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CDC says E. coli outbreak is over, but it never found the source

CDC says E. coli outbreak is over, but it never found the source

In mid-November, the CDC detailed a multi-state E. coli outbreak first announced by the FDA. As with other outbreaks, officials were investigating the source of the illnesses, something that was narrowed down to 'leafy greens,' but no specific variety, brand, or company was linked. In an update, the CDC says the outbreak is over, but the source is still a mystery.

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Study finds exercising in the cold may drastically increase fat burning

Study finds exercising in the cold may drastically increase fat burning

If you live somewhere that is currently under a blanket of snow, now is a good time to head outside for some exercise -- at least if you're looking to burn fat, according to a new study from the American Physiological Society. Researchers found that high-intensity exercise sessions conducted in 32F temperatures resulted in more fat burning than the same exercise in a 'thermoneutral' space.

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More batches of hand sanitizer recalled over methanol risk

More batches of hand sanitizer recalled over methanol risk

A new recall warns that several batches of hand sanitizer may contain methanol, putting those who use the products at risk of methanol poisoning. This is the latest of several recalls from the past year involving undeclared wood alcohol in hand sanitizer products, an issue that contributed to shortages earlier this year.

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US hits COVID-19 milestone but experts fear holiday travel surge

US hits COVID-19 milestone but experts fear holiday travel surge

More than 1 million people in the US have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC has confirmed, though there are rising concerns that surging cases across the country will still outpace treatment. As of December 23, total coronavirus cases in the US had exceeded 18 million, with the virus now blamed for more than 321,000 deaths. More than 1.5 million new cases were recorded in the last 7 days.

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Face masks study shows why social distancing is so important

Face masks study shows why social distancing is so important

Face masks may be an important protective step toward reducing the spread of COVID-19, but they alone aren't enough. That's according to a new study published by the American Institute of Physics, which found that being at a close distance to someone who is infected may put you at risk even if you're both wearing face masks.

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CDC explains why nursing homes will still be on lockdown post-vaccine

CDC explains why nursing homes will still be on lockdown post-vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccines designed to help protect the public against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and eventually bring the pandemic to an end are rolling out now in the US and elsewhere. Elderly individuals are at the greatest risk when it comes to the virus, and so it's no surprise that nursing homes are among the first to deploy the vaccine. Don't expect these facilities to open their doors to the public anytime soon, however.

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Nestle recalls 92k pounds of chicken meal over unexpected plastic

Nestle recalls 92k pounds of chicken meal over unexpected plastic

Nestle is recalling more than 92,000lbs of chicken meal products sold under the Lean Cuisine brand because they may contain small pieces of hard plastic. The recall was recently highlighted by the USDA, with the recall noting that the US Department of Agriculture Food and Safety Inspection Service worries some of these products may still be in consumers' freezers.

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CDC warns drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed during pandemic

CDC warns drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed during pandemic

The CDC has warned that drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed to unprecedented levels during the pandemic, particularly ones involving synthetic opioids. The report highlights one of the major unintended consequences of the pandemic and related disruption to daily life, something expected to have an impact on public health that lasts longer than the pandemic.

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Moderna COVID-19 vaccine now FDA authorized: What that means

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine now FDA authorized: What that means

The US Food and Drug Administration has just announced its second Emergency Use Authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for vaccination of the public against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that can cause COVID-19. This second EUA was given to Moderna for its two-dose mRNA vaccine, this authorization following a similar one given to Pfizer just days ago.

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Trader Joe’s edamame recalled over risky bacterial contamination

Trader Joe’s edamame recalled over risky bacterial contamination

If you recently picked up a bag of frozen edamame from Trader Joe's, now is the time to give it a second look. The FDA has highlighted a new food recall concerning frozen edamame sold under the Trader Joe's brand over the risk of contamination with a bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes. The recall notes that infections caused by this bacteria can be serious in some people.

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Study warns ultra-processed foods may cause death risk to skyrocket

Study warns ultra-processed foods may cause death risk to skyrocket

Frequently eating ultra-processed foods, such as chips, microwave meals, and other convenience foods, may pave the way for heart disease and drastically increase your risk of dying from it. The findings come from the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed, where researchers found that overall death risk increases in association with ultra-processed foods.

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Fish oil study has good news for those worried about cholesterol

Fish oil study has good news for those worried about cholesterol

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements -- often sold as fish oil capsules -- are popular due to research indicating beneficial effects on brain and heart health. Some past research has raised questions over whether these supplements raise 'bad' cholesterol levels, however, something the new study addresses.

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