Brett Wattles

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  • Illinois Steps Up Mosquito Control as West Nile Virus Found in 13 Counties
    Illinois Steps Up Mosquito Control as West Nile Virus Found in 13 Counties
    As National Mosquito Control Awareness Week kicks off, health officials in Illinois are sounding the alarm on the early appearance of mosquitoes this year, which has heightened the risk of West Nile virus.
  • Shigella Outbreak Spreads in San Jose Homeless Encampments
    Shigella Outbreak Spreads in San Jose Homeless Encampments
    Santa Clara County public health officials have identified an outbreak of Shigella bacteria among homeless encampments in San Jose, with confirmed cases rising between June 3 and June 17. The outbreak has prompted heightened efforts to track and contain the spread of this highly contagious bacteria, which can cause severe gastrointestinal distress.
  • High-Fat Diets Linked to Anxiety and Depression, New Research Findings
    High-Fat Diets Linked to Anxiety and Depression, New Research Findings
    Researchers have uncovered alarming links between high-fat diets and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. These findings, emerging from universities including the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Reading, suggest that the foods we consume can have profound effects not just on our physical health but on our mental well-being as well.
  • Rising Alarm Over Massive Bird Flu Outbreak Impacting U.S. Dairy Herds and Human Health
    Second U.S. Human Case of Bird Flu Linked to Dairy Cows Confirmed in Michigan
    Former CDC Director Robert Redfield has expressed concern that the next pandemic could stem from bird flu. "It's very likely that we will, at some time, have a bird flu pandemic," he told NewsNation.
  • Japan Faces Surge in Fatal Bacterial Infection Amid Lingering Post-Pandemic Effects
    Japan Faces Surge in Fatal Bacterial Infection Amid Lingering Post-Pandemic Effects
    Japan is grappling with a surge in cases of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS), a rare but deadly bacterial infection, raising alarm among health officials and the public. As of early June, the country has recorded 977 cases, surpassing last year's record of 941, according to the Health Ministry.
  • CDC Officials Push for More Bird Flu Testing Amid Growing Concerns
    BIRD FLU
    The need for increased testing of bird flu among people and animals in the United States has been highlighted by Dr. Nirav Shah, principal deputy director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Shah stressed the importance of vigilance without causing undue alarm, noting the current lack of extensive testing among agricultural workers and livestock.
  • Federal Officials Call for Vigilance in Response to Bird Flu Outbreak in 12 States
    Second U.S. Human Case of Bird Flu Linked to Dairy Cows Confirmed in Michigan
    Federal health officials are urging the public to stay vigilant but not alarmed about the current bird flu outbreak, officially termed "highly pathogenic avian influenza" (HPAI).
  • Maine Confirms First Fatal Case of Tick-Borne Powassan Virus in 2024
    Maine Confirms First Fatal Case of Tick-Borne Powassan Virus in 2024
    The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday the first death from the tick-borne Powassan virus in 2024, occurring in York County. This marks a grim milestone for the state, which has already recorded three confirmed infections of the virus this year, including cases in Kennebec and Lincoln counties.
  • FDA Panel's Rejection of MDMA Therapy for PTSD Raises Questions and Concerns
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    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee has rejected the approval of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The decision, reached on June 4, has sent ripples through the mental health community, particularly among advocates who had high hopes for the potential of this novel treatment.
  • Danish Authorities Recall South Korean Spicy Noodles Over Health Risks
    Danish Authorities Recall South Korean Spicy Noodles Over Health Risks
    The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has announced a recall of three types of South Korean spicy instant noodle products, citing health risks due to their high capsaicin content.
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