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Tennessee lawmaker seeks ban on use of food stamps for buying junk food

Tennessee lawmaker seeks ban on use of food stamps for buying junk food

A Tennessee lawmaker has proposed a new bill that aims to prevent people from using food stamps to purchase items that have no nutritional value, such as soda, candy and ice cream.

Rep. Sheila Butt, a Republican from Columbia, said her measure HB 43 would prohibit individuals from using food stamps to buy items are high in calories, sugar or fat, and have low nutritional value.

Under the proposed measure, state officials would be able to seek a waiver to produce a list of food items that would be prohibited due to their low nutritional value.

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Spicy Food Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Disease or Stroke: Research

Spicy Food Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Disease or Stroke: Research

Spicy food intake has been found to be associated with 13 percent lower risk of death due to stroke or heart disease in a study conducted by researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermony. Generally, medical experts suggest people to reduce intake of spicy food but the new research presents surprising data about lower risk of death associated with consumption of spicy food. The research paper has been published in journal PLoS One. The study evaluated the impact of consumption of hot red chilli peppers on mortality rate.

Simple Urine Test Tells If a Person is Eating Healthy Diet: Research

Simple Urine Test Tells If a Person is Eating Healthy Diet: Research

UK-based researchers working on a urine test have found some specific biomarkers which can tell a lot about the diet of an individual. As human body processes fruits, vegetables, meats and other proteins, the biomarkers in urine can be checked to ascertain diet taken by an individual. The test can be used to check how healthy the meal of an individual is and can offer help in evaluating the impact of diet on overall health. Many people follow diet plans for weight loss or better health but researchers have noticed that generally, people are notoriously bad at recording their diet intake.

Urine Test Provides Detailed Information Regarding Diet: Report

Urine Test Provides Detailed Information Regarding Diet: Report

A urine test can provide amazing information about your diet by checking for level of certain biological markers. The research team working on this urine test said that as our body processes foods like meat, fruit and vegetables, some biological markers in urine can help researchers ascertain if an individual is taking healthy diet or not. The simple urine test can provide this information within five minutes, the research team from Aberystwyth University, Imperial College London, and Newcastle University. The test provides information about intake of proteins, dietary fiber and sugar.

Cancer patient’s Facebook post takes breast cancer awareness campaign viral

Cancer patient’s Facebook post makes breast cancer awareness campaign viral

The Worldwide Breast Cancer Organization’s breast cancer awareness campaign Know Your Lemons went viral online after a patient shared an image of 12 lemons, with each of them depicting a different sign of the deadly disease.

Erin Smith Chieze, a 38-year-old patient who posted the image on social media, credited a similar image that she originally found a couple of years ago with saving her life. She explained that the she used that image for reference and was later diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.

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Experts blame federal government for haziness over marijuana’s myriad health effects

Experts blame federal government for haziness over marijuana’s myriad health effects

More than two dozen states in the U.S. have legalized marijuana and millions of people across the nation use the drug each month, but the precise health effects of the drug on those who use it remain a mystery.

Experts say they have only a hazy idea of the drug’s myriad health effects, and argue that federal laws are to be blamed for the issue. Some experts say that the federal government is erecting major barriers to research that would have provided answers to solve the mystery.

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Detailed Review on Health Impact of Marijuana Offers Interesting Information

Detailed Review on Health Impact of Marijuana Offers Interesting Information

Marijuana’s positive impact on health has remained questionable and differing views have been presented over long term and short term impact of using marijuana for various conditions. A detailed study conducted by nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has provided interesting information about impact of marijuana on health. Medical marijuana has been allowed in majority of the states with recent changes in laws but medical community is still skeptical about positive impact of marijuana on health.

Doctors detail skin rash on Miami’s first pregnant woman with Zika

Doctors detail skin rash on Miami’s first pregnant woman with Zika

A multi-disciplinary team of physicians from the University of Miami Health System and Jackson Health has released a case study detailing the nation's first locally transmitted case of Zika in a local pregnant woman.

The experts described a skin rash that first appeared on the 23-year-old Miami-Dade woman's body parts like chest, arms, palms, legs and soles. The rash was preceded by fever and followed by joint pain. The illness ultimately prompted the young woman to seek medical help in July last year when she was 23-week pregnant.

Trump reportedly asks Robert Kennedy Jr. to chair commission on vaccines

Trump reportedly asks Robert Kennedy Jr. to chair commission on vaccines

Flu vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revealed on Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump asked him to lead a new commission on vaccines.

A spokesperson for Trump’s transition confirmed that the President-elect is mulling a plan to form a commission on autism, which affects thousands of families across the nation; however no decision has been made yet.

Smoking costs global economy $1 trillion annually: WHO/NCI study

Smoking costs global economy $1 trillion annually: WHO/NCI study

Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion annually and the habit will be claiming as many as 8 million lives each year by 2030, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The newly published report stressed that the cost of smoking far outweighs taxes generated through tobacco sales, which have been estimated at around $269 billion for the year of 2013-2014.

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