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A 5-year-old boy tested positive for meth after trick-or-treating. And it wasn’t from the candy

November 2, 2018

(CNN)Tainted candy on Halloween night is the scariest part of the holiday for parents. Tainted fake teeth? Not so much a concern. Julia Pence, the boy’s mother, said she rushed to the hospital after hearing he had a seizure. “He was disoriented, he didn’t know who was who and where he was at,” Pence told […]

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Food for thought: the smart way to better brain health

November 2, 2018

The human brain is made of food, so what we eat and drink affects our ability to keep a healthy, alert and active mind We all intuitively appreciate that the foods we eat shape our thoughts, actions, emotions and behaviour. When you are feeling low, you reach for chocolate; when you are tired, you crave […]

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Plants and extreme fitness: How one man added years to his life

November 2, 2018

(CNN)Three years ago, Khaled Al-Suwaidi, now 35, received advice that changed his life forever. He was warned that he might not live much longer. In 2013, he moved back to Abu Dhabi, and in 2015, he took on the role of executive director at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. During a regular […]

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13 of the scariest health hazards of Halloween

October 28, 2018

(CNN)Americans go batty for Halloween. We’re not afraid to dig deep to have a howling good time. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 1. Deadly day for kids The statistics are shocking. Children are twice as likely to die on Halloween than any other day of the year as they trick-or-treat along our streets. That’s […]

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Childhood obesity: America’s ‘true national crisis’ measured state by state

October 26, 2018

(CNN)Childhood obesity has long been a problem in the United States. The research brief, which was released on Wednesday, shows that the national obesity rate for children, aged 10 to 17, was 15.8% in combined data from 2016 and 2017, similar to the 16.1% rate found in 2016 data alone. Sign up here to get […]

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The stress pregnant immigrants face in America

October 26, 2018

(CNN)She became a doctor to serve communities like the one she grew up in. Her patient suffered a high-risk pregnancy and faced a serious complication. Earlier this year, the patient’s blood pressure inched higher and higher. Her pregnant body felt “strange and different,” and obstetrician Dr. Cristina Gamboa became increasingly concerned. Gamboa and her colleagues […]

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Whales change their tunes when ships appear

October 25, 2018

(CNN)Commercial ships emit low-frequency noise wherever they roam and this unwanted soundtrack negatively impacts marine life, new research suggests. Humpback whales stop singing or shorten their songs with the passing of ships, a new study published Wednesday in PLOS One reveals. While there are many causes of low-frequency noise in the oceans, including seismic explosions, […]

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Dozens more breakfast foods test positive for trace amounts of weed killer, report says

October 25, 2018

(CNN)Dozens of common breakfast cereals and snack bars have trace amounts of a controversial herbicide found in the weed killer Roundup, according to a report released today by an environmental advocacy group. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 26 of the 28 products it tested had levels of Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, that were […]

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My career as an international blood smuggler

October 23, 2018

For years, Kathleen McLaughlin smuggled American plasma every time she entered China, home to the worlds largest and deadliest blood debacle. She had no other choice I started my decade-long turn as an international blood smuggler in 2004 with a mundane task: packing. I gently stacked a dozen half-liter glass vials into two soft-sided picnic […]

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Flea-borne typhus spreads across Los Angeles area

October 23, 2018

(CNN)A rise in typhus, a bacterial disease spread by lice or fleas, has hit the Los Angeles area, and public health officials are sounding the alarm. On Thursday, the department announced that officials are investigating an outbreak of flea-borne typhus in downtown Los Angeles, and they are working with the city to implement environmental safety […]

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