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Dioxins in food more harmful than thought, EU watchdog says

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on Tuesday slashed its recommended limits in food of dioxins and related toxins - chemicals that have been linked to problems with reproductive health, the immune system, hormone levels and tooth enamel.

House Democrats target DOJ decision not to defend Obamacare

Democrats will scrutinize the Trump administration's decision not to defend Obamacare in federal court, when Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year, a leading Democrat said on Monday.

Diabetics with high-deductible health plans more apt to delay care

(Reuters Health) - Workers with diabetes who switch to high-deductible health plans that require paying more out-of-pocket for care may be more likely than those who remain in low-deductible plans to delay needed checkups, a U.S. study suggests.

Emergent-Valneva Zika vaccine clears early trial

A vaccine to prevent infections caused by the deadly mosquito-borne Zika virus induced immune response and was found to be safe in an early stage trial, Emergent BioSolutions Inc and partner Valneva SE said on Monday.

Hackers are not main cause of health data breaches

(Reuters Health) - Most health information data breaches in the U.S. in recent years haven't been the work of hackers but instead have been due to mistakes or security lapses inside healthcare organizations, a new study suggests.

Trial spotlights U.S. drug safety concerns at compounding pharmacies

A top U.S. Food and Drug Administration official testified on Monday that the agency has concerns about drugs made by compounding pharmacies and still sees problems with them six years after a fungal meningitis outbreak tied to a Massachusetts pharmacy killed 76 people.

EU cracks down on blood pressure medicine made by Mylan

European Union authorities on Monday stepped in to effectively ban sales of blood pressure medicine valsartan made by an India-based unit of Mylan NV after some batches were found to contain a probable cancer-causing impurity, the latest in a global crackdown.

More calories burned when diet is low in carbs

(Reuters Health) - For years dieters were told that a calorie is a calorie, but a new study suggests people may burn more calories on a low-carb diet than on a diet rich in carbohydrates.

China says to take tough steps to fight African swine fever

China will take tough steps to wipe out African swine fever and will crack down on any behavior that delays or covers up cases of the disease from being reported, a senior official at the agricultural ministry said.

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