Foodborne illnesses have nearly DOUBLED: Longer summers and imported produce drive up bacteria

Diagnoses of foodborne illnesses nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest report. Just today, the agency announced that 88 people have been sickened by Salmonella from live chickens they keep in their back yards. Danger lurks not only in backyards, but in grocery stores, Chipotle chains and cafeterias, too.   For several month this year, not a day went by without news that romaine lettuce had sickened another person. Five people were even killed by bacteria from the food.  In these first…

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Being in a bad mood could actually make you more productive

Feeling blue can actually help some people to focus, manage their time and better prioritize tasks, new research suggests. In fact, researchers found being in a good mood may hamper time-keeping and organizational skills.  However, this was only true for extroverts – while introverts ground to a halt when they felt gloomy.  People who are in a bad mood may be more productive because they are less distracted, study suggests The study, which was carried out by Tara McAuley, a psychology professor at the University of Waterloo, and Martyn S.…

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Being in a bad mood could actually make you MORE productive, study finds

Feeling blue can actually help some people to focus, manage their time and better prioritize tasks, new research suggests. In fact, researchers found being in a good mood may hamper time-keeping and organizational skills.  However, this was only true for extroverts – while introverts ground to a halt when they felt gloomy.  People who are in a bad mood may be more productive because they are less distracted, study suggests The study, which was carried out by Tara McAuley, a psychology professor at the University of Waterloo, and Martyn S.…

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Indian baby born weighing less than a tin of baked beans

A baby born weighing less than a tin of baked beans has reportedly become the smallest to ever survive in India.  Ridhima Ajmani, nicknamed Cherry, weighed just 0.8lbs (375g) when she was born around four months ago, local reports state. But she has now ‘miraculously’ overcome her medical death sentence, and is now strong and healthy, her family claims.  Babies born weighing less than 1.1lbs (500g) have less than a 50 per cent chance of survival, figures state.  Ridhima Ajmani, nicknamed Cherry, weighed just 0.8lbs (375g) when she was born…

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Women who eat more than 5-a-day ‘less likely to get breast cancer’

Women who eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day can reduce their risk of breast cancer, a study claims. Scientists found women who stick to the official nutrition guidelines have an 11 per cent lower chance of getting the disease. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots and yellow peppers all produced the strongest effects, researchers claimed. Harvard University researchers analysed data from 182,000 women over 37 years to make the conclusion. Orange and yellow vegetables as well as leafy cruciferous varieties from cabbage to cauliflowers were the most…

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Long-term use of cannabis impairs memory, conclude researchers

Smoking cannabis or taking medication based on the drug can harm the brain and damage memory, research has found. Trials on mice showed those exposed long-term to cannabinoids – compounds found in the marijuana plant – suffered ‘significant’ memory impairments. Brain scans confirmed the finding, and showed cannabis can stop vital memory-controlling regions of the organ communicating. Experts fear both recreational users and those who rely on it to combat their health conditions may be at risk of memory problems. The study comes after Government advisers yesterday declared doctors should…

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Scientists find a safer method of bleaching your smile which doesn’t damage enamel

Teeth could be bleached brilliant white without being damaged, scientists claim. Research may have revealed a new chemical to use for whitening teeth which could avoid the enamel-damaging effects of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide – which is also used to bleach hair – is a common teeth whitening treatment but it can make them more sensitive and wear them down. Now a study published by the American Chemical Society suggests using a modified form of the chemical titanium dioxide could be an effective and safe teeth whitener. Titanium dioxide is…

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Deadly rat poison from synthetic marijuana found in US blood banks, FDA warns 

Synthetic marijuana that can cause fatal bleeding has been found in several samples donated plasma, the Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday.  Popular illegal cannabinoids – known by names like ‘K2’ and ‘Spice’ – have been linked to hundreds of cases of severe bleeding and several deaths in the US in the last year. The danger does not stop with the users. The drug has a very long half-life and can remain in blood after a person donates, leaving an already weakened recipient with a transfusion of blood that…

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Pediatricians should prescribe dance games to fight obesity, study says

Video games that involve dancing and moving around could be a gamechanger for screen-loving overweight children.  While it may sound obvious, a new study shows that the benefits of such games – such as Just Dance 3 using a Wii – are so significant that doctors should recommend them to parents as a matter of course. The rate of obese kids in America has soared in the last few generations as kids spend more time on computers and iPads than climbing trees or riding bikes.  Weight gain is particularly critical…

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Baby born weighing LESS than a tin of baked beans in India

A baby born weighing less than a tin of baked beans has reportedly become the smallest to ever survive in India.  Ridhima Ajmani, nicknamed Cherry, weighed just 0.8lbs (375g) when she was born around four months ago, local reports state. But she has now ‘miraculously’ overcome her medical death sentence, and is now strong and healthy, her family claims.  Babies born weighing less than 1.1lbs (500g) have less than a 50 per cent chance of survival, figures state.  Ridhima Ajmani, nicknamed Cherry, weighed just 0.8lbs (375g) when she was born…

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