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Following the recommendation that people in the U.K. take vitamin D supplements, a pressure group in Canada has begun lobbying for the recommendations to be made by the Canadian government.

Can modifying the microbiome reduce autism?

Scientists have found that the absence of a single species of bacteria contributes to autism-like social behaviors. Moreover, adding this bacterium back normal social activity is restored.

US man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears, sweat

A 38-year-old US man may have been infected with Zika virus through the tears or sweat of his dying father, researchers said, in what would be the first documented case of such transmission if confirmed.

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia's first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect.

Serious health warning about NSAID medication

A study by published by the British Medical Journal has found that people who had taken any NSAID in the previous 14 days had a 19 percent elevated risk of heart failure.

Startup designed to sell Obamacare is quitting Obamacare

Harken Health Insurance, a startup and part of UnitedHealthcare that offered low-cost health plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges, is leaving the marketplace.

Common non-prescription painkillers causing heart failure: study

A study out of Italy suggests prescription and non-prescription pain killers called NSAIDS might best be avoided. The study found that their use can lead to a greater risk of heart failure.

Turkey suffers 38% visitor drop as coup hits tourism

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey plummeted nearly 38 percent in August, with tourism battered by the July failed coup and security concerns after attacks, statistics showed Thursday.

Dispute in Canadian court over raw milk

In Canada a group of farmers are locked in a legal dispute with officials over the right to produce and sell raw (unpasteurized) milk.

Tourists flee volcano at popular Indonesia hiking spot

Hundreds of tourists have fled a volcanic eruption at a popular Indonesian hiking destination, an official said Wednesday, expressing fears some may have stayed behind to document the natural wonder.

Op-Ed: Moon Festival is Moon Cake time, with good fortune, hope, wishes Special

Autumn brings familiar occasions to mind, like back to school, Fleet Week and of course, Halloween. Yet, in the Asian community the Festival of the Moon (or Mid-Autumn harvest) is not about anything scary as in Halloween, but more about good fortune.

Tyson recalling Chicken Nuggets because of plastic pieces

Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling about 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous material, in this case, hard plastic pieces. The products were sold at retail stores nationally.

'Stiff Bull Herbal Coffee' has hidden Viagra-like drug warns FDA

If you think the "best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup," then stay away from a new online product being touted as being made for adults who want to have "longer-lasting more fulfilling sex."

Op-Ed: 'A Passion For The Figure' exhibit opens with much success Special

The depiction of the human form in art, especially in public can be a sensitive issue. Often considered 'too explicit' or 'controversial' the human form for some galleries is usually avoided, because it's too personal.

Canadian study — Pertussis vaccine only effective for three years

Researchers have found that the current Pertussis or whooping cough vaccine is highly effective for the first three years after it is administered, but its effectiveness starts to wane over the next few years, leaving little protection.

Nicotine enters the body via the skin as well as lungs

For tobacco smokers, and those who favor e-cigarettes, nicotine not only enters the body via the lungs but also through the skin, according to new research.

Paris bans cars along part of River Seine

Strollers and cyclists can breathe easy on the banks of the Seine after Paris on Monday approved a plan to ban cars on a long stretch of riverside road cutting across the city.

Op-Ed: Outrageous EpiPen prices drive some people to make their own

There is one sure way to fuel the entrepreneurial spirit in people. All you have to do is say "it can't be done." Social media sites, including Twitter and YouTube, are awash with instructions on how to make your own EpiPen, and that is dangerous.

Rapid test for Salmonella in chicken developed

Microbiologists and technologists have joined forces to come up with a rapid and easy-to-use method to detect Salmonella in food such a chicken. The device contributes to contamination control.

Review: Highlights from London Fashion Weekend's Autumn Collection Special

The last weekend in September hosts the second London Fashion Weekend of 2016. Here the highlights from London Fashion Week are shown to the public. Digital Journal was once again at the front row of the catwalk.

Pulling a rip cord over North Korea

When he booked his tour, Swiss lawyer Rafael Studer hadn't seriously considered the option of jumping out of a Russian-made helicopter at 2,000 meters strapped to a North Korean soldier.

Japan sake pours overseas as local market dries up

Ozawa Shuzo brewery hums with activity as boxed bottles of sake are loaded onto trucks. But with the domestic market shrinking, more and more of it is bound for burgeoning overseas markets where the centuries old drink is all the rage.

Recall of beef, veal, bison products linked to E. coli outbreak

A Massachusetts facility is recalling veal, beef, and bison products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to a Class I recall notice published by the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) on Saturday.

Will there be an emerging black market in 3D printed organs?

3D printing technology continues to advance and progress is being made with producing a fully functioning organ, like a heart or a kidney. What would happen if this became a root in for illegal trade in printed organs?

Passenger sues Emirates airline for 'spillover' of obese seatmate

A passenger on an Emirates flight is now suing the airline. The reason is because he sat next to an obese passenger who 'spilled' over into his seat.

Iconic natural arch collapses on Moroccan beach

They were among Morocco's best-known natural wonders: two immense rock archways towering over Legzira beach on the Atlantic coast. But on Friday afternoon one of them collapsed.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Newspaper editor has his first art show at age 72 Special

Having his first art show At 72 is not easy, he admits. But San Francisco newspaper editor Doug Comstock has an accumulated body of work spanning over 50 years.

Chinese outrage over 'ugly' restoration of Great Wall

Chinese social media users were in an uproar Friday over restoration of a 700-year-old section of the Great Wall that has been covered in cement, turning it into a smooth, flat-topped path.

Obama's Vietnam noodle visit sparks feeding frenzy

Four months after US President Barack Obama plonked down on a plastic stool at Bun Cha Huong Lien for a bowl of Hanoi's signature pork noodles, the restaurant is cashing in on customers eager to taste what all the fuss is about.

New evidence in favour of gingerol’s anti-cancer properties

Does the eating of chili peppers increase cancer risk; and can ginger, in turn, counteract this? New evidence suggests that an active ingredient in ginger can block any potentially harmful effects from chili.

Rare mosquito vector disease found in Haiti

Virologists have identified previously undetected mosquito carried disease from a patient in Haiti. The disease has not previously been detected within any Caribbean nation.

Blue Bell recalls some ice cream due to Listeria contamination

Blue Bell Creameries is recalling two flavors of ice cream distributed across 10 Southern states because of concerns the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Black Forest Hams sold at Costco and Sam's Club recalled

A Washington state establishment is recalling approximately 8,694 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, primarily rubber fragments. This is a Class II recall.

FDA launches app competition to tackle opioid abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a competition for app developers to come up with software to address the growing epidemic of opioid overdose.

Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and is seeking custody of their six children, spelling the end for "Brangelina", one of Hollywood's highest-profile celebrity couples.

Looking for Narcan? There will soon be an app for that

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced they are launching a contest that is intended to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in the United States.

Saskatchewan doctors — public health emergency over HIV/AIDS

A doctor's group working directly with HIV-positive patients in Saskatchewan is calling on the provincial government to declare a public health state of emergency because of the increasing number of HIV/AIDS cases.

Men pulled from crevasse on Australia's Uluru

Three young men stuck in a crevasse on Australian tourist attraction Uluru, the world's largest monolith, have been rescued after a challenging hours-long operation that stretched late into the night, authorities said Tuesday.

2016 Flu season — a few new things you need to know this year

The flu season in the United States often begins in October and November. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and March and can last as late as May. This means we should be thinking about getting our annual flu shots.

First Miami zone of local Zika spread now 'clear': officials

Health authorities Monday lifted a travel warning for the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood -- site of the United States' first local Zika outbreak -- after the governor declared no evidence of active transmission of the virus there in the last 45 days.

Bayer's Essure trial is approved again after FDA re-evaluation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded its investigation on Essure's pivotal trial. Bayer, the company that manufactures the controversial contraception method, has been, in fact, accused of manipulating data to inflate the device's safety.
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