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  • Ablation treatment for AFib(Vanity)

    03/24/2012 6:02:18 PM PDT · by calex59 · 73 replies · 3+ views
    calex59 | 3/24/2012 | calex59
    Has anyone had, or knows someone who has had, ablation treatment for Afib?
  • POLL: should obamacare be repealed

    03/24/2012 10:01:19 AM PDT · by stompk · 14 replies
    Should health care reform be repealed? Yes 34 (68%) No 16 (32%) Total votes: 50
  • Could You Really Survive the Apocalypse by Eating Freeze-Dried Food?

    03/23/2012 4:00:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 23, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    Could you really survive the apocalypse by eating freeze-dried food? Is it really a good idea to store freeze dried food for a long-term survival situation? It may be an attractive proposition for the survivalist in you, but you probably didn't bargain on what exactly the process of freeze drying involves — and its price. HOW TO CARRY A TON OF FOOD ON YOUR BACK The process of freeze drying plays with the properties of water within food. When freeze drying, a cooked portion of food is flash frozen under a vacuum. At low pressure, all but 2-5% of the...
  • Liberty and ObamaCare

    03/23/2012 11:50:29 AM PDT · by Martin_Schmidt · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/23/2012 | Staff
    The argument against the individual mandate—the requirement that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty—is carefully anchored in constitutional precedent and American history. The Commerce Clause that the government invokes to defend such regulation has always applied to commercial and economic transactions, not to individuals as members of society. This distinction is crucial. The health-care and health-insurance markets are classic interstate commerce. The federal government can regulate broadly—though not without limit—and it has. It could even mandate that people use insurance to purchase the services of doctors and hospitals, because then it would be regulating market participation. But with...
  • LA Basin May Face Summer Power Shortages

    03/22/2012 10:03:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies · 2+ views
    CBS) ^ | March 22, 2012 7:58 PM
    SAN CLEMENTE (CBS) — Parts of the Los Angeles Basin and San Diego could face power shortages this summer depending on whether the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station units remain offline. “Safety is the top priority during ongoing inspections and testing of the nuclear power plant,” said Steve Berberich, president and chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator Corp., the grid operator for the majority of California’s electric transmission system. “Our focus is contingency planning should SONGS remain offline this summer,” he said. “Fortunately, there are resource options available to help mitigate reliability risks. We are actively working...
  • A test to tell if you'll have a heart attack within three weeks

    03/22/2012 7:34:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 22, 2012 | Fiona Macrae
    A simple and inexpensive test that can spot a heart attack waiting to happen could be available next year. Scientists say they are very close to the ‘holy grail of heart medicine’ – a rapid blood test that will pick up if someone is on the cusp of a heart attack. These patients could then be given drugs to thin their blood and prevent the heart attack. The U.S. researchers developing the test believe it will be possible to predict heart attacks two to three weeks in advance. It is hoped the test will cost under £65 per person. In...
  • Refuse to pay 'Smart Meter' op-out fees

    03/22/2012 4:27:29 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | 03/22/2012 | Libertynotfree
    We the below refuse to pay any additional fees to retain our analog meters or have smart meters that were installed without our permission replaced with a safe, reliable analog. Please spread the word and have everyone you know sign this Petition.
  • Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities for Improvement ...

    03/22/2012 7:32:59 AM PDT · by In Maryland · 1 replies · 1+ views
    GAO ^ | March 21, 2012 | GAO
    "In our 2012 annual report, we identified a total of 51 areas, including 32 areas of potential duplication, overlap, or fragmentation, as well as 19 opportunities for agencies or Congress to consider taking action that could either reduce the cost of government operations or enhance revenue collections for the Treasury. These areas involve a wide range of government missions including agriculture, defense, economic development, education, energy, general government, health, homeland security, international affairs, science and the environment, and social services. Within and across these missions, the 2012 annual report touches on virtually all major federal departments and agencies. We...
  • New study: Monsanto's toxins kill human kidney cells

    03/22/2012 6:53:59 AM PDT · by opentalk · 19 replies
    Red Green and Blue ^ | March 14, 2012 | Jeremy Bloom
    How safe are Monsanto's genetically-modified (GMO) food crops? Not so much. A new study shows that both of Monsanto's major products (which the company claims are harmless to people) in fact can cause damage to human kidney cells. Bugkiller + weedkiller On the one hand, the study by Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen, France, found that despite Monsanto's protestations to the contrary, the Bt toxin can distrupt the cell membranes of human cells, leading to their death. The toxin is only supposed to do that in the guts of the bugs it targets. Bt has been used for...
  • The Supreme Court Weighs ObamaCare

    03/22/2012 6:49:10 AM PDT · by american_steve · 12 replies · 3+ views
    The Wall Street Journal, ^ | March 21, 2012 | David Rivkin & Lee Casey
    On Monday, the Supreme Court will begin an extraordinary three-day hearing on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. At stake are the Constitution's structural guarantees of individual liberty, which limit governmental power and ensure political accountability by dividing that power between federal and state authorities. Upholding ObamaCare would destroy this dual-sovereignty system, the most distinctive feature of American constitutionalism. ObamaCare mandates that every American, with a few narrow exceptions, have a congressionally defined minimum level of health-insurance coverage. Noncompliance brings a substantial monetary penalty. The ultimate purpose of this "individual mandate" is to force young and healthy middle-class workers to subsidize those...
  • Girl's best friend is dog who carries her oxygen

    03/21/2012 11:19:15 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    Today Health ^ | 3/21/12 | Linda Carroll
    Two years ago Aaron and Debbie Knobloch learned that their baby daughter Alida was suffering from a rare lung disease and that she would need a portable oxygen tank to help her breathe. The good news was that the oxygen tank would make their little girl healthy. The bad news was that she’d have to be tethered to the 6-pound tank most of the time. The Knoblochs struggled to find a way to give Alida a normal life. Aaron built a walker with a pocket for the oxygen tank so she wouldn’t always have to be tied to one of...
  • Deadly kissing bugs found in Texas

    03/21/2012 7:00:00 AM PDT · by eastforker · 47 replies
    click2Houston ^ | 3/21/12 | click2Houston
    Chagas, a disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, is in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, seven cases have been diagnosed in Arizona and California. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin said the bugs that cause the disease, the Triatomid or "kissing bug," were already discovered in 11 southern and central Texas counties.
  • Scientists Cure Cancer, But No One Takes Notice

    03/20/2012 6:26:50 PM PDT · by CactusCarlos · 95 replies · 1+ views
    Canadian researchers find a simple cure for cancer, but major pharmaceutical companies are not interested. Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have recently cured cancer, yet there is but little ripple in the news or on TV. It is a simple technique using a very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders, so there is no concern of side effects or other long term effects. The drug doesn’t require a patent, so anyone can employ it widely and cheaply compared to the costly cancer drugs produced by major pharmaceutical companies....
  • Study: Exercise can lead to female orgasm, sexual pleasure

    03/20/2012 10:35:33 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 81 replies · 4+ views
    Indiana University ^ | March 19, 2012 | Debby Herbenick
    Researcher Debby Herbenick. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Findings from a first-of-its-kind study by Indiana University researchers confirm anecdotal evidence that exercise -- absent sex or fantasies -- can lead to female orgasm. While the findings are new, reports of this phenomenon, sometimes called "coregasm" because of its association with exercises for core abdominal muscles, have circulated in the media for years, said Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In addition to being a researcher, Herbenick is a widely read advice columnist and book author. "The most common...
  • Nearly 80 rabbits found in hoarder's home

    03/19/2012 6:10:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies ^ | 18 Mar 2012 | Chris Oberholtz
    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (KCTV/WTKR/CNN) - Dozens of rabbits, some dead and others alive, were discovered inside a Virginia Beach home, and hoarding is to blame. Cute, yet disgusting at the same time. Bunnies everywhere, sitting on trash and furniture covered in feces, freely roaming around a Virginia Beach home. "Officers had to wear hazmat suits to enter the house, so that should give you some sort of idea of conditions were like inside, they were deplorable," said Wayne Gilbert with the Virginia Beach Animal Control. Animal control spent more than seven hours at the home off Wolfsnare Road in Hilltop,...
  • iDisease

    03/18/2012 9:15:30 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 17, 2012 | MAYRAV SAAR
    For years, Alexis Beery, 15, relied on daily doses of an incredibly potent inhalant and injections of adrenaline just to stay alive. Now she and her similarly sick twin brother, Noah, have gone from racing to the ER on a regular basis to racing to high-school track and volleyball practice — thanks to treatment designed specifically for their unique genetic makeup. Gene-specific treatments have been used for years for a handful of diseases. Women with breast cancer who are found to carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation, for instance, can undergo a regimen tailored for that specific gene mutation....
  • India's Former Mr Universe Turns 100

    03/18/2012 6:10:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Mar 2012
    Manohar Aich, a former Mr Universe, who is 4ft 11 inches, has turned 100, saying happiness and a life without tensions are the key to his longevity.Mr Aich overcame many hurdles, including grinding poverty and a stint in prison, to achieve body building glory. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered on Sunday in the eastern city of Kolkata to celebrate his birthday the day before. Hindu priests chanted prayers while a feast was laid out to honour Mr Aich, winner of the 1952 Mr. Universe body building title. Rippling his muscles and flashing a toothless grin, Aich says his ability...
  • How I Stopped Drowning in Drink

    03/18/2012 3:47:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 104 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 16, 2012 | Paul Carr
    What's the secret to getting sober and repairing the other broken parts of an alcoholic's life? It starts with setting your own terms, writes Paul Carr.For years I'd told myself I wasn't an alcoholic. I never drank alone. I didn't wake up with fierce cravings, and sometimes I went for one or two days without drinking. A need to drink all day, every day, was never my problem. My problem was that once I had a drink—whether it was at 7 p.m. or 9 a.m.—I couldn't stop until my body shut down and I passed out in a pile on...
  • New wrinkle in pot debate: stoned driving

    DENVER (AP) — Angeline Chilton says she can't drive unless she smokes pot. The suburban Denver woman says she'd never get behind the wheel right after smoking, but she does use medical marijuana twice a day to ease tremors caused by multiple sclerosis that previously left her homebound. "I don't drink and drive, and I don't smoke and drive," she said. "But my body is completely saturated with THC." Her case underscores a problem that no one's sure how to solve: How do you tell if someone is too stoned to drive? States that allow medical marijuana have grappled with...
  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops Fights Obama War on Religion

    03/18/2012 9:22:59 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 5 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 03/15/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    This is not about access to contraception, which is ubiquitous and inexpensive, even when it is not provided by the Church’s hand and with the Church’s funds. This is not about the religious freedom of Catholics only, but also of those who recognize that their cherished beliefs may be next on the block. This is not about the Bishops’ somehow “banning contraception,” when the U.S. Supreme Court took that issue off the table two generations ago. Indeed, this is not about the Church wanting to force anybody to do anything; it is instead about the federal government forcing the Church—consisting...
  • Blueberries and Apples Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk

    03/17/2012 10:19:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 16, 2012 | Fri Mar 16, 2012
    Eating more blueberries, apples and pears may be linked to lower risk of diabetes, according to a new U.S. study. These fruits are loaded with flavonoids, a natural compound present in certain fruits, vegetables and grains, which some research has tentatively tied to heath benefits such as a lower risk of heart disease or cancer. "People who ate a higher amount of blueberries or apples, they tended to have a low risk of type 2 diabetes," said An Pan, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health who worked on the study.
  • Best and Cheapest Source for Atorvastatin

    03/17/2012 6:38:36 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 44 replies
    Just looking for some Freeper help on where the best and cheapest place to purchase Atorvastatin (generic Lipitor) is. Would be interested in online, clubs (Sam's Club) etc.
  • 'Pink slime' sounds gross, but how does it taste?

    03/17/2012 6:37:26 AM PDT · by rawhide · 51 replies · 2+ views ^ | 3-16-12 | By J.M. HIRSCH
    What does this stuff do to the taste and texture of ground beef? For the taste test, I kept it simple and pure. I formed a half-pound of each ground beef into a thick burger patty, adding nothing to the meat. I added nothing to the pan. Meat this fatty generally bleeds out a robust amount of grease, so I wasn't concerned with sticking. That was my second surprise. The pink slime patty released very little fat during cooking. The other patty gave off two or three times as much. First, the unadulterated burger. The aroma was luscious. The meat...
  • Scientist seeks deposits for elephant sperm bank

    03/16/2012 12:52:52 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies · 1+ views
    The Local ^ | 16 Mar 12 | Ben Knight
    Elephants in captivity are becoming too inbred, so a German researcher has amassed a sperm bank of wild elephant semen for zoos to draw on. There’s just one small problem – sperm is not a commodity bull elephants give up lightly.
  • Cat Detects Owner’s Brain Aneurysm

    03/15/2012 11:54:15 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 69 replies ^ | 3/16/12 | Jo Singer
    Noah, an orange and white tabby, began obsessing over his owner’s head last year. In an interview with The Northern Virginia Daily, Janet Batten says, "He constantly smelled my head on the right side, in the front, and in my eye and in my nose. Sometimes he would really push to get into my head. He began to make this sound I had never heard before. I began to get suspicious.” At about the same time, Janet began to experience vision problems which led her to an appointment with her primary care physician and an ophthalmologist. But neither of these...
  • Cape Cod Clinic Offers Free Pizza With Vasectomy

    03/15/2012 9:03:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Katie Moisse
    With March Madness looming, a Cape Cod clinic is giving guys the perfect excuse to veg out on the couch: A vasectomy. They'll even throw in a free pizza. "This gives them an excuse to sit down, watch the game, eat some pizza," said Evan Cohen, practice coordinator at the Urology Associates of Cape Cod, in an interview with ABC News. "If they relax, they'll be better off and have a smaller risk of complications." The 10-minute surgical procedure severs the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles, acting as a permanent form of contraception. Men leave the clinic with...
  • If you feel OK, maybe you are OK.

    03/15/2012 8:53:33 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | 02/27/12 | H. Gilbert Welch
    Recently, however, there have been rumblings within the medical profession that suggest that the enthusiasm for early diagnosis may be waning. Most prominent are recommendations against prostate cancer screening for healthy men and for reducing the frequency of breast and cervical cancer screening. Some experts even cautioned against the recent colonoscopy results, pointing out that the study participants were probably much healthier than the general population, which would make them less likely to die of colon cancer. In addition there is a concern about too much detection and treatment of early diabetes, a growing appreciation that autism has been too...
  • Polish mom saves two of three triplets after 75 days spent in labor…nearly upside-down

    03/15/2012 5:51:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3/15/2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    WROCLAW, Poland, March 13, 2012 ( - A Polish woman endured 75 days of labor lying in a nearly upside down position to save the lives of her two premature babies after the first of three triplets was born prematurely and died. Joanna Krzysztonek was pregnant with triplets when she went into labour at 21 weeks. Her first baby was born prematurely and did not survive. Dr. Mariusz Zimmer, head of the Wroclaw obstetrics and neo-natal clinic where Krzysztonek gave birth, intervened with medication to stop contractions and told the expectant mother that the babies might be saved if she...
  • Prayer request for friend fighting cancer

    03/15/2012 10:21:36 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 25 replies
    me | 03-15-12 | deoetdoctrinae
    A friend and former co-worker of mine is fighting for his life against another onset of cancer. He had surgery two weeks ago to have his colon removed. The surgery seemed to go well, but things went badly a few days ago. Elevated blood pressure, erratic heart, 104 temperature, and he went into a coma. More surgery to find out what's wrong is needed, but can't happen until he is stable. Slight improvement in the last two days. Leonard needs your prayer power.
  • Arthritis pain med that is also an abortifacient

    03/15/2012 12:24:56 AM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 13 replies
    I'm taking a prescription med for arthritis called Methotrexate. Has anyone heard of it or is taking it? From what I read is also used as an abortifacient,which shocked the heck out of me.
  • New compound discovered that rapidly kills liver cancer

    03/14/2012 7:10:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 14, 2012 | Provided by Virginia Commonwealth University
    Scientists have identified a new compound that rapidly kills hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, the most common form of liver cancer and fifth most common cancer worldwide, while sparing healthy tissue. The compound, Factor Qunolinone Inhibitor 1 (FQI1), works by inhibiting an oncogene originally discovered by a team of researchers led by Devanand Sarkar, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Harrison Scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center, Blick Scholar and assistant professor in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics and member of the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine. Recently published in the journal Proceedings of...
  • Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It

    03/13/2012 9:41:37 PM PDT · by Windflier · 54 replies ^ | February 10, 2012 | John Stapleton
    Australian researchers have been astonished to discover a cure-all right under their noses — a honey sold in health food shops as a natural medicine. Far from being an obscure health food with dubious healing qualities, new research has shown the honey kills every type of bacteria scientists have thrown at it, including the antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” plaguing hospitals and killing patients around the world. Some bacteria have become resistant to every commonly prescribed antibacterial drug. But scientists found that Manuka honey, as it is known in New Zealand, or jelly bush honey, as it is known in Australia, killed every...
  • Consider the case of the angry white woman

    03/13/2012 2:33:43 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 23 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/11/12 | Courtland Milloy
    When Margaret Doyle’s temper exploded inside the Virginia General Assembly a few weeks ago, a photograph of her being ejected from the state Capitol became a symbol of front-line resistance to legislative assaults on women’s reproductive rights. Doyle, who is 53 and weighs 115 pounds, was so fired up that it took four police officers to restrain her. Other protesters also were subjected to the strong arm of the law.  A debate over the role of religion in political life has shaped recent clashes over contraception and abortion. Curiously to me, nearly all of the women were white.
  • Paleolithic Era Diet Gaining Modern Followers

    03/13/2012 1:49:49 PM PDT · by Brookhaven · 62 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 3-9-12
    Have you heard the saying “strong is the new skinny”? What if you could have both? It may be as easy as taking a fresh look at the past. The Paleo Diet, or the caveman diet, means eating and acting like a caveman. To sustain the diet, you can only eat things you gather, hunt or pick. Pinecrest resident Thad Foot, 38, said the diet gives him strength to do stand up paddle boarding. “I want to get stronger,” he said. Tara Grant, 37, did the same diet for a different reason. “I had polycystic ovarian syndrome,” said Grant. “Now,...
  • India: Chinese Garlic Destroyed

    03/13/2012 1:49:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Fresh Plaza ^ | 3/12/2012
    A local court in Nagpur has ordered the destruction of Chinese garlic after a laboratory in Pune revealed fungus. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official Manoj Tiwari said that the garlic was hazardous and unfit for human consumption. "When the dried garlic was examined carefully, the report we got from Pune, revealed that the garlic was infected with fungus. It is also known as mould growth. It is dangerous for human beings and it can neither be used by the humans nor animals. This why, we have destroyed it after we get an order from the court," said Tiwari. he...
  • New Prosthetic Arm Born From Star Wars (DARPA)

    03/12/2012 3:31:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    WTSP ^ | Mar 12, 2012
    In the movie "The Empire Strikes Back," Luke Skywalker's hand is severed in a battle with Darth Vader and replaced by a futuristic prosthetic. Now science fiction is becoming science fact as the Defense Department funds the development of the "Luke Arm," which may replace limbs that veterans have lost in battle. The lifelike arm, developed under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract awarded to New Hampshire-based Deka Research and Development, has undergone more than 4,000 hours of testing, largely in clinical trials at Veterans Affairs Department sites around the country. "We did a lot of studies not just...
  • 'Pink slime' Is Good for America's Schoolchildren, Manufacturers Claim

    03/12/2012 11:52:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 12, 2012
    The company that sells ground beef treated with ammonia proclaims their meat mixture is good for America's schoolchildren, even though parents across the country are seriously questioning the safety of what has been dubbed "pink slime." Beef Products Inc. (BPI) made the declaration about its "lean finely textured beef" or LFTB over the weekend to The Daily, which broke the news that the federal government plans to buy ground beef that contains 7 million pounds of the product in the coming year. After the report, "pink slime" became the most searched topic on the internet. "Including LFTB in the national...
  • Vitamin D Deficiency and Fibromyalgia: Lessening the Pain and Depression

    03/12/2012 6:37:19 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 12, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Two years ago, I started reading about vitamin D deficiency. In articles by Dr. Frank Lipkin and on Natural News, they explained the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Guess what? To my surprise and curiosity, a lot of the symptoms were like fibromyalgia. I went back through my paperwork and saw that the nurse had indeed told me to take vitamin D.
  • American Enterprise Institute: Obama to Triple Dividend Tax Rate

    03/11/2012 10:40:43 AM PDT · by illiac · 11 replies
    MoneyNews ^ | 3/7/12 | Gregg Brown
    The latest proposal from the White House on dividend taxes is on a collision course with investors and corporations, raising the tax rate on dividends for the highest earners close to 45 percent — triple the current rate, warn experts who advise government on tax policy. Under the new rules, the tax rate on high earners would jump to nearly 40 percent, plus a 3.8 percent tax to pay for healthcare reform, explain American Enterprise Institute (AEI) research fellow Alex Brill and AEI resident scholar Alan D. Viard, in a column for RealClearMarkets. The result: A top dividend tax rate...
  • The Reagan Obama Debate

    03/11/2012 7:33:22 AM PDT · by Pfesser · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 1, 2008 | YouTube
    Click the link. Reagan destroys Obama.

    03/10/2012 4:51:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Food Product Design ^ | March 7, 2012
    Drinking green tea may provide protection against neurotoxicity induced by consuming high levels of lead in foods, according to a new study published in the journal NeuroToxicology. The findings suggest the combination of green tea and the chemical lead acetate causes less damage to the brain and nervous system compared to lead acetate alone. In the United States, levels of heavy metals, including lead, should not exceed 10 parts per million (ppm) in any food ingredient. Imported products, such as spices and powders, pose a particular threat, because many countries do not share the United States’ standards concerning lead. In...
  • H&M under fire for using model so thin she's been called 'corpse-like'

    03/09/2012 9:02:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 9, 2012 | Deborah Arthurs
    High Street store H&M has come under fire today for its use of a model some have said is so thin as to be 'corpse-like'. The model was used in PR material for the clothing giant's Marni campaign, the latest high profile designer collaboration to be launched by the firm. But some have complained that 26-year-old Aymeline Valade looks 'ready to collapse'.
  • Spring-break hazard: bedbug infestation

    03/09/2012 6:55:20 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | March 9, 2012 | Bethany Barnes
    With spring break coming up, travelers may want to make sure they don't pick up the souvenir no one plans to take home - bedbugs. Bedbug cases have been increasing dramatically over the past three or four years, said Dawn Gouge, entomologist and associate professor at the University of Arizona. "Pretty much everywhere where anyone goes on vacation is where you'll find bedbugs," said Gouge, noting that even travelers who stay at high-end resorts can be exposed to the parasites.
  • AIDS Rate Among Urban Black Women Stuns Researchers

    03/08/2012 9:11:39 PM PST · by LucyT · 42 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 8, 2012 | 7:00 p.m. | Maggie Fox
    Black women in six major U.S. cities have rates of infection with the AIDS virus that are five times higher than anyone thought, researchers reported on Thursday. The findings stunned even the researchers doing the work – who already knew that the HIV epidemic in the United States is worse among blacks, and that young black women have a special risk. “The fact that the rate for infections in these women is something like the rate in Congo is something that ought to get peoples’ attention,” Dr. Charles Flexner, a clinical pharmacologist and infectious-disease expert at Johns Hopkins University in...
  • VANITY: Article by MD quoted by Rush today (low-fat diets, statin drugs all wrong)

    03/08/2012 1:28:48 PM PST · by Joe the Pimpernel · 41 replies
    I can't find the article that Rush was talking about. Does anybody have a link?
  • Australian children to be sterilized without parental consent under new eugenics law

    03/08/2012 6:29:49 AM PST · by Quix · 105 replies · 2+ views
    Natural ^ | 8 MAR 2012 | Ethan A Huff staff writer
    The Government of Western Australia's Mental Health Commission (WAMHC) has basically conjured up a proposal for new mental health legislation that bypasses parental involvement in the mental health treatment process, and instead tasks children under age 18, and of any age, with making the decision about whether or not to be sterilized, or whether or not to have their brain tissue destroyed with psychosurgery procedures. If a "mental health professional" can convince children that they need such treatments for their own good, in other words, than Australia's youngest members of society will be open game for the eugenicist agenda....
  • The Diabetes Dilemma for Statin Users

    03/06/2012 9:26:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 4, 2012 | Eric J. Topol
    We’re overdosing on cholesterol-lowering statins, and the consequence could be a sharp increase in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes. This past week, the Food and Drug Administration raised questions about the side effects of these drugs and developed new labels for these medications that will now warn of the risk of diabetes and memory loss. The announcement said the risk was “small” and should not materially affect the use of these medications. The data are somewhat ambiguous for memory loss. But the magnitude of the problem for diabetes becomes much more apparent with careful examination of the data from...
  • We, the Republic, are being denied the choice to say NO to socialism and we had better act now!

    03/06/2012 9:46:39 AM PST · by RavenLooneyToon · 42 replies
    Vanity | Tuesday March 6 2012 | Vanity
    There is no difference between Romney and Obama. We, the Republic, are being denied the choice to say NO to socialism. It’s a setup. The fix is in. We, the Republic, have been loosing a war of financial attrition for decades. We, the Republic are engaged in a war with those who govern us. Drastic measures are required to defeat this enemy in order to stop the bleeding that each of us are seeing in the depreciation of our savings, the constant onslaught of taxes, fees, and licenses. Each of them designed to remove our ability to live free. If...
  • Motion Induced Blindness (Why you should scan, NOT stare when driving or piloting.)

    03/05/2012 11:20:03 AM PST · by dickmc · 4 replies · 1+ views
    An excellent demonstration of the phenomenom. Applies to walking, driving, sailing, flying, hunting, biking, skiing, and so many other activities of daily life. Applies to everyone, not just pilots, as we all spend time driving at night and the same concepts apply here! Scan, scan, scan... For all you pilots and drivers, here is an interesting phenomenon. This is why you have to scan a scene to see all of its detail instead of just staring at a part of it. It works exactly like it says, and is one major reason people in cars can 'look right at you'...
  • La. chimpanzees get pregnant despite vasectomies

    03/04/2012 10:28:15 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 38 replies
    AP via ^ | Mon Feb 27, 2012 | Janet McConnaughey
    NEW ORLEANS — After two unexpected pregnancies at a sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees, other females have been put on birth control and the males are getting another round of vasectomies. -snip- The birth was definitely a surprise. Every male gets a vasectomy before being sent to Chimp Haven because there's a surplus of captive chimpanzees. "All the males in the group have been vasectomized. Two of them have been vasectomized twice," Brent said.