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  • Franklin Graham [Appears to Endorse American Health Care Act]

    03/24/2017 5:59:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    Facebook ^ | 3/24/17 | Franklin Graham
    Our politicians are set to vote today on the American Health Care Act, to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. Pray that they will do the right thing for the American people. Obamacare is going to fail regardless, so a change has to be made. Many of our politicians are weak morally and spiritually, corrupted by greed and power. Join me in praying for them today as they take this crucial vote. America needs healing that can come from God alone—our hearts need to be healed.
  • Mark Cuban: Amend U.S. Constitution to Make Healthcare a Right

    03/20/2017 7:26:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 111 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 19, 2017 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Billionaire entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban criticized the Congressional Budget Office’s use of a 10-year score to determine the effects of the Republicans' American Health Care Act and said the U.S. Constitution should be amended to make healthcare a right. Cuban compared the CBO’s use of a decade timeframe to the ABC television show Shark Tank, where he stars as one of the investors that hears pitches from business owners. He said one- to four-year timeframes are better but “marginally predictable.”
  • How Has Our Health Care System Become Such a Mess?

    03/18/2017 7:21:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 17, 2017 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    SNIP As a result of this thinking, most of us have become part of a large system that is so complex that we don’t have any idea how much something costs or why it costs that much—and often don’t even bother to ask! So many things occur to me to ask, but there are few good answers. Should an ankle x-ray cost $700? Why? I know the machine is initially expensive, but so is my car. After driving my car for ten years, the three years of payments are a distant memory. Surely after the 10,000th x-ray the machine should be...
  • Transgenderism and Cancer

    03/15/2017 7:24:05 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Mike Konrad
    Pharmaceutical companies have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to test new drugs. Yet, we in America are permitting confused youth to be used as guinea pigs in medical procedures that mutilate the anatomy and flood the body with potentially damaging hormones. The current rush to acceptance of transgenderism ignores a problem beyond the immediately obvious. Are we setting up hundreds of thousands for early deaths due to cancer? Every cell in the human body has a sexual fingerprint in the sex chromosome (allosome) pairs. The born male has a XY pair. The born female an XX. These chromosomes...
  • Colorado Aims to Expand a Main Artery, but Beleaguered Neighbors Balk

    03/12/2017 7:14:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 19, 2017 | Julie Turkewitz
    DENVER — Each morning Yadira Sanchez and her three children awaken to the roar of traffic and the plumes of exhaust that spill from the highway that cuts through their neighborhood. Now, Ms. Sanchez and her family are confronting a plan to triple the width of this state’s main east-west artery, sending tens of thousands more cars by their door. Denver was the fastest-growing large city in America in 2015, with a population of nearly 700,000, and the scene of a tech and marijuana boom that has drawn 1,000 new households a month. But as in other cities, its highways...
  • Vanity: Sheila Jackson Lee Townhall on Health Care 11 March

    For those of you wishing to "attend". Only 888 tickets left. Will Houstonians Lose Coverage? What’s in the New Health Care Bill? FIND OUT at a Critical Health Care Listening Session Hosted By Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. On Saturday, March 11, 2017, the Congresswoman will host a Health Care Meeting and Critical Listening Session at 3pm at Hamilton Middle School, located at 139 East 20th Street, Houston, TX, 77008. The Congresswoman will be joined by health care professionals and concerned citizens who just want to know the truth. WHO: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee WHAT: Town Hall on Health Care WHEN:...
  • Daylight saving time may be killing you

    03/10/2017 1:09:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 3/10/17 12:11 PM | John Siciliano
    Duke Energy, one of the largest electric utilities in the country, included an article this week that took aim at the clock-changing law, which was updated just over a decade ago by a 2005 energy bill. It pointed out a number of adverse health effects that are a side effect of using 0.5 percent less energy per day as a result of gaining an hour of sunlight. Studies published over the last decade on the effects of daylight saving time have shown it interferes with natural sleep patterns, which people never truly recover from. ... Even worse, medical studies showed...
  • What Will The Next Epidemic Be? 101 Dead In Yellow Fever Outbreak In Brazil

    03/10/2017 9:33:24 AM PST · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09 March 2017 | Janice Williams
    Doctors are worried Brazil’s yellow fever outbreak could be as devastating an epidemic as the Zika virus, the New England Journal of Medicine reported. More than 100 people have already died from the virus, which is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Initially, doctors weren’t concerned the few instances of yellow fever would turn into an outbreak because the majority of the cases, which were first reported in December, were among people living away from heavily populated urban cities and closer to Brazil’s jungles. However, the number of people contracting the virus is rising sharply, the report said.
  • Study finds colorectal cancer rates have risen dramatically in Gen X and millennials

    03/09/2017 3:09:41 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 54 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | March 2, 2017 | Journal of the National Cancer Institute
    A new study finds that compared to people born around 1950, when colorectal cancer risk was lowest, those born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer. The study is led by American Cancer Society scientists and appears in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. It finds colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence rates are rising in young and middle-aged adults, including people in their early 50s, with rectal cancer rates increasing particularly fast. As a result, three in ten rectal cancer diagnoses are now in patients younger than age 55. Overall, CRC...
  • Cell Phone Cancer Debate Heats up With Document Release

    03/04/2017 1:09:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Mar 3, 2017 | Scott Budman
    Cell phones have become ubiquitous over the last few years, along with the debate over whether or not they can cause cancer. While many agencies — including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and National Institute of Environmental Health — say they’ve found no link between cancer and the electromagnetic fields emanated by cell phones, a newly-released document is reheating the argument.It comes from the California Department of Public Health and is called “Cell Phones and Health.” It lists potential risks from cell phones to both adults and children. The 2014 document was held...
  • Fasting Diet May Help Regenerate a Diabetic Pancreas

    02/24/2017 1:34:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    NHS News ^ | 2/24
    "The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers," BBC News reports. Research in mice found a low-calorie diet may help in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The pancreas is an organ that uses specialised cells known as beta cells to produce the hormone insulin, which the body uses to break down sugars in the blood (glucose). In type 1 diabetes the pancreas stops producing insulin. In type 2 diabetes either not enough insulin is produced or cells in the body fail to respond to insulin (insulin resistance). Mice...
  • GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes

    02/24/2017 1:25:05 PM PST · by davikkm · 4 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders move to repeal and replace the Obama-era health law. At the same time, they’re telling Washington: Don’t scrap the Affordable Care Act without a viable alternative. According to a draft of the proposal obtained by The Associated Press, the governors are urging Congress to adopt an alternative that would change Medicaid from an open-ended federal entitlement to a program designed by each...
  • Democrats Invoke 25th Amendment, Question Trump’s Mental Health

    02/20/2017 6:36:38 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 20, 2017 | Adelle Nazarian
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic lawmakers are openly questioning President Donald Trump’s mental health, and a growing number of them are invoking the 25th Amendment as a springboard to introduce legislation that would allow former presidents and vice presidents to determine if Trump is mentally unfit for office.
  • Smelling farts could be the best thing you do today [bizarre "health discovery"]

    07/12/2014 12:08:16 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 68 replies
    CNET.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Anthony Domanico
    It's Friday, and what better way to spend the day that starts with F than talking about Flatulence? Anyone who has accidentally let one rip in a social situation understands the immediate horror associated with getting caught passing gas. But instead of being ashamed when you fart in public, you should embrace your dirty deed with pride, as you may have just helped saved someone's life. Well, that's what a study currently getting some attention might suggest, but it's more complicated than that. The study out of the University of Exeter in the UK found that the hydrogen sulfide gas...
  • Trump asks about autism in educators meeting

    02/14/2017 12:35:11 PM PST · by markomalley · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2-14-17 | JORDAN FABIAN
    President Trump quizzed a school principal about autism during a meeting with educators at the White House on Tuesday. “Have you seen a big increase in the autism with the children?” Trump asked Jane Quenneville, the principal of a Virginia public school specializing in special education. Quenneville responded that she has, and noted her school “has shifted its population” to accommodate more students with autism. “So what’s going on with autism?” Trump asked. “When you look at the tremendous increase, it’s really such an incredible — it’s really a horrible thing to watch, the tremendous amount of increase. Do you...
  • Reflections on the CNN Healthcare Debate

    02/13/2017 1:37:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | Hal Scherz
    The CNN healthcare debate between Senators Ted Cruz & Bernie Sanders on February 7 was dubbed a success by the network, ranking first in its cable time slot. With healthcare once again thrust into the headlines, and with two big personalities squaring off, this was certainly the marquee event, as was advertised. It turned out to be what one would have expected; a clash of ideologies, but a deeper look into what was said, and specifically what wasn’t, turned out to be most revealing. Senator Sanders’ positions contained very little substance as he clung to his talking points which reflected...
  • Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychiatric Drugs

    02/13/2017 10:12:01 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 51 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | FEB. 13, 2017 | BENEDICT CAREYFEB.
    <p>The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.</p> <p>The new analysis, based on data from doctors’ office visits, suggests that inappropriate prescribing to older people is more common than previously thought. Office visits are a close, if not exact, estimate of underlying patient numbers. The paper appears in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.</p>
  • Express lanes, motorcycle helmets among bills filed in Florida

    02/12/2017 10:08:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | January 15, 2017 | Kristina Webb
    It could be a busy legislative session for transportation issues in Florida. Already, several bills have been filed addressing controversial topics ahead of the session’s March 7 opening. Here’s a quick look at a few you’ll hear about in the coming weeks. Express lanes A bill proposed in the Florida Senate would prevent the creation of more express lanes on the state’s highways while also setting rules for how express lane toll money must be spent. The measure, SB 250, was filed by state Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami. If the bill is made law during the upcoming session, it would...
  • Whistleblowers: Planned Parenthood Had Dead Baby Quotas

    02/08/2017 5:51:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/8/17 | Bre Payton
    In a new video, former Planned Parenthood employees reveal they were incentivized to pressure women into getting abortions to meet monthly corporate quotas.In the video from Live Action, Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood manager in Storm Lake, Iowa, explained that if her center met its quota for abortion referrals, employees would be rewarded with pizza parties, paid time off, and other rewards.After administering a pregnancy test to a woman, Planned Parenthood employees would tell her how much it cost and ask how much she would be able to pay towards it. If a woman was unable to pay for a...
  • Leeches and Maggots to the Rescue

    02/04/2017 4:53:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | John Lundy
    This is something you may not have given much thought to, but leeches have wonderful saliva. "Within the leech saliva there is a substance in there called hirudin," Jim Tomsche said. "And there's other things in their saliva as well ... which allows blood flow to expand or vessels to open up their blood supply and also has an anesthetic effect." If that news doesn't make your blood flow, it might some day when you need it the most. Medically used for bloodletting purposes for thousands of years, Hirudo medicinalis — the medicinal leech — is back on the job...
  • This Tiny Submarine Cruises Inside A Stomach To Deliver Drugs (No Raquel Welch)

    01/30/2017 12:03:52 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | January 29, 2017 | MADELINE K. SOFIA
    A tiny self-propelled drug-delivery device might someday make taking antibiotics safer and more efficient. Think of it as a tiny submarine scooting around inside your stomach, fueled by the acid there. Oral antibiotics are commonly prescribed life-saving drugs. Once an antibiotic is swallowed, it takes a trip to the stomach, where there's lots of acid. That stomach acid can break chemical bonds in the antibiotic and deactivate it.
  • Is GNC A Good Buy @ 9.15 A Share?

    01/25/2017 4:54:59 PM PST · by OneVike · 89 replies
    MY Brain | today | OV
    So GNC is down to 9.15 a share, it was up to 60.18 in Nov 2013. Last years high was at 34.58 in April, but has since slid into almost penny stock territory. I understand that they are having trouble from theom;ine sales and all, but they are also running a Super Bowl add to help. I guess even if the Super Bowl add helps temporarily it may be a smart move to buy at 9.15 to make a quick profit from the response they get off the add. Anyone agree? By the way you all want a tip? Try...
  • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapses during State of the State

    01/23/2017 6:00:49 PM PST · by SMGFan · 54 replies
    BNO News ^ | January 23, 2017
    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has collapsed while delivering the annual State of the State address in the House Chambers. The governor is receiving medical attention but his current condition is unknown. (more)
  • Healthcare.gov - Advertising on ESPN

    01/23/2017 10:19:25 AM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 13 replies
    Vanity | 1/23/17 | Self
    Just saw an ad on espn for Obamacare, saying that people have until 1/31 to sign up before the penalty. What are we doing here, these ads should be pulled.
  • Rare Rat Virus Infects 2 People In Wisconsin

    01/19/2017 5:00:23 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 1/19/17 | AP
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Health officials are investigating how a rare rat virus called the Seoul virus infected eight people in Wisconsin and Illinois. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says all eight people had direct contact with rats at Illinois and Wisconsin ratteries, which are rat-breeding facilities.
  • What Comes After Repeal? How to Fix American Health Care, Part 2

    01/16/2017 8:57:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 13, 2017 | Jim DeMint
    Thursday, I laid out the case for why Obamacare should be repealed, instead of propped up and tinkered on by additional top-down, boardroom thinking. It’s clear that whatever replaces Obamacare must focus on quality and incremental local solutions, not one-size-fits-all government mandates.In this respect, the federal government’s biggest task for replacing Obamacare is to get out of the way and let state policymakers and health care providers innovate.First off, let’s get clear what Americans want: They’d like many choices of affordable health insurance plans that allow them to choose their doctors. They want to buy a plan when they are...
  • Recent Study Reveals Significant Health Disparities for Homosexual Teens

    01/16/2017 7:41:03 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 74 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 1/15/2017 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    A recent (and first of its kind) study verifies again what many Christians have long warned about the homosexual lifestyle. Published in August of 2016 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the study—"Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12"—looked at a wide variety of risky behaviors among U.S. high school students. .. In almost every instance, the risky behavior measured—especially behaviors that are often linked to a moral decision—was much more prevalent among teenagers engaging in homosexual activity. In addition, and unsurprisingly, those students with the healthiest outcomes...
  • Doctors find brain and skull in teen's ovary

    01/06/2017 7:59:13 PM PST · by the_daug · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 06, 2017 | not stated
    During surgery to remove a 16-year-old girl’s appendix, surgeons discovered a surprise guest— a tumor with a brain, hair and neurons that could transmit electric impulses like a normal brain.
  • What Is My Duty to Warn? (Psychiatrists)

    01/04/2017 5:26:24 AM PST · by tired&retired · 12 replies
    Psychiatric News ^ | January 2016 | Kristen Lambert, J.D., M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., Moira Wertheimer, J.D., R.N., C.P.H.R.M.
    Although psychiatrists are legally required to protect the confidentiality of mental health information disclosed by their patients, most states have laws either mandating or permitting psychiatrists to reveal confidential information when patients pose harm to a third party. Most of these laws, commonly referred to as “duty to warn” laws, were passed following the seminal court case of Tarasoff v. The Regents of the University of California. This case established a duty among mental health professionals to warn potential victims of a risk of violence. The laws afford mental health professionals immunity from civil and criminal liability for the disclosure...
  • I Got Zika And I will Never Be The Same (It's Worth It!)

    12/27/2016 4:14:23 PM PST · by Hostage · 84 replies
    AFAR Travel Guide ^ | December 19, 2016 | BRIANNA RICE
    What contracting Zika taught one traveler about traveling fearlessly I remember looking down at my polka-dotted legs as I lay by the pool of a small hostel in El Tunco, El Salvador. As I fought the urge to scratch, I counted the number of mosquito bites. Thirty-seven. I had thirty-seven bites on my legs, not to mention a few on my arms and the one driving me crazy on my back. I shrugged, sprayed my legs with more 99.9 percent DEET spray, and continued basking in the sun. A week after I tallied up my bites, on the last day...
  • Mystery of the spike in deaths between Christmas and New Year’s gets curiouser and curiouser

    12/23/2016 10:27:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    Speculation about why this happens has ranged from in-law stress to the excesses of eating all that fruitcake and drinking all that eggnog, but the prevailing theory accepted by many doctors and researchers has always been about the weather. The colder it is, the more vulnerable people's bodies might be to having a complication from a heart attack, flu or other ailment that they can't recover from. The logic may be perfectly reasonable, but it's likely wrong. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association on Thursday, the rise in deaths during the holidays...
  • Breathalyser can detect 17 diseases

    12/22/2016 8:45:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    uktelegraph ^ | 12/21/2016 | Henry Bodkin [?]
    A s far back as 400 BC, Hippocrates advised his students to smell their patients’ breaths to detect if they were ill. Now, researchers in America have invented a system which does just that, only rather more scientifically. A new analyser uses nano-rays to determine the precise chemical composition of a person’s breath. From that it is able to detect the “signature” of any of 17 serious diseases, from kidney cancer to Parkinson’s disease. Exhaled breath contains nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen, as well as small amounts of more than 100 other chemicals, but the relative amount of each substance...
  • 70 staff members ill after Department of Health luncheon (Irony!)

    12/21/2016 9:51:45 AM PST · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    The New Mexican ^ | 12/20/2016 | By Andrew Oxford
    Epidemiologists at the state Department of Health are investigating their agency’s own annual holiday luncheon after dozens of employees reported falling ill after the party last week. About 70 staff members claim to have experienced gastrointestinal issues following the catered event at the Harold Runnels Building attended by more than 200 employees, according to a spokesman.
  • How a BMI Fallacy Convinced the World that Diabetes Is a Disease of Excess

    12/16/2016 2:27:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Motherboard ^ | December 15, 201 | Ankita Rao
    Last year I was visiting a rural hospital in Chhattisgarh, one of the poorest and hungriest states in India. The patients waiting in the corridors were thin and bony, with dangerously low blood counts and anemia. So I was shocked when I watched the doctors at Jan Swasthya Sahyog clinic treat patient after patient for diabetes and heart disease. The public perception of type II diabetes is that it’s a disease of excess—the result of too much sugar in our diets and a sedentary lifestyle. But a documentary by executive producer Elliot Kirschner, director Adam Bolt, producer Jessica Harrop, and...
  • If You Answer ‘Yes’ to These Questions, You May Be an Alcoholic

    12/12/2016 7:09:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 12, 2016 | Dr. Brad McKay
    Do a few evening beers make your mornings un-beer-able? Does a vodka martini make your brain feel shaken, or stirred? Has a Dark ‘N’ Stormy been clouding your thoughts? For most people, the occasional night out is not a big deal — but when a hangover becomes a regular part of your weekend routine it’s a sign something might not be right. It’s an alarming statistic that one in five Australian adults regularly drink harmful amounts of alcohol. This chronic alcohol use can cause liver failure, stomach ulcers, bleeding problems, damaged nerves, injured brain cells and an increased risk of...
  • Fat is GOOD for you! New research says cheese and cream to PREVENT diabetes and heart risk

    12/11/2016 1:35:02 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 168 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | Lucy Johnston
    Current dietary advice says foods containing high levels of saturated fats such as cream, butter, red meat, eggs and cheese should be avoided because they increase the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. But a study published in a leading medical journal has found the opposite is true, with a diet full of natural fats improving the health of people taking part. Professor Sherif Sultan, a heart specialist from the University of Ireland, said: “We urgently need to overturn current dietary guidelines." "People should not be eating high carbohydrate diets as they have been told over the...
  • Frankengrain

    12/07/2016 8:28:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    Wheat Belly Blog ^ | September 11, 2016 | Dr. William Davis
    Here’s an excerpt from the Wheat Belly Cookbook about modern high-yield, semi-dwarf wheat, what I call the “Frankengrain” because of the extensive and bizarre changes introduced into this grass by geneticists and agribusiness. (Even though a cookbook, I tried to make the Wheat Belly Cookbook a standalone book that discusses the background on why and how the Wheat Belly lifestyle yields such unexpected and extravagant health and weight loss successes. For this reason, the first 90 pages of the cookbook reiterate many of the Wheat Belly basic concepts.)From the Wheat Belly Cookbook: Wheat encapsulates a fundamental dilemma of our technological...
  • A little butter on your slice of Frankenwheat? (good reason to avoid grains)

    12/06/2016 6:00:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    Wheat Belly Blog ^ | November 3, 2016 | Dr. William Davis
    Imagine that I’m a mad scientist (or perhaps just a geneticist who doesn’t blink an eye while fiddling with nature’s design) and I want to see what happens when I introduce substantial genetic changes into a chimpanzee.In my experimentation, I double the chimp’s height, change it’s hair color to yellow, induce mutations to change eye color, give it the ability to see better at night, increase muscle strength in its lower body so that it can jump long distances, and several dozen other changes. The end result looks different, acts different, has changes in physiology, its capacity to tolerate heat,...
  • Nearly Half of America’s Overweight People Don’t Realize They’re Overweight

    12/05/2016 7:59:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    As you prepare to pack on your holiday pounds this winter, consider this: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans than ever are overweight. But according to some new Gallup data, far fewer of us actually think we're overweight. In recent years, the gap between how fat we think we are and how fat we are is wider than it's ever been. The chart above tells the story. In 1990 (not that long ago, all things considered), about 56 percent of Americans qualified as obese or overweight, according to the CDC. Back then, we were pretty...
  • Magnetic brain stimulation can bring back stowed memories: study [help for Hillary!]

    12/01/2016 2:19:03 PM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | Dec 01, 2016 | Provided by: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Results by Rose et al. overturn a theory that in order for short-term memories to exist, neurons that represent that memory must be constantly active. Instead, the neural activity supporting that memory need only arise when the person trying to recall it consciously focuses his or her attention on the memory. Credit: N.S. Rose et al. =========================================================================================================================== It's clear that your working memory—which holds attention on small things of short-term importance—works, or you wouldn't be able to remember a new phone number long enough to dial it. Describing how it works, however—how the brain determines what to keep in mind,...
  • Platypus (And Echidna) Venom Could Treat Type 2 Diabetes, Adelaide Researchers Find

    11/30/2016 8:15:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/30
    A longer-lasting form of a hormone found in platypus venom could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes in humans, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide. Key points: A longer lasting version of GLP-1 has been found in the gut and venom of the platypus GLP-1 stimulates the release of insulin to lower blood glucose Researchers hope the venom could be used to treat type 2 diabetes in humans The team found both the platypus and echidna produce a long-lasting form of the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 is normally secreted in the gut of...
  • Man 'cured' of prostate cancer after doctors shock tumour to death with testosterone

    11/30/2016 7:21:13 PM PST · by Enterprise · 26 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 30 NOVEMBER 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    A man with advanced prostate cancer is believed to be cured after doctors 'shocked' his tumour to death with huge amounts of testosterone. The result has been described as 'unexpected' and 'exciting' because most prostate cancer therapies work by depriving tumours of testosterone, because cancer uses it as a fuel.
  • Tom Price, Obamacare Critic, Is Trump’s Choice for Health Secretary

    11/28/2016 7:04:58 PM PST · by usafa92 · 90 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/28/2016 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Representative Tom Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia who has led opposition to the Affordable Care Act, to be secretary of health and human services, according to a transition team official. Mr. Price, an orthopedic surgeon, has been a severe critic of the health law, saying it interferes with the ability of patients and doctors to make medical decisions. And he says that events have borne out his warnings. “Premiums have gone up, not down,” Mr. Price said recently. “Many Americans lost the health coverage they were told time and time...
  • A Battle to Change Medicare Is Brewing, Whether Trump Wants It or Not

    11/25/2016 5:14:55 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | Nov 25 2016 | NY Times
    WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump once declared that campaigning for “substantial” changes to Medicare would be a political death wish. But with Election Day behind them, emboldened House Republicans say they will move forward on a years-old effort to shift Medicare away from its open-ended commitment to pay for medical services and toward a fixed government contribution for each beneficiary. The idea rarely came up during Mr. Trump’s march toward the White House, but a battle over the future of Medicare could roil Washington during his first year in office, whether he wants it or not.
  • Blood from human teens rejuvenates body and brains of old mice

    11/24/2016 10:51:35 AM PST · by moose07 · 52 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 15 November 2016 | Jessica Hamzelou
    Blood plasma from young people has been found to rejuvenate old mice, improving their memory, cognition, and physical activity. The method has the potential to be developed into a treatment for people, says Sakura Minami of Alkahest, the company behind the work. Previous research has found that stitching old and young mice together has an interesting effect. While sharing a blood system works out well for the older mouse, the younger one isn’t so lucky. The young animals started to show signs of brain ageing, while the brains of the older mice started to look younger. “We see a rejuvenation...
  • Walgreen's $140 Million Lawsuit Shows Theranos Is Way Worse Than We Thought

    11/23/2016 11:10:50 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    Thrill List ^ | 11/23/2016, 2:58 PM | By Christina Stiehl
    <p>Theranos, the biotech company started by a 19-year-old Stanford dropout, has another hurdle to cross in its whole "we're totally a legit blood-testing company" campaign. This time, it turns out that tens of thousands of blood tests were voided, making them totally invalid. Whoops!</p>
  • Eat cheese, live longer

    11/22/2016 2:21:42 PM PST · by Red Badger · 97 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 21, 2016 | 3:08pm | By Christian Gollayan
    A recent study published in the journal Nature Medicine reported that eating cheese — specifically the aged kind containing the compound spermidine, as found in blue cheese — was linked to a longer life in mammals when tested on mice. “The mice do not only live longer when we supplement spermidine to the drinking water, but they are also healthier in terms of cardiac function,” Frank Madeo, co-author of the study and a professor at the University of Graz in Austria, told Medical Daily.
  • Soft Drinks No. 1 Purchase by Food Stamp Recipients; $357,700,000 From 1 Grocery Chain

    11/22/2016 1:00:13 PM PST · by PROCON · 88 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Nov. 22, 2016 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Soft drinks were the top commodity bought by food stamp recipients shopping at outlets run by a single U.S. grocery retailer. That is according to a new study released by the Food and Nutrition Service, the federal agency responsible for running the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as the food stamp program. By contrast, milk was the top commodity bought from the same retailer by customers not on food stamps. In calendar year 2011, according to the study, food stamp recipients spent approximately $357,700,000 buying soft drinks from an enterprise the study reveals only as “a...
  • Theranos's Insane Campaign To Punish Whistleblower, Who Happened To Be Famous Boardmember's Grandson

    11/21/2016 7:48:00 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    TechDirt ^ | Mon, Nov 21st 2016 5:13pm | by Mike Masnick
    We haven't really written much about the insane Theranos scandal, though we discussed it on our podcast. The whole story is pretty crazy -- involving a heavily hyped up company that appeared to basically be flat out lying to everyone about what it could do. The company still exists, but barely. The company's founder and CEO, who was plastered across magazine covers and compared frequently to Steve Jobs, has been banned from running a lab for two years, and the company is now facing a $140 million lawsuit from its biggest partner, Walgreens, who claims that Theranos repeatedly lied to...
  • Cinnamon Cools Your Stomach, New Study Says

    11/20/2016 2:25:51 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 46 replies
    Sci-news ^ | 2016 September 26 | Sci-news
    According to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, adding cinnamon to your diet can cool your stomach by up to two degrees. "The results of the study, which used pigs, seemed to show that cinnamon maintained the integrity of the stomach wall," said study co-lead author Prof. Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. "When pigs feed at room temperature, carbon dioxide gas increases in their stomach." "Cinnamon in their food reduces this gas by decreasing the secretion of gastric acid and pepsin from the stomach walls, which in turn cools the pigs' stomachs during digestion,"...