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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Health News: More artificial ingredients coming off Panera's menu ♦ Tea tainted with pesticides ♦ Technique helps smokers quit tobacco

More artificial ingredients coming off Panera's menu Fast casual restaurant chain Panera is expanding the list of additives they won’t allow in their food. The company announced Tuesday that, by the end of 2016, all of the food in its U.S. bakery-cafes will be free of artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors. New “clean” salad dressings free of artificial ingredients will be
Ten Ren tea tainted with pesticides Fipronil is a pesticide that can cause cancer when consumed by humans. The FDA launched a large-scale investigation into tea chains nationwide after the Stornaway tea scare broke early in April. The Taichung Department of Health discovered 0.003 ppm of fipronil in Easy Way Bubble Tea House's black tea on May 4, which violates the
Psychological technique helps smokers quit tobacco Researchers have demonstrated that motivational interviewing can make smokers see tobacco as something disagreeable, thus helping them to quit the habit. Motivational interviewing is a psychological technique of direct intervention that seeks to produce changes in patient behavior.
Exposure to air pollution in the first year of life increases risk for allergies Exposure to outdoor air pollution during the first year of life increases the risk of developing allergies to food, mould, pets and pests, new research concludes. The study showed that the sensitivity to allergens was associated with exposure to traffic-related air pollution during infancy
Rheumatoid arthritis patients at increased risk of surprise heart attack Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of a surprise heart attack, according to new research. Risk was increased even when patients had no symptoms and was independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking and diabetes, researchers report.

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