Archive for 2011
Plastic and styrofoam cups have become commonplace in the daily lives of millions worldwide. The convenience and cost effectiveness of these disposable items has led to thousands of companies dispensing them to customers without knowing that they contain two substances that have been linked to cancer. Formaldehyde and styrene, two chemicals found in disposable coffee cups and containers, have both been added to the federal government’s list of known or suspected carcinogens.
Here’s some news about cell phones and cancer which even the mainstream media has found impossible to ignore. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared after a review of the research that cell phones are possible cancer-causing agents. The expert panel ruled that there was some evidence that cell phone use was linked to two types of tumors—brain tumors (gliomas) and acoustic neuromas.
Remember your first lemonade stand? If you do, it most likely didn’t involve a $500 fine. For two Maryland families, their children’s lemonade stand lead to a $500 fine issued by the county.
Men are increasing their life expectancy at a higher rate than women, according to a study released today by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. In addition, the United States ranks behind thirty other countries when it comes to life expectancy, even though it spends the most on health care per capita. “I think it’s pretty appalling,” Dr. Chris Murray, the director of the institute, told ABC News.
Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) stop-smoking drug Chantix can lead to a small increase in cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks for patients who already have cardiovascular disease, U.S. drug regulators said on Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration is changing the label for Chantix after reviewing the results of a clinical trial. An independent randomized trial of 700 smokers with cardiovascular disease who were treated with Chantix or a placebo showed that Chantix was effective in helping paients quit smoking for as long as one year.
Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) called Wednesday on the U.S. House floor for an end to the 40-year war on drugs, which Cohen said had spent trillions of dollars to incarcerate millions of people for non-violent crimes. “Now don’t get the wrong impression; I’m not suggesting that drug abuse and drug addiction is not a great problem that we must deal with,” he said.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a law that would effectively block the FDA from approving genetically modified ‘Franken’ salmon. The news came after the FDA declared that the GM salmon would not be labeled, leaving customers in the dark. An advisory panel declared that more studies would be needed on the genetically altered fish before it could be considered to be safe for human consumption.
A new animal study shows that B vitamin supplementation1 during pregnancy programs gene signals to be resistant to colon cancer, offering long-term protection against such a problem. This study is yet another that highlights the importance of epigenetic programming that is going on in the womb and early life. It speaks to the power of good nutrition to do far more than simply protect against a blatant deficiency.
Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have for the first time determined that the ketogenic diet, a specialized high-fat, low carbohydrate diet, may reverse impaired kidney function in people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They also identified a previously unreported panel of genes associated with diabetes-related kidney failure, whose expression was reversed by the diet. The findings were published in the current issue of PLoS ONE.
Americans are living longer than ever before, with life expectancy in the U.S. at an all-time high. But we can’t all rejoice. A new study shows that in hundreds of U.S. counties – mostly in the South – life expectancy has fallen. A baby born in 2009 could expect to live 78 years and 2 months, the CDC recently estimated. But the CDC doesn’t calculate estimates by county. And Dr. Christopher Murray, a University of Washington researcher and editor of the online journal “Population Health Metrics,” says, There are enormous variations within the country.”