Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Less TV and Video Games Significantly Reduce Kids' Chances of Weight Gain Canada to declare plastic bottle chemical (bisphenol A, or BPA) harmful Toxicology Agency Finds Smoke but No Fire with Bisphenol-A (BPA) Self-tests 'no benefit' for Type 2 Diabetes NYC's calories-on-menus law upheld 'Jury out' on prostate screening (more…)
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More Medical Schools Teaching Spirituality in Medicine

General Health
A story in AMA News tells how more medical schools are teaching spirituality to medical students. Here are some very appropriate comments on this news, as well as the topic of spirituality in medicine, by my good friend, Al Weir, MD: Patients want and need spiritual support in their illnesses, and doctors should be providing that support as a part of competent, whole person medicine. We should be teaching this to our students in our medical and dental schools. This is all good science. (more…)
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Spanking a Child – Is it Good or Bad?

Children's Health
Spanking could be a thing of the past, at least in California. An anti-spanking bill in the California Assembly would actually criminalize spanking a child, and that worries some family advocates. According to one observer, “The way this bill is written, a legitimate spanking can be equated with cutting a child. The accepted use of a swat with a hand could be construed as child abuse.” The bill, A.B. 2943, makes no distinction between a commonly used and appropriate form of discipline and other, more violent acts. So, is spanking good or bad? (more…)
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Hopefully More States/Cities will Require Posting of Calories on Menus

Children's Health, General Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity
  Health officials in New York City won a huge victory this week in the fight against the epidemic of childhood obesity. A federal judge upheld a proposed New York City regulation which will require some chain restaurants to post calories on menus. The Judge ruled, "It seems reasonable to expect that some consumers will use the information disclosed … to select lower calorie meals ... and these choices will lead to a lower incidence of obesity."  To their credit, some outlets, including Starbucks and Chipotle, have already started to post calorie information — and it’s time for more to do the same. In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, we wrote for the reasons we favor such legislation. Here's an excerpt from…
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Pro-Life Group Challenges Pro-Abortion Politicians With Video of Abortions Black Pro-Life Leader: Why Are Shepherds Leading the Sheep to Slaughter Safety of Water Bottles, Baby Bottles Questioned Vitamins 'may shorten your life' Can 'Tree Man' Be Saved? Can 'Tree Man' Be Saved? (more…)
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Vaccine Myth #1: Vaccines Cause Autism

Children's Health
Tuesday, in my weekly interview with Mark Elfstrand on WMBI in Chicago, a woman called to inquire about the risk of autism from vaccinations. It reminded me of a chapter from my book, God's Design for the Highly Healthy Child, in which I discuss a number of myths about vaccinations. This week, I'll start a multipart series on a dozen or more of these common myths and misperceptions. (more…)
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A natural product may falsely claim it uses “secrets of ancient medicine.” Ya think?

Alternative Medicine, General Health
The Associated Press reported this week that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation of Kinoki Foot Detox. What's their alleged crime? They claim their foot "pads use secrets of ancient Japanese medicine to cure or lessen many health woes." As my co-author, Donal O'Mathuna, PhD, and I write in our book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely, one of the warning signs of quacks and frauds in the alternative medicine world is that they claim to use "ancient," or "forgotten," or "hidden" secrets to "cure" this and that and that and that, etc. (more…)
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Health Headlines

General Health
Big U.S. study links breast cancer to drinking Trans-fats linked to breast cancer risk in study Soy compound linked to lower breast cancer risk Martin Luther King Jr's Niece: Abortion and Racism Have Same Roots A Controversial Diagnosis for Herschel Walker Study Favors Once-A-Year Infusion over Oral Drug for Osteoporosis Barrack Obama Doesn't Know When Life Begins Congress Aims To Ease Doctor Shortage Expert panel urges improvements in elderly care Traditional acupuncture may ease migraines Raw milk's the rave? Demand grows despite risks Costs Soar for Mass. Health Care Law Measles hits home: Sobering lessons from 2 travel-related outbreaks
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Senator Obama: Do you really want to know when life begins?

Bioethics, Woman's Health
On the eve of the Pope Benedict the 16th's first visit to the U.S., today's health headlines contain the two very different views of two very prominent African-Americans about unborn children in their mother's wombs. In one story, Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Barrack Obama confided that he did not really understand the biological fact that human life begins at conception. Obama said, "This is something that I have not, I think, come to a firm resolution on." He went on to say, "I think it's very hard to know what that means, when life begins. Is it when a cell separates? Is it when the soul stirs?" (more…)
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Postpartum depression common among American women

Mental Health, Woman's Health
As a family physician, I've had the privilege to deliver over 1500 babies in my career. Attending a birth and seeing the miracle of birth is one of the most wonderful aspects of being a family physician. Yet, even with my over 25 years of experience, I was surprised by a study showing that as many as one in five women in the U.S. may suffes from postpartum depressive symptoms. (more…)
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
MMR doctor admits ethics failing Kids With Cell Phones Not as Safe Crossing Streets British Study: Pro-Suicide Web Sites May Push People Over the Edge Postpartum depression common among U.S. women Revenge of the Mumps: New Vaccine Needed? Mumps Vaccine Good, Not Perfect India two-faced baby's family refuses special care Kids' access to cold drugs keeps ERs busy Virtual colonoscopy reduces bowel preparation Smoke Pot, Get Lead Poisoning? Study debunks heart attack-male baldness link Stand up and stretch to break up sedentary time Philly School Candy Ban Gets High Grades
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Scientists Admit Embryonic Stem Cell Research Hasn't Been Successful Embryonic Stem Cell Research Alternative Jumps Ahead With Parkinson's Success Pfizer warns of lung cancer with inhaled insulin Seven or more eggs a week raises risk of death Cavity-fighting candy helped cut tooth decay: study Moderate Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby’s Heart Smoking Before Pregnancy May Hurt Baby's Heart Sunbed use 'puts lives at risk' Surgeons perform first 6-way kidney transplant Drug regime reverses heart disease in diabetics Study: Estrogen therapy doubles rate of benign breast lumps Planned Parenthood Kills Record Number of Preborn Babies Two-Faced Baby Worshipped As Goddess Depression and Alzheimer's Risk Linked
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It’s time to stop wasting money on embryonic stem cell research

Bioethics
In a stunning news story, "Scientists Admit Embryonic Stem Cell Research Hasn't Been Successful," Lord Patel of Dunkeld, the chairman of the United Kingdom National Stem Cell Network and a chancellor at Dundee University, says "embryonic stem cell research is simply not working." As I've pointed out in media interviews for years, embryonic stem cell research has not been used to help a single person and is siphoning off research dollars that could be used to further adult stem cell research. (more…)
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
National OBGYN Group Backtracks on Abortion Policy, Pro-Life Docs Unsatisfied Simple regimen eliminates chronic bad breath Pope Says Catholic Church Must Minister to Women After Abortions Too Little Childhood Sleep Tied to Later Problems of Obesity and Depression In Massachusetts, Universal Coverage Strains Care Study: Med mix-ups hurt 1 in 15 kids Tight Backpack Straps Cut Blood to Shoulders, Arms 10 Cosmetic Procedures You Should Avoid 'Freshman 15' Theory Takes a Pounding
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Teens with TV in their bedroom highly unhealthy

Children's Health
A new study confirms what I’ve been saying for years – children who have a TV in their bedroom are less likely to be highly healthy or have healthy habits. This study followed 781 teens and reported on their television viewing patterns, study habits and grades, diet and exercise, and interaction with their family. Compared to those teens with no TV in the bedroom, the 2/3’s of teens that did watched TV four to five hours more per week. (more…)
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The power of a healthy marriage

General Health, Marriage and Family Health
A good marriage is a great way to avoid loneliness and cultivate a warm and supportive relationship. Two news stories this week report that good marriages impact physical health. These stories confirm much previous research that shows that people who are happily married not only tend to live longer than those who are unmarried, but also appear to live more highly healthy lives; they have increased quantity and quality of life. (more…)
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1% Animal, 100% Wrong

Bioethics
This, from the Family Research Council: In the midst of a vicious debate over a U.K. bill that would legalize inter-species embryo experimentation, Newcastle University scientists are flaunting their creation of an animal-human hybrid. Although Parliament has not voted to authorize such research, scientists were granted a special "license" to proceed with research that is ethically monstrous and almost universally opposed. (more…)
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Water Myths

General Health
Ever heard that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day? When I was researching my book 10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People, I surveyed healthcare professionals about the essentials of being healthy. A common reply was “drink plenty of water,” or “drink eight glasses of water per day.” However, when I began to research this recommendation, I could find no medical studies to back up this belief. So, I did not include it in the book. (more…)
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Niece Says Abortion is the New Civil Rights Cause Planned Parenthood Report: More Abortions, Fewer Adoptions and Prenatal Care Cardio-metabolic risk can occur at normal BMIs 5 Home Remedy No-No's Soft Bed or Hard Bed for Back Pain? Houston Teen Mom Tragedies Show Need for Pregnancy Centers, Advocate Says Americans prefer energy fix to cancer cure: poll Therapists: Only minutes needed for best sex
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Pro-Life Groups Bash Barack Obama For "Don't Punish With a Baby" Comment Heart group urges "hands-only" CPR in emergencies Evangelicals less likely to divorce, Barna survey says More Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses Accept Overtly Racist Donations Seat belts protect unborn babies: study Will Baby with Two Faces Survive? Wife's mental state key to cancer-survivor couples 91% of Kid Food Ads Unhealthy Can Too Much or Too Little Sleep Lead to Obesity? Thin People can be Fat Home defibrillators do not increase survival Weight loss surgery reverses heart changes in severely obese teens WellPoint won't pay for botched surgeries High dose Lipitor reduces artery inflammation: study Crestor: It worked so well in a trial, the study was halted
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Evangelicals less likely to divorce, Barna survey says

Marriage and Family Health
Marriage Myth Busted – Divorce Rate NOT 50% A common and oft repeated statement about marriage is that "50% of all marriages end in divorce." This appears to be a myth. The figure does not come from any long-term analysis, but rather, the fact that the number of new divorces each year is roughly 50% of the number of new marriages. However, the distortion in these numbers is the fact that people with failed marriages often marry and divorce a number of times. Now comes new data from my friend, pollster George Barna. He has found that of all Americans who have ever married, only one-third have ever been divorced. This means it is a myth that one in two marriages end in divorce. In fact, it’s only one in…
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