Health

Oregon Health Investigators have traced an outbreak of the norovirus back to a reusable grocery bag

May 10, 2012

“Oregon scientists determined they had picked up the norovirus from the grocery bag. Tests turned up the virus on the sides of the bag below the polypropylene handle.”

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CDC Forecast: By 2030, 42% of Americans will be classified as obese

May 8, 2012

“The new projection, released here Monday, warns that 42% of Americans may end up obese by 2030, and 11% could be severely obese, adding billions of dollars to health care costs.”

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North Texas Researchers discover a way to control obesity by manipulating a protein in the heart

May 1, 2012

“Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have demonstrated, for the first time, that the heart can regulate energy balance.”

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Report: The FDA may let patients buy some drugs without a prescription

May 1, 2012

“The FDA says over-the-counter distribution would let patients get drugs for many common conditions without the time and expense of visiting a doctor, but medical providers call the change medically unsound and note that it also may mean that insurance no longer will pay for the drugs.”

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Scientists find a connection between brain freezes and migraine headaches

April 24, 2012

“Previous studies have found that migraine sufferers are actually more likely to get brain freeze than people who don’t get migraines.”

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Cow in California has tested positive for Mad Cow Disease

April 24, 2012

“On April 19, a lab at the University of California, Davis reported that its test on the sample was inconclusive.”

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Report: The EPA & state regulators knew of lead contamination in hundreds of U.S. towns but did not notify residents

April 21, 2012

“A 14-month investigation by USA Today found government officials failed to research the danger of soil contamination in neighborhoods surrounding many of more than 400 lead smelter locations operating in the 1930s to 1960s.”

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Warren Buffett diagnosed with Stage 1 Prostate Cancer

April 17, 2012

“I received my diagnosis last Wednesday. I then had a CAT scan and a bone scan on Thursday, followed by an MRI today. These tests showed no incidence of cancer elsewhere in my body.”

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Traditional Chinese medicines seized in Australia contained traces of endangered animals

April 15, 2012

“Experts said the combined risks meant traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs), which are widely available online, posed a “significant potential for harm” to patients and should be avoided entirely.”

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Study: Drinking Alcohol enhances Mens’ problem solving skills

April 12, 2012

“While the latest study found that alcohol may enhance creative problem solving, previous research found that increased working memory capacity actually led to better analytical problem-solving performance.”

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Johnson & Johnson fined $1.1 billion in an Arkansas civil lawsuit

April 11, 2012

“In Arkansas judge on Wednesday fined Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary more than $1.1 billion after a jury found that the companies downplayed and hid risks associated with taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.”

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Study: Herbal Remedy linked to cases of urinary tract cancer in Taiwan

April 11, 2012

“Aristolochic acid (AA) is a potent human carcinogen that is found naturally in Aristolochia plants, an ingredient common in botanical Asian remedies for aiding weight loss, easing joint pain and improving stomach ailments.”

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Analysis: U.S. military’s heavy use of psychotropic drugs to blame for some soldiers’ aberrant behavior and health problems

April 10, 2012

“”We have never medicated our troops to the extent we are doing now…. And I don’t believe the current increase in suicides and homicides in the military is a coincidence,” said Bart Billings, a former military psychologist who hosts an annual conference on combat stress.”

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U.S. Painkiller sales soar, raising questions about a burgeoning addiction epidemic

April 5, 2012

“From New York’s Staten Island to Santa Fe, N.M., Drug Enforcement Administration figures show dramatic rises between 2000 and 2010 in the distribution of oxycodone, the key ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan. Some places saw sales increase sixteenfold.”

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Doctor Panels recommend fewer precautionary tests for patients

April 4, 2012

“The recommendations represent an unusually frank acknowledgment by physicians that many profitable tests and procedures are performed unnecessarily and may harm patients. Unnecessary treatment constitutes one-third of medical spending in the United States.”

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