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Leprosy bacteria lurking in British squirrels: researchers warn

Leprosy bacteria lurking in British squirrels: researchers warn

Leprosy virtually vanished from Europe in around the 16th century, and Great Britain has not had a case in the past many centuries. But, those who believe that the disease is gone forever may be wrong.

A team of biologists have warned that the disease of leprosy never left the region as the devastating bacteria still lurking in trees. Mysterious marks/sores on red squirrels across England, Scotland and Ireland have been linked to the disease.

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Upcoming Trump administration can end publicly-funded birth control

Upcoming Trump administration can end publicly-funded birth control

Following the announcement of Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election, several American women took to social media to voice their fear that birth control costs could go up and access to services like Planned Parenthood will be restricted.

The current Obamacare system offers women access to as many as 18 FDA-approved birth controls at no out-of-pocket costs. But, availability as well as costs of birth control could be changed by the trump administration.

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Teenage vaping linked to heavier smoking

Teenage vaping linked to heavier smoking

Adolescents with a regular vaping (e-cigarette) habit are more likely to become regular smokers just six months later, a new study warned.

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Researchers discover antibody that may protect fetus from Zika virus

Researchers discover antibody that may protect fetus from Zika virus

A team of researchers claimed to have discovered an antibody that might protect unborn babies from the deadly Zika virus that has swept across the Americas, the Caribbean and several parts of Asia.

J&J to challenge $195M talc verdicts in appeals court

J&J to challenge $195M talc verdicts in appeals court

Insisting that its talc-based products are harmless, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has decided to challenge jury verdicts that declared the products harmful and ordered the company to compensate victims with millions of dollars.

On Oct. 27th, a California woman, who alleged that J&J’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer, won a $67.5 million jury verdict against the company. It was the third consecutive trial defeat suffered by the company in the recent past.

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Two Park City teens’ deaths were caused by synthetic opioid ‘Pink’: police

Two Park City teens’ deaths were caused by synthetic opioid ‘Pink’: police

The deaths of two teens in the Utah ski-resort town of Park City in September were caused by “acute drug intoxication” from a synthetic opioid known as “Pink,” local police officials confirmed on Thursday.

Park City Police officials said in a press release that toxicology tests conducted by the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that that both teens died from the synthetic opioid Pink, which is also known as U-47700.

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Pap smear can reveal genetic disorders in early pregnancy: researchers say

Pap smear can reveal genetic disorders in early pregnancy: researchers say

A simple Papanicolaou (Pap) smear can allow doctors to carryout prenatal screening for genetic disorders as early as five weeks into a pregnancy, according to a new research.

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U.S. premature birth rate jumps first time in 8 years in 2015

U.S. premature birth rate jumps first time in 8 years in 2015

The number of premature births in the U.S. increased for the first time in eight years in 2015, posing a new challenge to health authorities, according to the March of Dimes’ 2016 Premature Birth Report Card.

According to the report, the number of preterm births jumped from 9.57 per cent to 9.63 per cent of total births last year, as an additional 2,000 babies took preterm births in the country.

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Researchers find direct link between bedtime media device use & inadequate sleep

Researchers find direct link between bedtime media device use & inadequate sleep

Children and teenagers who use mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and computers at night lose sleep time as well as sleep quality, a new research cautioned.

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Cranberry products can’t cure UTIs: new research reveals

Cranberry products can’t cure UTIs: new research reveals

Once-promising cranberry cures are not as efficient in preventing or curing chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs) as many believe, a new research revealed.

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