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USDA: 35,000lbs of beef recalled over hard plastic contamination

USDA: 35,000lbs of beef recalled over hard plastic contamination

As if recalling 200 million eggs and a bunch of chopped romaine lettuce weren't enough, the USDA has revealed a voluntary of more than 35,000 pounds of raw ground beef. The recall was initiated by JBS USA Inc due to the risk of contamination with pieces of hard plastic. The potentially contaminated beef was sold in a variety of packaging, most of it under the Kroger grocery store label.

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Romaine lettuce E. coli update: 121 infections and one death

Romaine lettuce E. coli update: 121 infections and one death

The Centers for Disease Control posted its latest update on the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, revealing that one person has died as a result since the late April update. Infections have been reported in 25 states with, as of May 1, a total of 121 people impacted. Of those, at least 14 have developed kidney failure.

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Starbucks’ new Frappuccinos have a terrifying calorie count

Starbucks’ new Frappuccinos have a terrifying calorie count

Starbucks is back with two new Frappuccino drinks for summer, and while they're no doubt tasty, you'd be well-advised to consult the nutrition label before indulging. Called the Ultra Caramel and Triple Mocha Frappuccinos, both are layered, blended beverages offering the maker's coffee with a variety of sweet (and salty) ingredients for a proper desert.

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Nokia’s Digital Health division finds a familiar buyer

Nokia’s Digital Health division finds a familiar buyer

It isn't exactly a secret that Nokia's Digital Health division hasn't been doing so well lately. For the past few months, we've been hearing whispers of a potential sale, with some well-known names like Nest said to be interested in acquiring Nokia's health-focused assets. Today, Nokia revealed that it will indeed be selling off its Digital Health business, and the buyer it has found is a familiar one.

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Vaping doesn’t impact gut bacteria like smoking: study

Vaping doesn’t impact gut bacteria like smoking: study

A new study has found that non-smokers and individuals who "vape" have the same gut bacteria. However, smokers -- people who smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes -- have disrupted microbiome, according to the study. The revelation highlights another potential benefit found in switching from traditional to tobacco-less cigarettes, though from a health standpoint, quitting altogether remains ideal.

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Researchers develop dyed contacts to correct color blindness

Researchers develop dyed contacts to correct color blindness

Researchers have developed contact lenses that use dye to help correct color blindness. The process involves a low-cost rhodamine derivative non-toxic dye, potentially opening the door for inexpensive solutions compared to existing glasses alternatives. Initial tests with color blind individuals have been performed and were promising, and now patient studies are in the pipeline.

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Fitbit and Google team to use machine learning on your fitness data

Fitbit and Google team to use machine learning on your fitness data

Fitbit and Google are teaming up on health, aiming to make it easier to combine individual exercise data with electronic medical records for a smarter take on fitness and chronic conditions. The deal will see Fitbit use Google's Cloud Healthcare API to funnel the everyday movement and workout data gathered by its wearables into owners' patient profiles.

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This big Fitbit deal cuts Ionic, Alta HR & more for one day only

This big Fitbit deal cuts Ionic, Alta HR & more for one day only

If you've been looking for an excuse to get active, Amazon's daily deals might have the answer, with a one-day promotion for several Fitbit fitness bands and smartwatch models. The company's Alta, Alta HR, Charge 2, Flyer, and Ionic are all up for grabs, with up to $50 savings depending on which model you want to strap to your wrist.

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Dark chocolate may reduce stress levels and improve mood: study

Dark chocolate may reduce stress levels and improve mood: study

It's no secret that chocolate can offer comfort in times of stress, but new research indicates its benefits extend beyond making someone feel better. The study looked at dark chocolate specifically and found that consuming certain types of it, assuming it has enough cacao, can have a positive effect on the consumer's stress levels. The benefits continue from there, though, also impacting memory, immunity, and more.

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Google Maps tool helps public find drug take-back locations

Google Maps tool helps public find drug take-back locations

Google has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to help combat the nation's opioid crisis. Thanks to this partnership, anyone with unneeded prescription pills will be able to easily find a place to recycle them using Google Maps. The company has created a locator tool that enables anyone to search for and find a take-back location for dropping off prescriptions drugs.

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Scientists discover new DNA structure called i-motif

Scientists discover new DNA structure called i-motif

Scientists have discovered a new DNA structure that is inside human cells and have dubbed the structure "i-motif." I-motif resembles a twisted knot of DNA rather than the double helix were all learned about in school. This type of DNA had been suggested by previous lab work, but this is the first time that i-motif has been directly observed in living cells.

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Philips’ Somneo Connected lamp is an air critic for your bedroom

Philips’ Somneo Connected lamp is an air critic for your bedroom

Philips is obsessed with LEDs, and its new sleep-promoting Somneo Connected lamp pairs them with a smartphone app for not only tracking but improving your bedtime experience. Latest in the company's range of therapeutic light systems, it's a nightstand lamp and alarm clock with a sensor surprise on the back.

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