Here is the latest Health News from CNN.
Heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer hits the streets
The American heroin epidemic has become more dangerous, as reports of heroin laced with carfentanil are being reported throughout the country.
Disaster survivors rescued from rubble — in Italy and beyond
The woman is barely visible beneath the rubble. Massive pieces of broken stone pin her to the ground.
Miami Beach mayor: We need a Zika bill
With the number of Zika cases in the United States growing, the mayor of Miami Beach, Florida, says he’s frustrated that Congress still hasn’t passed a bill to help combat the virus.
Maternal deaths fall across globe but rise in US, doubling in Texas
The good news is that maternal mortality rates are declining worldwide. The bad news? The situation for women in the United States is a glaring exception. And in Texas, where clinics serving women have shuttered and their health interests have been battled all the way up to the US Supreme Court, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths more than doubled over the course of two years.
Face transplant recipient opens up, a year later
One year after his historic surgery, face transplant recipient Patrick Hardison says “I have hope now, and I want to help those that are injured know that there is hope for them, too.”
91-year-old flips the script on man who tried to rob him
The elderly man probably seemed like a good target, but a would-be robber flat out picked the wrong guy.
No. 1 killer: Cancer is catching up to heart disease
More Americans die from heart disease, but cancer is rapidly gaining ground as the No. 1 killer.
Doh! Man cuts neighbor’s tree, then it crashes into his apartment
A Pennsylvania man got hit with some serious karma when he cut down a neighbor’s tree.
Study: These are the peak times for divorce
There’s long been evidence that there are certain times of year that are popular for divorce. But passive aggressive Facebook drama isn’t exactly quantifiable data, so a new study from the University of Wisconsin has provided some actual numbers to support the trend.
Zion Harvey: Transplanted hands are ‘amazing’
Zion Harvey sometimes puts on baseball glove or swings a bat — just like many 9-year-olds.
Go flexitarian: A three-week plan to eat less meat
Cutting down on animal protein does more than slash calories; it lowers your cholesterol and blood pressure as well as your risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Virus hunters search bat caves for deadly diseases
Virus hunters explore the depths of the earth looking for deadly pathogens with the potential to ransfer from animals to humans and cause outbreaks in the population.
Faces of a hidden epidemic
Ukraine has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in Europe, according to the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.
Could you be allergic to these everyday things?
Everybody knows somebody with an allergy to pollen, dust, pet dander, or peanuts (maybe you even have one of these common ailments yourself). But you may be surprised about some of the lesser known materials, foods, or environments that an cause allergic reactions in certain people.
Why pharmaceuticals are cheaper abroad
The United States spends some of the lowest amounts of its total healthcare on prescription drugs relative to other developed nations. But Americans also pay some of the highest prices for those drugs, relative to the rest of the world.
A longer commute could hurt your health — and add to your waistline
If someone told you their journey to work took them one hour, how would you react?
For kids, no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day
How much sugar should children eat? No more than a daily dose of six teaspoons, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association.
Rare recovery: Florida teen survives brain-eating amoeba
Sebastian DeLeon, 16, has survived a rare brain-eating amoeba, doctors at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando said Tuesday.
Ramen is the new currency in prison, because the food is so bad
Cigarettes have long been the king of currency at prisons, but there’s a new commodity worth even more: ramen noodles.
EpiPen cost soars, but it’s not the only one
A new paper reveals that Americans are spending about 20% more on prescription drugs now compared to just a few years ago.
McDonald’s recalls Happy Meal fitness trackers after burns
McDonald’s Step-It activity wristbands are being recalled due to risks of skin irritation or burns, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.
Funeral planned for cancer patient killed outside treatment center
Shannon Vincel of Springfield, Missouri, will be laid to rest Tuesday. The breast cancer patient was sitting outside the guest quarters of Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois on Aug. 15 when she was struck in the head with an unknown object by a man, the Zion Police department said in a press release. She sustained severe head trauma and died the following night at Condell Medical Center, where she was transported by Zion Fire/Rescue. She was 46.
This kid memorized the entire Constitution
Nathan Bond, who’s home schooled, fell in love with the Declaration of Independence. So he challenged himself to memorize the entire Constitution.
Found you! NASA re-establishes contact with missing spacecraft
Despite almost two years of silence, NASA never stopped searching for its long lost spacecraft STEREO-B.
Doctors face medical marijuana knowledge gap
Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine for almost 20 years. But Farmington physician Jean Antonucci says she continues to feel unprepared when counseling sick patients about whether the drug could benefit them.
Too much homework? None all year in this class
Students in a second-grade class in Texas are catching a break on homework. They won’t get any — all year long.
Baby born in US with Zika-related complications
Throughout her pregnancy, Maria Mendoza, who currently lives in Miami, anguished about her baby’s health.
‘Bagpipe lung’ fungi kills piper, doctors say
Whether playing a wind instrument is your hobby or your job, you may want to watch out for “bagpipe lung.”