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Hand-me-down toys may contain unsafe levels of chemicals like lead and cadmium, dangerous for kids

February 12, 2018
Hand-me-down toys may contain unsafe levels of chemicals like lead and cadmium, dangerous for kids

Children who play with second-hand plastic toys may be exposed to unsafe levels of chemicals like lead and cadmium, a UK study suggests. Furthermore, these chemicals have been linked to developmental problems and organ damage. For the study, researchers tested 200 second-hand plastic toys they found in homes, nurseries and charity shops. Toys included cars, [...]

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E-cigarettes still damage lungs even without nicotine

February 12, 2018
E-cigarettes still damage lungs even without nicotine

E-cigarette liquids, often sweetened with flavourings like vanilla and cinnamon, may harm the lungs even when they don’t contain nicotine, a U.S. research suggests. Researchers examined what happened to monocytes, a type of white blood cell, upon exposure to flavouring chemicals used in popular e-cigarette liquids. None of the liquids contained nicotine, but the flavouring [...]

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Many female breast cancer survivors may die of heart problems

February 9, 2018
Many female breast cancer survivors may die of heart problems

Advancements in healthcare have increased the survival risk of women with breast cancer, but the same treatments make them vulnerable to potentially fatal cardiovascular problems, the American Heart Association warns. Chemotherapy can weaken the heart muscle, some newer targeted medicines can increase the risk of heart failure, and radiation can cause heart rhythm disorders and [...]

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Male rats exposed to high levels of cellphone radiation found to have tumours

February 5, 2018
Male rats exposed to high levels of cellphone radiation found to have tumours

A draft report by the U.S. government on the dangers of cellphones have found that male rats exposed to very high levels of radiation from the device have tumours in the tissues around their hearts. Female rats and mice exposed in the same way did not develop tumours, according to the preliminary report from the [...]

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Risk of developing dementia increases after traumatic brain injuries

February 1, 2018
Risk of developing dementia increases after traumatic brain injuries

A large-scale Swedish study that followed millions of people age 50 or older for decades has found that the risk of developing dementia rises four- to six-fold during the first year after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) People who experienced moderate, severe and repeated TBIs were at the greatest risk, and overall, the odds of [...]

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Man’s throat ruptured after trying to suppress a high-force sneeze

January 17, 2018
Man’s throat ruptured after trying to suppress a high-force sneeze

Doctors are warning that stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage. The warning came after medics in Leicester treated a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat while trying to stop a high-force sneeze. With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue, and although rare [...]

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French retailers sold baby milk formula despite recall due to concerns over salmonella

January 12, 2018
French retailers sold baby milk formula despite recall due to concerns over salmonella

France’s biggest supermarket chains said they when ahead and sold some Lactalis baby food products after a recall by the dairy giant over concerns they could be contaminated with salmonella. Retailers Carrefour, Leclerc, Auchan and Systeme U independently said products including infant formula milk had remained on their shelves after the recall last December, deepening [...]

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Sticking objects such as Q-Tips into your ear can lead to ear damage

January 10, 2018
Sticking objects such as Q-Tips into your ear can lead to ear damage

Sticking anything smaller than your elbow in your ear is a good way to puncture an eardrum, experts warn. About 66 % of patients treated for traumatic tympanic membrane perforations had hurt themselves by sticking “instruments,” in their ears, and nearly half of these cases involved cotton-tipped swabs. “In our experience, cotton tip applicators (Q-tips [...]

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Risk of getting spinal surgery high among smokers

January 8, 2018
Risk of getting spinal surgery high among smokers

People who smoke are more likely to get back pain which leads to them having to undergo spinal surgery. Researchers focused on a common cause of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. The condition often develops as people [...]

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Alcohol harms stem cell DNA, increases one’s risk of getting cancer

January 5, 2018
Alcohol harms stem cell DNA, increases one’s risk of getting cancer

Drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing, according to a recent research. Working with mice in a laboratory, British scientists used chromosome analysis and DNA sequencing to examine the genetic damage caused by acetaldehyde, [...]

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