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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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Top Ebola doctor dead in African outbreak; local airline suspends flights

Ebola doctor diesA leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.

Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who was praised as a national hero for treating the disease in Sierra Leone, was confirmed dead by health ministry officials there. He had been hospitalized in quarantine.

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Exposing Monsanto: Herbicide Linked to Birth Defects - the Vitamin A Connection

MonsantoMonsanto's herbicide Roundup, with glyphosate as the primary ingredient, has recently been linked to a fatal kidney disease epidemic ravaging parts of Central America, India and Sri Lanka. A leading theory hypothesizes that complexes of glyphosate and heavy metals poison the kidney tubules.

El Salvador and Sri Lanka have adopted the precautionary principle and taken action to ban the herbicide. In the United States, glyphosate is coming up for review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in late 2014. Monsanto claims a low risk to human health, but the research is showing something very different. Will these health concerns be enough for the EPA to put restrictions on the herbicide - or to ban it altogether?

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