Latest Articles: Health/Medical
Swine Flu Offers 'Extraordinary Super Immunity'
Post Date: 2011-01-11 11:44:02 by Brian S
People who recover from swine flu may be left with an extraordinary natural ability to fight off flu viruses, findings suggests. In beating a bout of H1N1 the body makes antibodies that can kill many other flu strains, a study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows. Doctors hope to harness this power to make a universal flu vaccine that would protect against any type of influenza. Ultimately this could replace the "best guess" flu vaccines currently used. Such a vaccine is the "holy grail" for flu researchers. Many scientists are already testing different prototypes to put an end to the yearly race to predict coming flu strains and quickly mass produce a new ...
Boy Toy Cured Of Queerness & Fag Demons Purged By Castrating Sugar Daddy w/ Corkscrew
Post Date: 2011-01-10 09:53:33 by Happy Quanzaa
Male model Renato Seabra chargedwith murder after confession incastration slay of Carlos Castro A male model confessed Sunday to killing a gay journalist in a Times Square hotel - and gave cops a twisted explanation of why he sexually mutilated his victim, sources said. Renato Seabra, 20, told cops he used a corkscrew to sever 65-year-old Carlos Castro's genitals as a way to cure the older man of his homosexuality, the police sources said. Seabra was charged with second-degree murder, police said Monday. Seabra and Castro came to New York from their native Portugal and by all accounts were a couple - but Seabra appears unable to admit that, police sources said. "He said he ...
2nd Arizona Patient Dies After State Budget Cuts Deny Transplant
Post Date: 2011-01-06 20:46:53 by Skip Intro
PHOENIX A second person denied transplant coverage by Arizona under a state budget cut has died, with this death "most likely" resulting from the coverage reduction, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday. University Medical Center spokeswoman Jo Marie Gellerman said the patient died Dec. 28 at another medical facility after earlier being removed from UMC's list for a liver transplant needed because of hepatitis C. Gellerman cited medical privacy requirements in declining to release any information about the patient. Arizona reduced Medicaid coverage for transplants on Oct. 1 under cuts included to help close a shortfall in the state budget enacted last spring. ...
Study Linking Vaccines To Autism Called An 'Elaborate Fraud'
Post Date: 2011-01-06 12:09:51 by Brian S
A 1998 study that linked childhood autism to a vaccine was branded an "elaborate fraud" by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Thursday, but its lead author said he was the victim of a smear campaign by drug manufacturers. In an interview late Wednesday with CNN, Andrew Wakefield denied inventing data and blasted a reporter who apparently uncovered the falsifications as a "hit man" doing the bidding of a powerful pharmaceutical industry. "It's a ruthless pragmatic attempt to crush any investigation into valid vaccine safety concerns," Wakefield said. He insisted the "truth" was in his book about the scandal: "The book is not a lie, the study is ...
Lawyer To Challenge US Claim Of Gulf Seafood's 'Safety'
Post Date: 2010-12-29 11:45:12 by Brian S
An environmental law firm in New Orleans said it was preparing to challenge the government's public declaration that following the nation's worst-ever oil disaster, seafood from the Gulf of Mexico remained safe to eat. Stuart H. Smith, Esq., of the law firm Smith Stag, LLC., was leading the charge, rallying additional litigants to his side through a website called Oil Spill Action. He's the attorney who secured a verdict awarding over $1 billion over the radium contamination of leased land due to oil drilling. "Mr. Smiths litigation experience includes a lawsuit against Ashland Oil for contaminating the Lee aquifer, once one of the largest sources of fresh water for ...
FDA Cracks Down On Dietary Supplements That Contain Potentially Dangerous Ingredients
Post Date: 2010-12-15 11:58:32 by Brian S
The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on manufacturers of certain weight loss, body building and sexual enhancement supplements that contain potentially dangerous ingredients. The FDA said Wednesday that some manufacturers are deceptively labeling products to hide that they contain ingredients known to cause adverse health effects. Other supplements contain ingredients that should only be available by prescription. Dietary supplements can slip through the regulatory cracks because, unlike drugs, they do not have to be approved by the FDA before they are marketed. Manufacturers are responsible for making sure their products are safe. In a letter to the supplement industry, the ...
Report: A Bit More Vitamin D Is Good, Not Too Much
Post Date: 2010-11-30 18:05:50 by Brian S
WASHINGTON (AP) Got milk? You may need a couple cups more than today's food labels say to get enough vitamin D for strong bones. But don't go overboard: Long-awaited new dietary guidelines say there's no proof that megadoses prevent cancer or other ailments sure to frustrate backers of the so-called sunshine vitamin. The decision by the prestigious Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, could put some brakes on the nation's vitamin D craze, warning that super-high levels could be risky. "More is not necessarily better," cautioned Dr. Joann Manson of Harvard Medical School, who co-authored the Institute of ...
TSA Pat-Downs Could Spread Sexually-Transmitted Disease And Contribute To Pandemics (do not change their latex gloves between pat-downs!)
Post Date: 2010-11-24 11:54:38 by Brian S
(NaturalNews) There's a startling fact about the TSA pat-downs that most of us have not realized: TSA agents often do not change their latex gloves between pat-downs! With these pat-down reaching into your pants, feeling your genitals, and sweeping bare armpits and buttocks, those latex gloves being worn by the TSA agents are obviously teeming with germs.And yet TSA agents often don't change gloves between patting down passengers. They're often using the same gloves on you and your crotch as they were using on the previous passenger's exploratory crotch feel.This means, of course, that the TSA is now engaged in extremely risky behavior that could spread sexually-transmitted ...
US At Bottom Of Health Care Survey Of 11 Rich Countries
Post Date: 2010-11-18 11:13:37 by Brian S
WASHINGTON (AFP) Americans are the most likely to go without health care because of the cost and to have trouble paying medical bills even when insured, a survey of 11 wealthy countries found Thursday. "The US stands out for the most negative insurance-related experiences," the New York-based Commonwealth Fund, the private foundation that carried out the study, said in an accompanying statement. The study found that a third of US adults "went without recommended care, did not see a doctor when sick, or failed to fill prescriptions because of costs," it said. That compares to as few as five to six percent in the Netherlands and Britain, according to the study. ...
Exclusive: Multiple Independent Lab Tests Confirm Oil In Gulf Shrimp
Post Date: 2010-11-10 11:19:36 by Brian S
Experts operating states apart confirm toxic content in not just shrimp, but crab and fish too The federal government is going out of its way to assure the public that seafood pulled from recently reopened Gulf of Mexico waters is safe to consume, in spite of the largest accidental release of crude oil in America's history. However, testing methodologies used by the government to deem areas of water safe for commercial fishing are woefully inadequate and permit high levels of toxic compounds to slip into the human food chain, according to a series of scientific and medical professionals interviewed by Raw Story. In two separate cases, a toxicologist and a chemist independently confirmed ...
Study: Alcohol More Lethal Than Heroin, Cocaine
Post Date: 2010-11-01 11:54:55 by Brian S
Alcohol is more dangerous than illegal drugs like heroin and crack cocaine, according to a new study. British experts evaluated substances including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana, ranking them based on how destructive they are to the individual who takes them and to society as a whole. Researchers analyzed how addictive a drug is and how it harms the human body, in addition to other criteria like environmental damage caused by the drug, its role in breaking up families and its economic costs, such as health care, social services, and prison. Heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine, or crystal meth, were the most lethal to individuals. When considering their wider ...
What we can learn from Singapore's health-care model [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-10-23 13:43:18 by lucysmom
We interrupt Washington's feud over the president's "way forward" for a brief word on a path not taken, courtesy of the only rich nation that boasts universal coverage with health outcomes better than ours while spending one-fifth as much per person on health care. Introducing (drum roll please): Singapore. Yes, it's an island city-state of just 5 million people. Yes, it's more or less a benevolent dictatorship. And, yes, until recently, bringing chewing gum into Singapore could land you in jail. But Singapore, a poor country a few decades ago, now boasts a higher per capita income (when adjusted for local purchasing power) than the United States. And here's ...
US Slips To 49th In Life Expectancy: Study
Post Date: 2010-10-18 15:00:17 by Brian S
The United States currently ranks 49th in the world in overall life expectancy, according to a study published in the academic journal Health Affairs, slipping dramatically during the last decade. "As of September 23, 2010, the United States ranked forty-ninth for both male and female life expectancy combined," concludes the study, conducted by Columbia University health policy professors Peter A. Muennig and Sherry A. Glied, which will appear in the November edition of the influential peer-reviewed journal. The noteworthy decline is highlighted by the fact that in 1999, the World Health Organization ranked the US as 24th in the world in the same category, life expectancy. The ...
Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease
Post Date: 2010-10-07 11:39:24 by mininggold
Coconut Oil and Alzheimers Disease How worried should drug companies be about supplements eating into their monopoly profits? A lotas this story will show. Please share it with anyone you know who is suffering from Alzheimers or is worried about it. Of course, just about everyone worries about Alzheimers. It currently afflicts 5.2 million people in the US and is the seventh leading cause of death. The cost of treating it is estimated at $148 billion. Mary Newport, MD, has been medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida since it opened in 2003. About the same time the unit opened, her husband Steve, then 53, ...
AP Poll: Those who want government out of health care are outnumbered 2-to-1
Post Date: 2010-09-25 12:55:22 by Skip Intro
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture's not that clear cut. A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1. "I was disappointed that it didn't provide universal coverage," said Bronwyn Bleakley, 35, a biology professor from Easton, Mass. More than 30 million people would gain coverage in 2019 when the law is fully phased in, but another 20 million or so would remain uninsured. Bleakley, who was uninsured ...
FDA Won’t Allow Food To Be Labeled Free Of Genetic Modification: report
Post Date: 2010-09-19 16:21:44 by Brian S
'Extra labeling only confuses the consumer,' biotech spokesman says That the Food and Drug Administration is opposed to labeling foods that are genetically modified is no surprise anymore, but a report in the Washington Post indicates the FDA won't even allow food producers to label their foods as being free of genetic modification. In reporting that the FDA will likely not require the labeling of genetically modified salmon if it approves the food product for consumption, the Post's Lyndsey Layton notes that the federal agency "won't let conventional food makers trumpet the fact that their products don't contain genetically modified ingredients." The ...
Republican Senator Holds Up Food Safety Bill …Is Reducing The Deficit More Important Than Preventing Contaminated Food From Being Sold?
Post Date: 2010-09-17 14:50:31 by Brian S
This interesting bit of news from the Washington Post: GOP Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma is holding up a food saftey bill because hes afraid it will add to the deficit. All the more reason to have home gardens and raise your own chickens
. GOP senator says he will hold up food safety bill WASHINGTON A Republican senator is threatening to hold up food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to prevent outbreaks, saying Democrats must find a way to pay for it. More
CDC: One-third of sex ed omits birth control
Post Date: 2010-09-15 19:22:17 by Brian S
ATLANTA (AP) -- Almost all U.S. teens have had formal sex education, but only about two-thirds have been taught about birth control methods, according to a new government report released Wednesday. Many teens apparently are not absorbing those lessons - other recent data shows that after years of steady decline, the teen birth rate rose from 2005 to 2007. It dipped again in 2008, to about 10 percent of all births. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is based on face-to-face interviews with nearly 2,800 teenagers in their homes from 2006 through 2008. Female interviewers from the University of Michigan asked the questions for the CDC. About 97 percent of teens ...
New Drug-Resistant Superbugs Found In 3 States
Post Date: 2010-09-13 17:20:58 by Brian S
BOSTON (AP) -- An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three states and are popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday. The U.S. cases and two others in Canada all involve people who had recently received medical care in India, where the problem is widespread. A British medical journal revealed the risk last month in an article describing dozens of cases in Britain in people who had gone to India for medical procedures. How many deaths the gene may have caused is unknown; there is no central tracking of such cases. So far, the gene has mostly been ...
Swine Flu Found No More Severe Than Seasonal Virus
Post Date: 2010-09-08 11:32:46 by Brian S
Sept. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Children infected in last years swine flu pandemic were no more likely to be hospitalized with complications or get pneumonia than those who catch seasonal strains, according to a study that challenges previous reports. About 1.5 percent of children with the H1N1 swine flu strain were hospitalized within 30 days, compared with 3.7 percent of those sick with a seasonal strain of H1N1 and 3.1 percent with an H3N2 virus, researchers said today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The report compared outcomes in Wisconsin of 545 patients with swine flu versus 853 patients with seasonal strains beginning in 2007. Approximately 50 million people in ...
New Research Restores Psychedelics’ Medical Respectability, Suggests That 'Magic Mushrooms' And 'Ecstasy' May Have Medical Value.
Post Date: 2010-09-07 20:07:15 by Brian S
Recently published studies suggest that 'magic mushrooms' and 'ecstasy' may have medical value. Before the enactment of the Controlled Substances Act in the late 60's, psychiatrists had been eagerly investigating the use of psychedelic drugs as an aid to psychological therapy. Unfortunately, as the government sought to eliminate the recreational use of these drugs, it consequentially eliminated nearly all research into their effects. Although there was almost no research on psychedelic drugs from the early 70's to late 90's, within the last decade studies have reaffirmed that 'magic mushrooms' and ecstasy (MDMA) can be valuable tools for mental health ...
Deep-fried beer invented in Texas
Post Date: 2010-09-01 19:54:33 by Skip Intro
Deep-fried beer invented in Texas A chef in Texas has created what he claims is the world's first recipe for deep-fried beer. The beer is placed inside a pocket of salty, pretzel-like dough and then dunked in oil at 375 degrees for about 20 seconds, a short enough time for the confection to remain alcoholic. When diners take a bite the hot beer mixes with the dough in what is claimed to be a delicious taste sensation. Inventor Mark Zable said it had taken him three years to come up with the cooking method and a patent for the process is pending. He declined to say whether any special ingredients were involved. His deep-fried beer will be officially unveiled in a fried food ...
Bright's Comments about Pelosi Draw Laughter
Post Date: 2010-08-26 12:13:08 by Ignore Amos
Eggs and Issues: Bright's Comments about Pelosi Draw Laughter U.S. Congressman Bobby Bright was heard having a little fun at U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's expense during his recent participation in the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce's Eggs and Issues. Bright, who is is in his first year in Congress and facing a battle against Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby this fall, joked that Pelosi might lose her own election, decide not to run for the speakers job or otherwise not be available. He suggested, jokingly he insisted to his audience, that Pelosi could fall ill and die in coming months. That remark drew laughter from the crowd. Though he has a ...
White House Looks At Ways Around Stem Cell Ruling
Post Date: 2010-08-24 21:47:10 by Brian S
The White House said Tuesday it was examining a court's decision to put a temporary block on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to see how it could keep the "life-saving" work going. A US court on Monday ordered a halt to federal funding of the research, which President Barack Obama had authorized, saying it involved the destruction of human embryos. "The president said very plainly that this is important, life-saving research," spokesman Bill Burton told reporters. "We're reviewing all possibilities." "We're reviewing it so we can keep this important, potentially life-saving research moving forward in the most ethical way ...
Egg Recall Numbers Expand: Check Your Carton and Watch Your Order
Post Date: 2010-08-19 13:40:38 by Brian S
(CBS) Now that the already massive egg recall has grown from 228 million to 380 million eggs due to the largest salmonella scare we've seen in years, consumers are wondering which eggs are safe.Three new brands have been added to the long list of eggs to check for possible contamination: James FarmsGlenviewPacific Coast Below you'll find the complete list of eggs which may be infected with salmonella. They are all produced in Galt, Iowa by Wright County Egg, but they are sold in grocery stories under many different brands.PICTURES: 9 Signs of Salmonella Poisoning But even as you check your fridge, think about what you order in restaurants. Raw egg can be found in sauces and ...
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