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Another study warns drinking soda and energy drinks daily may be deadly

Another study warns drinking soda and energy drinks daily may be deadly

Another study has found that drinking soft drinks -- including soda and energy drinks -- on a regular basis may have a major impact on one's long term health. The latest research was recently published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine where scientists detail their analysis of data on a potential link between soft drink consumption and death risk. The health risk was found in both sweetened and artificially-sweetened beverages.

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Michigan bans flavored electronic cigarettes: What you need to know

Michigan bans flavored electronic cigarettes: What you need to know

Michigan has officially become the first state to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes that contain a flavored liquid. The ban will be made by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services under the direction of state Governor Gretchen Whitman as a move to protect teens from the unknown health risks associated with vaping. The news comes amid reports from multiple states of a severe lung condition associated with these devices.

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Mouthwash may block blood pressure benefit triggered by exercise

Mouthwash may block blood pressure benefit triggered by exercise

Exercise is known to trigger a blood pressure-lowering effect in the hours after getting physical activity, but that benefit may be greatly reduced by the use of commonly available antibacterial mouthwash. The findings come from a study out of the University of Plymouth, where researchers studied two groups of people who exercised, one given antibacterial mouthwash and the other given ordinary mint-flavored water.

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Three studies link optimism with healthy aging and living longer

Three studies link optimism with healthy aging and living longer

If you want to live a long and healthy life, give optimism a try. That's the suggestion of a new study that found people who have an optimistic outlook on life tend to live longer, on average, than people who are less optimistic. The study is part of a large body of research that has found links between healthy aging and reduced risks of certain conditions like depression among optimists.

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New guidelines warn ‘bad’ cholesterol levels should be as low as possible

New guidelines warn ‘bad’ cholesterol levels should be as low as possible

'Bad' LDL cholesterol levels that fall within existing guidelines may still be too high for many people, according to new guidelines published by the European Society of Cardiology. Experts are recommending that adults -- particularly those who have elevated heart disease risk factors -- aim to lower their 'bad' cholesterol levels as much as possible in order to reduce their odds of developing a deadly condition most commonly referred to as clogged arteries.

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Popular opioid painkiller linked to low blood sugar condition

Popular opioid painkiller linked to low blood sugar condition

A popular opioid painkiller called tramadol has been linked to an increased risk of developing hypoglycemia, a condition in which one's blood sugar is unusually low. The study comes from the University of California San Diego, where researchers analyzed in excess of 12 million adverse effect and event reports published by the FDA from 2004 to early 2019.

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Plant-based diets may protect the heart, but lack a vital brain nutrient

Plant-based diets may protect the heart, but lack a vital brain nutrient

Plant-based diets have been the source of a growing number of studies focused primarily on heart health and cancer risk. A number of benefits have been associated with diets that do not contain animal products, assuming they focused on whole foods and not processed junk, but a new study warns they may come with one big problem: low levels of a vital nutrient.

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FDA and CDC warn against ‘street’ vapes and mods in lung injury update

FDA and CDC warn against ‘street’ vapes and mods in lung injury update

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has teamed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue an update on their ongoing investigation into cases of severe lung injury linked to vaping. The agency says that 215 'possible' cases of this condition had been identified in 25 states as of August 27. The cases all have one thing in common: the use of vapes with nicotine and THC.

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WHO reveals huge plan for human genome editing research registry

WHO reveals huge plan for human genome editing research registry

Human genome editing will be the subject of a new global registry, the World Health Organization has confirmed, tracking the controversial research as scientists navigate both practical and ethical concerns. While the potential benefits from gene editing could include curing diseases and reducing healthcare costs, critics argue DNA manipulation could just as easily lead to irreversible damage.

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UK and three other countries lose measles elimination status

UK and three other countries lose measles elimination status

The United Kingdom, Green, Albania, and the Czech Republic are no longer considered measles-free, the World Health Organization has announced. The status change was declared only hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the United States is at risk of losing its own 'eliminated' status in or around October due to two ongoing outbreaks in New York.

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Maryland is the latest state to report severe vaping lung injury cases

Maryland is the latest state to report severe vaping lung injury cases

Public health officials in another state have reported cases of a mysterious lung illness that has impacted more than 100 people who vape. The report comes from Maryland, where the state's Department of Health issued an advisory on Wednesday, August 28, revealing that it confirmed five cases of this issue from the last two months. Symptoms in these cases mirror ones reported in other states.

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CDC warns US is very close to losing its ‘measles eliminated’ status

CDC warns US is very close to losing its ‘measles eliminated’ status

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that the United States is within weeks of losing its 'measles eliminated' status. As of last week, measles cases had been confirmed across 30 states, boosting levels to the highest they've been since 1992. If this outbreak continues, the US may lose its ability to classify measles as eliminated by October.

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