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  • Americans cut back on Soda - Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group see continued sales...

    07/27/2013 1:38:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 99 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 26, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    It seems that not even Beyonce or new, lower-calorie options can convince Americans to drink more soda. Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. all sold less soda in the second quarter in North America, dashing hopes for the moment that splashy new marketing and different sweetener mixes could get drinkers back. Coca-Cola Co. said it sold 4 percent less soda in North America, while PepsiCo Inc. simply said its decline for the region was in the "mid-single digits." Dr Pepper sold 3 percent less of the fizzy drinks...
  • "Condoms everywhere": A look at contraception

    07/26/2013 7:22:01 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 26 July 2013 | Matthew Olson
    ... "The administrator of the individual health unit, a much more polite authority, gave a similar spiel but revealed that there is no law mandating the disbursement of these products. This means that the DOH, entirely on its own initiative and apparently without any sort of official citizen advisement, has simply decided to regularly budget taxpayer funds for them." ... "With that in mind, is contraception really the answer to the epidemic of sexually-transmitted diseases? Recently, the Democratic Party of Sebastian County hosted two ladies promoting this idea. One of the speakers, when just gently pressed by the friendly audience...
  • Michelle: ‘While Food Might be Love, the Truth is We Are Loving Ourselves and Our Kids to Death’

    07/24/2013 5:07:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – If food is love, then first lady Michelle Obama says we are “loving ourselves and our kids to death.” In remarks to the National Council of La Raza in New Orleans on Tuesday, Mrs. Obama remarked that healthy eating is first and foremost a “community issue.” “And see, that’s where it gets complicated, because that's where it gets personal and emotional,” she said. “Because the truth is, for so many of us, food is love. I mean, it is no coincidence. Applause for food is love.” “It is no coincidence that the kitchen is the central gathering place...
  • Profiling

    07/24/2013 4:34:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    In the wake of the shooting of a Nazi officer, Police Capt. Louis Renault played by Claude Rains in the 1942 movie "Casablanca," ordered his men to "round up the usual suspects." Was Renault engaging in some sort of profiling? He may have been, but what is profiling? Let's look at it. We can think of profiling as a method to economize on information costs by using easily observed physical characteristics as a proxy for some other characteristic more difficult or costlier to observe. For example, say you seek to hire people to manually unload trucks containing heavy merchandise. I'm...
  • America's Two Most Troubled Sectors: Health and Education

    07/23/2013 7:45:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/23/2013 | Isabel Sawhill
    By now almost everyone knows that the U.S. has fallen badly behind other advanced nations in the kind of health care and education it delivers to its citizens. We spend twice as much per capita than most other countries on health care and don't get better outcomes as a result. We also spend twice as much per full-time equivalent student on higher education than other OECD countries, and 38 percent more on elementary and secondary education with disappointing results in terms of what students know at the end of the process, according to international assessments of learning. What has been...
  • 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...