FDA looking to ban menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — The days of getting your favorite menthol cigarettes might be coming to an end. The FDA announced plans to ban them Thursday. They said young people between the ages of 12-17 are more likely than any other age group to use menthol cigarettes. WTKR got mixed reactions from local businesses and smokers. Some smokers we spoke with said “inhaling and exhaling” cigarette smoke is a stress reliever. However, others said they “can’t imagine it actually happening” because the cigarette industry is so big. The FDA wants to…

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Betsy DeVos unveils new protections for those accused of sexual misconduct on campuses

The Department of Education on Friday proposed new rules for dealing with sexual harassment and assault on college campuses that would bolster the rights of those accused of wrongdoing. The proposed rules, which now face a public comment period of 60 days before they are enshrined, seek to narrow the definition of sexual misconduct on campuses at a time of national reckoning about sexual abuse. “Every survivor of sexual violence must be taken seriously, and every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined,” Education Secretary…

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Deadly salmonella outbreak forces USDA to recall raw turkey

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has recalled turkey products linked to a salmonella outbreak. Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products after the USDA found that a sample of the products tested positive for a salmonella reading matching the outbreak strain. The samples were from a Sept. 11, 2018 production, and, according to the USDA, the rest of the products shipped nationwide. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first announced the outbreak linked to raw…

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Sucking your baby’s pacifier might protect them from allergies

NEW YORK — Your baby’s pacifier falls on the floor. Before giving it back to your child, do you wash it in a sink or, perhaps reluctantly, clean it with your own saliva? Don’t feel too guilty if you chose the latter, because a new study suggests that a mother’s spit — and the bacteria in it — may help prevent allergies in young children. The research found lower levels of a troublesome, allergy-causing protein in babies whose mothers reported sucking on their infants’ pacifiers, adding to a growing body…

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Richmond, Henrico aim to ‘provide best care possible’ with health department merger

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — The health departments of the City of Richmond and Henrico County will now be managed under one leadership team. “County lines and city lines should not matter if we can provide the best care possible,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said during the press conference attended by officials from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Richmond and Henrico County. The two health districts will be lead under the direction of Dr. Danny Avula who was recently appointed to the dual health director role. It is the first…

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19-year-old dies after inhaling deodorant spray to get high

A 19-year-old died after inhaling deodorant spray to get high, according to a new case report, and doctors who treated the man in the Netherlands are using the case to highlight the fatal consequences of inhaling chemicals. Such cases are “very rare,” according to Dr. Kelvin Harvey Kramp of Maasstad Hospital’s intensive care unit in Rotterdam. Kramp explained that because deaths from deodorant inhalation are not common among the general population, the “consequences aren’t really known,” causing people to continue this dangerous behavior. The patient, who had a history of psychotic…

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High school e-cigarette use has jumped nearly 80%. Now, the FDA wants new regulations

Vaping increased nearly 80% among high schoolers and 50% among middle schoolers since last year, prompting the US Food and Drug Administration to propose new measures against flavored nicotine products that have propelled the rise, the agency announced Thursday. “These data shock my conscience,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement, proposing to strengthen the agency’s policies against flavored e-cigarette products. These proposals could ultimately prompt their removal from shelves and websites that are accessible to minors. The proposed changes do not include mint, menthol and tobacco flavors, however. Gottlieb…

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Even after separation, formerly conjoined twins want to be close

Watch Video Despite their new-found independence, the Bhutanese conjoined twins who were separated by doctors in Australia last week still want to be close to each other, nurses have told reporters. 15-month-old sisters Dawa and Nima Pelden flew nearly 6,000 miles for the life-changing operation. They were born joined at the stomach. Nurse coordinator Kellie Smith, who works on the twins’ ward at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, told reporters Thursday that the pair are never far from one another. “We try and have them a little bit apart, but they manage to sort…

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Low-carb diets might be best for maintaining weight loss, study says

The best way to maintain weight loss may be to change your diet to one low in carbohydrates, according to new research. The study, published Wednesday in the journal BMJ, involved 164 overweight or obese people. Their weight was brought down by 12%, and they were stabilized at that weight and put on a high-, medium- or low-carbohydrate diet for 20 weeks. The diets were made up of 20% carbs and protein and 60% fat, 40% carbs and fat and 20% protein, or 60% carbs and 20% protein and fat. “We…

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