Climate change will raise Florida’s risks of brain-eating amoeba and flesh-eating bacteria

When it’s blisteringly hot outside, splashing in the ocean, a lake or even a swimming pool is a popular way to beat the heat. But as global temperatures rise, scientists say, so do your chances of catching a nasty—or even deadly—bug. The scary one making headlines this summer is Vibrio vulnificus, also dubbed in media reports as “flesh-eating bacteria.” Historically, […]

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Keeping kids’ minds active may cut obesity risks, scientists suggest

Should brain training be part of a healthy diet? Children’s minds use half their energy – and more mental activity might cut obesity risks, scientists say At five, children’s brain’s use up almost half the energy they get from their diets The glucose from food that we don’t use gets converted into fat  Scientists at Northwestern University and New York […]

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A stomach bug vaccine for babies may cut their diabetes risks

A vaccine against diabetes? Drops that protect babies from a stomach bug cuts risks for the chronic disease by one third, study finds Every year, 17,900 children and young adults under 20 are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the US  The number of children diagnosed with the chronic disease fell after the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine The Centers […]

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Amid fentanyl crackdown, Mexico risks ‘balloon effect’

President Donald Trump says China’s new ban on all fentanyl-related substances will be a “game-changer” in the deadly US opioid crisis, but experts warn it may just shift production elsewhere—particularly Mexico. Under pressure from Trump, China on May 1 banned all chemical analogues of fentanyl, the synthetic drug at the heart of an overdose epidemic that is killing tens of […]

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Health risks associated with mixtures of man-made chemicals are underestimated

The cocktail of man-made chemicals that we are exposed to daily is a health risk which current regulations and risk assessment overlook. This is the conclusion of the EU Horizon 2020 EDC-MixRisk project that is now being presented. We are exposed to a large number of man-made chemicals in our everyday life. This creates combinations of chemical mixtures, to which […]

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Novel technique accurately assesses cardiovascular risks

A new noninvasive technique for imaging the carotid artery offers advantages over other imaging methods and could provide an earlier, more accurate assessment of cardiovascular disease risk, according to a study published in the journal Radiology. The carotid arteries are the blood vessels located on the left and right side of the neck that bring oxygenated blood to the head. […]

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Does the 7-day GM diet work? Benefits, risks, and meal plans

According to one GM diet plan website, this diet helps users lose at least 10–17 pounds in 1 week. It claims to promote weight loss by burning calories without affecting mood or energy levels. However, this plan may exclude essential nutrients, and it might not be a sustainable long-term weight-loss strategy. In this article, we look at the GM diet […]

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Tiny skin patch uses your sweat to measure health without a needle

Tiny skin patch the size of a dollar coin uses your sweat to measure health risks without a needle Blood tests are the standard test for most conditions   Sweat contains many chemicals that are important measures for conditions like cystic fibrosis, diabetes and kidney failure  Scientists at Northwestern University have developed a tiny wearable that acts like a lab on […]

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