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FTC: Lumosity to pay $2 million for deceptive ‘Brain Training’ ads

FTC: Lumosity to pay $2 million for 'deceptive' ads

Lumos Labs, maker of the popular Lumosity app, has agreed to a $2 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over accusations that the marketing and descriptions of the company’s “brain training” service constitute deceptive advertising. The FTC said Tuesday that Lumosity made “unfounded claims” that its games could help users do better at work and school and help ... Read More »

Researchers find superbug gene in three cases

Researchers find superbug gene in three cases

An alarming new superbug gene that makes bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic has been detected in Canada, Canada Journal has learned. The gene, called MCR-1, produces an enzyme that makes bacteria invincible to colistin, a highly toxic antibiotic used only when all other drugs have failed. A study published in the British Medical Journal “The Lancet” says the superbug ... Read More »

Men with heart disease don’t know risks for erectile dysfunction, says new Research

Men with heart disease don't know risks for erectile dysfunction, says new Research

Up to 40% of cases of erectile dysfunction (ED) originate from vascular disturbances associated with atherosclerotic disease, leading to the previously proven concomitance between ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and ED. Scientists focused on men with ischemic heart disease, or hardening of the arteries, which restricts blood flow to the heart and – in cases of erectile dysfunction – also reduces ... Read More »

Zika Virus In Brazil: Microcephaly Becoming An Epidemic

Zika Virus In Brazil: Microcephaly Becoming An Epidemic

Just about a month ago the Zika Virus was seen as a rising threat to the largest South American nation – Brazil. Today, it has been declared a state of public health emergency in six of its states. Brazil has reported 2,975 suspected cases of microcephaly in babies, which may have been caused by Zika virus infection, local authorities said ... Read More »

Planned Home Births Increased Risk of Death, new study finds

Planned Home Births Increased Risk of Death, new study finds

Women who planned to give birth outside of a hospital setting (“planned out-of-hospital birth”) experienced a small but significant increase in perinatal death compared with women who planned to give birth in a hospital setting, according to a large population-based study of Oregon births. “There is a small risk of serious complications that are best dealt with in hospital. They’re ... Read More »

Kosher medical marijuana coming to New York

Kosher medical marijuana coming to New York

Kosher medical marijuana to go on sale in New York after firm secures Jewish dietary certification. Vireo Health of New York — one of the only five companies which have been licensed to produce and sell medical marijuana in the state — announced Wednesday that all of its products have been certified kosher. Read More »

Ready to quit smoking? One more hurdle removed for B.C. smokers hoping to quit in 2016

Ready to quit smoking? One more hurdle removed for B.C. smokers hoping to quit in 2016

The B.C. government’s quit-smoking assistance program is now available to people who drop by a pharmacy to qualify for free nicotine replacement products. As of Jan. 1, 2016, participants no longer have to register by calling 8-1-1 to reach the HealthLinkBC medical advice service. The program has also expanded its offerings to include nicotine inhalers and lozenges as well as ... Read More »

More Twins Being Born in the US Than Ever Before, Says CDC

More Twins Being Born in the US Than Ever Before, says new Research

The number of twins being born in the U.S. is at an all-time high, but birth rates of other multiples are at their lowest in two decades. The rate of twin births in the United States reached a record high in 2014, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for ... Read More »