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Lithium in drinking water may affect Alzheimer’s risk

 Long-term consumption of tiny amounts of lithium may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, but only if the dose isn’t too small, according to a study that looked at levels of the element in drinking water throughout Denmark. In fact, the wrong amount may actually …

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India’s proposed pharma marketing rules hit legal roadblock

India’s plan to bring in marketing rules to curb unethical promotional practices in the country’s drug industry faces an indefinite delay after it hit a legal roadblock, marking a setback for public health groups. The country’s law ministry has rejected draft marketing rules, which were prepared by the Department of …

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Contaminated eggs cost Dutch chicken farmers 33 million euros

Dutch chicken farmers have suffered around 33 million euros ($39 million) in damages as a direct result of culls and other measures carried out after their eggs were found this month to be tainted with a toxic chemical. The estimate, calculated by the University of Wageningen at the request of …

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Philip Morris International CEO cheers U.S. FDA tobacco proposal

The chief executive of Philip Morris International said he was “extremely encouraged” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent proposal to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes and nudge smokers toward less harmful alternatives such as e-cigarettes. The FDA’s announcement was “one of the best articulated positions in many years,” …

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New Novartis drug takes aim at tough-to-treat malaria

Novartis is taking aim at drug-resistant malaria – a growing global problem – by launching clinical trials of the first new antimalarial medicine for many years in nine countries across Africa and Asia. The Swiss drugmaker, which is working on the mid-stage Phase IIb trial program with the group Medicines …

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Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism

Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span. Dr. Haidong Kan of Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and colleagues looked specifically at the health effects of …

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