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Athletes' Dementia: New Name For an Old Disease

Decades ago, everyone knew that boxers had brain problems from taking too many hits to the head. The average person called it being punch drunk. Doctors called it dementia pugilistica, or dementia of fighters. Now, we understand that permanent brain injury can happen to anyone who takes a lot of hits to the head–people such as …

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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

April marks the 25th Anniversary of Alcohol Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “One Too Many.” According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), alcohol causes: One too many…deaths from drunk drivers. One too many…children born with fetal alcohol syndrome. One too many…risky behaviors. One too many…families torn apart by alcoholism. One …

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An Easier Way to Find Product Recall Information

In January, President Barack Obama signed into law the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which called for a more user-friendly recall search engine. That new search engine is now online and available to everyone. It allows you to search for recalls of any product regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including: Cosmetics …

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The Sweet Smell of Carcinogens

Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, shampoos, air fresheners, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and “odor neutralizing” sprays–all come in a variety of chemically created scents, and many of the chemicals are classified as toxic. A study reported in ScienceDaily reported that 25 commonly used scented products emit an average of 17 chemicals each. Of the 133 different chemicals …

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