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FDA to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes so they aren’t so addictive. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the move Friday. The federal agency has had the power since 2009 to cut nicotine levels but hasn’t done so. The FDA plans to seek comments as ...

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Study: Gum disease linked to higher cancer risk in women

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Women who have a history of gum disease face a higher risk of several types of cancer, particularly tumors in the esophagus and breasts, a U.S. study found Tuesday. “A history of periodontal disease was associated with a 14 percent higher risk of developing any cancer,” said the study published ...

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Diaspora returns for first international dabke competition


Jacqueline Martinez took her first steps on Lebanese soil in a dabke line. A Mexican of Lebanese descent, she doesn’t speak Arabic, and, like many of the country’s 8 million emigrants now scattered across the world after fleeing war, she never even imagined she would travel to Lebanon, the home ...

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Headway on AIDS threatened by funding slowdown


Progress in beating back the AIDS epidemic risks being eroded by a funding shortfall set to grow under Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to global health projects, experts and campaigners warned ahead of a major HIV conference. If adopted by Congress, the 2018 Trump budget could deprive some 830,000 people, mostly ...

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Contaminated blood scandal inquiry announced


A UK-wide inquiry will be held into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead, the prime minister has confirmed. A spokesman for Theresa May said it would establish the causes of the “appalling injustice” that took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Thousands of NHS patients ...

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U.S. biotech to apply artificial intelligence to UK genome study


Berg, a private company that uses artificial intelligence to discover new drugs and diagnostics, will help England’s national genomics project mine DNA and health data from thousands of British citizens for potential drug targets. Berg, based in Boston, was co-founded in 2006 by Silicon Valley real estate billionaire Carl Berg. ...

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