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Natural Society - 2019-01-11 - Original post - cached version

The Chinese scientist who announced to the world in November 2018 that he had created a pair of gene-edited twin girls could face the death penalty for corruption and bribery charges, a British geneticist fears.

News of the birth of twin baby girls whose DNA had been edited using CRISPR...

Natural Society - 2019-01-10 - Original post - cached version

On January 8, 2019, following a protracted legal battle, India’s top court ruled that Monsanto can own patents on genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds. The decision overturns a Delhi High Court ruling which said the country’s laws barred plant varieties and seeds from being patented.

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Natural Society - 2019-01-09 - Original post - cached version

The prospect of developing cancer is a terrifying one for everybody, but there is reason to feel a bit more encouraged. A recent report shows that U.S. cancer death rates have decreased constantly for the last 25 years. [1]

The report, which comes from the American Cancer Society...

Natural Society - 2019-01-09 - Original post - cached version

You might have read in the news that people are “breaking up” with Facebook due to the social media platform’s abysmal privacy and security record. But this is just one small, clear example of how Facebook may be negatively impacting your life. Actually, it could be bad for both your mental and...

Natural Society - 2019-01-08 - Original post - cached version

You’re working hard, paying your bills, and enjoying a social life on the side when, all of a sudden, you lose your job. Life isn’t so easy anymore. You worry about how you’re going to pay your rent and put gas in your car. Income fluctuations are stressful, and can lead to numerous health...

Natural Society - 2019-01-06 - Original post - cached version

Juul and Altria, both makers of e-cigarettes and vape products, are in trouble with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) again, this time for reneging on a promise the companies made to the government to help curb the epidemic of youth vaping.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said...

Natural Society - 2019-01-05 - Original post - cached version

As most people who work in retail can tell you, there are good customers who make your day go by faster and bad customers who make you want to quit your job. And, usually, there are a few regulars who truly make your job worthwhile. But how far would you go to help a favorite customer? One...

Natural Society - 2019-01-04 - Original post - cached version

Oskri Organics Corp. has recalled its sunflower and tahini butter products due to concerns that they may be contaminated with Listeria. [1]

In a statement, Oskri, based in Wisconsin, said a customer informed them in mid-December that they “randomly” sent its product in for testing and...

Natural Society - 2019-01-03 - Original post - cached version

The holidays are officially over, and although you may still be picking at leftovers and what’s left in the office cookie tin, it’s time to start thinking about how to make THIS year a healthy year… again!

U.S. News & World Report, which calls itself “the global authority in rankings...

Natural Society - 2019-01-02 - Original post - cached version

Low-carb diets are nothing new. If you haven’t tried the Keto diet or the Atkin’s diet, you’ve likely heard of them. Many people consider these “fad” diets, and they very well may be, but fad or not, research does suggest that cutting carbs could be an effective way for people who have lost...

Natural Society - 2018-12-31 - Original post - cached version

A coalition of experts and politicians in the United Kingdom are warning that the meat industry will gain the murderous reputation of the tobacco industry if it doesn’t stop adding cancer-causing nitrites to meats like bacon and ham.

According to food scientist Professor Chris Elliott,...

Natural Society - 2018-12-30 - Original post - cached version

When you think of ways to improve the health of your heart, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising probably comes to mind (though you may not do them!). Those things are definitely important – by far most important, in fact – but there are other heart-healthy things you can do, too. It may...

Natural Society - 2018-12-29 - Original post - cached version

Gene editing has the potential to save lives and prevent devastating diseases, but the technology is still new and the ramifications of such experiments remain largely unknown. So, when a patient’s DNA has been edited using CRISPR-Cas9, researchers keep a close eye on them to track their...

Natural Society - 2018-12-28 - Original post - cached version

Life isn’t always easy for night owls (one who often stays up late at night). They’re not the ones to hop out of bed early in the morning and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee. Unfortunately, being a night owl comes with some other harsh realities, too, including a greater risk of health problems not...

Natural Society - 2018-12-27 - Original post - cached version

It was a harrowing holiday season for more than 3,000 patients who were treated at a New Jersey surgical center after they were told they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis at the facility.

People who underwent surgery at the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook, New Jersey,...

Natural Society - 2018-12-23 - Original post - cached version

A class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones has been associated with numerous serious side effects over the years, so it’s not uncommon to see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issue new warnings about more complications of taking the medications. On December 20, the agency yet...

Natural Society - 2018-12-18 - Original post - cached version

Kimberly-Clark, a manufacturer of personal care products, has recalled some Kotex tampons after receiving reports that the feminine-care product was unraveling and coming apart in women’s bodies.

Last week, the company announced that regular absorbancy U by Kotex Sleek Tampons were being...

Natural Society - 2018-12-17 - Original post - cached version

Remember when glitter was fun to put in cards and letters? You probably loved it when your art teacher got out the glitter. I bet you never imagined a day when you’d be eating the stuff, but here we are, eating glittery iced cakes and confections. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Natural Society - 2018-12-16 - Original post - cached version

Do a quick search for “Mediterranean diet” on our site and you will find oodles of articles espousing the health benefits of this eating lifestyle.  In December, yet another study showed that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease – possibly even as...

Natural Society - 2018-12-15 - Original post - cached version

You expect your doctor(s) and their staff to be familiar with your medical history. You probably also assume the information in your records is correct. But your doctor and nurses are only human, and mistakes can happen. Unfortunately, errors on your medical records can be hazardous to your...

Natural Society - 2018-12-13 - Original post - cached version

One of the top causes of antibiotic resistance is the use of the medicines in livestock. Many factory farms feed animals antibiotics to prevent disease and promote growth. Yet, despite countless warnings that the practice fuels drug-resistant superbugs, it continues to be a serious problem....

Natural Society - 2018-12-12 - Original post - cached version

The Canadian federal government has launched a new risk assessment for AquaBounty’s new genetically modified (GM) salmon, following the company’s July 2018 announcement that it planned to build a new egg production and grow-out facility in Rollo Bay West, Prince Edward Island (PEI), according to...

Natural Society - 2018-12-11 - Original post - cached version

Experts in the United Kingdom (UK) are alarmed by a sharp increase in anxiety among British children. Equally alarming is the rise in medication addiction and the number of youngsters seeking outside counsel to cope with their anxiety. [1]

In Britain, children who need a listening...

Natural Society - 2018-12-10 - Original post - cached version

If the world were to lose honey bees, it would be a crisis for humanity unlike any we have ever seen. The food supply would shrink drastically, leaving large swaths of the Earth’s population to starve. Unfortunately, bees face numerous threats, and bacterial diseases are among the direst of...

Natural Society - 2018-12-09 - Original post - cached version

Every summer, the media reports on someone who died after being infected with a brain-eating amoeba. These cases usually occur after a person has visited a pool, waterpark, or a tepid lake. These horrifying infections are exceedingly rare, but they can still occur after a person comes into...

Natural Society - 2018-12-08 - Original post - cached version

On December 7, the Trump administration relaxed rules aimed at making school lunches healthier, affecting 30 million children annually, many of them from low-income homes. Kid-friendly favorites like noodles, tortillas, biscuits, pasta, and an overall abundance of refined grains will be...

Natural Society - 2018-12-07 - Original post - cached version

Cold and flu season is upon us, so the medicines-intake will likely be rolling around. But if you’ve recently purchased liquid ibuprofen from Walmart, CVS, or Family Dollar, you should stop using it immediately and return it for a refund. The over-the-counter pain relievers were recalled...

Natural Society - 2018-12-06 - Original post - cached version

Following the news that a set of gene-edited twin girls had been born in China in November, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it was creating a working group to study gene-editing and the many ethical, social, and safety issues surrounding the process.

The panel’s job...

Natural Society - 2018-12-05 - Original post - cached version

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that exposure to numerous chemicals used in our daily lives can have a significant impact on human development. One recent study shows that chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products such as soaps and shampoos may push early puberty in...

Natural Society - 2018-12-04 - Original post - cached version

Like many workplaces, the nurses and staff of the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy Children’s Hospital pool their money to enter the lottery. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. When it does pay off, the winnings are usually small beans. But in October 2018, the staffers at the St...

Natural Society - 2018-12-03 - Original post - cached version

Being an obese teenager is not easy. As if the bullying isn’t enough, being obese during adolescence puts kids at greater risk of health problems such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. But that’s not all; a recent study suggests that being obese during adolescence could even increase your...

Natural Society - 2018-12-02 - Original post - cached version

The Resilience Butte County Proud IPA campaign out of northern California is bringing together breweries from across the nation to brew 1 very special beer and donate 100% of the proceeds from the sales of that beer to those struggling to get back on their feet after the Camp Fire incident in...

Natural Society - 2018-11-30 - Original post - cached version

Just days after a Chinese scientist announced the birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies and a possible 2nd pregnancy, the Chinese government ordered a halt to the highly controversial experiments.

According to Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping, an...

Natural Society - 2018-11-29 - Original post - cached version

Have you ever used a touchscreen at McDonald’s to order your food? You’re reading an article on Natural Society, so of course not! But if you have, this bit of news may interest you. That touchscreen you ordered from probably has some poop on it, at least according to a recent investigation by...

Natural Society - 2018-11-29 - Original post - cached version

A researcher in China claims to have created the world’s first gene-edited babies, sparking deep discussion, along with some harsh criticisms and outrage among some of the world’s leading scientists.

The highly-controversial news that a set of twin girls was born in November with...

Natural Society - 2018-11-28 - Original post - cached version

In a study exploring the link between vitamin D and levels of physical fitness, researchers discovered that people who had a higher capacity for exercise also had higher levels of the nutrient in their blood. This suggests that having an ample amount of vitamin D in your diet can help boost your...

Natural Society - 2018-11-28 - Original post - cached version

Stress is getting to a lot of people these days. Even if you have a great job, plenty of money in the bank, and a healthy family, the current political climate can be enough to make you pack your bags and move to the mountains. It’s important for overall health to minimize stress as much as...

Natural Society - 2018-11-27 - Original post - cached version

You’ve probably heard that Americans spend too much time sitting on their duffs. Well, not much has changed. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans still sit too much. In fact, 4 out of 10 adults don’t get any moderate or vigorous exercise on a weekly...

Natural Society - 2018-11-26 - Original post - cached version

Newer nonstick compounds that were supposed to be safer than previous ones may be just as toxic, even in minuscule amounts, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study released on November 14 shows. [1]

First, here is some background information straight from the EPA about the...

Natural Society - 2018-11-25 - Original post - cached version

The word is out: yoga and meditation are excellent ways of dealing with stress, pain, and other woes. Impressively, it seems people are accepting this reality, as a government survey recently revealed that more U.S. adults and young people are practicing these forms of complementary medicine....

Natural Society - 2018-11-24 - Original post - cached version

If you often find yourself struggling to keep your eyes open during the day, it could mean you’re dehydrated, according to a recent study. And while you might be tempted to pour yourself another cup of coffee, drinking a glass of water might be the best and fastest way to perk yourself up.

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Natural Society - 2018-11-23 - Original post - cached version

A study released earlier this year shows that there are some mindset hacks revolving around total self-improvement that can help you make healthier choices in life.

If you’ve been finding it difficult to make healthy lifestyle changes, you’re not alone. That frustration can wreck your...

Natural Society - 2018-11-22 - Original post - cached version

Not getting enough sleep can cause a slew of health problems that generally are aware of, but research suggests it may cause a couple of other conditions you wouldn’t normally associate with sleep deprivation: loneliness and isolation.

What’s more, your lack of sleep doesn’t just affect...

Natural Society - 2018-11-21 - Original post - cached version

If you’re a woman, you should know that your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you age. But just know that there are things you can do to protect yourself. One study shows that losing weight after menopause may help reduce your risk of invasive breast cancer, and you don’t have to...

Natural Society - 2018-11-20 - Original post - cached version

An experimental new drug may now make it possible for some people with allergies to peanuts to build up a tolerance over time, saving countless lives. Could similar allergy-treatments be in the works for other major food allergens? [1]

The clinical trial, funded by Aimmune Therapeutics,...

Natural Society - 2018-11-18 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents and caregivers not to give honey to babies under 1 year of age after 4 infants in Texas were hospitalized with botulism after using pacifiers containing the sticky, sweet substance.

The warning was issued November 16 after the...

Natural Society - 2018-11-16 - Original post - cached version

When feeding baby, breast is always best. A recent study shows that both breast milk and formula encourage the growth of similar types of gut microbes, but the bacteria from the 2 forms of food work differently. [1]

How those differences affect a child’s health are unclear, however.

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Natural Society - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Consuming omega-3 fatty acids is one of the best things you can do for your heart, and this has been established in numerous studies. Research shows that people who eat more fish rich in omega-3’s have lower rates of heart problems and have a lower risk of dying from heart disease compared to...

Natural Society - 2018-11-14 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new exercise guidelines on November 12 – for the first time in a decade. The recommendations state that Americans should sit less and move more, but there is good news for those who don’t particularly enjoy a 5-mile run: The...

Natural Society - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

On November 12, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) updated the clinical guidelines for managing cholesterol for the first time since 2013. Unlike in the past, the new guidelines do not suggest a one-size-fits-all approach, but a more personalized...

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