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Schumer urges FDA to probe fast-food packaging health effects

Schumer urges FDA to probe fast-food packaging health effects

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday urged the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to launch a probe into the consequences of using phthalates in fast-food packaging.

Phthalates can be described as a chemical that has been banned in other household products. But its ongoing use in fast-food wrappers, cups and cartons has raised concerns among health experts and many politicians.

In a letter to the federal agency, Schumer underlined that six forms of the controversial chemical have already been banned from being used in toys and child care products.

FDA preparing to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes

FDA preparing to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes

In yet another effort to fight back addition to smoking, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is aiming to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes.

On Friday, FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb directed staff to develop new regulations on levels of nicotine in smoking products. The federal government has proposed cutting levels of nicotine in cigarettes so that these products become less addictive.

Addressing agency staff, Gottlieb said, “A renewed focus on nicotine can help us to achieve a world where cigarettes no longer addict future generations of our kids.”

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Getting less than seven hours of sleep is detrimental to health: Study

Getting less than seven hours of sleep is detrimental to health: Study

Missing out on a full night’s sleep time and again can be detrimental to one’s health in a number of ways and can contribute to diseases like obesity, a new study has warned. A team of researchers at the University of Leeds in England studied sleeping and eating patterns of more than 1,600 adults, and estimated that those who were getting less than 7 hours of sleep had become victims of obesity.

Researchers find link between regular alcohol consumption and reduced risk of diabetes

Researchers find link between regular alcohol consumption and reduced risk of diabetes

Alcohol consumption has been linked to many ailments and medical experts have always urged people to cut on their consumption of alcohol. However, a new research suggests positive impact of alcohol consumption on health. Those who drink alcohol three to four times a week are less likely to develop type-2 diabetes compared to individuals who never drink, a new study by Danish researchers suggested.

E-cigarette use helps some people quit smoking: Study

E-cigarette use helps some people quit smoking: Study

Linking e-cigarette to an impressive rise in the numbers of people quitting smoking, a new study found that smokers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to kick the habit than others. Most of the campaigns against smoking have not been as successful as local governments and health authorities have planned.

Sperm count among Western men on the decline: Study

Sperm count among Western men on the decline: Study

A new study has revealed that sperm counts of men in a number of regions, including North America, New Zealand, Europe and Australia, are plummeting.

A team of researchers led by Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Dr. Hagai Levine examined thousands of previously conducted studies and then carried out a meta-analysis of a total of 185 studies, including 42,935 male participants.

The research team found a 52 per cent decline in sperm concentration. A 59 per cent decline was found in total sperm count over a forty-year period of the analysis that ended in 2011.

Lifestyle changes can significantly reduce dementia risk: Study

Lifestyle changes can significantly reduce dementia risk: Study

The devastating condition of dementia can be prevented by looking after brain health and ensuring some lifestyle changes throughout life, a new study suggested.

Currently, there are an estimated 47 million people around the globe who have been struggling with the condition of dementia. By 2050, the number of people with the condition could swell to an estimated 131 million.

Study links Sugary Drinks to Increased Fat Storage in Body

Study links Sugary Drinks to Increased Fat Storage in Body

Increased consumption of sugary drinks has been blamed for rising obesity and other health issues. One should not consume high-protein foods with sugar-sweetened drinks because the combination of the two significantly increases the body’s fat storage, a new study suggests.

A team of researchers from the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Grand Forks Human Nutrition Center monitored 27 healthy adults over a couple of 24-hour periods in two different experiments.

Dietary supplements can pose health risks: Study

Dietary supplements can pose health risks: Study

Dietary supplements can also pose health risks and a new study has revealed that the problem is on the rise. According to the new study, the U.S. Poison Control Centers, on an average, receive a call every 24 minutes regarding dangerous exposure to dietary supplements.

From 2005 to 2012, the rate of calls to the U.S. Poison Control Centers jumped almost 50 per cent. From 2000 through 2012, the U.S. Poison Control Centers received reports about a total of 274,998 cases.

Doctors confirm rare case of HIV remission without drugs

Doctors confirm rare case of HIV remission without drugs

While most people need daily treatment to prevent HIV from destroying the immune system and causing AIDS, a 9-year-old in South Africa has been in HIV remission for years without drugs.

Doctors confirmed that the child, whose name was revealed, was given treatment shortly after birth but the boy has been off drugs for 8½ years without symptoms or signs of active virus.

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