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It wasn't until he got to medical school that Narong Khuntikeo finally discovered what caused the liver cancer that took both of his parents' lives: their lunch.

Cosmetics sold in the U.S. receive very little FDA regulation

Anyone in the United States can come up with a homemade cosmetic, whip it up in the kitchen, package and sell it — and it's perfectly legal. No testing, paperwork or registration is required. And this has become a big health problem.

California to list Monsanto's glyphosate as 'cancer-causing'

California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced on Monday that the active ingredient in Monsanto's popular weed killer, glyphosate has been added to the state's list of chemicals believed to be linked to cancer.

How lack of sleep fuels marital stress

Lack of sleep carries many social ills, from grumpiness to relationship issues. It can also lead to something else more serious: stress-related inflammation.

Op-Ed: California Democrats put universal health care bill on hold

The California Senate recently passed a universal health care plan. However, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon has put the bill on hold indefinitely. The plan was sponsored bye the California Nurses Association.

Where will the next major infectious disease outbreak occur?

Macroecologists are altering the health and medical community over a serious lack of data on the worldwide distribution of disease-causing organisms. This paucity of information will happen responses to the next global epidemic.

Treating depression with brain orientated magnets

New research has been undertaken relation to lowering the impact of depression on the affected individual. Researchers from the Semel Institute report on an interesting approach for tackling depression using magnets.

Ebola burial teams saved thousands of lives

A new study, reviewing the actions taken in response to the 2014-2015 West African Ebola crisis, has found the burial practices conducted by medical staff were highly effective in reducing the infection spread.

Where is the next global health threat going to come from?

So long Ebola; sans Chagas disease; goodbye Zika... where will the next major heath threat come from? South America is a hotbed of potential viruses, according to a new study.

Dark side of social media: cosmetic procedure boom

The influence of social media should never be underestimated. A new study links the prevalence of the digital realm to a rise in young people seeking cosmetic surgery procedures. This relates to increases 'pressure' to match the types of images shared.

App uses cough sounds to diagnose respiratory disease

A new app has been developed which works on smartphone. The app is aimed at the medical community and it can use cough sounds to diagnose respiratory disease.

Four dead as extreme heat grips American Southwest

Dangerously high temperatures have gripped California and the Southwest region of the country this week, bringing some of the hottest temperatures of the year. The heat has been blamed for four deaths and the cancellation of airline flights.

Lowering cholesterol thanks to artificial prebiotics

A new study indicates that a naturally synthesized prebiotic can target and increase the growth of bacteria in the human gut which lead to a reduction in cholesterol levels. The research comes from the University of Reading in the U.K.

Lone Star tick spreads north — Saliva linked to red meat allergy

Thanks to climate change, insects that are normally found in the southern regions of the United States are spreading northward, and they are bringing the diseases they can transmit along with them. Such is the case with the Southeastern Lone Star tick.

Yemen cholera death toll passes 1,100: WHO

Cholera has killed 1,170 people in war-ravaged Yemen and the number of suspected cases is now at nearly 2,000 a day, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Avoid meat, eggs and lust, pregnant Indians told

Pregnant women in India are being advised to stay away from meat, eggs and lust -- drawing derision from health experts who slammed the tips Tuesday as completely unscientific.

Tech culture: 19 year olds as sedentary as 60 year olds

Today's 19 year old is as inactive as today's retried person, according to a new study. Moreover, the teen years represent highest risk for inactivity for any demographic group.

Coconut oil 'as unhealthy as beef fat'

Health fads come and health fads go. One of the current 'health' interests is with coconuts, as coconut 'milk'; eating slices of the nut itself; or using coconut derived oil. Often branded as 'healthy', a new study suggests the opposite is true.

Everyday chemical in new cancer risk

A new study highlights a concern with byproducts of alcohol (called aldehydes). These chemicals can, under certain conditions, trigger cancer by altering the ability of human cells to repair damaged DNA.

New warning about alcohol and brain damage

Reports on alcohol consumption vary. A few point out some beneficial effects from drinking; most highlight the risks. To add to the latter, a new report shows the damage that drinking can have on the brain.

Health Canada warns of critical shortage of recalled drug

A recall due to possible contamination has resulted in a severe shortage of injectable sodium bicarbonate. Less than a week's supply of the drug used to treat critically ill patients remains in Alberta and other options are being examined.

China to vaccinate poultry against H7N9 bird flu virus next month

With researchers warning that mutations in the H7N9 bird flu virus could lead to a "pandemic," authorities in China have decided to begin vaccinating poultry flocks for the deadly virus, beginning next month.

Most food recalls in the U.S. are due to Listeria

New analysis shows that in the U.S. just under 550 food products were recalled. Of these, 275 were recalled due to microbial contamination. Listeria monocytogenes was the cause of 65 percent of the microbiological recalls.

Adamis Pharm. gets approval from FDA for cheaper EpiPen

On June 15, it was announced that San Diego, California-based Adamis Pharmaceuticals has received FDA approval for their Pre-filled single dose syringe (PFS) for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.

New skin tanning method without UV light

A new method for tanning skin without the need to expose skin to the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation (as found with sun-lamps and tanning salons) has been devised.

Yemen cholera toll nears 1,000 as 'humanity loses out to politics'

The death toll from a cholera outbreak is approaching 1,000 in Yemen, a war-devastated and impoverished country where "humanity is losing out to politics", a senior UN official said Thursday.

Mother's obesity boosts risk for major birth defects: study

Children of obese women are more likely to be afflicted by major birth defects, including malformations of the heart and genitals, according to a study published on Thursday.The fatter the mother, the higher the risk, it found.

Japan limbers up with monkey bars, radio drills

At the stroke of 1:00 pm, a group of Tokyo IT workers spring from their desks for a few minutes of rigorous bending, stretching and thrusting as a voice on the radio instructs them -- "ichi, ni, san (one, two, three)".

New doubts cast over e-cigarettes

University of Connecticut scientists have published a study that shows electronic cigarettes ('e-cigarettes') are potentially as harmful as tobacco cigarettes.

Drones could save lives with rapid heart attack response

Drones could help save the lives of heart attack victims by delivering defibrillators faster than an ambulance can arrive at the scene, according to a report Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Cholera leaves Yemen hospitals in constant code black

At Yemen's Sabaeen Hospital, code black is an understatement: patients sleep three to a bed, on the bare floor or outside in tents as cholera brings a country torn by war to its knees.

Mars recalls chocolate over Salmonella risk

Global confectioner Mars has recalled a number of its products over fears they have been manufactured contamination with the bacterium Salmonella.

Obesity 'epidemic' affects one in 10 worldwide

More than one in 10 people worldwide are now obese and 2.2 billion are believed to be overweight, fueling a global health crisis that claims millions of lives every year, according to a major new international study released on Monday.

Obesity affects one in 10 worldwide: study

More than one in 10 people worldwide are now obese, with weight-related health problems claiming millions of lives every year, according to a major new global study released on Monday.

Omega fatty acids contribute to brain health

Many studies indicate the importance of omega fatty acids and the body of evidence has recently been expanded upon by two new studies, looking at polyunsaturated fatty acids and the structure of the brain.

Do fidget cubes and spinners help with ADHD?

Gadgets like fidget cubes and spinners are increasingly popular in homes and schools. One application of the toys is to help people with anxiety, autism or ADHD focus better. But how well do these devices work?

Op-Ed: 'Drop Dead' and 'Grey Death' warnings unheeded by drug users

From Valdosta, Georgia to Winnipeg, Canada, health and law enforcement officials are again sounding the warning to drug users about new and dangerous synthetic opioid mixtures being sold on the street.

Fish skin aids burns victims

To help burns victims medics have turned to something unusual and quite novel: tilapia skin. Trials using the skin have taken placed in Brazil, with people who have suffered from second and third degree burns.

FDA asks pharmaceutical company to pull opioid from drug market

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that Endo Pharmaceuticals remove its opioid pain medication, reformulated Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride), from the market due to concerns over abuse.

Philippine war refugees facing deadly health risks

More than 200,000 people displaced after Islamist militants attacked a southern Philippine city are facing deadly health risks, relief groups said Friday after a fleeing mother told AFP her baby died because of a lack of medical care.

Syria sees first polio cases in three years: WHO

Three new cases of polio have been recorded in Syria in the first outbreak of the virus in the country since 2014, the World Health Organization and a partner initiative said.
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