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FDA says romaine hearts recalled in 15 states over E. coli risk

FDA says romaine hearts recalled in 15 states over E. coli risk

Romaine hearts, the tall and crunchy center mass of romaine lettuce that is often sold in packages, is the subject of a new recall in 15 states. The recall is for a familiar reason: the risk of E. coli contamination, which can lead to severe illness in some people, though this recall is for a non-outbreak strain. As with other recent romaine recalls, there's some good news to go along with the advisory.

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Study finds vegans may face greater bone fracture risk than meat eaters

Study finds vegans may face greater bone fracture risk than meat eaters

A study published over the weekend has reported that vegans and others who generally avoid animal products in their diets may face a greater risk of bone fracture compared to people who eat meat. The study focused on all varieties of plant-based diets, including vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian, finding that the bone fracture risk increased as the animal products in the diet decreased.

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Study shows pandemic could end – face masks lower the ERN

Study shows pandemic could end – face masks lower the ERN

A study conducted this year using COVID-19 outbreak and containment data showed that consistent use of facemasks could potentially end the pandemic. The study's focus was fluid flow behavior of respiratory droplets and aerosols through facemasks with a special focus on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

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Psilocybin study offers hope for chronic migraine sufferers

Psilocybin study offers hope for chronic migraine sufferers

Budding research into the potential use of psilocybin, a psychedelic, to treat migraine disorders has returned positive results. The new study from Yale School of Medicine is the first of its kind to investigate this potential use for psilocybin using a double-blind placebo-controlled cross-over study. The results, though preliminary, are promising.

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AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness revealed – with some surprises

AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness revealed – with some surprises

A third COVID-19 vaccine candidate, co-developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, is the latest to deliver successful trial results, with particularly promising pricing and logistics promised. The drug, ChAdOx1 nCoV-2019, showed up to 90-percent efficacy in one treatment regimen, and both Oxford and AstraZeneca have committed to supplying it on a not-for-profit basis during the pandemic.

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Diet study has good news for older adults trying to lose weight

Diet study has good news for older adults trying to lose weight

Many people claim that weight loss becomes more difficult the older you get, but a new study led by the University of Warwick finds that this claim is a myth. The research was conducted at University Hospitals Coventry, where experts found that adults over the age of 60 can lose weight just as effectively as younger people.

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Diet study finds many vegans may severely lack iodine, but not B12

Diet study finds many vegans may severely lack iodine, but not B12

Plant-based diets, including vegan ones, are growing in popularity as the public becomes more conscious of dietary impacts on the environment and health. The trend away from animal-based products has raised some questions and concerns about the potential health consequences of plant-based diets, ones mostly revolving around nutrients and the struggles one may face when only consuming plant foods.

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Mediterranean diet may be a surprising way to deal with stress

Mediterranean diet may be a surprising way to deal with stress

The Mediterranean diet may be a surprising way to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing, according to a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. This is the first preclinical trial to evaluate the long-term effects of Mediterranean and Western diets on stress using controlled conditions, according to the researchers, who used animals fed specially formulated diets for this work.

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CDC says cancel Thanksgiving travel – and what to do if you can’t

CDC says cancel Thanksgiving travel – and what to do if you can’t

Thanksgiving 2020 is coming, but Americans should stay home and avoid travel or gatherings outside of their immediate family, according to the CDC this week. The stark COVID-19 warning came as deaths from the pandemic neared 250,000, with cases rising rapidly and experts cautioning that even with potential vaccines in the pipeline, the end of coronavirus is not yet in sight.

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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine EUA submission – Timeline to doses

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine EUA submission – Timeline to doses

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has been submitted to the US FDA for emergency use authorization, paving the way for use of the drug potentially as soon as mid-December 2020. The vaccine candidate, co-developed with German firm BioNTech, has indicated a 95-percent success rate in Phase 3 trials, with no signs of serious safety concerns or side-effects.

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First COVID-19 at-home test FDA authorized for rapid results

First COVID-19 at-home test FDA authorized for rapid results

The FDA has approved the first at-home COVID-19 test offering rapid results, one that is only available via prescription. The test is designed for use with individuals 14 years or older who potentially have been exposed to the virus, eliminating the need to visit a hospital or doctor's office in person. The approval was given for the test via an Emergency Use Authorization.

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Pandemic isolation may fuel high blood pressure, study warns

Pandemic isolation may fuel high blood pressure, study warns

Pandemic isolation may be fueling an observed increase in blood pressure, at least according to a new study from Favaloro Foundation University Hospital in Argentina. The study was conducted after healthcare workers at the hospital noticed a spike in blood pressure during a multi-month period of mandatory social isolation.

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