CBS News – At least 100 sickened by cyclospora parasite tied to contaminated fruits, vegetables
An outbreak of the foodborne illness cyclosporiasis, which can leave victims with symptoms lasting for nearly two months, has infected more than 100 people in two states. Symptoms commonly include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, gas, nausea and fatigue.

 Washington Post – Use it or lose it? Delaying retirement may help prevent dementia, large French study finds
New research boosts the “use it or lose it” theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.

 ReutersSeas may rise 2.3 meters per degree of global warming: report
“Continuous sea-level rise is something we cannot avoid unless global temperatures go down again,” Anders Levermann said. “Our results indicate that major adaptation at our coastlines will be necessary. It’s likely that some currently populated regions can’t be protected in the long run.”

Kaiser Health News  – A Handful Of State Marketplaces Opt Not To Charge Smokers More For Premiums
Since smokers’ health-care costs tend to be higher than those of nonsmokers, is it reasonable for smokers to pay higher premiums when they buy insurance through the new state marketplaces that are scheduled to open in October? A handful of states and the District say the answer is no.

Wall Street JournalThe Decline in Male Fertility
But coordinated studies across Northern Europe found that as many as 1 in 5 young men have sperm counts low enough to affect fertility, according to Richard Sharpe, a male reproductive health specialist at the University of Edinburgh. And there is increasing evidence that sperm count, like other health conditions, may be influenced by what happens to people early in life, even in the womb.

 

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