Category Archives: Health

The Ethics of Organ Donation: Should People Get Paid for Their Organs?

There are currently 120,000 people in the U.S who need an organ donation, and every day 18 of them will die waiting. Those on the list for kidneys or a liver could be waiting for five years or longer. It’s … Continue reading

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Should You Start Taking a Daily Aspirin to Reduce the Chance of Cancer?

When people think about the benefits of a daily low-dose aspirin regimen, they usually associate it with helping prevent the risk of heart disease. While there is ample evidence that it can help in this area, that may not be … Continue reading

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Study Shows Video Games Are Good for Kids in Small Doses

Research published this week in The Journal of Pediatrics shows that video games might not be as bad for kids as most people think. Console and handheld fantasy games have previously been portrayed as having monstrous effects on children, supposedly … Continue reading

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Facebook Panic: Why Are People Calling 911 When Facebook Goes Down?

“Facebook is down. I repeat Facebook is down.” This tweet was one of many on August 1st when the popular social networking site went down for more than half an hour. Within minutes, users were flooding the internet, the search … Continue reading

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FDA Gluten Free Labeling to Remove Confusion for Consumers

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a date for the new gluten-free labeling rules to come into play. Beginning August 5th 2014, foods with more than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten can no longer be … Continue reading

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Temperature a Huge Factor in over 2000 Weather Related Deaths Each Year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a report this week on weather connected deaths, many of them due to temperature related conditions like heat stroke or hypothermia. This may come as a surprise to those who … Continue reading

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Florida Officials Send Out Vibrio Vulnificus Flesh-Eating Bacteria Warning

It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it’s all too real. Real enough for Florida officials to send out a warning to all that the flesh-eating bacterium Vibrio vulnificus is alive and well in the warm Florida … Continue reading

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Slowly Running Short Distances Greatly Reduces the Chances of a Heart Attack

Get out those running shoes, but don’t despair about having to run long distances or for a long time each week. In fact, you don’t even have to come close to wearing out your running shoes to gain huge benefits … Continue reading

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Surgeon General Says to Stop Using Tanning Beds to Prevent Cancer

Sun-soaked August is almost upon us and as many young women are getting ‘bikini ready’ with a few tanning-bed sessions, the acting Surgeon General has made his stance very clear on the dangers of over-exposure to ultraviolet light. It’s not … Continue reading

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Fist Bumps and High Fives Healthier than Handshakes

Researchers at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences in Wales have this week advised the general public on the bacterial dangers of the humble handshake. The gesture has been used since ancient Greece, as a greeting, an expression … Continue reading

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Congress Finally Compromises to Ease Veteran Healthcare Wait Times

There’s some good news out of Congress for Veterans and their health care needs. Tension was resolved over the weekend with a compromise reached between VA leaders, Bernie Sanders and Jeff Miller,on a bill to aid veterans faced with long … Continue reading

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Study Shows Sleep Deprivation Causes Major Memory Flaws

Whether you’re a waiter, a librarian or a taxi driver, having a bad memory can make life rather unmanageable. But this week, researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of California, Irvine have published research which could be … Continue reading

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Teen HPV Cancer Vaccines: Why Are Parents Waiting Around?

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) has reported some disturbing news this week about uptake rates of the vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It appears that even though the vaccine has been proven to prevent cancer and … Continue reading

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Fruit Shipped to Costco, Sam’s, Trader Joe’s and BJ’s Recalled on Listeria Concerns

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that California-based Wawona Packing Company is voluntarily recalling a number of their branded peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots. The recall is being done due to the possible contamination of the fruit with … Continue reading

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Florida Jury Floors RJ Reynolds with $23.6 Billion Verdict. But Will It Stand?

Smoking can be an expensive proposition, but it looks like the effects of smoking are coming back to cost big tobacco as well. In a verdict that has shocked both big tobacco and legal academics, a Florida jury, in a … Continue reading

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Energy Drinks and Alcohol: a Cocktail Combination with Serious Consequences

A substance use research group at the Australian National University of Canberra has published research this week which shows the practice of mixing alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks can have serious side effects. This, after a study earlier this month … Continue reading

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Sobering Research Encourages Less Alcohol for a Healthier Heart

Contradictory new research has surfaced on the effects of light to moderate drinking on cardiovascular health. It turns out that your end of the workday treat could be causing more harm than good. Traditionally, light to moderate drinkers (those who … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Being Hit By Lightning

With news that two people died from lightning strikes in two days at Rocky Mountain national park, it’s important to remember to take basic precautions when out hiking. Both deaths (a women on Friday and a man on Saturday) came … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports Warns Parents Against Using Spray-On Sunscreen for Kids

If you plan to spend any amount of time outside, sunscreen is important. Very important. But as any parent with a small child knows, it can be difficult to get sunscreen on kids who often don’t like the creams and … Continue reading

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You’re Obese Because You’re Lazy, Not Because You Eat Too Much

A report by Stanford University researchers, set to appear in the American Journal of Medicine’s August issue, shows a remarkable correlation between a dwindling amount of time spent exercising and the worrisome rise of obesity among Americans. Somewhat surprisingly, the … Continue reading

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