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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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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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PET scans: healthy brain (top), Alzheimer's (bottom) - Red areas indicate tau deposits.
One single night of interrupted sleep increases brain proteins which are believed to cause Alzheimer's disease, researches reported in a study published in the journal Brain Monday.  Sleep helps the body clear away these compounds, amyloid and tau, while interrupting sleep may lead to a compound build-up."When people had their slow-wave sleep disrupted, their amyloid levels increased by...[ Read More... ]
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Contact lens mistakes that can lead to eye infections & possible permanent damage
It's advice that has been on the various doctor tv shows and made its rounds on the news before, and probably also mentioned to you by your eye doctor if you wear contact lenses.  It's on the news again via the U.S. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and it's good to know if you wear contacts.  The CDC found that in the 1,000+ contact lens-related infections reported to a...[ Read More... ]
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Textured popcorn ceiling risks
If you have a textured ceiling in your home that kind of looks like popcorn, also known as cottage cheese ceiling, stucco ceiling or acoustic ceiling, and it's been there for about 20 or more years, you of course don't want to eat it, but you also do not want to sand away at it, puch a hole in it to hang something, or bounce a ball against it.  The reason: it may contain the carcinogen...[ Read More... ]
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Cryptosporidium parasite
...Like Cryptosporidium.  It is the cause of an Alabama water pak being temporarilty closed until they "super chlorinate" the water, planning to be running in time for this weekend, August 20 and 21.The Spring Valley Beach Water Park in Blountsville, Alabama, was closed this weekend after health officials traced a parasite called cryptosporidium to the park. The microscopic...[ Read More... ]
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Raw Cookie Dough
The Salmonella bacteria can be found in raw/lightly cooked eggs that have not been pasteurized ane make you sick (CDC: "Salmonella and Eggs").. Cartons of eggs that are not pasteurized must carry the FDA-required label:Safe Handling InstructionsTo prevent illness from bacteria: keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm, and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly. (via FDA:...[ Read More... ]
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Baby formula risks
 There are a lot of health benefits for babies breastfeeding, from absorbing antibodies to help babies fight off viruses and bacteria, to lowering their risk of having asthma or allergies.  Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea ("Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby -...[ Read More... ]
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Medical error 3rd leading cause of death in US
New study published in the BMJ medical journals: researchers from John Hopkins University School of Medicine estimate deaths from medical errors in the US to be 251,454 each year - about 9.5 percent of all deaths annually in the United States. Data was taken from Medicare and 13 other hospitals.  This makes medical errors the third leading cause of a non-violent death in the U.S., ahead of...[ Read More... ]
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Unnecessary antibiotics = harmful
Got prescribed antibiotics?  CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) published new data in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that at least 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the US are unnecessary.  This can prove to be not just not beneficial, but harmful, such as getting  Clostridium difficile, commonly known as "C-difficile" or...[ Read More... ]
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