• E. coli outbreak may be linked to romaine lettuce
E. coli outbreak may be linked to romaine lettuce

CDC officials have not confirmed the lettuce as the cause for the outbreak in the US, but local and public health officials are now investigating what victims consumed, including greens and romaine lettuce, during the week their illness began, according to a CDC December press release.

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  • Damage to stem-cell DNA may explain link between alcohol and cancer
Damage to stem-cell DNA may explain link between alcohol and cancer

They found that a breakdown product of alcohol , called acetaldehyde , acts a toxin and can damage the DNA in blood stem cells . To find out how it damages the body, scientists gave diluted alcohol to mice then sequenced their DNA and analysed their chromosomes.

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  • Officials warn about eating romaine lettuce amid E. coli outbreak
Officials warn about eating romaine lettuce amid E. coli outbreak

The CDC said Thursday that it is investigating 17 E. coli cases in 13 states reported from November 15-Dec. There were 41 cases of E. coli under investigation in total in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador as of December 28, according to a statement from Public Health Agency of Canada .

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  • WHO to recognize gaming disorder as mental health condition in 2018
WHO to recognize gaming disorder as mental health condition in 2018

It still needs to be approved and this is what the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) wants to stop, GamesIndustry.biz reports. The current working definition of the disorder is "a pattern of gaming behaviour, that can be digital gaming or video gaming, characterised by impaired control over gaming, increased priority given to gaming over...

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  • Flu deaths rise to seven in North Carolina
Flu deaths rise to seven in North Carolina

California is one of 49 states and Puerto Rico that have reported either regional or widespread flu activity during the week ending December 23, according to the U.S. It's never too late for people to get their flu shot since flu season typically lasts from October to April. While critics are quick to jump on the flu vaccine's relative ineffectiven...

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  • Woman battling breast cancer dies hours after hospital wedding
Woman battling breast cancer dies hours after hospital wedding

Despite the sad news, the couple forged ahead with their wedding plans, and on December 22, the pair Wednesday in Heather's hospital room, with Heather wearing a wedding dress, wig and jewellery. "She wanted me to be in a dress, and I just had to get into wedding mode because my heart was in "losing my best friend" mode". Heather has shown me this ...

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  • Chocco-lypse: Chocolate might run out in 30 years experts warn
Chocco-lypse: Chocolate might run out in 30 years experts warn

Now that the festive period is officially over *sobs*, many us still have kitchen cupboards full to the brim with chocolate that we were given for Christmas, and are now desperately trying to hide it whilst we undertake our annual strict January diet.

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  • Twins born in different years, only minutes apart
Twins born in different years, only minutes apart

Doctors say the baby girl was slightly breached, so she had to be delivered via caesarean section. The hospital wrote on Facebook that it was "honored to play a significant role in this 2018 New Year delivery of baby twins" and thanked the "dedicated" hospital staff.

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  • 'Left shaking' Conor McGregor and family struck down with Aussie flu
'Left shaking' Conor McGregor and family struck down with Aussie flu

Experts warned to expect the worst outbreak in 50 years back in September as the NHS urged all eligible Brits to get the free flu jab - but admitted it was too late to tweak the strains in their stockpile. Older people, children, and people with underlying health conditions are at particular risk and it's feared that the number of cases here could ...

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  • Delhi fog: Operations at airport suspended as visibility drops below 50m
Delhi fog: Operations at airport suspended as visibility drops below 50m

This year's worst condition of fog has been experienced. Not only this, dense fog has engulfed the entire northwestern plains. Several domestic as well as worldwide flights were affected as fog reduced visibility. The Met Department said the shallow fog would continue throughout the region all through the day. The maximum temperature is likel...

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  • Cleveland Browns will have two top-five picks in 2018 NFL Draft
Cleveland Browns will have two top-five picks in 2018 NFL Draft

The Giants entered the weekend needing a loss to the Washington Redskins, or a victory by the Indianapolis Colts over the Houston Texans , to clinch No. The Cleveland Browns will have two top-five picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Cleveland became the second team in National Football League history to finish a season 0-16, securing the No.

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  • Near record cold for the new year
Near record cold for the new year

Readings New Year's Day morning will hover around zero with wind chills below zero. Farther west, heavy mountain snow and some lingering freezing rain will lead to unsafe travel conditions into the weekend across the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies.

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  • Board appointments list is historical - Presidency
Board appointments list is historical - Presidency

In his New Year message, which was signed by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, Ajimobi admitted that the country experienced social and economic challenges in 2017, stressing however that the various programmes and policies of the Federal Government would bring the needed succour to the people in 2018.

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  • Trump administration dismisses remaining members of HIV/AIDS council
Trump administration dismisses remaining members of HIV/AIDS council

The firings came Wednesday, and numerous members still had time remaining on their terms. Gabriel Maldonado , chief executive of the LGBT and HIV/AIDS group Truevolution and a council member until this week, said he could only speculate why the final members were fired.

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  • ADPH issues alert of increased flu activity across Alabama
ADPH issues alert of increased flu activity across Alabama

In past years, the flu shot has been least effective against A (H3N2) viruses compared to other A or B strain flu viruses. Despite these painful symptoms, most people will recover in less than two weeks. "It's not too late to get a flu shot and everyone six months or older can still get one", says Dr. Silvers. People at highest risk for severe ...

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  • Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer waiting for donors
Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer waiting for donors

But a mobile clinic will be operating in Rocky Mountain House, at Church of the Nazarene, 5340 59th Ave., from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. with 66 open appointments. It's closed Sunday and Monday. "All types of blood are needed and everyone is encouraged to donate, but there is a specific need for O-negative blood because it can be used in patients with any ...

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  • Meteor streaks across the night sky in New England
Meteor streaks across the night sky in New England

Many took to Tweeter and described the vent as a "ball of light" that was "fiery" with "a greenish glow". While it's unclear what the object was, it may have been a meteor or a fireball. Also, the meteor was traveling between 10 and 25 miles above Earth , thus keeping it out of range of aircraft. These are simply bits of rock in orbit around the...

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"Gaming Disorder" to be classified as a mental health disorder in 2018

Does Everyone Who Likes to Play Video Games Have Gaming Disorder? The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) said in a beta draft , if they connect gaming habits to addictive behaviors, it could be labeled as such. - Have people annoyed you by criticizing your gaming? The WHO did not specify how many hours classifies as "excessive", ...

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  • Tips for returning those unwanted holiday gifts
Tips for returning those unwanted holiday gifts

According to the National Retail Federation, almost 2/3 of holiday shoppers returned at least one item last Christmas. "In fact many major stores will only allow you 90 days to return an item but some as little 30 days or even 15 days". But fear not: The deadlines for these items are extended for holiday shoppers. You must have a receipt to do an e...

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  • More pregnant women, especially young ones, are using marijuana
More pregnant women, especially young ones, are using marijuana

The study , from the Journal of the American Medical Association ( JAMA ), notes that from 2009 to 2016, pot use among expectant mothers jumped from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent. Younger mothers-to-be were more likely to smoke marijuana. In spite of its wide use, the new research suggests that pregnant women are still aware of some stigma agains...

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  • Christmas Eve brings 3-4 inches of snow to Toledo area
Christmas Eve brings 3-4 inches of snow to Toledo area

That is the greatest two-day snowfall total in Pennsylvania history, the National Weather Service said. It's a welcome site for snow-lovers in a season short on the white stuff - just over 2 inches (5 centimeters) previously in Chicago , Castro said.

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  • Video game 'addiction' to be classified as mental illness
Video game 'addiction' to be classified as mental illness

Continued or escalating participation in gaming despite negative consequences is also a symptom. The International Classification of Diseases diagnostic manual was last updated in 1990, however the latest version will be published next year and will include excessive gaming as an official disorder.

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  • Elderly couple told cops 60 pounds of marijuana was for 'Christmas presents'
Elderly couple told cops 60 pounds of marijuana was for 'Christmas presents'

A Toyota Tacoma driven by Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 83, of Clearlake Oaks, Calif., was pulled over by York County Sheriff's deputies on Interstate 80 when it went over the center line without signaling, the York News-Times reports.

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  • Kohli back for South Africa series, Thakur and Shami recalled
Kohli back for South Africa series, Thakur and Shami recalled

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav have continued to impress in white-ball cricket. After this tournament, India will travel to South Africa and play 3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20s. "We have been consistent with Chahal and Axar", he told reporters in Mumbai . They should be given an extended run since they are doin...

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  • North Korea says United Nations sanctions are an
North Korea says United Nations sanctions are an "act of war"

North Korea has labelled the latest round of United Nations sanctions imposed on its economy an "act of war" led by a "frenzied" Trump administration. "The US should not forget even a second the entity of the DPRK which rapidly emerged as a strategic state capable of posing a substantial nuclear threat to the US mainland", it added, using the count...

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  • Kim Kardashian Shows Off Khloe's Baby Bump on Snapchat
Kim Kardashian Shows Off Khloe's Baby Bump on Snapchat

Jordan and Tristan had split already when he met Khloe , so he didn't desert her at all, and they're actually pretty good friends still, all things considered". Thank you to everyone for the love and positive vibes! The one of the most famous family posed for the Christmas Eve edition in the matching dress code of blue jeans and white shirts ove...

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  • Coalition raids hit Yemen rebels after missile targets…
Coalition raids hit Yemen rebels after missile targets…

The theft of vaccines is particularly serious, after the International Committee of the Red Cross said there were now one million cases of cholera in Yemen and they expect another serious outbreak next March and April. The humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen rages on as the year comes to a close and the problem with infectious disease outbr...

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  • Breathing easy: Regular intake of apples and tomatoes could help lung function
Breathing easy: Regular intake of apples and tomatoes could help lung function

Ann Tilley, a pulmonologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Ex-smokers who ate a diet high in tomatoes and fruits had around 80 ml slower decline over the ten-year period. Scientists, on Thursday, found out that eating tomatoes and apples reduce the risk of lung damage caused by smoking . Though, the study was examined by the fr...

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  • Russian doping: IOC bans 11 Winter Olympic athletes
Russian doping: IOC bans 11 Winter Olympic athletes

Russian luger Demchenko, who retired from sports tree years ago and now works as the head coach of the Russian national luge team, won two silver medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics, namely in Men's Singles Luge Event and in the Mixed Team Relay Luge Event.

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  • Eric Schmidt to Step Down as Executive Chairman of Google Parent
Eric Schmidt to Step Down as Executive Chairman of Google Parent

He won't be leaving entirely, however, as he will instead take on the role of "technical advisor" while also remaining a member of the board. "After ten years as CEO and seven as Executive Chairman, I can't wait to dive into the latest in science, technology, and philanthropy".

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  • Jonghyun: K-pop stars carry SHINee singer's coffin
Jonghyun: K-pop stars carry SHINee singer's coffin

Kim Jong-hyun, lead singer of the popular K-pop boy band SHINee , died by suicide earlier this week . Fellow singers, including SHINee's Minho and members of bands Super Junior and Girls' Generation , joined the funeral procession.

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  • Dave Chappelle To White Trump Voters: You're Poor, He's Fighting For Me
Dave Chappelle To White Trump Voters: You're Poor, He's Fighting For Me

The last part of the trilogy has Chapelle talking about topics that are timelier, more urgent. And I've never seen so many of them up close. "And I'm standing there thinking in my mind, you dumb motherf--er". Netflix is said to have paid Chappelle a whopping $60 million in total, which would entice us to come out of retirement as well. The fi...

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  • Eating Green Vegetables Can Help Prevent Dementia
Eating Green Vegetables Can Help Prevent Dementia

Eating one serving a day of leafy salad veg can help preserve memory and cognitive skills, a new study has found. While the research was based on survey responses and therefore fell short of proving cause and effect, researchers said it offers further evidence of the association between healthy eating and healthy ageing.

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  • The opioid crisis is driving down USA life expectancy, new data shows
The opioid crisis is driving down USA life expectancy, new data shows

A new USA government report (pdf) shows a decline in life expectancy in the country for a second year in a row, influenced significantly by a surge in deaths caused by the nation's worsening opioid epidemic. The rate of overdose deaths involving these synthetic opioids doubled between 2015 and 2016, from 3.1 per 100,000 in 2015 to 6.2 per 100,000...

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  • Christmas Brings Chocolate Poisoning Warning For Dogs
Christmas Brings Chocolate Poisoning Warning For Dogs

Dogs don't react well to certain chemicals in cocoa beans and eating chocolate can lead to vomiting, irregular heartbeat, signs of agitation or seizures. Advent calendars, Christmas tree decorations, Santa Claus figurines and gift box selections were among the confectionery items devoured by dogs. "Given the frequent use of emetics in animals wi...

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