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San Francisco moves to ban sales of vaping flavors, menthol cigarettes - CNN

The city board will vote on the ban next week. If passed, the legislation will become effective in April 2018 throughout the city -- the first in the nation to approve such a sweeping ban on flavored tobacco sales.

Non-flavored tobacco products will still be allowed to be sold in the city under the new law. Prohibited products would include all flavored cigarettes, flavored cigars, flavored smokeless tobacco, flavored shisha, and flavored nicotine solutions that are used in e-cigarettes.

Effective in June last year, California changed the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. The same measure, signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown, said vaping products would be regulated as tobacco products.

The new ordinance states that "flavored tobacco products promote youth initiation of tobacco use," while "menthol, in particular, cools and numbs the throat to reduce throat irritation and...


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Tough new laws to crack down on illegal organ trade to be considered by parliamentary inquiry - NEWS.com.au

National Health Correspondent Sue Dunlevy has spent three-year investigating the global illegal organ trade and has uncovered Australia's involvement. Here are her damning findings.

Penalties for illegal organ trade could be toughened. Picture istock

TOUGH new penalties to deter the illegal trade in human organs will be examined by a federal parliamentary inquiry after a News Corp investigation exposed the chilling business.

News Corp revealed last year how almost 100 desperate Australians had travelled overseas to buy organs on the black market, paying up to $250,000 for a kidney transplant.

The three year investigation revealed how a shortage of organs available under Australian’s organ transplant program was driving the trade because some people have to wait over eight years for a kidney transplant.

A handful of Australians each year make the high risk choice of...


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World Incontinence Week: The problem affecting one in three women that no one talks about - NEWS.com.au

Alice Craigie suffered from continence issues after the birth of her son. Picture: Alice Craigie

SIX weeks after Alice Craigie gave birth to her son Milton, she and her husband had their first big baby-free outing at a friend’s wedding.

“We were having a big weekend away and both my husband and I were in the bridal party. It was the first time I’d had a couple of champagnes for more than nine months and while we were busting out some dance moves, I accidentally busted out a little bit of wee,” Alice, 32, told news.com.au.

It happened again a few weeks later — she sneezed while taking her washing off the line and “felt it running down my leg”.

While it’s awkward to talk about, Alice is one of the 4.2 million Australians living with urinary incontinence, or about one in three women, according to a 2010 Deloitte report.

Incontinence describes any accidental or involuntary loss of...


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Relay For Life a time to celebrate victories and carry on battle against cancer - Bucks County Courier Times

It is always the first lap of the annual Relay For Life of Bensalem that gets Jodie Brown.

During that emotional moment, the Bensalem police motor patrol escorts area cancer survivors and caregivers around the track in the high school's football stadium.

"I cry every time," said Brown, a volunteer event lead for the relay and an oncology program coordinator with Southeastern Home Health Services in Bristol Township. "It is absolutely beautiful. Everything I have worked on over the past 365 days is paid for just by watching them walk around the track."

Brown, a Philadelphia resident, has participated in the Bensalem relay for the past five years with about 40 co-workers, family members and friends. She leads a team called "Camps Champs" in memory of colleague Michelle Camps, who died five years ago after battling malignant melanoma. The team participates in the Bensalem relay...


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More than 200000 cholera cases in Yemen - SBS

The cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is spreading rapidly, UN agencies say as the number of suspected cases climbed above 200,000.

The cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is spreading rapidly, UN agencies report as the number of suspected cases climbs above 200,000.

"We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world," UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) chief Anthony Lake and World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Margaret Chan said in a joint statement.

Every day there are 5000 new cases, and the disease has reached nearly every governorate of the impoverished Arab country, they said.

More than 1300 people have already died from cholera, a quarter of them children.

"This deadly cholera outbreak is the direct consequence of two years of heavy conflict," the UN agency chiefs said, pointing to destroyed health, water and sanitation systems.

In addition, malnutrition has made children...


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How to Pick a Healthy Cereal

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Cereal, that old familiar breakfast staple, is less popular than it once was.

That’s in part because many consumers consider it to be low in protein, high in sugar, and too processed to be healthful, according to the market research firm Mintel. Although that’s true of many cereals, plenty are nutritious.

Plus cereal is quick and convenient, and can be an efficient way to get many essential nutrients all at once, says Ronni Chernoff, Ph.D., director of the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative.

For breakfast she recommends covering four bases: fruit, protein, a complex carbohydrate, and dairy. Have a whole-grain cereal with milk topped with fruit to hit all four. What follows is everything you need to know to choose a healthy cereal.

Pick a Whole Grain

Look for a “100 percent whole-grain” claim on the...


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Parents horror as worldwide shortage leaves 5000 babies waiting on vaccine for deadly virus - just a year after 'no ... - Daily Mail

  • About 5,000 Queensland children are on a waiting list for a tuberculosis vaccine
  • This is despite the government introducing a 'no jab no play' scheme in 2016 
  • There was a global shortage of the Bacille Calmette Guerin vaccine in 2016 

By Ashleigh Davis For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 11:46 BST, 24 June 2017 | Updated: 14:05 BST, 24 June 2017

At least 5,000 children in Queensland are on a waiting list for a tuberculosis vaccination, despite the government introducing a 'no jab, no play' policy in 2016.

After a global shortage of the Bacille Calmette Guerin vaccine, health authorities are reportedly finding it difficult to clear the backlog of...


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San Francisco moves to ban sales of vaping flavors, menthol cigarettes - CNN

The city board will vote on the ban next week. If passed, the legislation will become effective in April 2018 throughout the city -- the first in the nation to approve such a sweeping ban on flavored tobacco sales.

Non-flavored tobacco products will still be allowed to be sold in the city under the new law. Prohibited products would include all flavored cigarettes, flavored cigars, flavored smokeless tobacco, flavored shisha, and flavored nicotine solutions that are used in e-cigarettes.

Effective in June last year, California changed the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. The same measure, signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown, said vaping products would be regulated as tobacco products.

The new ordinance states that "flavored tobacco products promote youth initiation of tobacco use," while "menthol, in particular, cools and numbs the throat to reduce throat irritation and...


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Read more: San Francisco moves to ban sales of vaping flavors, menthol cigarettes - CNN

Tough new laws to crack down on illegal organ trade to be considered by parliamentary inquiry - NEWS.com.au

National Health Correspondent Sue Dunlevy has spent three-year investigating the global illegal organ trade and has uncovered Australia's involvement. Here are her damning findings.

Penalties for illegal organ trade could be toughened. Picture istock

TOUGH new penalties to deter the illegal trade in human organs will be examined by a federal parliamentary inquiry after a News Corp investigation exposed the chilling business.

News Corp revealed last year how almost 100 desperate Australians had travelled overseas to buy organs on the black market, paying up to $250,000 for a kidney transplant.

The three year investigation revealed how a shortage of organs available under Australian’s organ transplant program was driving the trade because some people have to wait over eight years for a kidney transplant.

A handful of Australians each year make the high risk choice of...


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Huge Alzheimer's breakthrough stuns scientists - BABW News

Huge Alzheimer’s breakthrough stuns scientists

Scientists have just made a massive discovery that could have major implications for fighting dementia in old age.

Scientists have just made what could be the most important discovery about brains in a very long time, as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a report released this past week that exercise, controlling blood pressure, and some brain training may be the magic formula to preventing mental decline, Alzheimer’s or dementia in old age.

While there are no proven ways to keep this mental deterioration from happening, this new report is an exciting indication that we may have more power to stop cognitive decline than we think. However, the government will need to do more research before such strategies are pushed as a viable method for ordinary citizens.

At the very least, these three strategies appear to do no harm, and at least two are really...


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Barry Marshall is encouraging “citizen scientists” to get dirty in the name of health - Perth Now

NOBEL Prize-winning scientist Barry Marshall is encouraging “citizen scientists” to get their hands dirty for an experiment on a truly epic scale.

Prof Marshall is supporting the University of Western Australia’s Microblitz project, which is recruiting people to collect and submit soil samples from across WA.

Researchers will study the samples to build a Statewide map detailing the health of WA’s environment by using DNA sequencing to identify the biodiversity of microbes in our soils.

Prof Marshall has thrown his support behind the project in a bid to gather additional data on microorganisms in the soils of remote communities that may cause disease or affect human health.

“Soil samples can provide a great deal of information about what might affect people’s health but it’s difficult to get to every location to gather samples,” he said.

“The Microblitz project gives everyone the...


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Relay for Life a rousing success - Community Common

Individuals from around the area gather at the SOMC Friends Community Center for the Relay for Life festivities that were held Friday evening.
Individuals from 11 different Relay for Life teams release balloons into the air in memory of those who valiantly fought cancer Friday evening.

Members of the community showed up at the SOMC Friends Community Center Friday, June 16th to fight back against cancer. The American Cancer Society sponsored a Relay for Life event where 11 teams raised money and those who lost their battle with cancer, as well as survivors of cancer were honored.

“The Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser,” American Cancer Society Senior Market Manager, Community Engagement Hilary Nichols said. “It’s a worldwide movement now. Nationwide, however, there are thousands of events across the country. Basically, this is how we raise money...


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Skin safety in the summer sun - WDTN

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CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) Summer has officially begun and that means many of us will be hitting to pool or spending time by the pool but it’s also a time to be careful. Too much sun can damage your skin.

Many of us enjoy fun in the sun. But too much fun and too much sun can cause problems later on.

Doctor Gary Palmer Dermatologist says, “The damage that occurs is cumulative so you want to protect it at all times.”

Doctor Gary Palmer says prevention is the key. Skin cancer isn’t the only concern. Palmer says too many sunburns can cause brown spots, thin skin and easy bruising. And just because the sun may not be out doesn’t mean you should ditch the protection.

“Clouds block some of the sun but you can still get sunburned on a cloudy day. It’s better to prevent than to treat,” Palmer says.

Sunscreen is the first line of defense but the higher the S-P-F number doesn’t...


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Horror as 'half human half-beast' is born to a sheep in South Africa - NEWS.com.au

Superstitious villagers believe a sheep has given birth to a demon after a human looking creature was born with hoofs instead of feet and hands and pink skin instead of fur.

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SUPERSTITIOUS villagers have been living in fear since a sheep gave birth to this creature that was said by elders to be half-human half-beast and “sent by the devil”.

The Sun reports many of the 4000 inhabitants and farmers of Lady Frere in Eastern Province, South Africa, were convinced that bestiality and witchcraft had led to the birth of the creature.

The panic got so great that the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development sent out experts to carry out tests after pictures of it spread through the community.

Chief Director of Veterinary Services Dr Lubabalo Mrwebi admitted that at first glance the lamb which was born dead did resemble a human being but was not part human.

Some people suggested that the image was a hoax, but agriculture officials from the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development confirm that it was a real incident, and that the pictures were genuine.


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Our stroke incidence highest in Australia - Coffs Coast Advocate

ALARMING statistics have revealed the North and Mid North Coasts are bearing the brunt of the stroke burden, with the Cowper and Page electorates in the top 4 for stroke incidence in the country.

The Stroke Foundation's latest report identified the country's top 20 hotspots for stroke incidence and the majority were found to be regional and rural areas.

The Page electorate came in third on the list, with an incidence of 2,599 people affected per 100,000.

This was followed by the Cowper electorate coming in fourth on the list, with an incidence of 2,561 people affected per 100,000.

The Lyne electorate, which includes Port Macquarie and surrounding towns, was found to have the highest incidence of stroke in Australia.

Stroke Foundation NSW State Manager Teresa Howarth said due to limited access to best practice treatment, people in the state's regional areas were also more likely to...


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Exposure to Ozone Kicks Up Chances of Autism 10-Fold in at-Risk Kids - ScienceAlert

Having a higher number of copies of genes has been shown to raise the risk of a child developing autism, as has early exposure to various pollutants in the mother's environment.

Researchers have now shown that when these two factors are combined, an individual has 10 times the chance of developing the condition, demonstrating the importance of stepping beyond the question of nature versus nurture and looking at the bigger picture.

The analysis by a team led by scientists from Pennsylvania State University is one of the first to examine genetic differences across the whole genome in conjunction with environmental factors surrounding an individual as it develops.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) covers a variety of behaviours involving social interactions and communications, presenting with degrees of severity.

"There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of genes involved and up...


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At Relay For Life, superheroes battle cancer, support each other - Bloomington Pantagraph

NORMAL — The latest superhero in the battle against cancer wore a tutu, a cape and a Batman mask and carried a baton as she walked around the Normal Community High School track with nine older superheroes on Friday night.

"My grandma, my aunt and my mom have had cancer," Madison Moncelle, 13, of El Paso said. "It made me feel bad when I heard they had cancer. I prayed they would get better."

"We participate so people get better," Madison said.

The event, which returned to 24 hours this year, began at 4 p.m. Friday and continues to 4 p.m. Saturday. The purpose is to have fun and raise money for cancer research and programs while honoring people who have lost their lives to cancer as well as survivors, caregivers and family members.

Relay event leader Catina Struble hopes the event attracts 1,500 participants and raises $300,000.

Teams of 10 to 15 people raise money and...


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Woman gets $7000 but fails in bid to sue Coles over grape slip and fall - The Sydney Morning Herald

A woman who stepped on a grape in the Coles fresh produce section has slipped once and fallen twice – first to her knees and elbows and again later in her attempt to sue the supermarket giant.

Fatma Abdul Razzak's lawsuit failed on Thursday when the District Court ruled Coles had exercised reasonable care in cleaning its floors and had not breached its duty of care.

It was not the fault of Coles that a customer slipped on a grape, a judge found. It was not the fault of Coles that a customer slipped on a grape, a judge found. Photo: Bloomberg

Judge David Russell ordered Coles to pay Mrs Razzak $7728 in damages, but this will be dwarfed by the amount she will have to pay to cover the supermarket's legal bill after her action failed.

Ms Razzak was shopping in the fruit and vegetable aisle at Coles Hurstville on a Saturday morning in April 2015 when she passed a staff member unstacking grapes onto a table.

Suddenly her feet lost grip, her right foot went backwards...


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Immunotherapy found to be smarter, kinder treatment for people with head and neck cancer - News-Medical.net

June 24, 2017

The immunotherapy nivolumab is kinder than chemotherapy for people with advanced head and neck cancer - easing many of the negative effects of the disease on patients' quality of life.

Both head and neck cancer and the treatment for it can have a huge impact on patients - affecting their speech, breathing, eating and drinking, facial appearance, and general wellbeing.

All of this can cause substantial psychological, as well as physical, distress.

But patients taking part in a major phase III clinical trial reported that nivolumab helped them maintain a better quality of life for longer.

By contrast, the study -- led by researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust -- found that people treated with standard chemotherapies docetaxel, methotrexate or cetuximab reported a decline in quality of life from the start of...


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Self-help intervention may be useful as initial treatment to manage symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome - News-Medical.net

June 24, 2017

A self-help approach to a graded exercise program, supervised by a specialist physiotherapist, is safe and may reduce fatigue for some people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to a new trial of 200 people published in The Lancet. The intervention, undertaken over 12 weeks, had a smaller effect on reducing physical disability.

The self-help intervention (guided graded exercise self-help, or GES) involves slowly and safely building up physical activity levels (eg. a few minutes walking) after establishing a daily routine, with the support of a specialist physiotherapist over the phone or Skype™.

The self-help approach means that patients do not need to travel to a clinic, and the authors say the intervention might be useful as an initial treatment for patients to help manage the symptoms of CFS.

CFS affects about seven in 1000 people, and is characterized by...


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