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Only children are more likely to be obese, study says

(CNN)Only children may be at a higher risk for obesity than children who have siblings, according to a new study published Wednesday. “Why is that? While this study doesn’t provide the answer to that question, it is helpful in building the body of research that eventually will provide clearer answers,” Muth said. What it means to be an ‘only’ Singletons have long fascinated researchers. Early studies focused on the many negatives society falselybelieved about only children, like the idea that a child would become headstrong, selfish, egocentric, competitive, excessively spoiled…

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Nestl is recalling some cookie dough products because of possible rubber contamination

(CNN)With cookie baking season around the corner, you may want to check your refrigerator first. The recall is limited to the ready-to-bake refrigerated products with batch codes that begin with 9189 through batch codes that begin with 9295. Batch dates are the four digits that follow the “use or freeze-by” date and before the number 5753. So far, no illnesses or injuries have been reported from the recalled products. If you have one of the items affected, the company said to throw it away, but keep your proof of purchase…

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Release of Vaxxed sequel prompts fears dangerous propaganda will spread again

Anti-vaccination film to premiere in theatres as several states have been battling against localised outbreaks of measles Anti-vaccination campaigners are preparing to release the sequel to Vaxxed, the highly contentious film that has been used to spread the unfounded claim that vaccines cause autism and other developmental problems. Vaxxed II: The Peoples Truth will be premiered on 6 November in 50 venues across America. Its producers, led by Robert F Kennedy Jr, are keeping locations secret with tickets sold quietly in advance in the hope of foiling efforts to block…

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STDs are sexist, and women are the losers. Here’s why

(CNN)America is in the middle of an epidemic of sexually transmitted infections, and when it comes to heterosexual transmission, it’s hitting women the hardest. “Chlamydia and gonorrhea, for example, are two of the leading preventable causes of infertility and ectopic pregnancies in the United States, and on Earth.” Easily transmitted, more dangerous One reason STDs are sexist: In heterosexual pairings,they are more readily transmitted from the man to the woman than from the woman to the man. “So at any one exposure, a susceptible woman is more likely to catch…

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Drugmaker reverses course, plans to seek FDA approval for Alzheimer’s treatment

(CNN)In an unexpected reversal, pharmaceutical giant Biogen said it will pursue US Food and Drug Administration approval for aducanumab, an experimental treatment for early Alzheimer’s disease, Biogen and its Japanese partner Eisai announced on Tuesday. On Tuesday, Biogen announced that a new analysis, which included more patients, showed a significant reduction in clinical decline in one trial. Results for some patients in another study support those findings, as well. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. The…

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FDA recommends boxed warning for breast implants

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday released draft guidance recommending a “boxed warning” on labeling materials for breast implants. Boxed warnings, which alert health care providers and consumers to serious risks associated with a drug or device, are the strongest form of warning required by the FDA for labeling. “Taken as a whole we believe this draft guidance, when final, will result in better labeling for breast implants that will ultimately help patients better understand breast implant benefits and risks, which is a critical piece in making health…

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Woman Shames Calvin Kleins Plus-Size Rapper Billboard, She Responds And Starts A Heated Discussion

Fashion can be a truly divisive subject, even among those of us who aren’t all that much into style (or like to wear sandals with white socks, yuck). Whenever you bring up the words ‘weight,’ ‘beauty,’ and ‘health,’ it suddenly becomes apparent that nearly everyone in the whole wide world has an opinion on esthetics. When Calvin Klein featured plus-sized indie rapper Chika wearing the fashion brand’s underwear on a massive billboard in Soho, the company sparked a fierce and fiery discussion online. Some lauded the company for being inclusive…

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How e-cigarettes went from celebrity accessory to product non grata

Several states have enacted a ban on sales of vaping products amid more than 800 reports of lung injuries nationwide Up until a month ago, it sometimes seemed like everybody vaped, from everybody is trying to quit. Amid reports of at least New York, Michigan and everyone to refrain from vaping and the governor launching a a federal flavored e-cigarette ban. Theyve been touted as safer than cigarettes, even to the extreme of being safe, period, said John Maa, a past president of the San Francisco Marin Medical Society. But…

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Sex work is legal here. But only if you register with the police

Due to the stigma associated with sex work in Senegal, the women CNN interviewed asked that their identities be protected. They are identified using pseudonyms. At the end of the appointment, the nurse stamps her identification card, called a “carnet sanitaire,” which she is required to carry as a registered, legal sex worker. The 24-year-old single mother travels over an hour and a half by taxi to get here, even though it means she’s sometimes late for her evening computer science classes. On the ride through Dakar’s traffic-snarled streets, she…

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Officials feared Ebola would reach this transit hub. Now a second person has died of the disease

(CNN)A second person has died after contracting Ebola in Goma, a major transit hub in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the Rwandan border, according to Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF). More than 5,000 health workers have been vaccinated against Ebola in the city and health centers have been provided with training and equipment to improve infection prevention and control, he said. Screenings at border crossings have been reinforced and 24-hour monitoring has been implemented at the airport, Ghebreyesus added. WHO declared the latest Ebola outbreak a Health Emergency of International…

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As a psychiatrist, if I had severe depression Id choose ECT | Mariam Alexander

Electroconvulsive therapy is one of the best treatments available, says NHS psychiatrist Mariam Alexander It might come as quite a surprise to learn that, as a psychiatrist, if I ever had the misfortune to develop severe depression, my treatment of choice would be electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Why? Well, to put it simply, ECT is the most rapid treatment for severe depression that we currently have to offer with a recent study in the BMJ One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, this is understandable. But things have moved on a great…

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Many sudden cardiac deaths linked to prior silent heart attacks, study says

(CNN)Many people who die of sudden cardiac arrest may have had a heart attack earlier in life without ever realizing it, according to a new study. A separate study, published in the American Heart Journal in 2010, found that some 34% of people who had sudden cardiac death showed signs of a previous heart attack that went undetected. Those deaths were evaluated in Minneapolis from 2001 to 2004. The new study involved analyzing data on 5,869 people in Northern Finland who had sudden cardiac deaths between 1998 and 2017. The…

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Australian seagulls could carry drug-resistant superbugs, study finds

(CNN)Some Australian seagulls are infected with superbugs resistant to antibiotics, according to new research, which raises concerns that the bacteria could spread from the birds to livestock or humans. The issue has become so acute that the WHO listed antimicrobial resistance as one of the 10 biggest threats to global health in 2019. “Antimicrobial resistance — the ability of bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi to resist these medicines — threatens to send us back to a time when we were unable to easily treat infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea,…

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Conflict and insecurity driving spread of diseases like Ebola, WHO chief warns

Deadly outbreak is global wake-up call, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells Guardian The head of the World Health Organization has called the worlds the virus would inevitably return while political instability continued in North Kivu and Iruri, the provinces at the heart of the outbreak. Quick guide Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Show Hide How bad is the current outbreak? More than 2,100 people have been infected with Ebola in theDemocratic Republic of the Congo since August last year, making the outbreak the second largest in history.…

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The rise of Big Sperm: does the tech world have the answer to our semen crisis?

Sperm counts in western men are falling, and nobody is sure why. But relax because help is here, with everything from home-testing kits to sperm-freezing Lads, lads, lads, hate to interrupt, but hows your ejaculate? Would you struggle to fill half a teaspoon? And your concentration, please: are we talking 20m-plus little swimmers a millilitre? And hows that motility? Are your spermatozoa wagging their flagella as if they cant wait to get to that ovum or listlessly floating around like dead tadpoles in a poorly executed classroom experiment? Its not…

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