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High levels of cancer-causing chemical found in mint and menthol e-cigarettes: Study
iStock/PavelKant (NEW YORK) -- The Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes and now a study from Duke University raises serious health concerns for people using mint and menthol flavored e-cigarette products: a potentially cancer-causing chemical in some of the e-cigarette liquids.The study details high levels of a chemical called pulegone, which in other studies has been found to cause cancerous changes in the livers and lungs of mice that ingested it. Pulegone is a constituent of oil extracts prepared from mint products and it’s been found in mint and menthol-flavored e-cigarette products.The researchers...
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Common pain medication literally turns woman's blood blue
New England Journal of Medicine (NEW YORK) -- The term "blue blood" took on a new meaning for a 25-year-old woman who checked into a Rhode Island emergency room with complaints of fatigue and shortness of breath, as well as a more unusual symptom: her blood was turned navy blue.The patient, whose account was documented in a New England Journal of Medicine case study, told doctors she had used an over-the-counter medication to treat a toothache. "I'm weak and I'm blue," she told the ER doctors.Dr. Otis Warren, the ER doctor on duty at Miriam hospital that night, diagnosed the...
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President Trump issues executive order to improve flu vaccine
Pornpak Khunatorn/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at developing better flu vaccines to defend Americans against both seasonal influenza and the possibility of a future pandemic outbreak. Seasonal flu “kills tens of thousands of Americans each year,” Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services, said in a statement. A faster vaccine production process would help keep Americans safe from both types of flu outbreaks, Azar said.Thursday's executive action ordered the creation of a flu vaccine task force, with input from various federal agencies and headed up by Azar and the secretary of defense. For...
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FDA to consider ads targeting youth in applications to sell e-cigarette products
sestovic/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new rule that outlines the process for tobacco companies to apply to sell e-cigarettes and vape products, as the number of vaping-related illnesses tracked by the Centers for Disease Control continues to increase.The FDA has warned e-cigarette companies that they are illegally marketing products by selling them without going through the agency's "premarket review" process, where the FDA evaluates information about the product to determine if it is appropriate for public health to have the product on the market.The rule is not the enforcement plan discussed by the president...
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Video experiment tracking the lives of pre-teens shows confidence dips as kids age
Deborah Roberts sits down with several parents whose kids were featured in Samantha Skey's new video series about pre-teens. (ABC News) (NEW YORK) -- “I feel less confident than five years ago because now there’s a lot more pressure with what you wear, or even academically.”“Five years ago I was steadily confident in what I was doing and now … it kind of changes but mostly depending on what I look like.”These are just some of the words from teens echoed in a video project, Hatch Kids, that follows a group of 25 New York-based kids over the course of...
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Sophia Bush raises awareness to help end period poverty for young women in the US
ShotShare/iStock (NEW YORK) -- When actress and activist Sophia Bush learned that nearly one in five girls in the United States are estimated to have missed school due to a lack of period products, she was aghast."So many girls lose out on their opportunity to get educated because they live in period poverty," Bush told Good Morning America. "What period poverty means is that you don't have access to the sanitary items that you need to manage your cycle."At least 500 million women and girls globally lack facilities for managing their periods, according to a 2015 report from the World...
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New study reveals what's behind the shrinking black-white cancer mortality gap
CasPhotography/iStock (NEW YORK) -- It's been a topic addressed by Democratic presidential candidates Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker: racial disparities in health care. A new study reveals that in at least one area of health, that disparity is starting to change.The disparity in cancer mortality rates between black and white Americans shrunk significantly in recent decades, according to a new report published by the American Association for Cancer Research.The report, which utilized data from an American Cancer Society study published in February, found that in 1990, the cancer death rate was 47 percent higher for African American...
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International team sends life-saving insulin to a remote island via drone
iStock (NEW YORK) -- An international team of scientists and health care workers have completed the world's first drone insulin delivery -- dropping off the life-saving medicine to a remote island in Ireland.Spearheaded by researchers at the National University of Ireland, Galway, the team oversaw the takeoff and landing of a drone carrying insulin and glucagon prescription medicines as well as a collection of blood samples between the Connemara Airport in Galway; to Inis Mor in the Aran Islands."Insulin is essential for my survival and having a diabetes drone service in an emergency situation would ensure this survival while living...
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New single pill combines blood pressure and cholesterol medicines
DNY59/iStock (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Two medicines for high blood pressure, another two to lower cholesterol – what if you could take just one pill for all of them? That new all-in-one medication, also known as a polypill, worked just as well to prevent and treat elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to a new study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Franklin Primary Health Center. The pill could be a game changer for lower-income patients.“We have made a lot of progress in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease but that progress hasn’t reached everybody,” said Dr. Daniel Muñoz,...
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Bipartisan bill proposes banning flavored e-cigarettes amid vaping crisis
HAZEMMKAMAL/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- As public health concerns over vaping continue to build, two congressmen are introducing bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing the habit, especially among underage users.The move comes as the Trump administration has proposed banning all flavored e-cigarettes and at least two states -- New York and Michigan -- have taken action to do the same. At least 360 cases of severe lung disease in 36 states and one territory are being tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.And while a cause for the lung disease is not known, "most" of the patients have a history of...
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How to best protect against the flu this season
ljubaphoto/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Some experts have already predicted a severe flu season so it's time to take the proper health precautions and understand the best ways to protect against the virus. ABC News' chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton weighed in on Good Morning America to share her take on this year's strain, the vaccine and how to stay healthy. "It's so difficult to predict, we only know in hindsight," she explained. "You can't predict it." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases a weekly influenza surveillance report which has shown a spike in the number of new...
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Two dads welcome two babies born nine days and hundreds of miles apart
Courtesy George Arison (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Newborns Luka Arison Luo and Emilia Arison Luo are siblings who arrived in the world nine days and more than 300 miles apart earlier this month.The babies, who share the same biological mother, were birthed by two different surrogate women and share two dads who spent nearly three years bringing them into the world. "We look at each other all the time and say, 'We can’t believe we did it,'" one of Luka and Emilia's dads, George Arison, told ABC News' Good Morning America, referring to their other dad, his husband, Dr. Robert Luo....
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