Archive for August, 2010 :

New Hopes Arise in Magnetic Fields
August 31st, 2010

A pioneering treatment using magnetic fields to stimulate brain activity has helped people with depression live medication-free.

Spinal Taps May Be Useful in Predicting Brain Disorders
August 31st, 2010

Spinal taps are used to collect a fluid that bathes the brain and the spine, which may be the answer to finding ways to treat neurological disease.

Isolation, an Ancient and Lonely Practice, Endures
August 31st, 2010

Isolation must be one of the oldest medical tools, and in some ways it is one of the most brutal.

Vit. A Supplements A Risk for Breastfeeding HIV-Positive Women
August 31st, 2010

HIV-positive women who are breastfeeding should not be given vitamin A supplements because it increases the risk of transmitting the AIDS virus to their infants, researchers said Thursday.

Could the Common Cold Conquer Cancer?
August 31st, 2010

Research finds that an altered form of the cold virus may just be the ticket to keep our system’s disease suppressors on the job.

FDA Reports Numerous Violations at Egg Farms
August 31st, 2010

Rodents, piles of manure, uncaged birds and flies too numerous to count were found by investigators at Iowa farms at the heart of the recall of more than half a billion eggs, the FDA reported Monday.

Gentle Stroll ‘Can Help Boost Intelligence’
August 31st, 2010

A gentle stroll several times a week not only boosts fitness levels – it also makes you brighter.

Fluoride in Water Prevents Adult Tooth Loss, Study Suggests
August 31st, 2010

Children drinking water with added fluoride helps dental health in adulthood decades later, a new study finds.

Simple Grain Offers Health Benefits to Diabetics
August 31st, 2010

An ancient grain that was once the staple of the Aztec diet is not only surprisingly nutritious, it can also help regulate blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease in diabetics, Canadian researchers report in a new study in the journal Diabetes Care.

Cocon Grape Candy Contains Lead
August 31st, 2010

Imported Cocon Grape Gummy 100 percent candy is being voluntarily recalled by the Los Angeles company U-Can Food Trading for high levels of lead, reports NBC Universal in Los Angeles.

Tours to Stress Local Food, Health
August 31st, 2010

The second annual Charlotte Area Farm Tour will take participants to 27 farms Sept. 18-19, including fruit and vegetable growers, livestock producers, North Carolina’s first certified organic dairy and even an ostrich farm.

7 Best Stress-Fighting Foods
August 31st, 2010

When we are stressed, we tend to eat more. The key, however, is to eat the foods that actually counteract the effects of stress. So next time anxiety runs high, be sure to grab one of these seven stress-fighting foods.

Kudzu Extract May Treat Cocaine Addiction
August 31st, 2010

An extract of the kudzu vine being developed to treat alcoholism may also help treat cocaine addiction, researchers at Gilead Sciences Inc reported on August 22.

Virus May Act as ‘Late-Life-Acting’ Biopesticide Against Malaria
August 31st, 2010

A naturally occurring virus in mosquitoes could act as a “late-life-acting” insecticide by killing older adult mosquitoes that are responsible for the bulk of malaria transmission.

Tai Chi Reported to Ease Fibromyalgia
August 31st, 2010

The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi may be effective as a therapy for fibromyalgia, according to a study published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Pesticide Exposure Linked to ADHD Risk
August 31st, 2010

Exposure in the womb to pesticides known as organophosphates may increase the chance that children, especially boys, will develop attention problems by age 5, a study shows.

Palliative Care Extends Life, Study Finds
August 31st, 2010

A study found that patients with terminal lung cancer who began receiving palliative care immediately upon diagnosis not only were happier, more mobile and in less pain as the end neared — but also lived nearly three months longer.

Brain Trauma Can Mimic Lou Gehrig’s Disease
August 31st, 2010

Lou Gehrig might not have had Lou Gehrig’s disease. A new study suggests that repeated concussions from playing sports can cause a motor-neuron disorder with symptoms that mimic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Moose Offer Trail of Clues on Arthritis
August 31st, 2010

A study that began in 1958 has found poor nutrition as the cause of arthritis. And the moose has been contributory to the solutions.

How a Month on an Ayurvedic Diet Changed My Life
August 31st, 2010

Ayurvedic medicine is the science of life that has been practiced in southern Asia for over 5,000 years.

ADHD: Who Makes the Diagnosis?
August 31st, 2010

There are some 5 million children in the United States who have received the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition marked by impulsive behavior and a lack of focus.

Ex-Posse Kingpin Turns Life Around
August 28th, 2010

A former native gang leader chooses another path.

Socialism Brings Education to Nicaragua
August 26th, 2010

Nicaragua’s new government has made huge strides to eliminate illiteracy.

Jamie Oliver Food Show Wins Emmy
August 23rd, 2010

British chef and TV personality Jamie Oliver has won an Emmy award for his important US series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” in which he tries to get America’s fattest city off junk food.

Bolivian Women Build Leadership Skills
August 22nd, 2010

In the northeastern Bolivian department (province) of Beni, a region of wetlands, savannah and jungle where three-quarters of the population lives in poverty, indigenous women are building a new kind of leadership to help develop their communities.

Illinois Hog Farmer Goes Vegan
August 22nd, 2010

Farmer Fred Leman chose a healthy vegan diet in response to cancer and a better understanding of the role of nutrition for good health.

Parents Suspect Wi-Fi Making Kids Sick
August 17th, 2010

A group of central Ontario parents is demanding their children’s schools turn off wireless internet before they head back to school next month, fearing the technology is making the kids sick.

20 Years A Vegan
August 13th, 2010

Being vegan isn’t always easy but it is well worth the effort.

Aspartame and MSG Make You Fat, Cause Depression
August 12th, 2010

In the interests of public health I am making a position statement concerning the use of the artificial sweetener called aspartame and MSG.

The Importance of Intentions in Healing
August 11th, 2010

A new study has shown that remote healing alters the brain wave patters of the recipient.

Quackbusters Busted, Finally
August 11th, 2010

A Medical thug going by the name of Quackbusters has been successfully sued for trying to destroy legitimate health care lab.

That Middle-of-the-Night Bellyache: Appendicitis?
August 11th, 2010

In spite of the recent advancements in medical technology, appendicitis remains a source of diagnostic complexity.

DNA Test May Speed Colon Cancer Diagnosis
August 11th, 2010

A new generation of DNA tests for colon cancer seems likely to improve the detection both of cancers and of the precancerous polyps that precede them.

Spinal-Fluid Test Is Found to Predict Alzheimer’s
August 11th, 2010

Researchers report that a spinal fluid test can be 100 percent accurate in identifying patients with significant memory loss who are on their way to developing Alzheimer’s disease.

A Key for Opening Stunted Egg Cells to Fertilization
August 11th, 2010

For years, reproductive biologists were stymied by a mystery of egg cell development: What are the signals that tell immature egg cells to develop into mature eggs that can be fertilized?

New ‘Superbug’ Found in UK Hospitals
August 11th, 2010

A new superbug that is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics has entered UK hospitals, experts warn.

Climate Change ‘Will Increase Heart Deaths’
August 11th, 2010

Many more people will die of heart problems as global warming continues, experts are warning.

Stroke-Preventing Medications are Often Abandoned, Study Shows
August 11th, 2010

One in four patients who suffered a transient ischemic attack or mini-stroke, sent home with medications prescribed to drive down the risk of a repeat stroke, aren’t taking those medications, a new study finds.

Choose Foods, Not Nutrients
August 11th, 2010

The U.S. Dietary guidelines — the advice that Americans are issued to help us eat healthier — aren’t working very well.

Scientists Make Link Between Brain Acid and Cognition
August 10th, 2010

Almost anyone who has faced a test or a deadline probably wished there was a smart pill to pop. New research suggests that this may eventually be possible.

FDA: Never Leave Vena Cava Filters in for Too Long
August 10th, 2010

If left in patients for extended periods of time, the devices have a disturbing tendency to create problems, some of them life-threatening.

The Secret to a Sound Sleep Lies Inside the Brain
August 9th, 2010

People who sleep most soundly benefit from a higher production of sleep spindles in the brain, according to a new study.

Actor Claims Accutane IBD Ended Career
August 9th, 2010

Actor John Marshall has filed suit against Roche AG, the maker of Accutane. The disease, Marshall alleges, ruined his acting career.

Your Pet’s Food Dish Could Serve Up Salmonella
August 9th, 2010

Dry pet food may be a little-known source of Salmonella bacterial infection among humans, and young children seem to be especially at risk, a new study finds.

The Dark Side of Vitaminwater
August 9th, 2010

Now here’s something you wouldn’t expect. Coca-Cola is being sued by a non-profit public interest group, on the grounds that the company’s vitaminwater products make unwarranted health claims.

Effectiveness of Statins is Called Into Question
August 9th, 2010

The drugs clearly help patients who have already had a heart attack. But their use has skyrocketed in patients hoping to prevent a first heart attack. In those cases, the benefits are dubious.

Resolved: Eating Animals Is Indefensible
August 6th, 2010

If you care about your health, your planet or other people, it is simply not possible to defend eating meat from grocery stores or restaurants.

Toddler Offers to Save Brother With Bone Marrow Transplant
August 6th, 2010

Three-year-old Jaydon Firth hopes his healthy bone marrow will save his brother’s life.

The Salt Hiding in Your Diet
August 6th, 2010

Nearly 90% of adults consume more salt than U.S. dietary guidelines recommend. Now, federal officials are considering making those guidelines even tougher to follow.

The Worst Kids’ Meals in America
August 6th, 2010

Childhood obesity rates in America have tripled since 1980. Choose the smart options–and stay away from the worst restaurant kids meals.

Little Girl Plays for First Time Thanks to Miracle Body Suit
August 6th, 2010

Olivia Court’s parents were told their daughter would never be able to walk, let alone run, but since the generous gift of a miracle body suit, the British toddler has been given a new lease of life.

Why are Food Allergies on the Rise?
August 6th, 2010

It seems like more and more children in the U.S. are developing food allergies, and there’s data to back that up.

9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease
August 6th, 2010

Dr. Mark Hyman provides nine steps to cool the “fires” of inflammation and overcome conditions that range from allergies to arthritis and more.

After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks
August 6th, 2010

The FDA is now haunted by reports of CT brain perfusion scan radiation overdose cases throughout the country.

Be Sure Exercise Is All You Get at the Gym
August 6th, 2010

If you neglect basic hygiene practices in the gym, you could wind up with one of the many skin infections that can spread like wildfire in athletic settings.

Gisele Bundchen Wants Breastfeeding to Be Law
August 6th, 2010

The supermodel is taking baby Benjamin’s health care seriously and thinks you should follow her lead.

Is Coconut Water Really Better Than Sports Drinks?
August 6th, 2010

Has Mother Nature really made the best sports drink? Kiera Butler pours out details in this story.

Flu Vaccine Push Already Underway; First Batch Causes Seizures
August 2nd, 2010

As ridiculous as it seems, retailers across the U.S. are already stocking their stores with Christmas goods. Oh, and so does the flu vaccine manufacturers, by the way.

Stop Drinking Bottled Water Now! (Infographic)
August 2nd, 2010

A lot of people have questioned the environmental impacts of shipping water around in plastic packages, aside from the fact that some studies have found that what we’re buying at the corner store isn’t really any cleaner.

Flu Jab Linked to Fits in Under Fives: Officials
August 2nd, 2010

GPs have been told not to use a particular flu jab on 110,000 children under five after it was linked with a tenfold increase in fits, it can be revealed.

The Myth of Stress
August 2nd, 2010

Mortgage payments, college tuition, parenting demands, relationship issues, a flat economy and job insecurity are only some of the factors that stress most people out. A clearly stressful world. Or is it?

Don’t Omit Health Effects of Pesticide
August 2nd, 2010

A Los Angeles Times article focuses on fraud related to a dismissed court case between Dole and banana plantation workers, but never mentions that the pesticide in question is a known reproductive toxicant.

Men Need a ‘Lift’ Too: Aging Levels the Playing Field
August 2nd, 2010

Boomer males are struggling with their aging bodies too. Just like their female counterparts, they are living longer and expect to be “forever young.”

Spread of Disease Linked to Warming Climate
August 2nd, 2010

A deadly infectious disease once thought to be exclusively tropical has gained a toehold in the Pacific Northwest, and health experts suspect climate change is partially to blame.

Top 10 Reasons to Label Genetically Engineered Foods
August 2nd, 2010

The Convention on Biodiversity recognizes that genetic engineering is a threat to amount and variety of life on the planet.

Avocados: A Super Cancer Fighting Food
August 2nd, 2010

Avocados are one of the great cancer fighting foods.

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