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New Jersey Walmart Wants You To Get Exercise By Parking Further Away

We’ve all been there: driving up and down the lanes of the local big box store’s parking lot seeking out the closest spot to the entrance. Now one Walmart store wants you to stop that, you know, in the name of being healthy.  [More]

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Heroin Mixed With Powerful Animal Tranquilizer Linked To Spike In Overdoses In Ohio

A sharp increase in heroin overdoses in the Cincinnati area — more than 200 in the last two weeks, killing three — has medical and law enforcement officials on edge. One possible culprit for the uptick? A super strong synthetic animal tranquilizer called carfentanil. [More]

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Most Floridians Totally Cool With Using Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Fight Zika

Although a plan to use genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida to fight the spread of Zika is on hold for now, a new survey says that most residents approve such a tactic.

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Kibbles ’N Bits Sales Are Suffering Because Of Picky Pet Owners

When it comes to food, humans aren’t the only ones trending toward a slightly more premium product: J.M. Smucker Co. said today that its pet food sales in the U.S. fell more than 6% because picky pet owners just aren’t choosing Kibbles ’n Bits as much. [More]

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Florida Looking Into New Non-Travel Related Case Of Zika On Gulf Coast

Until now, the non-travel related cases of Zika that have popped up in Florida have been limited to a certain area in downtown Miami, as well as Miami Beach. That could be changing, after Gov. Rick Scott’s office said officials may have identified a new case of the virus that could possibly be linked to local mosquitoes on the Gulf Coast. [More]

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City’s Health Board Says Man Can Keep Decorative Portable Toilets On His Property

Your neighbors might not like it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plunk a few brightly-colored, non-working portable toilets on your property, at least in one Massachusetts town. [More]

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New Cluster Of Zika Cases Linked To Local Mosquitoes Reported In Miami Beach

The tally of Zika cases linked to bites from local mosquitoes down in Florida has just grown, after health officials said they’ve identified new cases in Miami Beach. [More]

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State Fairs Of Yesteryear Often Featured Creepy Baby-Judging Contests

Just imagine: you’re standing in the crowd at the state fair, gaze fixed on a stage filled not with plump vegetables, carefully crafted pies, or prize cows, but babies. Yes, the past could get pretty creepy. [More]

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FTC Sends Warning Letters To Online Marketers Peddling Ineffective Zika-Prevention Products

It’s been a busy week for authorities going after sham products: a day after the New York Attorney General’s office announced that six companies had agreed to stop selling products that are ineffective at warding off Zika-carrying mosquitoes, the Federal Trade Commission is reminding a slew of businesses marketing Zika-prevention products that it’s illegal to make health claims that simply aren’t true. [More]

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Probably Avoid These Skin Care Products If You Don’t Want Mercury Poisoning

Mercury poisoning doesn’t sound fun, but it also doesn’t necessarily sound like something the average consumer runs into a lot in modern cosmetic aisles, what with federal regulations banning dangerous levels of the stuff. However, there are a slew of illegal skin care products for sale out there that contain mercury, and the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t want folks slathering them on their bodies. [More]

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Bottled Water Expected To Outsell Soda For The First Time Soon

It might not come as a surprise to hear that bottled water sales will soon outstrip those of soda for the first time ever. After all, companies have been pushing calorie-free drinks as alternatives to the sweet stuff for some time as consumer preferences have changed. But bottled water’s burgeoning popularity isn’t just about cutting calories. [More]

Florida Officials Investigating 4 Cases Of Zika That May Have Been Transmitted By Mosquitoes

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For the first time in the U.S., health officials believe local mosquitoes may have transmitted the Zika virus to humans. [More]

Anyone Can Make & Market A Dietary Supplement, Including Consumer Reports

Anyone Can Make & Market A Dietary Supplement, Including Consumer Reports

When you see ads for dietary supplements, there are often scientists in lab coats looking at beakers and flasks, saying science-y things. In the real world, just about anyone with a credit card can make and market a supplement, even one that contains potentially unhealthy ingredients. Just ask our colleagues at Consumer Reports, the creators of the new (totally fake) weight-loss supplement Thinitol. [More]

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15 Dietary Supplement Ingredients To Avoid

Taking a stroll down the dietary supplements aisle can be bewildering, what with the variety of ingredients plastered all over labels, suggesting they can help with this or that ailment. But there are some ingredients out there that may do more harm than good. [More]

7 “Health” Products From The Past That Would Never Make It Onto Shelves Today

7 “Health” Products From The Past That Would Never Make It Onto Shelves Today

If someone walked up to you today and suggested you drink radioactive water to reinvigorate your body, or offered you a cigarette to ease your asthma symptoms, you’d probably walk away quickly, in the hope that such craziness isn’t contagious. Yet not that long ago, these and other questionable “health” products were openly marketed to the public as great ideas. [More]

Cancer Centers Tripled Ad Spending In Last Decade; Are They Pushing Hope Or Hype?

Cancer Centers Tripled Ad Spending In Last Decade; Are They Pushing Hope Or Hype?

If you watch cable TV — especially basic cable during the daytime — you’ve likely seen your share of heartwarming ads showing off cancer survivors who were saved from the brink by the handsome physicians and nurses at [Fill In The Blank] cancer treatment center. Over the last decade, direct-to-consumer marketing by cancer centers has soared, with much of that spending concentrated in the hands of about two dozen operators. However, some doctors are concerned that these ads aren’t selling patients on the reality, but on the experiences of a few rare cases. [More]

CDC: Rio Olympics Won’t Increase Risk Of Zika Transmission

CDC: Rio Olympics Won’t Increase Risk Of Zika Transmission

If you’re planning on traveling to Rio de Janeiro in August for the Olympics, you can worry about your team winning or whether or not you’ll catch a glimpse of a famous athlete, but the Centers for Disease Control says you probably shouldn’t be concerned about an increased risk of catching the Zika virus. [More]

Synthetic Marijuana Known As K2 Linked To 33 Overdoses In Brooklyn

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We’ve written in the past about the dangers of using illegal synthetic marijuana, with hospital officials reporting a spike in hospitalizations related to the drug in recent years. Now, officials in New York City say they suspect a strain called K2 caused 33 overdose in one particular area of Brooklyn where the drug is extremely popular. [More]