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FDA warns more hand sanitizer recalled over serious risk

FDA warns more hand sanitizer recalled over serious risk

The FDA reported this week that more hand sanitizer has been recalled over the presence of a dangerous chemical that could, in a worst-case scenario, cause permanent injury to those who are exposed to it. This recall covers nearly 20,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, joining other hand sanitizer recalls announced earlier this month for the same reason.

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Desk jobs have surprising brain health benefits, but there’s a catch

Desk jobs have surprising brain health benefits, but there’s a catch

Desk and other sedentary jobs are often associated with poorer health, but that's not an entirely accurate picture, according to a new study. Researchers have found that people who work desk-based jobs are less likely to experience cognitive decline as they age compared to others who work physically active jobs. This is good news, but there is a 'catch' when it comes to overall health.

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Animal protein beats plant alternatives for sustaining muscle, study finds

Animal protein beats plant alternatives for sustaining muscle, study finds

When it comes to sustaining the muscles you built up during your younger years, a new study has found that animal-sourced proteins are more effective than protein from soy and wheat, the two most popular plant alternatives. The findings were recently published at The Physiological Society's Future Physiology 2020 conference. The goal of the study was to evaluate the gram-for-gram muscle-sustaining potential of plant proteins compared to animal products.

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Genetically modified corn features antioxidants to cool gut inflammation

Genetically modified corn features antioxidants to cool gut inflammation

A special type of edible corn has been designed to feature high levels of antioxidants that cool down gut bacteria, helping reduce the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) like Crohn's disease. The positive effects were observed in lab mice fed the corn rich in flavonoids, which are plant metabolites with various health-promoting effects.

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Microdosing THC confirmed effective for pain relief at minuscule doses

Microdosing THC confirmed effective for pain relief at minuscule doses

The practice of taking very small, sub-perceptual doses of a compound -- microdosing -- is almost exclusively associated with psychedelics. Some medical marijuana users, however, have claimed that microdosing THC has its own benefits, something a new study substantiates. The research comes from Israeli medical technology company Syqe Medical, which reports that microdosing THC may have a profound impact on chronic pain.

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High cholesterol diet study finds carbs, not saturated fat, are key

High cholesterol diet study finds carbs, not saturated fat, are key

If you have high cholesterol levels, you've likely been advised to reduce the amount of saturated fat that you eat. Such recommendations are common but controversial, with some past research having implicated sugars, not fats, as the primary reason some people have too much LDL 'bad' cholesterol. A new study builds upon those, implicating carbohydrates as the primary issue.

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Eating raspberries daily found to relieve itchy autoimmune skin allergies

Eating raspberries daily found to relieve itchy autoimmune skin allergies

Eating raspberries every day may offer the same level of relief as steroids for people who suffer from an itchy skin allergy called contact hypersensitivity, according to a new study from Ohio State University. With this condition, contact with certain things causes one's skin to become inflamed, red, and itchy -- something black raspberries in particular were able to reduce in mice used for this study.

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Scientists create special nose-swabbing robot to test for COVID-19

Scientists create special nose-swabbing robot to test for COVID-19

In the future, a special robot designed to help protect healthcare workers may test you for the flu, COVID-19, and other pathogens that require a nose swab. The contraption was created by engineers at the Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM), which explains that the robot can be also be used to swab a patient's throat for conditions like strep.

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Study warns fireworks can cause long-term lung damage

Study warns fireworks can cause long-term lung damage

Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate a big occasion, but they may have consequences that last beyond an enjoyable evening under the sparkling lights. A newly published study warns that colorful fireworks like the kind often used at public celebrations produce toxic metal particles that persist in the air, potentially causing damage to human cells that come into contact with them.

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Surprising study finds drinking alcohol may protect brain health

Surprising study finds drinking alcohol may protect brain health

Studies over the potential risks and benefits of drinking alcohol are all over the place, with some reporting that light drinking may be relatively health-neutral, while others have found that even small amounts can be harmful -- and, of course, there are the studies linking alcohol to protective benefits. A new study follows that latter line, reporting that up to a certain point, drinking alcohol may help protect brain function as we age.

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Study details the best materials for homemade COVID-19 face masks

Study details the best materials for homemade COVID-19 face masks

Though mask supplies have slowly increased in the US, many people are still turning to homemade masks for their daily needs. Multiple mask style patterns are freely available online, but questions remain over which materials are ideal for slowing and, ideally, blocking the small respiratory droplets that carry the virus. A new study out of Florida Atlantic University used a laser and sneezing apparatus to answer that question.

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The FDA says these hand sanitizers could kill you

The FDA says these hand sanitizers could kill you

The US Food and Drug Administration has released a list of potentially fatal hand sanitizers, which if used could be toxic or worse. The COVID-19 crisis saw a rush on alcohol hand rub supplies, clearing store shelves as worried shoppers tried to find a backup for when traditional hand-washing with soap and water wasn't available.

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