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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Health News: Online hawkers try to sell Blue Bell Ice Cream despite recall ♦ Kissing cousins, arranged marriages and genetic diversity ♦ Self-harm, suicide ideation linked in Iraq, Afghanistan veterans

Online hawkers try to sell Blue Bell Ice Cream despite recall. Despite the recent recall of all Blue Bell ice cream and related products due to the potential risk of Listeria contamination, some would-be entrepreneurs are attempting to make a quick buck by selling their previously purchased ice cream via online ads.
Kissing cousins, arranged marriages and genetic diversity In the first study of its kind, a research team has examined the effects of arranged marriages on genetic diversity. From hemophilia and color blindness amongst British and Russian monarchies, people have long known the potential damaging genetic consequences of inbreeding. But until recently, no one could measure or understand the impact of marriage rules on genetic diversity.
Self-harm, suicide ideation tightly linked in Iraq, Afghanistan veterans Non-suicidal self-injury -- that is, purposefully hurting oneself without conscious suicidal intent -- is relatively common among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and it is a strong risk factor for suicidal behavior.
Search and rescue tool that pinpoints buried victims developed A new locator feature on a search and rescue tool can pinpoint the location of a victim to within about five feet – saving rescuers time and increasing chances for locating survivors.

Links between household air pollution, lung infections examined, including pneumonia Scientists have come a step closer to understanding why people exposed to household air pollution (HAP) are at higher risk of lung infections such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. Three billion people worldwide are exposed to HAP from the fuels they burn to cook, light and heat with at home. Frequently, charcoal, wood and food waste are burned and generate high concentrations of smoke particles. This exposure is associated with increased risk of pneumonia, particularly in low and middle income countries where bacterial pneumonia is the biggest cause of infant mortality. This risk is well known, but the reasons are not.

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