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Butterball recalls a bunch of turkey, but it shouldn’t impact Thanksgiving

Butterball recalls a bunch of turkey, but it shouldn’t impact Thanksgiving

Butterball, the poultry company best known for its frozen turkeys, has announced a new turkey product recall over potential contamination with plastic. The announcement comes only a few weeks ahead of Thanksgiving, but shouldn't impact turkey availability for the holiday -- the issue impacts ground turkey products, not whole birds.

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Severe virus infections in teens may fuel MS development later in life

Severe virus infections in teens may fuel MS development later in life

A new study explores the link between certain viral infections during one's youth and the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life. The autoimmune disease cannot be cured and though studies have shed light on how the condition may come about, there are still many mysteries that need to be unraveled.

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FDA panel recommends Moderna booster shot EUA for certain people

FDA panel recommends Moderna booster shot EUA for certain people

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has unanimously recommended granting emergency use authorization for a third Moderna shot, though only some people would be eligible for the booster shot. The recommendation follows Moderna's second-quarter financial details shared in August, which included information on the COVID-19 vaccine's efficacy six months after the second dose, as well as the booster for its booster shots to help protect against SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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NIH says common water pill shows promise as repurposed Alzheimer’s drug

NIH says common water pill shows promise as repurposed Alzheimer’s drug

There are many existing drugs that have, in some cases, been on the market for decades with authorization for specific conditions. The National Institutes of Health recently funded research into an exploration of these existing drugs for one that can potentially be repurposed as an Alzheimer's treatment -- and, the NIH has announced, a possible candidate has been discovered. The potential Alzheimer's treatment is a common water pill (diuretic) that is already FDA approved.

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FDA authorizes its first nicotine vape, but only with tobacco flavors

FDA authorizes its first nicotine vape, but only with tobacco flavors

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted its first market authorization for a small batch of electronic cigarette (vape) products, the agency has announced. The approval underscores the agency's intentions to target 'appealing' vape products amid growing public criticism over non-tobacco flavors and youth vaping trends.

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Eating mushrooms may be a surprising way to reduce depression

Eating mushrooms may be a surprising way to reduce depression

Mushrooms, often regarded as a superfood due to their various health benefits, may help reduce the symptoms and risk of depression, according to a new study from Penn State University. Key to this potential benefit is a potent antioxidant called ergothioneine, which helps protect the body from damage. Of all the foods that contain this antioxidant, mushrooms are the greatest source.

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Meditative breathing and VR combo reduces pain without drugs

Meditative breathing and VR combo reduces pain without drugs

Researchers at the University of Michigan have combined the ancient tradition of meditative breathing with modern technology, namely a virtual reality headset. The result, according to a new study from the team, is a reduction in pain perception, offering patients a way to reduce their use of painkillers. In contrast to meditative breathing on its own, however, the VR-based breathing method triggered pain relief in an entirely different way.

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USDA reveals massive canned beef recall over lead contamination

USDA reveals massive canned beef recall over lead contamination

The USDA has published a recall covering more than half a million cans of beef and gravy products over the presence of lead. The recall comes from Crider Foods of Georgia, which says the lead contamination has been traced back to a mix of spices provided by a third-party company. The recalled cans were made starting in October 2020.

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Europe just banned a common food dye over DNA damage concerns

Europe just banned a common food dye over DNA damage concerns

The European Union has banned the use of a common food additive commonly used to produce white colors. The decision follows years of contention over whether titanium dioxide represents a health risk when used as a food additive. Though officials still have not concluded whether titanium dioxide is genotoxic when used in food, the "evidence along with all of the uncertainties" fueled the decision to ban its use.

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Parent’s Choice baby food recalled at Walmart over arsenic levels

Parent’s Choice baby food recalled at Walmart over arsenic levels

Some Parent's Choice baby food sold at Walmart has been recalled over higher than acceptable inorganic arsenic levels, a new recall advisory has revealed. The arsenic levels were discovered by the FDA via sample testing, prompting the voluntary recall. The baby food was sold in Walmart stores and on its website.

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USDA says some pork products recalled over Listeria risk

USDA says some pork products recalled over Listeria risk

The USDA has published a Class I recall involving some pork products due to their potential contamination with Listeria. The frozen pork products covered by this recall were produced over a two-day period last month, though some recipients may still have the products in their freezers. As with other recalls involving Listeria, consumers are warned not to eat the pork.

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CDC says 1 in 500 US kids have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19

CDC says 1 in 500 US kids have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19

Though many reports related to the COVID-19 pandemic focus on the death toll, there is a wider impact on society that ranges from those left with long-term disabilities caused by the disease to those who have had their lives thrown into chaos as the result of a death. The CDC is emphasizing this in a new study that estimates how many kids in the US have been left orphaned as a result of the pandemic.

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