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Hepatitis A outbreak linked to berries sold at natural food stores

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to berries sold at natural food stores

Public health officials with the FDA and CDC have linked a hepatitis A outbreak to the consumption of blackberries purchased from a natural food marketplace with stores in the Midwest. Federal experts have been working with public health officials from three states on investigating a hepatitis A outbreak currently involving 11 cases and six hospitalizations.

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Teen spends 47 days in hospital over popcorn lung caused by vaping

Teen spends 47 days in hospital over popcorn lung caused by vaping

Back in 2015, a Harvard study warned that a particular flavoring frequently used in electronic cigarette liquids was linked to a disease called 'popcorn lung,' which gets its name from the lung condition developed by many people who had worked in popcorn factories. Fast-forward to 2019 and health officials have revealed that the first case of popcorn lung has been identified in someone who vapes.

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Study shows some teeth hold life-long health records: Here’s what’s inside

Study shows some teeth hold life-long health records: Here’s what’s inside

A new study shows that human teeth hold information on the body's health from the womb to the grave. Researchers at McMaster University point to the body's first permanent molars, revealing a life-long timeline of information that lasts even after the body is dead. Think of it like a cross-section of a tree - each ring tells a story, each story reveals important details about not only the tree, but the environment in which the tree was living.

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Study finds popular Chinese herb activates energy-burning brown fat

Study finds popular Chinese herb activates energy-burning brown fat

A newly published study details an investigation into ginseng, a traditional Chinese herb used for medicinal purposes, and its alleged ability to help reduce obesity. The findings are positive, suggesting that ginseng may help manage body weight by activating brown adipose tissue, more commonly called 'brown fat,' and trigger the formation of a similar energy-burning tissue called 'beige fat.'

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Americans aren’t eating enough beans, putting heart health at risk

Americans aren’t eating enough beans, putting heart health at risk

Eating more legumes like beans may improve your heart health, according to a new study, lowering the risk for chronic conditions that may result from issues like high blood pressure. A new study published in Advances in Nutrition notes that, on average, Americans aren't eating the recommended quantity of legumes weekly, meaning a simple dietary change may help protect the health of many people.

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Researchers combine meditation and brain stimulation in new study

Researchers combine meditation and brain stimulation in new study

Researchers have detailed their work with combining the traditional practice of meditation and modern technology called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Referred to as "e-meditation," the researchers wanted to determine whether the technology could be combined with mindfulness meditation as a self-administered enhancement performed by the practitioners themselves.

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E-Cigarette Vaping EVALI lung injury and death count update

E-Cigarette Vaping EVALI lung injury and death count update

We've been following the outbreak of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes (vaping) since early August. On September 19, 2019, the FDA opened a criminal probe into the vaping-related lung injury outbreak, while the CDC's then-current case count was 530 people - this count has gone up considerably since then.

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High-protein diets may be dangerous for people trying to lose weight

High-protein diets may be dangerous for people trying to lose weight

High-protein diets are trendy right now, but they may not be healthy. According to a new expert editorial, substituting the majority of carbohydrates with protein is hard on the kidneys, something that's particularly risky among the morbidly obese and individuals who have diabetes. At the core of the matter are people who are unaware they're at higher risk when they start the diet.

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Even mild inflammation may harm the brain’s ability to stay alert

Even mild inflammation may harm the brain’s ability to stay alert

Inflammation, including the kind resulting from mild colds, may impact the brain's ability to become and stay alert, something often referred to as 'brain fog.' The findings come from a new study out of the University of Birmingham, which injected participants with a salmonella typhoid vaccine in order to temporarily induce inflammation in their bodies.

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Cigarette smoking drops to record low in US as vaping numbers rise

Cigarette smoking drops to record low in US as vaping numbers rise

Cigarette smoking rates have declined in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, as vaping rates increase. Last year saw the lowest ever recorded levels of smoking among adults in the United States at only 13.7-percent, a huge drop of around two-thirds since the agency started collecting information on smokers in 1965. However, vaping has introduced new public health concerns in its place.

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Medical marijuana may be a significant stroke risk in young adults

Medical marijuana may be a significant stroke risk in young adults

A pair of new studies set to be presented at an upcoming American Heart Association event this weekend have found stroke and heart arrhythmia risk in young adults who smoke cannabis. When compared to non-users, young adults who used cannabis were found to have twice the risk of suffering from a stroke, with frequent users have the highest risk. As well, users were at greater risk of hospitalization.

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Researchers warn weekend junk food binges can trigger severe IBD

Researchers warn weekend junk food binges can trigger severe IBD

Many people remain diligent about protecting their health during the week, making sure to exercise daily and eat healthy foods, only to spend the weekend relaxing and eating what they crave. That can be risky, according to a new study, if the indulgences include eating a bunch of sugar-filled junk foods. Researchers with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry found that it only takes a couple of days of binging on sugar to potentially trigger severe inflammatory bowel disease symptoms.

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