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April’s baby is kicking, just not coming out: zoo officials say

April’s baby is kicking, just not coming out: zoo officials say

For millions of animal lovers, day begins and ends with a check on April the giraffe as the pregnant creature is showing no sign of going into active labor well after she was initially expected to give birth.

Veterinarian at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y., said in a new statement that April and her baby are healthy. However, they also expressed concern that it is not coming out.

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FDA approves 23andMe’s genetic testing kit

FDA approves 23andMe’s genetic testing kit

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has finally approved 23andMe’s personal genetic test for certain diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and celiac diseases.

The FDA said in statement that the genetic test assess genetic risk for the aforementioned conditions but does not diagnose them. The federal agency also urged people to use their results to help make decisions regarding lifestyle choices and to inform discussions with a healthcare expert.

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A common virus can trigger life-long allergy to gluten: study

A common virus can trigger life-long allergy to gluten: study

A new study has revealed that a symptom-free common virus in infancy can set the stage for a life-long allergy to gluten, leading to celiac disease, which affects millions of people in the United States.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which occurs when the body has an inappropriate immune response, like an allergy, to the protein gluten. This gluten is found in barley, wheat and rye.

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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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