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Dangerous algal blooms contaminate N.H. water bodies

Dangerous algae blooms contaminate N.H. water bodies

New Hampshire public health and environmental health officials are warning recreational users to avoid contact with the water in Lake Monomonac and some other water bodies due to harmful cyanobacteria algal blooms.

Tests of samples collected from 17th of July showed unacceptable levels of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae in the water bodies. The state threshold for cyanobacteria or blue-green algae is 70,000 cells/ milliliter.

Health officials identified cyanobacteria as Aphanocapsa, Anabaena and Woronichinia. The heaviest blooms were found close to the shorelines.

Most sunscreens don’t provide the required protection: Study

Most sunscreens don’t provide the required protection: Study

More than 70 per cent of sunscreen products either do not provide the protection consumers think they are getting or they contain questionable ingredients, a new study revealed.

A team of scientists at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested nearly 1,500 sunscreens, and found that 73 per cent of the products did not provide the desired protection to consumers or they contained debatable ingredients.

Salmonella outbreak linked to yellow Maradol papayas reported in 12 States

Salmonella outbreak linked to yellow Maradol papayas reported in 12 States

Salmonella outbreak linked to yellow Maradol papayas has been reported in 12 states and 47 people have reported ill so far. The outbreak has led to 12 hospitalizations and one person has died in New York, as per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC team is working with local officials to check where in the supply chain, the contamination occurred.

Texas coffee recalled because of its Viagra-like ingredients

Texas coffee recalled because of its Viagra-like ingredients

Bestherbs Coffee LLC in North Texas has issued a voluntarily recall for its traditional herbal coffee because it contains an ingredient similar to Viagra, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed Thursday.

The coffee company also confirmed that it has been recalling its “New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Herbs Coffee” because a Viagra-like ingredient has been giving customers more than their normal boost of energy.

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Gilead’s hepatitis C drug receives FDA approval

Gilead’s hepatitis C drug receives FDA approval

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved a new drug to cure hepatitis C patients who failed to respond to other available treatments.

Vosevi from Gilead Sciences Inc. is the first drug that has gained the FDA’s approval for hepatitis C patients who have already been given Sovaldi or other treatments without desired results.

Blood test can detect a marijuana-impaired driver

Blood test can detect a marijuana-impaired driver

A Lynnwood man arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) had nearly 55 times the legal limit of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in his blood, results from his blood test revealed.

THC is an active ingredient in the controversial recreational drug marijuana.

Dr. Brianna Peterson, toxicology lab manager with the Washington State Patrol, said the test results were accurate, adding that the method is totally validated just as for alcohol.

Researchers find new way to identify Alzheimer’s marker

Researchers find new way to identify Alzheimer’s marker

A team of researchers at St. Louis-based Washington University School of Medicine claimed to have discovered a new method to identify key Alzheimer’s marker through blood test.

According to the researchers, measures of amyloid beta in a person’s blood can help identify altered levels of amyloid in his/her brain or cerebrospinal fluid.

Presently, the only ways to spot amyloid beta in a person’s brain are PET scanning or a spinal tap. PET scanning is very expensive, while a spinal tap is invasive and often requires a specialized medical process.

Concert Pharmaceuticals receives FDA Green Signal for Hair Loss Drug

Concert Pharmaceuticals receives FDA Green Signal for Hair Loss Drug

The U.S. FDA has lifted clinical hold on Concert Pharmaceuticals’ trial for a hair loss drug. The company informed that FDA has lifted clinical hold on the treatment for alopecia areata. The trial was put on hold by FDA in May this year.

FDA asked Concert Pharmaceuticals to provide more data before the company could provide dosage of its experiment drug to study subject. The company added that FDA had not raised any concerns about safety of its drug.

US Ranks Low in Physical Activity Data: Research

US Ranks Low in Physical Activity Data: Research

A new study conducted by Stanford University researchers using smartphone data has suggested that people in China are among those who move the most while physical activity is low in the United States and Canada. The research team checked records for nearly 700,000 individuals from 46 countries. The data was collected by walking activity trackers in Smartphones. The study reported that people in Hong Kong walk the most with 6,880 steps a day on an average.

Chinese Vlogger Zhang accidentally poisons herself with Agave Plant during livestreaming

Chinese Vlogger Zhang accidentally poisons herself with Agave Plant during livestreaming

Popular Chinese Vlogger Zhang was livestreaming about uses of aloe vera but accidentally poisoned herself as she mistook Agave plant for aloe vera. During the livestream named as ‘Aloe Vera Feast’, Zhang took a bite from Agave plant. Soon after biting from Agave leaf, 26-year old Zhang felt the side effects.

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