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USDA reveals two massive beef recalls over E. coli and safety risks

USDA reveals two massive beef recalls over E. coli and safety risks

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced two massive beef recalls involving 43,000lbs and 83,000lbs of beef, respectively. The reasons for the two recalls, which were announced within days of each other, differ -- one is over the potential risk of E. coli contamination, while the other is over more general safety risks due to a lack of proper inspection.

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CDC warns of Midwestern parasite outbreak linked to bagged salads

CDC warns of Midwestern parasite outbreak linked to bagged salads

If you live in the Midwestern United States, you may want to avoid bagged salad mixes for a while. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details a new outbreak that has been linked back to the products, putting consumers at risk of contracting a parasite that can cause gastrointestinal distress. Multiple brands of bagged salads sold by various retailers have been recalled as part of this outbreak.

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Researchers genetically modified rice to replace blood pressure drugs

Researchers genetically modified rice to replace blood pressure drugs

Imagine eating food that is not only nutritious and filling, but also carefully engineered to address certain health issues. That's the reality detailed in a recent study from the American Chemical Society, which details a type of genetically-modified rice that can potentially be used to lower one's blood pressure. In an effort to bring around this reality, researchers have engineered a type of transgenic rice with blood-pressure-lowering peptides.

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Aphantasia study links ‘blind mind’ condition to other cognitive issues

Aphantasia study links ‘blind mind’ condition to other cognitive issues

Aphantasia, the term that refers to a rare condition in which one is not able to visualize things in their mind, has been linked to wider cognitive issues, including troubles with dreaming and memory. The research comes from the University of New South Wales and was recently published in Scientific Reports. More than 250 people participated in the study.

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Researchers create urine test that reveals the best diet for your body

Researchers create urine test that reveals the best diet for your body

Researchers with Imperial College London collaborated with experts from a number of other institutions to develop a urine test that, among other things, can provide 'precision nutrition' information for patients. Put simply, the urine test can help shed light on the ideal diet for your particular body, potentially helping avoid diseases and increase one's overall health and wellbeing.

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American Heart Association says sugar taxes are great for society

American Heart Association says sugar taxes are great for society

Sugar taxes, the controversial charge added to sugary products like soda, are great for public health, including the healthcare industry, according to the American Heart Association. The organization used computer models to evaluate the potential benefits of different types of sugar taxes, including ones based on things like sugar content and overall volume, and found that some options are better than others.

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COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t increased loneliness in US, study finds

COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t increased loneliness in US, study finds

Concerns about loneliness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may be overblown, a new study has found. Florida State University researchers report that lockdown orders in the US haven't caused a noticeable increase in loneliness among Americans, with participants instead reporting that they feel more supported than before the pandemic started. These findings were despite stay-home orders.

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Popular children’s medicines recalled, but not for the reason you think

Popular children’s medicines recalled, but not for the reason you think

The FDA published an advisory late last week revealing that multiple children's medications have been recalled, including Robitussin and Dimetapp. The recall covers two lots of the over-the-counter medication, which are sold as products for coughing and colds in 4oz and 8oz sizes. According to the FDA, the recall was voluntarily initiated by GSK Consumer Healthcare after the issue was discovered.

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NIH details five lifestyle choices that slash Alzheimer’s disease risk

NIH details five lifestyle choices that slash Alzheimer’s disease risk

The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging (NIA) has funded a study that links five lifestyle behaviors with a drastic decrease in one's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The research was recently published in the journal Neurology, revealing that people who adhered to at least four of the five lifestyle factors were at a 60-percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

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CDC says most Americans support COVID-19 prevention measures

CDC says most Americans support COVID-19 prevention measures

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new report stating that the majority of Americans support measures intended to prevent or slow the spread of the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19. The statement is based on a survey of thousands of Americans from across the nation; the data was recently published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Cancer death risk skyrockets in people who are often sedentary

Cancer death risk skyrockets in people who are often sedentary

Many people find it hard to get adequate activity -- time spent sitting on transportation, sitting at the office, sitting at appointments, and sitting at home add up, after all. Many studies have linked sedentary behaviors to various health issues, including the risk of developing cancer and premature death. A new study has found that in the people who are most sedentary, the cancer death risk skyrockets.

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Study links staying up late with big impact on emotions, performance

Study links staying up late with big impact on emotions, performance

If you've been staying up later than usual to finish a work project or study for a big test, you may be harming your long-term performance and your mood, a new study warns. Researchers with the Norweigan University of Science and Technology found that it only takes a few days of staying up a couple of hours past bedtime to cause a noticeable impact on emotions and one's ability to concentrate.

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