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WHO agency: Popular weed killer a probable carcinogen

weed killer a carcinogenThe most popular herbicide worldwide, glyphosate, probably causes cancer in humans, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer found.

IARC, the French-based cancer research department of WHO, released its findings Friday after studying the carcinogenicity of five insecticides and herbicides.

The study classified glyphosate, which is found in weed killers like Roundup, and insecticides malathion and diazinon, as probably carcinogenic to humans. Insecticides tetrachlorvinphos and parathion were classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans.

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Documents Reveal Sugar Industry Influenced National Health Policy

sugar industryWe've long known that many industries work hard to influence federal research and policy, putting profit before the public health. And now, recently uncovered documents show that the sugar industry spent over a decade fighting federal research on tooth decay.

According to a new analysis published in the journal PLOS Medicine, internal memos from the 1960s reveal that major sugar companies were able to successfully manipulate the federal research funding priorities of the U.S. National Institute of Dental Research, a branch of the National Institutes of Health. The NIDR was the most significant source of federal funding for dental research at a pivotal time in nutrition science history, according to the study.

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Influence Game: Meat industry fights new dietary proposal

Meat industry fights adviceThe meat industry is seeing red.  Meat companies have tried to rehabilitate an image tarnished in recent years by health and environmental concerns. Now the industry is swiftly and aggressively working to discredit a proposal for new dietary guidelines that recommends people eat less red and processed meat.

The proposal last month by a government advisory committee also relegates the health benefits of lean meat to a footnote to the main recommendations.

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Supreme Court revives Notre Dame's Obamacare contraception objections

S revives contraception disputeThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived the University of Notre Dame's religious objections to the requirement for contraception coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, throwing out a lower court decision in favor of the federal government.

The justices asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision against the South Bend, Indiana-based Roman Catholic university in light of the June 2014 Supreme Court ruling that allowed certain privately owned corporations to seek exemptions from the provision.

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FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

FDA tests show antibiotic use by farmersWhen it comes to the current controversy over antibiotic use on farm animals, milk is in a special category.

Lactating cows, unlike hogs, cattle or chickens that are raised for their meat, don't receive antibiotics unless they are actually sick. That's because drug residues immediately appear in the cow's milk — a violation of food safety rules.

Milk shipments are tested for six of the most widely used antibiotics, and any truckload that tests positive is rejected. So when cows are treated, farmers discard their milk for several days until the residues disappear.

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Dirty water kills more women than AIDS and breast cancer: study

Dirty water kills more women than AIDS or breast cancerDiseases spread through dirty water and poor sanitation are the fifth biggest killer of women worldwide, causing more deaths than AIDS, diabetes or breast cancer, researchers say.

Nearly 800,000 women die every year because they lack access to safe toilets and clean water, said the development organization WaterAid, which analyzed data from the Seattle-based Institute of Health Metrics research center.

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Superbug Hits Second L.A. Hospital

Superbug hits second hospitaln the latest superbug outbreak, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discovered that four patients were infected with deadly bacteria from a contaminated medical scope, and 67 other people may have been exposed.

The Los Angeles hospital said Wednesday that it began investigating the possibility of patient infections after a similar outbreak at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center that sickened seven patients, including two who died.

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