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Getting flu shots too early may be undermining efficacy of US’ vaccination program

Getting flu shots too early may be undermining efficacy of US’ vaccination program

Vaccinating people too early may actually be undermining the efficacy of the United States' flu vaccination program as a flu shot may wear off if a person gets it too early, various studies suggested.

It is not uncommon to see "flu shot signs" as early as late July or early August when temperatures are still in the 80s. But, studies from the U. S. and Europe have discovered that the flu shots' efficiency steadily declines in the months after vaccination.

Parents concerned over ‘Sophie the Giraffe’ mold issue

Parents concerned over ‘Sophie the Giraffe’ mold issue

As many parents are wondering how to protect their babies form "Sophie the Giraffe," the manufacturer of the popular teething toy has claimed that its products are entirely safe to be used by kids.

Parents became concerned about the health of their babies after reports surfaced that mold has been found hidden inside the toy. The reports delivered quite a shock to many unsuspecting parents.

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Eating red chilli peppers leads to longer life: researchers say

Eating red chilli peppers leads to longer life: researchers say

Regular consumption of hot red chilli peppers leads to longer life and significantly reduces rate of mortality, University of Vermont researchers found in a new study.

Researchers Mustafa Chopan and Benjamin Littenberg found in the study that consumption of hot red chilli peppers leads to a 13 per cent decline in total mortality.

They found a strong link between eating spicy peppers and a reduced risk of heart disease or stroke. In addition, the spicy fruit can prevent obesity, boosts blood flow and then alters consumers’ gut bacteria.

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Consumption of red chilli peppers leads to longer life: study

Consumption of red chilli peppers leads to longer life: study

Those who regularly consume hot red chilli peppers enjoy longer lives as this spicy fruit significantly reduces rate of mortality, primarily in heart disease-related deaths, a new study suggested.

A team of researchers at University of Vermony’s Larner College of Medicine found that regular consumption of hot red chilli peppers was linked with a 13 per cent decrease in total mortality, mainly in deaths because of heart disease or stroke.

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Food allergy group files complaint over American Airlines’ peanut policy

Food allergy group files complaint over American Airlines’ peanut policy

A food allergy advocacy group has filed a complaint against American Airlines, arguing that the carrier is violating law by not allowing passengers with severe peanut allergies to pre-board its planes.

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), which represents individuals with food allergies, has filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In the complaint, the group argued that unlike United and Delta, American Airlines isn’t making accommodations for individuals with nut allergies that anti-discrimination legislation deems necessary.

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Americans in rural areas more likely to die from leading causes of death: CDC

Americans in rural areas more likely to die from leading causes of death: CDC

People living in rural areas of the United States are more likely to die from five leading causes of death than those who live in urban areas, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) pointed out in its latest report.

The federal agency conducted an analysis of national death rates from 1999 to 2014, and found that nonmetropolitan or rural areas witnessed higher age-adjusted death rates in addition to excess deaths than urban areas. Excess deaths refer to additional deaths that occur under age 80 than experts would have expected based on national benchmarks.

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Women exposed to secondhand smoke in childhood face higher risk of miscarriage

Women exposed to secondhand smoke in childhood face higher risk of miscarriage

Exposure to secondhand smoke in childhood can significantly increase risk of miscarriage among even among nonsmoking women, according to a newly published Chinese study.

A team of researchers led by Shanshan Yang, of the Institute of Geriatrics at Beijing-based Chinese PLA General Hospital, analyzed survey data for nearly 20,000 women in the age group of 50 and older who live in the Guangzhou province of China.

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Hostess recalls White Peppermint Twinkies over possible Salmonella risk

Hostess recalls White Peppermint Twinkies over possible Salmonella risk

Hostess Brands Inc. on Tuesday issued a voluntary recall for its Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies due to potential risk of Salmonella contamination.

The voluntary recall was issued after Blommer Chocolate Co. recalled its confectionery coating ingredient that Hostess Brands used to produce the Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies.

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Study says ‘weekend warrior’ exercise schedule also offers significant health benefits

Study says ‘weekend warrior’ exercise schedule also offers significant health benefits

Even though it may not be ideal, but a new study has suggested that packing the recommended amount of weekly physical exercise into merely one or two workout sessions can lower the risk of death akin to what regular exercise offers.

Many people complain that their hectic schedule don’t leave enough time for regular exercise, and they often find time only on Saturdays and Sundays for physical activities. But, many believe that weekend exercise isn’t sufficient to keep a person fit and healthy.

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New technique claims to offer wrinkle-free skin, scar-free healing of wounds

New technique claims to offer wrinkle-free skin, scar-free healing of wounds

A team of American researchers have suggested a new technique that can provide not only wrinkle-free skin but also pave the way for scar-free healing of wounds.

Prof. George Cotsarelis, chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, and partners from the Pikus Laboratory for Developmental & Regenerative Biology at UC Irvine, found in a new study that Crow’s feet and creases can be reversed by regenerating the fatty cells that are lost with age.

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