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Doctors and Congress are now demanding to know why the Food and Drug Administration, the agency mandated with protecting the health of the American public, failed to address a critical flaw in a medical instrument that has caused deaths and illness.

Gluten-free eating options made easy with food choice app Special

A Canadian start-up called E.A.T. Meal Planning Co. has produced an app that focuses on guiding the user through healthy meal options and special dietary requirements. Digital Journal has found out more details.

Food-borne illness in Brisbane hits 250 at principal's conference

Salmonella food poisoning has left 24 people in the hospital and 250 with gastro-intestional problems after a school principal's conference last week in Brisbane, Australia. Because the illness can take up to five days to emerge, there may be more cases.

E. coli outbreak sickens six children in Lodi, California

An E. coli outbreak in Lodi, California has sickened six elementary school children, requiring one to be hospitalized. The children all attend the same elementary school, but the school has been ruled out as a source of the outbreak.

Pakistan parents arrested for not getting children polio vaccine

Hundreds of parents in northwest Pakistan were arrested and jailed this past weekend because they refused to get their children vaccinated against polio. As of Tuesday, 471 people have been thrown in jail out of a list of 1,000 "chronic" refusal cases.

Air pollution damages cognition, memory, in brains of children

The Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Spain published results from their new study Tuesday and they are disturbing. They found that the brains of kids who go to school in heavy-traffic areas are being damaged.

How we think we eat affects how we age, says new study

A new study suggests that focusing on aspects of the central nervous system related to ‘sensing’ the energy generated by nutrients could help to slowdown the aging process.

DEA warns of stoned rabbits if Utah legalizes medical marijuana

A Drug Enforcement Administration agent has warned Utah lawmakers considering a bill that would legalize medical marijuana that doing so could result in stoned rabbits hopping about the countryside.

Protein linked to Alzheimer's discovered in brains as young as 20

In a study released today, researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois found traces of the protein amyloid in patients as young as 20. The abnormal protein is a cause of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia.

New ‘miracle’ stem cell therapy reverses multiple sclerosis

A new stem cell therapy, being described as nothing short of "miraculous," will bring hope and comfort to sufferers of multiple sclerosis and their close ones.

Our plastic food containers: Are they really safe to use?

Just because those plastic food containers in the cupboard are supposed to be BPA-free, don't bet your life on it. While companies could make a plastic container without hormone disrupting chemicals, they don't. We are left to look for a code.

Medical equipment and the risks of spreading pathogens

Evidence suggests that drug-resistant bacteria have spread in a Los Angeles hospital, probably from contaminated endoscopes.

The mystery of Bourbon virus

A new tick-borne virus has been discovered in the U.S., called Bourbon virus. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bourbon virus may have killed a previously healthy man in Kansas last year.

Common food additives promote obesity

Various food additives have been linked to ill health effects, including weight gain and obesity. This is because additives alter the composition of microbes in the gut.

Action on tobacco's two-in-three death toll Special

The Ontario Lung Association has called for for a substantial increase in provincial tobacco taxes as soon as possible. This is seen as the action necessary to cut smoking and smoking related diseases.

Using an anti-HIV drug to tackle sore throats

Sore throats are a problem for many people. With growing antibiotic resistance among the sore-throat causing bacteria, microbiologists are looking for alternative solutions to fight certain pathogens.

Indiana's 'baby boxes' could save the lives of unwanted infants

The Indiana House passed a bill this week that would set up "emergency monitored" incubator-like boxes at preselected locations so that mothers could have a way to safely and confidentially give up their unwanted babies.

Mold risk with oat based breakfast cereals

Scientists have warned that oats and oat products, like breakfast cereals, require closer monitoring for fungal toxins. This comes from a review of U.S. oat products, some of which contain a mold-related toxin called ochratoxin A.

Study: Psychedelics improve mental health, reduce suicide risk

Despite the fact that psychedelic substances are classified as illegal in many countries, a large new study has found that lifetime use of them is associated with lower levels of psychological distress and suicidal tendencies.

Tracking down the U.S. measles outbreak

Genetic tests have not revealed the source of the viral outbreak that started in California’s Disney theme parks. The point of origin remains a mystery.

Graphene found to neutralize cancer cells

A team of researchers at the University of Manchester, UK, has successfully targeted and neutralized cancer stem cells with the use of graphene. Scientists now believe this could be used to combat a wide range of cancers.

Second child in the family dies due to pesticide poisoning

It was a sad day for the residents of Fort McMurray in Alberta after a two-year-old boy joined his eight-month-old sister in death due to pesticide poisoning.

New study shows daily Truvada pill cuts HIV transmission by 86%

A UK study of gay men has found that taking a pill called Truvada cuts the risk of HIV infection by 86 percent. The researchers now hope it will play a major role in stopping the spread of the disease.

Resistant malaria moves closer to India border

Parasites resistant to the antimalarial drug artemisinin are spreading through mosquitoes. A new study shows that mosquitoes carrying these parasites are in Myanmar and are heading to the India border.

Wave Home Solutions is making waves in clean air and water

The world we live in is changing every day, and not all these changes are for the better. Decisions are being made that result in actions which change the way people interact with the planet, and the thing is that not everyone has a say in these changes.

Highly processed foods are linked to addictive eating

New research confirms what most people know: highly processed foods, including certain types of chocolate, pizza, burgers and French fries are among the most addictive and trigger an inclination to overeat.

Smokers 70% more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression

A new study from the British Heart Foundation concludes that smokers are 70 percent more at risk of suffering from depression and anxiety, as compared to non-smokers.

New treatment may cut peanut allergy by 86%, study says

A new study suggests that infants exposed to peanuts before their first birthday may be at reduced risk of developing peanut allergy.

Find out how breastfeeding boosts the immune system

Scientists have demonstrated that breastfeeding, along with other factors, beneficially influences a baby's immune system development. It also reduces susceptibility to allergies and asthma.

Heated protests over four-year-old Florida boy's circumcision

An estranged Florida couple's fight over whether or not to circumcise their son has been going on for four years, involving a prolonged court battle, protests and now, a national debate over whether circumcision is necessary.

Parents are giving children anti-vax bleach enemas to cure autism

Some U.S. parents are reportedly trying to cure autism in their children by using a dangerous "cure-all" bleach solution called "Miracle Mineral Solution," being marketed as a way to "flush out" from their children's systems vaccines that cause autism.

Tick-borne diseases put us at risk in warming world

Warmer spring and fall temperatures, in the Northeastern United States have influenced the earlier emergence of the black-legged tick, a carrier of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, while other species have expanded their geographical range.

Swine flu spreading at alarming rate across India

Since mid-December, the swine flu outbreak in India, the second most populous country in the world, has infected 13,688 people, and caused 812 deaths. Health officials are reassuring the public that there is no shortage of drugs to combat the flu.

Chocolate candies found to have unsafe levels of metal

Independent testing has found 62 percent of chocolate products contain levels of lead or cadmium at a level that violates California’s proposition 65 law.

Sleep deprivation revealed from studying blood

Sleep deprivation can now be revealed from an analysis of blood samples. Research shows that circulating fats and acids drop in people who are not getting enough sleep. Why have test? So employers can see if someone is "fit for work."

Op-Ed: What is normal?

What is normal? I’m not sure but if there is such a thing then I have to imagine that anyone who doesn’t fall into that category is unique and that is much better than being normal.

Chronic fatigue syndrome has been renamed

Seeking to more accurately reflect the condition of chronic fatigue syndrome, the Institute of Medicine recommends renaming it as “systemic exertion intolerance disease.”

How unemployment triggers personality changes

A new tranche of research has found that longer-term unemployment alters people's personalities in different ways. This includes making people less agreeable and open, which, in turn hampers people who undergo such changes from securing work.

Woman's seizure linked to licorice overdose, doctors believe

A hankering for licorice landed a 56-year-old woman in the hospital after she suffered headaches, vision problems and a seizure. Doctors who treated her think the licorice habit is the cause of her problems, which were fortunately short-lived.

Increased hand washing is causing harm to healthcare workers

As part of the improvements in hospitals to minimize the rate of healthcare acquired infections affecting patients, healthcare workers have been told to frequently wash their hands. One downside is an increase in skin conditions.

Mental readiness strategies revealed for Canadian police Special

This week delegates from across Canada gathered in Mississauga, Ontario to share perspectives, learn from best practices and develop strategies to improve psychological health and safety in police organizations.