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Study warns synthetic cannabis alternative ‘spice’ has worse withdrawals

Study warns synthetic cannabis alternative ‘spice’ has worse withdrawals

The synthetic drug known as spice ("K2") is designed to mimic the effects of cannabis; it was presented as a legal alternative to the largely illegal substance, but things have changed. Many studies have found that spice often has many different and more dangerous effects compared to marijuana, which is now legal in many states. The latest study finds that it is also harder to kick a spice habit.

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Kale recalled at Kroger and other stores over Listeria contamination

Kale recalled at Kroger and other stores over Listeria contamination

The company Baker Farms has announced a recall of some of its kale products, including ones sold under SEG Grocers and Kroger brands. The reason for the recall is contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a foodborne pathogen with can cause particularly dangerous infections in kids, the elderly, pregnant women, and those who have compromised immune systems.

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Pfizer recalls all Chantix tablets across US over cancer concerns

Pfizer recalls all Chantix tablets across US over cancer concerns

Pfizer has announced an expansion of its Chantix recall that now covers all lots of the tablets. The reason is one we've heard before -- these tablets potentially have too high of an impurity called N-nitroso-varenicline that has been linked to the potential development of certain cancers when ingested over a long period of time.

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FDA panel votes no on general public COVID-19 booster dose: What that means

FDA panel votes no on general public COVID-19 booster dose: What that means

The FDA's vaccine advisory committee has voted against a generally available third Pfizer COVID-19 booster, though left alternative routes open for other high-risk individuals. The panel, comprised of independent public health and scientific experts, pushed back at suggestions that sufficient data of vaccine safety had been gathered.

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CDC says 2021 flu shot is vital as another COVID-19 winter nears

CDC says 2021 flu shot is vital as another COVID-19 winter nears

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention is advising the public to get their annual flu shot as summer reaches its end and the influenza season nears. Unlike past years, this winter is expected to bring a large number of COVID-19 cases and, if people don't get vaccinated, flu cases at the same time, increasing concerns about whether hospitals will be able to keep up.

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COVID-19 boosters get FDA vaccine panel debate today: What happens now

COVID-19 boosters get FDA vaccine panel debate today: What happens now

The US Food and Drug Administration will begin deliberations today on whether to approve COVID-19 booster shots, following the Biden Administration's commitment to add an extra injection to those wanting to fully immunized against coronavirus. The FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will see representatives from Pfizer, among others, pitch the value of a third vaccine shot amid fast-spreading variants like Delta.

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COVID-19 vaccine study has good news for people with multiple sclerosis

COVID-19 vaccine study has good news for people with multiple sclerosis

Researchers with the University of Pennsylvania have good news for people who have multiple sclerosis and are taking anti-CD20 treatment -- though their antibody response triggered by the vaccine may be low, their bodies are still able to produce "robust T-cell responses" against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As a result, the researchers say MS patients receiving the anti-CD20 treatment should still get the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Study warns COVID-19 is getting better at spreading through the air

Study warns COVID-19 is getting better at spreading through the air

Newly published research reveals that COVID-19 is getting better at spreading through the air as it evolves, putting more people at risk of contracting the virus. The study involved the Alpha, not Delta, variant due to its dominance when the research was conducted, but the scientists note that the now-dominant Delta variant is even more contagious than the Alpha variant they studied.

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Stem cell breakthrough treats dog hip problems by regrowing cartilage

Stem cell breakthrough treats dog hip problems by regrowing cartilage

As a dog ages, it may develop arthritis -- and, depending on the breed, it may experience particularly severe issues with its hip joints, potentially requiring a resurfacing implant. In the future, this process may be far less invasive while offering better results than conventional treatments. Key to the newly detailed process are stem cells.

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USDA warns chicken and beef empanadas sold with fake inspection mark

USDA warns chicken and beef empanadas sold with fake inspection mark

The USDA has issued a Class I recall involving thousands of pounds of chicken and beef empanadas that it says were sold in the US without inspection. A tip led to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) investigating the matter, at which point it found the food products were sold featuring a 'false USDA mark of inspection.'

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Homemade face masks work, but it depends on how they’re made

Homemade face masks work, but it depends on how they’re made

Though N95 and surgical face masks are the best options when it comes to reducing the spread of droplets, homemade face masks are also effective...assuming they're made correctly, according to researchers with the India Institute of Science. Homemade face masks may be used because they're more economical than buying boxes of surgical masks, or they may be used when commercial masks are in short supply.

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Study finds changing your gut bacteria may make weight loss easier

Study finds changing your gut bacteria may make weight loss easier

It's known that changing your diet can also change your gut bacteria, but a new study goes beyond that, finding that your gut bacteria play an important role in how hard or easy it is for you to shed unwanted pounds. The findings suggest that altering your gut bacteria in a beneficial way may make it easier to lose weight for those whose gut microbiomes are making the process harder.

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