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Mint, menthol e-cigarette liquids high in cancer-causing compound: study

A cancer-causing compound banned by U.S. regulators last year as a food additive has been found at potentially dangerous levels in mint and menthol flavored e-cigarette liquids and smokeless tobacco products, researchers said on Monday.
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1 in 16 US women forced or coerced into first-time sex

Many American women are physically forced or coerced into having sex for the first time, and a new study suggests these women have a higher risk for developing sexual and general health problems.
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Older patients don't see diabetes recommendations same way doctors do

Doctors' advice for starting or stopping diabetes medicines often doesn't resonate with older patients, a new study suggests.
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Race, income may impact U.S. oral cancer screening rates

Only about 1 in 3 U.S. adults say a dentist has ever examined them for oral cancer - and most of those who remember getting such exams are non-Hispanic whites, a new study suggests.
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Factbox: U.S. lawsuits take aim at vaping

Several deaths and potentially hundreds of illnesses have been tied to e-cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine vapor, often flavored, without smoking. Lawsuits have been filed against e-cigarette maker Juul and more are expected amid increas...
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Medical News Today: What is a colostomy bag? What to know

A colostomy bag collects fecal waste from the digestive tract after a person has a colostomy. Learn more about the different types and life with a colostomy bag here.
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California governor acts to confront 'epidemic' of youth vaping

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered the launch of a $20 million statewide public awareness campaign to educate young people and parents about health risks associated with vaping of nicotine and cannabis products, which he called a "youth...
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U.S. CDC activates emergency operations center for vaping-related illnesses

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday it has activated its emergency operations center to coordinate the investigation into hundreds of cases of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use.
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Opioid plaintiffs fight bid to disqualify U.S. judge before trial

Lawyers for cities and counties suing drug companies over the opioid epidemic on Monday objected to a bid by pharmaceutical distributors and pharmacies to disqualify the federal judge overseeing the cases, saying it had no basis and came too late.
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Medical News Today: How long are cold sores contagious for?

Cold sores are highly infectious blisters that develop on the lips and around the mouth. They result from a common viral infection and tend to be contagious for around 15 days. Learn more here.
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California governor expected to announce restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes

California Governor Gavin Newsom was expected on Monday to announce restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes in response to a recent nationwide spate of sometimes deadly lung illnesses that U.S. health officials have linked to vaping.
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Medical News Today: What to do if someone has food stuck in their throat

Sometimes, food can become stuck in the esophagus or windpipe within the throat. Depending on the location of the blockage and the person’s symptoms, this can be a medical emergency. Learn more here.
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U.S. records no new measles cases for first week since January

Health officials recorded no new cases of measles in the United States last week, marking the first week without new cases of the disease since January, amid an outbreak largely linked to parents who declined to vaccinate their children.
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Mint, menthol e-cigarette liquids high in cancer-causing compound: study

(Reuters Health) - A cancer-causing compound banned by U.S. regulators last year as a food additive has been found at potentially dangerous levels in mint and menthol flavored e-cigarette liquids and smokeless tobacco products, researchers said on Mond...
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Medical News Today: What causes numbness in the thigh?

Causes of numbness in the thigh include lupus, some autoimmune conditions, and multiple sclerosis. Treatment depends on the cause. Learn more here.
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Medical News Today: Way to prevent chemotherapy hair loss in sight

Using a mini organ model, scientists reveal how taxane chemotherapy can permanently damage hair follicles, and how a newer class of drug could prevent it.
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Medical News Today: Scientists discover the structure of cancer molecule

New research from the United Kingdom has now revealed the structure and function of a molecule that may help cancer develop and become treatment resistant.
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U.S. records no new measles cases for first week since outbreak began

Health officials recorded no new cases of measles in the United States last week, marking the first week without new cases of the disease since the start of an outbreak largely linked to parents who declined to vaccinate their children.
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Indonesia finance minister defends plan to raise cigarette prices

Indonesia's finance minister defended on Monday a plan to raise cigarette prices by more than a third from next year to reduce smoking rates, after some in the tobacco industry said it would encourage illegal manufacturing and threaten jobs.
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Medical News Today: Could drinking tea boost brain connectivity?

A small study tests whether regular tea drinkers have differently structured brains to non-tea drinkers. The findings are intriguing but not conclusive.
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Three dead, hundreds ill in Spain listeria outbreak: WHO

Three people have died and at least 222 have been infected in Spain's largest ever outbreak of listeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
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AstraZeneca diabetes drug granted fast track status for heart failure treatment

AstraZeneca's diabetes drug, Farxiga, has been granted fast track designation by U.S. regulators for the treatment of heart failure, boosting prospects of wider use of the drug and putting it ahead of rivals.
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Medical News Today: New electric eel species packs most powerful punch

According to a new study, the infamous electric eel is not one species, but three; and one of the newly named species has a record breaking discharge.
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Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers

Zanzibar's traditional healers with their toolkits of herbs, holy scriptures and massages are being registered by authorities keen to regulate the practitioners who treat everything from depression to hernias.
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Medical News Today: Cancer is now the leading cause of death in wealthy countries

A new study finds that compared with cardiovascular disease, cancer is twice as likely to be the cause of death in higher income countries.
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AstraZeneca's Farxiga granted fast track status for heart failure treatment

AstraZeneca Plc said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had granted fast track designation for the development of its diabetes drug Farxiga to reduce the risk of deadly heart attacks in some patients.
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New York to ban flavored e-cigarettes after illnesses, deaths

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes besides tobacco and menthol in response to a recent nationwide spate of sometimes deadly lung illnesses that U.S. health officials have linked to vaping.
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Medical News Today: Physical fitness linked to better brain function

In the largest and most in-depth study of its kind, scientists confirm that physical fitness is associated with improved cognitive ability.
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Medical News Today: Hearing aids lower the chance of dementia, depression, and falling

A recent study concludes that wearing hearing aids is associated with later onset of dementia and a reduced risk of anxiety, depression, and falls.
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Japan culls 753 hogs to contain swine fever outbreak

Japanese officials have culled 753 pigs in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo after detecting an outbreak of swine fever, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Sunday.
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Medical News Today: How birds let squirrels know when it's safe to relax

Scientists know that squirrels respond to birds' threat calls. A new study finds that the chatter of birds at rest informs them when danger has passed.
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Five confirmed cholera deaths in Sudan since August 28

There have been five confirmed deaths from cholera in Sudan's Blue Nile state since Aug. 28, the health ministry said in a statement.
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Five confirmed cholera deaths in Sudan since August 28

There have been five confirmed deaths from cholera in Sudan's Blue Nile state since Aug. 28, the health ministry said in a statement.
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Medical News Today: Does poor oral health impact brain function?

Two new studies suggest that there is an association between stress related tooth problems and cognitive decline among older populations.
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Medical News Today: What to know about cataract surgery

Cataracts are cloudy areas that develop on the lens of the eye. They can affect a person’s vision. Surgery is currently the only way to remove cataracts and restore vision. Learn about what to expect from the different surgical procedures.
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Medical News Today: What does it feel like to be drunk? What you need to know

Although alcohol affects people in different ways and some people can drink more than others, drinking too much may cause a person to feel drunk. Learn more about the effects of alcohol by stage here.
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Virtual reality helps kids getting X-rays

(Reuters Health) - A virtual reality program with cartoon characters may reduce children's fear before imaging procedures, a South Korean study suggests.
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First peanut allergy therapy gets backing from U.S. regulators' expert advisers

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday recommended approving the first therapy for peanut allergies, which affect over 1.6 million children in the United States, despite raising concerns about the risk of severe allergic reactions...
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Explainer: One possible culprit in vaping lung illnesses - 'Dank Vapes'

As U.S health officials scramble to identify the root cause of hundreds of severe lung illnesses tied to vaping, one possible culprit identified so far is a line of illicit marijuana vape products sold under the brand names "Dank Vapes" and "Chronic Ca...
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Medical News Today: How to eat 1,200 calories a day

People can eat 1,200 calories a day to lose weight safely by adding more filling foods, such as protein rich foods, to their diet. Learn more about how to eat 1,200 calories a day and stay healthy here.