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  • Students, Activists to Rally for Health Care Justice

    02/11/2013 7:55:48 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 19 replies
    San Juaquin.com ^ | 02/11/2013 | Joe Goldeen
    Health professional students will march down the Mall to the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento, where they will be joined by hundreds of community members gathered to support guaranteed, universal health care in California for the eighth year. The rally is expected to draw more than 600 people including community members and physicians and nurses from around the state. There will be a flashmob on the steps of the State Capitol, where almost 300 health professional students in white coats will hope to draw attention to the more egregious practices of the health insurance industry. Despite the advances...
  • Annual health screening: does it do more harm than good?

    02/10/2013 11:44:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | October 17th, 2012 | Andrew M Brown
    Do you have an annual health check? Plenty of people do. Health screening – general checks on people who don’t have any symptoms – is widely promoted by private doctors and health insurance companies – and popular. Successful executives, who are used to being in control, understandably think of their health as another area where, if they take prudent precautions, they can minimise risks. --snip-- And they are not suggesting that doctors shouldn’t screen or test patients when they suspect something is going on. They approve of targeted interventions for specific conditions. More worrying, though, is the fact that there...
  • Mental health center offers free training to teachers (Is it the kids - or maybe someone else?)

    02/08/2013 6:46:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    12 News Now ^ | 2/02/13 | Adam Wright
    **SNIP** It's a two day course that teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia. "A lot of times what you think to do in a mental health circumstance is exactly the wrong thing to do, like telling a person who's feeling seriously depressed to 'snap out of it' or 'you have so much to live for'," said Spindeltop spokesperson Janna Fulbright. The class was offered free to educators. And Henry believes a better knowledge of mental disorders could help decrease violence in schools. "This actually gives you a little more...
  • Findus admits frozen lasagne was made with 99% horsemeat and they don't know for how long

    02/07/2013 12:46:08 PM PST · by Perdogg · 46 replies
    Findus has tonight admitted that it has been selling packs of its popular frozen lasagne that were 99 per cent horsemeat. The news is the first time that it has been confirmed that horsemeat contamination of products sold in the UK has spread beyond beef burgers. There are concerns that the horse meat used in the lasagne contained the drug bute, which is a known human health risk. Findus was today unable to say how long horsemeat has been used in its products.
  • Mediterranean diet good for diabetes, study shows

    02/06/2013 11:49:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 55 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 02/06/2013 | Kathryn Doyle
    Diets lean on meat and rich in healthy fats like olive oil were most effective at promoting weight loss and lowering blood sugar among people with diabetes in a review of evidence from the last 10 years. Benefits were also seen with diets low in carbohydrates, high in protein or low in simple sugars. "If you look at different types of diets, these four can improve various aspects of diabetes control," lead author Dr. Olubukola Ajala, a diabetes specialist at Western Sussex Hospitals in the UK, told Reuters Health. More than 24 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. People with...
  • Air pollution delivers smaller babies

    02/06/2013 7:23:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Nature News ^ | 06 February 2013 | Hannah Hoag
    Study of 3 million infants suggests connection between inhaled particles and birth weight. Pregnant women who have been exposed to higher levels of some types of air pollution are slightly more likely to give birth to underweight babies, a large international study has found. The results are published online today in Environmental Health Perspectives1. Low birth weight — defined as a newborn baby weighing less than 2.5 kilogrammes — increases the risk of infant mortality and childhood diseases, and has been associated with developmental and health problems later in life, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Previous studies have looked at...
  • House bill could create new 'national nurse' public health position

    02/06/2013 4:05:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Pete King (R-N.Y.) and more than two dozen Democrats have introduced legislation that would create a national nurse to work alongside the surgeon general. The National Nurse Act, H.R. 485, would designate the chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) as the "National Nurse for Public Health." The bill would have the national nurse work alongside the surgeon general and "focus on health promotion, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities." "As the first registered nurse in Congress, I know from experience how nurses play a critical role in health promotion and...
  • Fighting fat with fat: Stem cell discovery identifies potential obesity treatment

    02/05/2013 11:04:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    http://medicalxpress.com ^ | Feb 05, 2013 | Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
    Ottawa scientists have discovered a trigger that turns muscle stem cells into brown fat, a form of good fat that could play a critical role in the fight against obesity. The findings from Dr. Michael Rudnicki's lab, based at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, were published today in the prestigious journal Cell Metabolism. "This discovery significantly advances our ability to harness this good fat in the battle against bad fat and all the associated health risks that come with being overweight and obese," says Dr. Rudnicki, a senior scientist and director for the Regenerative Medicine Program and Sprott Centre for...
  • Continuous Chest Compression CPR

    02/05/2013 7:14:06 AM PST · by Tugo · 16 replies
    Arizona Health Science Center ^ | Feb. 4, 2013 | Learn Sarver Heart Center’s
    Sarver Heart Center’s newest video makes it easy to learn Continuous Chest Compression CPR. Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks. You can lessen this recurring loss by learning this hands-only CPR method that doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. Watch physician researchers Gordon A. Ewy, MD, and Karl Kern, MD, demonstrate the easy, life-saving method that they developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
  • IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family

    02/01/2013 11:38:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    CNS ^ | 1/31/13 | Matt Cover
    In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year. Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS. The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.
  • Seattle’s ‘Town Hall’ meeting Monday to discuss ‘gun violence’ as health issue

    01/31/2013 6:26:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Amid the fireworks following Seattle’s circus-like gun buyback and the antics in Oak Harbor over guns in parks, another front in the cultural war against firearms is being reopened next Monday evening when Town Hall holds a forum on “Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis.” Already, Seattle-area gun activists are planning to attend the gathering, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Hall on Eighth Avenue in downtown Seattle. It’s a joint effort by Town Hall and the University of Washington School of Public Health. There is perhaps no surprise in the firearms community that none of the...
  • Windsor votes to remove fluoride from drinking water (Canada)

    01/30/2013 7:10:06 PM PST · by opentalk · 45 replies
    Windsor star ^ | January 28, 2012
    Windsor on Monday joined the growing number of municipalities which have voted to end the decades-old practice of adding fluoride to the water supply in the fight against tooth decay. “A lot has changed in the last 60 years … fluoride is not the be-all and end-all to prevent tooth decay,” said Mayor Eddie Francis, who voted with the majority.… “I want to be shown that when we ingest this, we are safe,” said Kimberley DeYong of Fluoride Free Windsor. She and others said not a single study among those cited by fluoridation proponents looked specifically at the industry-sourced chemical...
  • Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

    01/29/2013 7:10:13 PM PST · by walford · 65 replies
    AP ^ | January 26, 2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die prematurely from their unhealthy habits? Annual health care costs are roughly $96 billion for smokers and $147 billion for the obese, the government says. These costs accompany sometimes heroic attempts to prolong lives, including surgery, chemotherapy and other measures.
  • Holy Cow! Tyranny at The Dairy

    01/26/2013 8:22:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 26, 2013 | Rhett Kelley
    This morning I watched yet another video of something that disturbs me greatly: the events leading up to the “legal” theft of several tons of cheese produced on a small family farm in Missouri. This, after the cheese had been embargoed for over 2 years and thus was no longer fit for consumption anyway. All of this was done in the name and at the expense of the taxpayers of Missouri, under the guise of “food safety.”
  • Uncovered, the 'toxic' gene hiding in GM crops: Revelation throws new doubt over safety of foods

    01/25/2013 7:38:13 AM PST · by opentalk · 71 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    •EU watchdog reveals approval for GM foods fails to identify poisonous gene •54 of the 86 GM plants approved contain the dangerous gene •Gene found in food for farm animals producing meat, milk and eggs •Biotech supporters argue there is no evidence that GM foods are harmful A virus gene that could be poisonous to humans has been missed when GM food crops have been assessed for safety. GM crops such as corn and soya, which are being grown around the world for both human and farm animal consumption, include the gene. A new study by the EU’s official food...
  • Refusal to Allow Smart Meter cause for Arrest

    01/24/2013 7:57:31 PM PST · by Pleistarchos · 80 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/24/13 | Pleistarchos
    This is one brave woman, People like this put many of us to shame for our failure to act. Appropriately her last name means 'steel' in German. "Jennifer Stahl has been a strong advocate against the smart meter program in Naperville, Ill., for the last two years. The issue came to a head Wednesday afternoon when she was arrested while refusing to let the utility workers install the controversial device.... Stahl was at a friend’s house when she received the call from her husband that the utility workers had arrived. She was home within 15 minutes and saw they were...
  • Flu vaccine attitudes abroad differ from U.S. - Only U.S. and Canada encourage flu vaccine

    01/18/2013 10:27:23 AM PST · by opentalk · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | January 17, 2013 | Jen Christensen
    (CNN) - The flu hasn't hit Europe as hard as it has the United States, health officials say, but when and if it does, don't expect a call for vaccination of the entire population. Only the U.S. and Canada actually encourage everyone older than 6 months to get the flu vaccine. Apparently, not a single country in Europe asks the general population to seek that same kind of protection, according to Robb Butler, the World Health Organization technical officer in vaccine preventable diseases and immunizations in the organization's Europe office in the Netherlands. That's because global health experts say the...
  • Nanny Bloomberg Takes Away Hospital Painkillers

    01/13/2013 5:19:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | January 12, 2013 | Tad Cronn
    Thank goodness government is getting more involved in health care so we can finally put a stop to sick and injured people using too many painkillers. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week that the city is going to sharply restrict supplies of painkillers at the city’s emergency rooms to combat a rampant addiction problem. Yours, not his. I have to clarify that point, because otherwise you may have the impression that “Nanny Michael” is addicted to power, and being a bit of a bully. … “The city hospitals we control,” he said Friday in response to critics, “so...
  • Pregnant Pauls Valley mother dies in jail

    01/11/2013 11:41:53 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 36 replies
    kfor-tv ^ | 01/07/2013 | kfor-tv
    Her death came just hours after she went to the hospital seeking help for severe abdominal pain. “Jamie was seeking help; she was in extreme pain,” family friend Kemper Kimberlin said. Hospital staff reported Jamie wouldn’t cooperate, in too much pain to even lie down, so employees asked a Pauls Valley police officer to assist. Unfortunately, when police found two prescription pills that didn’t belong to Jamie, police took her to jail for drug possession. That’s where Jamie sat for less than two hours before being found unresponsive.
  • Mom's pregnancy drug caused breast cancer in four daughters, lawsuit alleges

    01/07/2013 8:07:34 PM PST · by madison10 · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Unknown
    ...The four sisters are now suing Eli Lilly and Co., the former maker of DES (or diethylstilbestrol), in a case set to unfold in federal court on Friday when it will become one of the first of scores of such claims around the U.S. to go to trial. The Melnick women are seeking unspecified damages...