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Why you should wash fruits and vegetables
People should always wash fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking them. Washing them reduces the risk of consuming harmful bacteria. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Pitted keratolysis: What to know
Pitted keratolysis is a bacterial infection that affects the soles of the feet and, less commonly, the palms of the hands. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment here. (Medical News Today)

Local vehicle exhaust may raise stroke risk
New research has linked long term exposure to black carbon from local vehicle exhausts to a raised risk of stroke — even in low pollution settings. (Medical News Today)

Scientists evaluate cancer risk of US drinking water
Carcinogens in tap water could be responsible for more than 100,000 cases of cancer in the United States according to a recent cumulative risk analysis. (Medical News Today)

WHO publish report on microplastics in drinking water
A recent report from the WHO examines the potential impact of microplastics on human health. The main conclusion is that more research is sorely needed. (Medical News Today)

Exploring how pollution might impact the brain
A recent study in mice searches for links between the sense of smell, airborne pollution, and neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer's. (Medical News Today)

How does humidity affect asthma?
Humid weather can trigger asthma symptoms. This article discusses the link between humidity and asthma, treatments, and ways to prevent flares. (Medical News Today)

Can drinking mineral-rich water prevent hypertension?
A study that links drinking salinated water to lower blood pressure attributes the effect to benefits of calcium and magnesium exceeding harms of sodium. (Medical News Today)

What are the health benefits of mineral water?
Mineral water refers to bottled spring water. It naturally contains a range of minerals, including magnesium and calcium. In this article, we look at the health benefits of mineral water, any risks, and how it compares with regular tap water. (Medical News Today)

What are the pros and cons of GMO foods?
The use of GMO foods remains controversial. In this article, we discuss the pros and cons of growing and eating genetically modified organisms, including the effects on human health and the environment. (Medical News Today)

What to know about hepatitis E
Hepatitis E is a viral infection that causes liver damage and inflammation. Its symptoms can include fever, nausea, and fatigue. Treatment tends to involve rest and making some dietary changes. Learn more about hepatitis E here. (Medical News Today)

This unlikely culprit may cause drug-resistant high blood pressure
A study of 475 male veterans with hypertension links higher lead buildup in shin bone to increased risk of drug-resistant high blood pressure. (Medical News Today)

Why you probably have microplastics in your poop
Two new studies find tiny pieces of plastic, or microplastics, in stool and table salt samples from across the globe. What does this mean for our health? (Medical News Today)

How does gasoline exposure affect a person's health?
Gasoline and gasoline vapors are toxic and can seriously damage a person's health. Learn about the health effects of gasoline inhalation, ingestion, and skin exposure here. (Medical News Today)

New risk factor for mouth cancer uncovered
There are several risk factors associated with mouth cancer. A recent study conducted in Taiwan might add another to the list: air pollution. (Medical News Today)

What does your 'microbiome cloud' say about you?
An innovative study takes the first in-depth look at the chemicals, creatures, and particles that enter our personal space every single day: our exposome. (Medical News Today)

Dementia: New risk factor examined
A number of risk factors are known for dementia; these include hypertension, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and smoking. A new study may add another. (Medical News Today)

What is the difference between wild and farmed salmon?
Salmon is a high-protein food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Farmed salmon contains different levels of nutrients to wild salmon, including calories, fat content, and vitamin levels. Wild and farmed salmon also vary in color. Learn more about the differences between wild and farmed salmon here. (Medical News Today)

Chemicals in plastic stunt brain growth in rats
A study finds that exposure to phthalates — compounds found in plastics — reduces the brain volume in rats and produces measurable cognitive deficits. (Medical News Today)

Is eating tilapia fish safe and healthful?
Tilapia is a popular edible fish that is low in fat and a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Tilapia farming occurs around the world, but some people worry about farming practices and whether or not tilapia is safe to eat. Here, we provide information about the farming, breeding, and safety of tilapia. (Medical News Today)

Strong link found between air pollution and diabetes
A new study finds a strong link between air pollution and an increased risk of diabetes. The findings could have a significant global impact. (Medical News Today)

What is blue baby syndrome?
Blue baby syndrome, also known as methemoglobinemia, is a condition that causes a baby’s skin to turn blue. While it is rare, a common cause of this discoloration is drinking formula made with water that is contaminated with nitrates. Doctors can treat blue baby syndrome, but untreated cases can be fatal. (Medical News Today)

Carcinogens in BBQ smoke absorbed more by skin than lungs
A new study examines how carcinogens enter our bodies when exposed to fumes from a barbecue. They find that more enter through our skin than our lungs. (Medical News Today)

Can the Mediterranean diet protect against air pollution?
A recently published study concludes that switching to the Mediterranean diet could protect against certain health issues caused by air pollution. (Medical News Today)

Over 400,000 U.S. deaths per year caused by lead exposure
The health risks of lead exposure might be worse than we thought; researchers estimate that it could kill more than 400,000 adults in the U.S. each year. (Medical News Today)

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