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New data on risks vs. benefits of CAR-T cancer drugs to be shared this weekend

New data on risks vs. benefits of CAR-T cancer drugs to be shared this weekend

New data on riskss vs. benefit of experimental chimeric antigen receptor T-cells (CAR-Ts) will likely be in focus this weekend when companies will present their clinical results at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).

CAR-Ts are a promising but risky collection of customized cancer drugs, which are produced by genetically changing a patient's own T-cells in the laboratory. The altered T-cells are then pumped back into the patient's body to help the immune system to find and destroy cancer cells.

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Rate of Alzheimer’s among older people declines

Rate of Alzheimer’s among older people declines

The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia among 65 adults ages and older notably declined from in the twelve years to 2012, a new study suggested.

Conducted by University of Michigan researchers, the new study showed that the rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias among older people dropped from12 per cent in 2000 to around 9 per cent in 2012.

The results of the study are in line with those of some pervious studies that had also reported declines in dementia rates.

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3 dead, 5 sickened after eating Thanksgiving meal in California: officials confirm

3 dead, 5 sickened after eating Thanksgiving meal in California: officials

Three people died and five others fell sick after eating a Thanksgiving meal provided by a San Francisco Bay Area church, authorities confirmed.

The questionable meal was prepared by Golden Hills Community Church at Antioch's American Legion Hall. All the eight people were rushed to Sutter Delta Medical Center at different times between Friday and Saturday with apparently food borne illnesses.

Three people died, and one person is still receiving treatment in the hospital. The remaining four people were treated and released.

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Bei Bei’s prognosis is very good: zoo officials say

Bei Bei’s prognosis is very good: zoo officials say

Prognosis for Bei Bei is very good after the giant panda cub underwent an emergency bowel obstruction surgery, Smithsonian National Zoo officials announced.

Dennis Kelly, the director of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC, said that a team of veterinarians successfully removed a mass of bamboo that had stuck at the top of the little panda's small intestine.

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Raritan recalls homeopathic products due to potentially poisonous ingredient

Raritan recalls homeopathic products due to potentially poisonous ingredient

Raritan Pharmaceuticals Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for multiple homeopathic products over uncertainty about the amount of potentially toxic belladonna extract, according to a MedWatch alert by the U. S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

A number of homeopathic products for kids contain belladonna in very small amount. In spite of carrying the Italian term for "beautiful lady," belladonna can cause serious side effect and harm if consumed in larger doses. For instance, it can block functions of the body's nervous system.

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Some recalled toys still being sold online: MassPIRG

Some recalled toys still being sold online: MassPIRG

Many recalled toys that may pose hazards to kids are still available online for purchase, according to the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group's (MassPIRG's) latest report. 

The nonprofit MassPIRG Education Fund released its 31st annual toy safety report titled "Trouble in Toyland" at a recent news conference in Salem.

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H-E-B recalls baby food products

H-E-B recalls baby food products

H-E-B Grocery Co. has removed all of its H-E-B Baby Food 2 pack 4 oz. cups from store shelves after a customer found a small piece of rubber inside a single pack of one variety of the product, company officials announced.

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Florida’s premature birth rate slightly jumps to 10% in 2015

Florida’s premature birth rate slightly jumps to 10% in 2015

The rate of premature births in Florida jumped slightly from 9.9 per cent in 2014 to 10 per cent in 2015, earning the state grade 'C' on newly released March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.

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Salmonella risk prompts 4C Foods Corp. to recall grated cheeses

Salmonella risk prompts 4C Foods Corp. to recall grated cheeses

Brooklyn, N. Y.-headquartered 4C Foods Corporation has issued a nationwide recall for some of its grated cheeses after food inspectors detected a possible salmonella contamination risk.

A spokesperson for the food giant confirmed that fears over possible salmonella contamination risk prompted the company to recall its grated Romano, Parmesan and Imported Italian Pecorino Romano cheeses.

Sally McCracken, chief financial officer for the company, confirmed the recall of the products and apologized for any inconvenience created by the decision.

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Woman gives birth to ‘twins’ who were conceived 10 days apart

Woman gives birth to ‘twins’ who were conceived 10 days apart

An Australian woman, who was told that she might never be able to conceive, eventually gave birth to twins who were conceived 10 days apart.

Kate Hill, a resident of Brisbane, was diagnosed in 2006 with a condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome, which means her ovaries were not producing eggs. She underwent hormone therapy that helped more than expected.

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