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‘Product of chemical synthesis’: Russian lawmaker targets artificial food additives in new bill

Russian lawmakers have previously proposed to restrict the sales of potentially-harmful foods, especially the so-called junk food promoted by major international corporations. In mid-2015 United Russia MPs said that they had prepared amendments to the Laws on Advertising that would designate fast food and alcohol ads as equal. This in turn, it was suggested, would make it easier to promote the apparently healthy “national foods.”

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Fake and counterfeit goods promote unethical behaviour

Adorning yourself in fake goods, be it a replica Gucci handbag or knock-off Armani sunglasses, makes a statement. It says that you want to feel, or be seen as, wealthier than you actually are. It signals an aspiration towards a richer lifestyle. Of course, such products can’t actually change a person’s status, but a new study suggests that they can change people’s behaviour, and for the worse.

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What is rat lungworm? The parasite may be more common than people think

A parasite called rat lungworm, which can get into people’s brains, has infected 12 people including toddlers in the continental U.S. in recent years, federal health officials said Thursday. And more cases may have gone unreported, because the parasite often does not cause severe symptoms, and it’s been found across several states.

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Valley Fever on the Rise, Officials Warn

In the first six months of 2018, twice as many cases of valley fever were reported in Kern County, California, compared to the same period last year, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, who recently sponsored a bipartisan bill to tackle the condition, said in a statement. Last year, 2,929 cases were reported, causing nine deaths in Kern, according to Kern Public Health.

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‘Almost 100% effective, no side effects’: Russian Ebola vaccine presented to WHO

Russian scientists required “a rather small time frame” of 15 months to develop two-vector vaccines against Ebola, which use a chemically weakened virus to transport pieces of the pathogen in order to stimulate an immune response, Sergey Kraevoy, deputy health minister, explained to TASS in January.

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Michigan county as tested water is 20 times the safe level for PFAS chemicals

Exposure to PFAS poses severe health risks and can result in low infant birth weights, impact the immune system and even cause cancer or thyroid hormone disruption, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned.

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PANDAS: When a Simple Strep Throat Leads to Frightening Behavior

PANDAS stands for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections. The condition, which may affect anywhere from 1 in 200 to 1 in 500 kids (though the actual prevalence is unknown), is mostly characterized by obsessive compulsive disorder, tic disorders or both developing or worsening dramatically and suddenly after a bout with strep throat, or another type of strep infection, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

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How to Tell if Your Kid Is Vaping

The use of these e-cigarettes is nearly epidemic at local schools. In my practice, I have kids as young as middle school who are vaping during school hours. I have high schoolers vaping an entire JUUL pod per day. (One JUUL pod contains the rough equivalent of the nicotine in one pack of cigarettes.) I have teens who are proud of their ability to vape in class without getting caught.

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Artificial humans? Scientists take key step in stem cell research, creating embryo-like structures

Researchers at Cambridge University built the structures from scratch, and bypassed the act of fertilisation by growing them in the laboratory. Although the cells used came from mice, the experiment has opened up a pandora’s box of major ethical implications for embryo research, as attempting to create a baby from such a technique would be outlawed in Britain. One expert said any artificial embryos

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States Where Children Are Struggling With Obesity

Childhood obesity has major effects on children's physical, social, and emotional well-being. Obese children are very likely to become obese adults and more likely to develop diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other conditions at a younger age. In some parts of the United States, the childhood obesity rate is much higher than in others.

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