FDA takes major step toward approving first peanut allergy treatment

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration’s Allergenic Products Advisory Committee on Friday voted in favor of approving a treatment for peanut allergies in children. More than 3 million Americans are allergic to peanuts and tree nut allergies. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says that more than 2.5% of American children are allergic […]

People in the United States are misusing antibiotics, study says

(CNN)Doctors prescribe antibiotics to treat bacterial and fungal infections, but some people in the United States are using antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription. That’s a public health problem that can increase drug resistance and make it harder to treat infections, according to a study published this week in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine. […]

Earth’s magnetic north pole is hurtling toward Russia

(CNN)The north magnetic pole has been drifting so fast that it could be a problem for smartphone maps and navigation systems. The model, which is commissioned by the British and US military agencies, is typically updated every five years, the most recent being in 2015. But the agency explained that the “out-of-cycle update … will […]

A group of Christians attended a pride parade to apologize for how they’ve treated the LGBT community

(CNN)Religion has often been used to put down the LGBT community. But at a pride parade this past weekend in Marikina, a city just east of the Phillipines’ capital of Manila, a group of Christians gathered to say something different: I’m sorry. Their banners read, “We’re here to apologize for the ways that we as […]

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

(CNN)Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a “historic” bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29. Uruguay was the first country to legalize marijuana’s production, sale and consumption in December 2013. Although the Canadian government had initially stated its intent to implement by July 2018, provinces and territories, […]

Marijuana legalization could help offset opioid epidemic, studies find

(CNN)Experts have proposed using medical marijuana to help Americans struggling with opioid addiction. Now, two studies suggest that there is merit to that strategy. The researchers found that states that allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes had 2.21 million fewer daily doses of opioids prescribed per year under Medicare Part D, compared with […]

For the first time in its history, the Gerber spokesbaby is a child with Down syndrome

(CNN)This cutie with a contagious smile is 18-month-old Lucas Warren and on Wednesday he made history: He’s the first child with Down syndrome to become Gerber’s “Spokesbaby of the year” in its 91-year history. “We hope this opportunity sheds light on the special needs community and educates people that with acceptance and support, individuals with […]

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more […]

South Koreas inequality paradox: long life, good health and poverty

How is it possible that a country responsible for impressive gains in healthcare and nutrition finds itself with nearly half its older citizens living in relative poverty? Earlier this year, an international team of scientists published in the Lancet, marked the first time average lifespans for men or women anywhere in the world have exceeded […]