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St. Ives Apricot Scrub sued for causing skin damage

St. Ives Apricot Scrub sued for causing skin damage

St. Ives Apricot Scrub, one of the world’s most popular facial scrubs, has been slapped with a lawsuit that alleges the product can cause k\skin damage.

The suit has been filed by plaintiffs Sarah Basile and Kaylee Browning, who are seeking $5 million from Unilever, the parent company of St. Ives. It may become a class-action suit as more people may join the legal battle.

The plaintiffs claim that the inclusion of crushed walnut shells in the company’s facial scrubs makes the exfoliator totally unsuitable to use on face.

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Diabetes accounts for total health care spending in U.S.

Diabetes accounts for total health care spending in U.S.

Spending on diabetes, a group of metabolic diseases representing high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period, accounts for more than 50 per cent of all spending on health care in the United States, researchers reported.
In a comprehensive financial analysis, a group of researchers from the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation found that spending on diabetes diagnosis and treatment totaled a whopping $101 billion in 2013.

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World-famous fiesta draws thousands; man killed in horse race

World-famous fiesta draws thousands; man killed in horse race

An elderly man was killed in a horse race at a birthday party in central Mexico’s San Luis Potosi state, turning the celebrations into a tragedy on Monday, authorities confirmed.

The party was organized to celebrate Rubi Ibarra Garcia’s 15th birthday, but it turned into a tragedy when 66-year-old Felix Pena was trampled to death during the race. Pena worked at a local stable and regularly raced horses.

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Ferry captain’s medical emergency disrupts Tacoma-Vashon Island service

Ferry captain’s medical emergency disrupts Tacoma-Vashon Island service

The weekend ferry service between Tacoma and Vashon Island was suspended after the ferry captain had a medical emergency, Washington State Ferries spokesperson Ian Sterling confirmed.

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Researchers find the real cause of spike in cardiac deaths around Christmas

Researchers find the real cause of spike in cardiac deaths around Christmas

It is the Christmas season, and not the usually harsh weather, which triggers a spike in the number of cardiac or heart-related deaths this time of the year, according to a new research.

Holiday season and not chilly weather causes spike in deaths: study

Holiday season and not chilly weather causes spike in deaths: study

A new study has suggested that it is not the chilly winter that causes a notable spike in heart-related deaths at Christmas and New Year’s; rather it is the holiday season itself.

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GSK’s experimental HIV drug trial produces positive results

GSK’s experimental HIV drug trial produces positive results

U.K.-based GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s ViiV Healthcare on Tuesday announced positive results for its phase-three trial of its experimental HIV drug in a dual-drug regimen.

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Pregnancy causes lifelong changes in a woman’s brain: study

Pregnancy causes lifelong changes in a woman’s brain: study

Pregnancy not only affects women’s body but also causes lasting changes to parts of their brain, a new study conducted by a team of neuroscientists at Leiden University in the Netherlands revealed.

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Colorado’s pot czar may become Massachusetts regulator

Colorado’s pot czar may become Mass. regulator

Andrew Freedman, Colorado’s bespectacled pot czar who is bringing together the state’s bureaucracy, law enforcement, marijuana industry and public health advocates to address the challenges created by marijuana’s legalization, is being seen as possible Massachusetts’ regulator.

According to emerging media reports, Freedman is among the contenders to be one of the three regulators who will be responsible for overseeing Massachusetts’ new recreational industry. However, there is also speculation that he might be appointed as an adviser to the regulators as a paid consultant.

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U.S. overdose deaths rising ruthlessly: CDC report

U.S. overdose deaths rising ruthlessly: CDC report

Driven by heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl, overall drug overdose deaths in the United States have jumped by nearly 33 per cent in the last five years, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's latest report.

At least 30 states saw spikes in overdose deaths resulting from the abuse of drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers or opioids, with some states seeing increases of nearly 200 per cent. For instance, the states of New Hampshire and Maine saw increases of 191 per cent and 100 per cent, respectively.

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