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FDA  lowers voluntary sodium guidelines, but not to recommended levels
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FDA lowers voluntary sodium guidelines, but not to recommended levels

The US Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will be lowering its targets for sodium content in processed, packaged, and prepared foods, but not to levels recommended for cutting the risk of heart attack and stroke. The guidance issued by the FDA concerns voluntary targets for foods produced by food manufacturers, restaurants, and food…MORE

CDC predicts continued declines in Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths over next 4 weeks
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CDC predicts continued declines in Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths over next 4 weeks

Covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations are expected to decline over the next fours weeks, according to ensemble forecasts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Wednesday. The latest forecast predicts 740,000 to 762,000 reported deaths by November 6. It’s third consecutive week of a projected decrease in newly reported deaths. There have been…MORE

US FDA OKs Vuse e-cigarettes, its first vape authorization
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US FDA OKs Vuse e-cigarettes, its first vape authorization

The US Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it had authorized e-cigarette products for the first time ever, giving permission to R.J. Reynolds to sell three of its Vuse vape products. “While today’s action permits the tobacco products to be sold in the U.S., it does not mean these products are safe or ‘FDA approved.’…MORE

Moderna urges FDA to authorize a half-size booster dose of its Covid-19 vaccine for some adults
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Moderna urges FDA to authorize a half-size booster dose of its Covid-19 vaccine for some adults

Moderna is urging the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize a half-size booster of its Covid-19 vaccine, according to a briefing document posted Tuesday, ahead of a key meeting of the agency’s vaccine advisers. The company is asking for authorization for a 50-microgram booster dose — half the size of the 100-microgram doses used…MORE

US task force proposes adults 60 and older should not start daily aspirin to prevent heart disease or stroke
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US task force proposes adults 60 and older should not start daily aspirin to prevent heart disease or stroke

The US Preventive Services Task Force is considering making several changes to its guidance on taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke. On Tuesday, the task force posted a draft statement recommending that adults ages 40 to 59 who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease — but do not have…MORE

How one woman created a network to support the families of those struggling with addiction
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How one woman created a network to support the families of those struggling with addiction

Joanne Peterson has attended the State of the Union and addressed governors across the country on the opioid epidemic. Senators and attorneys general call her in hopes of better understanding how they can support their communities as they deal with an epidemic of overdoses. It’s incredibly gratifying work, but when I recently visited Peterson in…MORE

US Covid-19 rates are declining, but colder weather could mean the Delta wave still has months to go, expert says
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US Covid-19 rates are declining, but colder weather could mean the Delta wave still has months to go, expert says

This Delta variant could be the last major surge of the Covid-19 pandemic, but now is not the time for the US to grow complacent as it has yet to run its course, an expert said Monday. “We still have a couple of months to go until this Delta wave sweeps across the country in…MORE

Synthetic chemical in consumer products linked to early death, study finds
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Synthetic chemical in consumer products linked to early death, study finds

Synthetic chemicals called phthalates, found in hundreds of consumer products such as food storage containers, shampoo, makeup, perfume and children’s toys, may contribute to some 91,000 to 107,000 premature deaths a year among people ages 55 to 64 in the United States, a new study found. People with the highest levels of phthalates had a…MORE

Climate crisis is ‘single biggest health threat facing humanity,’ WHO says, calling on world leaders to act
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Climate crisis is ‘single biggest health threat facing humanity,’ WHO says, calling on world leaders to act

The World Health Organization, in a new special report, is calling for governments and policymakers to “act with urgency” on the climate and health crises. The report describes climate change as the “single biggest health threat facing humanity,” and outlines 10 recommended climate and health actions along with the research in support of why each…MORE

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