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Babies cry more in Britain, Canada & Italy; less in Germany: study

Babies cry more in Britain, Canada & Italy; less in Germany: study

Babies in Britain, Canada and Italy cry the most, while parents in European countries of Denmark and Germany have to deal with the least amount of weeping and fussing, according to a new study report.

A team of researchers from University of Warwick in the United Kingdom formulated first of their kind universal charts for the normal amount of crying among babies during the first three months after their birth.

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Cigarette tax hike takes effect in California

Cigarette tax hike takes effect in California

Cigarette smokers in California will now have to fork out more in taxes as the state’s cigarette tax hike has taken effect, causing costs to surge by $2 per pack.

Smokers in the state will now pay $2.87 in taxes for every pack of cigarettes they purchase, more than triple the 87-cent tax levied on cigarette packs before the new tax took hold on 1st of April.

Jim Knox, of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, welcomed the new tax hike, saying various studies have shown a strong correlation between higher tobacco taxes and lower rates of smoking.

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Missing Indonesian man found inside a python’s belly

Missing Indonesian man found inside a python’s belly

The body of an Indonesian man who went missing earlier this week was found near his own garden -- inside the tummy of a twenty-three feet long snake.

Akbar Salubiro, 25, had gone to harvest palm oil on his plantation on the Sulawesi Island on the recently past Sunday. After some time, villagers heard cries from the palm plantation, but they searched the field they found no person there.

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Scientists grow beating human heart cells on spinach leaves

Scientists grow beating human heart cells on spinach leaves

Making a potential breakthrough in the field of healthcare, a team of scientists has grown beating human heart cells on spinach leaves.

Scientists from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Arkansas State University-Jonesboro successfully grew beating heart tissue on leaves of spinach that were stripped of plant cells in a process known as decellularization.

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Monkey, piranha-eating people found to have lowest rates of heart disease

Monkey, piranha-eating people found to have lowest rates of heart disease

The Tsimane people, who live in thatched huts in an isolated corner of Bolivian jungle, have surprisingly the lowest rates of heart disease ever measured in the entire world.

Researchers believe that the secret of the Tsimane people’s lowest rates of heart disease might be in hidden in their unique diet. Their main meal often consists of monkey, capuchins or howlers. They also eat hog-nosed coons, a kind of wild pig called peccary, piranha and catfish.

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FDA investigating Vulto cheese-linked listeria outbreak

FDA investigating Vulto cheese-linked listeria outbreak

The U. S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that it has launched an investigation into the most recent multistate outbreak of listeriosis that has been linked to soft raw milk cheese produced by Vulto Creamery.

Vulto Creamery recalled its Heinennellie, Willowemoc, Miranda and Ouleout raw milk cheeses on Tuesday, after at least two deaths and half a dozen hospitalizations were linked to the products. Walton Umber, Andes, Blue Blais and Hamden cheeses are also being recalled.

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Texas representative proposes $100 fine for men who masturbate

Texas representative proposes $100 fine for men who masturbate

A new bill proposed by a Democratic legislator in Texas aims to slap men who masturbate with a fine of $100 and require rectal examination before they get a colonoscopy, a vasectomy or a Viagra prescription.

State Rep. Jessica Farrar’s HB 4260 proposes invasive restrictions on men, including fines for emissions outside a woman’s vagina and requiring storage of the “emissions” for conception in the future.

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New bill aims to allow employers to force workers to take genetic test

New bill aims to allow employers to force workers to take genetic test

A new bill introduced by Republican legislators would allow companies to force their employees to take a genetic test and share the results or pay a hefty penalty.

The HR 1313, which is formally called the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, has already been approved by the House Committee on Education & the Workforce. All 22 Republicans supported the bill, while all of the 17 Democrats opposed it.

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Image of lemons explaining signs of breast cancer goes viral

Image of lemons explaining signs of breast cancer goes viral

Corrine Beaumont, a young designer who created the ‘Know Your Lemons’ breast cancer awareness campaign, says her image of 12 lemons provides women a simple, visual way to learn what breast cancer symptoms can look and feel like.

Beaumont, who lost both her maternal and paternal grandmothers to breast cancer, left her job to start her own charity “Worldwide Breast Cancer” two years ago after she found that very little information on the signs of the potentially deadly disease was available.

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Tough fight for Overweight and Obese Individuals as Changes in Dopamine Stokes Lazy Behavior: NIH

Tough fight for Overweight and Obese Individuals as Changes in Dopamine Stokes Lazy Behavior: NIH

Overweight individuals find it difficult to improve their lifestyle and increase their physical activity. A new research conducted at National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that sedentary lifestyle and overweight leads to changes in dopamine, resulting in more lethargy. This means that it would be difficult for overweight individuals to shed those extra kilos as they will remain less active compared to healthy weight individuals. The NIH study was conducted on lab mice and the research team noticed changes in dopamine among overweight mice.

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