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FDA orders transvaginal surgical mesh pulled from market

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:31

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered makers of transvaginal surgical mesh implants to immediately stop their sale and distribution in the United States, the latest action by the agency to tackle safety issues related to the devices. The FDA said Boston Scientific Corp and Coloplast A/S did not demonstrate a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness of these devices in their premarket applications. The companies will have 10 days to submit their plan to withdraw these products from the market, the FDA said in a statement

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If Your Hands Are Always Freezing, This Might Be Why

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:30

Have fingers or toes that turn shades of red, white, and blue? It's not Patriotism—you could have Raynaud's syndrome.

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New Study Warns That Home DNA Kits Fail to Detect This Serious Health Risk

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:29

Home DNA kits have become incredibly popular these days. Want to learn about where your ancestors came from? Send a cotton swab over to AncestryDNA. Looking to find the best way to lose weight based on your genes? HomeDNA's got you covered. But if you thought sending in a saliva sample could determine whether you're more at risk of breast cancer or not, think again.Researchers at genetic information company Invitae looked into 23andMe's BRCA test, which claims to test for three common variants in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that indicate an increased risk of breast cancer. But the researchers found that the company's at-home test misses almost 90 percent of instances. When the study authors instructed more than 4,700 patients with a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation to take an at-home test, only 12 percent received positive results. The other 88 percent? Their mutations fell into the 1,000+ that 23andMe doesn't test for.23andMe's at-home mutation tests have long been criticized, but Invitae's study—presented this month at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics annual meeting—is the first to show just how limited they really are.Though 23andMe's BRCA test is authorized by the Federal Drug Administration, the organization warns that "a negative result does not rule out the possibility that an individual carries other BRCA mutations that increase cancer risk." They also claim that the results of the test "should not be used as a substitute for seeing your doctor for cancer screenings." However, many consumers simply receive a negative result and think they're in the clear."People have the right to their own genetic information, but with that right comes a responsibility," Dr. Robert C. Green, a professor at Harvard Medical School, told the New York Times. "If you are going to go around the medical mainstream, read the caveats." And if you're worried about your breast cancer risk, check out these 40 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer After 40.To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, click here to follow us on Instagram!

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Former U.S. interior secretary Zinke joins mine exploration firm's board

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:10

Zinke, who ran the Interior Department, which oversees America’s vast public lands, aggressively pursued President Donald Trump’s agenda to promote oil drilling and coal mining by expanding federal leasing, cutting royalty rates, and easing land protections despite environmental protests. "Zinke has a lot of credibility in the mining industry. It also has the Keystone project, which has 650 mining claims on a major gold trend on federal land managed by Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Nevada.

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The FDA’s New Sugar Label Could Seriously Reduce Heart Disease and Diabetes—And Boost Longevity

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:55

A new study from Tufts University finds just how beneficial an added sugar label can be for our health and our wallets.

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NASA’s Cassini discovers shockingly deep lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:43

It's been well over a year since NASA's incredibly trusty Cassini probe performed its final act, plunging into Saturn's atmosphere where it was obliterated by the intense friction. It was a bittersweet day for the astronomy community, but the wealth of information Cassini gathered during its over 13 years orbiting Saturn is still yielding new discoveries.In a new paper published in Nature Astronomy, researchers on the Cassini project reveal that the spacecraft's bounty of radar data now shows that Saturn's moon Titan are even more special than scientists already realized. The moon's lakes, which were observed by Cassini during its final pass in 2017, are far deeper than anyone thought.Earth has a lot of liquid on its surface, but the same can't be said for many other worlds in our solar system, Titan is the exception, with vast lakes visible from space. The lakes aren't filled with liquid water, however, as Titan is far too cold for that to be possible. Instead, Titan's lakes are filled with methane, chilled to the point where it becomes a liquid rather than a gas as we think of it on Earth.Scientists have known these lakes exist for some time, but Cassini revealed how deep they really are. In the new study, the researcher team reveals that the lakes are over 300 feet deep, and they're replenished by similar mechanisms that we see on Earth with water in the form of liquid, vapor, and rain."Every time we make discoveries on Titan, Titan becomes more and more mysterious," lead author Marco Mastrogiuseppe of Caltech said in a statement. "But these new measurements help give an answer to a few key questions. We can actually now better understand the hydrology of Titan."The discovery is also a great reminder that missions like Cassini can yield new developments even years after they wrap, and the efficiency with which NASA's spacecraft and rovers gather data rapidly outpaces the ability of human scientists to sift through it.

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U.N. Security Council considers demanding Libya ceasefire

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:08

Diplomats from the 15-member council are due to meet later on Tuesday to discuss the text that also calls for unconditional humanitarian aid access in Libya, which has been gripped by anarchy and conflict since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011. The latest flare-up began almost two weeks ago - during a visit to the country by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres - when eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) advanced to the outskirts of the capital Tripoli. Haftar's forces predicted victory within days, but Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj's internationally-recognized government has managed to bog them down in southern suburbs with help from armed groups from various western Libyan factions.

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Trump to allow U.S. lawsuits against foreign firms doing business in Cuba: official

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:55

The move, which will be announced on Wednesday, could expose U.S., European and Canadian companies to legal action, dealing a blow to Cuba's efforts to attract more foreign investment. It is also another sign of Washington's efforts to punish Havana over its support for Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday will explain the administration's decision in Miami on Wednesday and will also announce new sanctions on Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Trump is acting on a threat issued in January to allow a controversial law that has been suspended since its creation in 1996, permitting U.S. citizens to sue foreign companies over property seized in the 1960s by the Cuban government.

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Exclusive: U.S. open to new path towards removing Sudan from terrorism list - official

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:54

The U.S. government added Sudan to its list of terrorism in 1993 over allegations that then-President Omar al-Bashir's government was supporting terrorism. The Islamist Bashir was toppled last week by the military after three decades in power. The designation as a state sponsor of terrorism makes Sudan ineligible for desperately needed debt relief and financing from lenders like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

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Ebola is real, Congo president tells skeptical population

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:52

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi on Tuesday implored people in areas hit by the nation's worst-ever Ebola outbreak to accept the disease is real and trust health workers. Mistrust of first responders and widespread misinformation propagated by some community leaders has led many in affected areas of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to refuse vaccinations. Instead, they turn to traditional healers, whose clinics have contributed to the hemorrhagic fever's spread.

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US health officials seek to stem measles outbreaks traced to Israel, Ukraine

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:45

The origins of the measles outbreak in the United States are not a mystery. Persons infected with the virus brought it to the United States from Israel and Ukraine and passed it on to members of their tight-knit communities, many of whom had not been vaccinated. The challenge for US health authorities is stopping the outbreak from spreading further.

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This 23-Year-Old Suffered a Paralyzing Stroke After Cracking Her Neck

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:41

She was just watching a movie when she tore a major artery. 

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Russia Is Still Selling the World’s Largest Helicopter, 40 Years After First Flight

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:38

The Mi-26 “Halo” can lift up to 22 tons or more than a hundred people.

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Rebuilding Notre Dame will be long, fraught and expensive

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:37

LONDON (AP) — Notre Dame in Paris is not the first great cathedral to suffer a devastating fire, and it probably won't be the last.

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Here’s Everything We Know About the April Pink Moon (Including How to See It)

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:23

It’s time to recharge your crystals and get out your sage because there's yet another astrological phenomenon looming in your future. No, we aren’t talking about Mercury in...

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Doctors Think My Cancer Can't Be Treated—so I Raised $6.5 Million to Prove Them Wrong

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:14

David Hysong's doctors said his rare cancer has no treatment. Now he's racing against time to find one—for himself and others facing the same diagnosis.

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Cassini Found That Titan Has Lakes of Methane Resting on Giant Mesas

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:08

The lakes form with processes similar to some that occur on Earth, scientists believe.

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5 Amazing Health Benefits of Cherries

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:56

Find out why this powerhouse fruit needs to be on your shopping list.  

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Amazon to crunch data for Chilean stargazers amid Latam push

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:17

Amazon Web Services, a unit of Inc, said it will help astronomers in Chile crunch huge troves of data using its cloud computing services, a symbolically important step for the retail-to-entertainment giant as it looks to expand in Latin America. Amazon will store data and night-sky images gleaned from telescopes in Chile's nearly cloudless Atacama desert, then offer researchers the tools to access them anywhere, said Jeffrey Kratz, General Manager for Public Sector Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Latin American, Caribbean and Canada.

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Former astronaut Owen Garriott dies, flew on Skylab station

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:13

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America's first space station, Skylab, and whose son followed him into orbit, has died at age 88.

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