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Gluten-free diet not recommended if you don't have celiac disease
It's recommended to go gluten-free if you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, as strong evidence links gluten to digestive problems in these specific cases.  But Consumer Reports says avoiding gluten is not a good idea for those who are not allergic to gluten, and can do more harm than good:"Less than 7 percent of Americans have celiac disease or another condition that causes gluten...[ Read More... ]
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Claire's recalls children's makeup after mom finds asbestos in 6-year-old's kit
Claire's, a store that sells accessories and makeup targeting young girls and teens, has recalled 17 makeup kits and pulled them off the shelves because they were found to contain asbestos.  The investigation was started by Barrington, Rhode Island mom Kristi Warner testing her 6-year-old daughter's makeup kit via an independent lab and getting the alarming news:"I physically sank,”...[ Read More... ]
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Health Department warns to keep your smartphone out of your pocket and away from your bed
California Department of Public Health (CDPH):"Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones," said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. "We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and...[ Read More... ]
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On Thursday the billionaire owner of Insys Therapeutics was arrested and charged for bribing doctors and committing insurance fraud for the illegal distribution of Subsys, a Fentanyl under-the-tongue spray, meant for cancer patients.  Federal charges include: racketeering, conspiracy to commit fraud, and conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback law.The indictment:"As alleged, these executives...[ Read More... ]
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Australia.  Doctors thought 30 year-old woman had lymphoma due to her symptoms, but it was due to her immune system response to a 15-year old tattoo.  After removing her swollen lymph node, they found black tattoo pigment in it.She had small lumps under her arms for 2 weeks, and a body scan showed even more enlarged lymph nodes in her chest, including near the bottom of her...[ 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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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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New clinical trial treatment that was being used for skin cancer, shrinks girl's tumors so that there are no more detectable tumors on scans.  8-year-old Allison Schablein's parents sent her scans all over the world and decided on this treatment locally that helped her:At age 4, Allison started telling her parents that she had headaches."We were back and forth with the doctor," Allison's...[ Read More... ]
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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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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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