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iPhone 12 emits too much radiation; Coconut oil may cause obesity; COVID hot spots - Morning Medical Update

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iPhone 12 emits too much radiation

The National Frequency Agency in France has ordered Apple to stop manufacturing the iPhone 12, saying that it emits levels of radiation that are above the European Union’s safety standards. The agency tested 141 cellphones and found that the body absorbs 5.74 watts per kilogram. The EU standard is 4 watts per kilogram. Experts recommend switching to texting or using earphones to limit phone contact with the head.

Coconut oil may cause obesity

A new experiment on mice suggests that coconut oil may alter metabolism leading to obesity. In the study, small amounts of coconut oil disrupted the mice’s’ ability to properly use insulin and leptin. Instead, nutritionists recommend unsaturated or polyunsaturated oils instead of saturated oils.

COVID hot spots

COVID hospitalizations continue to rise, especially in Wilson County, Kansas; Grundy County, Missouri; and Mercer County, Missouri. Wilson County reports that they have a rate of 70 hospitalizations per 100,000 cases. Although United States numbers are far less than they were at the start of the pandemic, experts still encourage everyone to continue to get vaccinated.

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