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  • Homicide 'directly affecting' racial gap in U.S. life expectancy, study shows

    07/19/2013 9:01:51 PM PDT · by knak · 13 replies
    nbc ^ | 7/18/13 | Dr. Tyeese Gaines
    Americans are now living longer than years prior -- with a life expectancy of 78.7 years -- according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But overall, African-American males continue to die younger, with heart disease and homicide shortening their lives. White females have the longest life expectancy at 81.3 years, black females at 78 years, white males at 76.5 years and black males have the shortest at 71.8 years. The report, released Thursday, highlights the causes of death that affect the differences in life expectancy between blacks and whites -- namely, heart disease, cancer,...
  • OJ Simpson 'has only THREE MONTHS to live because of an extreme case of diabetes'

    07/19/2013 1:54:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 81 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 17, 2013
    <p>OJ Simpson has only three months to live as a result of his extreme case of diabetes and unhealthy lifestyle behind bars.</p> <p>The combination of 'sky high' blood pressure, a vastly expanding waistline and a lack of physical activity as he serves a 33-year prison sentence have doctors concerned about his health.</p>
  • Obamacare Health Insurance Rebates: Who Gets a Check?

    07/18/2013 5:52:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    ABC ^ | July 18, 2013 | DEVIN DWYER
    An estimated 8.5 million Americans will receive rebates from their health insurers this summer thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which says companies that fail to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care must refund the difference to consumers. Obama today touted the benefit as part of his mid-summer push ... The amount of the individual rebates varies widely by state and insurance company, depending on whether a consumer's insurer was in compliance with the law. The largest average rebates will be seen in Washington state, where 3,007 consumers will receive an average $512 this summer. In...
  • Health-nut Mayor Bloomberg wants NYers to take the stairs instead of the elevator

    07/18/2013 4:22:25 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 33 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 18, 2013 | SALLY GOLDENBERG
    ...The bill, which City Council Speaker Christine Quinn quickly endorsed, would require that newly constructed stairways be equipped with glass doors to make them more appealing... ..."If you sit for seven hours in front of a computer, you need to get up and walk. It’s good for you," said Marina Pyatetski, a 40-year-old city worker at the Municipal Building in lower Manhattan...
  • Fish oil, Omega-3 causes huge increase in risk of prostate cancer

    07/16/2013 6:41:52 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 96 replies
    (AFP) – US scientists said Wednesday they have confirmed a surprising 2011 study that found a higher risk of prostate cancer among men who consume omega-3 fatty acids, raising new questions about the safety of supplements. The research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported a 71 percent higher risk for dangerous high-grade prostate cancer among men who ate fatty fish or took fish-oil supplements, which are often touted for their anti-inflammatory properties. A large European study also found the same omega-3 and prostate cancer link.
  • 'National Gay Blood Drive' Protests FDA Ban on Gay Donors

    07/15/2013 2:41:42 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 42 replies
    After Marshall Duer-Balkind, 30, exited a blood donation center on Friday morning, he held up a long green form as evidence that he had been rejected as a blood donor. On the form Duer-Balkind pointed out that section that disqualified him from being a blood donor because of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy that bans men who have sex with men from giving blood. After Duer-Balkind showed the form to two volunteers from the National Gay Blood Drive demonstration, the volunteers pulled out a red ink pad and stamped “Rejected” on his forearm. The stamp was proof that...
  • 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...