Two-year-old needs some of the rarest blood in the world to survive cancer

Two-year-old Zainab Mughal has some of the rarest blood in the world. She’s been battling cancer, and to survive, she’s likely to need blood transfusions from seven to 10 donors who haven’t all been found. Zainab Mughal, 2, is sick and needs a blood donor with the same rare blood she has. A global search is underway. That’s because they’re as rare as she is. Only people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent who have the same type of blood as Zainab, whose family hails from Pakistan, are likely to…

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FDA expands dog food recall; 8 brands pulled for making pets violently ill

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has expanded their recall of dog food brands that have too much vitamin D, which could make your pet sick. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death. The recalled products were sold nationwide. The FDA also says the list of recalled products could continue to grow. Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food UPC 8-84244-12495-7 – 4 lb. bag UPC 8-84244-12795-8 – 15 lb. bag UPC 8-84244-12895-5 – 28…

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5.1 million pounds of beef added to salmonella recall

JBS Tolleson, Inc. is recalling more than 5.1 million pounds of raw beef products that may be tainted with salmonella, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday. The recalled beef was produced and packaged between July 26 and September 7 according to FSIS. The products have been distributed nationwide and include the brands Kroger, Cedar River Farms, Grass Run Farms and JBS generic among others. This is an expansion of a recall that was first issued in October for the same reason. The total amount of “non-intact raw beef products”…

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The scientist, the twins and the experiment that geneticists say went too far

Humanity was reluctantly dragged into a new era this week. In a video posted on YouTube, Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced to the world that he successfully used the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to modify the DNA of two embryos before birth, essentially creating the world’s first genetically modified humans. The news, delivered on the eve of a high-profile scientific meeting in Hong Kong on human gene editing, left the science community in shock. “I see it as one of those moments that happens once every few decades,” said William Hurlbut,…

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Certain romaine lettuce is now safe to eat, US public health agencies say

Only the California counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura are being investigated in the latest multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce, the US Food and Drug Administration reported Wednesday. Romaine harvested outside these six California regions is not related to the current outbreak, according to the FDA, which is working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local agencies in its investigation. Based on this information, the CDC has narrowed its warning…

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FDA warns against using Rhino male enhancement products

Due to a recent rise in reported health issues, the US Food and Drug Administration warned on Tuesday against using or purchasing Rhino male enhancement products. Since 2007, the FDA said, it has identified more than 25 Rhino products, some with names such as Platinum Rhino 25000 and Krazzy Rhino 25000, that have hidden drug ingredients. The FDA said the products are often sold in single-serving packages at locations such as gas stations and convenience stores, or through online retailers such as eBay and Amazon. Recently, the products have also been found in…

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Is it now safe to eat romaine lettuce? Not yet, FDA says

The E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has sickened 43 people in 12 states, the US Food and Drug Administration said Monday. The FDA said that the ongoing outbreak is linked to the “end of season” harvest in some parts of California — but the agency still says people should not eat any romaine lettuce. People have become sick in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin. An additional 22 people in Canada are also ill, so the FDA is coordinating its investigation…

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Doctors share gun stories, demand action after NRA tells them to ‘stay in their lane’

Watch Video Two signs of the times: another mass shooting and more Twitter outrage. This time, though, the barbs over social media came from the medical community in response to a tweet from the National Rifle Association. The piling-on began after the NRA tweeted on Wednesday a link to an article from its Institute of Legislative Action. The article, titled “Surprise: Physician Group Rehashes Same Tired Gun Control Policies,” was promoted with these words: “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in…

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Abortion rates in America drop to lowest level in 10 years

Abortion rates in the United States have dropped to their lowest level in 10 years, according to a report released Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2006 to 2015, the year of the latest completed survey, reported abortions from participating areas fell 24%, from 842,855 to 638,169. Going back to 1969, the CDC has completed its “abortion surveillance” to measure the number and characteristics of women who obtain legal abortions. Requests for information go out to the central health agencies in all 50 states, plus…

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