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  • Nation’s children push back against Michelle Obama-backed school lunch regs

    09/23/2012 7:12:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 174 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 22, 2012 | Caroline May
    Children and parents across the country are fed up with the restrictive new school meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which has long been touted by first lady Michelle Obama. The standards — which cap meal calories at 650 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, at 700 calories for middle school students and 850 for high school students — also dictate the number of breads, proteins, vegetables and fruits children are allowed per meal. A spokeswoman for Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who earlier this month introduced legislation to...
  • Trader Joe's recalls peanut butter

    09/23/2012 3:43:41 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    The grocery store chain Trader Joe's is recalling peanut butter that has been linked to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states.
  • Weight Watchers focuses on weight, not health

    09/21/2012 12:55:49 PM PDT · by rochester · 14 replies
    diseaseproof.com ^ | 9/21/2012 | Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
    In Weight Watchers’ newest point system (“PointsPlus”), fresh fruits and most vegetables have a zero point value (essentially meaning that they are unlimited) – this change was meant to encourage members to eat more whole plant foods and less processed foods, adding phytochemical value to their diet. This is certainly a positive step, and I applaud Weight Watchers for taking it. They have tweaked their program a bit, to make it healthier. However, the Weight Watchers program is still far from a health-promoting eating style...........
  • 2C-I or 'Smiles': The New Killer Drug Every Parent Should Know About

    09/21/2012 7:16:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    Witnesses described the 17-year-old boy as "shaking, growling, foaming at the mouth." According to police reports, Elijah Stai was at a McDonald's with his friend when he began to feel ill. Soon after, he "started to smash his head against the ground" and began acting "possessed," according to a witness. Two hours later, he had stopped breathing
  • New Humana program rewards purchase of healthy groceries

    09/19/2012 10:25:34 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/19/12 | Sarah Kliff
    As one of the country’s largest health-insurance companies, Humana regularly has a say in where its members seek care. Now it wants sway over what groceries they buy. Humana announced a new partnership with Wal-Mart on Wednesday that will give the more than 1 million members of its wellness program, HumanaVitality, a 5 percent discount on healthy groceries. The program, which will launch Oct. 15, is meant to steer customers toward healthier food choices and potentially push down health-care costs — while driving people into Wal-Mart stores. The unusual partnership between a major insurer and major retailer speaks to insurers’...
  • Medical study links BPA, kids’ obesity

    09/19/2012 12:17:33 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 19, 2012 | Christine McConville
    The BPA and body weight controversy heated up again yesterday, with a new Journal of American Medicine Association report that kids with lots of the controversial plastic chemical in their urine are more likely to be obese. “Our study found ample evidence that BPA exposure makes fat cells bigger, reduces the function of a protein that protects from heart disease, and it disrupts the functional balance of testosterone and estrogen, which are important in maintaining caloric balance,” said New York University School of Medicine’s Dr. Leonardo Trasande, who traced the levels of Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, in 3,000...
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Not Associated With Lower Risk of Major Cardiovascular Disease...

    09/17/2012 10:37:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Sep. 11, 2012 | NA
    Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Not Associated With Lower Risk of Major Cardiovascular Disease Events In a study that included nearly 70,000 patients, supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause death, cardiac death, sudden death, heart attack, or stroke, according to an analysis of previous studies published in the Sept. 12 issue of JAMA. "Treatment with marine-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for the prevention of major cardiovascular adverse outcomes has been supported by a number of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and refuted by others. Although their mechanism of action is not clear,...
  • Experts: Courts Likely to Uphold New York Soda Ban

    09/16/2012 6:37:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | September 14, 2012 | Jason Koebler
    Legal challenges to New York City's ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces are unlikely to be successful, and the ban could spark similar moves in other cities around the country, according to experts. Thursday, after the city's board of health formally prohibited restaurants from selling sodas larger than 16 ounces after March 12, 2013, organizations around New York City said they would consider suing the city to get the ban overturned. Laura Palantone, a spokesperson for New York City Beverage Choices, a group against the ban, says the organization will "carefully review the regulation and explore our options now...
  • NIH superbug claims 7th victim

    09/15/2012 11:38:10 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2012 | Brian Vastag and Lena H. Sun
    A deadly, drug-resistant superbug outbreak that began last summer at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center claimed its seventh victim Sept. 7, when a seriously ill boy from Minnesota succumbed to a bloodstream infection, officials said Friday. The boy was the 19th patient at the research hospital to contract an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae that arrived in August 2011 with a New York woman who needed a lung transplant. But his case marked the first new infection of this superbug at NIH since January — a worrisome signal that the bug persists inside the huge brick-and-glass...
  • Superbug kills 7th person at Md. NIH hospital

    09/15/2012 4:43:18 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    A deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics has killed a seventh person at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland.
  • Mixed grades for new, healthy school lunch rules

    09/14/2012 8:44:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 14, 2012 | Michael Hill (Associated Press)
    ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub. Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed grades from students piling more carrots, more apples and fewer fatty foods on their trays.
  • Bloomberg’s big-soda ban approved by NYC health board

    09/14/2012 12:12:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Lookout (Yahoo! News blog) ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dylan Stableford
    The New York City Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sugar-sweetened drinks Thursday, as expected. Eight of the board's nine members voted in favor of the ban; one, Dr. Sixto R. Caro, abstained. "I am still skeptical," Caro told The Associated Press. "This is not comprehensive enough." The plan, proposed by the mayor in May, calls for a ban on the sale of all sugar-sweetened beverages—soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened teas, coffees and fruit drinks—in cups larger than 16 ounces at the city's restaurants, food carts, fast-food joints, movie theaters, stadiums and sports arenas. The...
  • FLOTUS: Obesity 'Absolutely' Greatest Threat To National Security

    09/13/2012 4:09:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | September 12, 2012 | Breitbart TV
    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/09/12/FLOTUS-Obesity-Absolutely-Greatest-Threat-To-National-Security
  • Government's Suicide Initiative Ignores Suicide-Linked Drugs

    09/13/2012 7:55:30 AM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 10 replies
    Food Consumer.org ^ | September 13, 2012 | Martha Rosenberg
    It would be laughable if it weren't tragic. This week Surgeon General Regina Benjamin introduced a plan to stem the nation's growing suicide rate without addressing the nation's growing use of suicide-linked drugs. Antidepressants like Prozac and Paxil, antipsychotics like Seroquel and Zyprexa and anti-seizure drugs like Lyrica and Neurontin are all linked to suicide in published reports and in FDA warnings. (Almost 5,000 newspaper reports link antidepressants to suicide, homicide and bizarre behavior.) Asthma drugs like Singulair, antismoking drugs like Chantix, acne drugs like Accutane and the still-in-use malaria drug Lariam, are also linked to suicide. The US's suicide...
  • Cheese Recall 2012: Listeria Sparks Ricotta Salata Frescolina Recall

    09/12/2012 1:36:20 PM PDT · by Focault's Pendulum · 10 replies
    Foodbeat.com ^ | September 11, 2012 | Angela Ayles
    Forever Cheese Inc is recalling all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand cheese from lot T9425 due to possible listeria contamination. The product in question may also feature a production code of 441202. The cheese was sold to distributors, retailers and restaurants in the follow states: CA, CO, D.C., FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MT, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, VA, WA. The date of sale ranges from June 20, 2012 to August 9, 2012. Official Recall: FDA.gov
  • Primatene Mist Breakthrough!!!

    09/11/2012 12:33:09 PM PDT · by khelus · 35 replies
    A. Abramson ^ | 09/10/2012 | savecfcinhalers.org
    I received an eMail with the following information: "... both WALMART and CVS PHARMACIES should now have available a brand new, over-the-counter EPINEPHRINE ASTHMA INHALER, called ASTHMANEFRIN, sold by NEPHRON PHARMACEUTICALS Please address any questions to them at 855-999-3926. No, this is NOT PRIMATENE MIST, but it has the SAME ACTIVE INGREDIENT as Primatene Mist, EPINEPHRINE, and BEST OF ALL, UNLIKE PRIMATENE MIST, IT HAS NO ETHANOL!"
  • Anti-inflammatories tied to cardiac risk

    09/11/2012 12:03:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | September 10th, 2012 | Nathan Seppa
    Heart attack survivors using certain painkillers are more likely to die or suffer another event People who have survived a heart attack seem to increase their risk of having another one, or of dying, by taking common painkillers called NSAIDs, a popular class of drugs that includes ibuprofen. The unsettling link between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and heart attack risk is not new. The American Heart Association released guidelines in 2007 discouraging the use of any NSAIDs among people with a history of cardiovascular disease. Researchers in Denmark now bolster that link with the largest study to date of NSAID use...
  • Are Democrats Really the "Pro-Science" Party?

    09/10/2012 2:29:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 93 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | September 10, 2012 | Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell
    A narrative has developed over the past several years that the Republican Party is anti-science. Recently, thanks to the ignorant remarks about rape made by Rep. Todd Akin, the Democrats have seized the opportunity to remind us that they are the true champions of science in America. But is it really true? No. As we thoroughly detail in our new book, "Science Left Behind," Democrats are willing to throw science under the bus for any number of pet ideological causes – including anything from genetic modification to vaccines. Consider California’s Proposition 37, which would require genetically modified food to carry...
  • Organic food benefits questioned in study

    09/10/2012 12:45:18 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    minnesota.publicradio.org ^ | September 4, 2012 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me? Unsure, Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out -- and concluded there's little evidence that going organic is much healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics. Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides, including for children -- but the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was within safety limits, the researchers reported Monday. Nor did the organic foods prove more nutritious...
  • EPA urged to rethink chemical risk evaluation process

    09/08/2012 5:05:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 7 September 2012 | Rebecca Trager
    The EPA's process for assessing chemical risk has come under fire for being inadequateThe US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) process for assessing the risk of human exposure to various chemicals is deeply flawed and actually threatens public health, according to two experts with inside experience. In fact, they are urging the agency to ‘fundamentally alter’ its approach to chemical risk evaluation.In a Nature commentary, George Gray, who directs George Washington University’s Center for Risk Science and Public Health, and Joshua Cohen, deputy director of Tufts Medical Center’s Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, note that many...
  • 2 consenting adults and a cow ... Farmer's raw deal over raw milk scheduled for trial

    09/02/2012 4:47:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    WND.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A trial that has become a symbol, in Wisconsin and across the U.S., of government criminalization of farmers for providing food directly to consumers has been rescheduled for January. But the delay from the previously scheduled September court date is expected to focus even more attention on the dispute that has dragged Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger to the court’s defendant’s table in the Sauk County Circuit Court, presided over by Judge Guy Reynolds. The state’s case against the Loganville farmer has him accused of four misdemeanor counts of violating Wisconsin’s food and dairy code. Officials with the Farm to...
  • Doctor refuses to treat overweight Shrewsbury patient

    09/01/2012 8:36:40 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    WCVB-TV (ABC - Boston) ^ | August 24, 2012 | Pam Cross
    SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Ida Davidson is the first to admit her weight goes up and down, but the Shrewsbury resident said she was stunned when a new primary care physician said she could not become a patient because she weighed more than 200 pounds.
  • Union Money Behind Health Care Ballot Proposal Not Well Hidden

    08/30/2012 9:51:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/28/2012 | Jack Spencer
    On the surface, it appears that a corporation that was formed just days before a signature petition drive was started to create a ballot proposal that would lock a forced unionization of home health care workers into the state constitution, is the major player behind the ballot proposal. But one doesn't have to dig too deep to figure out that it is almost certainly the Service Employees International Union that is behind the company promoting the "Keep Home Care Safe" initiative. "Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Health Care" is the name of the campaign committee for the proposal. According to...
  • Doing the Best With What You Have

    08/30/2012 5:44:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    One of my mother's favorite sayings is to do the best you can with what you have at the time. She should know. She was the first in her family to go to college, graduating from Auburn University in three years. She taught high school mathematics at a time when few math teachers were women. As a single mother of two adolescent girls, she encouraged us both through college. While I was in high school, she dealt with her own mother's failing health. On weekends, she drove two hours each way in Georgia from Carrollton to Columbus to check on...
  • Nanotechnology: Armed resistance

    08/29/2012 10:04:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Nature ^ | 29 August 2012 | Leigh Phillips
    Nature assesses the aftermath of a series of nanotechnology-lab bombings in Mexico — and asks how the country became a target of eco-anarchists. The shoe-box-sized package was addressed to Armando Herrera Corral. It stated that he was the recipient of an award and it was covered in official-looking stamps. Herrera, a computer scientist at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico City, shook the box a number of times, and something solid jiggled inside. What could it be? He was excited and a little nervous — so much so, that he walked down the hall to the...
  • Calorie restriction falters in the long run - Genetics and healthy diets matter more for...

    08/29/2012 6:41:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 29 August 2012 | Amy Maxmen
    Genetics and healthy diets matter more for longevity. To those who enjoy the pleasures of the dining table, the news may come as a relief: drastically cutting back on calories does not seem to lengthen lifespan in primates. The verdict, from a 25-year study in rhesus monkeys fed 30% less than control animals, represents another setback for the notion that a simple, diet-triggered switch can slow ageing. Instead, the findings, published this week in Nature1, suggest that genetics and dietary composition matter more for longevity than a simple calorie count. “To think that a simple decrease in calories caused such...
  • US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings

    08/25/2012 7:57:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 24, 2012 | Shaun Tandon (AFP)
    A US court on Friday shot down orders to slap graphic anti-tobacco messages on cigarette packs, saying the government overstepped its authority by trying to "browbeat" smokers into quitting. In line with campaigns in several other nations, the United States planned from September 22 to require images on cigarette packs including a man smoking through a hole in his throat and a body with chest staples on an autopsy table. In a 2-1 decision, the US Court of Appeals in Washington said that the images planned on cigarette packs were not necessarily false but they went beyond "pure attempts to...
  • N. Korea: Alcohol a Threat to Kim Guardianship Role(a crucial pillar breaking down)

    08/23/2012 8:35:03 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 08/24/12 | Park Seong Guk
    Alcohol a Threat to Kim Guardianship Role By Park Seong Guk [2012-08-24 12:16 ] Despite treatment in China for her dependence on alcohol, 66-year old Chosun Workers’ Party Secretary Kim Kyung Hee has been unable to stop drinking and is in increasingly ill-health as a consequence, Daily NK has been informed. A Japanese source explained on the 24th, “Due to the long term damage caused by her drinking, Kim Kyung Hee went to China in secret for treatment. However, she still has not been able to quit drinking, to the point where her poor health may make it hard for...
  • The Truth About Cats: They're Good for Us

    08/23/2012 6:55:24 AM PDT · by Renfield · 105 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 8-21-2012 | Jennifer Viegas
    News headlines over the past few years have linked cat ownership to everything from cancer to craziness, but new studies suggest that cats are actually beneficial to human health, and may even reduce our risk for cancer and other diseases. Reports in this week's issue of Biology Letters, for example, counter the tabloid-suggested link between cats and human brain cancer. Marion Vittecoq of the Tour du Valat research center and her colleagues conclude that cats should not be blamed for human cancer. In fact, studies show just the opposite. Vittecoq told Discovery News that "according to our knowledge, studies that...
  • School Bans Coca-Cola at Football Games [and buttered popcorn and potato chips......]

    08/20/2012 11:02:35 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 87 replies
    School Bans Coca-Cola at Football Games Posted in Top Stories | 22 comments School Bans Coca-Cola at Football Games Aug 20, 2012 By Todd Starnes Attention high school football fans in Maine: B.Y.O.C. – Bring your own Coke. The Portland Public School system will no longer allow soft drinks to be sold on school property – including at high school football games. School officials are also banning the sale of gridiron staples like buttered popcorn and potato chips. Instead, football fans will be encouraged to nosh on baked tortilla chips, reduced fat string cheese and hummus. The total ban on...
  • Mitt Romney Unveils New Ad Blasting Obama on Obamacare

    08/22/2012 2:11:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | August 22, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign released a new television advertisement today titled “Nothing’s Free” that takes the first direct attack at Obamacare and President Barack Obama’s support of it.“President Obama’s healthcare law has come at a high cost. Whether it is taxing wheelchairs and pacemakers or cutting Medicare, free healthcare has come at a very high price,’ the campaign said.While pro-life advocates strongly opposed Obamacare over its abortion-funding components, the Romney campaign hits Obamacare over other aspects.“Some think Obamacare is the same as free healthcare,” the ad says. “But nothing is free. Obama is raiding $716 billion from Medicare, changing the...
  • Google Shopping blocks all vitamins and natural products -glitch or deliberate censorship?

    08/19/2012 10:15:22 PM PDT · by waus · 24 replies
    Natural News ^ | 8-19-12 | Ethan A. Huff
    If you live in the U.S. and try to use Google Shopping to buy vitamins, supplements, personal care products, and even many health foods, your search queries will now turn up blank, as Google has apparently blocked access to all vitamins and natural products for American customers.
  • The Problem: Getting kids to buy Michelle Obama's healthy food

    08/21/2012 4:07:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | August 21, 2012 | Kristen Wyatt (AP)
    DENVER (AP) -- There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them. "We don't want healthy trash cans. We want kids who are eating this stuff," said Kern Halls, a former Disney World restaurant manager who now works in school nutrition at Orange County Public Schools in Florida. At a School Nutrition Association conference in Denver this summer, food workers heard tips about how to get children to make healthy food choices in the cafeteria.
  • Dealing With Medical Emergencies (preppers)

    08/20/2012 8:52:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | August 20, 2012 | Bob Livingston
    The prepper can take many lessons from the situation that developed in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. One lesson is that when the social order breaks down for a period of days or weeks, adequate medical care will disappear. So preparedness requires a medical kit. And no medical survival kit is complete without a good book or two on emergency medicine, anatomy, drug reference and medical terminology. Some good ones to choose from are:
  • Book: Obamacare law designed to unionize 21 million health care workers

    08/20/2012 9:07:57 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/19/12 | David Martosko
    In a book set for publication Tuesday, a politics and government professor at The Citadel claims President Obama’s 2009 health care reform law was, in part, a union-driven effort to organize 21 million health care workers. In ”Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind,” Mallory Factor describes a December 9, 2008 memo from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare president Dennis Rivera to the Obama-Biden transition team. That memo outlined a legislative proposal calling for “increasing the capacity of the health care workforce” as part of a larger health care reform initiative.
  • The New Face of Health Care -- the IRS

    08/18/2012 5:54:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    American Spectator ^ | August 17, 2012 | PETER FERRARA
    When President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka "Obamacare") goes fully into effect in 2014, the American people will only then begin to see the implications of its thorough government takeover of health care, in all its glory. But what they are not expecting is the massively expanded role of the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") in our lives, as the IRS is the chief agency responsible for enforcing the Act.That is explained in a new paper by Dan Pilla, just published by the Heartland Institute, "Implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Pilla is a tax...
  • Zoo Interchange lawsuit well-intended, misguided (interchange rebuild is raaaaacist!)

    08/17/2012 7:20:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | August 14, 2012 | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
    Yes, transit in the Milwaukee region should be improved to give citizens, especially the many inner city residents without driver's licenses, better transportation options. And, yes, the state should ramp up transit aid and road maintenance even at the expense of new highway projects. But none of that means that reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee County should be delayed and that planning for the interchange rebuild should go back to square one, as a lawsuit filed last week seeks to do. The interchange, the busiest in Wisconsin, is vital to commerce and the state's economy. It needs the...
  • No yolk: eating the whole egg as dangerous as smoking?

    08/16/2012 8:02:53 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 100 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 14, 2012 | Melissa Healy
    Just as you were ready to tuck into a nice three-egg omelet again, comforted by the reassuring news that eggs are not so bad for you, here comes a study warning that for those over 40, the number of egg yolks consumed per week accelerates the thickening of arteries almost as severely as does cigarette smoking. Server, can you make that an egg-white omelet instead, please?
  • New, Deadly Virus Related to Ebola ID'ed in Snakes

    08/15/2012 10:05:58 AM PDT · by null and void · 29 replies
    Live Science ^ | 14 August 2012 Time: 12:02 AM ET | Andrea Mustain
    Taryn Hook with Larry, a beloved boa constrictor whose affliction prompted the lifelong keeper of reptiles to get in touch with a researcher who hunts down viruses. Snake story IBD afflicts pythons and boa constrictors, causing a host of strange symptoms. The snakes tie themselves in knots, they projectile vomit and engage in an eerie behavior called stargazing; the snakes raise their heads over and over, stare into thin air, and sway drunkenly from side to side.  ... The scientists put out a call for samples of diseased and nondiseased snakes ... the Steinhart Aquarium ... had a sudden...
  • J&J Agrees To Remove Chemicals From Products

    08/15/2012 7:41:23 AM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 19 replies
    Pharmalot.com ^ | August 15, 2012 | Ed Silverman
    "Nearly a year after several advocacy groups threatened a boycott against Johnson & Johnson over the use of potentially harmful chemicals in its Baby Shampoo and other products, the healthcare giant has agreed to remove carcinogens and other toxic chemicals from numerous adult toiletries and cosmetic products by the end of 2015. In all, J&J will reformulate hundreds of items that are sold in 57 countries. The move was announced by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which is a coalition of more than 175 nonprofit organizations that raised awareness of the issue over the past two years and succeeded last...
  • DNC Chair Gets Blitzed By Wolf On False Medicare Attacks

    08/14/2012 12:59:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/13/12 | Wolf Blitzer/Debbie Blabbermouth
    On "Situation Room" DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has no answers to Wolf Blitzer's questions on Medicare attacks (August 13, 2012).
  • Diacetyl chemical in artificial butter popcorn linked to Alzheimer's plaque build-up (microwave)

    08/12/2012 10:20:39 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 12 replies
    CBS news ^ | 8/9/12
    (CBS News) An ingredient used in artificial butter flavoring for popcorn may worsen the effects of an abnormal brain protein that's been linked to Alzheimer's disease. A new study in Chemical Research in Toxicology examined diacetyl (DA), an ingredient used to produce the buttery flavor and smell in microwave popcorn, margarine, candy, baked goods, and even pet food. It is also created naturally in fermented drinks like beer, and gives some chardonnay wines its buttery taste, according to the study. Scientists at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis conducted an analysis of DA, a chemical which previously has been linked...
  • BCG Vaccine May Reverse Type 1 Diabetes

    08/11/2012 12:02:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Aug 11, 2012 | Vidushi Sinha
    One of the world's oldest vaccines now has a new use. Bacillus Calmette-Guerin, or BCG, is an 80-year-old vaccine designed to tread tuberculosis. Bit it has now been found effective in treating long-term type 1 diabetes, which is on the rise worldwide. BCG has long been administered to children in developing countries to guard against tuberculosis. But in a recent clinical trial, researchers at Harvard Medical School found the vaccine was also able to increase insulin production in patients with type 1 diabetes. Dr. Denise Faustman, the lead researcher, says the team was able to cure type 1 diabetes in...
  • More Kids Taking Antipsychotics For ADHD: Study

    08/09/2012 2:14:13 PM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 51 replies
    US NEWS HEALTH ^ | August 7, 2012 | Steven Reinberg
    TUESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Use of powerful antipsychotic medications such as Abilify and Risperdal to control youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavior problems has skyrocketed in recent years, a new study finds. Antipsychotics are approved to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, other serious mental problems and irritability related to autism. But they don't have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for ADHD or other childhood behavior problems, and their use for this purpose is considered "off label." "Only a small proportion of antipsychotic treatment of children (6 percent) and adolescents (13 percent) is for FDA-approved clinical indications,"...
  • Spinal Implant

    08/09/2012 9:14:42 AM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 15 replies
    The wife has had RA for seems like forever. But over the last several years the pain has gotten so much that the doctor has her living on Vicodin. He's even said to take it when there is no pain so she won't feel it when it returns. But she never went that far and gets by on maybe 6 or so a day. But then he told her to go to San Antonio and see a spine specialist. And this lady doctor immediately went about getting the wife approved for a spinal implant. They run two wires up and...
  • Pfizer and J&J end testing of intravenous bapineuzumab Alzheimer’s treatment

    08/08/2012 10:33:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Washington ^ | August 6, 2012 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Pfizer Inc. and Johnson & Johnson said Monday they are ending development of an intravenous formulation of a drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease after the treatment failed in two late-stage clinical trials. The companies said bapineuzumab intravenous did not work better than placebo in two late-stage trials in patients who had mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The drug is designed to prevent the buildup of plaque in the brain. J&J said it is not discontinuing development of the compound and noted it has ongoing studies including a mid-stage neuroimaging study with bapineuzumab delivered subcutaneously...
  • Researchers discover gene that permanently stops cancer cell proliferation

    08/08/2012 12:28:15 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    Medical Express ^ | 08-01-2012 | Provided by Case Western Reserve University
    Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have discovered a mutant form of the gene, Chk1, that when expressed in cancer cells, permanently stopped their proliferation and caused cell death without the addition of any chemotherapeutic drugs. This study illustrates an unprecedented finding, that artificially activating Chk1 alone is sufficient to kill cancer cells. "We have identified a new direction for cancer therapy and the new direction is leading us to a reduction in toxicity in cancer therapy, compared with chemotherapy or radiation therapy," said Dr. Zhang, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology at the School of Medicine, and...
  • Advice from a Physician: How to Avoid Obamacare

    08/07/2012 10:39:09 AM PDT · by arthurus · 40 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | August 4, 2012 | Robert Wenzel
    Medical care is going to get worse under Obamacare. Robert S. Dotson, M.D. tells us why: As income reductions are being imposed on private practice, costs are being driven up by exploding regulations. In addition, the plethora of new mandates and laws have increasingly criminalized every aspect of the practice of medicine and created vast new armies of armed bureaucrats whose sole aim is to impose civil and criminal penalties on any provider unlucky enough to be singled out for attention... New restrictions, rules, and regulations on healthcare – on providers and patients alike – have imposed legal constraints with...
  • Chemotherapy Can Backfire and Boost Cancer Growth: Study

    08/05/2012 6:57:19 PM PDT · by dubyagee · 56 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 5, 2012 | AFP
    Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said Sunday. Researchers in the United States made the "completely unexpected" finding while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human body when they are easy to kill in the lab. They tested the effects of a type of chemotherapy on tissue collected from men with prostate cancer, and found "evidence of DNA damage" in healthy cells after treatment, the scientists wrote in Nature Medicine. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/chemotherapy-backfire-boost-cancer-growth-study-164516832.html
  • Bacteria-immune system 'fight' can lead to chronic diseases, study suggests

    08/04/2012 7:16:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | August 2, 2012 | NA
    Results from a study conducted at Georgia State University suggest that a "fight" between bacteria normally living in the intestines and the immune system, kicked off by another type of bacteria, may be linked to two types of chronic disease. The study suggests that the "fight" continues after the instigator bacteria have been cleared by the body, according to Andrew Gewirtz, professor of biology at the GSU Center for Inflammation, Immunity and Infection. That fight can result in metabolic syndrome, an important factor in obesity, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The results were published in the journal Cell Host &...