Category Archives: General Health

Cancer organizations release scathing joint statement on e-cigarettes

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports, “Electronic cigarettes should be subject to the same taxes, marketing restrictions and limitations on public use as traditional tobacco products, according to new guidance” issued in a joint policy statement from the American Society for Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research. Continue reading

Disneyland measles outbreak: Why you might need to be concerned

As the measles outbreak that started at Disneyland grew to at least 70 cases this last week, much of the attention has focused on how the vast majority of patients were not vaccinated for the highly contagious disease. But some medical experts also have expressed concern about the five patients who contracted measles despite being fully vaccinated. Read further to see if you might be included in that number. Continue reading

Study: OB/GYNs concerned Catholic ban on tubal ligations may pose harm to women

The Atlantic reported that a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-San Francisco suggests that “OB/GYNs across the country are concerned that the Catholic ban on tubal ligations … poses a ‘risk of harm’ to women by violating the accepted standard of care, especially for women who are already getting a C-section and would need an unnecessary second surgery.” Continue reading

Shorter rest period after concussion linked to fewer symptoms, faster recovery in younger patients

The New York Times reports that research published in Pediatrics indicated that “among a group of patients ages 11 to 22, those with a concussion who were prescribed strict rest for five days by staff members of an emergency department actually reported more symptoms than those told to rest for one or two days.” Continue reading