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  • The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014 (and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018...)

    12/15/2012 7:04:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/12/12 | John Hayward
    The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014By: John Hayward 12/12/2012 09:14 AM If you think it’s been horrifying to watch ObamaCare pop open like a jack-in-the-box filled with tax increases over the last couple of weeks, just wait until the huge new taxes on health insurance companies hit in 2014. A study commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) lays out the details: The [Affordable Care Act] imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increases to $14.3 billion in 2018, and will continue to increase each year. The Joint...
  • Too fat to fight: Obesity is now leading cause of new recruits being rejected by U.S. Army

    12/13/2012 8:53:52 PM PST · by Mozilla · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/13/12 | By Larisa Brown
    Obesity has become the leading cause of new recruits being rejected from the US Army as they struggle to meet fitness standards. And military officials have warned expanding waistlines in the warrior corps are causing a national security concern as the Army is being forced to dismiss a rising number of overweight soldiers. During the first 10 months of this year, the Army, under pressure to cut the number of troops, kicked out 1,625 soldiers for being out of shape - around 15 times the number discharged for that reason in 2007. Between 1998 and 2010, the number of active-duty...
  • Rogue Dentist’s 30-Year Crusade Against Wisdom Teeth Removal Extracts Results

    12/04/2012 9:41:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon, Dec 3, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    Dr. Jay Friedman relishes his role as dental outcast. Like a pesky younger brother who enjoys watching his siblings squirm, the 86-year-old dentist and public health advocate has for decades been poking and prodding at the oral health community over his personal obsession: wisdom teeth. Friedman has argued for more than 30 years that removing a young person's healthy wisdom teeth -- called "third molars" by professionals -- is an unnecessary and irresponsible practice. While many dentists and oral surgeons have dismissed him as a traitor and a zealot, in 2007, people in the public health arena began to listen....
  • Geron drops brain cancer drug, plans layoffs (40% of workforce)

    12/04/2012 12:24:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    MedCity News / Reuters ^ | December 3, 2012 | Vidya P L Nathan
    Geron Corp confirmed it will discontinue development of an experimental drug to treat cancer that has spread to the brain from elsewhere in the body and also cut about 40 percent of its workforce, after patients failed to respond to the drug in a mid-stage study. The company said it will now focus on the development of another drug candidate, imetelstat, as a treatment for blood cancers and some types of solid tumors. The brain cancer drug, GRN1005 and imetelstat's development in blood cancers were the only hopes that Geron's shareholders had after the company warned investors in September that...
  • ObamaCare Fallout: Walmart Ends Insurance For New Hires

    12/01/2012 12:14:56 PM PST · by george76 · 125 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Dec 2012 | John Nolte
    And so the government takeover of our health care system begins: Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week.. ... By making the fine for not providing health care cheaper than providing health care, this was always the plan: to encourage employers to send us to the government. Remember how Obama's big ObamaCare sell was, "You get to keep the health insurance you have"? It was all a lie, a hustle, a con, a ruse…
  • You thought you knew how bad Obamacare was? Think again

    11/30/2012 11:33:19 AM PST · by Starman417 · 26 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-30-12 | DrJohn
    Each year, Congress holds a sword of Damocles over the heads of the medical profession. The "doc fix" is a budget adjustment to bring Medicare fees into the world of reality. democrats love to omit it for the sake of appearances. Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare. Obama calls it "waste." Physicians call it reimbursement. What that will do is make finding Medicare providers far more difficult. The AMA supported Obamacare, on the promise that the law would include a permanent “doc fix.” But Democrats reneged on that promise, owing to the cost of a permanent SGR adjustment: something on...
  • George H.W. Bush hospitalized, report says

    11/29/2012 9:05:22 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | November 29, 2012 | By KATIE GLUECK
    Former President George H.W. Bush is in the hospital, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. Bush, 88, is at Houston’s Methodist Hospital receiving treatment for a “chronic cough,” his chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the Chronicle.
  • High-fructose corn syrup linked to type 2 diabetes

    11/28/2012 12:58:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 113 replies
    The Ssaratogian ^ | November 28, 2012 | Annie Hauser
    Countries using high-fructose corn syrup have diabetes rates 20 percent higher than countries that do not, a new international analysis finds. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in national food supplies around the world might help explain the rising rates of type 2 diabetes around the world, researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Oxford report in the journal Global Public Health. After studying 42 countries, researchers found that those that use HFCS in their food supply had a 20 percent higher prevalence of diabetes than those that did not use HFCS, suggesting an association with diabetes independent...
  • Obama Seeks to Accelerate Access to Health Care -- Now in Uganda

    11/28/2012 3:10:15 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Nov. 28, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The Obama Administration is continuing its push to expand citizen access to health care--and it now seeks to accomplish that task on behalf of the citizens of Uganda. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) acknowledged this morning that soon it will seek a contractor to run its new Ugandan health program. According to a presolicitation notice released today that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor located via routine database research, USAID around Dec. 20 will release a Request for Proposals for the endeavor. The stated intermediate goals of the initiative are: 1) Expanded availability of health services by private service...
  • Obama Economist: Taxing Junk Food Will Help Prevent Fiscal Cliff

    11/26/2012 4:04:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | November 26, 2012 | Philip Hodges
    Obama’s former chief economist Larry Summers thinks that one way to break America’s fall off the over-reported fiscal cliff is to raise taxes to the level they were under Clinton’s administration. Echoing Paul Krugman’s 90% tax rate nostalgia and pointing out that it was conservative icon Ronald Reagan who cut taxes to 50%, he said, “It’s hard to believe that raising the top tax rate to 39.6 percent — where it was under President Clinton — will do grievous damage to the economy.” Of course, Reagan also cut the top tax rate to 28% in his second term, but that’s...
  • TriHealth fires 150 employees for not getting flu shots: Co. offered shots for free (Cincinnati)

    11/24/2012 1:04:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 257 replies
    WLWT-TV ^ | November 22, 2012
    CINCINNATI — One of Cincinnati’s largest employers fired approximately 150 employees Wednesday for failing to get a required flu shot. TriHealth offered all of its 10,800 employees free flu shots. Employees had a month to get the flu shot. The deadline was Nov. 16. Employees who did not get the shot were terminated Wednesday, a company spokesperson said...
  • Study questions value of mammography screening [Obamacare War on Women]

    11/23/2012 1:31:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | November 21, 2012 | Monte Morin
    About a third of all tumors discovered in routine mammography screenings are unlikely to result in illness, according to a new study that says 30 years of the breast cancer exams have resulted in the overdiagnosis of 1.3 million American women. The report, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, argues that the increase in breast cancer survival rates over the last few decades is due mostly to improved therapies and not screenings, which are intended to flag tumors when they are small and most susceptible to treatment. Instead, the widespread use of mammograms now results in the...
  • Woman Wakes Up As Doctors Ready to Harvest Her Organs (Video-Denmark)

    11/20/2012 7:27:02 PM PST · by virgil283 · 7 replies
    "Her family was told she was brain dead..... Now she’s back at home cooking dinner with her family....The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary was aired earlier this month which showed family members reacting in anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to turn off her respirator.....“But we made a mistake underway and made the family believe that their daughter and sister would die.”....The hospital acknowledged that the question of organ donation should not have been raised as there...
  • Drinking Green Tea With Starchy Food May Help Lower Blood Sugar Spikes

    11/19/2012 11:04:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Penn State Live ^ | Monday, November 12, 2012
    An ingredient in green tea that helps reduce blood sugar spikes in mice may lead to new diet strategies for people, according to Penn State food scientists. Mice fed an antioxidant found in green tea -- epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG -- and corn starch had a significant reduction in increase in their blood sugar -- blood glucose -- levels compared to mice that were not fed the compound, according to Joshua Lambert, assistant professor of food science in agricultural sciences. "The spike in blood glucose level is about 50 percent lower than the increase in the blood glucose level of mice...
  • Oklahoma is latest to reject state-based health exchange (Obamacare)

    11/19/2012 2:51:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/19/12 | Sam Baker
    Oklahoma is latest to reject state-based health exchangeBy Sam Baker - 11/19/12 03:23 PM ET Add Oklahoma to the list of Republican-led states that won't implement the key feature of President Obama's healthcare law. Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday that she won't set up a state-based insurance exchange — a new portal where people who don't get insurance through their employers can shop for coverage, often with help from a federal subsidy. "It does not benefit Oklahoma taxpayers to actively support and fund a new government program that will ultimately be under the control of the federal government, that is...
  • Uncovering the secrets of tea

    11/16/2012 12:17:17 AM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 14 November 2012 | Helen Potter
    Everyone knows that a cup of tea is good for you, but the exact reasons for this are not clear. To discover the fundamentals of tea’s health benefits, scientists in Germany have investigated the interactions of compounds from tea with cells on a molecular level.Both green and black tea contain around 30,000 polyphenolic compounds, some of which have been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reducing cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and inflammation. Despite their positive effects, which have been seen in epidemiological findings and clinical trials, their exact biochemical mechanism is still not clear. Polyphenols can act as antioxidants,...
  • Key Points on Health Insurance Exchanges (Tell your governor to just say no!)

    11/15/2012 2:45:29 PM PST · by inkling · 10 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Christina Sandefur
    As policymakers in Arizona decide whether or not to establish health insurance exchange, they should keep several key points in mind. The exchange will be Arizona-funded, not Arizona-run. The federal government will be in complete control of the exchange—from who can participate to what plans they can offer and prices they can charge. The federal legislation clearly states, “An Exchange may not establish rules that conflict with or prevent the application of regulations promulgated by the Secretary [of Health and Human Services].” The only part Arizona will play is picking up the tab. While we don’t know exactly how much...
  • Doctor Shortage Could Cause Health Care Crash

    11/15/2012 12:55:40 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 13, 2012 | Nisha Nathan
    The United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population, a new study found. The predictions also reflect the passage of the Affordable Care Act — a change that will expand health insurance coverage to an additional 38 million Americans. "The health care consumer that values the relationship with a personal physician, particularly in areas already struggling with access to primary care physicians should be aware of potential access challenges that they may face in the future if the production of primary care physicians...
  • Obamacare Will Become Reality: What Does it Mean for You? (Premiums Up and Up)

    11/13/2012 4:52:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 13, 2012 | Kevin Chupka
    Despite uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff and whether or not President Obama can make "compromise" a theme of his second term, one thing is for certain: the Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as "Obamacare" is going to take effect. The lion's share of the law is to be implemented on January 1, 2014. The major tenets that will impact Americans include the individual mandate and the pre-existing conditions clause that will not allow insurers to refuse coverage to anyone, even if they are in poor health. ......................................................... And once the law actually goes into effect it's the pre-existing conditions...
  • The Obamacare Nightmare Comes True (cost to businesses)

    11/13/2012 1:46:53 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | November 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A bunch of CEOs are in Washington. These people are beside themselves. They're having to hire outside consultants to pore through the Obamacare legislation and advise them, tell them what they have to do to comply. And they are asking for some kind of relief. You've got John Schnatter at Papa John's pizza, the Applebee's people and a number of other restaurant chains are saying, "We have no choice." If they're gonna keep our products priced where they are, which is the price they've all determined is the most sensible for profit stability and affordability for customers, they're gonna...
  • The Five Stages of a Conservative's Grief

    11/12/2012 5:51:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11-12-12 | David Catron
    A painful adjustment to last Tuesday's election. Last Tuesday evening I went to bed in denial, thinking that there must be some mistake. I declined to believe that a majority of the voters were stupid enough to re-elect a President whose incompetence makes Jimmy Carter seem Washingtonian by comparison, whose mendacity far surpasses that of a pathological liar like Bill Clinton, and whose administration is so corrupt that it actually evokes nostalgia for the Nixon era. I was sure that, when all the actual votes had been counted, they would reveal that the voters of Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Colorado...
  • Battle over US environment agency's human studies

    11/06/2012 2:44:11 AM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 2 November 2012 | Rebecca Trager
    PM2.5 air pollution is generated by combustion © ShutterstockThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finds itself in an unusual position. Two prominent Republican politicians, who have repeatedly accused the EPA of killing jobs through overregulation, are condemning the agency for lax oversight of its ongoing human research studies involving concentrated airborne particles.Representative Paul Broun, who chairs the investigations and oversight subcommittee of the House of Representatives’ Science Space and Technology Committee, has asked the EPA Inspector General (IG) to investigate a series of EPA studies. Conducted in 2004, they involved exposing humans to fine particulate matter around or smaller than...
  • Scientists: New GMO wheat may 'silence' vital human genes

    11/03/2012 6:26:28 AM PDT · by Renfield · 70 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 10-09-2012 | Elliott Freeman
    Australian scientists are expressing grave concerns over a new type of genetically engineered wheat that may cause major health problems for people that consume it. University of Canterbury Professor Jack Heinemann announced the results of his genetic research into the wheat, a type developed by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), at a press conference last month. "What we found is that the molecules created in this wheat, intended to silence wheat genes, can match human genes, and through ingestion, these molecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes," Heinemann stated. "The findings are absolutely assured....
  • Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

    11/01/2012 8:11:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 31, 2012 | ABC News
    Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place that flood water is most dangerous is in your body. ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser collected floodwater and drinking water in some of the areas hit hardest by Sandy and had them tested at The Ambient Group lab. The floodwater collected in Lower Manhattan tested positive for gasoline and two types of bacteria found in sewage: E. coli and coliform. “Very dangerous,” Besser said. “Make sure you wear protective gear if...
  • Single Junk-Food Meal Can Damage Arteries

    11/01/2012 7:57:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 1, 2012 | UPI
    TORONTO — A single junk-food meal rich in saturated fat is detrimental to the health of the arteries, researchers in Canada said. Dr. Anil Nigam and colleagues at the University of Montreal-affiliated EPIC Center of the Montreal Heart Institute compared the effects of a junk-food meal and a typical Mediterranean meal on the vascular endothelium, the inner lining of the blood vessels. Endothelial function is closely linked to the long-term risk of developing coronary artery disease.
  • Physicians Who Use Marijuana are 'Unsafe to Practice' (Colorado)

    10/30/2012 4:49:14 PM PDT · by Stoat · 14 replies
    Medscape ^ | October 29 2012 | Kate Johnson
    Physicians Who Use Marijuana are 'Unsafe to Practice' MONTREAL, Canada — Physicians who legally use medical marijuana to treat their own debilitating conditions such as chronic pain or nausea are considered unsafe to practice medicine in the state of Colorado until such time that they no longer need the treatment, according to a policy from the Colorado Physician Health Program. "We took a conservative stance," Doris Gundersen, MD, Medical Director of the Colorado Physician Health Program, told Medscape Medical News after her presentation here at the International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH). "We don't want to deny them treatment...but until they no...
  • Teacher Filmed Blowing Up a Condom Like a Balloon in Health Class

    10/27/2012 5:40:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Students who appear to be middle schoolers witnessed a teacher blowing up a condom like a balloon as a part of a sex ed lesson in a health class somewhere, quite possibly in Canada. A video of the incident was posted on YouTube by a user October 21, 2012. The user listed her country as Canada but offered no hometown, and no clue about the identity of the school where this took place. SEE IT HERE. But it’s an odd occurrence, to say the least. At the risk of sounding like prudes, we have to ask if it’s appropriate for...
  • Chef Broke The Law By Cooking Healthy Food

    10/23/2012 9:06:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 23, 2012 | Jon Rappoport
    Annika Eriksson, a long-time Swedish chef revered for her school lunches, has been squelched. Has she made errors? Are her meals contaminated? Has the quality of her ingredients slipped? No, none of the above. The trouble stems purely from the fact that her meals are too good. Yes, you read that right. She’s exceeding expectations. She bakes fresh bread every day. She offers 15 different vegetables at lunchtime. She knows it pleases the students to have choices. This is her crime because, you see, other schools don’t have the same benefits in the Falun district in Sweden. (This is called...
  • Romney’s final debate vow: I'd 'get rid of' ObamaCare 'from day one'

    10/23/2012 3:29:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 23, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    BOCA RATON, FL, October 23, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Mitt Romney pledged to increase military spending by scrapping the health insurance reform known as ObamaCare last night in Boca Raton during a debate more marked by pointed answers and conflicting style than substantive disagreements. The third and final presidential debate, which focused on foreign policy, was held last night at Lynn University. When asked by moderator Bob Schieffer how he would increase military spending without raising taxes, Romney said he would begin “by reducing spending in a whole series of programs. By the way, number one I get rid of...
  • Hotel official: Fidel Castro appears in public

    10/21/2012 9:24:01 AM PDT · by notbuyingit2 · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 10/21/12 | AP
    HAVANA (AP) — A top executive at Havana's Hotel Nacional says that Fidel Castro made a public appearance there, challenging rumors that he is in ailing health.
  • New Food Guidelines Have West Hartford, [CT] Food Services In A Pickle

    10/10/2012 4:44:56 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | October 9, 2012 | JULIE STAGIS
    WEST HARTFORD —— The beef is there, but where's the pickle? That's the question students at Hall High School have been asking on hamburger day in the cafeteria since the food services department made menu changes to meet new school lunch rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Students are "outraged over the removal of pickles and salt from the cafeteria at Hall to meet nutrition guidelines," student representative Kendall Teare told the school board last week.
  • GOP sees food fight as kids trash USDA fruit, vegetable guidelines

    10/20/2012 4:46:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Republicans say new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines aimed at forcing students to eat fruits and vegetables are a failure because students across the country are simply tossing the healthy fare into the trash. "[T]here remains great concern with the amount of food waste generated at school cafeterias, much of it brought on by requiring students to take fruits and vegetables rather than simply offer them," Reps. John Kline (R-Minn.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) told USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in a letter sent Thursday. "This is a waste of federal, state and local funds and...
  • Diabetes Study Ends Early With a Surprising Result

    10/20/2012 10:35:47 AM PDT · by Innovative · 79 replies
    NY Times ^ | Oct 19, 2012 | Gina Kolata
    A large federal study of whether diet and weight loss can prevent heart attacks and strokes in overweight and obese people with Type 2 diabetes has ended two years ahead of schedule because the intensive program did not help. About 25 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. Many are overweight or obese. On average, the disease increases heart disease risk by 2 to 2 1/2 times, said Dr. Ronald Kahn, chief academic officer at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Dr. Nathan, though, said the results meant that people with diabetes might have a choice. The group assigned to diet...
  • Making healthy choices -- without thinking

    10/19/2012 7:18:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 18, 2012 | Theresa Marteau
    (CNN) -- Would you be more likely to take the stairs if the elevator doors were slower to close? Would you be more likely to eat healthy foods if the unhealthy selections were harder to reach? You might -- and you might not even be aware of it. Humans, as well as other animals, are motivated to conserve energy and have a built-in preference for the shortest or easiest way of doing something over a longer or more difficult way. Our behavior is guided by two systems: a reflective system, in which we act in a conscious way, working toward...
  • ROMNEY WAS RIGHT ABOUT INSURANCE

    10/18/2012 11:41:15 AM PDT · by FrankR · 9 replies
    10-18-2012 | FrankR
    During the debates, Romney brought up the fact that under obama, healthcare costs have not been cut in half, but in fact, doubled. Well, for me, that chicken has come home to roost. I am retired, and on Medicare, but my wife has us covered under her insurance. She is a manager for a major retail chain, which just announced the "changes" in healthcare coverage for the new year. We have always signed up for the top plan, the PPO, because I like to use doctors of my choice. For about five years we've been paying about $430 per month...
  • Dirty shoes? How did US steroids get contaminated?

    10/17/2012 3:35:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Financial Express ^ | Oct. 17, 2012
    Was it some moldy ceiling tiles? The dusty shoes of a careless employee? Or did the contamination ride in on one of the ingredients? There are lots of ways fungus could have gotten inside the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose steroid medication has been linked to a lethal outbreak of a rare fungal form of meningitis. The outbreak has killed at least 15 people and sickened more than 200 others in 15 states. Nearly all the victims had received steroid injections for back pain. Federal and state investigators have been tight lipped about any problems they may have seen at the...
  • Peanut Butter Recall Extended to Raw, Roasted Peanuts

    10/16/2012 5:24:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/ ^ | Oct 15, 2012 7:33am
    The recall of peanut butter and other nut products linked to an outbreak of salmonella from a New Mexico food company has now been expanded to include raw and roasted peanuts.
  • CDC says another 19 people diagnosed with meningitis in U.S. outbreak (over 230 cases now)

    10/16/2012 4:49:34 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Another 19 people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis linked to possibly tainted vials of a steroid medication, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 231. The CDC said there were two additional cases of infection in joints after a steroid injection but these were not confirmed as meningitis, bringing the total of infections nationwide to 233. The death toll from the unprecedented outbreak was unchanged at 15, the CDC said.
  • Exclusive: Nestle to cut sugar and salt in breakfast cereals

    10/15/2012 11:59:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 15, 2012 | Emma Thomasson (Reuters)
    ORBE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Nestle SA and General Mills Inc will cut sugar and salt in the children's breakfast cereals they jointly market outside North America, the latest attempt by major food companies to respond to health concerns. The two have been in a joint venture since 1990 to sell Nestle-brand cereals such as Cheerios in more than 140 countries outside the United States and Canada, markets which account for about half total global cereal sales of some $25 billion. They say they will reformulate 20 cereal brands popular with children and teenagers by 2015, boosting wholegrains and calcium and...
  • UK: Convicted criminals recruited as carers for elderly (ObamaCare Preview?)

    10/14/2012 4:47:45 PM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | October 14, 2012 | John Bingham
    Frail and vulnerable elderly people are being forced to rely on care in their homes from workers with convictions for theft and violence, an investigation has found.   Private care agencies, fulfilling contracts for councils across the country, have been employing convicted criminals to work in elderly people’s homes. In some cases, the criminals have been sent in without police checks or risk assessments being carried out, publicly available records show. One agency in Birmingham hired 23 people with criminal records, including assault and theft. Another in Sussex had five criminals on its books including a woman who was...
  • Zinc deficiency mechanism linked to aging, multiple diseases

    10/12/2012 4:34:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 82 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | October 1, 2012 | NA
    A new study has outlined for the first time a biological mechanism by which zinc deficiency can develop with age, leading to a decline of the immune system and increased inflammation associated with many health problems, including cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease and diabetes. The research was done by scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences. It suggests that it's especially important for elderly people to get adequate dietary intake of zinc, since they may need more of it at this life stage when their ability to...
  • Oral Sex Could Spread Antibotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Superbug

    10/09/2012 1:03:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    inquisitr ^ | 10.9.1012 | inquisitir
    Health officials have been sounding the alarm about a drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea, and data from around the world now suggests that oral sex could be the means of transmission of the so-called superbug. Gonorrhea (i.e., the gonococcus microbe) is said to be the second most commonly reported infectious disease in the US, and cephalosporins — the class of drugs most commonly used to treat it — are apparently no longer effective against the infection. As a result, scientists fear a global sexually transmitted gonorrhea epidemic. The New Yorker discusses the connection between gonorrhea (a.k.a. “the clap”) and oral sex:...
  • Darden tests limiting worker hours as health-care changes loom [CEO is BIG Obama supporter!]

    10/09/2012 8:53:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 7, 2012
    In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses. Darden said the test is taking place in "a select number" of restaurants in four markets, including Central Florida, but would not give details. The company said there has been no decision made about expanding it. In an emailed statement, Darden said staffing changes are "just one of the many things we are evaluating to help us address the cost implications health care...
  • Drug 'may prevent stroke damage'

    10/08/2012 9:08:55 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/07/2012 | Unattributed
    It may be possible to use a drug to prevent some of the lasting and crippling damage caused by a stroke, according to doctors in the US and Canada. A safety trial, published in the Lancet Neurology medical journal, suggested the chemical NA-1 was safe to use. The study on 185 people also hinted that patients given the drug developed fewer regions of damaged brain tissue. The Stroke Association said that it was promising, but needed more research. Tests in primates had suggested NA-1 prevented brain cells dying when a stroke starved them of oxygen.
  • Students boycotting school lunches (Moochelle not mentioned)

    10/06/2012 7:04:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/06/12
    Students boycotting school lunchesPublished: Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Many U.S. high school students are protesting new, healthier school lunches, and a professor says it may take a while for students to accept healthier food. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required public schools to follow new nutritional guidelines this academic year, providing fruits and vegetables and limiting fat, sodium, and calories, The New York Times reported Friday. "Before, there was no taste and no flavor," said Malik Barrows, a senior at Automotive High School in Brooklyn. "Now there's no taste, no...
  • Vitamin B3 May Help Kill Superbugs

    10/07/2012 11:17:41 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 43 replies
    Medical News Today (MNT) ^ | August 25, 2012 | Catharine Paddock, PhD
    Nicotinamide, commonly known as vitamin B3, may help the innate immune system kill antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, the so-called "superbugs". In lab work done with mice and human blood, researchers found high doses of the vitamin increased the ability of immune cells to kill the bacteria by 1,000 times.The discovery opens the door to a new arsenal of tools for dealing with antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, such as those caused by methicillin-resistant S. aureus or MRSA, that have killed thousands of people around the world. They are increasing in hospitals and nursing homes, and also rising in prisons, among athletes, people in...
  • Is there a superior brand or preparation of Gingko Biloba product to recommend to seasoned citizens?

    10/06/2012 9:31:05 AM PDT · by Tuanedge · 10 replies
    My "seasoned citizen" mom is concerned that she might be having memory issues, and feels that she's slow on the uptake on some things during conversations. In the past I've tried to recommend ginkgo to her, but she's resistant to try new things... but now, it seems she's willing to give gingko a shot. I understand some preparations are better than others, and I we sure the natural healing community on FR would have some recommends... My mom works here, she's not a member, but I'm going to send her a link to this thread, she'll read what you advise...~*Thank...
  • European Food Safety Authority Finds Controversial GM Study Wanting

    10/05/2012 7:03:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 4 October 2012 | Gretchen Vogel and Martin Enserink
    Enlarge Image Controversial kernels. The European Food Safety Authority is questioning the validity of a high-profile study that found an association between genetically modified corn and cancer in rats. Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says a recent study on the toxicity of genetically modified maize and a common herbicide is inconclusive. The study, published on 19 September, claimed to find that rats fed genetically modified maize developed tumors at a higher rate than control animals. The study received wide press attention, although it was criticized by many scientists for its design and its...
  • Coffee Linked to Vision Loss

    10/05/2012 4:32:22 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 72 replies
    Healthline, Yahoo! Health ^ | Friday, October 5, 2012 | Lisa Collier Cool
    A new Harvard study has discovered a high incidence of vision problems among men and women who drank three or more cups of coffee a day. The research, published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, http://www.iovs.org/content/53/10/6427.abstract?sid=9dd04ef5-beba-4204-b980-19a9afd4a3aa linked heavy consumption of caffeinated coffee with increased likelihood of developing exfoliation glaucoma, an eye disorder that affects about 10 percent of adults over age 50 and can lead to vision loss or blindness. Specifically, the researchers reported that adults who drank three or more cups of coffee daily were 34 percent more likely to develop exfoliation glaucoma, compared to those who abstained from...
  • Lake County considers 'trash-cams' at school cafeterias

    10/03/2012 3:09:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 67 replies
    WKMG ^ | 10/2/2012 | Kristin Giannas
    Lake County School Board officials are considering attaching cameras to school cafeteria trash cans to study what students are tossing after officials found that most of the vegetables on the school menu end up in the trash can. New federal laws require students to take a healthy produce at lunchtime, but last year in Lake County, students tossed $75,000 worth of produce in the garbage. "It's a big issue, and it's very hard to get our hands around it," said School Board member Todd Howard, who suggested "trash-cams." "They have to take (the vegetable), and then it ends up in...