Air pollution deaths are double previous estimates, finds research

Researchers say dirty air is killing 800,000 people a year in Europe, and urge the phasing out of fossil fuel burning The number of early deaths caused by air pollution is double previous estimates, according to research, meaning toxic air is killing more people than tobacco smoking. The scientists used new data to estimate that nearly 800,000 people die prematurely each year in Europe because of dirty air, and that each life is cut short by an average of more than two years. The health damage caused by air pollution in Europe is higher than the global average. Its dense population and poor air results in exposure that is among the highest in the world. The new research, Graph of …

More than 12,000 cases of Pillsbury flour recalled over salmonella concerns

(CNN)Hometown Food Company issued a voluntary recall for select Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products, amid concerns they may be contaminated with salmonella, the US Department of Agriculture said. And this is why you shouldn’t eat raw flour The US Food and Drug Administration used this recall as an opportunity to remind consumers to “never eat raw dough when making cookies, etc.” adding that flour may contain bacteria that could cause disease. Back in 2016, the agency, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated an outbreak during which dozens of people were sickened by a strain of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121. The investigation found rough dough that was handled or eaten by some of …

Our goal is to halve the male suicide rate: why no-frills therapy works for men

Every week, around the country, groups of men meet for some straight-talking therapy. Could this be the answer to the male mental health crisis? A stranger has just thrown a ball at me and asked me how my week has been. Its Monday night, and Im sitting in a circle of a dozen men in a chilly community centre. This ball obliges me to tell the gang about my current emotional state. I have spent my entire adult life carefully avoiding situations like this. I came to Andys Man Club with my eyes open, thinking I was ready to share. But thats because I expected a different sort of group therapy session; a place where normal blokes could open up …

What is the mysterious ‘global Hum’ and is it simply noise pollution?

Up to 4% of people are said to hear a strange low-pitched noise known as the Hum, but no source has ever been found. City life is one possible cause Whenever I wake up it is there and it is unbelievably loud. When nobody else can hear it you think you are going nuts, and it just wears you down, says Simon Payne, 55, from Cambridgeshire. Payne is a hearer of the mysterious global phenomenon known as the Hum. I have been desperate to get away from it, so I have stayed with friends and even moved house. The Hum is experienced as a consistent, low-pitched noise, much like the sound of a large truck idling in a nearby parking …

FDA approves first immunotherapy regimen for breast cancer

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration has granted its first approval to an immunotherapy regimen for breast cancer, the agency announced Friday. Dr. Otis Brawley, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of oncology and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, said the FDA’s decision to grant the treatment accelerated approval was “the right thing to do” but cautioned that it’s not the end of the story. “The FDA has approved it based on progression-free survival with the hope that later on … data will show that the treatment actually makes women live longer,” said Brawley, who was not involved in researching the treatment. This FDA says it grants accelerated approvals to “drugs that treat serious conditions, and that fill an unmet medical need” based …

Was Luke Perry too young for a stroke? No, they can happen at any age

(CNN)The death of Luke Perry, after the actor suffered what his publicist said was a massive stroke, is evidence that the disease can affect people of any age, the American Heart Association said. Ischemic strokes account for 87% of all stroke cases. They occur when a blood vessel becomes blocked by fatty deposits and blood has trouble passing through to the brain. Other types of strokes include thrombotic ischemic stroke — triggered by a blocked vessel — and a hemorrhagic stroke, caused by weakened blood vessels that rupture and bleed into the brain. The cause and type of Perry’s stroke has not been revealed. But Elkind said it’s important to know risk factors and symptoms. The risk factors Stroke is …

Experience: I didnt hit puberty until I was 19

It was assumed I was just a late bloomer, but the longer it went on, the more my confidence suffered As a kid, I was always small and never as strong as my peers, but what set me apart was that I had no sense of smell. At school, if somebody farted in class, I would be the only person who remained oblivious. Consequently, I always got the blame. Knowing something wasnt right, I told my mother, but she was working her guts out single-handedly to support three children. Because of my size, I was bullied almost daily. I went to a weight-training class and I could barely lift more than the bar. I enjoyed baseball and football, but lacked …

In scathing ruling, judge rips insurer for putting ‘bottom line’ over patients’ health

(CNN)In a scathing decision, a federal judge blasted a subsidiary of the nation’s largest insurance company for focusing on the “bottom line as much or more” than patients’ health, saying the insurer illegally denied treatment to thousands of people. The judge also slammed the company’s medical directors for being “deceptive” under oath. Patrick Kennedy, the former US representative from Rhode Island who has long championed mental health issues, called the ruling “breathtaking” in its scope. For the mental health community, he equated it to the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that found racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. “This ruling is the Brown v. Board of Education for the mental health movement,” Kennedy said. “The insurance industry is hellbent on …

Herbalist sentenced after death of diabetic boy advised not to use insulin

(CNN)An herbalist has been sentenced to jail time after the death of a 13-year-old boy with Type 1 diabetes for whom he recommended treatment with herbs instead of lifesaving insulin, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Monday. Morrow was sentenced to 120 days in county jail, having been found guilty of practicing medicine without a license. He also pleaded no contest to another count involving child abuse. Both are misdemeanor charges, according to Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office. In addition, Morrow will be on 48 months of informal probation, pay a fine of $5,000, include warning labels on his own herbal products, pay for the cost of the boy’s funeral and complete a yearlong counseling …

86 tons of Boston Market frozen meals recalled because they may be contaminated with glass or plastic

(CNN)If you recently bought some frozen meals from Boston Market and they’re still in your freezer, you might want to pull them out and look them over. The affected meals were shipped to retail locations nationwide as well as to a Department of Defense facility in Tucson, Arizona. “The problem was discovered when the establishment received consumer complaints of glass or hard plastic extraneous material in the rib shaped patty,” the USDA said in its statement. The agriculture department’s food inspection service was notified of this issue on Friday. Don’t eat the meals On the label, the frozen meals have “best buy” dates of December 7, 2019 (lot code 8341); January 4, 2020 (lot code 9004), January 24, 2020 (lot …

Can you eat your way to better mental health? Study says yes

It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but our latest research suggests that it might be good for your mental health too. Skipping breakfast may help you lose weight It is important to stress that our findings alone cannot reveal a causal link from fruit and vegetable consumption to increased psychological well-being. And we can’t rule out so-called “substitution effects”. People can only eat so much in a day, so someone who eats more fruits and vegetables might just have less room in their diet for unhealthy foods. Although we accounted for bread and dairy in our study, ideally, future research should track all other foods consumed to rule out …

Deer in 24 states infected with chronic wasting disease

(CNN) Chronic wasting disease has been detected in wild deer, elk or moose in 24 states, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning hunters to avoid handling or eating potentially infected meat. Currently, there is no evidence the disease can spread to humans, but the CDC warned hunters to be cautious around potentially infected animals. It advised people not to handle or eat meat from deer and elk that seem sick or have been found dead. It says latex or rubber gloves should be worn when handling the meat and contact kept to a minimum — especially when handling organs such as the brain or spinal cord. In deer and other cervids, the disease has an incubation period …