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  • Body Mass Index - How Reliable?

    07/15/2013 9:39:52 AM PDT · by fwdude · 59 replies
    N/A | 07/15/13 | fwdude
    In my efforts to be prepared for the civil unrest that is undoubtedly coming, I'm on a mission to get into better shape in my early fifties, and have revisited the health measure called Body Mass Index (BMI.) Just needing the input from some of you who agree or disagree with this seemingly arbitrary calculation. It seems to be absolutely ridiculous to me in one sense. In my healthiest lean days I was still considered "overweight" according to the BMI calculation. Now, I'm considered "obese," when anyone looking at me would never describe me as such. If I got down...
  • Union Letter: Obamacare Will ‘Destroy The Very Health and Wellbeing’ of Workers

    07/13/2013 9:23:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 12, 2013 | Tom Gara
    the Affordable Care Act has a new, high profile set of dissenters: Unions. The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing open letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, President Obama’s health care reform plan will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.” If that’s not bad enough, the Affordable Care Act, if not modified, will “destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans,”
  • Prostate cancer found in half of men over 60 at time of death

    07/13/2013 4:42:55 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 60 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 12, 2013 | Kevin Connor
    Half of men over the age of 60 who were studied posthumously were found to have prostate cancer even though they died of other causes, a new study out of Mount Sinai Hospital shows. The study shows that a large proportion of prostate cancer tumours are in fact not life-threatening, Dr. Alexandre Zlotta said Friday. Results show there should be an improved screening method which would detect the disease based on clinical significance and level of aggressiveness instead of screening for all forms of this cancer. The findings also say the common use of prostate-specific antigen testing for the disease...
  • Your Zip Code Could Indicate When You Will Die

    07/12/2013 7:38:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/12/2013 | MEGAN WILLETT
    <p>Where you live in the U.S. could affect your lifespan, according to a new report from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington that was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.</p>
  • In this Wisconsin town, you get the smart meter or they shut you down

    07/11/2013 6:06:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-11-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    BARABOO — Residents in this small southern Wisconsin city have two choices when it comes to the brave new world of the Smart Grid: Go along with new “smart” meters for public utilities or get along without water, gas or electricity. Most residents don’t make a fuss and let the utilities install the new smart meters, which are supposed to provide utility customers and taxpayers with savings from real-time data usage and less manpower needed to read traditional analog meters. Some residents, however, including 81-year-old Audrey Parker, say the smart meters are an invasion of privacy, and they believe the...
  • NBA's Ray Allen champions diabetes awareness on Hill [Whatever happened to private funding?]

    07/11/2013 4:21:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/11/13 | BREANNA EDWARDS
    NBA star Ray Allen visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify at a Senate hearing about diabetes, one of the issues closest to him as his son, Walker, is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The Miami Heat player has been a staunch advocate for diabetes awareness ever since his son became gravely ill and was diagnosed in 2008 during the NBA Finals, when Allen played for the Boston Celtics. Walker Allen is now 6 years old and a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children’s Congress Delegate, and his father continues to show support... Ranking member Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in her...
  • Death Of A Drug Class Shows Difficulty Of Using Gene Data To Design Drugs [ Worse under obamacare]

    07/10/2013 6:19:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/10/13
    This morning, Roche announced that it was stopping all clinical trials of an experimental diabetes drug called aleglitazar because it was not preventing heart attacks and strokes as the company expected, but was causing side effects that reportedly included heart failure, kidney problems, and an increase in fractures....
  • CLANCY: Burn your Obamacare card

    07/10/2013 5:42:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/10/13 | Dean Clancy
    A nationwide ‘draft resistance’ could defeat compulsory coverage Let’s all burn our “Obamacare” cards. Last week, the Obama administration was forced by industry pressure to delay the health care law’s employer mandate. It’s a sign the time is ripe for Americans to rise up and exert popular pressure to delay the law’s other major mandate: the one on them as individuals. Starting six months from now, the individual mandate will take effect. Most Americans will be required to show proof of “acceptable” insurance coverage, as defined by Washington —in effect, a health care draft card. Like compulsory military service, the...
  • America Found & Lost

    07/10/2013 5:13:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The National Geographic ^ | 2007 | Charles C. Mann
    The English colonists who landed at Jamestown 400 years ago undermined an ecosystem and changed the continent forever. It is just possible that John Rolfe was responsible for the worms—specifically the common night crawler and the red marsh worm, creatures that did not exist in the Americas before Columbus. Rolfe was a colonist in Jamestown, Virginia, the first successful English colony in North America. Most people know him today, if they know him at all, as the man who married Pocahontas. A few history buffs understand that Rolfe was one of the primary forces behind Jamestown's eventual success. The worms...
  • Poll: 12 percent back individual mandate taking effect in 2014

    07/09/2013 11:16:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/09/13 | Elise Viebeck
    A new survey finds only 12 percent of respondents support implementing ObamaCare’s individual mandate, which fines consumers who don't acquire health insurance, in 2014 as prescribed by law. Forty-one percent said consumers shouldn't have to pay a penalty if they don’t have insurance ... A plurality, 47 percent, said they were not sure if the fines should take effect as scheduled. The poll’s findings follow the Obama administration's recent announcement that it will not require larger businesses to offer healthcare coverage until 2015, delaying a key provision in the president’s signature domestic legislation. As of now, individuals will still be...
  • Sarah Murnaghan waves, blows kiss in new video

    07/06/2013 5:32:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    CBS News/ ^ | July 5, 2013, 3:12 PM | Michelle Castillo /
    Ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan is still recovering from her second lung transplant, but she's awake and seems to be in good spirits. Her mother, Janet Ruddock Murnaghan, shared a video of Sarah waving to the camera and blowing a kiss on Friday. Sarah, who has end-stage cystic fibrosis, underwent her first adult double-lung transplant on June 12, but suffered a primary graft failure (PGF) due to the poor quality of her first set of lungs, not rejection, her mother reported. She received a second pair of lungs infected with pneumonia on June 15. Despite the high risk of taking infected lungs,...
  • ‘Best tweet ever!’ Gov. Jindal scores with epic Obamacare boom

    07/03/2013 1:21:35 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 7/3/13 | Bobby Jindal
    Boom indeed! Governor Jindal’s tweet blasting President Obama for the Obamacare delay has been retweeted over 300 times and counting.
  • Mind Over Matter: Debunking Alternative Medicines

    07/03/2013 12:49:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 83 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 1, 2013 | Abigail Zuger
    When Dr. Paul A. Offit published “Autism’s False Prophets” in 2008, he elected to skip the usual round of book signings. His defense of childhood vaccinations so enraged some people who consider them a cause of autism that he was getting credible death threats. Others might have chosen to flee the public arena after that, but not Dr. Offit, the chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, whose appetite for the good fight seems only to have grown. Over the last decade he has become a leading debunker of mass misconceptions surrounding infections and vaccines, and now he...
  • Thalidomide teams-up with turmeric to kill myeloma cells

    07/02/2013 8:00:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 2 July 2013 | Sonja Hampel
    One of the curcumin–thalidomide hybridsCancer researchers in the US and China have combined the turmeric spice pigment curcumin and the drug thalidomide to create hybrid compounds that can kill multiple myeloma cells.Multiple myeloma is the second most common type of blood cancer, killing 20% of affected patients each year. The drug thalidomide, banned after causing birth defects when given during pregnancy in the 1950s, was recently rediscovered and approved for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Thalidomide works by disturbing the microenvironment of tumour cells in bone marrow. However, it disintegrates in the body. Curcumin, a yellow pigment from the common...
  • Aetna Letter Warns Customers: 'Many People Will Pay More For Health Insurance' Under Obamacare

    07/02/2013 5:30:35 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/2/13 | JERYL BIER
    Aetna, the third largest provider of medical insurance in the country, has mailed a letter to at least some customers this week warning that the "Affordable Care Act (ACA) is changing health insurance" and that "many people will pay more for their health insurance coverage in 2014 than they do today." The letter is addressed to those whose plans are "non-grandfathered" under the ACA, as explained in a footnote, but says that customers "may have options that could cost less than the higher-priced 2014 plans":
  • Cancer Scientists Prove Long-Standing Theory on How Cancer Spreads

    06/30/2013 8:57:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    SciTech Daily ^ | June 28, 2013 | Staff
    A newly published study shows that white blood cells and a cancer cells can fuse and initiate a tumor, providing the first proof in humans of a long proposed theory.Yale Cancer Center scientists, together with colleagues at the Denver Police Crime Lab and the University of Colorado, have found evidence that a human metastatic tumor can arise when a leukocyte (white blood cell) and a cancer cell fuse to form a genetic hybrid. Their study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, may answer the question of how cancer cells travel from the primary tumor’s site of origin to distant organs...
  • Abortion Rights Not Synonymous With Women's Health

    06/28/2013 4:42:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    When your grandmother gets some bad news, do you tell her: "Well, at least you have your abortion rights"? Why not? Maybe it's because whatever you think of abortion, the right to have one is not synonymous with a woman's health. But don't tell that to the liberal group Think Progress. On Twitter, it recently teased some shocking news: "Why 2013 is shaping up to be the worst year for woman's [sic] health in modern history." When I followed to the linked story, there was nothing about a spike in cervical or breast cancer rates. Nothing about occupational safety for...
  • Weight loss does not lower heart disease risk, says 11-year study

    06/27/2013 10:23:20 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 40 replies
    DNA ^ | Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | ANI
    Adults with diabetes can begin to realize many of these health benefits with even modest reductions in body weight and modest increases in physical activity. People undergoing weight management and increased physical activity have no difference in heart attacks and strokes, a new study has suggested. The landmark study investigating the long-term effects of weight loss on the risks of cardiovascular disease among patients with Type 2 diabetes, which was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and at clinical facilities throughout the United States, the multicenter clinical trial investigated the effects of an intensive lifestyle intervention program, intended to achieve...
  • KANSAS HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDA MORE THAN $830,000 IN SPRING GRANTS

    06/25/2013 3:53:35 PM PDT · by TheSentry
    Kansas First News (KHI news service) ^ | June 7th, 2013 | Rocky Arnold
    The Kansas Health Foundation has awarded more than $830,000 in grants...
  • Michigan House GOP Leaders Vote With Dems To Pass Medicaid Expansion

    06/25/2013 1:28:36 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Last week, 28 Republicans in the Michigan House helped pass House Bill 4714 to expand Medicaid in Michigan. The bill passed 76 to 31, and in addition to the Republicans who voted to expand a key component of Obamacare, all Democrats also voted "yes." All but one of the "no" votes was cast by Republicans. Medicaid expansion is this year's No 1 issue facing states regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Getting states to expand Medicaid is important for the implementation of the law. The six key Republicans in leadership positions or positions of leadership...
  • Starbucks provides caloric menu board labeling nationwide

    06/22/2013 2:02:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    UPI.com ^ | June 19, 2013 | UPI
    SEATTLE, June 19 (UPI) -- Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks said it will label the calories of items on menu boards at U.S. stores next week, ahead of federal regulations. "Menu labeling is yet another step to extend our commitment to wellness, ensuring our customers and partners -- employees -- have the information they need to make informed decisions and understand all the ways that they can customize their Starbucks beverages to be within their desired calorie range," Mary Wagner, senior vice president of Global Research & Development at Starbucks, said in a statement. Starbucks will post calorie counts to accompany...
  • Something Different: Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101

    06/22/2013 9:33:52 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 49 replies
    www.youtube.com ^ | May 23, 2013 | athike2010
    Watch the 7 minute 17 second video Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101. It's brief description : Everything you need to know about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 7 minutes. For the story beneath the surface... check out: http://beautybeneaththedirt.com.
  • U.S. doctors target sugary drinks bought by government

    06/20/2013 5:54:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 19, 2013 | Madeline Will
    (Reuters) - The American Medical Association joined the effort to discourage consumption of sugary drinks on Wednesday with a pledge to work to get them off U.S. government food aid programs for the poor. The nation's largest physician group said removing the sugary beverages from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would help reduce weight-related health problems. "The AMA is working to improve the nation's health care outcomes, particularly cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which are often linked to obesity," said AMA President Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven said in a statement. The group's stance came a day after mayors in 18 cities,...
  • HHS on Health Insurers' Costs: 'Expenses Like Profits and Red Tape'

    06/20/2013 4:38:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/20/13 | JERYL BIER
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put out a press release today promoting the savings to consumers from Obamacare in 2012. The department claims that the average consumer receiving a refund will get about $100 as a result of rules on how insurers must spend premium dollars. The press release contains the following curious characterization of ineligible expenses health insurers might incur: Created through the Affordable Care Act, the rule requires insurers to spend at least 80 cents of every premium dollar on patient care and quality improvement. If they spend a higher amount on other expenses like...
  • Obamacare’s Death Panels Will be Implemented in Two Years Unless We Act Now

    06/20/2013 3:06:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | June 20, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    The Independent Payment Advisory Board is set to go into action later this year. The IPAB is a Medicare cost-cutting board of “experts” legally possessing the power to impose its advise, even over the desires of Congress or the president.It has been derisively referred to as a death panel because so many have called for it to have health care rationing powers and because its decisions could result in cost-cutting measures that deny lifesaving medical treatment. The Independent Payment Advisory Board was one of the most controversial parts of the Obamacare legislation — mainly because it puts 15 unelected strangers...
  • Obamacare will share personal health info with federal, state agencies

    06/17/2013 7:17:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JUNE 17, 2013 | PAUL BEDARD
    A new rule issued late Friday requires state, federal and local agencies as well as health insurers to swap the protected personal health information of anybody seeking to join the new health care program that will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service. Personal health information, or PHI, is highly protected under federal law, but the latest ruling from the Department of Health and Human Services allows agencies to trade the information to verify that Obamacare applicants are getting the minimum amount of health insurance coverage they need from the health "exchanges." The ruling, explained on pages 72-73 of the...
  • Research: a Health Hazard

    06/16/2013 5:42:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Calif., believes that if her Assembly Bill 926 passes, researchers will be able to pay egg donors as they develop medical advances that can help all women. To her, the bill is an issue of simple fairness -- gender equity, really. Since a well-intended 2006 bill banned researchers from paying egg donors more than expense reimbursement, researchers have been at a competitive disadvantage, while affluent couples can offer fertile women top dollar. UCSF Professor Marcelle Cedars lamented at a hearing of the state Senate Health Committee on Wednesday that the status quo robs potential egg donors of...
  • GOA Submits Comments Opposing Backdoor Gun Control Efforts by Health And Human Services

    06/08/2013 8:04:52 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | June 7, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    As a Second Amendment organization representing 375,000 members, we are writing to express our concern over Health And Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule that was printed in the April 23rd, 2013 issue of the Federal Register. These regulations would, by executive fiat, waive all federal privacy laws and encourage doctors to report their patients to the FBI. Please understand a couple of things: First, the standard which a doctor would use to turn in a patient is embodied in Clinton-era ATF language and in the anti-gun Veterans Disarmament Act of 2007. Specifically, a doctor would report a patient if he...
  • Sodium Reduction in Populations - Insights From the Institute of Medicine Committee

    06/07/2013 10:33:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    JAMA ^ | June 6, 2013 | Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH; Cheryl A. M. Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS; Joachim H. Ix, MD, MAS
    The recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report regarding dietary sodium1 has generated considerable interest and debate, as well as misinterpretation by advocates on both sides. Further discussion is necessary to inform the public and the health care community and to inform public health strategies for sodium reduction. CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING DIETARY SODIUM Dietary sodium intake averages approximately 3400 mg/d in US adults, far in excess of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommendation of less than 2300 mg/d for those older than 2 years and less than 1500 mg/d for certain high-risk subgroups, including African Americans, individuals with...
  • Bloomberg’s next targets: Sweet tea, energy drinks, fruit juices

    06/06/2013 4:07:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 4, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    Michael Bloomberg and his battle against bulging waistlines are targeting new villains: sweet tea, energy drinks and fruit juices. New York City’s health department launched a series of TV and bus ads on Monday that warn people about the high sugar content in drinks that are seemingly healthy. The ads cost about $1.4 million and are part of a “pouring on the pounds” campaign that dates back to 2009, The Daily Mail reports. One of the television ads shows a young boy happily slurping on a juice box. The scene takes a dramatic turn when it flashes to what appears...
  • Legislation Would Eliminate Licensing Mandate on Dietitians, Nutritionists

    06/06/2013 8:27:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/5/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    In 2011, a North Carolina blogger named Steve Cooksey began an advice column on his website where he gave his opinion to readers asking nutritional questions. But because dietitians and nutritionists are required to have a license there, the state board informed him that his advice was criminal and worked to shut him down. Cooksey is now engaged in an ongoing legal fight. The case is extreme, but some worry that similar action could happen in Michigan, which also requires strict licensing for those providing certain health information. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, dietitians and nutritionists are...
  • Danish Farmer Reverses Illnesses in pigs by reverting to a GM-free diet

    06/06/2013 6:33:04 AM PDT · by Renfield · 68 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | 6/2013 | Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji
    Danish Farmer Reverses Illnesses in pigs by reverting to a GM-free diet for his animals, which is yet further evidence for the toxicity of glyphosate tolerant GM crops Dr Eva SirinathsinghjiA Danish farmer has gained huge public recognition for publishing his simple method for ridding his pigs of illness- removing genetically modified (GM) ingredients from their diet.Published in the farming magazine Effektivt Landbrug on 13 April 2012 [1], the farmer Ib Borup Perderson describes how his pigs suffered from symptoms including chronic diarrhoea, birth defects, reproductive problems, reduced appetite, bloating, stomach ulcers, weaker and smaller piglets, and reduced litter sizes....
  • Ice in six out of ten restaurants has more bacteria than water from toilets

    06/05/2013 4:50:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | June 3, 2013 | Ben Ellery
    The ice served in six out of ten of Britain’s most popular high street restaurants contains more bacteria than the water found in their toilets, an investigation by The Mail on Sunday has found. Scientific tests have shown that ice from branches of McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, Cafe Rouge and Nando’s all had higher levels of bacteria than samples of water taken from their lavatory bowls. Experts say it could be due to them being cleaned more often than the ice machines. None of the samples found presented an immediate health danger, but four contained such high levels of...
  • Spacecraft data nail down radiation risk for humans going to Mars

    06/04/2013 10:58:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Nature News ^ | 30 May 2013 | Ron Cowen
    Improved shielding technology could keep exposure within acceptable levels. Astronauts travelling to Mars on any of the current space-flight vehicles would receive a dose of radiation higher than NASA standards permit, according to a study of the radiation environment inside the craft that carried the Curiosity rover to the planet. The study, reported in Science1, is the first to use radiation data recorded by a robotic craft en route to Mars. It is also the first to rely on measurements from a radiation detector in space that has shielding similar to what might be used on missions carrying humans, says...
  • Smoking employees cost $6,000 a year more, study finds

    06/04/2013 7:40:07 AM PDT · by LonelyCon · 35 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 06/03/2013 | Maggie Fox
    Smokers cost their employers nearly $6,000 a year more than staff who don’t smoke, researchers said on Monday in what they say is the first comprehensive look at the issue. And in what some might see as a dark twist, they’ve taken into account any savings that might come because smokers tend to die younger than non-smokers, drawing less in pension costs. The findings support a growing trend among employers to not only ban smoking in the workplace, but to refuse to hire smokers in the first place, argues Micah Berman of Ohio State University, who led the study.
  • Baby Boomers Are Killing Themselves At An Alarming Rate, Raising Question: Why?

    06/04/2013 6:09:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 136 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 4, 2013 | Tara Bahrampour
    Last spring, Frank Turkaly tried to kill himself. A retiree in a Pittsburgh suburb living on disability checks, he was estranged from friends and family, mired in credit card debt and taking medication for depression, cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Say NO to GMOs in Your Food

    06/04/2013 4:55:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 142 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    On Memorial Day weekend, 2 million people marched in protests against seed giant Monsanto for the purpose of bringing awareness to hazards from genetically modified food, which it and other companies manufacture. Organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities in 52 countries. Genetically modified plants are grown from genetically modified, or engineered, seeds, which are created to resist insecticides and herbicides so that crops can be grown to withstand a weed-killing pesticide or integrate a bacterial toxin that can ward off pests. The Chicago Tribune reported that because genetically modified organisms are not listed on food or...
  • How to Stop the Rise of Superbugs

    06/03/2013 7:35:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies
    The American ^ | June 3, 2013 | Waldemar Ingdahl
    The rise of 'superbugs' is causing tens of thousands of deaths a year in the United States alone. A problem as complex as antibiotic resistance will require several solutions. Increasing antibiotic resistance is of great concern — the health of millions is dependent on our ability to defeat the threat of infectious diseases. The World Health Organization estimates that multi-drug resistance accounts for more than 150,000 deaths each year from tuberculosis alone.Without effective antibiotics in health care, humanity would be thrown back to the time when urinary tract infections and pneumonia were lethal. Infant and maternal mortality would rise and...
  • As Towns Say No, Signs of Rising Resistance to Smart Meters

    05/28/2013 7:21:52 PM PDT · by opentalk · 57 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 18, 2013 | Chris Hooks
    BRADY, Tex. — In October, the City Council of this Central Texas town voted unanimously to purchase advanced electric meters, known as smart meters, for the city-owned electric utility. But some residents resisted, and the smart meter vote played a large role in last weekend’s recall of the city’s mayor and the electoral defeat of two council members. Voters here passed a referendum last weekend to enshrine in the City Charter the right of residents to refuse the installation of smart meters on their property. Sheila Hemphill, an organizer of the effort, called the victory her “San Jacinto.” The reaction...
  • Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto - GMO

    05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 144 replies
    Associates Press ^ | May 25, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know."… The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • McDonald’s Cannot Make Your Kids Eat Anything They Don’t Want To

    05/25/2013 5:12:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | May 25, 2013 | Mark Horne
    Children are impressionable, and McDonald’s has managed, in the majority of cases, to make children prefer McDonald’s over all other fast food choices. Some people have decided that McDonald’s marketing is to blame for the fact that kids eat French fries and not fruits and veggies. Or, at least, the claim to believe McDonald’s possesses such awesome powers. And they even pretend that they think children are somehow wise leaders in society. Thus, from MSNBC and Morning Joe:“Nine-year-old Hannah Robertson doesn’t want a Happy Meal. She wants a healthy meal. And she’s not shy about saying it: Hannah took her...
  • Fox News Poll: 56 percent want to go back to pre-ObamaCare system

    05/23/2013 11:34:28 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2013 | Dana Blanton
    Majorities of American voters say their family will be worse off under the Affordable Care Act, and think it would be better to go back to the pre-ObamaCare health care system. A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds that while 26 percent of voters say their health care situation will be better under the new law, twice as many -- 53 percent -- say it will be worse. Another 13 percent say it won’t make a difference. Almost all Republicans (85 percent) and just over half of independents (51 percent) say they will be worse off under ObamaCare. Nearly half...
  • California's health exchange to serve as voter registration hub

    05/21/2013 1:16:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Sacrament Bee ^ | 5/21/13 | Jim Sanders
    Millions of Californians who contact the state's new health exchange to buy insurance will be given the opportunity to register to vote, too, a move that some Republicans fear could benefit Democrats. Secretary of State Debra Bowen made California the first state to designate its health exchange as a voter registration agency Wednesday, but others are expected to follow suit, said Shannan Velayas, Bowen's spokeswoman. "This is about making sure that all eligible Californians are offered the chance to register to vote," Velayas said Thursday. A 1993 federal law requires states to designate their agencies and offices that provide public...
  • Imposing Weight-Loss Guidelines: Another Function of ObamaCare?

    05/20/2013 1:00:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 20, 2013 | Glenn G. Lammi
    The federal Affordable Care Act, better known as “ObamaCare,” may provide activists and government a little-known wedge to advance their obesity agendas through regulated health-care providers — specifically America’s nearly 3,000 non-profit hospitals. One organization, The STOP Obesity Alliance, recently identified this wedge as a way to have such hospitals embrace its core convictions, including one principle which questions the role of personal responsibility as a cause and a solution to obesity.Community Health Needs Assessments. Section 9007 of the Act requires non-profit hospitals, as a condition of maintaining their tax-exempt status, to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs). These documents, which...
  • First Lady Expands Anti-Obesity Campaign to Museums

    05/17/2013 11:00:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 17, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    First Lady Michelle Obama has expanded her anti-obesity campaign to museums, enlisting them to offer “healthy food options,” and change their menus. Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative is now calling for museums, zoos, gardens, science and technology centers to “join the call to action,” to decrease obesity among children. The first lady is recruiting these institutions to join the “Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens” project because of their power to “influence real and sustained behavior change” on the eating habits of kids. “With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, museums and gardens can launch community efforts to create...
  • HHS:'Telework' Gives Gov't Employees More Time for 'Planning and Preparing Healthy Meals'

    05/18/2013 9:40:07 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    HHS:'Telework' Gives Gov't Employees More Time for 'Planning and Preparing Healthy Meals' May 17, 2013 By Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says it wants as many as 20 percent of its workers to "telework," use an "alternative work schedule," or do both, in order to "reduce green house gas emissions," decrease "employee stress," and give these government workers more time for "planning and preparing healthy meals." So says one of the HHS "performance measures" detailed in an appendix to the department's latest strategic plan. HHS's performance measure "4.D.05" says: "Increase the percent...
  • 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. …