Health

FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg Statement on Prescription Opioid Abuse

on Sunday, 06 April 2014. Posted in Health, U.S.

FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg: "While the larger goal is to reduce the need for products like these by preventing opioid addiction and abuse, they are extremely important innovations that will help to save lives."

FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg Statement on Prescription Opioid Abuse

For more than a decade, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been working to address the important public health problems associated with the misuse, abuse, addiction and overdose of opioid analgesics, while at the same time working to ensure continued access to effective and appropriate medications for millions of Americans currently suffering from pain. I firmly believe that these goals are compatible, and that actions to address one should not be at the expense of the other.

NASA Technology to Help Develop Noninvasive Medical Treatments

on Monday, 10 February 2014. Posted in Space, Biology, Health, U.S., Sci/Tech

Kushman: “It's not just science fiction anymore. All indications are that 21st century life sciences will change dramatically during the next several decades, and GRoK is working to define the forefront of a new scientific wave.”

NASA Technology to Help Develop Noninvasive Medical Treatments

NASA has signed two patent license agreements with GRoK Technologies LLC of Houston to help develop novel biotechnology approaches that could have multiple applications in space and on Earth. The agreements are the results of the agency's Technology Transfer Program, which helps opens up NASA's research and technology to the public for use and development.

FDA Taking Closer Look at 'Antibacterial' Soap

on Sunday, 05 January 2014. Posted in Health, U.S.

FDA Microbiologist Colleen Rogers: "New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits."

FDA Taking Closer Look at 'Antibacterial' Soap

When you're buying soaps and body washes, do you reach for the bar or bottle labeled "antibacterial"? Are you thinking that these products, in addition to keeping you clean, will reduce your risk of getting sick or passing on germs to others?

Not necessarily, according to experts at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Tax that is Obamacare

Written by Robert Jackson Smith on Tuesday, 03 December 2013. Posted in Economy, Health, U.S., Business

Progressives believe that more government, more regulation, and more taxation is the answer to every problem. This is the rationale behind Obamacare. The outcome will be, as it always is with socialism, a disaster.

The Tax that is Obamacare

On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Obamacare as a tax. As with most taxes, money is taken from the more productive people and given to the less productive people. This does two things:

How to Select Furniture for Special Needs Seniors

on Friday, 07 June 2013. Posted in Health, U.S.

Ultimately, aging will affect all of us, but we don't have to be miserable as a result. Technology, coupled with changes to living styles, can keep us comfortable and improve quality of life even as we cope with the challenges of aging.

How to Select Furniture for Special Needs Seniors

As we age, there are many things that change about our bodies that cannot be controlled. We may find that our eyesight becomes a little dimmer, that arthritis makes it a little harder to rise from a chair, that our bladders do not always want to act as they should, and that our skin becomes thinner and easier to bruise. Many of us find that balance can be an issue, and that many of the things we enjoy, such as a hot soak in the tub, have become too difficult.

Researchers Unlock Mystery of Aspirin’s Anti-inflammatory Action

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Thursday, 21 February 2013. Posted in Biology, Health, U.S., Sci/Tech

Research describes how aspirin teams up with omega-3 fatty acids to fight dangerous inflammation.

Researchers Unlock Mystery of Aspirin’s Anti-inflammatory Action

Millions of people take a low-dose aspirin daily to improve heart health. Millions more take omega-3 fatty acid supplements for the same reason. As it turns out, new research detailed in the February 21 issue of the journal Chemistry & Biology explains, for the first time, how aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids work together to head off inflammation that is an underlying factor in heart disease, arthritis and inflammatory lung disease.

Birth Trauma and PTSD: What You Need To Know

on Sunday, 10 February 2013. Posted in Health, U.S.

The birth of a child is a miraculous and blessed event. But sometimes the trauma that can be involved can cause debilitating PTSD for the mother.

Birth Trauma and PTSD: What You Need To Know

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an ailment that occurs following the witnessing or experiencing of what is perceived to be or was a life threatening event. Generally, people think of PTSD as having occurred after natural disasters, personal assaults, military combat, serious accidents and terrorist incidents. However, the traumatic experiences of PTSD can pertain to any experience that involves the threat of serious injury or death either to a person or someone close to them. 

The Advantages and Necessity of Providing Healthcare to Your Employees

on Wednesday, 23 January 2013. Posted in Health, U.S.

Future legislation slated for 2014 will make it less a choice and more a necessity to provide coverage.

The Advantages and Necessity of Providing Healthcare to Your Employees

Unless you live in Massachusetts or Hawaii, you are not currently required by law to offer your employees health insurance benefits. In 1974, Hawaii was the first state to pass a law that required employers to provide health insurance to all full-time employees. In 2007, Massachusetts passed a law that employers with more than 10 employees are required to offer pre-tax health plans to employees. In 2010 as part of the development of Obamacare, national legislation was passed to require employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer health coverage. This requirement will go into effect in 2014. Even if you're not yet required to cover your employees, there are convincing reasons that you'll want to provide insurance for your employees.

Popcorn Lung Lawsuits are Big Business

on Monday, 08 October 2012. Posted in Health

Popcorn lung, caused by exposure to a flavoring compound used in the manufacture of microwave popcorn, has a history of causing illness. For the first time, a consumer has won a lawsuit over the issue.

Popcorn Lung Lawsuits are Big Business

A jury in Colorado recently awarded Wayne Watson $7.2 million as a result of his popcorn lung lawsuit. Known to the medical community as bronchiolitis obliterans, this rare condition causes sufferers to deal with fatigue, shortness of breath, a dry cough and wheezing. Popcorn lung has been directly linked to inhaling the chemical diacetyl. Popcorn manufacturers have stopped using diacetyl, but it was in microwave popcorn for decades before recently being removed. 

New Brain Cleaning System Discovered

on Thursday, 27 September 2012. Posted in Health, U.S.

Dr. Maiken Nedergaard: “We're hopeful that these findings have implications for many conditions that involve the brain, such as traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's disease, stroke and Parkinson's disease.”

New Brain Cleaning System Discovered

Scientists have discovered a system that drains waste products from the brain. The finding may reveal new ways to treat neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

Don’t Be Hurt Twice, Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Workers Comp

on Tuesday, 18 September 2012. Posted in Health, U.S.

While employers have made great strides in improving workplace safety, injuries on the job still happen. If you are injured on the job, keep these rules of thumb in mind.

Don’t Be Hurt Twice, Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Workers Comp

Are you taking the proper precautions in filing you worker's compensation claim?

Sedation Dentistry: Rising in Popularity, and What You Need To Know

Written by Karen Boyarsky on Friday, 07 September 2012. Posted in Health, U.S.

If your fear of the dentist has caused you to neglect your oral health, sedation dentistry may be the answer that will make you smile.

Sedation Dentistry: Rising in Popularity, and What You Need To Know

As more people learn about the option of sedation dentistry, the practice is becoming incredibly popular, particularly as more and more employers are offering dental insurance. People who once would rather endure a tax audit than go to the dentist (and that’s a tough one!) are now receiving recommended bi-annual check-ups. In general, sedation dentistry is a terrific solution that allows many people who would otherwise neglect their oral health flash their pearly whites with pride. While the majority of dentists that practice sedation are properly trained and follow protocols to the letter, there may be others who are simply not practicing sedation in a safe manner.

Compounds Activate Key Cancer Enzyme to Interfere with Tumor Formation

on Thursday, 30 August 2012. Posted in Health, U.S.

Researchers discover biomolecular mechanisms related to cancer cell metabolism that give insights that may lead to new treatments.

Compounds Activate Key Cancer Enzyme to Interfere with Tumor Formation

Scientists have known for decades that cancer cells use more glucose than healthy cells, feeding the growth of some types of tumors. Now, a team that includes researchers from the National Institutes of Health's new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has identified compounds that delay the formation of tumors in mice, by targeting a key enzyme that governs how cancer cells use glucose and its metabolites.

T-DMI: The Breast Cancer Smart Bomb

on Monday, 02 July 2012. Posted in Health, U.S.

Cancer afflicts millions, but researchers are making progress on remarkable new therapies that offer great promise.

T-DMI: The Breast Cancer Smart Bomb

“Smart Bomb” Breast Cancer Drugs Show Promise

CHICAGO, June 10, 2012—At the 48th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, Kim Blackwell, M.D. and her team of researchers told the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting that they successfully unleashed the first “smart bomb” on breast cancer. Using an experimental drug to deliver a “toxic payload” to cancer cells while leaving healthy tissue untouched, researchers arrested development of women’s tumors and markedly improved their survival rates.

NIH Study Finds Childhood CT Scans Linked to Leukemia and Brain Cancer Later in Life

on Thursday, 14 June 2012. Posted in Health, U.S.

A new study finds that children exposed to CT scans may have a slightly elevated risk of developing cancer in the following decade.

NIH Study Finds Childhood CT Scans Linked to Leukemia and Brain Cancer Later in Life

Children and young adults scanned multiple times by computed tomography (CT), a commonly used diagnostic tool, have a small increased risk of leukemia and brain tumors in the decade following their first scan. These findings are from a study of more than 175,000 children and young adults that was led by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, England.

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