If there was a life-changing — and potentially deadly — disease on my doorstep, I’d sure want to know about it in a hurry. And I bet you feel the same way.
But if that disease is diabetes, there’s a nearly 90 percent chance that you’ll have no idea before it strikes. According to a new Centers For Disease Control and Prevention study, there are literally millions of us rocketing at warp speed toward a life of diabetes, and we’re either not paying attention, Continue reading →
The federal government has once again been exposed for lying about the safety of the infamous swine flu vaccine, also known as H1N1. According to a new study published in the journal The Lancet, people who received the swine flu vaccine during the 2009-2010 pandemic hoax were at an elevated risk of developing a potentially-deadly paralysis disorder known as Guillain-Barre syndrome, or GBS. Continue reading →
Would you be willing to trade in Alzheimer’s disease for activity? Because new research is showing it’s quite a viable trade. And if you ask me, 30 minutes of exercise a day is far better than living with the difficulties Continue reading →
Drug companies have gotten so greedy, and the American public so financially distressed, that nearly half of all Americans under the age of 65 who normally take prescription drugs are no longer doing so because they allegedly cannot afford it. This is according to a new report compiled by the Consumer Reports National Research Center (CRNRC), Continue reading →
The age of antibiotics is over. It’s history. There are no more patented chemical antibiotics in the pipeline. The drug companies have all but abandoned antibiotics research, leaving humanity to suffer the fate of a wave of drug-resistant bacteria — superbugs — that the drug companies actually helped create.
Gas pump handles are swarming with loads of bacteria and viruses. They have been identified as the dirtiest surface Americans encounter on the way to work, according to a recently released study by Kimberley-Clark Professional, a unit of personal hygiene giant Kimberley-Clark Corp. Continue reading →
Americans don’t typically consider seaweed to be a part of everyday meals, but research suggests that it may be a good idea for them to change their mind-set.
A team of scientists at Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority and Memorial University, Newfoundland, reports that seaweed is commonly used in cosmetics and other skin treatments, but that the marine plant is in rich healthy compounds, so people should consider eating more of it.
“Seaweeds are a known source of essential fatty acids, which are thought to reduce thrombosis and atherosclerosis — factors important in the reduction of the risk of heart disease,” said researcher Maria Hayes, Ph.D. Continue reading →
As more Americans are visiting emergency rooms, the number of them around the country is dwindling. According to a recent Chicago Sun-Times article, the number of ERs in non-rural areas in the U.S. fell 27 percent between 1990 and 2009. That averages out to 89 closures per year. In Illinois, 23 hospitals and their ERs have closed since 1990. New York City lost three ERs over a three-year period that served close to 100,000 patients annually (New York Times – May 17, 2011).
This ER closing trend was recently highlighted in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors found that ERs at commercially operated hospitals and ones with low profit margins Continue reading →
The FDA has the media and subsequently many Americans in a (perhaps unjustified) uproar about teens using tanning beds, and they are now pushing to ban tanning for people under 18. It is time to set some of this witch-hunting straight.
The ruckus comes in the wake of a report that was released last year by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization. The report resulted in the IARC’s changing the status of tanning beds from ‘possibly carcinogenic’ to ‘carcinogenic.’
With the same argumentation and evidence, the sun itself would fall into that category.
The number of pregnant women who choose to have their babies at home instead of at a hospital has risen by 20 percent over the past four years, according to new statistics released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Though home births had been on the decline between 1990 and 2004, the period between 2004 and 2008, which represent the newest figures available, saw a sharp increase in home births.
Marian MacDorman, lead author of the study from the CDC, told reporters that the rise in popularity for home births is being driven primarily by Caucasian women. Roughly one out of every 98 pregnant white women had their babies at home in 2008, while only one in 357 black women, Continue reading →
Average height provides one of the best indications of a population’s overall health. Until the last few years, U.S. citizens were the world’s tallest and enjoyed better health than the people of any other nation. Things have changed, though. Now, western Europeans’ height exceeds that of Americans, and the difference is growing larger.
If there’s any question about the connection between height and health, consider that longevity has also decreased during the same time that height has dropped. References vary, but the usually-reported figure is that the United States is between 28 and 38 in the world for life expectancy, behind nearly all western European nations.
Having spent most of his professional life poring through historical records of height, Professor Continue reading →
Nearly three-quarters of people want to be able to get lab results, request appointments, pay medical bills, and communicate with their doctor’s office through secure portals, finds Intuit Health study.
These findings come from Intuit Health’s second-annual Health Care Check-Up Survey, Continue reading →