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Blood Test During Pregnancy Could Reduce Neural Tube Defects

Neural tube defects are the most common birth defects that affect 300,000 births globally, each year. It is one of the most common severely disabling birth defects. One of the ways to reduce this from happening is getting enough folate (a form of vitamin B). Or another method is folic acid, which is synthetically produced and is used in fortified foods and supplements. Taking synthetically-produced... 

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Treatment in Children May Cause Weight Gain

Tonsillectomies are commonly prescribed to help children who suffer from sleep apnea, but a recent study found that the treatment can make children gain weight, especially if they’re already overweight. In the study, researchers analyzed 204 children between the ages of five and nine who were recommended to undergo tonsillectomy surgery and another 192 children who didn’t. The team followed... 

American Red Cross Facing a Blood Shortage, Urgent Need for Donations

The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and is encouraging all eligible donors to donate. “All eligible donors are encouraged to make and keep donation appointments to help prevent an emergency situation,” the agency wrote in a news release declaring the shortage Tuesday. “The number of donors continues to decline and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience... 

Peach Recall: Nationwide Recall of Fruit from Wawona Packing Co. Sold at Trader Joe’s and Costco

Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12. Wawona believes the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Costco, Walmart Corp and Trader Joe’s have pulled the contaminated fruit from their store shelves and have all posted notices about the peach recall on... 

Horseshoe Lake in Kitsap County, Washington Closed After People Sickened With Illness

Horseshoe Lake in Kitsap County, Washington is closed after more than 200 people got sick after swimming in the lake over the weekend. Many complained of vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Not everyone who swam got sick, and most people have recovered. “Horseshoe Lake park and swimming beach closed until further notice,” reads an alert on the park’s website. A sign on the park... 

Skin Rash May be From Your iPad or Other Electronic Device with Nickel

If you’ve been plagued with a skin rash that won’t go away, it might be from your iPad or another electronic device. An 11-year-old boy in San Diego developed a nasty skin allergy and doctors traced it to the nickel in his family’s iPad. They quickly found a solution after trying many allergy creams; they covered the iPad’s metal surfaces with a form-fitting case. A report... 

Chobani Greek Yogurt Fungus Which Prompted Recall, More Dangerous Than Previously Thought

When Chobani brand Greek yogurt was recalled in September 2013, it was believed that the fungus was only a health threat to people with weakened immune systems. However, there were many complaints about gastrointestinal illness from healthy people, prompting researchers to take a closer look at the fungus in the yogurt. The yogurt was found to be contaminated with a fungus called Murcor circinelloides. “Typically... 

Less Sleep Makes The Brain Age Faster, Research Shows”

New research shows getting less sleep can age the brain faster. For every hour of reduced sleep duration, the researchers found an incremental annual expansion of the brain ventricles and an annual incremental decline in global cognitive performance. “Though faster brain ventricle enlargement is a marker for cognitive decline and the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s,”... 

Inhalable Insulin, Afrezza for Diabetes Approved by FDA

The FDA approved the first inhaled medication for people with type 1 or 2 diabetes. The drug, Afrezza, “is a new treatment option for patients with diabetes requiring mealtime insulin,” Dr. Jean-Marc Guettier, director of the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a news release on Friday. He said that MannKind... 

Velveeta Recalled in Midwest by Kraft Foods Due to Not Having Enough Preservatives

Kraft Foods recalled 260 cases of Velveeta cheese sold at Walmart stores across the Midwest because it didn’t have enough preservatives. This recall affects one batch of product made on one manufacturing line during a few hours of production.  The product was shipped to three Walmart distribution centers and may have been redistributed to stores in up to 12 Midwest states. The affected products... 
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