Category Archives: Medical

Study Shows Light Cigarettes Are a Proven Way to Reduce Nicotine Intake

Good news this week if you’re a smoker who wants to look at quitting orĀ at least reducing the harm caused by cigarettes. This is especially true because the cost of smoking is so much more than simply the cost of … Continue reading

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Intel and Michael J Fox Improve Parkinson’s Research with Wearable Gadgets

In another step into the market beyond computers, Intel has teamed up with the Michael J Fox Foundation to provide Parkinson’s researchers with a whole new level of access to their patients. Their idea involves using wearables, devices like the … Continue reading

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An Increased Chance of Getting 10 Common Cancers Linked to Being Overweight

If you still need another reason to shed extra pounds, new research published in the Lancet Medical Journal indicates those with a high Body Mass Index (BMI) have an increased chance of developing 10 of the most common types of … Continue reading

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Lone Star Tick Bite Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat

If you love your red meat, you want to be sure to avoid a tick found in the US south and east (see map above). It seems like a truly strange reaction to a tick bite, but more and more … Continue reading

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President Obama Declines Ice Bucket Challenge as ALS Charity Reaps $4 Million

The ALS Association has been reaping huge rewards from the Ice Bucket Challenge. Since July 29, the association has raised more than $4 million, compared to $1.1 million over the same period last year. That includes donations from some 71,000 … Continue reading

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Why the New FICO Scoring System May Not Raise Your Credit Score

Most consumer advocates reacted positively to the news that the Fair Isaacs Corporation is going to revamp the way they calculate their FICO score so medical debts aren’t going to be viewed on the same level as credit card debts … Continue reading

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FICO to Change Their Scoring System Which Could Help Millions Save Billions

Credit scores are an important factor when determining how much consumers pay in interest for such things as car loans and mortgages, along with a host of other areas it can affect a consumer’s personal finances. Since credit scores can … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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EPIC Fail: Facebook Study Provokes Formal Complaint from Privacy Group

On Thursday, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), requesting the company be investigated. The thirteen page complaint (PDF) states Facebook “purposefully messed with people’s minds” in order to conduct … Continue reading

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CDC Continues Shock Campaign to Get Smokers to Quit with New Set of Ads

Smoking costs a lot of money, and people should quit the habit for financial reasons alone. Not only is there the direct cost of the cigarettes, but there are also a large number of indirect costs. For example, the cars, … Continue reading

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Anthrax Scare: Director of Lab Reassigned by CDC

The first fallout from the anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) scare which took place earlier this month has come to light. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided to reassign Michael Farrell, the director of the Bioterror Rapid Response … Continue reading

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