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French Minister Asks Stores to Stop Selling Monsanto's Round Up

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French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal is sending a clear message to Monsanto – biotech maker responsible for Round Up chemicals, and the target of a class action lawsuit in California, soon to be the taken to the US Federal Court. Royal made the pronouncement this past Sunday that the weed killer Round Up should not be sold in garden shops since it is potentially harmful to human... 

McDonald’s to close 700 locations as global sales slide

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McDonald’s will close 700 restaurants worldwide this year for the first time in four decades. Faced with declining sales and increased market competition, the company says it also intends to streamline management positions. In the US, the closings will be a mix of franchises and company-owned restaurants, McDonald’s spokesperson Becca Hary told the Associated Press. She said the closings are part... 

UK experts warn against growing steroid use

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The number of men using anabolic steroids in Britain is reaching staggering proportions. According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, just under 60,000 people a year take steroids. However those working with steroid users say the number is significantly higher. Professor Julian Baker from the University of the West of Scotland is an expert in steroid use and thinks the number of steroid users... 

South Korea pledges $45.2 million to fight MERS as death toll reaches 19

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South Korea has reported three more fatalities from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), bringing the death toll to 19 in an outbreak that began in May. South Korea’s Health Ministry on Tuesday also confirmed four new cases, bringing to 154 the total number of confirmed cases. According to the ministry, 17 of the 154 people have also been cured and released from hospital. Meanwhile, 16 of... 

US food manufacturers to be allowed not to include GMO content in products

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According to a new voluntary certification program of the US Department of Agriculture, food manufacturers will be allowed to add a label that does not mention GMOs in foods. This is evidenced by a leaked internal document that the Associated Press obtained, Pravda.Ru reports. The move has been widely interpreted as an attempt to head off a growing movement for mandatory labeling of GMO ingredients. The... 

South Korea MERS outbreak kills 14th patient, more cases expected

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As South Korea reported its 14th fatality from an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), in addition to the 12 new cases, the World Health Organization warned the “large and complex” outbreak will cost more lives. “Because the outbreak has been large and is complex, more cases should be anticipated,” Keiji Fukuda, who is leading a WHO team, told a news conference in Sejong, South... 

MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak

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Hong Kong issued a red alert and advised against traveling to South Korea, where an epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is gaining pace. The virus is spreading despite attempts to contain the outbreak. In Korea, the number of infected people passed 100 this week, reaching 122 on Thursday. Tenth patient died from the disease, health officials said on Thursday. Most of the victims are... 

Prebiotics inhibit cancer, enhance immune system

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Both probiotics and prebiotics are involved in nurturing good bacteria that our digestive tract requires for proper health. It has been scientifically established that prebiotics improve intestinal health, enhance the immune system and inhibit cancer. Moreover, prebiotics reduce symptoms of bowel related diseases, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and celiac... 

Monsanto plans 'corporate inversion' move to UK, wooed by Osborne's low taxes

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Monsanto, the agrochemical and seed giant, is eyeing a move to the UK as part of a complex merger with Swiss rival Syngenta that would take advantage of Chancellor George Osborne’s lower corporation tax rate. The US firm is proposing a so-called “corporate inversion,” or “tax inversion,” which would involve setting up a new company registered in the UK. Syngenta rejected the $45 billion... 

US hospitals overcharging patients ‘because they can’

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The 50 hospitals overcharging patients are marked in the US map. A new study shows that 50 hospitals in the United States charge uninsured patients around 10 times more than the normal care cost. Out of the 50, half are run by the Community Health Systems while 14 others are operated by Hospital Corp. of America, the Washington Post reported on Monday based on the study published in Health Affairs. “They... 

Blood test shows every virus you've ever had

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A team of scientists from Howard Hughes Medical Institute has developed an inexpensive test that can reveal viral infection history of an individual from a single drop of blood. A team of scientists has developed an inexpensive yet comprehensive test that can reveal viral infection history of an individual from a single drop of blood. The VirScan blood test, developed by scientists from Howard Hughes... 

TTIP will legalize cancer-causing chemicals banned by EU

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Britain could be flooded with harmful chemicals currently banned in the European Union if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal is signed next week, a trade union has warned. The GMB said chemicals that can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects and development disorders will be allowed in the EU after the controversial trade agreement is signed. The union’s top health and... 

Quebec court rules Canadian Tobacco firms pay smokers

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In an historic ruling, a Canadian court has ordered three tobacco companies to pay $15.6 billion to smokers for the damage done to their health. Quebec Superior Court Justice Brian Riordan ordered the following three tobacco firms to split the fine accordingly: Imperial Tobacco is to pay $10.5 billion, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges $3.1 billion and JTI-Macdonald $2 billion. The three tobacco firms... 

Thousands of UK Girls Injured by HPV Vaccine

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In a ten-year period, more than 2,500 females reported “serious,” life-threatening reactions. Thousands upon thousands of girls in the United Kingdom have suffered adverse reactions as a result of receiving HPV vaccinations, with more than 2,500 of those enduring “serious” debilitating illnesses, a UK government agency reports. A recent Freedom of Information request seeking the number... 

Amnesia-hit patients can recall their lost memories

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A new study raises hopes for patients with severe amnesia. Memories lost as a result of amnesia can be retrieved by activating certain brain cells with light, a new study says. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have managed to recover lost memories of a group of laboratory mice, hit by amnesia, through using a technology known as optogenetics, or the use of light to prompt... 
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