Monkeypox renamed mpox amid racism concerns, sippy cups recalled, plus more health news

Monkeypox renamed mpox amid racism concerns

Monkeypox still exists, but its name is being phased out over racism concerns.

For the next year, the terms monkeypox and the new name mpox will be used interchangeably before the virus is permanently renamed mpox, the World Health Organization announced Monday.

“Racist and stigmatizing language” arose after the virus spread to more than 100 countries, according to WHO.

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Lead toxin concerns spur recall of sippy cups

Parents whose toddlers use certain Green Sprouts bottles or cups need to discard them immediately because of a risk of lead exposure, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns.

When the base of the cups come apart, it exposes a solder dot that contains lead, according to a news release.

“Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects,” the commission said.

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Skipping meals could shave years off your life

Intermittent fasting — limiting eating to a small part of the day — is very popular these days. But that doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

A new study published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that people who skipped meals, fasted or ate their meals too closely together overall had higher risks of premature death.

“At a time when intermittent fasting is widely touted as a solution for weight loss, metabolic health and disease prevention, our study is important for the large segment of American adults who eat fewer than three meals each day,” said lead author Dr. Yangbo Sun.

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E-cigarettes, vaping tied to higher cavity risk

Electronic cigarette or vaping users have a higher risk for developing dental caries, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Karina F. Irusa, from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, and colleagues assessed the association between e-cigarette or vape use and caries risk level among 13,216 patients who attended dental school clinics from 2019 to 2022.

The researchers found that 0.69 percent of dental patients reported e-cigarette or vaping use.

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