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Most kale contains “forever chemicals”

A new survey of kale taken from several U.S. grocery stores reveals that seven out of eight samples had “disturbing” levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – otherwise known as PFAS. Kale labeled “USDA organic” had even higher levels of chemicals. Kale studied from 2019 and 2021 and found no PFAS. It’s thought that this comes from contaminated irrigation water.

Alzheimer’s drug more accessible

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval to Alzheimer’s drug Leqembi. Leqembi, also known as lecanemab, is an antibody treatment injected into the brain and has shown to ‘modestly reduce cognitive decline’. Patients covered by Medicare will still need to cover 20% of the cost.

How much heat can the human body stand?

As record breaking heat waves affect people worldwide, some way wonder how much heat the human body can take. If sitting perfectly still, the limit is between 104-122 degrees Fahrenheit. In motion, temperatures above 104 degrees Fahrenheit become dangerous.

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