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Judge Pulls San Franciso’s Circumcision Proposal from Ballot

The controversial San Francisco proposal to ban male circumcision is, at least for now, off the November ballot. As the Los Angeles Times reports, it was shelved by a state judge who found that the measure would violate the California Business and Professions Code, which says only the state is allowed to regulate medical procedures. […]

Drug Maker Puts a Tighter Cap on Use of Tylenol

To prevent accidental overdoses that cause liver damage, the manufacturer of Extra Strength Tylenol is telling consumers to limit their daily use to no more than six pills a day. The new instructions announced by the McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit of Johnson & Johnson cut what had been the maximum dosage of eight pills a […]

No Higher Cancer Risk for Kids Who Use Cellphones, Study Says

With cellphone use soaring among children globally, the results of a first-of-its-kind study may ease some concerns that the radio frequency waves emitted by cellphones are harmful to their developing and sensitive brains. A growing number of studies have found no conclusive link between cellphone use by adults and cancer risk. But researchers have still […]

Medical Device Industry Attacks Upcoming Safety Study

When scientific research is published that puts pressure on an industry, business often pushes back. But as The New York Times reports, the medical device industry is taking an unusual tack: It is waging a campaign in Washington to discredit a report that isn’t even out yet. The respected Institute of Medicine, part of the National […]

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Study Finds Higher Cancer Rates in Mountaintop Mining Areas

For years, residents of West Virginia’s Coal River Valley have endured the explosions at nearby mountaintop mining sites and the resulting dust that soils their windows, porches and gardens. And tap water, they say, can run black with coal residue. Worried about the health impact, some residents of the central Appalachian communities contacted Michael Hendryx, director of a rural health research center […]

Menu Calorie Counts Nudge Some Customers to Less Fattening Food, Study Says

The Big Apple’s effort to take a bite out of obesity by adding calorie counts to fast-food menus has paid off — but only for  about one in six customers, new research shows. Customers who looked at the calorie counts typically ordered about 100 fewer calories than those who didn’t, according to the study, which was […]

Citing Safety Flaws, New York Yanks Licenses of 8 Bus Companies

In a crackdown prompted by a rash of fatal crashes this year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suspended the licenses of eight charter and tour bus companies for repeatedly violating safety rules. State officials said the bus companies have failed three or more surpise roadside inspections in the last six months, or failed their scheduled […]

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A New Recipe for McDonald’s Happy Meals: More Fruit, Fewer Fries

McDonald’s Happy Meals are getting  a makeover. The world’s largest hamburger chain, which has been under pressure from activists to sell healthier meals,  announced on Tuesday that its popular children’s order will include apples or other fruit while cutting back on the fries. The new regular fries portion will be 1.1 ounces, down from 2.4 […]

FDA Warns of Tainted Papayas

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that papayas from Texas-based Agromod Produce have been linked to at least 97 cases of salmonella in 23 states. As the The Boston Globe reports, the agency told consumers not to eat papayas bearing a brand sticker from Agromod Produce, which has launched a voluntary recall of its fruit. […]

Toxic Metals from Coal Ash Found in Groundwater at TVA Power Plants

Tests have found coal ash contamination in the groundwater at nine Tennessee Valley Authority power plants, including two sites where investigators say the pollution could pose a health hazard. As The Tennessean reports, the TVA’s Office of Inspector General discovered groundwater contamination at all but one of the 10 plants it assessed. The inspector general’s […]