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New Study Raises Concerns About Heavy Metals and Chemicals in Tampons
A recent study has found detectable levels of lead, arsenic, and other potentially harmful chemicals in tampons. The study, conducted by researchers at Columbia University, tested 30 tampons from 14 brands purchased in the United States, United Kingdom, and Greece.“The average menstruating person will spend about five years of their total reproductive lifespan using tampons,” said...[ Read More... ]
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Dark Chocolate's Dark Secret: Heavy Metals and Your Health
Dark chocolate, a chocoholic's dream, has been touted for its health benefits thanks to its rich antioxidant content. But recent news has cast a shadow on this indulgence, raising concerns about lead and cadmium lurking within those delicious squares.The Culprits: Lead and CadmiumCadmium: This sneaky metal accumulates in the body over time, damaging the kidneys and bones (osteoporosis)....[ Read More... ]
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WiFi Radiation Harm
From December 2013:For their school science project, a group of 15 year-old girls in Denamrk wanted to test whether cell phones could be harmful.Pupil Lea Nielsen said: ‘We all thought we experienced concentration problems in school if we slept with our mobile phones at the bedside, and sometimes we also found it difficult sleeping.’They put plants near wireless routers, to test...[ 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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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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Salad Recall
Trader Joe's salads being recalled are: Trader Joe's White Meat Chicken Salad, Curried White Chicken Deli Salad and Turkey Cranberry Apple Salad.  The recalled salads have use-by dates from November 10 to 21.  Recalled because they may contain pieces of glass / hard plastic.  Yikes!Directly from their website:RECALL: Potential Foreign Matter (Glass/Hard Plastic) in...[ Read More... ]
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Don't wear flip flops for too long, unhealthy
Experts warn wearing flip flops can cause permanent damage.  They say the shoes can alter your natural stride, and lead to shin splints, Achilles tendon problems, and even lower back pain. Wearing flip flips too often can also cause soreness, chafing, and blisters.  Doctos advise to only wear flip flops for short periods of time and to purchase those that have arch support and a...[ 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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Lauren, Larry, and baby Hailey
Very informative article co-published by ProPublica and NPR, "The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth":The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: The health care system focuses on babies but often...[ Read More... ]
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New treatment for sepsis: Vitamin C, hydrocortisone, thiamine
Vitamin C given intravenously is different than orally; it can nfluence the immune system's response to inflammation, says Dr. Berry Fowler, researcher at Virgina CommonWealth University in Richmond.  And the clinical results support it.via "Doctor Turns Up Possible Treatment For Deadly Sepsis"Dr. Paul Marik, chief of pulmonary and critical care at Eastern Virginia Medical School,...[ Read More... ]
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