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Kratom, used in opioid withdrawals, linked to 36 deaths: FDA
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The Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory Tuesday about the use of kratom, a herbal supplement known to ease the side effects of opioid withdrawals that’s linked to 36 deaths. The FDA's cautioning comes after the Drug Enforcement Administration's delay in listing kratom, a plant found in countries like Thailand and Malaysia, as a controlled substance. The supplement is sold in smoke shops and as a powder for brewing tea to ease drug withdrawal sympto [...]
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Bill Gates ‘digs deep’ and invests $50 million to fight Alzheimer
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Bill Gates has “dug deep” to join the fight against Alzheimer’s with a whopping $50 million investment in the Dementia Discovery Fund. Known for his philanthropy, Gates says this time the generosity is personal — at least in part. “It’s a terrible disease that devastates both those who have it and their loved ones,” Gates wrote Monday in his blog post. In the essay titled “Why I’m Digging Deep Into Alzheimer’s,” the bill [...]
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Whoo-hoo! Sex probably won’t kill you
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If you have a heart condition and are afraid that sex could trigger cardiac arrest, there’s a reason to relax. The risk of that happening is very low, according to a new study. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute reported that only 34 out of 4,557 sudden cardiac arrests reported between 2002 and 2015 in Portland, Ore., occurred during or within one hour of sexual intercourse. That’s less than 1%. Of those cardiac arrests, 32 were men. In most cases the [...]
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There may be a way to reverse type 2 diabetes
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The secret to reversing the effects of type 2 diabetes may lie in calorie intake. The link between a very low-calorie diet and the illness was discovered by a team of researchers from Yale University. For their study, the scientists used rats that had the disease and put them on a calorie-restricted diet where they ate about 25% of their normal food intake. The study, published in Cell Metabolism, was inspired by the fact that many people with type 2 diabetes achi [...]
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Air pollution can worsen osteoporosis: study
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Sticks and stones and pollution will break your bones. The study, published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health this month, observed 9.2 million people across seven years and found that even small increases in air pollution correlated with an increase in hospital admissions for bone fractures. A smaller analysis of 692 middle-aged, low-income adults in Boston saw that higher levels of pollution and black carbon left patients with lower parathyroid hormones [...]
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FDA will require calorie counts at large food chains
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The government is down for the count. The Food and Drug Administration has made calorie counts in restaurants and other food establishments required across the nation. The rule would require any food establishment with 20 or more locations to prominently post calories counts beginning in May of 2018. “Food establishment” includes restaurants, fast food chains, and even movie theaters, amusement parks and vending machines. “I – like many America [...]
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IUD use linked to 30% lower risk of cervical cancer
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Intrauterine devices may be helpful in lowering risk of cervical cancer, a new study published in the Obstetrics and Gynecology journal suggests. Victoria Cortessis of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles led a team of researchers who examined data from 16 studies of over 12,000 women, some with cervical cancer, some without. The studies, which were chosen based on their information about patients’ IUD use, found that women who used an IU [...]
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