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Happier meal? McDonald’s junks some artificial preservatives

Happier meal? McDonald’s junks some artificial preservatives

McDonald’s, which is trying to shake its image for serving processed junk food, said Monday it’s eliminating some unpalatable ingredients from its most popular menu items. That includes making Chicken McNuggets and other items without artificial preservatives, and removing high-fructose corn syrup from its burger buns. The changes come as the world’s biggest burger chain […]

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More cases of locally-spread Zika in Florida

More cases of locally-spread Zika in Florida

Last Updated Aug 1, 2016 5:07 PM EDT Ten more people in Florida are believed to have contracted Zika virus from local mosquitoes, health officials announced today. This brings the total number of people with locally transmitted Zika to 14, according to the Florida Department of Health (DOH). Officials say they believe the active spread […]

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Doing this to luggage will send bedbugs packing

Doing this to luggage will send bedbugs packing

Bedbugs, those creepy crawly insects that feed on your blood while you’re sleeping, appear to have a fairly simple enemy — heat. Brief exposure to high heat can kill bedbugs on the outside of luggage, a new study finds. Researchers placed male bedbugs on the outside of soft-sided suitcases. They then exposed the suitcases to […]

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Does the trendy “Sirtfood Diet” really work?

Does the trendy “Sirtfood Diet” really work?

Any diet that lets you eat chocolate, wine and coffee is bound to draw interest. But can you really lose weight and stay healthy on the Sirtfood Diet? The singer Adele reportedly used it to slim down. But nutrition experts say the new diet fad has pros and cons. “The Sirtfood Diet” book was published […]

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Watch out for companies peddling Zika prevention scams

Watch out for companies peddling Zika prevention scams

New York’s attorney general is going after companies that advertise ineffective insect repellents to cash in on fears over the Zika virus. State attorney general Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday that his office has sent letters to seven companies telling them to stop marketing products as “Zika-preventive” or “Zika-protective,” CBS New York reports. Schneiderman said the […]

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New case of rare brain-eating amoeba in South Carolina

New case of rare brain-eating amoeba in South Carolina

Health officials say a South Carolina resident has contracted a rare, potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba that is naturally present in warm fresh water. State Department of Health and Environmental Control epidemiologist Linda Bell tells news outlets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday that the patient was exposed to Naegleria fowleri, a one-celled […]

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