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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Reduced Growth in Lung Cells in Vitamin A Derivative Based Treatment
Natural Health: Previous studies have suggested that retinoids, a class of drugs related to vitamin A, may be effective for preventing lung cancer in former smokers. Retinoids have also been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells in laboratory experiments.

Neurological Protection From Rosemary
Natural Health: The active ingredient in rosemary, known as carnosic acid (CA), can protect the brain from stroke and neurodegeneration that is due to injurious chemical free radicals.

'Everywhere chemicals' in plastics alarm parents
Tainted Products:

Copper supplements may normalize enlarged hearts
Natural Health: The presence of copper in foods depends entirely on its presence in soils. When soils are stripped of minerals through over farming, the soils are left depleted of such minerals, which translates into mineral-depleted foods.

Doctor? or Druggist?
Medical Industry:

Stress-Relieving Workouts:
Natural Health: In a new survey by the American Psychological Association, roughly three-quarters of respondents said they experienced physical and psychological symptoms of stress.

Tucsday, October 30, 2007

Study Finds Increase Of Avoidable Hospitalizations In Washington, D.C.
Health Trends: Health officials said the number of avoidable hospitalizations began to increase in 2005, mostly as a result of skin infections involving an antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria. However, the Post reports that the 2006 data "suggest that far more is to blame," including an overloaded primary care system, overcrowded emergency departments, potentially sicker patients and higher rates of asthma among children in certain areas of the district.

French volcano's mud may kill superbugs
Natural Heatlh: The researchers testing the mud found it could kill up to 99 percent of colonies of bugs such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and E coli within 24 hours.

More young adults on cholesterol drugs
Medical Industry: Also, doctors are getting more aggressive with preventive treatments.

Bad Living Habits Causes Health Problems in Chinese Men
Health Trends: Other statistics show men have a general laxsidasical attitude towards health issues.

Environmental groups sue to halt pollution from mothballed warships
Ecohazard: More than 70 ships comprise the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, some dating back to World War II. The old ships were once kept afloat in case of war, but many have fallen into disrepair, overtaken by rust and rot.

Kitchen Medicine And Potent Anti-Inflammatory: Turmeric
Natural Health: In fact, there have been some Italian studies which compared Vioxx and Turmeric head-to-head for anti-inflammatory power, and Turmeric
performed just as well, with no side-effects.

Urbanization And Rising Respiratory Problems
Health Trends:

Monday, October 29, 2007

Danger lurks in the shadow of the peanut
Health Trends: As you've probably guessed, the reader has a family member, in this case a 2-year-old grandson, with severe peanut allergies. It's an increasingly common problem. Cases in U.S. children under 5 doubled from 1997 to 2002, reaching nearly 1%, say researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Natural Products Association Submits Comments To FDA
The World Reacts:

Antibiotic Resistant Infections No Longer Confined To Hospitals
Health Trends: It was the 18,000 figure—exceeding the number of fatalities from AIDS—widely publicized in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association that has brought the issue to the forefront.

Organic produce 'better for you'
Natural Health: Organic produce is better for you than ordinary food, a major European Union-funded study says.

Despite Ban, Risks Remain
Ecohazard: Almost three decades after the U.S. removed lead from paint, the toxin still harms an estimated 310,000 kids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tooth decay a rotten trend among children
Health Trends:

Sunday, October 28, 2007:

Kids and the Growing Food Allergy Threat
Health Trends: Eleven Million Americans Suffer From Food Allergies and Numbers are Climbing. More Children With Multiple Allergies Than Ever Before and Peanut Allergies Doubled Between 1997 and 2002.

FDA Grant To Study An Emerging Health Issue For US Infants/Babies
Health Trends: Infantile hemangiomas are a common, yet poorly understood vascular tumor. Most hemangiomas are found in the skin, but sometimes, they occur in other organs in the body such as the liver, spleen, intestine, airway, lungs and the central nervous system.

Alzheimer’s Risk Diminished by Behavioral Trait
Health Trends: Eventually 176 of these volunteers developed Alzheimer’s disease. But those whose personalities were meticulous, self-disciplined and productive tended to remain disease free.

Household paint top lead threat for Del. kids
Ecohazard: As recently as 1994, some 1,411 Delaware children, 17.3 percent of those tested, were found to have more than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter in their blood. That level -- the equivalent of 100 grains of salt in an Olympic-sized swimming pool -- can damage a child's brain, kidneys and bone marrow. It can lead to developmental problems, a lower IQ score and a diminished future.

Increased Risk Of Testicular Cancer Among Infertile Men
Health Trends: Men from infertile couples were 60% more likely to develop cancer than other men (standardized incidence ratio I .6 95% confidence interval I .2 to 2.2). This risk was relatively constant across all age strata.

Energy drinks aren't worth the buzz
Tainted Food: Eventually such lack of self care will catch up to you.

Missing a Single Night's Sleep Enough to Harm Brain
Health Trends:

Life's even better after cancer shock
Medical Industry: "I have never made such a bad diagnosis," she recalled him saying.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Are Plastic Bottles Safe to Reuse?
Ecohazard: But recent revelations about chemicals in Lexan (plastic #7) bottles are enough to scare even the most committed environmentalists from reusing them (or buying them in the first place).

Health Measures Take a Backseat as EU Fears Fallout in Brain Scans
Ecohazard: Electric and magnetic fields exist wherever electric current flows: from power lines and cables to residential wiring and electrical appliances.

Their effects on human health are not clearly understood but they have been linked, when the exposure is long term, to certain cancers including leukaemia, according to the World Health Organisation.

Poor Health Insurers
Medical Industry: Health insurers such as WellCare, Molina Healthcare, Amerigroup, and Centene, which offer plans through government programs like Medicaid and the state children’s health insurance program, may see growth in new subscribers in their future.

Expert: Misuse Of Antibiotics Can Lead To MRSA
Medical Industry: Combinations of antibiotics are highly successful in killing the bacteria. ?????

Donald Rumsfeld Accused of Torture While Visiting France
The World Reacts: "Rumsfeld must understand that he has no place to hide." - Center for Constitutional Rights President Michael Ratner.

Disabilities Fight Grows as Taxes Pay for Tuition
Health Trends:

Two Westmont High School students have possible staph infections
Health Trends: In the past, staph infections typically were treated with antibiotics, but new strains of the bacteria, in particular methicillin-resistant staph (MRSA), are resistant to common antibiotics and can be difficult for doctors to treat.

Troops assessed for brain injury
Health Trends:

Negligent Doctors Leaves Metal Locket in Child’s Lungs
Malpractice: The incident came close on the heels of two cases of medical negligence at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.
In one case a 12-year-old boy was killed after his heart surgery and in the other case a 75-year-old man died after a senior cardiologist left a metal screw inside the heart during an operation.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Bush Says He'll Veto Health Bill Again

Capers: A Carnivore's Best Bud
Natural Health: Antioxidants in the caper extract hampered the buildup of oxidation by-products from the meat, as well as boosting vitamin E.

MDs complain about chronic care bed shortage in Montreal
Health Trends: About 70 per cent of hospital beds in Montreal are taken up by chronic care patients, an unsustainable situation that will only be aggravated by Quebec's plans to close about 1,300 long-term care spots over the next two years, the doctors said.

VIDEO: Aspartame-Silent Killer in Colas and Gum
Tainted Food: Extensive research has shown that most symptoms appear after a lengthy period of poisoning and accumulation of toxins in the body.

Children at Risk of Liver Disease Caused by Processed Foods
Tainted Foods: While no symptoms are showing in some, it is leading the way for fatal liver disease later in life. There is major concern among health officials that this could be the new health epidemic of the future.

'Superbug' Shuts Down Aurora Elementary School
Health Trends: Her son, Mark, was about to enter the 8th grade at his Naperville school when he contracted the drug resistant staph infection while being treated in the hospital for bone cancer.

'Superbug' Staph Infection Kills NYC Schoolboy
Health Trends: Student Andrew McKenzie, 13, said the victim had shown him sores on his legs and back two weeks ago.

"I didn't know what to do, so I just sent him to the nurse," Andrew said. "From then, I never saw him again."

Schoolgirls to get 'cancer jab'

Doctors Warn Of 'Double Diabetes' Increase, UK
Health Trends: Doctors are increasingly seeing people with mixed symptoms that could be attributed to both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, making it harder for them to be diagnosed with a specific type of diabetes and to be given the appropriate treatment for the condition.

EPA Orders Pharmaceutical Company to Clean Up Hazardous Chemicals
The World Reacts: In a recent inspection, county fire investigators said they found several open containers of dry and liquid chemicals attached to leaking plumbing, and numerous fire code violations.

House Defies Bush, Backs New Kids Health Bill
The World Reacts: The bill now goes to the Senate, which has a veto-proof majority in favor of the measure.

Richards' slurred speech raises health questions
Medical Industry: Reports now claim his slurred speech could be a side effect of the medication he takes daily to prevent seizures. He takes Dilantin, which slows down nerve impulses in the brain.

Doctor-Patient Bond Frays After Medical Mistake
Medical Industry: "Trust is an enormously important part of medicine -- if people aren't straight with you, you do not trust them," said Dr. Tom DelBanco, a professor of general medicine and primary care at Harvard Medical School. Trust can also evaporate when you leave a scalpel in my ribcage. That anyone would find this information newsworthy or suprising just floors me. This article tells us that we need 'experts' in order to know this information.

Vibrations slow fat cell growth: study
Health Trends: In addition to stalling the development of fat cells, the study said the daily vibration treatment also helped reduce key risk factors in the onset of Type 2 diabetes and lower the levels of nonesteried free fatty acids and triglycerides in the liver.

Stay-Awake Drug Provigil: New Warnings
Medical Industry: Provigil, a prescription stay-awake drug, is getting new warnings about the risk of life-threatening rash, other serious hypersensitivity reactions, and psychiatric symptoms.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Natural Product Found in Amazon Rainforest may Help Block Tissue Destruction
Natural Health: The researchers say that Progrado, an extract from a rainforest tree called Croton palanostigma, is potent in treating various joint, skin and gastrointestinal diseases, including osteoarthritis and irritable bowel syndrome.

63% Of U.S. Residents Paying More For Health Care In 2007, Survey Finds
Medical Industry: Health care cost increases also caused 29% of respondents to have difficulties paying for basic needs, such as food, heating or housing, while 20% said they had increased their credit card debt to pay for health care bills.

Indian Plant Holds Promise for Ulcer Cure
Natural Health: The treatment uses a novel phenol-bound pectic polysaccharide from Decalepis hamiltonii, plant species found in abundance in India, to treat multiple complications encountered during ulcers.

Jenny McCarthy's divisive stance on autism treatment
Natural Health: But McCarthy's current mission in life is to use her famously big mouth to spread an unusual message: There is hope. Autistic children can recover... Though he's not completely "cured," McCarthy credits much of his turnaround to alternative "biomedical" interventions that include nutritional changes, detoxification therapies, gastrointestinal treatments and dietary supplements on top of intense behavioral and speech therapy.

Developing world needs chronic disease help: expert
Health Trends:The World Health Organization and Chinese Health Ministry warned earlier last year that a surge in chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes due to changing lifestyles could kill up to 80 million people in China alone in the next decade.

Experts' Advice to Eat More Fish Tainted by Conflict of Interest

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Drug Company-Funded Asthma Drug Studies More Positive
PR/Medical Industry: Still, "having information on source of funding will help readers of these studies have a better informed and balanced judgment on the authors' interpretations," they [the researchers] concluded. "Disclosure of conflicts of interest should be strengthened for a more balanced opinion of the safety of drugs."

Flown-in organic food rule change
The World Reacts: The association has decided not to remove organic status from all air-freighted food saying that would hit producers in the developing world hard.

Ruling Allows Radioactive Metal in Household Products
Tainted Products: Because of a loophole in the Superfund cleanup law, a federal judge said she could not order the Department of Energy (DOE) to stop the practice by which nuclear materials are recycled and used in everyday consumer products.

New! Original Article: Contradictions in the Media - Opinion:
Natural Health: Do I believe the mind can make a difference in our wellness and healing? Absolutely.

Exercise and Counseling Helps Cancer Patients Fight Fatigue and Stress
Natural Health: The reviewers, led by Paul Jacobsen of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., said that fatigue affects patients’ quality of life, with one-third feeling that it, “interferes with their ability to work, relationships with others and physical and emotional well-being.”

New standard calls for 'whole' cancer care
Medical Industry: But cancer doctors might overlook a host of problems such as depression, a lack of insurance or even difficulty getting to and from medical appointments, the report says.
The cost of not dealing with such psychological and social difficulties might be very high, says the institute, which appointed a panel of experts in cancer care to study the question.

Gov't May Waste $100M On Unused Anthrax Vaccine
Vaccines: Currently the Strategic National Stockpile has more than 520,000 doses of the vaccine -- worth $12 million -- that have already expired, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Associated Press before its release at a hearing Tuesday before the Senate homeland security committee. As of today, the US population is 303,199,850.

Dioxin Exposure Study Finds Firing Clay In Unvented Kilns May Be A Source Of Exposure To Dioxins

FDA wants big warning on Glaxo diabetes drug: report
Medical Industry: Food and Drug Administration officials are pushing for a "black box" warning on GlaxoSmithKline Plc's hard-hit diabetes drug Avandia, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.
Notice who Reuters is quoting for their source.

Malnutrition Prevalent in 75 Percent of Patients in Hospitals
Health Trends: A study conducted in the Department of Nutrition and Bromatology at the University of Granada has found that, although hospitals have resources to prevent malnutrition, the pathology itself and the inappropriate use of hospital resources cause patients to be undernourished.

Mate Tea Lowers Cholesterol
Natural Health: When a study in her lab showed that mate (mah' ta) tea drinkers had experienced a significant increase in the activity of an enzyme that promotes HDL (good) cholesterol while lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, University of Illinois scientist Elvira de Mejia headed for Argentina where mate tea has been grown and taken medicinally for centuries.

Stress of Modern Life Playing Havoc on Sexual Relationships
Health Trends: In the survey, 50 percent people reported stress or medical issues had affected their sex lives with loss of libido or discomfort the biggest problems.
However, three in five admitted to struggling when it came to discussing their personal problems.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Stay positive: Row rages over cancer study
The World Reacts: Ian Gawlor's story is inspirational for many people living with cancer.

Care Critical for Homeless
Health Trends: Vaughn Bell had a job, a good job, working at a rehab center for teens.
He had an apartment, nice clothes, a good life in New York.
Not bad for a guy who, after a difficult youth, lost a few years to drug addiction and prison. The climb back was rough, but he had finally won the struggle.
Then sickness stripped it all away. Everything.

New: People Making a Difference: InfoWarriors Discover the Effects of Aspartame on their Own Lives and Decide to Speak About Their Experiences: The World Reacts: No Headaches since the day of extraction, let me repeat that NO HEADACHES (that have lasted 6 years!!) SINCE THE DAY OF EXTRACTION. I/she was totally knocked back at this result and she felt such a fool to ignore my preaching. I can honestly say this Excitotoxin is one of the most dangerous products in our foods today, it can create brain nerve damage, cause swelling and finish off with fatal tumours as Excitotoxins do.

Broccoli may outperform sunblock
The World Reacts: But scientists said the research represents a significant advance because the extract works not by screening out the sun's rays — which has the downside of blocking sun-induced vitamin D production — but by turning on the body's natural cancer-fighting machinery. Once stimulated, those mechanisms work for days, long after the extract is washed away.

Biosensors For Energy Balance And Obesity
Natural Health: "Although drug treatments for metabolic syndrome exist, the cost of drugs to treat all obese individuals is prohibitive," Miller [director of the High-Temperature Superconducting Device Applications and Nano-Biophysics Laboratory in the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH)] said. "Therefore, there is a critical public health need to develop technologies that can provide early diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and enable cost-effective treatment, as well as to measure metabolic activity and other components of energy balance in obese patients."

Mistakes hospitals don't want you to see
Medical Industry: Over the past year, hospitals in Washington left "foreign objects" in 36 surgery patients. And 21 people got surgery on the wrong body parts.
Hospitals have reported such "adverse events" to the state Department of Health since 2000, also including performing surgery on the wrong patient, and medication errors that can kill or seriously harm patient.

Exercise improves thinking, reduces diabetes risk in overweight children
Natural Health Trends: Just three months of daily, vigorous physical activity in overweight children improves their thinking and reduces their diabetes risk, researchers say.

Freedonia: Stevia's potential in an imperfect sweetener market
The World Reacts: Stevia and agave nectar are among the products offering the brightest prospects.  Neither is the long-lost perfect replacement for sugar, but both offer a number of attractive features. 

Merck: Movin' On Up
Medical Industry: Nevertheless, despite the setbacks, Merck has moved aggressively to control costs and pump up global sales.

Lack of sleep sends emotions off the deep end
Health Trends: Though the thinking has been that psychiatric disorders cause poor sleep, Walker says now he's not so sure because those he studied didn't have psychiatric conditions, yet they exhibited emotional brain reactions similar to psychiatric conditions.

Obesity becoming a global problem
Health Trends:

Study: More fast food means added weight
Health Trends: Each additional fast-food meal packs on pounds, so someone who consumes one fast-food meal a week is on average 1? pounds heavier than someone who eats no fast food, says Kelley Borradaile, an obesity researcher at Temple University in Philadelphia. She presented her research at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society.

Healthy Diet And Lifestyle Behaviors Associated With Decreased Risk Of Heart Attack In Women
Health Trends: Women who eat a healthy diet, drink moderate amounts of alcohol, are physically active, maintain a healthy weight and do not smoke have a significantly reduced risk of heart attack, according to a new report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Influenza Vaccine Causes Weaker Immune Response For Children Of Rural Gabon Than In Semi-urban Areas
Vaccines: In addition, these studies suggest that influenza vaccination will be less effective in rural children than in their semi-urban counterparts, likely because of co-infection with parasites and/or poor nutrition.

Office printers emit hazardous particles: CBC special report
Tainted Products: Having a desk next to an office printer may be as bad as sitting next to someone who's smoking, scientist says.

Danger in Microwaving Food in Plastic Containers
Tainted Products: Dr Maffini also raised concerns about chemicals in canned food.

Study Indicates Diet Soda Increases Heart Disease Risk
Tainted Food: Now it does need to be mentioned that soda in and of itself does not necessarily “cause” heart disease. It does appear, however, to be a harbinger of getting heart disease, as the study showed that those who drank diet sodas regularly also dabbled in other unhealthy habits like eating fried foods, smoking, exercising sparingly and eating more at the next meal as the artificial sweetness of soda often causes one to eat more at the next meal.

Thousands of black men to help patrol violent city
The World Reacts: A month after civic leaders and the police chief in this crime-plagued city called for 10,000 black men to patrol the streets, thousands arrived Sunday by foot, car, motorcycle, bus, in wheelchairs, with sons and nephews in tow. This article appears here in answer to yesterday's Mind Control article: Call to search more black people

Soap for cramps is silly, but it works
Natural Health: We agree that putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet sounds silly. But though we can't explain how it might work, we assure you that many people have found it helpful.

Children detach from natural world as they explore the virtual one
Mind Control:

Diabetes up amid rising obesity
Health Trends: In the decade ending in 2005 covered by the report, the proportion of obese men rose by over 40%, although the figures did start to fall slightly in the final year.

The proportion of obese women however rose by almost 35% and showed no signs of slowing. Among children, it was up by over 50%.

Many Errors By Medical Residents Caused By Teamwork Breakdowns, Lack Of Supervision
Medical Industry:

Binge-Drinking Causing Twice As Many Women To Die Earlier
Health Trends: Astonishingly, the death rate for men and women of any age from alcohol abuse stood as just two per 100,000 thirty years ago.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Happy Lungs Make Healthy Holidays
Health Trends: However, for the more than 6 million children with asthma, many of these holiday joys could trigger asthma symptoms. This time of year, asthma irritants are found inside and outside the home.

Exposure To Sunlight May Decrease Risk Of Advanced Breast Cancer By Half
Health Trends:

Ban on Calif. Pesticide Spraying Lifted
Ecohazard: Hundreds of residents reported feeling short of breath and sharp stomach pains after spraying began.

Call to search more black people
Mind Control: Its use [stop and search procedures by police] is considered to have been a major factor in precipitating the inner-city race riots of the 1980s.

However, Mr Jarrett hopes the escalation of such tactics by police would reduce the number of nationwide shootings.

A drink a day for health? Forget it, research says
PR: "That red-wine stuff — how it was supposed to be protective — was hyped completely out of whack by the media," Rehm [head of public health and regulatory policies at the Ontario Center for Addiction and Mental Health] said. "And whatever protective effect there is, is not about the red wine — it's about the alcohol."

Saturday, October 20, 2007

CDC Estimates 94,000 Invasive Drug-resistant Staph Infections Occurred In The U.S. In 2005
Health Trends: In contrast, about 15 percent of reported infections were considered to be community-associated, which means that the infection occurred in people without documented health care risk factors.

Staph scares shut 2 schools
Health Trends: Meanwhile, a third district planned to spend the weekend disinfecting school locker rooms and bathrooms to ensure student safety in time for Monday morning.

How Television Affects Your Brain Chemistry -- And That's Not All!
Mind Control: Video.

Stevia-sweeter that you thought
Natural Health: In the United States, and Canada it's allowed as a supplement, but not in food. In Europe, it's only allowed as an additive to animal feed. This whole separation thing between food additives and supplements as seen in the US and Canada is actually very nebulous -- and deliberately so.

The harmful effects of irradiated foods
Tainted Food: In vivid color she reveals the changing luminescent fields that surround living foods and the lack of any electrical life around processed, cooked or irradiated food.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Farmers sue DEA for right to grow industrial hemp
Prohibition: The feds call industrial hemp a controlled substance -- the same as pot, heroin, LSD -- but advocates say a sober analysis reveals a harmless, renewable cash crop with thousands of applications that are good for the environment.

Calcium deficiency may cause breast cancer spread
Natural Health: The findings of a series of animal studies indicate that calcium deficiency, which accelerates the rate that calcium is absorbed back into the bone, promotes breast cancer tumor growth in bone, Australian researchers report.

'Safe' Lead Level Too High, Expert Says
Ecohazard: Oct. 18, 2007 -- Children exposed to lead levels deemed safe by U.S. government standards may still be at risk, a researcher told a Senate committee Thursday.

Three-quarters Of Adults WIll Be Overweight In 15-20 Years, Report Predicts
Health Trends:

Farm Kids Have Lower Risk Of Asthma, Study Shows
Health Trends: Farm children appear to have a lower risk of asthma than their urban counterparts or even those living in a non-agricultural rural environment, according to a University of Alberta study.

Mercury Emissions From US Fires Surprisingly High
Ecohazard: Mercury does not originate in fires. Instead, it comes from industrial and natural sources, often settling into soil and plant matter. Intense fires then release the mercury back into the atmosphere, where it poses a new danger because it can reach sensitive waterways and other areas.

Today is National Mammography Day
PR: If you're thinking of having a mammogram today, you should be informed, says The American College of Physicians in guidelines from last weeks. Here's a quote from the article announcing these guidelines: " The data shows that in the US, for every 1000 women screened over the next 10 years less than one life will be “saved” for younger women and about three lives will be saved for older women."

Staph infection kills child, parents say
Health Trends: Staph infections, including the serious MRSA strain, have spread through schools nationwide in recent weeks, according to health and education officials.

Antibiotics 'unnecessarily used'
Medical Industry:

Pfizer Washes Its Hands Of Exubera
Medical Industry: Pfizer announced it's cleaning its system of the disappointing inhaled diabetes drug Exubera, giving Wall Street hope the world's largest pharmaceutical company is getting its act together.

Coco-Cola to Develop Drinks Using Chinese Herbal Ingredients and Formulas
The World Reacts: "We see this center as an important step in strengthening our innovation pipeline for beverages that contribute to well-being," said Rhona Applebaum, vice president and chief science and regulatory officer of Coca-Cola.

Fast food salt levels 'shocking'
Health Trends: The amount of salt consumed in one meal is more than twice the daily limit for an adult and four times the daily limit of a six year old.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Dioxin pollution leads to more baby girls -study
Ecohazard: Dioxin exposure has been shown elsewhere to lead to both higher cancer rates and the birth of more females.

Aurora Threatens Organic Consumers Association with Lawsuit
The World Reacts: But caving in to pressure from Aurora and other big corporate players in the organic sector , the USDA now says the #1 organic private label dairy processor in the U.S. can continue selling milk produced on its factory farms as "organic" to its longstanding customers including Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, Safeway, and Woodstock Farms.

Clinical Drug Trials: FDA Fails to Monitor Safety and Integrity
Medical Industry: A new report issued on September 28th, 2007 by Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General found that federal health officials don't even know how many clinical trials are being conducted in the US. The report said the FDA has 200 inspectors (some part time employees) to police an estimated 350,000 testing sites.

Most Medications Untested For Pediatric Use, Still Prescribed
Medical Industry: The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday examined how "adult drugs are routinely prescribed for children despite" the fact that most have never undergone clinical testing for children, "forcing physicians to sometimes use a best guess in determining dosing, efficacy and even safety."

Local Man Says Defibrillator Nearly Killed Him
Malpractice: Days after the implant, it began sending powerful shocks through his body, one after another, for an hour.

About 60% Of Medical School Department Heads Have Ties With Pharmaceutical Companies, According To Study
Medical Industry:

Pine Bark Extract Improves Healthy Nitric Oxide Production in Body
Natural Health: “These results also lead me to determine that Pycnogenol will be a useful natural alternative therapy in various diseases in which oxidative stress is involved in the pathogenesis,” added the researcher from the Hiroshima University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Parents Use Religion to Avoid Vaccines
The World Reacts: In 2002, four Arkansas families challenged the state's policy allowing religious exemptions only if a parent could prove membership in a recognized religion prohibiting vaccination. The court struck down the policy and the state began allowing both religious and philosophical exemptions.
Religious and medical exemptions, which had been climbing, plummeted, while the number of philosophical exemptions spiked. Questioning the safety of vaccines? Check out one of the two great and informative documentaries on vaccines from our catalog. They will provide an alternative viewpoint from that of most of this article.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Costly obesity epidemic in the offing: British study
Health Trends: According to the World Health Organization, 23 per cent of the U.K. population is obese — a threefold increase since 1980. The country's national audit office estimates that obesity costs England 18 million sick days and 30,000 excess deaths a year. 

Who is the FDA Protecting? - Opinion
Medical Industry: (New original article)
This discriminating outcome in the approval process for  drugs or medical procedures favors the pharmaceutical companies with deep pocketbooks over the much cheaper herbal or natural treatments that would successfully compete with them.

Alarming spread of superbug "a very big deal"
Medical Industry: "It's really just the tip of the iceberg," said Elizabeth Bancroft, a Los Angeles Department of Public Health medical epidemiologist who wrote an editorial accompanying the new research. "It is astounding."

Blood May Help Us Think
Medical Industry: "We hypothesize that blood actively modulates how neurons process information," explains Christopher Moore, a principle investigator in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, in an invited review in the Journal of Neurophysiology. "Many lines of evidence suggest that blood does something more interesting than just delivering supplies. If it does modulate how neurons relay signals, that changes how we think the brain works." More evidence that the medical industry is becoming interested in the mind-body paradigm.

Obesity a result of modern life
Health Trends: It [a British Government think-tank] found that the technological revolution of the 20th century has led to weight gain becoming unavoidable for the majority of the population, because our bodies and biological make-up are out of step with our surroundings.

Painful Menstrual Cramps May Be Relieved By Chinese Herbal Medicine
Natural Health: Women with menstrual cramps are often offered either non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or oral contraceptives. Many women, however, find that this treatment does not work or they can not take the drugs, and more women would prefer a non-drug alternative.

Asbestos victims lose compensation fight
Ecohazard: The five law lords decided unanimously that sufferers of so-called pleural plaques are not entitled to compensation, effectively blocking potential multi-million pound insurance claims for damages.

Inadequate Supply of Vitamin D Might Aggravate Chronic Pain
Natural Health: The researchers have also found that people lacking sufficient vitamin D also require higher doses of pain medication like morphine for a longer period of time.

Metabolic Typing Now a Rapidly Emerging Field, Scientists Say
The World Reacts: The study by Swiss and British scientists breaks new ground in a rapidly emerging field that may eventually classify individuals on the basis of their metabolic type, or metabotype, which can ultimately be used to design healthier diets that are customized to an individual’s needs.

Is Your Office Making You Sick?
Health Trends: It is estimated that, for every dollar invested in workplace wellness policies, a company receives a $2 to $4 return on its investment.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Medtronic heart device injuries up in 2007: report
Malpractice: U.S. health regulators received reports of 1,194 patient injuries in the first 10 months of 2007, compared with 296 in the same period in 2006, the consumer group Public Citizen said, citing U.S. Food and Drug Administration data.

Studies find acupuncture cuts post-surgical pain
Natural Health: The use of acupuncture before and during surgery reduces patients' post-operative pain as well as the need for pain-killing medication, researchers said on Tuesday.

EPA weighs in on moth spray fight
Ecohazard: Hundreds of residents reported feeling short of breath and sharp stomach pains in September, after planes dropped the first round of spray on coastal communities to fight a growing moth infestation threatening crops.

Link Between Depression And Cardiovascular Disease
Health Trends:

Chemical Leak Forces Evacuation in Mich.
Ecohazard: Lori Stallings, a spokeswoman for Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, said the hospital was treating a Melvindale resident for respiratory symptoms, and the patient was listed in stable condition.

Study Reignites Debate on Sweetener's Safety
Tainted Food: A re-examination of the Ramazzini Study.

Is Gluten From Grains Making You Sick?
Health Trends: Where once gluten intolerance was thought to affect 1 in 4000 people it is now thought to affect 1 in 133 and researchers expect that number to drop even lower. Yet, even with this new discovery many people in America are going undiagnosed.

Chinese Medicine Compound Has Satisfactory Anti-cancer Effects On Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Natural Health:

Proposal would slow L.A. fast-food biz
The World Reacts: A study by the Los Angeles Times found that 45% of the 900 restaurants in South L.A. are fast-food chains or restaurants with minimal seating, compared with 16% of 2,200 restaurants in Los Angeles' Westside.
A report by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in April found rates of obesity rose from 14% in 1997 to 21% countywide in 2005. It was highest in the South L.A. area, 30%, the report said.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Omega-3 foods differ in health benefits: experts
Natural Heatlh: "As we've seen so many times in history in nutrition, when you isolate something from a food and put it into a pill, it doesn't perform the same way," Joe Schwarcz, a chemistry professor at McGill University in Montreal, told CBC News.

Wait times for surgery, medical treatments at all-time high: report
Health Trends:

Turn Off The TV During Family Meals
Natural Health: School of Public Health Project EAT researchers found that children in families who watched TV while eating meals together had a lower-quality diet than the children of families who ate together, but turned the TV off.

Calif. is first to ban chemical found in toys
The World Reacts: Phthalates have been banned by the European Union and at least 14 other countries after studies found that the chemical interferes with hormones and might lead to early puberty, reproduction defects and other health problems.
Representative[s] from the toy industry have said the amount of toxic chemicals and exposure periods for children's toys are so low that they aren't a health hazard. This reaction from the toy industry emphasizes how they are prioritizing profits over the safety of our children. Perhaps, we should react to their statement with our pocketbooks and not buy junior the latest "fad" toy. Perhaps, we should turn off our TV's and not be slaves to advertising any longer. Perhaps, we should connect to each other - and our children - again.

Patients Warned as Maker Halts Sale of Heart Implant Part
Medical Industry: The nation’s largest maker of implanted heart devices, Medtronic, said yesterday that it was urging doctors to stop using a crucial component in its most recent defibrillator models because it was prone to a defect that has caused malfunctions in hundreds of patients and may have contributed to five deaths.

Don't Ignore Your Pancreas
Natural Health: Modern consumers are so far off track, primarily because of the chemicals in our foods and the dependence on medications to mask the symptoms those chemicals create. The root of disease prevention is becoming historic fantasy. Return to the basics of cause and effect when diagnosed with a disease, and see if you can find that cause and, then, eliminate it.

Promising ADHD Therapeutic Strategy Is Computerized Training Of Working Memory
Medical Industry: It could be concluded that such endophenotypes [quantifiable intermediate constructs] should be solidly grounded in the neurosciences. Why? Why should that be where you look for solutions? Aren't you limiting yourselves this way? We carry Howard Glasser's program, "Transforming the Difficult Child" because he has personally seen countless children transformed away from ADD and ADHD - without drugs or "modern medicine".

More young people go the vegetarian route
The World Reacts: Families with herbivore children say it has become much less taxing to find kid-friendly vegetarian staples — such as soy milk, meat-free broths, lard-free refried beans and veggie burgers — in mainstream grocery stores.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

An environmental game of chicken
Ecohazard: But no one ever comes to check whether the manure is getting into the stream - even though scientists say chickens are responsible for 10 percent of the pollution running into the bay from Maryland.

Owen Wilson Turns to Ancient Red Indian Remedies to Beat Depression
Natural Health: A bystander told the National Enquirer that it was on the walkway that a Hualapai medicine man performed a cleansing ceremony for the actor, waving sage over his head while dancing and chanting.

Families held hostage by health-care costs
Medical Industry:

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Depression Reported by 7% of Workforce
Health Trends:

Cigarette Smoking May Accelerate Disability In Those With MS
Health Trends: Persons with multiple sclerosis who smoke risk increasing the amount of brain tissue shrinkage, a consequence of MS, and the subsequent severity of their disease, new research conducted at the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) at the University at Buffalo has shown.

Unsafe Levels Of Lead In Water In Five Toronto Schools

More pollutants pumped in Sound than allowed by law
Ecohazard: More than 37 percent of these facilities are releasing more metals, oil and grease, nitrogen, fecal coliform, solid materials, low-oxygen water and other pollutants than allowed by the federal Clean Water Act.

$71,000 Worth Of Dietary Supplements Seized For Allegedly Violating New Act, Says FDA
Regulation: This is the second seizure of products whose marketers/distributors make claims to treat and/or cure chronic conditions. In August US Marshals seized approximately $41,000 worth of Glucobetic, Neuro-betic, Ocu-Comp, Atri-Oxi, Super-Flex, MSM-1000, and Atri-E-400 capsules from Charron Nutrition of Tallahassee, Fla., which claimed to treat diabetes, arthritis, and other chronic conditions.

Want Antioxidants? Have You Eaten Micro-algae Lately?
Natural Health: Some consumers want more than just their traditional nourishment requirements met.

Women Should Make Their Own Decision About Breast Screening
The World Reacts: Rather than calling for universal screening, they recommend that women make an informed decision after learning about the benefits and harms of mammography ...The new guideline is an improvement because it integrates informed decision making into policy recommendations, say the authors. I wish that the authors of these guidlines would go to work for the FDA, or at lease talk with them about the importance of empowering the consumer to make their own decisions about there health care, rather than deciding for them what They think is best for the consumer (see above: $71,000 Worth Of Dietary Supplements Seized For Allegedly Violating New Act, Says FDA)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Docs turn to Botox to make ends meet
Medical Industry: Because insurance doesn't typically cover treatments that make us look better, patients pay out of pocket. Doctors save two ways when that happens. They get the cash up front and they don't have to pay workers to process all the paperwork that comes with insurance claims. Is this article actually pointing out that we have a needless middle-man (the insurance companies) in our midst?

Even Occasional Use Of Spray Cleaners May Cause Asthma In Adults
Ecohazard: The researchers found that cleaning sprays, especially air fresheners, furniture cleaners and glass-cleaners, had a particularly strong effect.

Wyeth Ordered To Pay 134.5 Million In Hormone Therapy Lawsuit
Medical Industry: Various US press agencies have reported that a jury in Nevada has instructed Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc to pay 134.5 million dollars in compensatory damages to three women who claimed the company's hormone therapy drugs caused their breast cancer.

'Stitch-up' nuclear consultation exposed in new video
Ecohazard/Regulation: "Well, the government really isn't taking the idea of public consultation seriously at all, because if they did, they'd find that they got the answers that they just don't want to hear." -Ben Ayliffe, Senior Nuclear Campaigner, Greenpeace, UK

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pollutant linked to bronchitis in toddlers
Health Trends: They found a component of pollution known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, was strongly linked with cases of bronchitis among children aged 2 to 4 and a half.
The study is one of the first to look at PAHs, which are produced when fuels that contain carbon such as wood, coal, diesel or tobacco are burned.

Name that drug: Many patients can't
Medical Industry: Even a look at a patient's medical records may not present an accurate picture of the drugs a patient is actually taking, he [Dr. Stephen Persell, whose study will appear in the November issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine] said.

The All New 'Alternative Food Networks'
The World Reacts: Through participation, consumers tended to increase their consumption of fruit and vegetables, and improve their cooking skills and knowledge about food.

Study: Lipstick Is Increasingly Lead-Tainted
Tainted Products: They found that 61-percent of the 33 brand-names tested contained detectible levels of lead. The researchers say none of the companies listed lead as an ingredient.

The Radiation Poisoning Of America
Ecohazard: Our addiction to cell phones has led to harder "drugs" like wireless Internet. And now we are bathing in the radiation that our wireless enthusiasm has unleashed.

Hikers Discover More Health Benefits from Outdoor Exercise
Natural Health: Because of minimal special equipment or skills and the ability to modify intensity, hiking allows participants to start at any fitness level. Additionally, hiking burns more calories than walking as hikers move their body weight up and down the trails' elevations.

FDA Data Shows HPV Vaccine Is Very Dangerous To Young Women
Medical Industry:

Three Steps to Diffuse the Ticking Time Bomb Threatening
Your Access to Vitamins and Minerals

Natural Health: You’ve taken supplements for years. You’re out of vitamins C and E. You go to your natural food store, but you can’t find the kind you want on the shelf. You ask a clerk to find them for you. She says you can’t get your vitamin E as mixed tocopherols (the best natural form) anymore, and asks if you like your vitamin C in the 100- or 200-milligram size. The 1,000-milligram size, you say.
“Where have you been?” she asks. “Asleep since 2004? It’s 2007 now! The types and sizes of vitamins you just asked for have been declared illegal by the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization!”

Half of Britons Over 100 Years of Age Will Be Mentally Ill by 2074
Health Trends: According to Dr Brown, steady enhancements in lifetime indicate that more and more people will spend the last decades of their life struggling with disability and dementia.

Length Of Pharma Sales Rep Visit Falls To 90 Seconds
Medical Industry: New statistics reveal that most of the positive factors come from the effects of Medicare Part D , generics and the biotech sector. Over the last 10 years there has been there has been almost twice as much money ploughed into sales than for R&D and yet currently 90% of the revenues come from products that have been in the market for over 5 years and sales force visits on average last no longer than 90 seconds.

Pollution Cuts Life Expectancy, Threatens Child Development In Europe
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Overuse Of Antibacterial Household Products Creating Superbugs
The World Reacts: Medical specialists are beginning to realize the folly of modern life’s dependence on antibacterial household products.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Google's Evil Eye
Mind Control: Give us the information, Google whispers, and we will tell you what you really think.

Breast Cancer Deception: New tell-all report from Mike Adams reveals profit motive behind the pink ribbons
PR: The report claims that pharmaceutical companies and cancer non-profit groups put profits before prevention and actually receive a financial windfall from the continuation of the disease. I'm glad someone has actually come out and said this.

Taco Bell's fare baffles Mexicans
Health Trends: "Taco Bell wants to take advantage of the perception that if something comes from the United States, it tastes better, that a country that has been Americanized is willing to Americanize food that is central to its cuisine," [pop culture historian Carlos] Monsiváis said. "It is an absurd idea, and given that it's so absurd, it may just be successful in upper-class areas."

Study: Low-fat diet curbs ovarian cancer
Health Trends: Cutting dietary fat may cut the risk of ovarian cancer, says a study of almost 40,000 older women that found the first hard evidence that menu changes protect against this particularly lethal cancer.

The Thin Stay Thin While The Fat Are Getting Fatter, UK
Health Trends: The average weight among people who are overweight or obese has increased dramatically in the last 10 years.

Vaccine-linked polio hits Nigeria
Vaccines: The WHO says the outbreak occurred when some of those who had received the oral polio vaccine excreted a mutated form of the virus which infected those who were not immunised who had not completed the vaccination programme. Why not look at other ways, instead of just saying the everyone should be vaccinated with this product that causes mutated excrement?

Stress Contributes To Range Of Chronic Diseases, Review Shows
Medical Industry: In a review of the scientific literature on the relationship between stress and disease, Carnegie Mellon University psychologist Sheldon Cohen has found that stress is a contributing factor in human disease, and in particular depression, cardiovascular disease and HIV/AIDS.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

When Comedians Understand Health Truth You Know We Are Making Progress
The World Reacts: "We won't stop being sick until we stop making ourselves sick".

Israeli natural pesticide protects crops with turmeric  
Natural Health:

Worker deaths from asbestos exposure rising: CAW
Ecohazard: Jim Brophy, director of CAW's Occupational Health and Safety Clinics for Ontario Workers, said the union receives calls almost every day from workers regarding some type of asbestos-related health problem.

Study Of Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Among Primary Care Physicians
Medical Industry: Both the use of antibiotics for the treatment of viral respiratory infections and the overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics to treat bacterial infections promote antibiotic resistance, increase the likelihood of preventable drug-related adverse events and increase the use and cost of health care services.

Monday, October 8, 2007

New Kidney Disease Can Be Fatal
Health Trends: The researchers also concluded that exposure to gadolinium, a contrast agent used in MRI scans, is a significant risk factor for developing NSF, a painful and debilitating condition characterized by a thickening and hardening of the skin. It usually affects the arms and legs but can also affect internal organs. The disease can progress so rapidly that some patients are immobilized and confined to a wheelchair within weeks.

Body-mind Meditation Boosts Performance, Reduces Stress
Natural Health: A team of researchers from China and the University of Oregon have developed an approach for neuroscientists to study how meditation might provide improvements in a person's attention and response to stress.

Electricity can Slow the Progression of Certain Cancers
Natural Health: The cancer was observed to be progressing to advanced stages at a much slower rate (a median of 26 weeks) and in some cases even regressed. Typical time for tumor progression is 10 weeks and 3 of the 10 patients were still alive two years after the electrode therapy started.

Just Like Sugar - Only Better
Natural Health: (Original Article) Surely, nothing can be as good as the comments I've been hearing.

Doc, what’s up with snooping?
Mind Control: The paranoia over parents is so strong that the AAP encourages doctors to ignore “legal barriers and deference to parental involvement” and shake the children down for all the inside information they can get.

Why is Gourmet Magazine Printing Glutamate Industry Propaganda?
PR: Ten people given selected data--data chosen for them by those who manufacture and sell monosodium glutamate--sat around a table in Stuttgart, Germany and concluded that MSG " regarded as harmless for the whole population."

10 years of regular mobile use raises cancer risk
Ecohazard: They said almost all studies in the past had discovered an increased risk of cancer.. In the new study, the researchers said they found that long-term users had double the chances of getting a malignant tumour on the side of the brain where they held the handset.

Los Angeles clinic shows flaws in diabetes care
Medical Industry:

Relief From Hay Fever A Few Pins Away
Natural Health: According to Professor Xue, though pharmacotherapy provided symptomatic relief of PAR, most of these medications had side effects. “We found acupuncture was well tolerated, with only minor and minimal adverse events, none of which were serious enough to result in participant withdrawal from the trial."

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Deadly cancer eludes diagnosis
Medical Industry: What's troubling about Greer's awful ordeal is that it is not all that unusual...Even so, it took Greer herself less than an hour to come up with a possible IBC diagnosis, after she plugged her symptoms into the Internet.

Mother seeks girl's hysterectomy
Medical Industry: The disabled charity Scope said the operation would set a "disturbing" precedent for other disabled girls.

1 in 3 have fatty liver, study finds
Health Trends: And hardly any of those people know they have it, Dr. Browning said... "If you look 15 to 20 years down the road, this may be a huge public health problem," he said.

Unraveling omega 3 fats
Natural Health:

Deadly mystery disease follows troops home
Health Trends: The rise in infections has been dramatic. In 2001 and 2002, Acinetobacter infections made up about 2 percent of admissions at the specialized burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. In 2003, the rate jumped to 6 percent, and then to 12 percent by 2005. Other military hospitals have reported similar levels.

Abundant Delicious Food Could Result In 'Food Addiction', Analysis Suggests
Medical Industry: In a recent study done at Princeton University, rats were given periodic access to sugar water in addition to their normal lab rat chow. When the sugar water was suddenly discontinued, they showed behavioral and neurochemical signs of withdrawal similar to those shown when drugs are withdrawn from drug-addicted rats. Notice that they don't make reference to that fact that the rats are becoming addicted to SUGAR-water as opposed to something else, or that MSG, sugar, aspartame, etc. might be adding to people's "hedonic hunger".

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Medicare Audits Show Problems in Private Plans
Medical Industry: Tens of thousands of Medicare recipients have been victims of deceptive sales tactics and had claims improperly denied by private insurers that run the system’s huge new drug benefit program and offer other private insurance options encouraged by the Bush administration, a review of scores of federal audits has found.

Bush hints at spending more on children's health bill
The World Reacts: "If putting poor children first takes a little more than the 20 percent increase I have proposed in my budget for SCHIP, I am willing to work with leaders in Congress to find the additional money," Bush said in his weekly radio address.

Top MD Urges Restraint in Adopting New Technology
The World Reacts: The top heart doctor at the Cleveland Clinic, known for its innovation in cardiac medicine, has urged restraint in adopting new technology before the risks are uncovered by longer-term studies.

UN Report Warns That Dumping Site is Killing Children in Kenya
Ecohazard: "Children have been exposed to pollutants such as heavy metals and toxic substances through soil, water and air with implications for respiratory, gastrointestinal and dermatological or skin diseases," said a UNEP statement... "Almost half of the children tested were suffering from respiratory diseases, including chronic bronchitis and asthma," it added.

Garlic's Goodness Best Released With A Crush
Natural Health: Researchers have known for some time that garlic--like its close relative, the onion--is a rich source of heart-protective compounds called thiosulfinates.

8 more deaths connected to HPV vaccine:
Adverse reactions from Gardasil number in thousands

Vaccines: WND previously has reported how Merck was lobbying state lawmakers to require the vaccination, but gave that up after its activities were unveiled. This article shows how making noise and revealing the antics of drugmakers and large pharmaceuticals can make a big difference - even if its a battle won but not (yet) the war. Much thanks to activist, Ermelle Martinez, for spotting this article and calling it to our attention.

Genetically Engineered Rice Found In Two Rice Varieties, USDA Investigators Report
GM Foods: Bayer CropScience developed and field tested the regulated GE rice lines known as LLRICE601 and LLRICE604, which were designed for herbicide tolerance.

Diabetic Neuropathy Costs Billions Per Year in Lost Work Time
Health Trends:

Friday, October 5, 2007

The Consequences of Health Care IT
Medical Industry: For example, in some CPOE systems, physicians must enter the patient’s weight before ordering some types of medications. Physicians will often insert an estimated weight just to order the desired medication, without being able to indicate it as an estimation. That number is then used by subsequent physicians for medications requiring more careful weight measurements.

Meat Company Going Out of Business After Recall
The World Reacts: On Sept. 25, the United States Department of Agriculture announced a recall of frozen hamburger patties from Topps, saying that the meat was potentially tainted by E. coli bacteria. Officials at the agency conceded that they knew that meat from Topps was contaminated on Sept. 7, when the first positive test results for E. coli came back.

Nutrition labels lead to calcium confusion, underconsumption: study
PR: Consumers, and even some doctors, have trouble interpreting the information so they know how much calcium is actually contained in food products, according the findings published in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing.

Milk safe because it's treated, producers point out
PR: Gosselin also noted the study was commissioned internally by the federation and not by the Agriculture Department.

Pete the Parrot Departs
Good riddance to the last of the Rumsfeld generals.

Regulation: Within a week, Pace publicly backpedaled, saying he endorsed Rumsfeld's call for a "clarification" of the rules about a soldier's obligations upon witnessing torture. He never publicly raised the subject, or any other dispute with Rumsfeld, again.

Nearly 500 US cosmetics 'unsafe'
Tainted Products: Tests on 23,000 health and beauty products found significant levels of hydrogen peroxide, fomaldehyde, selenium and lead acetate, and in all 751 failed to meet one or more government safety standard.

Traditional food better despite pollutants, researchers say
Tainted Food: High levels of mercury have been linked to health problems such as birth defects and cancer.

Air Fresheners and Your Health
Ecohazard: According to a September 2007 report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), most common household air fresheners contain potentially noxious chemicals that degrade the quality of indoor air and may even affect hormones and reproductive development, particularly in babies.

Advertising Prescription Drugs To Consumers In Europe Bad For Public Health, Say Experts
Medical Industry: There are just two developed nations that allow direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising - The USA and New Zealand.

Docs lost man's false teeth during op
Malpractice: Doctors put a laryngoscope down the man’s throat and found his missing denture plate.

Montana Town Awaits Asbestos Trial
Ecohazard: Residents of the small town of Libby, Mont., are looking ahead to a trial of W.R. Grace & Company, which federal prosecutors say conspired to cover up information that its mine was exposing people to dangerous asbestos. At least 200 people have died.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

No Compromise on Health Plan, Reid Says

$19B to Influence Doctors -- Do You Know Why?
Medical Industry: All told, drug and medical-device makers dole out an estimated $19 billion worth of gifts to physicians every year -- a practice that worries New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, among others. On Sept. 19 she summoned a task force to consider putting limits on this orgy of gratuities.

FDA aims to speed generic drugs to market
Medical Industry: The Generic Pharmaceutical Association, which represents most of the industry, called the generic review effort weak...The group wants limits on the practice of brand-name drugmakers petitioning the agency to stop generic applications, which holds up approval times substantially. The group also called for more resources, not part of the FDA's plans.

Traditional Herbal Blood Tonic Recipe Revealed by Medical Herbalist
Natural Health: Blood tonics today are used for cancer prevention; cancer treatment; liver health, viral and bacterial infections. In the days of old blood tonics were called Spring Tonics and farmers would religiously take them come Spring Time after a long sedentary winter to get their sluggish blood in shape for the upcoming season of farming. A custom that has been lost in today’s world.

Microsoft plans medical-record service
Medical Industry: Six years ago Microsoft launched an ill-fated effort, code-named Hailstorm, to manage consumers' information online. Concerns over data security and privacy, coupled with difficulty in striking partnership deals, eventually sank that project.

McDonald's Ad Most Manipulative on TV, Parents Say
PR: Prof Swinburn said food and drink companies often used clever wording and phrases in their ads to make their product sound healthier than it actually was.

Green Veggie of World War II Makes a Comeback as 'Super Food'
Health Trends: Kale, a relative of the cabbage, was included in the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign as a vegetable that could be easily grown and also provided important nutrients to supplement meagre diets during rationing.

Farmers reap benefits of demand for 'fair trade' coffee
The World Reacts: "I thought, 'This is difficult,' " recalled the humble farmer. But the 20 percent premium he recently received for his first fair-trade harvest made the effort worthwhile, Paiva said, adding, it "helped us create a decent living."

Ginger May Combat Deadly Infant Diarrhea In Developing World
Natural Health:

Fallout from Bush health veto could spill into '08 campaign
The World Reacts: The political bind for Republicans - particularly those in swing districts - is reflected in polls that show broad public support for covering uninsured children.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Tailored herbal medicine 'futile'
PR: I ask the authors of this study - or anyone - to show me evidence that an herbal remedy caused any harm in and of itself. And how can they truly do a scientific "double blind placebo study" on "tailored" individual treatments?

Chronic Disease Costs ‘Staggering'
Health Trends: It has experts warning that the problem will only get worse as the American population grows older and fatter.

FDA seeks to bypass doctors with behind-the-counter drug sales via pharmacists
Medical Industry: In a bold move designed to sell even more prescription drugs, the FDA has announced its intention to bypass doctors and allow pharmacists to prescribe certain drugs directly to consumers.

Toxic pollutants kill up to 25,000 Canadians annually: B.C. study
Health Trends: While the science is likely to be debated, Guy Dauncey, co-chair of the non-profit group Prevent Cancer Now, said there's ample evidence that Boyd's study is pointing in the right direction..."This is both shocking and exactly what we have feared is happening," he said. "We know for instance, that a brand-new baby typically, out of the womb, has over 230 industrial chemicals in its blood, 190 of which have been linked to cancer."

Camera sums up your life for marketers
PR: The system homes in on faces of people who pass by the video camera. It then rapidly compares the image against samples in a database. It then spits out what it believes is your approximate age and your gender.

Aspartame Is No Hoax
Tainted Food: This Letter to the Editor was published in The Chattanoogan as a response to this article about internet hoaxes by Patricia Paris in the same publication. The letter was written by Betty Martini, the tireless crusader against aspartame and for the public health.

Bush vetoes bill on children's health care

Americans More Susceptible to Chronic Diseases Than Europeans
Health Trends:

Pills made from rice, berries may help fight cancer
Medical Industry: British scientists are studying four different pills made from isolated chemical compounds in Thai sticky rice, bilberries, red wine and spices that may help prevent cancer. Once again scientists discover the healing power of natural substances. So what do they do? They attempt to extract the "power" from the natural products so that they can lay claim to them. To the rest of you, I say, "Why not eat the natural substances to begin with?"

New Leukemia Drug Stems From Feverfew
Medical Industry: They always seem to be attempting to improve upon nature. As if nature wasn't good enough.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

FDA says Lilly's Cymbalta promotion misleading
Medical Industry: The promotion "is false or misleading in that it overstates the efficacy of Cymbalta and omits some of the most serious and important risk information associated with its use," the Food and Drug Administration said in a letter to the company.

Food For Thought In Cancer Prevention, UK
Natural Health:

Researchers surprised so few kids take vitamins
Natural Health: "A dietary supplement cannot make up for a faulty diet. The diet still has to contain all the food groups," Picciano said..."Yet, there are certain nutrients that cannot be reliably provided by the diet," Picciano added. "And vitamin D and calcium are classic examples."

Doctors protest to keep program
The World Reacts: "We are furious that President Bush is playing cynical politics with our children's health," said Dr. Steve Harris, chair of the pediatrics department at the county-run Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where the lunch-hour rally took place. "Mr. President, get your priorities straight."

U.S. labs mishandling deadly germs
Medical Industry: Research labs have worked for years to find cures and treatments for diseases. However, the expansion of the lab network has been dramatic since President Bush announced an upgrade of the nation's bio-warfare defense program five years ago.

Tree Bark Chemical Compound Stimulates Growth, Survival Of Brain Cells
Natural Health: Gambogic amide is derived from gambogic acid, a major ingredient of gamboges, a brownish-orange resin exuded from the Southeast Asian Garcinia hanburryi tree. The resin has been used in that area of the world for thousands of years to treat cancers without any reported toxicity to noncancerous cells.

70,000 More People Diagnosed With Diabetes This Year, UK
Health Trends: There are now also up to four million people in England who are registered as obese with GP practices.

Monday, October 1, 2007

A Smart Diet Is Good for What Ails You
Natural Health: Diet is proving to be a powerful weapon that can rival the effectiveness of many medications.

Five States to Sue U.S. Over Child Health Plan
The World Reacts: Five states said on Monday they will sue the federal government to block new rules governing a children's health insurance program that they fear will force them to drop some children... Spitzer said the Bush administration put out the rules without the required public comment period.

Weight Loss Can Control Hypertension
Natural Health: An Italian study has identified overweight as a direct cause of high blood pressure. And it also showed that up to half of overweight people can bring down blood pressure to healthy levels by weight reduction.

Woman trapped in car for a week says she called 911
Medical Industry:

Dietary quality of popular diets varies: study
Health Trends: What the plans all had in common were high amounts of fruits, vegetables and fiber, and low amounts of artery-clogging types of fat, researchers found.

Republican Presidential Candidates Address Health Care, Other Issues Important To Minorities At Debate
The World Reacts: Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) criticized managed care, which he said has existed in the U.S. since the 1970s and "hasn't worked." He added, "We need to get the government out of the way. ... If you have a product that's not dealt with by government, prices go down when you have modern technology."

Will Doctors Shut Down In-Store Clinics or Let the Market Decide?
Medical Industry: Limited choices, rising costs, and very strict licensing laws make it hard for new businesses to enter the market.

More Reports Of Children Having Trouble Falling Asleep Than Maintaining Sleep
Health Trends: Further, parents tend to underestimate their children's sleep problems. This article was actually pleasantly surprising to me in that it offered natural, non-pharmaceutical means of helping children sleep better.

Nation's beef supply safest in the world, says U.S. agriculture official
PR: Richard Raymond's comments come after the recall of 21.7 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Patients in Poland Hospital Evacuated as Doctors Strike
Medical Industry:

Diet Rich In Omega 3 Fatty Acids Could Thwart Diabetes Onset
Natural Health: In the past few decades, there has been a dramatic rise in the incidence of type 1 diabetes, both in the United States and in Europe — a jump that coincides with changes in food manufacturing that have led to a decline in omega-3 fatty acids in the diet and an increase in the content of omega-6 fatty acids, said Dr. Michael Clare-Salzler, a professor and the Stetson chair in experimental pathology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Lead-paint suit may thin burden of proof
The World Reacts: A 17-year-old Milwaukee boy who was poisoned by lead as a baby faces off today against the nation's leading makers of lead-based house paint, hoping to prove that for half a century they knew their product made people sick.

Fattening Up Our Kids with School Lunches
Health Trends: Once again, despite all the political cries for "the children, the children," they are the ones being hurt—by the very government programs that were put in place to help them.

Population-Wide Weight Loss In Cuba Resulted In Fewer Deaths From Diabetes And Heart Disease
Health Trends: This situation occurred during the economic crisis of Cuba in 1989-2000. As a result, obesity declined, as did deaths attributed to diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke.

Study: The effects of too much TV on tots can be undone
Health Trends: Children who watched two or more hours of TV a day at 30-33 months old but had reduced TV watching by the time they were 5 1/2 had no significant social or behavioral problems...Those who didn't watch much TV as toddlers but were heavy (two hours or more daily) viewers by age 5 1/2 were having problems with social skills...Those who had been sustained, heavy TV watchers from age 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 had deficits in social skills as well as behavior, including problems with attention and showing aggression.

Poor Health And Nutrition Cited As Major Barrier To Education In Developing World
The World Reacts: The book gives a compelling case for school health and nutrition programmes as a 'quick win', highly cost effective, pro-poor, sustainable initiative which can have massive global impact.

Death From Autoimmune Disease May Be Linked To Occupational Exposures
Ecohazard: More than 8 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases, in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues and several occupational exposures have been linked to systemic autoimmune diseases, which affect multiple organs.

Family Urged To End Lives On TV
PR: Hungry for sensational news that titillates their audiences a little more each time and scores them more brownie points, journalists and the organizations they work for are moving way off the tracks of truth. Perhaps the questions which should be raised here are why are we giving television such importance and control over our lives, and why are we willing to go so far to have our fifteen minutes on the boob tube?

Rare spasm-caused heart attacks hit kids
Health Trends: All lacked common risk factors for heart problems, such as obesity, family history, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels and drug abuse.

Rare disorders put spotlight on crippling drug costs
Medical Industry: But, just as it started working and Tyler was ready to go home, the family got one more shocker: The price of the drug, called Acthar, or ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), had just increased from $1,600 to $23,000 a vial — and the family's insurer would not pay for the two vials they needed.

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