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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 ½ 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.