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Cottonelle flushable wipes recalled after ‘non-serious’ issues reported

Cottonelle flushable wipes recalled after ‘non-serious’ issues reported

Kimberly-Clark Corp. has recalled many lots of Cottonelle Flushable Wipes manufactured between February and September of this year. The reason, according to the company, is the potential presence of a bacteria that, though it is present in nature, may cause issues in a small number of people exposed to it. The company says that it has received reports of 'non-serious' health issues related to the use of the wipes.

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Watching nature on TV offers mental health benefits, but VR is better

Watching nature on TV offers mental health benefits, but VR is better

It's no secret that exposure to nature, such as a walk at an orchard or a hike at the nearest park, offers mental health benefits, as well as some other potential benefits, including reduced cortisol hormone levels and decreased blood pressure. What about during winter when the trees are barren or during a global pandemic requiring social distancing, though? That's where television and VR come in.

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Surprising toxin discovery paves way for skin inflammation treatments

Surprising toxin discovery paves way for skin inflammation treatments

The toxins produced by an infection of a typically harmless bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus have been found to trigger wound healing, researchers have announced. The findings were surprising in light of what a 'staph' infection does to tissues, causing inflammation, boils, cellulitis, and more. Though the toxins produced by a staph infection cause damage to tissues and cells, the new study has found that toxins produced by the bacteria also trigger wound healing.

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Study finds ‘healthy’ sleep is key to improving mindfulness

Study finds ‘healthy’ sleep is key to improving mindfulness

Mindfulness, a conscious state in which one typically takes deliberate steps to be present in any given moment, is a trendy self-care movement at the moment, one backed by a growing number of studies that have linked the practice to various potential health benefits. Some people may find themselves struggling to be mindful throughout the day, however, and the reason may have to do with how they slept the night before.

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Pumpkin spice and many herbs recalled across US over bacteria risk

Pumpkin spice and many herbs recalled across US over bacteria risk

The fall season is firmly upon the US, meaning it's time to break out the pumpkin-flavored treats. This particularly popular spice blend is among many that have been recalled in dozens of US states due to the potential contamination of one particular herb from the supplier behind the products. Joining the recalled pumpkin spice are everything from gourmet seeds to organic cinnamon, black pepper, and blends like Seafood Grill & Boil.

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FDA says dog food recall expands to multiple countries over toxin risk

FDA says dog food recall expands to multiple countries over toxin risk

The FDA is highlighting a previously announced dog food recall, noting that it has been expanded to encompass additional products, including ones sold in the United States, Japan, and Colombia. The reason is a naturally-occurring toxin that may be found in excessively high levels in the recalled pet food, putting dogs who eat it at risk. The expansion was a voluntary precautionary measure, according to the company behind the products.

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Metformin recalled again over cancer risk: Key details to know

Metformin recalled again over cancer risk: Key details to know

An existing recall of popular diabetes medication metformin has been expanded over the presence of an impurity that may increase cancer risk. The expanded recall comes from Marksans Pharma Ltd. and covers the brand name Time-Cap Labs. Two different strengths of the drug have been recalled, but the company notes that patients shouldn't immediately stop taking the recalled medication.

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Menthol cigarettes ban urged over long-term consequences of minty flavor

Menthol cigarettes ban urged over long-term consequences of minty flavor

The United States has seen a major decrease in cigarette smoking over the past decade, but the majority of those who stopped smoking reported quitting traditional tobacco cigarettes, not menthol-flavored cigarettes. Menthol is the flavor that managed to escape the FDA's 2009 ban on flavored cigarettes, which covered things like cherry, chocolate, and other options that appealed to young smokers. Now experts are returning attention to the issue of menthol.

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Study finds which pre-existing conditions may triple COVID-19 death risk

Study finds which pre-existing conditions may triple COVID-19 death risk

It has been established by this point that certain pre-existing conditions can increase one's risk of experiencing worse COVID-19 outcomes, including an increased risk of death. A new study from Penn State details the pre-existing conditions that have been linked to double or triple the COVID-19 risk, with researchers explaining that several issues ranging from high blood pressure to cancer can increase one's odds of dying from the virus.

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Another major retailer hit by fruit recall, but for a different reason

Another major retailer hit by fruit recall, but for a different reason

Days after an ongoing fruit recall expanded to include a variety of pre-sliced fruits sold by Walmart, the FDA has highlighted another fruit recall impacting Meijer, another big retailer. The difference? This recall covers a different type of fruit -- cantaloupe -- and has been made due to the potential of contracting a different type of pathogen: Salmonella. Eating the recalled cantaloupe may result in serious illness.

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Lilly COVID-19 treatment asks for first FDA antibody authorization

Lilly COVID-19 treatment asks for first FDA antibody authorization

A new treatment for COVID-19 is seeking FDA emergency authorization, with pharma company Eli Lilly hunting early permission to get its SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody into hospitals. Lilly says that a million doses of the drug, known as LY-CoV555 monotherapy, could be ready in time for treatments in Q4 2020.

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Study finds a good reason to stop drinking soda while breastfeeding

Study finds a good reason to stop drinking soda while breastfeeding

A new study has found a good reason to stop drinking sugary drinks like soda and fruit juice while breastfeeding, warning that a high-sugar diet in the months immediately following pregnancy may cause cognitive development delays in offspring. The research comes from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and involved 88 participants who said they drank sugary beverages every day during the first month of nursing their newborns.

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