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Here’s why you should never use decorative contact lenses—in graphic pictures

Enlarge Getty / Aurich Lawson Unless you’d like to keep the pirate look going, it’s best to avoid costume contact lenses this Halloween. Like every October, health authorities and medical organizations want to remind you that the decorative, over-the-counter lenses are not only illegal, they’re also terrible for your eyes. And they’re not telling tall …

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CDC refines definition of vaping-linked illnesses, lowers case count

Enlarge / A man smokes an e-cigarette. Getty | Picture alliance The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated and revised the national tally of illnesses linked to the use of e-cigarettes, aka vaping, dropping the count from 450 possible cases to 380 confirmed and probable cases, the agency announced late Thursday. The new …

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Some CBD extracts are totally legal, DEA confirms

Enlarge / A marijuana leaf. Getty | Bloomberg The US Drug Enforcement Administration cleared the air around cannabis Monday, reaffirming its plans to expand cannabis research and confirming that some products containing the popular cannabis-derived component cannabidiol (CBD) are now legal. Three years ago, the agency said it wanted to expand cannabis research by letting …

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The White House Just Blamed Bitcoin for America’s Opiate Crisis

</header> <strong>The opioid epidemic is the new devil Bitcoin is being blamed for inflaming, to be added to the already long list of heinous crimes crypto is supposedly responsible for, like terrorism, money laundering, and trafficking. While it’s painfully clear that the U.S. dollar is a much more common tool for these unethical and illicit …

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Deadly superbug outbreak in humans linked to antibiotic spike in cows

Enlarge Getty | Sebastien Bozon A deadly outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella that sickened 225 people across the US beginning in 2018 may have been spurred by a sharp rise in the use of certain antibiotics in cows a year earlier, infectious disease investigators reported this week. From June 2018 to March of 2019, officials …

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Vaping-linked lung disease cases jump from 94 to 153 in 5 days, CDC says [Updated]

Enlarge / A person exhales vapor while using an electronic cigarette device in San Francisco, California on Monday, June 24, 2019. Getty | Bloomberg Update, August 23, 2019 (3pm ET): In a press briefing hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday, health officials reported that the count of severe lung disease linked to …

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Vaping linked to 94 mysterious cases of severe lung disease in 14 states

Enlarge / A person smokes a Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarette. Getty | Bloomberg The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Saturday that it’s investigating a puzzling burst of severe lung-disease cases linked to e-cigarette product use or “vaping.” Between June 28 and August 15, health officials have counted 94 probable cases of severe lung …

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Check out the gory, cringy images the FDA wants to put on cigarettes

Enlarge / Sick kids, chest scars, and bloody urine are just some of the new warnings. FDA The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday revealed 13 repulsive warnings it proposes adding to cigarette advertisements and packaging. The graphic warnings are intended to deter smoking. They include short statements and “photo-realistic color images depicting some of …

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Trump wants to import drugs from Canada. Canadians are furious

Enlarge / US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar at the White House May 9, 2019 in Washington DC. Getty | Alex Wong Canadians are in a kerfuffle over the Trump administration’s preliminary plan to allow Americans to import lower-cost prescription medications from Canada. The plan was announced …

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Horrified researchers want out of “infomercial” for shady stem-cell clinics

Enlarge / Cheesy graphic from stem-cell documentary “The Healthcare Revolution.” Healthcare Revolution Around a dozen prominent stem-cell experts said this week that they have been duped into appearing in a documentary series some described as an infomercial for the unproven and dangerous stem-cell treatments peddled by clinics now facing federal charges. The researchers said they …

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