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Friday, April 13, 2012

Top Stories You May Have Missed: April 9-13

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Could a trip to the dentist or salon be dangerous? Has your diet been failing you? Learn the answers to these and discover more of this week’s top news stories:

Dental X-rays Linked to Brain Tumors

Getting frequent dental X-rays (at least once a year) may increase the risk for a common brain tumor known as non-maliognant meningioma, according to a new study. Read more.

Is Your Nail Polish Toxic?
Heads up, mani-pedi fans: nail polishes and other products labeled toxin-free may actually have high levels of toxic chemicals. Products tested included nail color, lacquer, top coat, base coat, thinner, nail art, and a top coat-base coat combination. Read more.

Mom’s Health While Pregnant Linked to Autism Risk
Women who are obese and/or have diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy may be 60% more likely to have babies with autism. Read more.

Want to Lose Weight? Skip Trendy Diets
“Diet” foods, non-prescription weight loss supplements, and liquid and fad diets were found to be ineffective for those looking to lose weight, according to a new study. If you want to shed the pounds, eating less fat, getting more exercise, joining a weight loss program, and asking your doctor about prescription weight loss pills are the way to go. Read more.

FDA Plans to Cut Antibiotics in Food Animals
The FDA is giving the food industry three years to voluntarily stop using antibiotics to make food animals grow faster. The widespread use of antibiotics in animals is creating new strains of drug-resistant superbugs, putting human health at risk, according to several government agencies and public health groups. Read more.

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