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Half of tobacco and vape shops don’t ID teens, undercover research finds

An undercover operation in California found that half of tobacco and vape shops failed to check IDs for teens purchasing e-cigarettes and other nicotine products, despite a state law raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. Researchers sent 18- and 19-year-old “decoys” into stores without ID, instructing them to tell the truth…MORE

Commonly prescribed drugs are tied to nearly 50% higher dementia risk in older adults, study says

Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia. A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday suggests that the link is strongest for certain classes of anticholinergic drugs — particularly antidepressants, bladder antimuscarinics, antipsychotics and antiepileptic drugs. Researchers wrote in the study that “there…MORE

Paramedics could use a 5G-powered ‘robo glove’ to make quicker diagnoses

5G technology could allow paramedics to diagnose medical problems more quickly, experts say, with the help of a “robo-glove” that can carry out remote-controlled ultrasound scans in an ambulance, or at the scene of an accident. The glove, which was demonstrated by physicians in the UK last week, can conduct a scan and relay real-time…MORE

Could coffee help you lose weight? New research suggests a fat-busting effect

Drinking coffee could activate the body’s fat-fighting defenses, a discovery that could have potential implications in the battle against obesity and diabetes. In a study published Monday, researchers at the University of Nottingham said that coffee may help stimulate our brown fat reserves, also known as brown adipose tissue, which play a key role in…MORE

After deaths, more tourists to Dominican Republic say they were stricken with illness

Their island getaways went bad in ways that sound similar: crippling stomach cramps, explosive diarrhea and malaise that lasted after they returned home. But in some ways, they consider themselves lucky. They survived their trips to the Dominican Republic. As reports of American tourists dying in the country continue to grab headlines, some travelers who…MORE

Frozen sperm can survive space travel, preliminary study suggests

It’s one small step for science, and potentially one giant leap for mankind’s ability to populate space. Spanish scientists have found that frozen sperm samples are still viable after exposure to simulated space flight, opening up the possibility of an space-based sperm bank. The small preliminary study, presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction…MORE

Fighting Ebola is hard but in the Congo mistrust and fear is making it harder

When Ebola first struck this city of more than a 100,000 people last September, many here didn’t believe it was real. As the disease latched onto families and spread through tightly packed neighborhoods, rumors began spreading of organ harvesting and political conspiracies, even as more people got sick and died. When the ambulances came to…MORE

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