago, Newark officials declared the city’s water was “absolutely safe to drink,” but last week environmental officials called on the city to advise residents with known or suspected lead service lines that the filters they had been provided were not reliable after elevated lead levels were discovered

6 cancer patients developed rare blood infection after nurse tampered with opioids: Report

At least six patients at a cancer facility in New York were sickened with a rare blood infection after a nurse allegedly tampered with injectable opioids, diluting the medication with tap water. Six patients at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, N.Y., were infected with a bacterium known

Scientists Find How Much Coffee Is Too Much for Migraine Sufferers

People who live with chronic migraines but also love coffee might be in luck. A new study by Harvard researchers seems to show that it takes a lot of caffeine to actually set off a painful episode. They found that people who drank fewer than three caffeinated beverages in a

Study: Decline in Heart Disease and Stroke Deaths May Be Over

One primary reason that longevity in the United States has grown for decades is more effective treatments for cardiovascular disease. That has, among other things, lowered the number of deaths from heart disease and stroke. But the period of progress may have ended, according to a new study. Researchers at

Drowning tragedies can happen to anyone. Here’s what parents need to know

Parents who have faced the tragedy of losing or nearly losing a child to drowning are far from alone. Drowning can be silent and quick and kills nearly 1,000 children every year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, who also lists drowning as the single leading cause of injury-related death

Contaminated Drinking Water Affects a Frightening Number of California Communities

Most people have heard about the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where civic cost-cutting measures resulted in drinking water tainted with lead and other toxins. The problem isn’t limited to Flint, however. A study this spring by Northeastern University’s Environmental Working Group found that there are places in 43