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Study shows many US canned goods still contain cancer-linked BPA

BPA in canned goodsThe world’s largest food companies and brands continue to coat their metal food cans with bisphenol A-based epoxy (BPA) – a chemical known to have links to breast cancer, reproductive problems, heart disease and other illnesses – a study has found.

The study, published on Wednesday, is the first of its kind to conduct in depth research into food companies and their products for consumers.

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Welcome to the Red State HIV Epidemic

HIVt wasn’t supposed to happen here. Not in Austin, a one-doctor-and-an-ice-cream-shop town of 4,200 in southeastern Indiana, nestled off Interstate 65 on the road from Indianapolis to Louisville, where dusty storefronts sit vacant and many residents, lacking cars, walk to the local market. Not in rural, impoverished Scott County, which had reported fewer than five new cases of HIV infection each year, and just three cases in the past six years. Not in a state where, of the 500 new cases reported annually, only 3 percent are linked to injection drug use.

But it did. And it could happen in many more backwoods towns just as unprepared as Austin.

As the largest HIV/AIDS outbreak in Indiana’s history roils this Hoosier hamlet, it reflects the changing face of the epidemic in the U.S., as a disease that once primarily afflicted gays and minorities in deep-blue cities rises in rural red states.

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Lawsuit alleges fake spinal parts used by doctors and hospitals nationwide

fake spinal parts accusationFifteen surgeons and 17 hospitals nationwide along with more than a dozen other people, are accused of participating in a counterfeit spinal-hardware ring that resulted in patients receiving non-FDA approved implants, according to a civil complaint obtained by America Tonight.

The document, which was filed in February in California on behalf of dozens of insurance companies, was unsealed Thursday and details a massive alleged health care fraud scheme and conspiracy involving the use and billing of fake surgical hardware to hospitals and doctors across the country.

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Feds subpoena records from maker of medical scopes

Feds subpeons records from scope makerThe U.S. Justice Department has issued a subpoena seeking information from Olympus on the manufacturing and sales of a specialized medical scope linked to a recent series of deadly superbug outbreak at hospitals across the country.

Olympus is the largest manufacturer of duodenoscopes, which have been linked to infections in scores of patients, typically with an antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as CRE, which has mortality rates of 40% or higher. In a public report issued this month on its latest financial results, the company noted that it had received a subpoena in March from the Justice Department seeking "information relating to duodenoscopes that Olympus manufactures and sells."

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British tobacco companies file objections against packaging restrictions

British tobacco ginats oppose package warningsTwo of the world's biggest tobacco companies are suing the British government for plain packaging regulations due to go into effect in May 2016.

British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International have challenged the restrictions at London's High Court Friday, BBC reports. The companies claim the regulation directly impacts their trademarks.

"We respect the government's authority to regulate in the public interest, but wiping out trademarks simply goes too far," said Philip Morris senior vice-president Marc Firestone. According to the tobacco giants, the regulations break EU law.

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Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects

Tobacco adAmerica's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a partial win for cigarette makers in the long-running legal fight that began in the Clinton administration in 1999. In this latest round, the companies objected to running court-ordered advertisements that would have branded themselves as liars.

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Brain-reading implant controls arm

brain implant  controls armA man has been able to control a robotic limb with a mind-reading chip implanted in his brain.  It allowed Erik Sorto, from California, to sip a drink unaided for the first time in 10 years.

The details, published in Science, reveal how complex bursts of electrical signals in his brain could be interpreted into commands for the arm.

Experts said the results made brain-controlled robotics closer to being a reality.

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