Category Archives: CNN – Health

Spike in banned ozone-eating CFC gases linked to China in new research

A mystery source of banned, ozone-destroying chemicals has been pinpointed to eastern China. Scientists noted a spike in the amount of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, in the atmosphere last year, despite a global ban on their use. The source of the emissions remained unknown, however, sparking concerns that it could hamper years of international effort to…MORE

Thousands of cancer diagnoses tied to a poor diet, study finds

Your diet may have more impact on your cancer risk than you might think, a new study has found. An estimated 80,110 new cancer cases among adults 20 and older in the United States in 2015 were attributable simply to eating a poor diet, according to the study, published in the JNCI Cancer Spectrum on…MORE

Algeria and Argentina are officially malaria-free, says World Health Organization

Malaria has been eliminated from Algeria and Argentina, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, an important milestone in fighting the mosquito-borne disease. WHO said there were now 38 countries and territories that have been declared free of the disease, which has been making a comeback globally. “Algeria has shown the rest of Africa…MORE

Trying to convince ultra-Orthodox Jews to vaccinate, New York messes up the Yiddish

Late last year, officials at the New York State Department of Health knew they had to act fast to stem the tide of a growing measles outbreak in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. Reaching out in the community’s own language, the agency spent tens of thousands of dollars printing and distributing measles information sheets in Yiddish to…MORE

Operating rooms test positive for mold at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Several operating rooms have been shut down in a Washington children’s hospital because of mold. Aspergillus mold was detected by air tests last week in operating rooms and equipment storage rooms at the main campus of Seattle Children’s Hospital, according to a statement from the hospital. “Though we believe the risk to our patients is…MORE

Cancer death rates drop, heart disease deaths on the rise for US adults

As the number of American adults dying of cancer continues to decline, the number who are dying of heart disease is on the rise, according to a new report. Researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics examined death certificates filed across the country from 1999 to 2017…MORE

Black women start a walking movement to battle the obesity epidemic

Across the US, obesity rates have risen and life expectancy has declined. Our national health crisis has been especially dire for African-American women. Nearly half have heart disease and 40% have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. Their risk of stroke is almost twice that of white women, reports the CDC. They…MORE