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  • North Carolina abortion clinic shut down by state as ‘imminent danger’ to public health

    05/15/2013 7:32:01 AM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 5-14-2013 | by Kirsten Andersen
    CHARLOTTE, NC, May 14, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – A Charlotte, North Carolina abortion clinic has been shut down following an investigation that revealed abortionists were incorrectly administering abortion drugs to their clients. Workers at the “A Preferred Women’s Health Center” were found to have given injectable methotrexate orally to abortion-seeking women, in violation of FDA and manufacturer guidelines.
  • People eat too much salt but surprising report questions if eating too little could be harmful

    05/14/2013 5:39:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2013 | Associated Press
    A surprising new report questions public health efforts to get Americans to sharply cut back on salt, saying it’s not clear whether eating super-low levels is worth the struggle... --snip-- “We’re not saying we shouldn’t be lowering excessive salt intake,” said Dr. Brian Strom of the University of Pennsylvania, who led the IOM committee. But below 2,300 mg a day, “there is simply a lack of data that shows it is beneficial.” The average American consumes more than 3,400 mg of sodium a day, equivalent to 1 ˝ teaspoons. Current U.S. dietary guidelines say most people should limit that to...
  • Simple Tool Stratifies Mortality Risk in Type 2 Diabetes

    05/13/2013 11:51:28 AM PDT · by Stoat · 16 replies
    Medscape Medical News ^ | May 13, 2013 | Marlene Busko
    Simple Tool Stratifies Mortality Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Marlene Busko May 13, 2013  Researchers have created an online mortality-risk calculator for patients with type 2 diabetes, which stratifies patients into low, medium, or high risk of dying from any cause within 2 years. By plugging in values for 9 readily available patient characteristics — age, body mass index (BMI), diastolic blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio, antihypertensive treatment, and insulin therapy — a physician can quickly determine whether a patient has a high risk for death. "The novelty and the importance of this study is that we provide...
  • Wrigley halts production of caffeine gum following FDA concern

    05/09/2013 6:07:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed May 8, 2013 10:33pm EDT | Sakthi Prasad and Martinne Geller
    Wrigley temporarily halted production of its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum in response to concerns expressed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the impact of caffeine on children and adolescents. The company said it had paused the production, sale and marketing of Alert to give the FDA time to develop a new regulatory framework for the addition of caffeine to food and drinks. The recently launched gum has about 40 milligrams of caffeine, as much as a half a cup of coffee, in each piece. …
  • Vultures eat woman's body in 50 minutes after fall off cliff [protected species in France]

    05/09/2013 9:16:06 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2013 | Enrique Calvo
    Major Didier Pericou told The Times of Europe, "When we first went out in the helicopter looking for the body, we saw numerous vultures without realizing what they were doing." Pericou added that the incident has reignited calls from local farmers to allow hunting of the birds. The Times reported that Pyrénéan farmers have been demanding the right to shoot the birds, known as Griffon Vultures, because they've been attacking sheep and cows. But the species is protected in France and has lost access to its normal diet of carcasses due to European health and safety regulations.
  • Lawmakers approve health insurance protections (California)

    05/07/2013 1:16:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 5/7/13 | JUDY LIN, Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of consumer protection bills Monday that prevent health insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions and limit how much more insurers can charge older residents. The legislation updates California laws to match new rules under the federal Affordable Care Act and will give state agencies the power to enforce and regulate individual insurance rules. The Assembly passed ABx1-2 on a 49-20 vote, while the Senate passed SBx1-2 on a 27-9 vote. The Assembly bill makes changes to the insurance code, while the Senate bill makes changes...
  • Public School Food Gospel: Teach it, preach it and make sure you don’t eat it!

    05/07/2013 7:53:06 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    PolitiChicks ^ | May 6, 2013 | Julie Klose
    Public School 244 in Queens, New York has become the first public school to have an all-vegetarian menu. Sounds wonderful, right? A school is offering only healthy choices to students to instill a life-long habit of eating healthy. I am sure there will be other schools that follow. We know the statistics of obesity among our youth in this country and schools are stepping up to educate our kids and help create healthy patterns; except the only part is that they are not educating. Education is the process of giving tools to a student, imparting knowledge and letting students reason...
  • Smart Meters – Not a Smart Idea Health & Safety Risks of Wireless Utility Meters

    05/07/2013 4:05:52 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 28 replies
    Right Side News ^ | May 7, 2013 | Rick Haymow
    There are now 322 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S. and 4 billion worldwide with over 5 million cell towers and antennas scattered across the planet. 20 million Americans currently use wireless laptops, tablets, and routers, and according to the Wireless Association, that number has increased by 50% in just the last two years. Wireless devices emit radio frequency radiation (RFR) that consists of low intensity high frequency radio waves of non-ionizing radiation in the microwave range of approximately 900 MHz to 2.4 GHz. Wireless RFR now permeates most cities and rural areas and is spreading at lightning speed...
  • Americans to the Obamas on exercising more: 'You take the hike!' [USA Ignores Michelle]

    05/06/2013 2:00:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 5/6/13 | Andrew Malcolm
    For a long time conservatives have warned that the heavy propaganda and regulatory hands of the Obama administration were not going to change the exercise or eating habits of 315 million Americans... Now comes early statistical proof that after reelecting Obama with fewer votes the second time and 1,567 days of his reign of government intervention and stimulation, many Americans are deciding that maybe the Obamas' plans for their lives do not fit their plans for their own lives.
  • Four in Ten Americans Unaware “Obamacare” is Law

    05/02/2013 12:35:29 PM PDT · by swampthang77 · 9 replies
    USBC News ^ | 2013, 05,01 | USBC News Wire
    USBC News Wire- According to a tracking poll performed by the The Kaiser Family Foundation, 42% of Americans aren’t even aware that the Obama’s controversial “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA) is actually a law. The poll aims to track public awareness and participation as the signature act of an increasingly unpopular President nears full implementation. The 906 page healthcare regulation act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” was rushed through the US Congress by the radical Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. Democrats pushed through what would become Obama’s signature regulatory act by using a super-majority to override objections and concerns...
  • FDA to investigate added caffeine in trail mix, gum, other foods

    04/30/2013 7:10:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 29, 2013 | Associated Press
    Trail mix. Potato chips. And now gum. With a growing number of foods boasting added caffeine for an energy boost, the Food and Drug Administration says it's time to investigate their safety. The FDA's new look at added caffeine and its effects on children and adolescents is in response to a caffeinated gum introduced this week by Wrigley.
  • Doctors credit Michelle Obama for the surging rate of arm surgery

    04/29/2013 12:37:36 PM PDT · by illiac · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/29/13 | MSN
    According to a new report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, everyone wants Michelle Obama's arms. That's right, while the rate of overall procedures has declined overall since 2000, the demand for upper arm lifts, or brachioplasty, has exploded, jumping a breathtaking 4,378 percent in the last decade.
  • Eating mangoes may help lower blood sugar and cancer risk

    04/28/2013 10:11:50 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 53 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | ANI
    Washington, DC - These findings are the result of a single study and more research is needed on the effects of mango consumption on human health. Consumption of mangoes may potentially have a positive effect on blood sugar in obese individuals and help to limit inflammation, according to a new research. The study led by Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University, examined the effects of daily mango consumption on clinical parameters and body composition in obese subjects (body mass index, BMI = 30kg/m2). Twenty adults (11 males and 9 females) participated in the study,...
  • European Union urged to embrace genetically engineered crops

    04/27/2013 5:56:47 AM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    UPI ^ | April 25, 2013 at 7:26 PM | UPI
    BRUSSELS, April 25 (UPI) -- The European Union will be unable to meet its agricultural policy goals unless it embraces genetically engineered crops, Spanish researchers said. Paul Christou of the University of Lleida-Agrotecnio Center in Spain and colleagues said studies suggest the EU's stand on genetically-modified crops is undermining its competitiveness in the agricultural sector and that of its humanitarian activities in the developing world. "Many aspects of the EU agricultural policy, including those concerning GMOs, are internally inconsistent and actively obstruct what the policy sets out to achieve," the scientists wrote in the journal Trends in Plant Science,. A...
  • Latest HIV vaccine doesn't work; U.S. halts study

    04/26/2013 6:35:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    CTV ^ | 4/26/13 | Lauran Neergaard
    The latest bad news in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine: The government halted a large U.S. study on Thursday, saying the experimental shots aren't preventing HIV infection. Nor did the shots reduce the amount of the AIDS virus in the blood when people who'd been vaccinated later became infected, the National Institutes of Health said. "It's disappointing," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. But, "there was important information gained from this" study that will help determine what to try next.
  • GOP Slams Obamacare rollout, works to repeal law

    04/26/2013 6:15:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/26/13
    The rollout of a new national health care program is sure to hit some bumps in the road. But after one of the Affordable Care Act's authors and proponents called the implementation a potential train wreck, Republicans in Congress seized the opportunity to point out the law's shortcomings and revive their arguments for repealing it. After Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who helped draft the health care law, used the phrase "train wreck" to characterize the potentially rocky implementation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Thursday penned an op-ed for Reuters arguing that President Obama should explain to the public...
  • Under criticism, GOP puts off its health care bill

    04/24/2013 2:24:59 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    ap/yahoo ^ | 4/24/13 | Jim Abrams
    An effort by House Republicans to highlight problems with President Barack Obama's health care law by bailing out a program for people with pre-existing medical conditions appeared to backfire Wednesday. GOP leaders postponed a scheduled vote after the measure met strong opposition from two directions: from conservative groups resistant to any federal role in health care and from Democrats who objected that the Republicans planned to pay for the high-risk patient program by raiding a disease prevention provision the administration says is essential to the overhaul. The legislation, a departure from the usual GOP efforts to kill the Affordable Health...
  • Trust not in Obamacare Medicaid Promises

    04/22/2013 6:50:00 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/18/2013 | Jack McHugh
    As described here and elsewhere, one provision of Obamacare seeks to tempt state legislatures into expanding state Medicaid eligibility and spending by placing 100 percent the expansion’s costs on the federal budget for the first three years, and 90 percent from the year 2020 on in perpetuity. Gov. Rick Snyder was relying on that Washington politician’s promise when he recommended that Michigan go along with the optional expansion. (It’s worth noting that Medicaid is the primary driver of government health care spending in Michigan that has already grown some 50 percent over the past decade.) Legislators here and in more...
  • Beer's taste triggers dopamine release in brain

    04/20/2013 5:34:09 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 55 replies
    DNA ^ | Tuesday, Apri 16, 2013 | ANI
    The taste of beer, without any effect from alcohol itself, can trigger dopamine release in the brain that is associated with drinking and other drugs of abuse, researchers have claimed. Using positron emission tomography (PET), the researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine tested 49 men with two scans, one in which they tasted beer, and the second in which they tasted Gatorade. The researchers were looking for evidence of increased levels of dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter that has long been associated with alcohol and other drugs of abuse. The scans showed significantly more dopamine activity following the taste of...
  • Appeals court to hear challenge to gay therapy ban [Freedom Under Assault in California]

    04/17/2013 2:20:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    A federal appeals court is to hear arguments Wednesday on whether a first-of-its-kind law that prohibits licensed mental health professionals in California from offering therapies aimed at making gay and lesbian teenagers straight violates the civil rights of practitioners and parents. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering two legal challenges to the ban on "sexual orientation change efforts" that was passed by the California Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last fall.
  • Male Circumcision Offers HIV Protection By Dramatically Altering Microbiome

    04/17/2013 1:43:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    rttnews.com ^ | 4/16/13
    Over the last few years there have been a number of studies suggesting that male circumcision may protect against HIV infection. Several possible reasons have been offered by experts as to why circumcision offers protection against HIV infection. Now here's one more reason... A study led by Lance Price of the Translational Genomics Research Institute suggests that a significant shift in the bacterial community or microbiome of the penis as a result of circumcision could explain HIV protection. The researchers found that in men who were circumcised, the total bacterial load under the foreskin was 33.3 percent less than those...
  • Samoan health blogger drops 150 lbs; takes on 26.2-mile marathon

    04/16/2013 8:44:07 PM PDT · by coconutt2000 · 9 replies
    Tautalatala Media ^ | 4/14/2013 | tautalatala.com staff
    ‘SHE’S NOW OR NEVER’ FOUNDER MENNE TALIVA’A HALL RUNS IN NORTH SHORE MARATHON (Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--She’s running to fight obesity, diabetes and heart disease. She’s running for her family. “I run for change!” exclaims Menne Taliva’a Hall, founder of a health and wellness sisterhood and Blog called ‘She’s Now or Never’ or SNN. "My quest to run marathons is a demonstration to prove that change is possible! I leave footprints in honor of family and friends that have passed on and for those that I love dearly." After shedding 150 pounds and finishing more than 20 half-marathons, Hall – blogger and...
  • Shell extract helps rebuild pearly whites

    04/12/2013 8:25:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 10 April 2013 | Emma Stoye
    Researchers in China have shown that the organic component of mother of pearl can help repair damaged teeth, by acting as a template for the mineralisation of tooth enamel.Tooth enamel is made up of rod-like crystals of hydroxyapatite, a calcium phosphate mineral. It is the hardest tissue in the body, but is susceptible to erosion by food and bacterial acids. Once gone, it never naturally reforms, and cavities must be fixed using manmade materials. Methods of artificially rebuilding enamel often involve extreme temperature, pressure or pH conditions that make them impractical for clinical use.Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences...
  • Med schools teaching courses on LGBT patient care

    04/14/2013 1:47:10 PM PDT · by Salman · 46 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 14, 2013 | Don Sapatkin
    PHILADELPHIA — Take five or 10 minutes, the professor said, and write down things that you love, like, need or enjoy. Now pair up with someone you don’t know and spend 20 minutes introducing yourself. Talk about whatever you want. But don’t mention anything that you wrote down. Try going on for a half-hour without a word about the most important things in life. Imagine a full day. “It might be difficult,” said instructor Robin Brennan. “That’s what this course is about. That is just a glimpse of what it is like for somebody who is LGBT” — lesbian, gay,...
  • Support Early Childhood Education: Smoke More Cigarettes

    04/13/2013 12:09:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 13, 2013 | Chad Stafko
    The Obama budget is finally out and there are, to no surprise, a potpourri of new tax hikes proposed, many of which are aimed at the "wealthy" among us. Deep within the bowels of the colossal budget, however, lies a proposed tax that targets the poor among us and it is perhaps a precursor of other health-related taxes to come. President Obama proposes raising the tax on cigarettes from $1.01 to $1.95 per pack--a whopping 93% increase in taxes. The White House estimates that the tax would raise $78.1 billion, of which around $66 billion would be used to fund...
  • Nursing homes costs top $80K a year [Up 24% since the Clown seized power]

    04/11/2013 4:41:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    According to Genworth, an insurance company that deals with long term care, a year in a private nursing home has jumped 24 percent over the past five years. The average price is nearly $84,000 a year –up from $60,000.... The company's vice president said insurance, food, building maintenance and labor costs are all going up and being passed onto the customer.
  • Appalachian Trail hikers stricken with virus

    04/10/2013 10:11:35 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 15 replies
    News and Record ^ | 4/10/12 | Staff
    Hikers using part of the Appalachian Trail are being warned about a stomach virus. The U.S. Forest Service released a warning Tuesday to hikers traveling from Hot Springs north to the Tennessee border to be aware of a stomach virus, the Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting. That section of the trail goes through the Appalachian Ranger District in Pisgah National Forest. .....The article is excerpting one from the Asheville paper that hates FR and doesn't allow linking. If you click the article you'll see a link to the Asheville article. This is the time of year when through-hikers start out from...
  • Gay Infertility? Don't Laugh, Folks

    04/09/2013 2:16:01 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 33 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 4-9-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Gay infertility. It is... (chuckles) It's about mandated insurance coverage for the inability to have babies. I know you're scratching your head. "Wait, wait, wait. There's no such thing as 'gay infertility.'" Oh, yes, there is now. The language doesn't mean anything anymore, folks. Truth doesn't mean anything anymore. Language doesn't mean anything. So if a bunch of activists want to create the concept of "gay infertility" and then tax all the rest of us to compensate them for the fact that they can't have babies, then that's gonna happen. You haven't missed anything yet. I'm just...
  • Magic mushroom drugs could treat severe depression

    04/07/2013 10:47:57 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 46 replies
    DNA ^ | Sunday, April 7, 2013 | ANI
    Drugs made from magic mushrooms could help treat people with severe depression, a new study suggests. Scientists believe that the chemical psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms, can turn down parts of the brain that are overactive in severely depressive patients, the Guardian reported. The drug appears to stop patients dwelling on themselves and their own perceived inadequacies. However, a bid by British scientists to carry out trials of psilocybin on patients in order to assess its full medical potential has been blocked by red tape relating to Britain’s strict drugs laws. Professor David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at...
  • Judge Orders F.D.A. to Make Morning-After Pill Available Over the Counter for All Ages

    04/05/2013 5:44:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 79 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 4/5/13 | Pam Belluck
    A federal judge has ruled that the Unites States government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and under. The decision, on a fraught and politically controversial subject, comes after a decade-long fight over who should have access to the pill and under what circumstances, and it counteracts an unprecedented move by the Obama administration's Health and Human Services secretary who in 2011 overruled a recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration to make the pill available for all ages without a prescription.
  • Sharks in the Water and Out - On the abuses of “work-related stress”

    04/04/2013 3:55:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    City Journal ^ | 26 March 2013 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Earlier this month, British newspapers reported the story of Paul Marshallsea, a Welshman who, while on a two-month Australian holiday with his wife, wrestled a six-foot shark to prevent it from attacking children in the water. Marshallsea happened to be filmed while doing so, and the pictures went around the world. He was proclaimed a hero. Unfortunately for him, the pictures also reached Wales. He and his wife were supposed to be on sick leave at the time with “work-related stress,” and his heroics didn’t impress his employers: they sacked him, on the not-unreasonable grounds that if he could travel...
  • Obamacare will kill off some existing health plans (exempt RATS knew all along)

    04/03/2013 4:00:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/03/13 | Jason Notte
    Cheap, no-frills insurance that doesn't cover medication, maternity or mental health services will get the scalpel in 2014. Know that health care plan you just signed up for? Don't get too attached. The Affordable Care Act mandate most commonly known as Obamacare has some tight stipulations that, CNN says, are forcing health care companies to rip up most of their current plans and draft new ones that comply. According to a University of Chicago study, just about half of the individual health care plans currently on the market won't cut it once key provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick...
  • Does Drinking Kill Brain Cells?

    04/02/2013 10:43:20 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 72 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | February 26, 2013 | Matt Soniak
    Reader Scott wrote in to ask, “Does alcohol kill brain cells?”“Oh, Lisa, you and your stories. ‘Bart is a vampire.’ ‘Beer kills brain cells.’ Now let’s go back to that…building…thingy, where our beds and TV…is.” - Homer SimpsonWatch someone after they’ve had a few drinks, and you’ll find evidence that alcohol does something to their brain. They stumble, slur their words, lose control of their emotions, and forget things. Some people have tried to explain this behavior as the aftermath of cell death caused by alcohol. Often, it’s packaged as a neat factoid like “Three beers kill 10,000 brain cells.”Now, ethyl...
  • ADHD diagnoses in U.S. children rise 53% in the past decade, CDC data show

    04/01/2013 11:51:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/01/2013 | Tracy Miller
    One in five high school boys and 11% of schoolkids overall have received an ADHD diagnosis, according to new data from the CDC. The data also shows two-thirds of children diagnosed with ADHD are prescribed stimulants like Adderall (above) and Ritalin. About 6.4 million children have received an ADHD diagnosis at some point — an increase of 16% since 2007 and 53% in the past decade. One in five high school boys and 11% of all schoolkids in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and...
  • Lawsuit over health care tax could kill ‘Obamacare’ [Wishful Thinking?]

    04/01/2013 10:53:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/31/13 | Valerie Richardson
    “Obamacare” looks increasingly inevitable, but one lawsuit making its way through the court system could pull the plug on the sweeping federal health care law. A challenge filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation contends that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because the bill originated in the Senate, not the House. Under the Origination Clause of the Constitution, all bills raising revenue must begin in the House.
  • Obama administration withdraws plan to use taxpayer funds for sex-change operations

    03/30/2013 5:35:10 PM PDT · by haffast · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 30, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    The Obama administration has withdrawn a proposal to allow Medicare to pay for sex-change operations. The policy change was expected to draw criticism from Congress and perhaps taxpayers. However, the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday the proposal was withdrawn until the agency’s appeals board considers a challenge to the federal government’s existing policy that such operations are experimental and should not be covered by Medicare or Medicaid, according to The Hill. snip The decision was made during Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Week, in which Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said President Obama’s Affordable Care Act will...
  • NYC appeals ruling striking down soda size limit

    03/30/2013 12:04:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 29, 2013 | Associated Press
    New York City is asking appeals judges to reinstate a ban on supersized sodas and other sugary drinks, which was struck down by a Manhattan judge the day before it was to go into effect. The city had vowed an appeal and said Thursday that lawyers had filed it late Monday. In his decision on March 11, State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling said the 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sweet drinks arbitrarily applies to only some sugary beverages and some places that sell them.
  • Anyone tried Acupuncture

    03/29/2013 8:44:43 PM PDT · by averagemo · 86 replies
    Just curious. Has anyone tried acupuncture? Any success?
  • In shift, Medicare would pay for sex-change operations

    03/29/2013 9:19:33 AM PDT · by mykroar · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 29, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    For the first time since 1981, when it dubbed sex-change operations "experimental," Medicare has opened the door to covering transexual operations, adding to the growing list of operations that would be allowed under Obamacare. Acting on a new request, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it is starting a new analysis that could lift the spending ban for sex-change operations with a goal of making a decision two days after Christmas and on the eve of Obamacare kicking in January 1. A 30-day public comment period just opened on the proposed "National Coverage Determination." "Surgical Treatment for Gender...
  • The Secret Republican Plan to Repeal 'Obamacare'

    03/28/2013 6:10:14 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 74 replies
    National Journal ^ | 3/28/13 | Chris Frates
    A few minutes after the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision upholding President Obama’s health care law last summer, a senior adviser to Mitch McConnell walked into the Senate Republican leader’s office to gauge his reaction. McConnell was clearly disappointed, and for good reason. For many conservatives, the decision was the death knell in a three-year fight to defeat reforms that epitomized everything they thought was wrong with Obama’s governing philosophy. But where some saw finality, McConnell saw opportunity — and still does. Sitting at his desk a stone’s throw from the Senate chamber, McConnell turned to the aide and,...
  • Brazilian doc ‘killed’ 7 patients to free beds

    03/28/2013 6:06:33 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    Deccan Chronicle ^ | Thursday, March 28, 2013 | Reuters
    Brasilia, Mar 28, 2013, Reuters: A Brazilian doctor who was charged with killing seven patients to free up beds at a hospital intensive care unit may have been responsible for as many as 300 deaths, according to a Health Ministry investigator. Prosecutors said Dr Virginia Soares de Souza and her medical team administered muscle relaxing drugs to patients, then reduced their oxygen supply, causing them to die of asphyxia at the Evangelical Hospital in the southern city of Curitiba. De Souza, a 56-year-old widow, was arrested last month and charged with seven counts of aggravated first degree murder.
  • New coronavirus potentially more deadly than SARS: researchers

    03/28/2013 3:43:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Global Post ^ | March 28, 2013 12: | Samantha Stainburn
    A new coronavirus that emerged in the Middle East last fall could be deadlier than the SARS virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed 774 people between 2002 and 2003, researchers from the University of Hong Kong said. Patients with the new virus experience multiple organ failure, which could explain its 65 percent mortality rate so far, the South China Morning Post reported. In contrast, 11 percent of the people who got SARS died. The first victims to die from the new virus were a Qatari man in a British hospital and a woman in Saudi Arabia, ABC News reported....
  • I Promise! Barack Obama’s Great Deception on Healthcare Premiums

    03/28/2013 2:31:51 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-28-13 | Anticsrocks
    Remember way back to the 2008 Presidential campaign? Then Senator Obama made a promise, one he repeated over and over for the next few years. Here's a refresher of what he said: "If you’ve got insurance through your employer, you can keep your insurance. We estimate we can cut the average family’s premium by about $2,500 per year. If you don’t have health insurance, then we’re going to provide you the option of buying into the same kind of federal pool that both Sen. McCain and I enjoy as federal employees. We’re going to make sure insurance companies can’t discriminate...
  • Global Surge in Type 1 Diabetes Still an Enigma

    03/27/2013 11:47:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Everyday Health ^ | March 22, 2013 | Johannah Sakimura
    Though theories abound, scientists still don't understand what is causing the rise in type 1 diabetes in children worldwide. The incidence of type 1 diabetes in children is on the rise worldwide, with the number of new cases growing by an average of 3% per year in youth under age 15. The reasons for the sharp increase remain a medical mystery, since researchers have not been able to identify the changing conditions that are causing more kids to be diagnosed in recent decades. A new study presented this week at the annual Society for Endocrinology conference may help shed more light...
  • Joe Weider, titan of bodybuilding...dies at 93

    03/27/2013 5:00:22 AM PDT · by HomeAtLast · 16 replies
    Washingtonpost.com ^ | 03/24/13 | WaPo staff
    Joe Weider, a legendary figure in bodybuilding who helped popularize the sport worldwide and played a key role in introducing a charismatic young weightlifter named Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world, died March 23 in Los Angeles. He was 93...
  • Dems Join GOPers in Opposing Expansion of Obamacare’s Food Labeling Mandate

    03/26/2013 6:09:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 25, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – In a bipartisan bill opposing an expansion of food labeling requirements in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 10 Republicans and four Democrats have signed onto legislation to restrict the Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to include regulation of convenient stores and take-out food outlets.The bill’s sponsors cited Section 4205 of the healthcare law, or Obamacare, that is entitled “Nutritional Labeling of Standard Menu Items at Chain Restaurants.” The regulation requires restaurants with more than 20 establishments to provide nutritional information about its offerings.The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), called the requirements “unworkable” for places...
  • Obamacare – What good is health insurance if you lose the freedom to live your life as you choose?

    03/26/2013 11:24:35 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-26-13 | Vince
    One of the many reasons conservatives dislike government overreach is because government is so often wrong about so much. And what’s worse, regardless of the magnitude of the government’s failures, citizens are stuck with the consequences of those policies, in most cases forever. This is not a new phenomenon. This has been going on for decades. Upon its establishment in 1965 the House Ways and Means Committee estimated that the cost of Medicare would rise to $12 billion by 1990. Unfortunately for American taxpayers that prediction was off by a power of nine, coming in at $110 billion. And things...
  • Study: Health law has imposed 111 million hours of paperwork

    03/25/2013 2:25:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/25/13 | Sam Baker
    In its first three years, President Obama's healthcare law has imposed more than $30 billion in costs and 111 million hours of paperwork burdens, according to a new study from the American Action Forum. The forum, a conservative think tank led by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, said the law will raise premiums and hurt small businesses. "The macro figures, $30.8 billion in costs and 111 million hours, might give policymakers some concern, but the real impact is how these figures affect the healthcare market, consumers, and small businesses," the report said. Some provisions of the law are...
  • The Unaffordable Care Act

    03/25/2013 12:19:00 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-24-13 | DrJohn
    The third birthday of the monstrosity known as the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has come and gone. It's been about three years since Nancy Pelosi uttered those immortal words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV-05TLiiLU “But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it....” Three years and we're still finding out what's in it. Three years later Obamacare is less popular than ever: According to the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll for March, only 18 percent of Republicans, 31 percent of independents, and 58 percent of members of Obama’s own party, have a favorable opinion of...
  • Does Your Water Need More Ions? The latest health fad is even more ridiculous than most health fads.

    03/23/2013 8:49:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 70 replies
    Slate ^ | March 22, 2013 | Kent Sepkowitz
    After so many years of neglect, water appears ready to emerge as a cutting-edge health food. Perhaps it’s the fault of Gatorade, that Technicolor concoction of salt, sugar, and water people guzzle to “replenish their electrolytes.” The Gatorade inventors, some dweeby physiologists, were just trying to keep football players from collapsing in the Florida heat. They could not have foreseen what was to transpire in the decades ahead as the concept of the “sports drink” took hold, and then, more bizarrely yet, water itself became a symbol of health and status.  With each iteration, beginning with bottled waters derived from...