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LSD study claims to reveal what makes music meaningful

LSD study claims to reveal what makes music meaningful

A new research from Switzerland claims to have explained what makes things we experience, including music, meaningful.

In the small study, a team of researchers asked individuals to take the drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and then they were able to determine how the participants’ brains ascribed meaning to certain factors, like songs, in their surroundings.

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FDA issues warning after finding inconsistent levels of belladonna in teething products

FDA issues warning after finding inconsistent levels of belladonna in teething products

After finding inconsistent amounts of a toxic substance called belladonna in certain homeopathic teething tablets, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommend parents and caregivers not give these tablets to babies.

Homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna are widely given to babies when they are growing their first teeth as these tablets provide temporary relief. These products have been around in the nation since the early 1900s.

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France Bans Unlimited Soda Refills in Obesity Fight

France Bans Unlimited Soda Refills in Obesity Fight

France has banned unlimited soda refills at restaurants to deal with rising obesity among French residents. As obesity levels across Europe and other parts of the world are rising, medical experts and government agencies are searching for ways to deal with obesity epidemic. The French order has specified that it will be illegal to sell unlimited soft drinks at fixed price at restaurants. As per World Health Organization guidelines, sugary drink consumption is a major cause of obesity among youngsters.

Depression Should Be Considered as a Major Risk for Cardiovascular disease: Study

Depression Should Be Considered as a Major Risk for Cardiovascular disease: Study

Depression is generally not considered as a major risk for cardiovascular disease and health experts mainly link it to high cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure but a new study conducted in Germany suggests otherwise. The study team has claimed that depression should be considered at par with cholesterol as a reason behind cardiovascular disease. Many people suffer depression due to various reasons and it leads to long term negative impact on health of a person. People with depression have high risk of cardiovascular disease, the German research team added.

Al Gore announces his own climate & health conference

Al Gore announces his own climate & health conference

After the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) abruptly canceled its climate conference, former Vice President Al Gore announced that he would host a similar conference focusing on climate change and its effects on public health.

On Thursday, Gore announced that he would hold his own Climate & Health Meeting in partnership with Howard Frumkin, former director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.

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Australian Researchers Find Clues for Early Detection of Lung Cancer

Australian Researchers Find Clues for Early Detection of Specific Form of Lung Cancer

Australian researchers have found an innovative way of early detection of lung cancer and the process can bring a major change in detection of lung cancer by checking for ‘origin cell’. The research team at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne has found the cell that they term as the reason behind lung cancer among 30 percent of patients. The technique could help smokers and ex-smokers as basal stem cells in the airway of the lungs hold the key for early detection.

U.S. flu activity on the rise

U.S. flu activity on the rise

Like many other parts of the United States, cases of flu are on the rise in Stark County in Ohio. To make matters worse, the current flu season kicked in earlier than the previous years, and it is yet to peak.

The Stark County Health Department has reported that at least 38 people were hospitalized with the flu and 85 cases were reported during the first couple of weeks this year. Since flu season started in October, a total of 82 individuals have been admitted to hospitals with a total of 174 cases recorded in the Stark County alone.

U.S. cancer death rate falls 20% since 1980, but clusters of high mortality persist

U.S. cancer death rate falls 20% since 1980, but clusters of high mortality persist

The rate of mortality due to cancer continues to steadily rise in some parts of the United States in grim contrast with the falling death rate across the nation as a whole, a county-by-county analysis of the deadly malignancy revealed.

As per the new research, the death rate linked to various kinds of cancer slipped 20 per cent between 1980 and 2014. During that period, the number of deaths to cancer dropped from 240.2 in 1980 to 192 in 2014 per 100,000 individuals.

Trump bans foreign aid to groups that support abortion

Trump bans foreign aid to groups that support abortion

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated a controversial policy that prohibits the granting of American foreign aid to health providers abroad who consider the procedure of abortion as a family-planning option.

The U.S. law already prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion services, even in countries where abortion is legal. But Trump’s executive order expanded the prohibition by freezing aid to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in poor nations if they offer abortion counseling or advocate the right to seek abortion.

Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that pet rats were the cause of recent virus outbreak which sickened 8 people in Illinois and Wisconsin.

CDC said the victims in the two states worked at rat-breeding facilities and got infected with Seoul virus that is not typically found in the nation.

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