Health

Early Flu Outbreak in the U.S. Unexplained by Health Professionals

January 4, 2013

“The nation’s early flu season continued to grow in the U.S. this week, with no sign yet of a peak in the spread of coughing, achy, feverish illness, health officials said Friday.”

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University of Michigan Researchers: Electric Stimulation on Certain Parts of the Brain Releases a “Powerful” Painkiller

January 3, 2013

“The results indicate for the first time the active release of local mu-opioid, a powerful substance in the brain that, when binds to the receptor, changes pain perception.”

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Study: Lower Mortality Rate for those considered Overweight by Body Mass Index (B.M.I.)

January 1, 2013

“Experts not involved in the research said it suggested that overweight people need not panic unless they have other indicators of poor health and that depending on where fat is in the body, it might be protective or even nutritional for older or sicker people.”

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves Johnson & Johnson’s Tuberculosis Drug Sirturo

January 1, 2013

“However, the agency cautioned that the drug carries risks of potentially deadly heart problems and should be prescribed carefully by doctors.”

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Study: Fructose Sugar Can Trigger Changes in the Brain that May Lead to Overeating

January 1, 2013

“All sugars are not equal — even though they contain the same amount of calories — because they are metabolized differently in the body. Table sugar is sucrose, which is half fructose, half glucose. High-fructose corn syrup is 55% fructose and 45% glucose.”

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Less Hunger, Less Disease, and More Prosperity: Why 2012 Was The Best Year Ever

December 17, 2012

“The average life expectancy in Africa reached 55 this year. Ten years ago, it was 50. … Deaths from malaria have fallen by a fifth in half a decade.”

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Study: Some Cells that Drive Tumor Growth Hide from Chemotherapy Drugs by “Going Dormant”

December 16, 2012

“In a new study, researchers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have shown that some of the cells that drive tumour growth hide from common chemotherapy drugs by going “dormant” — reigniting the disease when they awaken after treatments end.”

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U.S. Federal District Court orders Tobacco Companies to publish “corrective statements” that they lied

November 27, 2012

“U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler previously had said she wanted the industry to pay for corrective statements in various types of advertisements. But Tuesday’s ruling is the first time she’s laid out what the statements will say.”

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Report: U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigating 13 deaths over the last 4 years possibly linked to 5 Hour Energy

November 15, 2012

“Since 2009, 5-Hour Energy has been mentioned in some 90 filings with the F.D.A., including more than 30 that involved serious or life-threatening injuries like heart attacks, convulsions and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion.”

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CDC: 15 Deaths due to and 215 cases of Fungal Meningitis across 15 States

October 15, 2012

“An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.”

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CDC: Two Additional Drugs also linked to the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

October 15, 2012

“As part of the ongoing investigation into the center, a patient with possible meningitis has been identified who received injection of another NECC product, triamcinolone acetonide, the Food and Drug Administration said.”

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Study: U.S. and U.K. Weapons Ammunition linked to Birth Defects

October 14, 2012

“The study concluded that US and UK ammunition is responsible for high rates of miscarriages, toxic levels of lead and mercury contamination and spiraling numbers of birth defects, which ranged from congenital heart defects to brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs.”

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Report: FDA outsources food inspections that overlook potential danger

October 13, 2012

“During the past two decades, the food industry has taken over much of the FDA’s role in ensuring that what Americans eat is safe. The agency can’t come close to vetting its jurisdiction of $1.2 trillion in annual food sales.”

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Medical Experts: Fungal Meningitis may take over a month to show symptoms

October 12, 2012

“Weber told reporters that patients who received these injections will need to be vigilant for months afterwards to see if they’ve developed an infection.”

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Medical Evolution: Scary Details related to the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Emerge

October 12, 2012

“Interestingly, Weber noted, Exserohilum bacteria have not historically been known to cause fungal meningitis. “This is new territory for public health and the clinical community,” Weber warned.”

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