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  • African-Americans may be getting inferior breastfeeding advice

    08/30/2014 7:10:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 29, 2014 | Ronnie Cohen
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mothers who give birth in areas with higher concentrations of African-Americans are less likely to get breastfeeding support on maternity wards than mothers in other communities, a new study shows. Breastfeeding provides well-documented health benefits to infants and their mothers. But African-American women are about 16 percent less likely to nurse their newborns than white women, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • A 10-Year Prediction for the Affordable Care Act: Number of uninsured Americans may increase by 10%

    08/29/2014 2:09:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | 08/29/2014 | MICHAEL RAMLET
    The Affordable Care Act cannot be broken down into sound bites. This holds true for both its most ardent supporters and its most fervent opponents. The law is simply too complex to be labeled either a total failure or a smashing success. But that doesn't mean it isn't trending in one of those two directions. Across the country, individuals and families are beginning to learn whether their insurance premiums will change for 2015—early estimates indicate an overall national increase of 7.5 percent, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis. That's what is expected despite the early promise that the ACA would lower...
  • Scientists find secret of reversing bad memories

    08/28/2014 10:14:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 6:00PM BST 27 Aug 2014 | By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent
    Bad memories could be reversed after scientists discovered the part of the brain which links emotions to past events Bad memories of past trauma can leave people emotionally scarred for life. But now neuroscientists believe they can erase feelings of fear or anxiety attached to stressful events, in a breakthrough which could help treat depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers at MIT, US, have discovered which brain circuits attach emotions to memories, and crucially, how to reverse the link. They managed to ‘switch off’ feelings of fear in mice which had been conditioned to feel anxious. It is likely the...
  • American Heart Association presses for strict federal controls on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 12:05:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 26, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The American Heart Association says e-cigarettes are dangerous gateway products that cause nicotine addiction and should be subject to strict federal controls for minor-aged use. The group published its statement into the journal Circulation. Among its views: Ban e-cigarettes for minors, tightly regulate the product’s marketing and ban vapors that have flavors because they entice youngsters to try the product, Medical News Today reported.
  • Now Michelle Obama Has Caused America’s ‘Best Cafeteria Cookie’ To Be Outlawed

    08/24/2014 12:11:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 23, 2014 | Eric Owens
    An eruption of aggravation about what American schoolchildren can no longer eat in school cafeterias is never far away in the Obama era.Now, thanks to federal intervention that first lady Michelle has made her signature issue, students in all 11 taxpayer-funded public schools in Elyria, Ohio cannot enjoy the famous Elyria pink cookie anymore.This cookie is no ordinary cookie, according to The Chronicle-Telegram, the Cleveland suburb’s local newspaper.It’s a velvety, cake-like, scrumptious delicacy glazed with a huge dollop of sugary pink icing. Cleveland magazine dubbed the Elyria pink cookie the “Best Cafeteria Cookie” in 2009. Locals will even call up...
  • Arrest warrant issued for Santa Barbara tuberculosis patient

    08/24/2014 5:16:04 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    la times ^ | 8-22-2014 | VERONICA ROCHA
    <p>Agustin Zeferino, 24, received "extensive" information and medication for his illness, but he discontinued his treatment, public health officials said.</p>
  • Half of all New Mexicans now on Medicaid and Medicare

    08/23/2014 5:47:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Albuquerque Business First ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | Dennis Domrzalski
    Since October, 155,000 New Mexico residents have joined the state’s Medicaid rolls, pushing total enrollment to more than 630,000, or nearly a third of the state’s population. On top of that, 410,000 New Mexicans are enrolled in Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly. Together, total enrollment in those two federal programs are more than 1 million, or half of the state’s 2.1 million population. ... “It’s shocking, and when you add that to the outmigration of people and the lack of economic growth, it’s almost an incentive to stay poor,” said retired University of New Mexico economics...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Patient at Sacramento hospital may have Ebola

    08/19/2014 8:23:09 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 121 replies
    dailymail ^ | 19 August 2014 | Zoe Szathmary for MailOnline
    A Sacramento hospital announced Tuesday that one of its patients may have Ebola. Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center said in a release the patient is isolated. The hospital's Dr. Stephen Parodi said in the release 'We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus.
  • First study shows inhaled bacteria in your shower could trigger Crohn's disease

    08/19/2014 3:30:59 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 4 replies
    EmaxHealth.com ^ | 2014-08-16 | Kathleen Blanchard
    ISIS has posted a video, claiming that they have beheaded American journalist James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire. They say that he was beheaded by the terror group in order to dissuade the United States from its involvement in Iraq. Foley has been missing since 2012. A Middle Eastern radio station’s reporter, Zaid Benjamin, has posted pictures to Twitter. Reportedly, the photos are from the video that ISIS posted. Zaid Benjamin, the Washington correspondent for Radio Sawa, said that the location of the beheading is unknown, but he did say that he thought the accent of the man in the...
  • Ebola cases in West Africa rise to 2,240, with 1,229 dead; quarantine victims to get food

    08/19/2014 12:02:49 PM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Reuters
    Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries, including Nigeria. While Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and No. 1 oil producer, appears to be containing its smaller outbreak, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus among their populations. On Friday, these small two West African nations and a medical charity chided the WHO for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger.
  • WHO: Air travel is low-risk for Ebola transmission

    08/17/2014 10:40:30 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    World Health Organization ^ | Aug 13, 2014 (current) | World Health Organization staff
    From the HOME PAGE of the World Health Organization website (http://www.who.int/en/): The World Health Organization (WHO) today reiterated its position that the risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel remains low... WHO is therefore advising against travel bans to and from affected countries...
  • Nigerian who died in UAE may have shown signs consistent with Ebola

    08/17/2014 3:46:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 8-18-2014 | Reuters
    A Nigerian woman with cancer who died in the Emirati capital had shown signs “that may be consistent with Ebola,” the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi said on Sunday. The 35-year-old woman was travelling to India from Nigeria via Abu Dhabi to seek treatment for advanced cancer when her health deteriorated during her time in transit at Abu Dhabi’s airport, the authority said in a statement according to the state WAM news agency. “It was noted at the time of resuscitation that she had shown signs that may be consistent with Ebola virus infection, although her existing medical condition provided...
  • Ebola patients flee armed attack on Liberian isolation ward

    08/17/2014 7:29:39 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 90 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 August 2014 | Sam Webb for MailOnline
    Armed men attacked an Ebola isolation ward in the Liberian capital Monrovia overnight, prompting 29 patients to flee the facility, witnesses said Sunday. 'They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled,' said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberian, George Williams. Meanwhile, a Nigerian man was today at the centre of an Ebola health scare on the Spanish Costas, which contains an estimated British population of more than 82,000.
  • Dems urge bold action on O-Care calorie counts

    08/16/2014 8:08:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    A pair of congressional Democrats pressed the White House Friday to move forcefully on regulations requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule mandates labels on restaurants, “similar retail food establishments” and vending machines to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices. The regulations, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, were first proposed in 2011 and drew hundreds of public comments. The proposal remains under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Meanwhile, dozens of lawmakers have argued that the FDA’s proposed rule goes beyond congressional intent, warning...
  • Evidence suggests Ebola toll vastly underestimated: WHO

    08/14/2014 5:31:04 PM PDT · by dayglored · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Saliou Samb
    Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the U.N. agency said on its website on Thursday. The death toll from the world's worst outbreak of Ebola stood on Wednesday at 1,069 from 1,975 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, the agency said. The majority were in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, while four people have died in Nigeria. The agency's apparent acknowledgement the situation is worse than previously thought could spur governments and aid organisations to take stronger measures...
  • Canada's experimental Ebola vaccine: How does it work?

    08/14/2014 8:57:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    www.ctvnews.ca ^ | Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:56PM EDT | Marlene Leung, CTVNews.ca
    The Public Health Agency of Canada and the federal government have shared more details about an experimental Ebola vaccine that will be donated to help fight the current outbreak in West Africa. Dr. Gary Kobinger, chief of special pathogens at the agency, and Heritage Minister Shelly Glover shared more information about the VSV-EBOV vaccine at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Here's what we know so far about the made-in-Canada vaccine. How many doses will be sent? Canada will be donating between 800 to 1,000 doses of the vaccine. A small amount of the vaccine will remain behind, in the event...
  • Low-Salt Diets Shown to Pose Health Risks

    08/13/2014 6:26:20 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | Ron Winslow
    The new study, which tracked more than 100,000 people from 17 countries over an average of more than three years, found that those who consumed fewer than 3,000 milligrams of sodium a day had a 27% higher risk of death or a serious event such as a heart attack or stroke in that period than those whose intake was estimated at 3,000 to 6,000 milligrams. Risk of death or other major events increased with intake above 6,000 milligrams. Last year, a report from the Institute of Medicine, which advises Congress on health issues, didn't find evidence that cutting sodium intake...
  • Food fight: Military leaders deploying to save Michelle O’s school lunch overhaul

    08/13/2014 12:47:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | August 12, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Some 500 former military leaders are deploying to Capitol Hill in an attempt to save Michelle Obama’s changes to the National School Lunch Program. Politico reports:
  • Fox co-hosts fight over Michelle Obama's 'booty'

    08/13/2014 12:10:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 12, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The debate over first lady Michelle Obama’s war on fat and campaign for healthy kiddy diets has reached, well, a new low.“How well can she be eating? She needs to drop a few,” said Fox News contributor and psychiatrist Keith Ablow.As some members on the cable network’s show “Outnumbered” Tuesday gasped and Lisa Kennedy Montgomery offered, “I like her booty,” he suggested that the first lady is too fat to preach diet and that she’s not eating what children in schools are being offered under the first lady’s guidelines.Instead, Ablow suggested that the lean president should be the one talking...
  • Pioneering new injection to cure heart failure without need for major surgery

    08/11/2014 11:13:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    The technique, which involves a simple injection, could aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients - and could even consign heart transplants to history. Researchers hope to increase levels of SERCA2a, a protein in heart muscle cells that plays an important role in heart muscle contraction The technique, which involves a simple injection, could aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients. Heart transplants could even be consigned to history thanks to a trial by Imperial College, London, which aims to show for the first time that gene therapy could repair failing organs....
  • Feds Bend CDC Rules for Sick Illegal Immigrants

    08/08/2014 12:29:34 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 21 replies
    August 7, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas Individuals and families immigrating to the U.S. legally are required to pay for and undergo medical examinations by approved physicians; those who are deemed as having "inadmissible health-related conditions" are not allowed into the country. But the same standards are not applied to illegal immigrants, many of whom remain in the U.S. despite testing positive for diseases that would prevent law-abiding migrants from entering. ...tens of thousands of Central Americans entering the U.S. illegally. Some ...individuals have tested positive for illnesses including tuberculosis, chicken pox, and other viruses...most of them are not immediately deported. .. they stay and...
  • McDonald's July sales fell more than expected

    08/08/2014 9:57:08 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 88 replies
    Drudge Report/CNBC ^ | August 08,2014 | CNBC.com staff | @CNBC
    McDonald's on Friday reported July sales results that were much worse than analysts had expected. The dismal results prompted Janney Capital Markets to lower its estimates for the fast-food giant. Its analysts said the results "were the worst worldwide month in the last 10 years, once trading-day adjustments are taken into account."
  • How does a President sleep?

    08/07/2014 8:36:13 AM PDT · by jyro · 56 replies
    When I have problems, I have trouble falling asleep. Unless I have a pain, I take nothing, even then it's a aspirin or Tylenol PM. I can't imagine how the current president of the USA or any past President gets sleep with all the problems they have to think about.
  • Blumenthal, DeLauro: FDA Needs 'Accurate' Nutrition Labels--For Pot-Laced Food

    08/06/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - When asked if marijuana-infused food products should require federal labeling, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said consumers want accurate information “to make smart choices”. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t enforce federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused food products that are available in the few states where marijuana has been legalized.During a conference call with lawmakers on FDA food labeling on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked: “Given that the FDA currently doesn’t enforce any federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused foods and with a lot of states obviously changing their marijuana laws  -do you think they should require nutritional...
  • Special Tanker w/ Water Canons Deployed in India to Stop Problem of Rampant Public Urination...

    08/06/2014 9:00:59 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    This one really takes the (urinal?) cake... I myself have spent a bit of time in Europe, and one thing that strikes you as disgusting is the taking-a-leak in public thing- particularly bad the farther East you go (Czech Republic comes to mind). And it's not just drunks at 3am -though there's never any shortage of that- but the carefree, utterly shameless roadside drainage -in broad daylight, as minivans full of families motor by- you even see on the side of the freeway (and not in any woods/weeds or anything, either). But from what I've heard, India is a whole...
  • Saudi suspected of Ebola in Jeddah has died.

    08/06/2014 5:33:37 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 70 replies
    Skynews ^ | 08/06/14 | staff
    Saudi Health Ministry confirms a Saudi man suspected of having the #ebola virus has died in a hospital in Jeddah
  • The Current Ebola Strain: It’s Airborne Folks

    08/05/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 301 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 8-5-14 | sundance
    The empirical evidence of an airborne Ebola Strain is overwhelming Hat Tip GWP - Patrick Sawyer was the American businessman, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, then collapsed after he got off a plane to Nigeria and died July 25. He was the first patient in Nigeria with the Ebola virus. The Nigerian authorities have refused to release the names of other passengers on the plane with Mr. Sawyer, or notify the media of their status.
  • Antibiotic Resistant “Nightmare Bacteria” Have Escaped the Hospital

    08/04/2014 9:12:32 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 31 July 2014 | Colin Schultz
    Sometimes, when antibiotics are used to kill disease-causing bacteria, a genetic mutation here or a different protein there help the bacteria survive. With all of their competitors wiped out, these new, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are free to reproduce, passing on their genes to descendents. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae—which the Centers for Disease Control and Protection have dubbed “nightmare bacteria”— are, at this point, resistant to pretty much everything we have and, over the past 18 years, have been slowly gaining ground. ​Most of the people who caught these bugs, though, were either in the hospital—most likely a long-term, acute-care hospital—or had been there...
  • Study: Running 5 Minutes a Day Could Add Years to Your Life

    08/03/2014 12:24:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    According to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, running 5 minutes per day can reduce an individual’s risk of premature death by about 3 years. Researchers found that people who ran less than an hour per week also saw an increase in lifespan, not just a decrease in risk of premature death. The study took place over the course of 15 years, testing participants ranging in age from 18-100.
  • Chili peppers can decrease colorectal cancer risk, claims new research

    08/02/2014 6:16:12 AM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    Tech Times ^ | Aug 2, 2014 | Judy Mottl
    If you don't eat chili peppers or hot curry much you may want to reassess that given new research that claims the peppers and curry can play a role in reducing the risk of colorectal and bowel tumors, as well as extend a person's lifespan by 30 percent. The study claims the active ingredient in chili peppers, called dietary capsaicin, decreases the cancer risk as it triggers chronic activation of an ion channel called TRPV1, which is a sensory neuron that protects the intestine against acidity and spicy chemicals. In essence adding chili peppers and hot curries to the diet...
  • Obama executive order allows detention of Americans with respiratory diseases

    08/01/2014 1:20:42 PM PDT · by blueyon · 39 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 8/01/14 | Joe Newby
    On Thursday, Barack Obama signed an executive order that allows for the apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals with certain severe acute respiratory diseases, not including influenza. The executive order modifies one signed in 2003 by George Bush that allowed for the detention and quarantine of those with SARS. "Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely...
  • More in New York, New Jersey infected with chikungunya: CDC

    08/01/2014 3:43:30 AM PDT · by EBH · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/30/2014 | Daniel Kelley
    (Reuters) - Cases of chikungunya virus, a painful, mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean in recent months, spiked higher in New York and New Jersey in the past week, according to new federal data. ... Symptoms, which develop three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, include high fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain and rash. In rare cases it is fatal. Small children and the elderly are more likely to develop severe cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC said the United States averaged 28 cases of chikungunya each year...
  • Ebola - 30,000 In Nigeria Believed Exposed, No One Knows Who

    07/31/2014 11:07:53 AM PDT · by Veto! · 123 replies
    The catastrophic Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be spreading faster than health experts previously believed. Yesterday, officials in Nigeria said that they were looking for up to 59 people who may have been exposed to the lethal virus by flying on a plane with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who died soon after getting off a flight in Lagos. On Wednesday, the health authorities there said that they have expanded their search from 59 people — to 30,000.
  • Illegal Immigration is Creating a Public Health Catastrophe

    07/31/2014 8:21:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/31/14 | Tim Dunkin
    Why can't we be just as free to assert our nation's sovereign right to affirm and defend our own borders? America is rapidly approaching the precipice when it comes to not just the quality, but even the availability, of health care in this country.
  • Ebola virus kills 729 people in West African countries

    07/31/2014 7:30:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    CCTV ^ | 07-31-2014
    The worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa. To date, there have been more than 1300 confirmed cases, and 729 have died.
  • Forget Ebola, Florida Issues "Flesh-Eating Bacteria" Public Health Warning

    07/31/2014 6:59:59 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7-31-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 07/30/2014 As Ebola spreads mercilessly across the world, it appears Florida has a problem that sounds just as awful. As CBS reports, Florida health officials are warning beachgoers about a seawater bacterium that can invade cuts and scrapes to cause flesh-eating disease. At least 11 Floridians have contracted Vibrio vulnificus so far this year and two have died, according to the most recent state data. Not exactly great news for Florida beach season... Vibrio vulnificus –- a cousin of the bacterium that causes Cholera –- thrives in warm saltwater, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...
  • Obamacare's Survival up to State Legislators

    07/29/2014 1:18:51 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/26/2014 | Jack McHugh
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has just ruled that the federal health care law does not authorize insurance subsidies provided through health care “exchanges” that were set up by the federal government. Only exchanges set up by the states can qualify for these taxpayer subsidies. D.C. Circuit appeal rulings are especially significant because, unlike appeals courts for other districts, they can affect the entire nation, not just one region. Given a contradictory ruling from the Fourth Circuit Appeals Court (which directly affects four states in the Southeast), the issue is likely to be taken up by...
  • Total darkness at night key to success of breast cancer therapy, study shows

    07/29/2014 11:24:43 AM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 21 replies
    Science Daily ^ | July 25, 2014 | Arthur Nead
    Exposure to light at night, which shuts off nighttime production of the hormone melatonin, renders breast cancer completely resistant to tamoxifen, a widely used breast cancer drug, says a new study by Tulane University School of Medicine cancer researchers. The study, "Circadian and Melatonin Disruption by Exposure to Light at Night Drives Intrinsic Resistance to Tamoxifen Therapy in Breast Cancer," published in the journal Cancer Research, is the first to show that melatonin is vital to the success of tamoxifen in treating breast cancer. Principal investigators and co-leaders of Tulane's Circadian Cancer Biology Group, Steven Hill and David Blask, along...
  • Nigeria 'on red alert' over Ebola death in Lagos

    07/26/2014 10:22:12 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 26 July 2014 | bbc
    Nigeria says it has put all entries into the country on red alert after confirming the death of a Liberian man who was carrying the Ebola virus.
  • 'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Issues Warning About Hair Dye After Having Allergic Reaction

    07/23/2014 3:00:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 97 replies
    UPI ^ | July 23, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    Perrette's severe allergic reaction landed her in the hospital.NCIS actress Pauley Perrette suffered a severe allergic reaction caused by her hair dye that landed her in the hospital. The 45-year-old star, who plays forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the hit show, warned her Twitter followers to be careful about hair dye allergies in order to avoid having their heads "swell up like a melon" or worse. Perrette is a natural blonde but she has been dyeing her hair for the past 20 years. "The other half of my face had become twice the size of my head," she told CBS...
  • Top Ebola Doctor in Sierra Leone Contracts Virus

    07/23/2014 5:09:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 23, 2014 | JESSICA FIRGER
    A physician at the helm of Sierra Leone's efforts to contain and control the Ebola epidemic has just been diagnosed with the virus, according to reports from Reuters and the BBC. Sheik Umar Khan, a virologist, has treated more than 100 patients with the deadly disease and was admitted earlier this week to a high containment treatment facility, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the government. A source inside the ward told Reuters that the doctor is receiving treatment, though no details were given on his current state of health. Health Minister Miatta Kargbo called Khan a "national...
  • What Doctors Can Tell About Your Health Just By Looking At Your Nails

    07/20/2014 11:12:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/20/2014 | Kevin Loria
    When most of us look at our hands, we might notice that we need to trim, clean, or stop biting our fingernails, and that's about it. But if you ask a dermatologist, they can see a whole lot more. Everything from poor diet and stress to serious kidney problems can be revealed by a glance at your fingernails. There are about 30 different nail signs that can be associated with medical issues, though many may indicate more than one problem, according to Dr. Amy Derick, a clinical instructor of dermatology at Northwestern University. Here are eight of the things a...
  • Puerto Rico Declares Chikungunya Epidemic

    07/18/2014 10:18:28 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 14 replies
    ElVocero.com (Spanish-language article) ^ | July 17, 2014 | Yennifer Álvarez Jaimes
    (English-language translation) The Department of Health declared a Chikungunya virus epidemic in Puerto Rico since it is a new virus in the island, the population does not have the antibodies to fight it, and cases are concentrated in the same zone. As of June 25, 206 cases were reported in the island. It was [also] reported that 89% of cases in Puerto Rico were registered in the Metropolitan Area: San Juan, Carolina, and Bayamón. So reported Health Secretary Ana Rius this morning, explaining at the same time that, through Administrative Order 324 that declares the epidemic, all health plans must...
  • With nation’s school lunches fundamentally transformed, Michelle O eyes ‘talking shopping carts’

    07/18/2014 8:05:36 AM PDT · by illiac · 45 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 7/18/14 | Ben Velderman
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – First, Michelle Obama seized control of your child’s school lunch and made it “healthy.” Now, the First Lady wants to change the way you buy groceries. michelle obama shopping 337 x 244A new 80-page report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture explains that federal bureaucrats hope to use a variety of tools to modify the way Americans select food items at the supermarket. The stated goal is steer consumers toward fruits and vegetables – and away from sugar- and fat-laden items. The plan is in line with “Michelle Obama’s stated second term agenda to ‘impact the nature...
  • Vanity-possible illegal immigrant flight to Baltimore

    07/17/2014 3:28:15 PM PDT · by cyclotic · 123 replies
    Vanity | July 12, 2014 | Cyclotic
    I'm awaiting a flight in Phoenix to Baltimore. 11 teenage Hispanic boys and four non-Hispanic adults just sat down all in a row in the terminal. The boys have not said a word and oddly, none of them have shoelaces. This is weird and I'm not sure what to make of it or what to do. Being in a TSA zone, I sure don't want to start a protest.
  • Study: Single injection of protein could reverse symptoms of Type 2 diabetes

    07/17/2014 6:13:02 AM PDT · by Innovative · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2014 | FoxNews
    When mice with the human equivalent of Type 2 diabetes were injected with the protein FGF1, their blood sugar levels returned to normal over two days. Just one injection of the protein both regulated these levels and even helped reverse insulin insensitivity – the underlying cause of diabetes. Published in the journal Nature, the research on FGF1 could revolutionize diabetes treatment. In addition to being effective against diabetes, the protein has several advantages over current diabetes drugs. It does not result in dangerous side effects seen with other diabetes drugs, such as heart problems, weight gain, or hypoglycemia. Additionally, FGF1...
  • USDA Suggests Changes to Grocery Stores to ‘Nudge’ Consumers to Eat Healthy

    07/16/2014 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.The group released an 80-page report this month presenting their ideas, which include talking shopping carts and a marketing strategy for grocery chains that would feature better store lighting for healthier items.“Most Americans, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants, do not purchase enough whole grains, dark green and...
  • Wheat Gluten Confirmed to Promote Weight Gain

    07/12/2014 4:11:32 PM PDT · by Renfield · 40 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 7-10-2014 | Sayer Ji
    New research confirms some of the basic tenets of the Wheat Belly, a book by Dr. William Davis, which argues that wheat avoidance results in healthy weight loss.Published in Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry this month, and titled “Gluten-free diet reduces adiposity, inflammation and insulin resistance associated with the induction of PPAR-alpha and PPAR-gamma expression,” researchers compared the effects of a gluten-based diet to a gluten-free diet in mice.Researchers Noted Gluten exclusion (protein complex present in many cereals) has been proposed as an option for the prevention of diseases other than coeliac disease. However, the effects of gluten-free diets on obesity...
  • Insurance 52% to 119% Costlier Under Obamacare

    07/11/2014 5:25:11 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/10/2014 | Jack McHugh
    The Manhattan Institute has just released an interactive map comparing on a county-by-county basis the least expensive individual health insurance policies available before and after the federal health care law went into effect. To make the analysis more fair, the earlier rates are adjusted to reflect higher prices paid by individuals with pre-existing conditions (the methodology is explained here). These are then compared to the lowest rates currently available on the federal exchange. In Michigan, statewide average rates for men ages 27, 40 and 64 rose 107 percent, 73 percent and 52 percent, respectively. For women of the same ages,...
  • Stem cell patient ACCIDENTALLY grows a NOSE on her back eight years after surgeons injected tissue

    07/10/2014 1:17:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 12:55 EST, 9 July 2014 | By Emily Payne
    A woman has developed a nose-like growth eight years after a stem cell treatment to cure her paralysis failed. At the Hospital de Egas Moniz in Lisbon, Portugal, the unnamed woman, a U.S. citizen, had tissue from her nose implanted in her spine. Doctors hoped the cells would develop into neural cells and help repair the nerve damage to the woman's spine. But the treatment failed. However, last year, eight years after the stem cell operation, the woman, then 28, complained of increasing pain in the area. Doctors discovered a three-centimetre-long growth, which was found to be mainly nasal tissue,...