Child vaccination rates hit record levels

General Health
Even though there were many parents who, in the past, did not have their children vaccinated for the now disproven theory that vaccines cause autism, Reuters is reporting that U.S. toddlers got the recommended vaccinations against childhood diseases at record levels in 2007. My Take? (more…)
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Heart experts clash on Vytorin and cancer risk

Cancer, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Reuters is reporting that experts are clashing over the safety of the cholesterol drug Vytorin as full results from a controversial study were presented at Europe's biggest medical congress. Researchers involved in the so-called SEAS study – highlights of which were first released in July – said there was no credible evidence linking Vytorin to cancer and that the higher number of cases seen in the trial was simply a fluke. My Take? (more…)
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‘Research Miracle’ – Pancreas cells transformed into insulin producing cells

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Missions
Biologists at Harvard say they've transformed one type of fully developed adult cell into another type. They transformed adult pancreas cells into insulin producing cells in mice. Could this be a potential cure for type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes? And, could this be the death knell for embryonic stem cell research? My Take? (more…)
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Study Links Herbal Medicines to Lead Poisoning. How can you find safe herbs?

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
Fox News is commenting on a study published in the August 27 issue of JAMA in which medical researchers say that one-fifth of Ayurvedic herbal medicines sold on the Internet contain dangerously high levels of lead, arsenic and mercury. How’s a consumer to protect themselves? My Take? (more…)
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California Supreme Court Tramples Doctors’ Religious Beliefs

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Woman's Health
USA Today is reporting that California's high court on Monday barred doctors from withholding ethically questionable medical procedures to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs, ruling that state law prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination extends to the medical profession. The ruling was unanimous, a contrast to the state Supreme Court's 4-3 schism in May legalizing gay marriage. My Take? (more…)
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Researcher on Abortion-Depression Link Says APA Report Ignores Best Studies

General Health is reporting a New Zealand researcher, who is one of the world's leading experts on the kind of mental health problems women face after an abortion, who is saying that the new report from the American Psychological Association denying any link between abortion and mental health disorders, such as depression, flies in the face of the best studies. My Take? (more…)
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HHS Secretary, Christian Doctors Speak Out on Conscience Rights

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines, Woman's Health
For years the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) has been advocating in Washington, DC for the conscience rights of its members and all healthcare professionals, encouraging legal protections and education and reform in the medical profession. The issue took center stage recently when the New York Times published an article based on a leaked copy of draft regulations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on conscience rights in healthcare. The revelation of draft regulations to protect conscience rights set off an avalanche of protests from abortion advocates, many of whom have asserted that healthcare professional literally should choose another career if unwilling to participate in abortions. Opponents of the regulations wrongly asserted that HHS was trying to stop abortions and limit contraceptive use—very difficult charges to make stick, since the regulations…
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Marriage May Protect Against Dementia (and improves health in many other ways)

General Health, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
MedPage is reporting that the give and take of marriage may be enough to stave off Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive impairment – based upon a prospective population-based study which found that people living alone from midlife on were almost three times as likely to develop some level of cognitive impairment as those who were living with a spouse.  My Take? (more…)
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Doctor’s Appointment? Don’t Go It Alone!

General Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Woman's Health
ABC News has a nice article suggesting that if you are heading to the doctor's office that you might want to persuade a friend to tag along. As I blogged last week, new research suggests that older adults who bring companions to medical visits are more satisfied with their medical care.  The Associated Press has a related story about companies providing professional companions in an article entitled: Serving as advocate for patients is good business My Take? (more…)
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Secret Drug Test Takes Center Stage at Tour de France

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines
MedPage is reporting that a secret test nabbed three riders for using a banned new form of erythropoietin. The drug is CERA (Mircera), a pegylated EPO developed by Roche that reached the European market earlier this year. It was approved by the FDA last November, but U.S. distribution has been stalled by a patent dispute with Amgen, another firm that markets EPO.  My Take? (more…)
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Study Finds Lesbians 50 Times More Likely to Self-Harm (nothing gay about this story)

General Health, Health Headlines, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health is reporting that the habit of "self-harming" is 50 times more likely to occur in lesbians than in the general population of women. They quote a Scottish study showing 20 percent of lesbian and bisexual women, of a total of 500 women surveyed in Scotland had deliberately harmed themselves in the last year, compared to 0.4 per cent of the general population. My Take? (more…)
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Why time off is time well spent for your health

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
USA Today columnist, Kim Painter, writes today about "Vacation deprivation," as it has been dubbed by The phenomena has been spreading for years as Americans' vacations get shorter or are skipped entirely. But this year's high travel costs, flying hassles and spooky economy may be creating a "perfect storm" that keeps people hunkered down as never before. Believe it or not, this may negatively impact your health. My Take? (more…)
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Make Family Vacations A Healthy Memory

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
A recent news story, Why time off is time well spent for your health, emphasized the health benefits of a frequent, restful vacations. The story reminded me of this section of my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child. I hope you’ll enjoy and apply this information: (more…)
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Turn off TV during meals or kids may get fat: study

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
Reuters is reporting a study of childhood obesity in which University of Toronto nutritionist Harvey Anderson found that kids who watched TV while eating lunch took in 228 extra calories than those who ate without the television on. "One of Anderson's conclusions is that eating while watching television overrides our ability to know when to stop eating," the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, which funded the study, said on Tuesday. My Take? (more…)
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Slow eating trims calorie intake: study

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting, Woman's Health
Reuters Health is reporting a study in which researchers found that when they had 30 young women eat a lunch of pasta, tomatoes, and cheese, the diners consumed an average of 70 fewer calories when they ate the meal slowly and chewed the food thoroughly. The findings give scientific support to a long recommended weight-control tactic, the researchers report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  My Take? (more…)
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Antibiotics can harm tendons, FDA warns

General Health, Health Headlines, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Reuters is reporting that a class of antibiotic drugs, known as fluoroquinolones, will be getting a black box warning from the FDA about the risk of tendonitis and ruptured tendons. Drugs in this class include Cipro, Avelox, Proquin XR, Levaquin, Floxin, and Noroxin. Cipro is sold by various generic makers as ciprofloxacin and Floxin is sold generically as ofloxacin. My Take? (more…)
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Pomegranate Ranked Healthiest Fruit Juice

Alternative Medicine, Cancer, General Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health
CBS News is featuring a report from Health magazine reporting on a UCLA study which lists the ten healthiest fruit juices. The study took into account the antioxidant levels of the juices. Pomegranate was judged the healthiest of the fruit juices because it contains the most of every type of antioxidant. It wins in all categories. And it's thought that it might do some very good things; it may protect against some cancers, such as prostate cancer. It might also modify heart disease risk factors, and it could be healthy for your heart. So pomegranate was the clear winner. My Take? (more…)
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Tai chi helps older adults get good night’s sleep

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Health Headlines
Reuters Health is reporting a study in the journal Sleep that found that regular practice of tai chi, a Westernized version of the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi, can help older people rest easier at night. Nearly two-thirds of people who learned the slow, gentle tai chi moves experienced significant improvements in sleep quality, compared to about one-third of those who participated in health education sessions that included information on how to get a better night's rest. My Take? (more…)
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Green tea protects against heart disease

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Nutritional Health
Reuters has published a story about Greek researchers who say a few cups of green tea each day may help prevent heart disease. The study, published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, showed further evidence of the potential health benefits from a brew already linked to a reduced risk of a range of cancers and other conditions. My Take? (more…)
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Report Suggests 85% of Sunscreens May Not Live Up to Marketing Claims

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
In its new report, the nonprofit Environmental Working Group says that 85 percent of sunscreens either inadequately protect from the sun's rays or contain ingredients that may be unsafe. They say that the problem is worsened by the fact that the Food and Drug Administration has not passed standards for testing and labeling sunscreens -- meaning that makers often have carte blanche when it comes to making claims about their products. My Take? (more…)
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