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Decaf Coffee: Facing a Ban or a New Leaf?
Coffee, the beloved morning beverage for millions, might be facing a decaf dilemma. The debate centers around the decaffeination process itself, specifically the "European Method" which utilizes methylene chloride to remove caffeine from beans. This chemical, while effective, has raised concerns due to its classification as a possible carcinogen by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and...[ Read More... ]
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Unraveling Ozempic: Lawsuits Cast Light on Potential Side Effects
Ozempic (semaglutide), a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, has become a popular medication for weight management and type 2 diabetes. While it boasts impressive results, recent legal developments have raised concerns about potential side effects. Here's a breakdown of the current Ozempic lawsuit situation:Lawsuit Allegations:Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Ozempic's...[ Read More... ]
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Don't leave hand sanitizer - or clear water bottles - in your car, fire department says
UPDATE:"Brazilian fact-checker Aos Fatos and Estado Verifica found that a car would need to reach an internal temperature above 300 degrees Celsius (572 degrees Fahrenheit) to cause hand sanitizer to combust. A study by Arizona State University looking at cars parked in triple-digit summer heat found temperatures topped out around 160 F (71.11 C)," according to its report.Most hand...[ Read More... ]
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Swimming with sharks at your own risk - you can get bit
Katarina Zarutskie, 19-year-old nursing student at University of Miami and Instagram model from Laguna Beach, California, swam with nurse sharks in the ocean off the Bahamas' Staniel Cay last month.  Floating one minute and then yanked under water by a 5-foot shark the next."He had my wrist in his mouth and I could feel his teeth sinking into my arm," Zarutskie told NBC News on Monday....[ Read More... ]
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Tooth found in cashews
Ravenna, Ohio: Ohio woman Nickolette Botsford says she found a tooth with dried blood on it while eating cashews.  She felt something hard while chewing on the nuts "and vomited when she saw it looked like a tooth", WOIO-TV reports.   The hospital confirmed it is in fact a human tooth spotted with dried blood.  Botsford was treated for exposure to blood or bodily...[ Read More... ]
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Vibrio, flesh-eating bacteria, contracted from raw oysters
Lafayette, Louisiana: Friends Karen Bowers and Jeanette LeBlanc shucked and ate about two dozen raw oysters.“About 36 hours later she started having extreme respiratory distress, had a rash on her legs and everything,” Bergquist said.“An allergic reaction of sorts, that’s what I would call it. That’s what we thought,” Bowers added.(via KRON4, "Texas woman dies...[ Read More... ]
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Bone treats may be deadly for dogs, FDA warns
From the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and in the news this week:Illnesses reported to FDA by owners and veterinarians in dogs that have eaten bone treats have included:Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract)ChokingCuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsilsVomitingDiarrheaBleeding from the rectum, and/orDeath. Approximately fifteen dogs reportedly died after...[ Read More... ]
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Freestyle Libre, Sharp sensor pierces skin to make readings
While the Freestyle Libre website accurately words what the new glucose monitor is, all websites reporting it have not completely.From Mashable: "Use sensors instead of needles to check your glucose level":Diabetics who have been pricking their fingers for years finally have another option. Freestyle Libre is a small patch that can be easily applied to the upper-arm. With a simple scan, the...[ Read More... ]
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E. Coli
A 3-year old boy has been hospitalized for E. Coli with severe intestimanl symptoms after swimming in at Lake Wildwood Beach in Nevada County.  Three other kids have also been treated for E. Coli.The health deparment closed down the beach after the water test results showed it had the high levels of fecal colforms - bacteria that can cause serious illness:“Real upset stomach,...[ Read More... ]
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Tap Water Database: Check out what's in your tap water by zip code
Enter in your zip code and you can check EWG's Tap Water Database for contaminants detected above health guidelines and other detected contaminants.  Good reasons to opt for water filters.Since 2010, water utilities' testing has found pollutants in Americans' tap water, according to an EWG drinking water quality analysis of 30 million state water records.https://www.ewg.org/tapwaterWhat...[ Read More... ]
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