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A 5-year-old boy tested positive for meth after trick-or-treating. And it wasn’t from the candy

November 2, 2018

(CNN)Tainted candy on Halloween night is the scariest part of the holiday for parents. Tainted fake teeth? Not so much a concern. Julia Pence, the boy’s mother, said she rushed to the hospital after hearing he had a seizure. “He was disoriented, he didn’t know who was who and where he was at,” Pence told […]

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Can coffee really sober you up?

November 1, 2018

(CNN)You’re out late at night and you’ve had one too many drinks. You’re feeling a bit inebriated, and you’re wondering if a cup of coffee can help. Many of us have been there. “I call it the ‘perfect storm,’ ” said Dr. Mary Claire O’Brien, senior associate dean for health care education at the Wake […]

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Dozens more breakfast foods test positive for trace amounts of weed killer, report says

October 31, 2018

(CNN)Dozens of common breakfast cereals and snack bars have trace amounts of a controversial herbicide found in the weed killer Roundup, according to a report released today by an environmental advocacy group. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 26 of the 28 products it tested had levels of Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, that were […]

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Whales change their tunes when ships appear

October 31, 2018

(CNN)Commercial ships emit low-frequency noise wherever they roam and this unwanted soundtrack negatively impacts marine life, new research suggests. Humpback whales stop singing or shorten their songs with the passing of ships, a new study published Wednesday in PLOS One reveals. While there are many causes of low-frequency noise in the oceans, including seismic explosions, […]

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WHO voices alarm as academics denied visas to visit UK conference

October 28, 2018

Fears over immigration policys impact as at least 10 delegates experience problems The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed alarm about the impact of the UK governments immigration policy on international academic cooperation after several foreign scholars were denied visas to attend a conference. The organisers of the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in […]

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13 of the scariest health hazards of Halloween

October 27, 2018

(CNN)Americans go batty for Halloween. We’re not afraid to dig deep to have a howling good time. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 1. Deadly day for kids The statistics are shocking. Children are twice as likely to die on Halloween than any other day of the year as they trick-or-treat along our streets. That’s […]

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Childhood obesity: America’s ‘true national crisis’ measured state by state

October 25, 2018

(CNN)Childhood obesity has long been a problem in the United States. The research brief, which was released on Wednesday, shows that the national obesity rate for children, aged 10 to 17, was 15.8% in combined data from 2016 and 2017, similar to the 16.1% rate found in 2016 data alone. Sign up here to get […]

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The stress pregnant immigrants face in America

October 25, 2018

(CNN)She became a doctor to serve communities like the one she grew up in. Her patient suffered a high-risk pregnancy and faced a serious complication. Earlier this year, the patient’s blood pressure inched higher and higher. Her pregnant body felt “strange and different,” and obstetrician Dr. Cristina Gamboa became increasingly concerned. Gamboa and her colleagues […]

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Of the four parental ‘feeding styles,’ only one is good for kids’ health, experts say

October 23, 2018

(CNN)If you’re a parent, you are well aware that managing your kids’ activity schedules, homework, doctor’s appointments, play dates and much more all comes with the territory. But an important part of the parenting job description — and one that may be hidden in a cloud of unconscious thought at times — is being the […]

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My career as an international blood smuggler

October 21, 2018

For years, Kathleen McLaughlin smuggled American plasma every time she entered China, home to the worlds largest and deadliest blood debacle. She had no other choice I started my decade-long turn as an international blood smuggler in 2004 with a mundane task: packing. I gently stacked a dozen half-liter glass vials into two soft-sided picnic […]

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