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EPA To Require Utilities To Remove PFAS From Drinking Water

The New York Times reports, “For the first time, the federal government will require utilities to remove from drinking water two toxic chemicals found in everything from waterproof clothing to dental floss and even toilet paper, the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday.” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan “said the …

Inflammation In The Body May Trigger Or Exacerbate Depression In Brains Of Some Patients, Data Indicate

The Washington Post  reported, “Inflammation in the body may be triggering or exacerbating depression in the brains of some patients,” with clinical data suggesting that “targeting and treating the inflammation may be a way to provide more-precise care.” According to the Post, “It appears that inflammatory agents in the blood …

Many Young Children In US Not Eating Fruits, Vegetables Daily But Are Regularly Consuming Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, CDC Finds

According to CNN , “Children under 5 in the US are missing out on vital nutrition by drinking sugary drinks and passing up fruits and vegetables, a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.” The findings  published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report …

Diagnostic Potential Of Smartphones Remains A Work In Progress, Experts Say

KHN  reports smartphones “are being repurposed and commercialized for quick access to information needed for monitoring patient health,” but their use “as diagnostic tools remains a work in progress.” While “doctors and their patients have found some real-world success in deploying the phone as a medical device, the overall potential …

Cigar Smoking Associated With Increased Risk Of Cancers, Gum Disease, Tooth Loss

HealthDay reports that according to experts, cigars are not better for one’s health relative to cigarettes. HealthDay adds, “By 2022, cigars were the second most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle school and high school students, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Moreover, the outlet also …

Number Of People Under Age 20 With Diabetes In The US Appears Likely To Substantially Increase In Future Decades, Data Indicate

CNN  reports, “The number of people under age 20 with type 2 diabetes in the US may increase nearly 675% by 2060 if trends continue, researchers say, with an increase of up to 65% in young people with type 1 diabetes.” The study revealed that “if incidence rates from 2017 …

DIY Dental “Hacks” Continue To Go Viral On TikTok Despite Risks

Fox News reports that “many people have decided to forego the dentist and instead have turned to TikTok for oral care advice,” which “dentists warn can be very dangerous.” The “hashtag #DIYdentist, which has garnered over three million views on TikTok, is filled with videos sharing hacks to get perfect pearly …

Certain Types Of Probiotic Bacteria May Help Address Bad Breath

NBC News reports, “An analysis of previous studies revealed that certain bacteria taken as supplements, including Lactobacillus salivarius and Lactobacillus reuteri, could help freshen breath.” The researchers examined data from seven studies to determine “whether probiotic bacteria might help manage bad breath.” They found the compounds that are associated with bad …