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California reports first child death from flu

California reports first child death from flu

California public health officials on Friday reported the first death of a child in this year’s flu season, and warned that it could be a much more relentless flu season than that of last year’s.

Dr. Karen Smith, the chief of the California Public Health Department (CPHD), said in a statement that this year’s flu season has already claimed a total of 14 lives of people under the age of 65. The figure is notably larger than three deaths recorded by the same time in 2015.

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Many beauty companies use harmful ingredients & then support cancer research: Paltrow

Many beauty companies use harmful ingredients & then support cancer research: Paltrow

A number of American manufacturers of beauty products use harmful ingredients and then set up charities to support research in the field of breast, cervical and ovarian cancers, actress Gwyneth Paltrow alleged in her new wellness book.

In her “Goop Clean Beauty,” Paltrow claims to have offered the ultimate guide to gain and maintain beauty. It is totally different from ridiculous beauty procedures (vaginal steaming etc) that the actress suggested in the past.

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Zoo Miami’s matriarch gorilla Josephine dies

Zoo Miami’s matriarch gorilla Josephine dies

Zoo Miami's matriarch gorilla named Josephine was euthanized Wednesday morning as she was suffering for several untreatable health issues, zoo authorities have confirmed.

Announcing the nearly 50-year-old great ape's death, zoo authorities write on social media that they decided to euthanize Josephine as her several health issues had slowly incapacitated her and couldn't be treated with positive results because of her advanced age.

In a fresh post on Twitter, the zoo wrote, "With very heavy hearts we announce the loss of our matriarch gorilla, Josephine."

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Researchers struggling to determine whether marijuana can treat MS symptoms

Researchers struggling to determine whether marijuana can treat MS symptoms

In a bid to determine whether marijuana can really treat MS symptoms, researchers at Colorado State University’s Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory are studying individuals with MS who are already using the drug as a treatment.

Though a number of anecdotal reports have claimed that medical marijuana can effectively treat MS symptoms like muscle weakness, anxiety and fatigue, they haven’t been scientifically verified.

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Antibiotic resistance occurs as part of natural evolution process: CDC

Antibiotic resistance occurs as part of natural evolution process: CDC

Regardless of how effective an antibiotic drug is at killing bacteria, new drugs will be required as bacteria gradually mutate and increasingly grow more resistant to the existing drugs, According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

The CDC wrote on its website that antibiotic resistance can be slowed but not stopped because it is a part of a natural evolution process.

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Researchers detect Lyme disease with wearable sensors

Researchers detect Lyme disease with wearable sensors

A news research conducted by a tem of experts from Stanford University showed that smart watches along with some other personal biosensor devices may help detect the Lyme disease, which is carried by infected ticks.

During the two-year study, the researchers looked at five dozen individuals, who were asked to wear several devices. The wearable devices gathered a broad-ranging amount of information about the participating individuals, including their heart rates, blood oxygen levels and skin temperature.

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U.S. flu activity continues to grow

U.S. flu activity continues to grow

As flu activity continues to grow across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has once again recommended people to get their flu shots before it’s too late.

In its latest update, CDC warned that all ten of its regions are already above their baseline percentages of clinic visits for flulike illness, and the nation as a whole has been above its baseline for the marker for the fourth week in a row.

The federal agency added that flu activity has not yet peaked as it is expected to keep climbing over the coming weeks.

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Palm oil-containing Nutella and other products are safe: Ferrero

Palm oil-containing Nutella and other products are safe: Ferrero

Ferrero U.S.A. Inc, the American arm of Italian manufacturer of branded chocolate and confectionery products, has defended the use of palm oil in its products like Nutella, arguing that they are totally safe for human consumption.

Derived from palm plants’ fruits and kernels, palm oil is used in a range of food products as it makes food easy to spread. It is consumed across the globe in convenience foods like chips, snacks and frozen foods.

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IVG can pose significant ethical dilemmas: researchers warn

IVG can pose significant ethical dilemmas: researchers warn

While fertility experts and many couples are excited about a new technique that could allow doctors to create sperm and egg cells in a lab dish, some are arguing that it will pose significant ethical dilemmas.

The controversial technique, referred to as "in vitro gametogenesis (IVG)," can certainly help a lot in treating infertility, but it could also result in "embryo farming" and a craze for having "designer" babies.

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Researchers find no link between joint pain and weather

Researchers find no link between joint pain and weather

People often blame weather for symptoms associated with back pain or achy joints, but a new study has suggested that weather plays no part in symptoms associated such aches.

The new study, conducted by the George Institute for Global Health, refuted the widely established thought that changes in the weather, including temperature, pressure of air and humidity, trigger episodes of back pain and arthritis.

Prof. Chris Maher, who led the study, said that the belief that cold weather triggers episodes of back pain and arthritis is not based on facts.

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