Saudi entrepreneur and Amish farmers bring camel milk to US

(CNN)When Walid Abdul-Wahab met the Amish and Mennonite farmers he now works with, they didn’t suspect he was a Muslim from Saudi Arabia. “They assumed I was Amish because of my beard,” he says. As a result, the market is awash in dairy alternatives including almond, oat, coconut, rice and…

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UK health minister sets out tech-first vision for future care provision

The UK’s still fairly new in post minister for health, Matt Hancock, quickly made technology one of his stated priorities. And today he’s put more meat on the bones of his thinking, setting out a vision for transforming, root and branch, how the country’s National Health Service operates to accommodate…

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Slow down and live long with the ancient practice of qigong

Hong Kong (CNN)Among the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, eight senior citizens gather at the Happy Valley Recreation grounds in the Wan Chai district. It’s time for their weekly class in qigong, an ancient Chinese mind-body practice similar to tai chi. But the hot weather does not deter qigong Master Joe…

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At what age do kids start smoking cigarettes?

(CNN)Cigarette smoking may be declining worldwide, but tobacco use is still responsible for the deaths of about 6 million people globally each year, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States and much of Europe, research suggests that regular lighting up typically begins between 15 and 16 years…

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Growing homophobia will fuel the HIV epidemic, experts fear

(CNN)Millie Milton, 52, identifies as a transgender woman and has for more than 18 years. She remembers wearing her mother’s veil and clothes from as young as 11 and preferring “female chores” such as sweeping the house. “But where society is concerned, it’s a problem.” See the latest news and…

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How ‘plastic attacks’ on supermarkets became a global movement

London (CNN)When a group of concerned citizens started protesting plastic packaging at supermarkets, they had no idea that their actions would spark a global movement. “We decided it was time to show supermarkets just how many shoppers were concerned about the amount of plastic packaging on their food,” explained Alex…

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WHO to classify ‘gaming disorder’ as mental health condition

(CNN)Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about “digital heroin,” likening the flashing images to one of the world’s most addictive substances. “I’m not creating a precedent,” said Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, a member of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, which proposed…

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A grandma irons her granddaughter’s Pride flag, and the internet swoons

(CNN)It was a mundane gesture. And yet for Lexie Nobrega, it was so much more. Her tweet blew up, drawing almost 240,000 likes, 33,000 retweets and 1,500 comments — the vast majority of them supportive. The comments shared a similar message: Sometimes it’s the small things that matter most. “A…

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Marijuana shops recommend products to pregnant women, against doctors’ warnings

(CNN)A majority of cannabis dispensaries in Colorado recommended their products to women posing as pregnant customers with morning sickness, clashing with doctors’ warnings about the potential harms, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. “I was really surprised,” said study author Dr. Torri Metz, a…

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What the Golden State Killer case means for your genetic privacy

(CNN)Fears about the privacy of our data have become commonplace amid credit monitoring hacks and a political firm accessing Facebook users’ information. A recent arrest takes it one step further, raising questions about how our genetic information is being used and who has access to it. The arrest was made…

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