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General Health : Other News
Does Teaching Kids to Hunt Make Them Violent?
March was a bloody month for the gun lobby starting with the Alabama, Illinois church and Germany shootings and ended with the Oakland police killings this week.
Mar 24, 2009 - 2:12:25 PM

General Health : Drug News
A possible risk group for statin use
In a patient study of over 1,000 individuals with coronary artery disease (CAD), researchers have found that high levels of an enzyme called PLTP significantly increased the risk of heart attack in the subset of patients taking statins. While follow-up studies will be needed to tease out the exact connection between PLTP and statins, this connection does suggest levels of PLTP in the blood should be a consideration for potential statin treatment.
Mar 23, 2009 - 10:34:46 AM

General Health : Diseases
Diabetes a risk factor for postpartum depression
Postpartum depression is a serious—and often undiagnosed—condition affecting about 10 to 12 percent of new mothers. Some of the causes might include personal history of depression, stressful life events, and lack of social, financial or emotional support.
Feb 24, 2009 - 7:47:13 PM

General Health : Environment
Organic solvents raise risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in women
A new study in the Jan 15, 2009 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that women exposed to organic solvents on the job are at higher risk of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Feb 23, 2009 - 10:34:11 PM

General Health : Drug News
Phthalates in Prescription Drugs
Until recently, most of the concern surrounding the health risks of phthalates has focused on the use of these plasticizers in toys, personal care products, food packaging, and medical equipment such as intravenous tubing.
Feb 18, 2009 - 8:48:46 AM

General Health : Environment
Medical Director of Swiss Clinic Takes Brave Stand on the Hazards of Electromagnetic Pollution
Dr. Thomas Rau, Medical Director of the world-renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland, says he is convinced ‘electromagnetic loads’ lead to cancer, concentration problems, ADD, tinnitus, migraines, insomnia, arrhythmia, Parkinson’s and even back pain.
Feb 17, 2009 - 4:43:23 PM

General Health : Drug News
New Fibromyalgia Drug May Bring Back Neurontin Nightmares
Even as new reports surface about fake medical articles Pfizer planted to sell seizure drug Neurontin for unapproved uses from 1995 to 2002, it looks like deja vu all over again.
Feb 17, 2009 - 11:01:50 AM

General Health : Diseases
Estrogen Found to Increase Growth of the Most Common Childhood Brain Tumor
University of Cincinnati researchers have discovered that estrogen receptors are present in medulloblastoma—the most common type of pediatric brain tumor—leading them to believe that anti-estrogen drug treatments may be beneficial in limiting tumor progression and improving patients’ overall outcome.
Feb 17, 2009 - 8:15:05 AM

General Health : Other News
EWG: Lipstick Chemicals Declared Toxic by Canadian Gov't
While it's common to see lipstick sales jump during an economic recession, the current global financial crisis may not produce the same result in Canada where the government today declared two chemicals used in lipstick and other personal care products to be toxic.
Feb 8, 2009 - 4:22:38 PM

General Health : Drug News
FDA approves genetically engineered drug
The Food and Drug Administration has for the first time in history approved a drug produced by a genetically engineered animal, the associated press reported on Friday.
Feb 8, 2009 - 11:04:15 AM

General Health : Lifestyle
EWG: Lipstick Chemicals Declared Toxic by Canadian Gov’t
While it’s common to see lipstick sales jump during an economic recession, the current global financial crisis may not produce the same result in Canada where the government today declared two chemicals used in lipstick and other personal care products to be toxic.
Feb 3, 2009 - 3:29:01 PM

General Health : Diseases
Inflammation directly linked to colon cancer
While chronic inflammation is widely believed to be a predisposing factor for colon cancer, the exact mechanisms linking these conditions have remained elusive. Scientists at the Melbourne Branch of the international Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR) and the Technical University Munich have jointly discovered a new piece of this puzzle by demonstrating how the Stat3 protein links inflammation to tumor development, a discovery that may well lead to the identification of new therapeutic targets for colon cancer.
Feb 2, 2009 - 9:39:10 AM

General Health : Diseases
Penn study finds link between Parkinson's disease genes and manganese poisoning
A connection between genetic and environmental causes of Parkinson's disease has been discovered by a research team led by Aaron D. Gitler, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Feb 1, 2009 - 3:36:20 PM

General Health : Drug News
Mammogram screening increases death risk in BRCA carriers
All women at certain age are encouraged to start receiving mammogram screening. But a new report warned that this x-ray-based so called preventative method does more harm than good in young women with BRCA mutations.
Jan 30, 2009 - 4:28:49 PM

General Health : Lifestyle
Stress may hasten growth of melanoma
For patients with a particularly aggressive form of skin cancer – malignant melanoma – stress, including that which comes from simply hearing that diagnosis, might amplify the progression of their disease.
Jan 30, 2009 - 8:43:12 AM

General Health : Diseases
Helicobacter pylori can multiply in autophagic vesicles
Helicobacter pylori, a Gram-negative, flagellated, microaerophilic bacterium, can selectively colonize in the human stomach. Its infection is widespread throughout the world, and is present in about 50% of the global human population with 80% in developing countries and 20-50% in industrialized countries.
Jan 27, 2009 - 8:37:28 AM

General Health : Other News
Home and Property Disaster Loans
If you are in a declared disaster area and are the victim of a disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration - even if you don't own a business. As a homeowner, renter and/or personal-property owner, you may apply to the SBA for a loan to help you recover from a disaster.
Jan 27, 2009 - 12:17:22 AM

General Health : Diseases
New survey results show huge burden of diabetes
In the United States, nearly 13 percent of adults age 20 and older have diabetes, but 40 percent of them have not been diagnosed, according to epidemiologists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose study includes newly available data from an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT).
Jan 26, 2009 - 1:22:45 PM

General Health : Diseases
Researchers identify risk factors for contralateral breast cancer
New information helps predict which breast cancer patients may benefit from preventive mastectomy of opposite breast
Jan 26, 2009 - 1:16:46 PM

General Health : Other News
Trust your gut: Too much thinking leads to bad choices
Don't think too much before purchasing that new car or television. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, people who deliberate about decisions make less accurate judgments than people who trust their instincts.
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:52:14 AM

General Health : Lifestyle
Sex linked to high risk of prostate cancer
A new study in the journal BJU International suggests that having sex too frequently in the early years in a man’s adulthood could increase his risk of having prostate cancer.
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:47:13 AM

General Health : Other News
AARP rakes in cash from seniors’ insurance
Seniors may think they save money when they buy AARP insurance, but if they take the trouble to compare competing products, they may be paying twice as much.
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:14:06 AM

General Health : Drug News
Drugs for children are not safe enough
In 2005, about 14 million children and adolescents were prescribed drugs under the statutory health insurance funds. However, not all the prescribed drugs have been licensed for use in this age group
Jan 26, 2009 - 11:11:31 AM

General Health : Diseases
Gene Variants Affecting Blood Fats Identified
A team of researchers has identified new genetic sites harboring common variations in DNA that are linked to imbalances in concentrations of blood lipids (fats). The findings provide another step forward in understanding the genetic contribution to dyslipidemia, a condition marked by overproduction of low-density lipoprotein (LDL "bad" cholesterol) and triglycerides, and underproduction of high-density lipoprotein (HDL "good"cholesterol).
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:27:39 AM

General Health : Drug News
Common medication associated with cognitive decline in elderly
A study published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggested that the use of certain medications in elderly populations may be associated with cognitive decline. The study examined the effects of exposure to anticholinergic medications, a type of drug used to treat a variety of disorders that include respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, on over 500 relatively healthy men aged 65 years or older with high blood pressure.
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:06:22 AM

General Health : Drug News
How Did Dangerous Risperdal Become a Best Selling Drug?
The email did not beat around the bush. "The rationale of this center," wrote Christine Cote, VP of Janssen's Medical Affairs about the planned MGH-Johnson & Johnson Center for the Study of Pediatric Psychopathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, "is to generate and disseminate data supporting the use of risperidone in this patient population." Okaaaaay.
Jan 18, 2009 - 12:53:33 PM

General Health : Drug News
Hormone Therapy Linked to Brain Shrinkage, But Not Lesions
Two new studies show that hormone therapy for women is linked to brain shrinkage, but not to the small brain lesions that are the first sign of cerebrovascular disease. The studies are published in the January 13, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Jan 12, 2009 - 4:55:35 PM

General Health : Government
Would Your State Gun Laws Have Deterred Psycho Santa?
The NRA lost a lot more than elections for eight seats in Congress this year.  It lost some of its best legends.
Jan 10, 2009 - 8:04:32 AM

General Health : Drug News
Does Your Osteoporosis Drug Cause Jaw Bone Death and Cancer?
1999 was a good year for Merck.  In its 64 page annual report it predicted arthritis medicine Vioxx--Our Biggest, Fastest and Best Launch Ever!--would prevent Alzheimer's disease and colon cancer.
Jan 10, 2009 - 8:02:52 AM

General Health : Government
Understanding Antidepressant Medications
Depression affects about 121 million people worldwide and is a leading cause of disability, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Jan 9, 2009 - 2:55:25 PM

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