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  • Meditation Not All Sweetness and LightIndividuals who practice meditation may have unexpected, challenging, distressing, and even functionally impairing experiences, new research shows.
  • Fitness Trackers Reliable for Heart Rate, Not CaloriesAlthough the majority of devices tested had error rates below 5% for measuring heart rate, their estimates of energy expenditure were off the mark by much more, a Stanford study has found.
  • Cannabidiol Cuts Seizures in Dravet SyndromeThe liquid cannabidiol product Epidiolex reduced seizure frequency by 39% in children with Dravet syndrome in the first randomized controlled trial.
  • Proposed Law Opens the Door to Genetic DiscriminationProposed legislation could weaken genetic privacy protections and allow employers to pressure their employees to divulge genetic information through wellness programs, according to a commentary.

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