Could the poo of elite athletes provide an ingredient to improve physical performance?

Great athletes not only have heart, they have guts — special guts. Boston Marathon runners and Olympic athletes have higher than usual amounts of Veillonella bacteria in their digestive tract following races, a new study finds. When mice consumed the Veillonella, their treadmill runs were better than those of mice not given the same bacterial…

Study links common chemical in cosmetics and toothpaste to osteoporosis

Exposure to a chemical commonly used to reduce bacterial contamination in cosmetics, toothpaste and products like toys and clothing may come with an unintended risk — osteoporosis. That’s according to a study in Tuesday’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study looked at data from 1,848 women between 2005 and 2010 and found that…

Missouri judge’s order allows Planned Parenthood to provide abortions through Friday

A Missouri judge issued an order Monday to keep a preliminary injunction in place allowing Planned Parenthood to continue performing abortions at its St. Louis clinic until 5 p.m. Friday, according to a statement from Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. Patients with appointments scheduled for this week will receive care, the clinic said…

Oklahoma judge approves $85 million settlement with opioid drugmaker Teva

A judge approved a revised $85 million settlement between Teva Pharmaceuticals and the state of Oklahoma on Monday, money that will be used to try to end to the state’s opioid painkiller epidemic. The settlement, initially reached in late May, had been held up over where the money should be sent. Teva, one of the…

San Francisco could become the first US city to ban e-cigarette sales

San Francisco is on course to become the first US city to effectively ban the sale of e-cigarettes once its board of supervisors votes on Tuesday. The board is expected to pass an ordinance that says “no person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco” unless that product has…

Half of tobacco and vape shops don’t ID teens, undercover research finds

An undercover operation in California found that half of tobacco and vape shops failed to check IDs for teens purchasing e-cigarettes and other nicotine products, despite a state law raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. Researchers sent 18- and 19-year-old “decoys” into stores without ID, instructing them to tell the truth…