More clues point to chemical compound in US vaping illnesses

Health officials say they have more evidence that a certain chemical compound is a culprit in a national outbreak of vaping illnesses. A study released Tuesday analyzed vaping cartridges gathered in Minnesota during the outbreak this year and cartridges seized in that state last year. The newer cartridges contained the compound vitamin E acetate, but none of the older ones […]

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Body glitter sold on eBay recalled as it contains dangerous chemical

Cheap body glitter sold on eBay is recalled as it contains FIFTY TIMES the safe amount of a dangerous chemical that inflames your lungs Pallets of silver glitter sold under the brand name Saffron made with antimony If inhaled, the chemical can prevent the lungs from functioning properly Make-up found to have 24.7mg/kg of substance, despite 0.5mg/kg guideline Cheap body glitter […]

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Bacterial chemical ‘signatures’ a sign of damaged gut microbiome in critical illness

Chemicals produced by healthy bacteria could be used to assess the health of the gut microbiome and help identify critically-ill children at greatest risk of organ failure, a study published in Critical Care Medicine has found. The gut microbiome is a trillions-strong community of healthy bacteria that live inside us. They make important contributions to our health, including fermenting the […]

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Targeting chemical signals between the gut and brain could lead to new treatment for obesity

New research published in The Journal of Physiology has shed light on how to disrupt chemical signals that affect how much someone eats, which could lead to a method for helping manage obesity. Obesity is one of today’s most prevalent public health concerns. In the UK it affects around 1 in every 4 adults and around 1 in every 5 […]

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