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Eating trans fat may damage memory

transfatYet another reason to cut back on cookies: A new study shows that eating trans fat – used for decades in margarine and to increase the shelf life of packaged cookies and crackers – may damage memory.

Of 690 young and middle-aged men tested, those who reported eating the most trans fat, also called partially hydrogenated oil, remembered 11 fewer words out of 104 than those who ate the least, according to the study presented today at the American Heart Association conference in Chicago.

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Red Cross officials: Ebola flaring anew in Africa

Ebola spreading in west africaRed Cross officials helping to lead the fight against Ebola in West Africa say the virus is spreading, and they're having trouble recruiting health care workers to combat it.

Antoine Petitbon of the French Red Cross said Monday that it's easier for him to recruit people to go to Iraq, despite the security hazards there. He said the French Red Cross is facing a problem it's never had before: Sixty percent of people who sign up to work in the Ebola zone back out later due to pressure from families and friends.

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Nebraska hospital: Surgeon with Ebola has died

ebola doctor diesA surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.

Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the disease. Hospital spokesman Taylor Wilson said Salia died shortly after 4 a.m. Monday.

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How Berkeley took on the might of Big Soda and won

Berkeley v Big SodaIn Berkeley, America’s unofficial capital of progressive politics, they’re calling it the battle against Big Soda.

A coalition of public health advocates, educators, environmentalists and local politicians believes that the time has come to push back against the great foaming tide of Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other sugar-clogged fizzy drinks that have contributed to an epidemic of childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

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How marijuana was used to shrink one of the most aggressive brain cancers

Marijuana cured brain cancerWidely proscribed around the world for its recreational uses, cannabis is being used in a number of different therapeutic ways to bring relief for severe medical conditions. Products using cannabinoids, the active components of the cannabis plant, have been licensed for medical use.

Sativex, for example, which contains an equal mixture of the cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), is already licenced as a mouth spray for multiple sclerosis and in the US, dronabinol and nabilone are commercially available for treating cancer-related side effects.

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Sierra Leone doctor with Ebola headed to U.S. is critically ill

sierra leone doctorA Sierra Leone surgeon with Ebola being flown to the United States for treatment is critically ill, possibly sicker than other patients treated in the U.S., the Nebraska Medical Center said on Saturday.

Dr Martin Salia, 44, a permanent U.S. resident who caught Ebola working as a surgeon in a Freetown hospital, was stable enough to take a flight from West Africa to the U.S. and was expected to arrive in Nebraska at 4 p.m. local time (22:00 GMT) on Saturday, the hospital said in a statement.

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Chemicals in sunscreen could cause infertility

Chemicals cause infertilityChemicals found in some sunscreens, shampoos and moisturizers may lead to infertility in men, a new study says.

The preliminary study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the New York state Department of Health's Wadsworth Center found about 29 chemicals in a class called benzophenone-type ultraviolet filters could lead to delays in fertility for men.

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