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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New Technologies May Ease Pain for Migraine Sufferers

General Health, Health Headlines
Fox News is reporting on studies presented Friday at the American Headache Society’s annual meeting in Boston suggesting that new technologies may lead to promising treatments for sufferers of migraine headaches. One study found that stimulating the back of the head with a handheld magnetic device – at the onset of a migraine – reduced migraine pain significantly. Another study found that stimulating the occipital nerve with an implanted device would relieve patients who don’t respond to conventional treatments. My Take? (more…)
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Men who are Active at Church are Better Husbands, Dads

General Health, Health Headlines
Christian communities continue to report happier marriages, fewer divorces, and better fathers, according to a report from the Institute for American Values, quoted at CitizenLink.org. The report shows 65 percent of men who attend church regularly and are involved in ministry activities enjoy happier and more stable marriages than their secular peers. In addition, religious fathers are more likely to devote time and attention to their children. My Take? (more…)
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‘Silent Strokes’ Strike One in 10 Healthy People

General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health
HealthDay News is reporting that if you're an older American with no major health problems, chances are about one in 10 that you've had a stroke and didn't know it. It was probably not severe enough to cause recognizable symptoms, such as vision problems, facial weakness or trouble walking, but it was still a blockage of a brain artery, and it reduced your thinking powers just a bit. My Take? (more…)
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Lack of vitamin D raises death risk

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
The AP is reporting new research linking low vitamin D levels with deaths from heart disease and other causes. In fact, patients with the lowest blood levels of vitamin D were about two times more likely to die from any cause during the next eight years than those with the highest levels, the study found. The link with heart-related deaths was particularly strong in those with low vitamin D levels. My Take? (more…)
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CDC Reports a Steep Rise in Diabetes Patients in U.S.

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting, Woman's Health
WebMD is reporting on the CDC's latest diabetes statistics – and, the results are gruesome. Nearly 24 million people in the U.S. have diabetes -- including almost 6 million who don't know they're diabetic -- and at least 57 million have prediabetes. Diabetes is the No. 7 cause of death among U.S. adults. Researchers reported last year that type 2 diabetes hastens heart disease and shortens lives by about eight years. My Take? (more…)
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Safety checklist for operations launched

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Economics
The BBC is reporting that a safety checklist designed to cut the risk of surgical complications is to be circulated to doctors world-wide.  The list has been drawn up by the World Health Organization (WHO), which says half of complications resulting from major surgery may be preventable. Preliminary results from patients at eight pilot sites - including London, Seattle and Toronto - indicate that the checklist has nearly doubled the likelihood that patients will receive proven standards of surgical care, leading to a significant cut in complications and deaths. My Take? (more…)
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Social Ties May Help Cut Dementia Risk

General Health, Health Headlines, Mental Health
WebMD Health News is reporting a study funded by the National Institute on Aging showing that elderly women who maintain close friendships and strong family ties are less likely to develop dementia than women who are less sociable. My Take? This study just adds to the scores that confirm that strong social networks can protect against dementia and many other diseases and disorders. (more…)
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Online services let patients seek a second opinion from home

General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Economics
USA Today reports that online second-opinion services offer patients consultations from specialists based on the medical records that they fax, mail or send via the Internet.  The average cost, payable upfront via credit card, is $500 to $1,500, depending on the number of radiology or pathology interpretations required. Patients then receive online access to a second opinion in about two weeks. The three main leaders in remote second-opinion services — the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine and POSC — each say they are serving about 1,000 patients a year. (more…)
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Gay Brains Structured Like Those of the Opposite Sex

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health
ABC News is reporting that "brain scans have provided the most compelling evidence yet that being gay or straight is a biologically fixed trait." The researchers say that the brain scans they performed revealed that in gay people, key structures of the brain governing emotion, mood, anxiety and aggressiveness resemble those in straight people of the opposite sex. (more…)
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Posting Calorie Counts May Lead Consumers to Healthier Choices When Eating Out

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting, Woman's Health
  ABC News is reporting a new study that finds that seeing calorie information may convince customers to place healthier -- or at least smaller -- orders. When the customers saw calorie information before ordering, they purchased an average of 52 fewer calories than customers who overlooked the calorie counts. (more…)
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Too Little Sleep, Too Much Snacking?

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
  WebMD Health News reports a small study in which researchers have found that people who don't get enough sleep often indulge in excessive snacking. Results showed that when bedtimes were restricted to five-and-a-half hours, participants consumed an average of 1,087 calories a day from snacks alone. In contrast, they consumed 866 in calories from snacking when given eight-and-a-half hours to sleep. (more…)
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Early Risers Tend to Score Higher Grades

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
  According to MedPage, a new study has found that college students who consider themselves “morning people” are more likely to have better grades than those who are “evening people.” In fact, the benefit of being a morning person was a "full letter-grade difference.” Researchers surveyed 824 undergraduate students about their sleep habits and daytime schedules. Even after they accounted for academic ability, social ability and SAT verbal scores, researchers found that students who were morning-types were more likely to have better grades than those who considered themselves evening-types. (more…)
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Vitamin D may protect against heart attack

General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health
  In yet another study of vitamin D, Reuters is reporting a study where scientists found that low vitamin D levels are associated with a higher risk for heart attack.  Researchers studied medical records and blood samples from 454 men aged 40-75 who had either died from heart disease or who were alive but had a heart attack. (more…)
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