Air pollution in Malaysia forces 400 school closures, sickens more than 100 children

Air pollution in Malaysia forces 400 school closures, sickens more than 100 children

More than 400 schools in Malaysia have closed this week after air pollution caused vomiting in dozens of students, authorities said. Since Monday, 104 children have fallen ill in the southern state of Johor because of the pollution, according to local officials. Most cases were in the state’s Pasir Gudang district. “The department will continuously…

Expert witness breaks down in tears during Oklahoma opioid trial

Expert witness breaks down in tears during Oklahoma opioid trial

The state of Oklahoma on Wednesday wrapped up most of its case against Johnson & Johnson, in a historic trial that is testing whether a state can make a pharmaceutical company pay for the opioid epidemic impacting its residents. After 22 days, the state’s case came close to concluding with fiery and emotional testimony from…

Morning people may have a lower risk of breast cancer, says study

Morning people may have a lower risk of breast cancer, says study

Sleep traits could be a risk factor for breast cancer, new research suggests. Women who said they preferred to get out of bed early were found to have a lower risk of breast cancer than those who stay up late. However, experts cautioned that other breast cancer risk factors such as alcohol consumption and being…

CDC panel recommends HPV vaccine for men through age 26 and for some older adults

CDC panel recommends HPV vaccine for men through age 26 and for some older adults

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, known as ACIP, voted unanimously on Wednesday to recommend HPV vaccines for both boys and girls and men and women through age 26. Previously the CDC recommended that teen girls and young women who had not been adequately vaccinated receive the human…

San Francisco’s e-cigarette sales ban is an unprecedented health experiment

San Francisco’s e-cigarette sales ban is an unprecedented health experiment

Seeking to “curb the epidemic of youth vaping,” San Francisco officials voted on Tuesday to effectively ban the sale of e-cigarettes — becoming the first US city to do so and thrusting the coastal tech hub into a fierce debate over the future of smoking. Advocates of the ban say the city must act where…

Prince Charles under fire for becoming patron of homeopathy body

Prince Charles under fire for becoming patron of homeopathy body

Britain’s Prince Charles has come under fire after becoming the patron of a group that endorses homeopathic medicine. The Prince of Wales, who is next in line to the throne, was announced as a patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy (FoH) on Wednesday. The FoH is a British professional body that regulates and promotes homeopathy,…

Why this 7-year-old can’t go anywhere near unvaccinated children

Why this 7-year-old can’t go anywhere near unvaccinated children

When his daughter Angela was gravely ill, Nicola Pomaro made her a solemn promise: If she recovered, he would do all he could to help her live life to the full. Angela was just 3 years old when she was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder that meant her body could not produce…

San Francisco passes ban on e-cigarette sales, a US first

San Francisco will become the first US city to effectively ban e-cigarette sales, after the city’s board of supervisors unanimously voted in favor of an ordinance Tuesday. The ordinance says “no person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco” unless that product has undergone premarket review by the US…

Oklahoma’s final witness in opioid trial rips into drugmaker Johnson & Johnson

The final witness for the state of Oklahoma on Tuesday said Johnson & Johnson’s claims that the company bears zero responsibility for the state’s opioid epidemic are “absolutely incorrect” and “is one of the most difficult things to swallow.” “To hear them say that they bear zero responsibility, it’s painful,” said Terri White, the Oklahoma…