General Mills recalls some 5-pound bags of flour over salmonella fears

General Mills is recalling some five-pound bags of its Gold Medal unbleached flour over fears of salmonella contamination. “This recall is being issued out of an abundance of care as General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product,” the company said in a statement. The recall is for Gold Medal unbleached flour with a better-if-used-by date of April 20, 2020. The company said those who have the affected product should dispose it. “Food safety is our top priority, and though we have not had…

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One serving of fried chicken a day linked to 13% higher risk of death, study finds

A regular serving of fried chicken or fish is associated with a higher risk of death from any cause except cancer, according to a new study done in postmenopausal women in the United States. Women who enjoyed fried chicken once or more per day had a 13% higher risk of death from any cause compared with women who did not eat any fried food, according to the study, published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ. Women eating a daily portion of fried fish or shellfish saw a 7% greater risk…

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Judge declares one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bans unconstitutional

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa state judge on Tuesday struck down the state’s so-called “fetal heartbeat” law, declaring one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bans unconstitutional. The law, signed in May, would ban doctors from performing most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant. Polk County District Judge Michael Huppert wrote in his decision striking down the law that its defenders didn’t identify a compelling state interest in barring…

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Trump’s drug ad price transparency contains huge loophole, researchers identify

The Trump administration’s proposal to require pharmaceutical companies to list drug prices in television ads would have a profound impact on the way consumers think about expensive drugs and whether they would ask their doctor about them, according to a study published Tuesday. But the study found that the effect was mitigated when the advertisements included modifiers, such as saying the medication might not cost anything due to insurance coverage or other discounts. Pharmaceutical companies have been pushing for such modifiers to be allowed in the ads. “This regulation has…

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Blood test could detect Alzheimer’s up to 16 years before symptoms begin, study says

A simple blood test could predict if a patient will develop Alzheimer’s disease up to 16 years before symptoms begin, a new study finds. By measuring changes in the levels of a protein in the blood, called neurofilament light chain (NfL), researchers believe any rise in levels of the protein could be an early sign of the disease, according to the study published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine. NfL is a “marker in the blood which gives an indication of nerve cell loss in the brain,” explained lead researcher Mathias…

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How you can beat acid reflux and enjoy the foods you love

RICHMOND, Va. — Christie Anton, 54, has waited three decades to finally be able to enjoy her favorite foods. Anton suffers from Acid Reflux Disease, which causes severe heartburn and regurgitation. Overtime, her condition has grown worse. “I can’t eat fried foods, tomatoes, citrus,” Anton said. “I haven’t had a glass of orange juice in maybe 30 years.” Twenty-three million people are impacted by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a condition that can lead to inflammation or narrowing of the esophagus and even esophageal cancer. While some over-the-counter and prescription medications…

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Most parents still rely on myths like these to avoid colds

As with many other aspects of parenting, when it comes to preventing colds, most parents trust the advice passed down by their own parents and grandparents. To prevent colds, seven out of every 10 parents interviewed in a new poll reported using strategies with little to no scientific evidence, such as telling their kids not to go outside with wet hair. This was the finding by researchers at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan, who asked more than 1,000 parents with kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Parents…

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Bangladesh’s ‘tree man’ needs more surgery

Abul Bajandar, a 28-year-old father from a small town in southern Bangladesh, made headlines three years ago when he underwent a series of complex operations to remove lesions which resemble tree branches from his hands and feet. (Sugam Pokharel/CNN) A Bangladeshi man who suffers from an extremely rare genetic disease known as “tree man” syndrome is back in hospital and faces more surgery after the condition returned after multiple operations in 2016. Abul Bajandar, a 28-year-old father from a small town in southern Bangladesh, made headlines three years ago when he…

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Flu shot or flu spray? Study shows which works best

When it comes to vaccinating yourself — or your kids — against the flu, there are two options in the United States: a traditional shot or a nasal spray. Yet among children, the nasal spray appeared to have reduced effectiveness against the flu, compared with the shot, in past flu seasons, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday. That finding, which involved analyzing data from several previous studies, seems to align with existing research. “We were able to better describe vaccine effectiveness in age groups that…

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