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For the First Time In 45 Years, McDonald’s Will Close More Stores Than It Opens This Year

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For years, McDonald’s reigned supreme in the world of American fast food. But with American diets shifting towards seemingly healthier alternatives, McDonald’s has been forced to do something it hasn’t done in a long time: scale back its business. This year, McDonald’s will close more restaurants than it opens in the U.S. — something that hasn’t happened since at least 1970, according to regulatory filings reviewed by the Associated Press. In fact, this may very well be the first time ever that McDonald’s has shrunk its

The Calcium Myth: Calcium Has No Effect On Bone Density Or the Risk of Fractures, Analysis Finds

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“Drink your milk! It’s full of calcium that will help your bones grow strong!” We’ve probably all heard some version of this adage before — if not from our parents then from those classic Got Milk commercials… But if you’re someone who has been drinking milk or taking calcium supplements under the impression that it’s helping your bones, I’ve got some bad news for you: you’ve been lied to. A recent analysis of two large-scale reviews of studies found that calcium — whether eaten in

Child Mortality Has Been Cut By More Than Half Since 1990

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Over the past 25 years, organizations like the United Nations, Unicef and the World Health Organization have been working tirelessly to improve health conditions for children around the world. Their efforts have not been in vain: between 1990 and 2015, the number of children dying before the age of five each year has dropped by 53%, from 12.7 million/year to just around 5.9 million/year today. While that figure is definitely a major improvement, it still means that roughly 16,000 children die each day before reaching

India Is Suing Nestle for $100 Million Over Lead-Laced Instant Noodles

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Back in June, India’s national food regulator announced a ban on Nestle’s Maggi instant noodles after the popular snack was found to contain significant amounts of lead. Nestle’s business in India is taking a major hit as a result of the ban: according to Al-Jazeera, Maggi noodles are the company’s fastest-selling food item in India, bringing in about $240 million in sales every year. Now, Nestle has even more problems to deal with. On Wednesday (8/12), officials from the Indian government announced a lawsuit against the company

This Turkish Couple Spent Their Wedding Day Feeding 4,000 Syrian Refugees

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Most couples treat their wedding day as an opportunity to celebrate and rejoice with family and friends while indulging in some of the finer things in life. Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, a young couple from the city of Kilis in southern Turkey, had something else in mind. Instead of just inviting family and friends, they invited 4,000 Syrian refugees to feast and celebrate with them as they tied the knot last week. The couple was assisted by a Turkish charity called

Obama Introduces ‘Biggest, Most Important Step’ to Combat Climate Change Yet (Video)

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Roughly 40% of all carbon emissions in the United States come from power plants, making them the single largest contributor to climate change in the country. Despite this fact, however, the federal government has never set any limits on the amount of carbon pollution power plants are allowed to emit. But all that could be about to change. On Monday, the White House unveiled a new set of rules to curb carbon emissions at the more than 7,000 power plants currently operating

Cuba Just Became the First Country to Eliminate Mother-to-Baby HIV Transmission

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For decades, Cuba has been one of the leaders in global health. Cuban doctors led the way in the fight against Ebola, and American doctors are just now getting their hands on a lung cancer vaccine that Cuba has had for 20 years. Cuba achieved yet another medical milestone today, becoming the first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV or syphilis. The announcement was made by the World Health Organization. The WHO’s director general Margaret Chan called the accomplishment, “one of the

Remember That Fried “Rat” from KFC? Ya, It Was Actually Chicken

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Two weeks ago, a California man named Devorise Dixon shared the following photo to his Instagram account: I WENT TO KFC YESTERDAY AND BOUGHT A 3PIECE CHICKEN TENDER. AS I BIT INTO IT I NOTICED THAT I WAS VERY HARD AND RUBBERY WHICH MADE ME LOOK AT IT. I NOTICED IT HAD A VERY LONG TAIL AND WAS SHAPED LIKE AN RAT! IT SENT DEEP CHILLS THROUGHOUT MY WHOLE BODY IM STILL FEELING SICK CANT EVEN EAT!!! PLEASE WATCH WHAT YOU EAT

This 16-Year-Old Girl Has Developed A $5 HIV Test for Low-Income Communities

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At the age of 16, most teenagers are focused on getting their driver’s licenses and surviving the social jungle that we commonly refer to as high school. But Nicole Ticea is not most teenagers. At the age of 15, Ticea was spending long hours in a university lab developing an innovative early detection HIV test. According to The Huffington Post, the test can, “…detect the virus in babies under 18 months old, as well as adults who’ve been infected for only three

This PhD Student Is Developing A Cheap and Painless Tattoo Removal Cream

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For generations, tattoos have been synonymous with words like permanent and everlasting. Although there have been advances in tattoo removal in recent years, the most common forms use lasers, which can be painful and expensive. Alex Falkenham, a pathology researcher and current PhD student at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, may have found an alternative. Falkenham has developed an affordable painless topical cream that removes tattoo ink from the skin. When ink is tattooed onto the skin, your immune system responds by sending macrophages to

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