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Truth In Labeling: Celiac Community Cheers FDA Rule For Gluten Free

gluten free labelingIf you spot a food package label that says gluten free, you can now be pretty well assured that the label means what it says.

As of Aug. 5, all food manufacturers must be in compliance with a set by the Food and Drug Administration.  The rule states that foods may be labeled "gluten free" only if there's less than 20 parts per million of the protein.

The new regulation is aimed at protecting people with celiac disease, a chronic autoimmune disorder that can destroy the lining of the small intestine.

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Deforestation, development may be driving Ebola outbreaks, experts say

deforestationAs the deadliest ever Ebola outbreak continues its spread in West Africa, scientific evidence suggests that human impact on the environment may have played a role in the latest epidemic.

Researchers say the logging, road construction and even global warming may have precipitated the crisis by bringing animals infected with the disease in closer contact with humans.

“Expansion of human impact can really trigger outbreaks,” said Jonathan Epstein, a veterinary epidemiologist at EcoHealth Alliance. “Deforestation, building roads, expanding farms into areas that used to be dense forest, all those things increase the opportunity for wild animals to get into contact with livestock and humans.”

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Toledo mayor lifts ban on drinking tap water

Toledo Mayor CollinsThe ban of drinking water in northwest Ohio was lifted early today, after tests of Toledo water showed safe levels of the toxin microcystin.

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins announced at a 9:30 a.m. news conference that all tests in the city showed non-detectable levels of the toxin, meaning that a ban of consumption of the water that had been in place since early Saturday morning was lifted. “Our water is safe,” he said.

To demonstrate his confidence, Mr. Collins finished the news conference by drinking a cup of Toledo water.

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Cheesecake Factory is America's most unhealthy food franchise

cheesecake factoryBoasting three of the ten most calorie-heavy meals in America, Cheesecake Factory has taken the cake (and eaten it too) in the Center for Science in the Public Interest's annual Xtreme Eating survey -- earning the unofficial title as America's most unhealthy restaurant.

Topping the charts (and tipping the scales) are: Bruléed French Toast at an impressive 2,800 calories and 93 grams of saturated fat; Farfalle with Chicken and Roasted Garlic totalling 2,410 calories; and Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake, a slice of which accounts for 1,500 calories.

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Ebola crisis: Virus spreading too fast, says WHO

WHO statement on ebolaThe Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading faster than efforts to control it, World Health Organization (WHO) head Margaret Chan has said.

She told a summit of regional leaders that failure to contain Ebola could be "catastrophic" in terms of lives lost.

But she said the virus, which has claimed 729 lives in four West African countries since February, could be stopped if well managed.  Ebola kills up to 90% of those infected.

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Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729

Sierra Leone declares health emergencySierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighboring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa.

The World Health Organization said it would launch a $100 million response plan on Friday during a meeting with the affected nations in Guinea. It was in urgent talks with donors and international agencies to send more medical staff and resources to the region, it said.

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Mississippi’s Lone Abortion Clinic Survives Court Appeal

mississippi abortion clinic savedMississippi’s lone abortion clinic will remain open for now, after an appeals court criticized as probably illegal a state law that requires doctors who perform the procedure obtain hospital admitting privileges.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans said enforcement of the law will remain suspended while a suit challenging it moves toward trial. In a 2-to-1 decision, the three-judge panel upheld a lower court’s rejection of Mississippi’s argument that women may still obtain abortions in neighboring states if the law is enforced.

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