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Hospital Bed Sheets Still Germy Despite Washing   
Despite being washed with industrial detergent in high, disinfecting temperatures, hospital sheets still were contaminated with the potentially life-threatening C. difficile bacteria, researchers found. And those sheets spread the bacteria to uncontaminated ones.
Almost Half of Americans Are Trying to Lose Weight: CDC   
In a national health survey, 49.3 percent of people aged 20 and older said they'd tried to lose weight over the past 12 months, the CDC reports.
Stroke Rates Higher Among Pot Users   
A new study says that smoking marijuana could raise the risk for any stroke by 15 percent and 29 percent for an ischemic stroke -- the most common kind,
Polio-Like Illness Strikes Kids, Frustrates Doctors   
The good news is that the disease is very rare. Only one in 1 million people will get it, and most of them will recover without treatment. Still, because the disease is more likely to strike children, and because of the mysteries of it and because of the dramatic health effects, it gets more attention than it might otherwise.
Study: Let the Sun In to Cut Down on Germs   
In a new study, about 12 percent of bacteria, on average, were able to reproduce in dark rooms, compared with 6.8 percent in sunlit rooms, and 6.1 percent in rooms exposed to UV light, ABC News reported.
Did da Vinci's Genius Stem From 'Lazy Eye'?   
A scientist believes that Leonardo da Vinci had strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes, which may have forced the artist to rely on only one eye, a perspective that may have been a creative boon.
Protective Use of Antivirals Cuts New HIV Cases   
In a study of gay men who did not have HIV who were given antiviral drugs protectively, the number of new HIV infections fell from 295 cases in the year before the program rollout to 221 cases the year after.
EPA to Increase Your Exposure to Radiation and Mercury  
New proposals would expose us to more environmental pollutants. Action Alert! It doesn't take much of a scientific background to know that exposure to radiation is bad. Yet a new rule coming out of the EPA at the behest of crony interests will increase the amount of radiation we are exposed to. Another rule will [...]
FDA Decision Will Likely Increase Cervical Cancer Rates  
The HPV vaccine was just approved for adults, despite Merck's concerning research data. Action Alert!  It's official: Gardasil 9, Merck's HPV vaccine, has been approved for adults age 27-45. The FDA made its determination in the face of substantial evidence of the dangers of the HPV vaccine and the existence of safer alternatives. We must [...]
Action Alert: Tell the EPA to Protect Americans from Radiation and Mercury  
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