Study Finds Millions Suffer with Chronic Pain

Nearly a third of Americans experience long-lasting pain — the kind that lingers for weeks to months — and too often feel stigma rather than relief from a health care system poorly prepared to treat them, the Institute of Medicine said yesterday. The staggering tab: Chronic pain is costing the nation at least $558 billion a year in medical bills, sick days, and lost productivity, the report found. That’s more than the cost of heart disease, the number one killer.

Undercover Video Gives the Dirt on Pigs in Factory Farms

You might not want to have a ham sandwich for lunch today. A new undercover video showing gruesome conditions in which pigs are kept at an Iowa factory farm (emphasis on the “factory”) has hit the web, courtesy of the advocacy group Mercy for Animals (MFA). Representatives of MFA will officially present the graphic footage Wednesday during several press conferences, beginning around 11 am EST.

Mobile Phones Cause ‘Five-Fold Increase in Brain Cancer Risk’

The Swedish study found large increased incidence of astrocytoma, the most common form of a malignant brain tumour type called glioma, in those who had been using mobiles for over 10 years. Campaigners said the research, published in the International Journal of Oncology, was further evidence of the need to educate children of the potential dangers of talking on mobile phones.

What’s Wrong with Our Food System

In this eye-opening video, an 11 year old boy makes a presentation on the issues and problems surrounding our food system. In this short 5 minute presentation, he touches on such matters as

Prescription Drug Bottles Lack Proper Safety Warnings

Drugstores are not providing adequate safety information to consumers when they pick up their prescription medications, according an investigation from Consumer Reports. The report reveals that drug labels sometimes lack key safety warnings, and some pharmacies fail to include the medication guides required by the federal government. The report was based on a “spot check” of drugstores in Yonkers, N.Y., belong to five chains.

Birth Defects Caused by World’s Top-Selling Weedkiller, Scientists Say

The chemical at the heart of the planet’s most widely used herbicide — Roundup weedkiller, used in farms and gardens across the U.S. — is coming under more intense scrutiny following the release of a new report calling for a heightened regulatory response around its use. Critics have argued for decades that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides used around the globe, poses a serious threat to public health. Industry regulators, however, appear to have consistently overlooked their concerns.

Is Chemical in Plastic Robbing Men of Sex Appeal?

A chemical found in common plastics may undermine a man’s masculinity and his ability to attract a female, or at least that’s what a new study on mice may suggest. It is the latest research to question the health safety of the hormone-changing compound bisphenol-A, or BPA. In the study, researchers found that female mice were not attracted to male mice that were exposed to BPA in the womb. They also noted that males exposed to the chemical in the womb were more likely to behave like females.

Can Vitamin D Lower Your Risk of Melanoma?

Taking vitamin D may help protect women who have already had non-melanoma skin cancers against a much deadlier form of the disease, suggests a new study. But researchers caution that the results need to be confirmed with further studies, given that the number of women in their study who got melanoma – the most dangerous type of skin cancer – was low to begin with.

Choose Between Carcinogenic Light Bulbs or Excessive Prices

Less than one month after bombshell new research revealed that “environmentally safe” compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) contained carcinogenic chemicals, two leading bulb makers have introduced a new brand of LED light bulbs. The bulbs were introduced as an alternative to the toxin-laden CFL’s, though there is a drawback. Thanks to government regulations, traditional incandescent bulbs will soon be phased out of production — leading to a very frightening ultimatum.

Preventable Disease Alert: Diabetes Rates Rising Worldwide

The last quarter century has seen a such an explosion in the incidence of diabetes that nearly 350 million people worldwide now struggle with the disease, a new British-American study reveals. Over the past three decades the number of adults with diabetes has more than doubled, jumping from 153 million in 1980 to 347 million in 2008. What’s more, the incidence of diabetes in the United States is rising twice as fast as that of Western Europe, the investigation revealed.

More Autism Diagnoses in High-Tech Areas, Study Finds

Autism experts have long noted that they meet a lot of engineers and computer programmers who have autistic children compared to, say, salespeople. A new study suggests there may be merit to those observations. Researchers from Cambridge University in England found that nearly three times as many children were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in a region of the Netherlands known as a center of high-tech industry than in two other regions with fewer high-tech jobs.

Hospital Doctors Work Shifts as Long as 28 Hours

First-year residents may soon get a reprieve from grueling hospital shifts that last more than 24 hours, but that is not enough to prevent an alarming number of medical errors, according to a report released on Friday. Starting July 1, new rules will require first-year residents to work shifts no longer than 16 straight hours. But that will not spare more experienced residents from working as long as 28 hours at a stretch.

Radiation Risk: Are Some Cellphones More Dangerous than Others?

Last month, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, declared cellphone radiation “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The scientific evidence linking cellphone use to brain cancer isn’t conclusive, the agency said, but there is some evidence that brain cancer rates are higher among people with the highest levels of cellphone exposure, and cellphone users should take precautions until more is known.

Biotech Quick Fix for Superweeds Could Lead to ‘Super Superweeds’

Albert Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And that is exactly how the biotechnology industry and government agencies are trying to handle the escalating “superweed” epidemic. According to a recent report out of Washington University (WU) in St. Louis, Mo., the chemical industry’s answer to genetically-modified (GM) induced superweeds is to now tamper with the genetics of the superweeds themselves

FDA Unveils Graphic Images for Cigarette Packs

In a dramatic bid to get more Americans to quit smoking, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine graphic warning labels that will appear on all packs of cigarettes by no later than September 2012. One image shows a man’s face and a lighted cigarette in his hand, with smoke escaping from a hole in his neck — the result of a tracheotomy. The caption reads “Cigarettes are addictive.”

Six Million U.S. Kids Have Food Allergies

Food allergy in children is more common than previously thought, and often is associated with severe symptoms and multiple foods, a new survey found. The prevalence of food allergy in children and adolescents younger than 18 was 8% (95% CI 7.6 to 8.3), according to Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, of Northwestern University in Chicago, and colleagues. That percentage translates into almost six million children in the U.S., the researchers noted.

Surefire Steps to a Life of Happiness and Joy

As a starting point, I think it’s safe to say everyone is seeking happiness. But what exactly will bring us lasting happiness or as I would call “joy” ? How do we go about finding it? That’s where the views start diverging. What I find troubling about some LOA (Law of attraction) perspectives is the advice to pursue whatever “feels good.” I was re-reading my own book “The Point Of Power” and I noticed that I used a similar descriptive. I now realize how this wording can be severely misconstrued inaccurately.