Monthly Archives: May 2015

House passes 20-week, pain-capable abortion ban

A recent article in The Hill entitled, “House approves 20-week abortion ban,” reported, “The House approved a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a party-line vote.”  

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Report: Most US babies born on a weekday

The Washington Post “To Your Health” blog reports that most infants born in the US come into the world “on a weekday, with the highest percentages delivered between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and from noon to 1 p.m., according to … Continue reading

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IBM partners with 14 cancer institutes to use Watson to help identify care options

Bloomberg News reports that International Business Machines Corp. announced partnerships with 14 cancer institutes to use its “Watson data-analytics technology” to “identify cancer-causing mutations and help tailor treatments.”

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Study: Fructose consumption may lead to greater desire for high-calorie foods

The New York Times reports that a new study indicates that eating foods high in fructose, compared to glucose, may increase desire for high-calorie foods.

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Study: Most concussions in high school, college football players occur during practice

Reuters reports that at football practices, not at the games themselves, are when the majority of concussions occur in college and high school players, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Study: Kids may be more likely to sleepwalk if their parents also did

TIME reports that a study published online in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that children appear to be “more likely to sleepwalk if their parents also did.”

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Injuries from exercise equipment like treadmills one of most common causes of ED visits

USA Today reports that data collected by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that “serious injuries involving exercise equipment” are some of the most common injuries seen in emergency departments.

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USPSTF: Insufficient data on e-cigs as smoking cessation aid

TIME reports that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded from an in-depth review of studies on smoking cessation methods that “there isn’t enough evidence to support using e-cigarettes to kick the habit.”

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Study: New emissions standards would save thousands of lives each year

The New York Times reports that a study led by researchers from Syracuse and Harvard universities found that the Administration’s new emissions standards proposed last year for coal-fired power plants would “substantially improve human health.”

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Tests of digestive enzyme supplements reveal what labels don’t

How do you know if your digestive enzyme supplement is truly active? The only way to know for sure is to test it on fats, carbohydrates, proteins, and parts of food which it is expected to digest.

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Researchers question vitamin D intake recommendation

Researchers are now challenging current National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM) Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for vitamin D, suggesting an updated RDA of 7000 IU.

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Religious freedom protects all persuasions

In a commentary in The Hill entitled “Lethal injections: a prescription for state religious freedom laws,” Jordan Lorence writes, “The American Pharmacists Association recently adopted a policy discouraging its pharmacists from participating in lethal injections to executed murderers. It reasoned that such actions … Continue reading

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Group releases guidelines that seek to reduce unnecessary cervical cancer screening

The NPR “Shots” blog reports that the American College of Physicians released guidelines “that aim to reduce unnecessary” cervical cancer “screening. They say that no women should be getting annual Pap tests, at any age.”

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More than half the foods advertised to kids do not meet nutrition guidelines

TIME reports that a study published in the CDC’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease reveals that “53% of food products approved for advertising on TV programs that cater to kids do not meet US recommended government nutrition guidelines.”

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Americas region becomes first to eliminate rubella

The New York Times reports that yesterday it was announced that rubella, also known as German measles, “has finally been eliminated from the Americas.”

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Replacing serving of sugary beverages with water cuts diabetes risk

The New York Times reports, “Substituting just one serving a day of water or unsweetened tea or coffee for one serving of a sugar-sweetened soft drink or dairy beverage can significantly reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes [T2D],” according to … Continue reading

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Study: Almost half of Americans breathing unhealthy, polluted air

NBC News reports a new study by the American Lung Association has found about 44 percent of Americans are “living in communities where the air can be dangerous to breathe.”

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Study: Air pollution linked to brain aging

The New York Times “Well” blog reports a study published in Stroke suggests that air pollution may be “linked to premature aging of the brain.”

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Study: Two weeks of “American” diet affects biomarkers associated with colon cancer risk

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that in a study “published … in Nature Communications, African Americans who were fed a two-week diet of South African foods high in fiber and low in animal proteins and fats experienced declines in risk factors for … Continue reading

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Breast-feeding linked to lower risk of breast cancer recurrence

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that in a study “looking at the medical histories of more than 1,600 women diagnosed with breast cancer,” investigators found “that those who had breast-fed had a 30 percent lower risk of recurrence of the disease … Continue reading

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Long-term effects of being bullied by other kids worse than abuse by adults

The Los Angeles Times reports that a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry suggests that “the long-term effects of being bullied by other kids are worse than being abused by an adult.”

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Study: Girls diagnosed with autism later than boys

TIME reports that research examining “gender differences” in kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) suggests that “girls have different, less obvious symptoms compared to boys, which could be why they are generally diagnosed later.”

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Just two weeks of high-fructose corn syrup causes blood fat levels to rise

The New York Times “Well” blog reports on research suggesting that just “two weeks of modest consumption of high-fructose corn syrup causes cholesterol and triglycerides levels to rise, and the more consumed, the greater the increases.”

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Best Supplements for Bone Health?

Vitamin D and calcium each play a crucial role in bone health and are among the most popular supplement ingredients in the U.S., but recent ConsumerLab.com tests found 3 out of 25 popular products containing vitamin D and calcium (including … Continue reading

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How assisted suicide corrupts medicine

The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson, PhD, in a report titled “Physician-Assisted Suicide Corrupts the Practice of Medicine,” states, “Doctors cannot heal by assisting patients to kill themselves or by killing them.”

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Teens have greater risk for psychosomatic symptoms if parents separate or divorce

TIME reports that a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health “suggests that children fare better when they spend time living with both of their parents” following a divorce or separation.

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One hour of television per day may increase obesity risk in kids

Newsweek reports that research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting indicated “that kindergartners and first graders who watched as little as one hour of television per day were at least 50 percent more likely to be overweight, compared to … Continue reading

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Pepsi to remove aspartame from diet soda

ABC World News reported that “Diet Pepsi is removing the artificial sweetener aspartame from their diet soda after customer complaints.”

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Reading exposure prior to kindergarten may impact how a child’s brain processes stories

On its website, Fox News reported that research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting “is the first to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to prove reading exposure prior to kindergarten has a measurable impact on how a child’s … Continue reading

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Untreated sleep apnea may lead to hypertension and other ailments

USA Today reports on sleep apnea, which left “untreated … can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes — and the sleepiness it causes can contribute to accidents at work and on the road, according to the … Continue reading

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