Health topics in the News
A McDonald's employee is dressed as the beloved children's movie ogre Shrek. The Shrek glass recall had not yet happened at the time this photograph was taken.

Shrek glass recall | Beware ogres bearing cadmium

Children the world over know and love the cantankerous Hollywood ogre known as “Shrek,” but after the recent Shrek glass recall, kids may need to worry about the health standards of the denizens of Far, Far Away. Neither ogre ooze nor donkey drool are quite as disturbing as cadmium in the paint used on Shrek
The front of AT&T headquarters on a cloudy day

Health care reform: AT&T seeks profit by denying benefits

Health care reform is inspiring corporations to dream up creative strategies that avoid the obligations required by the health care reform bill. A cold-hearted genius at AT&T may have found the ultimate way to make health care reform backfire on the law’s best intentions of eventual universal coverage. The new health care law requires companies
A photograph modeling what has happened to some infants in drop-side cribs. The side panel slides down and causes strangulation. Depicted here is an infant doll.

Drop-side cribs banned by U.S. government

For generations, thousands of U.S. parents put their infants in drop-side cribs because they were cheap and gave parents easy access to their child. But as the Associated Press reports, the era of drop-side cribs has officially come to an end. After the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers since 2000 and millions
Love Your Body

Love Your Body Day 2010 | A day to celebrate healthy images

In September of 2008, the National Organization for Women launched Love Your Body Day. Intended as a day to rally against unrealistic body images, Love Your Body Day 2010 encourages speaking out. There are some, though, who say events like Love Your Body Day miss the point. Love Your Body Day by NOW The National
Fish Oil

Fish oil taken during pregnancy has questionable effect

In a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the correlation of fish oil with smarter babies is questioned. The study of almost 2,400 women lasted for more than four years. The results suggested some positive effects of fish oil but nothing conclusive. The hypothesis of fish oil Some observational studies of
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Miss the President’s Speech Last Night? Watch it Here

Barack Obama speaks about health care At a Joint Session of Congress, the president’s speech last night outlined his health care reform plan and addressed controversies and misunderstandings that have surrounded it.The series of videos at the end of this post shows his full speech, but if you don’t have time to watch it, here

Autism link to MMR vaccine receives serious debunking

GMC questions Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s methodology There are plenty of autism/anti-vaccine people – like Jenny McCarthy – who are going to be upset about this. Your payday loans blogger includes himself in that group. I have been skeptical of some vaccinations that the pharmaceutical-industrial complex attempts to push on my children. My ex-wife and I
A mock giant-sized pack of Marlboro cigarettes. The warning message “Smokers die younger” is easily visible on the side of the box.

The true cost of a pack of cigarettes

Smoking is a relatively expensive and unequivocally dangerous habit, but few people know the true cost of a pack of cigarettes, reports the European science blog Lab Spaces. According to Spain’s Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), an average €3 to €4 pack ($4.18 to $5.57, approximately) actually costs €107 ($149) for men and €75 ($105)
A Vietnam-era photograph of a military plane dropping the chemical warfare Agent Orange on a Vietnamese jungle.

Canada confirms use of Agent Orange to clear brush

Following a Toronto Star investigation, Canadian officials have acknowledged that the country used the infamous chemical herbicide Agent Orange to kill roadside brush from the 1950s to the 1980s. Agent Orange was used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War for chemical warfare. According to a wide variety of scientific studies, the chemical agent
Man standing on a scale.

Tips to help in your battle for weight loss

There are so many books and videos to help you in your efforts to lose weight. But for those of us who have not conquered the battle and are still carrying around excessive weight, we just can’t settle on the first try. We are still reading and wanting to learn new ways and find out

Study links aspirin and cancer survival – don’t start pills yet

According to a new study published in The Lancet, low-dose aspirin may significantly reduce the risk of dying from cancer. The study, published today, reviewed eight previous studies involving 25,500 subjects. While the study is promising, there are significant gaps, and doctors do not recommend immediately starting an aspirin regimen. Risk of cancer death appears
Pictured is the chemical formula for scopolamine. In small doses, the drug can legally be used to help those who suffer from motion sickness, Parkinson's and a variety of other ailments. In larger doses, it can deaden the will and be about four times more powerful than the most potent roofie – if it doesn't kill you.

Scopolamine | Yet another reason to avoid Columbia

In small doses, the drug scopolamine is legally used to help control motion sickness or even combat Parkinson’s Disease, among other legal uses. However, this tropane alkaloid can have “muscarinic antagonist effects” in larger doses, according to Wikipedia. What this means is that scopolamine (aka burundanga on the streets of Columbia) can cause dizziness, disorientation,
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Dendreon and Provenge make good with FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Provenge, a anti-cancer vaccine made by Dendreon, for use in treating prostate cancer.  The drug is the first anti-cancer vaccine to get FDA approval.  The drug was found to extend the life of cancer patients by a median of four months.  That said, the process behind the vaccine
Diet soda

Is diet soda bad for you? One study links diet soda to stroke

In a new study presented at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference, diet soda was linked to risk of heart attack and stroke. Many are seizing on this study and others linking the product to obesity as proof that diet soda is dangerous. This study, however, is preliminary and the results are very heavily
Electronic cigarettes

Court rules that electronic cigarettes are not drugs

Electronic cigarettes are a product that have been on the market for more than a year. The FDA has been trying to ban electronic cigarettes as “unapproved drug delivery devices.” Today, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the FDA does not have authority to regulate them as anything other than tobacco. The basics
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WJLA Breast Exam Video | Outrage over health awareness

WJLA Breast Exam Video – the Super Bowl all over again A few days ago, a Washington DC television station, WJLA, aired a series about women’s health, particularly calling into question and to the audience’s attention the need for more women to be aware of how to properly conduct a breast examination on their own.?
Conservative commentator David Frum

David Frum | A republican reaction to health care reform

By almost any definition, David Frum is a conservative, Republican member of the political community. A conservative activist and former economic speechwriter for President George W. Bush, David Frum has written several books about the Republican right and is a well-known commentator on U.S. and Canadian politics. So when David Frum outlined in his