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A federal program says you should keep your home above 78 degrees

A federal program says you should keep your home above 78 degrees

A federal program recommends people keep their homes between 78 and 85 degrees, and the internet is freaking out. The guidelines come from Energy Star, a government-backed program to promote energy efficiency, and they’ve sparked a fiery debate on social media. The program suggests different settings to automate at various times: 78 degrees when you…MORE

CBP will not vaccinate migrants against flu

CBP will not vaccinate migrants against flu

US Customs and Border Protection will not vaccinate migrants, even though three children who had been in US custody died after contracting the flu. The cases all occurred since December. “In general, due to the short-term nature of CBP holding and the complexities of operating vaccination programs, neither CBP nor its medical contractors administer vaccinations…MORE

More women should be assessed for BRCA mutations, new recommendations say

More women should be assessed for BRCA mutations, new recommendations say

More women should be assessed for harmful mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that can increase risk of certain cancers, according to new recommendations. Previously, it was recommended for women who have a family history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to be assessed for harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations. That recommendation was…MORE

E-cigarettes change blood vessels after just one use, study says

E-cigarettes change blood vessels after just one use, study says

A new study is the latest to show changes in cardiovascular function after vaping e-liquids, though in this case, those liquids didn’t even contain nicotine. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Radiology, concluded that vaping temporarily impacts blood vessel function in healthy people. Using MRI scans, it found, for example, changes in blood flow…MORE

New study raises questions about how fluoride affects children’s development

New study raises questions about how fluoride affects children’s development

Water fluoridation has been hailed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the top great public health achievements of the 20th century, but a new study raises questions about its role as a potential neurotoxin in utero. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, found that increased…MORE

Having kids makes you happier — once they’ve moved out

Having kids makes you happier — once they’ve moved out

Having children will make you happier than staying childless, according to a new study, but not until later in life, when they have flown the nest. A team of researchers led by Christoph Becker at Heidelberg University in Germany found that parents tend to be happier than non-parents in old age, but this only holds…MORE

UK steps up fight after losing ‘measles-free’ status

UK steps up fight after losing ‘measles-free’ status

The United Kingdom says it will take steps to halt the spread of misinformation about vaccines as a result of losing its “measles-free” status after the highly infectious disease was declared eliminated in the country three years ago. Measles, which is almost entirely preventable with two doses of vaccine, is making a comeback globally. In…MORE