E-Cigarettes Added to NYC Indoor Smoking Ban

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_8df17d9177.jpgAnneMS/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Bad news for proponents of e-cigarettes. Lawmakers in New York City voted Thursday to expand the city's indoor smoking ban to include the devices.  The bill bans individuals from using e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants and workplaces. Many scientists say e-cigarettes are safe because they only heat up a nicotine solution and emit water vapor, but anti-smoking activists say the jury is still out on whether the devices are truly safe.

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Potentially Harmful Bacteria Found in 97 Percent of Chicken Breasts

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_3840c79dbf.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) --  A Consumer Reports' test of more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased at nationwide retailers found potentially harmful bacteria in 97 percent of the samples. The study, released Thursday, indicates about half the samples tested had at least one bacteria that was resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics. The bacteria involved in testing included E.coli and salmonella, along with four other types.

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New Smartphone Accessory May Help Monitor Cholesterol

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_85aa6165f6.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) --  Calorie counters and fitness trackers aren't the only way smartphones can keep track of your health. Researchers at Cornell University in New York are currently developing an app and accessory called SmartCARD, short for Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics, that can measure your cholesterol. David Erickson, a professor of mechanical engineering at Cornell, said that smartphones were a natural fit for a cholesterol tracking device.

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ADHD Meds May Cause Painful Side-Effect in Males

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_1c8a478046.jpgWavebreak Media/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Males of all ages suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may be at risk of a possible serious side-effect from drugs treating ADHD. The Food and Drug Administration warns that prescription medications that go by the brand names Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana, Focalin, Metadate, Methylin and Quillivant can cause priapism, which is a long-lasting painful erection. This condition is even more common when the non-stimulant drug called Strattera is used, affecting adults, teens and children.

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‘Stress Gene’ Ups Heart Attack, Death Risk

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_e35ab73c6e.jpgHemera/Thinkstock (DURHAM, N.C.) -- A gene mutation can increase your risk of heart attack and death as much as smoking does, new research suggests. Duke University researchers on Wednesday reported they've found a link between a gene mutation known to increase the body’s response to stress and heart health. They found that in a study of more than 6,000 patients with heart disease, carriers of this genetic mutation had a 38-percent increased risk of heart attack or death.

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