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Amazon issues refund to customers who bought phoney eclipse glasses

E-commerce giant Amazon is offering refunds to customers who purchased eclipse glasses from the platform and warned them not to use the spectacles to view the total solar eclipse that will occur on August 21. The company began notifying the buyers about the “unverified” glasses on Saturday. Those who did not receive a recall email are safe to use the ones they purchased, CNET reported on Sunday. “We recommend that you do not use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,” the email issuing the warning read. Amazon…

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Should You Bring Antibiotics on Vacation in Case of Stomach Issues?

Q: I am vacationing abroad and want to avoid having stomach issues. Should I ask my doctor for antibiotics just in case? A: It’s not a good idea to use antibiotics as a preventive measure. Taking them when you don’t need them can kill off your gut’s normal microflora. And the drugs won’t protect you from viruses or parasites. That said, if you will be traveling to areas where traveler’s diarrheais common, like Asia, Africa, and Latin America, it’s not a bad idea to have a stash of antibiotics (typically ciprofloxacin or…

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WannaCry Ransomware: CERT-In Issues Red Alert Over Cyber-Attack

A red-coloured ‘critical alert’ was issued by the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) on Saturday, the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify security-related defences of the Indian Internet domain. “It has been reported that a new ransomware named as WannaCry is spreading widely. WannaCry encrypts the files on infected Windows systems. This ransomware spreads by using a vulnerability in implementations of server message block (SMB)in Windows systems. “This exploit is named as ETERNALBLUE,” an advisory issued by the CERT-In, accessed by PTI, said. It said…

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Brazil issues first license for sale of a cannabis-based drug

Brazilian healthcare regulator Anvisa on Monday said it had issued the country’s first license for sale of a cannabis-based drug in the country after years of legal wrangling with patients. The multiple sclerosistreatment, an oral spray derived from marijuana and developed by Britain’s GW Pharmaceuticals PLC, is known as Sativex internationally and will be sold in Brazil under the brand name Mevatyl. The legal status of cannabis-based drugs has been a thorny issue in Brazil for years, with several patients fighting in the courts to circumvent prohibition. Anvisa has loosened…

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Tobacco Exposure Ups Behavioural Issues, Dropout Rates in Children

Children exposed to tobacco smoke in early childhood adopt anti-social behaviour, engage in proactive and reactive aggression, and face conduct problems at school, even drop out at age 12, a research has showed. Exposure to tobacco smoke is toxic to the developing brain at a time when it is most vulnerable to environment input, the researchers said. “Young children have little control over their exposure to household tobacco smoke, which is considered toxic to the brain at a time when its development is exponential,” said lead author and Professor Linda…

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Air Pollution: Delhi Issues Health Advisory

In the wake of alarming air quality in the national capital, the Delhi government on Monday issued a health advisory asking the residents to avoid visiting high pollution area. “People with chronic airway diseases like bronchial asthma and lung disease should avoided outdoor activities including morning and evening walks,” said the advisory. “In case of breathlessness, giddiness, chest pain or chest constriction or irritation in eyes, please visit the nearest hospital or dispensary or any physician,” it added, also appealing to people not to panic and help the needy patient…

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