Chia, goji & co. — BfR consumer monitor special superfoods

The term «superfood» is not legally regulated. Superfoods, however, are often referred to as foods whose ingredients are considered particularly beneficial to health — for example, due to their high content of vitamins or minerals and fibre. Only 8 percent of respondents associate health risks with the consumption of superfoods. «Superfood products are often not…

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New study explains important cause of fatal influenza

It is largely unknown why influenza infections lead to an increased risk of bacterial pneumonia. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have now described important findings leading to so-called superinfections, which claim many lives around the world every year. The study is published in the journal PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and…

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Columbia University School of Public Health enter into global agreement

PRINCETON, N.J. and NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 25, 2020) — Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., announced an agreement with research experts from the Columbia University Irving Center Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health to help support the epidemiological needs of Otsuka Global Pharmacovigilance (GPV) for products, enhanced training,…

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What makes a happy couple, a happy family?

«Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,» Leo Tolstoy wrote famously in 1878 in the opening lines of Anna Karenina. Turns out the Russian author was onto something. Cohesive families, indeed, seem to share a few critical traits—psychologists agree. Being emotionally flexible may be one of the most…

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$15,000 Fine After Secret Hasidic Wedding Draws Thousands of Guests

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered to celebrate a wedding inside a cavernous hall in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood earlier this month, dancing and singing with hardly a mask in sight. The wedding was meticulously planned, and so were efforts to conceal it from the authorities, who said that the organizers would be fined $15,000 for violating…

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Role in Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON — Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal charges that it misled the federal government about sales of its blockbuster painkiller OxyContin, the prescription opioid that helped fuel a national addiction crisis. The admission brought a formal end to an extensive federal investigation that led to a multibillion-dollar settlement between the company and…

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Early Coronavirus Mutation Made It Harder to Stop, Evidence Suggests

As the coronavirus swept across the world, it picked up random alterations to its genetic sequence. Like meaningless typos in a script, most of those mutations made no difference in how the virus behaved. But one mutation near the beginning of the pandemic did make a difference, multiple new findings suggest, helping the virus spread…

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘We Could Only See Each Other’s Eyes’

A Mint Lifesaver After the funeral, I tidied the guest room for my mother, who was moving in temporarily while adjusting to life without my father. I was restless, believing I should have convinced him to see a doctor sooner. When I pulled a cloth along the closet shelf, a shower of mint Lifesavers rained…

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Masks Offer Covid Protection, Provided You Wear Them Right

Is it time to upgrade your mask? By now most of us have settled on a preferred cloth mask to protect ourselves and others from coronavirus. But new research shows that a few simple upgrades in fabric, filters and fit are likely to provide even more protection. Linsey Marr, professor of civil and environmental engineering…

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