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Burgers contain rat and human DNA, says disgusting research

Burgers contain rat and human DNA, says disgusting study

A recent analysis of burger products found a few offensive extras like rat DNA and human DNA. A report from the California-based food analytics company Clear Labs sampled 258 hamburger products, including ground beef, frozen patties, fast-food and veggie burgers. Three of the samples had traces of rat DNA, and one was positive for traces of human DNA. The most ... Read More »

Urine More Accurate Than Blood for Zika Testing, CDC Says

Urine More Accurate Than Blood for Zika Testing, CDC Says

Urine is more accurate than blood in testing for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, a finding that may allow patients with the disease to be more easily diagnosed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. CDC has updated its interim diagnostic testing guidance for Zika virus to recommend real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) testing of urine specimens collected ... Read More »

Artificial sweeteners in pregnancy linked to fatter babies; new study shows

Artificial sweeteners in pregnancy linked to fatter babies, new study shows

Research, published this week in JAMA Pediatrics, demonstrates a link between the consumption of artificially sweetened drinks during pregnancy and an increase in the body mass index of their infants. Although the results of the study cannot prove causation, they are sure to spark further research. “Our study provides the first human evidence that maternal consumption of artificially sweetened beverages ... Read More »

Risk Of Lyme Disease Low, Toronto Public Health says

Risk Of Lyme Disease Low, Toronto Public Health says

Toronto health officials say the risk of acquiring Lyme disease in Toronto is low but are nonetheless advising residents to be on the lookout for black-legged ticks as the weather begins to warm up. The City of Toronto has posted signs where black-legged ticks are known to be found but are still telling people to take precautions while outdoors in ... Read More »

Child Obesity Rates Drop in Canada, Study

Child Obesity Rates Drop in Canada, Study

New numbers show Canada could be turning the corner in the war on childhood obesity. Health officials often warn about a childhood obesity epidemic, but new research suggests that in Canada, for the first time in years, the numbers of overweight and obese kids have decreased. Between 1978 and 2004, the rate of Canadian kids who were overweight or obese ... Read More »

Overweight mums have obese children, study says

Overweight mums have obese children, study says

Putting on excess weight or having high blood sugar levels during pregnancy can “imprint” obesity in children, researchers have claimed. Scientists from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research studied more than 24,000 mothers and their children over the course of 10 years. The study is said to be the largest on the topic and has been published in the ... Read More »

Swaddling May Increase the Risk of SIDS, new research says

Swaddling May Increase the Risk of SIDS, new study

Swaddling may increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when babies are put on their stomach or side to sleep, new research has found. The analysis, carried out by the University of Bristol, looked at four studies, which spanned two decades and covered three diverse geographical areas, including regions of England; Tasmania in Australia; and Chicago, Illinois. Review lead ... Read More »

Baby born with 31 fingers, toes, parents seek help (Photo)

Baby born with 31 fingers, toes, parents seek help (Photo)

A boy has been born in Hunan, China, with 31 fingers and toes, a condition known as polydactylism. The poor parents of the baby, named Honghong, are seeking help because the surgery to correct polydactyly would cost thousands of dollars and would be very difficult. Polydactyly is a family trait and if one parent has the condition there is a ... Read More »