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  • 'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Issues Warning About Hair Dye After Having Allergic Reaction

    07/23/2014 3:00:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 95 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 · 42 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,...
  • Strength Training for People My Age

    07/09/2014 8:09:02 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 45 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 8, 2014 - 8:00 am | Mark Rippetoe
    I’m 58. Granted, I’m pretty beat up these days. I’ve had my share of injuries, the result of having lived a rather careless active life outdoors, on horses, motorcycles, bicycles, and the field of competition. People my age who have not spent their years in a chair have an accumulation of aches and pains, most of them earned the hard way. And for us, beat up or not, the best way to stay in the game is to train for strength. The conventional wisdom is that older people (ah, the term sticks in the craw) need to settle into a...
  • Dr. Manny: Is America on the verge of a major health crisis?

    07/07/2014 4:32:00 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 20 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | July 7, 2014 | Dr Manny Alvarez
    SNIP But the unsuitable conditions of the Border Patrol processing facilities and detention centers where thousands of immigrants are being held, and the lack of sufficient medical screenings mean we could be on the verge of a health crisis, America. SNIP Modern public health policies clearly describe conditions which could lead to mass outbreaks of diseases, and what’s going on now is the perfect storm. State health officials touring one of the detention centers in Texas recently reported several issues including a lack of medicine for children, and insufficient medical screenings and testing for vaccinations or tuberculosis. They also noted...
  • Border Patrol union claims scabies ‘outbreak’ threatens agents, public

    07/07/2014 10:15:27 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 15 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Jukly 7, 2014 | Judson Berger
    A Border Patrol union claims that illegal immigrant minors are coming into the U.S. with "active scabies and other illnesses," claiming one of its agents already has contracted the mite-borne skin infection and warning it could spread into surrounding communities if precautions are not taken. The union's warning comes amid claims of tuberculosis at one camp in San Antonio and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's testimony last week of a confirmed case of H1N1, or swine flu.
  • Where Are The Federal, State, County & City Health Agencies While Obama Spreads Contagious Diseases?

    07/04/2014 5:57:45 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 17 replies
    Self | July 4, 2014 | Self(vanity)
    While Obama is spreading 65,000 illegal alien children most of whom have serious communicable diseases around the country, where are the thousands of health agencies around the country trying to fight this massive injection of disease into this country?
  • A Public Health Crisis at the Border (tuberculosis, dengue fever on the rise)

    07/04/2014 10:20:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/03/14 | Marc Siegel
    **SNIP** Drug-resistant tuberculosis also appears to have spread, with several counties in southern Texas reporting twice the usual average number of cases. TB is a disease that needs to be carefully monitored and screened for, a prospect that is not possible under the current circumstances. Dengue fever, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease that causes fatigue, pain in the bones and muscles, and fever, and infects close to 100 million people worldwide every year, has been detected this year in southern Texas for the first time since 2005. Illegal immigrants, possibly from Mexico, are a likely source. If infected mosquitoes begin...
  • Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest

    07/02/2014 6:54:48 AM PDT · by null and void · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 02, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say. In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. “There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told me. “We were under orders not to say anything.” The...
  • HHS Report: 1,295,571 Obamacare Enrollees May or May Not Be Legal Citizens

    07/02/2014 5:18:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/01/14 | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report released on Tuesday reveals that the Obama administration has yet to determine whether 1,295,571 of the over 8 million Obamacare enrollees are U.S. citizens lawfully in the country. The finding, located on page 11 of the report, states that 44% of the remaining 2,611,780 application "inconsistencies" are related to verifying "Citizenship/national status/lawful presence." Another 960,492 application inconsistencies were related to verifying whether subsidy applicants provided accurate income information.
  • How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

    07/02/2014 4:44:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | July 02, 2014 | Allison Aubrey
    The idea that eating cocoa-rich, dark chocolate may offer greater health benefits than milk chocolate is not new. Cocoa is loaded with compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to help our bodies fend off inflammation and maybe even improve our moods. And now a small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association offers evidence of another possible benefit: improving vascular health by increasing blood flow. Researchers studied patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which affects about 20 percent of adults older than 70 in the U.S. and other Western countries. People who have PAD can...
  • Flaws in Canadian system serve as red flag for Obamacare

    07/02/2014 3:23:47 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 20, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    As the U.S. debates ways to replace or improve Obamacare, Canada may offer a blueprint for reform. Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has moved to transfer control from the federal government to the provinces and is opening up the socialized system to private clinics and doctors. “What we clearly need is experimentation with market reforms and private delivery options within the public system. ... that experimentation should occur at the provincial level,” Harper said a decade before winning a government majority in 2011. Now he's acting on his vision. This is relevant to the debate over health policy in America...
  • Ebola: WHO calls emergency talks on outbreak

    07/02/2014 5:21:21 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 July 2014 | Tulip Mazumdar
    So far, 763 people have been infected with the virus - and 468 of these have died. Most of the cases have been in Guinea where the outbreak started. But it has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone and is now the biggest and most deadly Ebola outbreak the world has seen, say officials
  • Former O-Care adviser: Health insurers will be ‘dead’ by 2025

    07/01/2014 5:15:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Hill ^ | 07/01/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    A key former adviser behind President Obama's healthcare law said the traditional role of health insurers would be "dead" by 2025, predicting massive changes in the industry. "By 2025, insurance companies as we know them — taking in premiums and paying out — dead," Ezekiel Emanuel ... Emanuel, the older brother of former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has long argued that health insurers will shift away an employer-based system. By 2025.. ... Most Americans currently receive health insurance through their employers. ObamaCare includes an employer mandate, which requires companies with 50 or more...
  • California chefs, bartenders may win back right to touch your food with their bare hands

    06/30/2014 9:03:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 27, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    It looks like California chefs, bartenders and deli workers might be able to take off those hated rubber gloves. Gov. Jerry Brown was presented Thursday with AB2130 -- a "do-over" bill would repeal a law requiring those handling food that goes directly to diners wear gloves and mandating that they change those gloves with every new plate or fruit garnish on a drink. The law took effect in January, but following a backlash from the public and the foodservice industry, the state legislature voted to repeal the ban. "We're grateful the assemblyman was willing to roll (the bill) back, hit...
  • Woman Has 100,000 Cockroaches – Says They Are Her Family

    06/29/2014 4:31:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Most people hate cockroaches and would do just about anything to keep them out of their homes. But that is not the case for one woman. The South China Morning Post is reporting that Yuan Meixia in China shares her home with 100,000 cockroaches, which she considers her children. She breeds them and raises them so she can sell them to a pharmaceutical company, which uses them for medicine. She lives in separate home, but visits the breeding home everyday. She was inspired to start breeding them after she saw a program on television which talked about their potential healing...
  • Forget what you’ve been told about dietary fats and heart disease

    06/26/2014 9:23:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 73 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 6-26-2014 | Michael Noonan
    The American people have been given a lot of bad information about the link between saturated fat, cholesterol, and heart disease. This misinformation is slowly being corrected, and more research is being done in the area, but most medical organizations still recommend low-fat diets as “heart healthy.” We consume a lot less fats, and as a result, a lot more carbohydrates. (An unintended side effect: This diet has been blamed for the large increase in type 2 diabetes in our society over the last few decades.) I predict that in 10 years the medical profession will make yet another dietary...
  • Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb

    06/27/2014 2:49:21 PM PDT · by Renfield · 39 replies
    Fluoride Action Network ^ | 9/1997 | Chris Bryson & Joel Griffiths
    Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb by Chris Bryson & Joel GriffithsSome fifty years after the United States began adding fluoride to public water supplies to reduce cavities in children’s teeth, declassified government documents are shedding new light on the roots of that still-controversial public health measure, revealing a surprising connection between fluoride and the dawning of the nuclear age.Today, two thirds of U.S. public drinking water is fluoridated. Many municipalities still resist the practice, disbelieving the government’s assurances of safety.Since the days of World War II, when this nation prevailed by building the world’s first atomic bomb, U.S. public...
  • Saline shortages create troubles for U.S. hospitals

    06/27/2014 4:27:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    PBS.org ^ | 6/25/14 | APRIL DEMBOSKY
    Hospitals across the country are struggling to deal with a shortage of one of their essential medical supplies. Manufacturers are rationing saline — a product used all over the hospital to clean wounds, mix medications and treat dehydration. Now drug companies say they won’t be able to catch up with demand until next year. ...“The Most Expensive Drug Shortage in History” The burden ultimately falls on hospitals, clinics, and dialysis centers to come up with their own workarounds. And all that staff time adds up. Hospitals spend $216 million a year on the labor costs of managing drug shortages, according...
  • CDC wants more cigarette taxes, regs as tobacco usage flattens, teens experiment

    06/26/2014 7:55:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 25, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The rapid decline in Americans' tobacco use has leveled off, and now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling for new taxes, regulations and warnings to force Americans to kick the habit. In a new report, the CDC found that 50 million, or one in five, Americans use tobacco every day or some days, and 60 million, or one in four, “every day, some days or rarely.”It also revealed that the use of electronic cigarettes is surging, and and e-cigarettes now account for nearly 5 percent of the smoking market.Worse: Americans aged 18-24 showed up as the top...
  • Benton County Health Department cracks down after food-poisoning outbreak

    06/26/2014 8:17:39 AM PDT · by fella · 5 replies
    40/29 TV ^ | 26 june 2014
    BENTON COUNTY, Ark. —The Benton County Health Department is cracking down after a food-poisoning outbreak at the Walmart home office cafe
  • FDA extends public comment period for e-cigarette rules

    06/23/2014 11:55:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    The public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes. Those are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. The FDA also proposed extending its authority to regulate cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels and pipe tobacco.
  • Doctors Warn of Looming Health Crisis Due to Flood of Young Illegal Immigrants

    06/23/2014 11:42:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 23, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Many of the thousands of illegal immigrant children and teens crossing the United States border are carrying deadly contagious diseases that could easily create a major health crisis in this country, doctors say. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Dr. Jane Orient, an internal medicine specialist and the Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), said that by admitting these huge groups of children who come from countries where medical screenings are minimal and hygiene is poor, the United States is at risk for epidemics of serious diseases and viruses that the nation has not...
  • Isaiah Austin’s basketball career ends because of genetic condition

    06/22/2014 1:42:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    MySanAntonio ^ | June 22, 2014 | Tim Griffin
    Former Baylor standout center Isaiah Austin’s basketball career is over several days before the NBA Draft when doctors have diagnosed he suffers from Marfan syndrome. Marfan syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that leads to problems in connective tissues throughout the body. One feature of Marfan syndrome is aortic enlargement, which can be life-threatening. According to The Marfan Foundation, about one in 5,000 people have Marfan syndrome. Some athletes have died on the court as a result of Marfan syndrome and associated aortic problems, among them noted Olympic volleyball standout Flo Hyman. Austin underwent a standard physical at the...
  • Infertility in Spanish Pigs Has Been Traced to Plastics. A Warning for Humans?

    06/18/2014 4:33:09 PM PDT · by Renfield · 68 replies
    National Geographic Magazine ^ | 6-5-2014 | Josie Glausiusz
    A strange catastrophe struck Spain's pig farmers in the spring of 2010. On 41 farms across the country—each home to between 800 and 3,000 pigs—many sows suddenly ceased bearing young. On some farms, all the sows stopped reproducing. On others, those that did become pregnant produced smaller litters. When investigators examined the sows and the semen that had been used to artificially inseminate them—it had been collected from different boar studs and refrigerated—they couldn't find anything wrong. The sperm cells weren't misshapen. None of the sows were diseased. No microbes or fungal toxins were detected in their feed or water....
  • Obesity Linked to Long-Term Unemployment in U.S. [Obamanomics is making us fat!]

    06/18/2014 11:15:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    gallup ^ | 6/18/14 | Steve Crabtree
    Americans who have been out of work for a year or more are much more likely to be obese than those unemployed for a shorter time. The obesity rate rises from 22.8% among those unemployed for two weeks or less to 32.7% among those unemployed for 52 weeks or more.
  • In a Few Years We Might All Be Drinking Camel Milk

    06/17/2014 10:34:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Jun. 16 2014 | Anna Roth
    These days you can order your coffee with anything from cow's milk to almond milk, but even in an experimental town like San Francisco, a camel's milk latte has yet to sound like anything but a joke. Southern California-based company Desert Farms is looking to change that. With its tongue-in-cheek slogan, "make every day a hump day," and its packaging emphasizing the health benefits of its product, the company is trying to turn camel's milk into the next big thing in dairy. Camel's milk isn't anything new to the Bedouins of the Middle East and Northern Africa, of course, who...
  • High Blood Pressure May Sometimes Be Overtreated: Study

    06/17/2014 3:53:38 AM PDT · by BobL · 26 replies
    Yahoo Health ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dennis Thompson
    MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lower is not necessarily better when it comes to treating high blood pressure, researchers report.
  • Revenge of The Killer Potatoes: Pelosi Fights Potato ‘Assaults’

    06/16/2014 10:02:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    Washington’s potato saga continues.While the House considers a bill to include the potato in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) food nutrition program, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is echoing First Lady Michelle Obama’s claims that including the potato is an assault on science.“Republicans are even going after the nutrition for pregnant women and children, the WIC program. Mandating the WIC program include more white potatoes. You know, were talking about fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the rest, and they have an amendment that says more white potatoes than nutritionists recommend,” Pelosi said during her Thursday press conference.“These assaults...
  • JOHNSON: Obesity ‘epidemic’: It’s no big, fat deal

    06/15/2014 7:34:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Drew Johnson
    A British medical journal announced a finding last month that might be the best news in the history of the world: Nearly one out of three people in the world is overweight. Members of the media responded to this thrilling discovery by lamenting the globe’s growing waistline. Pundits rushed to condemn widespread access to inexpensive food. Everyone seemed so excited to attack obesity that no one noticed the report’s incredible story of human achievement and hope. Throughout history, malnutrition and hunger-related health issues have killed more people than any other cause. Over the course of the past half-century, however, the...
  • Sleep Less for Success

    06/14/2014 7:06:38 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 50 replies
    topmba.com ^ | June 4 2014 | Archana Rao
    What do Marissa Mayer (Yahoo’s CEO), Indira Nooyi (Chairman & CEO of Pepsico), Barack Obama, Condoleeza Rice (Former US secretary of state), Thomas Edison (inventor), Jay Leno (TV host) and Shah Rukh Khan (Bollywood superstar) have in common? Give up? They all sleep or slept for only three-four hours a night. These are just a few of the numerous successful people around the world whose time management regimen barely allows them to get any sleep. Donald Trump once asked, “How does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with someone that's sleeping three or four?". It’s a...
  • Michelle Obama Says She'll 'Fight Until the Bitter End' for Healthier School Lunch Standards

    06/12/2014 1:59:31 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 38 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | June 12, 2014 19:45 GMT | Darlene Superville, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama has turned her annual spring garden harvest into a plea for keeping healthier school lunch standards in place. Students who help plant the garden regularly return for the harvest. But on Thursday a few school nutrition directors also attended. A House bill due to be voted on soon would allow some schools to opt out of new standards that require more whole grains, fruits and vegetables in school lunches. The White House has threatened to veto the bill.
  • Colorado unveils Obamacare tax to boost struggling state exchange

    06/12/2014 6:03:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Colorado will begin charging an Obamacare tax next month on all health insurance policies — even those obtained through private employers — to help prop up the state’s struggling health care exchange. ... Republicans have called the Obamacare tax unconstitutional, given that the state’s constitution requires voters to approve any tax increases, but exchange managers insist it’s a fee, not a tax.
  • White House threatens to veto House ag spending bill

    06/12/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | June 11, 2014 | Mary Soukup
    As the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to consider the fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, the White House threatened to veto the legislation due to opposition related to funding provisions related to school nutrition programs, potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children program and other policy issues.This is the first veto threat from the White House for fiscal year 2015 spending bills.“The bill undermines key investments in financial oversight, injects political decision-making into science-based nutrition standards, and includes objectionable language riders,” said the official Statement of Administration Policy. “If the President were presented with H.R. 4800, his senior advisors...
  • Study: Michelle Obama anti-fat group treats obese as 'idiots'

    06/11/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 10, 2014 | Paul Bedard (Washington Secrets)
    Two major national anti-obesity campaigns supported by first lady Michelle Obama and former President Clinton treat overweight Americans as “idiots” too dumb to figure out what's good for them, according to a new academic study.Worse, said the study from a George Washington University professor, the Obama-backed Partnership for a Healthier America and Clinton supported Alliance for a Healthier Generation blame consumers and not the makers of unhealthy food for the obesity epidemic.“I found that these organizations might more appropriately be called the ‘Partnership for a Healthier Bottom Line,' ” said associate sociologist professor Ivy Ken in the influential academic journal...
  • FDA Bans Wood from Cheese-Making; Industry Decries 'Devastating Development'

    06/11/2014 6:07:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Barbara Boland
    The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday that it will not allow cheese makers use wooden boards to age their cheese - a ruling that would effectively wipe out artisanal cheeses.The FDA's ruling came to light after several cheese makers in New York were cited - despite state laws that allow the use of wood boards."Reports showed that the porous structure of wood made it susceptible to the colonization of bacteria on the surface and inside the wood," Monica Metz, the branch chief for the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's Dairy and Egg Branch, wrote...
  • Long Island Teen In World Spotlight After Inventing Award-Winning Spinal Treatment

    06/10/2014 4:06:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Children suffering from scoliosis — curvature of the spine — may one day have a new treatment, thanks to the invention of a Long Island high school student. As CBS 2′s Carolyn Gusoff reported, Harry Paul, 17, knows first-hand what it’s like growing up in need of constant spinal operations, and he’s on a mission to change that. “I’m happy when I’m helping people, and I’m better at helping people by being happy,” said Paul, a senior at Paul D. Schreiber High School. Paul, who stands 4 feet, 10 inches tall, has endured more than a dozen surgeries to treat...
  • Study: Banning Soda From Food Stamp Purchases Could Curb Obesity and Diabetes Rates

    06/10/2014 12:04:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    A new study by researchers at Stanford University is suggesting that making soda and other sugary drinks ineligible for purchase with SNAP funds could result in nearly a quarter million fewer diabetes cases in adults, and over 140,000 fewer obese children.
  • Welcome to the Future: Feasting on Scorpions, Grasshoppers

    06/06/2014 11:54:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Arab News ^ | Friday 6 June 2014
    Does it ‘bug’ you?: Worm and cricket lollipops are displayed during a global ‘Pestaurant’ event sponsored by Ehrlich Pest Control at the Occidental Restaurant in Washington, DC.Though slightly uncertain, Erin Kolski pronounced the unusual fare on her plate — a burger made from ground-up grasshoppers — to be surprisingly tasty. “It’s a little crunchy. It tastes fine,” Kolski said, sounding somewhat surprised as she favorably appraised the dish at Washington’s Occidental Restaurant, a popular establishment a stone’s throw from the White House. Hers was one of many such plates served up Wednesday by chef Rodney Scruggs, who helped organize an...
  • Behind the school lunch fight

    06/05/2014 7:07:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | June 4, 2014 | Helena Bottemiller Evich
    First lady Michelle Obama and school lunch ladies used to be on the same team, but now they’re locked in a political war against each other. For the first three years of Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, the School Nutrition Association, a powerful group that represents 55,000 cafeteria professionals, was a close ally in the White House push to get kids to eat healthier. The group helped lobby for the legislation at the center of the debate: the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, a law championed by the first lady that mandates more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and less sodium...
  • What's Causing the Upswing of Contagious Diseases in the United States?

    06/05/2014 2:27:37 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 60 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 06/05/2014 | Andrew Todd
    When most people think of diseases such as measles and tuberculosis, they imagine Dickensian images of a bygone era before the advent of widespread vaccinations and disease ridden slums. After all, tuberculosis did to Doc Holliday what so many others were unable to, kill him. While we may associate these as being a dangerous threat from a simpler time, there are alarming new trends that suggest they are making a comeback. In the year 2013, the Center for Disease Control recorded the highest number of both tuberculosis and measles in the last twenty years, which begs the question, in the...
  • Camels Confirmed as MERS Virus Source in Humans

    06/05/2014 9:31:45 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies
    healthmsx news ^ | 06-05-2014 | unknown
    Saudi Arabian doctors say they've identified camels as one source of MERS infections in humans. The scientists report they matched genetic samples from the virus that killed a Saudi man last November to virus samples present in one of nine camels that he owned. (snip) The health risk from MERS to the American public is low, U.S. officials have said, because the virus is only passed through close contact.