Monthly Archives: June 2008

FRC Action Video Challenges Obama on Life Issue

CitizenLink is reporting that FRC Action President Tony Perkins is calling on Sen. Barack Obama to clarify his statements about when life begins. Perkins and his infant son are featured in a new TV commercial, which is airing in Cincinnati, … Continue reading

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Kmart expands generic drug program

Reuters is reporting that Kmart is cutting prices and expanding its generic prescription drug program to include more than 500 common medications as of June 22. My Take?

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Trans Fat Labeling Gets Tricky

HealthDay News has an informative review on Trans Fat labeling. The bottom line? Trans fat is always unhealthy, since no amount of the artery-clogging artificial fat is good for you. But, it may be hard to get that from food … Continue reading

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Walking Barefoot Has Its Dangers

HealthDay News has a great reminder for parents about their children going barefoot. My Take?

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U.S. program targets obesity in tween girls

Reuters Health is reporting a new program developed by the U.S. government that is tackling the obesity epidemic by helping “tween” girls and their parents make small but important changes to build a healthier lifestyle. My Take?

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New Technologies May Ease Pain for Migraine Sufferers

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 … Continue reading

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Half of Obese Kids Have Metabolic Syndrome

WebMD is reporting findings by University of Miami researchers showing that by age 12 to 14, half of obese children have metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that predicts heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Even at ages 8 to … Continue reading

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Professor Says Women Use Birth Control Pill Wrong, Resulting in Abortions

LifeNews.com is reporting the comments of a Princeton University professor who says women are not using birth control pills correctly and the misuse is resulting in pregnancies and abortions that wouldn’t otherwise occur. Professor James Trussell says about 8 percent of … Continue reading

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Men who are Active at Church are Better Husbands, Dads

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 … Continue reading

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‘Silent Strokes’ Strike One in 10 Healthy People

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 … Continue reading

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‘One egg’ IVF strategy launched

According to the BBC, fertility experts in Great Britain have called for a dramatic cut in the number of twins born after IVF treatment. IVF clinics in the UK will be expected to reduce the number of multiple births from … Continue reading

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Adult Stem Cells Treat Lung Disease

CitizenLink.org is reporting that two Canadians have been injected with a genetically modified version of their own adult stem cells in an attempt to cure pulmonary hypertension, a rare, debilitating lung disease. The procedure, which has successfully cured rats with pulmonary … Continue reading

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Health Care Providers Told Their Faith is Irrelevant

According to a report on CitizenLinke.org, the Supreme Court in California recently heard a case that pitted homosexual rights against religious freedom. At the center of the case was a lesbian who sued two doctors who declined to provide in vitro … Continue reading

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Lack of vitamin D raises death risk

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 … Continue reading

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CDC Reports a Steep Rise in Diabetes Patients in U.S.

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 … Continue reading

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New Children’s Vaccine Means Fewer Shots

WebMD is reporting the FDA approval of a new five-in-one vaccine. This is great news as it will mean fewer shots are needed to protect babies and toddlers from potentially dangerous or fatal infections. The vaccine is named Pentacel and … Continue reading

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Medical Pot Ineffective as Acute Pain Treatment

HealthDay News is reporting that oral cannabis (a form of medical marijuana) was ineffective in treating certain types of acute pain and actually increased sensitivity to some other kinds of discomfort. My Take? This small study, from researchers at the … Continue reading

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Safety checklist for operations launched

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 … Continue reading

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Vaccine Myth #11: The DTP Vaccine Caused Deafness in the 1994 Miss America Beauty Pageant Winner

The Miss America winner was reputed to have become permanently deaf because of a bad DTP vaccine, but this story was totally false.

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Social Ties May Help Cut Dementia Risk

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? … Continue reading

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New Testing of Unborn Child for Down’s Could Pose Ethical Dilemmas

A test that can detect Down’s syndrome from the blood of pregnant women, which would be the first reliable noninvasive prenatal test for the chromosomal disorder, has raised the prospect of routine screening for the condition for every expectant mother … Continue reading

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Mosquitoes: With repellants, you’re covered

USA Today has a great report out on the effective ways to ward off mosquitoes and the sometimes serious illnesses their bites can cause. And, the best preventative does NOT include rubbing your skin with Bounce dryer sheets, eating garlic, … Continue reading

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Online services let patients seek a second opinion from home

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 … Continue reading

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John McCain’s wife loves medical mission work

ABC News is reporting that while Americans will be attending church this Sunday, Cindy McCain the woman who could one day be first lady will be walking around a garbage dump, far removed from her comfortable life in Phoenix. This … Continue reading

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Treat knee pain with creams rather than pills

According the BBC, gels or creams containing painkillers are better than tablets for chronic knee pain. This report is based upon National Health Service research in Great Brittan. Their study of almost 600 patients aged over 50 found the anti-inflammatory creams … Continue reading

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Ohio Law To Allow Women to See Ultrasound Before Abortion Will Save Lives

LifeNews.com is reporting a new Ohio law requiring abortion practitioners to give the woman an opportunity to view the active ultrasound image of the unborn child. The law is another effort to give women information on fetal development they don’t … Continue reading

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Adult Stem Cells Show Promise for Healing Broken Bones

CitizenLink is reporting that researchers at the University of North Carolina have used adult stem cells to improve the healing of broken bones in mice. Dawn Vargo, bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said: “Although this particular treatment … Continue reading

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