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Yogurt May Not Be Great for You After All

Study in Spain finds no health benefits

(Newser) - Those who eat lots of yogurt because they think it's a health food might have to reassess things: A study out of Spain suggests that yogurt provides virtually no health benefits, reports Medical News Today . Researchers followed more than 4,000 people for an average of three and a... More »

California: 'Measles Parties' Are Downright Dangerous

Health officials say intentionally exposing kids to disease is unwise

(Newser) - Are "measles parties"—where parents purposely expose unvaccinated kids to infected ones to build up immunity—a good idea? Some parents say yes, but California public health officials say absolutely not, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to a KQED blog post , Marin County mom Julie Schiffman received... More »

Should Parents of Infected Kids Sue Anti-Vaxxers?

That's what one researcher suggests

(Newser) - It's been suggested that the anti-vaccination movement can be slowed down or halted through tougher laws and/or peer pressure —but what would happen if parents of kids who get infected from someone who isn't immunized sued the disease-spreader? A paper published in the Cornell Journal of Law ... More »

UK Study: Half the Population Will Get Cancer

But more are surviving it, and many cases are preventable

(Newser) - A new British study offers a stark picture of the future of the country's health: About half the population, researchers find, will develop cancer during their lifetimes. "Cancer is primarily a disease of old age, with more than 60% of all cases diagnosed in people aged over 65,... More »

Red Cross Takes Flak Over Big-Tobacco Money

International parent group pressures US affiliate to stop taking the donations

(Newser) - When a parent tells you to do something, it's advisable to take heed. But a Reuters exclusive shows that despite private pressure from the International Red Cross, the American Red Cross continues to accept donations from Big Tobacco. The IRC says that by taking in tobacco dollars, the ARC... More »

Flu Season Shaping Up to Be Nasty

We've reached the epidemic stage earlier than usual

(Newser) - Brace yourself: All signs point to a particularly bad flu season, reports the Upshot blog at the New York Times . For one thing, the CDC says the nation has reached the epidemic stage, and while that designation usually arrives every year, it's earlier than normal. The Verge notes that... More »

Bridal Shop Visited by Ebola Patient Closes for Now

Owner shuts down temporarily amid media blitz

(Newser) - While she was in Ohio last weekend, Amber Vinson visited the Coming Attractions Wedding and Formal Shop with friends so they could try on bridesmaids' dresses for Vinson's upcoming wedding. When news broke that the nurse had become an Ebola patient , it didn't take long for the media... More »

Soda Giants: You Drink Too Many Calories—From Soda

Big 3 promise 20% cut by 2025

(Newser) - Even America's soda-makers agree that people are getting too many calories from their products, and the biggest three have now pledged to cut calorie consumption by a fifth by 2025. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group won't actually be reducing the number of calories their products contain,... More »

Artificial Sweeteners May Raise Your Blood Sugar

Study suggests that it's true for at least some people, thanks to gut bacteria

(Newser) - If you're drinking diet soda or consuming other products with artificial sweeteners to cut your risk of obesity and diabetes, a new study published in Nature has some bad news: You might be doing more harm than good. Researchers found that sweeteners such as saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame can... More »

US Bellies Get Bigger: Worst Kind of Obesity

American waistlines expand in a big way over last decade

(Newser) - The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures—the most dangerous kind of obesity—has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study. People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines instead of in their hips, thighs, buttocks, or all... More »

Use More Female Lab Rats, Feds Tell Scientists

NIH says gender bias in research hurts women's health

(Newser) - If medical researchers want money from the National Institutes of Health, they'll have to put an end to the boys' club in the lab. The new NIH rules aren't talking about a gender bias among the scientists themselves, however, but among their test subjects—specifically animals and cells,... More »

1B Around World Defecate in Public, Warns UN

It's a huge health risk, says new study

(Newser) - A new UN report warns of an under-the-radar health risk: It estimates that 1 billion impoverished people around the world still have no access to toilets, reports Reuters . While that number is down from 1.3 billion in 1990, it still leaves far too many who "defecate in gutters,... More »

US Gets First Case of Deadly MERS Virus

Traveler from Saudi Arabia is infected in Indiana hospital

(Newser) - The CDC today is reporting an unwanted milestone—the first known case of a deadly virus known as MERS has shown up in the US, reports NBC News . The patient is an unidentified health care worker who traveled to the US from Saudi Arabia and is now being treated at... More »

Let's Make It Harder to Opt Out of Vaccinations

Michael Gerson: Parents are putting not just their kids at risk, but the rest of us

(Newser) - We need to make it a lot harder for parents to refuse vaccinations for their kids, writes Michael Gerson in the Washington Post . It's bad enough that those who wrongly believe vaccines cause autism or brain damage are endangering their own children, but they're also putting the general... More »

An AIDS Shot? Tests Raise Hope of Easier Prevention

Monkeys who got injection were protected from disease

(Newser) - Successful tests on monkeys suggest that people at risk of AIDS might be able to get a shot every three months or so to keep them healthy, reports AP . In two separate tests, each monkey that got an injection of anti-AIDS drugs remained protected for weeks after exposure, unlike those... More »

Puzzling Polio-Like Illness Hits Kids in California

Doctors mystified by at least 25 cases

(Newser) - Public health officials are mystified by an outbreak of a polio-like illness that has left at least 25 children in California with paralyzed limbs. The affected children are hit quickly with severe weakness or paralysis, sometimes after a respiratory illness, the Los Angeles Times reports. The first case surfaced in... More »

Obesity in Kids Plummets

Rate falls 43% among those age 2 to 5

(Newser) - Here's something we don't hear much: good news on the nation's childhood obesity rate. The CDC says it's down among kids ages 2 to 5 by 43% over the last decade, reports Time . That's not just a mild surprise, it's "stunning," declares... More »

Food Poisoning May Trigger Multiple Sclerosis

Study suggests that a toxin plays a role

(Newser) - Scientists still don't know what causes multiple sclerosis, but new research suggests that a particular strain of food poisoning may play a role, reports the BBC . The food bacterium in question is called Clostridium perfringens, which NBC News notes is responsible for millions of cases of foodborne illnesses per... More »

2 Ways Diet Soda May Not Be Helping

People tend to eat more, and diet mixers may make you drunker: studies

(Newser) - It's not that researchers think switching from sugary sodas to diet versions is a bad thing, it's just that those who do make the switch should bear in mind a few things:
  • They may eat more: A Johns Hopkins study finds that heavy people who drink diet soda
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97% of Chicken Covered in Bacteria: Consumer Reports

Study finds half of store-bought chicken contains fecal matter

(Newser) - Consumer Reports' latest report isn't for the weak of stomach: Some 97% of the 316 raw chicken breasts it purchased at US stores in July contained "worrisome amounts of bacteria." While it admits it's "unrealistic to expect uncooked chicken won't contain any potentially... More »

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