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High levels of cancer-causing chemical found in mint and menthol e-cigarettes: Study

iStock/PavelKant(NEW YORK) — The Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes and now a study from Duke University raises serious health concerns for people using mint and menthol flavored e-cigarette products: a potentially cancer-causing chemical in some of the e-cigarette liquids. The study details high levels of a chemical called pulegone, which in other …

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Common pain medication literally turns woman’s blood blue

New England Journal of Medicine(NEW YORK) — The term “blue blood” took on a new meaning for a 25-year-old woman who checked into a Rhode Island emergency room with complaints of fatigue and shortness of breath, as well as a more unusual symptom: her blood was turned navy blue. The patient, whose account was documented in a New England Journal …

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President Trump issues executive order to improve flu vaccine

Pornpak Khunatorn/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at developing better flu vaccines to defend Americans against both seasonal influenza and the possibility of a future pandemic outbreak. Seasonal flu “kills tens of thousands of Americans each year,” Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services, said in a statement. A faster vaccine production process would help …

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FDA to consider ads targeting youth in applications to sell e-cigarette products

sestovic/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new rule that outlines the process for tobacco companies to apply to sell e-cigarettes and vape products, as the number of vaping-related illnesses tracked by the Centers for Disease Control continues to increase. The FDA has warned e-cigarette companies that they are illegally marketing products by selling them without going …

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Video experiment tracking the lives of pre-teens shows confidence dips as kids age

Deborah Roberts sits down with several parents whose kids were featured in Samantha Skey’s new video series about pre-teens. (ABC News)(NEW YORK) — “I feel less confident than five years ago because now there’s a lot more pressure with what you wear, or even academically.” “Five years ago I was steadily confident in what I was doing and now … …

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Sophia Bush raises awareness to help end period poverty for young women in the US

ShotShare/iStock(NEW YORK) — When actress and activist Sophia Bush learned that nearly one in five girls in the United States are estimated to have missed school due to a lack of period products, she was aghast. “So many girls lose out on their opportunity to get educated because they live in period poverty,” Bush told Good Morning America. “What period …

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New study reveals what’s behind the shrinking black-white cancer mortality gap

CasPhotography/iStock(NEW YORK) — It’s been a topic addressed by Democratic presidential candidates Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker: racial disparities in health care. A new study reveals that in at least one area of health, that disparity is starting to change. The disparity in cancer mortality rates between black and white Americans shrunk significantly in recent decades, according …

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International team sends life-saving insulin to a remote island via drone

iStock(NEW YORK) — An international team of scientists and health care workers have completed the world’s first drone insulin delivery — dropping off the life-saving medicine to a remote island in Ireland. Spearheaded by researchers at the National University of Ireland, Galway, the team oversaw the takeoff and landing of a drone carrying insulin and glucagon prescription medicines as well …

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New single pill combines blood pressure and cholesterol medicines

DNY59/iStock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Two medicines for high blood pressure, another two to lower cholesterol – what if you could take just one pill for all of them? That new all-in-one medication, also known as a polypill, worked just as well to prevent and treat elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to a new study by researchers at Vanderbilt University …

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Bipartisan bill proposes banning flavored e-cigarettes amid vaping crisis

HAZEMMKAMAL/iStock(WASHINGTON) — As public health concerns over vaping continue to build, two congressmen are introducing bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing the habit, especially among underage users. The move comes as the Trump administration has proposed banning all flavored e-cigarettes and at least two states — New York and Michigan — have taken action to do the same. At least 360 …

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