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Does the MMR vaccine cause autism? A redux.

Children's Health, Parenting
The LA Times ran an article today about the ongoing controversy over the fear that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. Because of this fear, there are parents who have chosen not to give their children this life-saving vaccine. As a result, the Times reports that some in the research and medical community "are worried about" potential outbreaks that could be "fueled by clusters of people who are not vaccinated as a matter of choice, rather than access." (more…)
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Could your Obstetrician-Gynecologist be decertified for being pro-life?

Bioethics, Woman's Health
The Christian Medical Association (disclaimer: I am a lifetime member of the CMA) has been leading the way in the national fight to protect the right of prolife physicians (and healthcare professionals) to choose to not perform or refer for abortions and other morally objectionable procedures and prescriptions. But, according to the CMA, recent events may lead to ob-gyns possibly losing their board certification simply for refusing to refer a woman to an abortionist. Here’s an article by by friend, Jon Imbody, that explains this unimaginable possibility: (more…)
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Scientists Turn Ethical Embryonic-Like Stem Cells Into Heart, Blood Cells CDC: Breastfeeding hits 20-year high Disease-modifying drug may slow Alzheimer's disease Girl Freed From 16-Pound Facial Tumor (more…)
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Health Headlines

General Health
McCain assails Democratic health-care approach Tough job: Volunteers needed for chocolate study Chocolate may reduce pregnancy complication risk Gene Therapy Helps Near-Blind Type 2 Diabetes a Growing Problem in Pregnancy (more…)
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Should you really take those drug samples? More doubts about echinacea for preventing colds Aerobic exercise helps turn back biological clock FDA to seek panel's advice on LASIK ACS says several factors have caused cancer prevention efforts to stagnate Montana Board Rejects Planned Parenthood Anti-Pharmacist Request House Committee Hears Biased Report on Abstinence Education Medical director tells physicians to "get over" the ratings game Simple four-question test to identify possible sleep apnea Advanced life support by paramedics may not improve survival in patients
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Health Headlines

General Health
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Gives Birth to Down Baby Despite Abortion Pressure Heavily marketed kids' cereals are least healthy Aerobic exercise may shield aging brain Worst Menopause Symptom? Lack of Sleep A Blurry Outlook for LASIK? Girl to Have Giant Facial Tumor Removed Study indicates life expectancy declining for some American women Researchers say screening healthcare workers may reduce MRSA infections Columnist discusses differences between generic, brand name drugs
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Health Headlines

General Health
Group urges heart test before kids get ADHD drugs Heart surgery results good in low-volume hospitals Spring Allergies Are Back: Five Natural Ways to Put Them in Check Short breastfeeds 'best for baby' Healthcare differentiates Democrats, Republicans more than any other issue. (more…)
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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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