Cola Carcinogen Debate Bubbles Over
By Gretchen Goetz
Last week a consumer advocacy group reported that the leading brown sodas contain levels of 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) – an animal carcinogen – high enough to cause cancer in 7 out of 1 million Americans. Days later, soda companies, including Coca-Cola…
Hagen: Tenderized Steaks Should Be Labeled
By Helena Bottemiller
Unbeknownst to most consumers, many steaks sold in America are mechanically tenderized, a process that makes meat more tender but can transfer bacteria into the center of the steak. Though the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends consumers cook these non-intact…
What’s Wrong With Pink Slime?
By Phyllis Entis
It’s high in protein.It’s low in fat.It’s been treated to kill Salmonella and E. coli.It’s lab-tested before it is shipped.So what’s all the fuss about?Gerald Zirnstein, a former microbiologist with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, calls the product “pink…
GAO Looks at Preslaughter Interventions to Reduce E. coli
By Helena Bottemiller
Though researchers are familiar with pre-slaughter E. coli interventions such as probiotics, vaccines, certain chemicals and viruses that kill the bacteria, few manufacturers are seeking approval for these technologies. Government could do more to encourage innovation in this area, according…
USDA Finally Ready to Adopt International BSE Standards
By Dan Flynn
More than eight years ago, an adult Holstein cow on a cattle ranch near the edge of Washington state’s Yakima Valley became the first-ever diagnosed with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on U.S. soil.BSE, or Mad Cow Disease, was an international…
Aspartame Danger – Urgent Warning About Tumors And Seizures
The laws governing the sale of drugs and food additives require substances be safe for human consumption. The artificial sweetener aspartame primarily consumed in beverages and as a popular sugar substitute has…
Working Moms: The Kids Are All Right
Tom Jacobs, Miller-McCune:
“Working mothers tend to be happier and healthier than mothers who stay at home caring for young children, according to recent research. But many of those who work are often haunted by the question: ‘Am I screwing up my kids?’ A new study provides a reassuring answer. Writing in the journal Social Science Research, sociologists Jeremiah Wills and Jonathan Brauer conclude – with one important caveat – that ‘maternal employment largely is inconsequential to child well-being.’”
States get ‘substantial flexibility’ in running health law exchanges
By Julian Pecquet
States will have “substantial flexibility” to operate a key provision of President Obama’s healthcare reform law under federal regulations issued Monday.
The long-awaited final rules expand states’ ability to craft insurance marketplaces that meet their residents’ needs, according to a fact sheet from the Department of Health and Human Services. This includes allowing states to structure their health insurance exchange in a variety of ways — for example, as a nonprofit entity established by the state, as an independent public agency or as part of an existing state agency.
Groups push for FDA to require specific labeling of added sugars in foods
By Jonathan Benson,
(NaturalNews) A coalition of consumer advocacy groups, health organizations, and food and nutrition groups has officially called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enact new labeling requirements for foods that contain added sugars. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), the American Heart Association, and 12 other organizations all undersigned a recent letter petitioning the FDA to require that food labels differentiate between natural sugars and added, processed sugars like high…
Over 125,000 NYU Langone patients now use new biometric identification system
Launched just nine months ago, more than 125,000 patients at NYU Langone Medical Center are now using PatientSecure™, a cutting-edge biometric identification system. PatientSecure enhances the security of electronic health records (EHR) by quickly and accurately “linking” the right record to the right patient at check-in and registration. The technology works in conjunction with NYU Langone Medical Center’s integrated EHR system, Epic, providing a single platform from which physicians, staff and patients themselves can access and manage medical information.
World’s tallest man appears to have stopped growing after treatment at UVA
The world’s tallest man appears to have stopped growing following treatment at the University of Virginia Medical Center, earning the medical center a mention in the 2012 Guinness World Records.
In May 2010, 8-foot-3-inch Sultan Kosen of Turkey made his first visit to UVA for treatment by endocrinologist Mary Lee Vance, MD. Kosen suffers from acromegaly, which is usually caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland. The tumor causes a large amount of growth hormone to be produced, which can lead to gigantism if the excess growth hormone is produced before puberty begins.
Daily serving of red meat raises risk of cancer, heart disease
By Robert Bazell
It is far from a shocking revelation that red meat is not health food. But a new study from the highly respected researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health offers some of the best and most detailed evidence yet that a daily serving of meat can increase risk of heart disease or cancer.
FDA panel OKs testing of pain drugs linked to bone loss
By Rachael Rettner
An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration voted today to allow testing to resume for an experimental class of pain drugs for osteoarthritis.
Testing of the drugs, known as anti-nerve growth factor (anti-NGF) drugs, was halted by the FDA in 2010 and early 2011 after some patients taking them experienced what appeared to be the death of bone tissue in the joints, and required joint replacements.
Soda-drinking men at higher risk for heart attack
By Linda Carroll
Men who drink sugar-sweetened beverages, including sodas and non-carbonated fruit drinks, may have a higher risk of heart attack, a new study shows.
Harvard researchers found that men who drank one sugar-sweetened beverage per day had a 20 percent increased risk of heart attack compared to those who eschewed the sugary drinks, according to the study published in the journal Circulation.
I’ve heard garlic is good for you, but what exactly does it do? Are there any specific health benefits that come from eating a lot of garlic?
My initial reaction to this question is that even if garlic weren’t healthy, my diet would still be full of the stuff. Just considering that aroma and flavor are part of what makes life worth living, I’d say that garlic is exceptionally good for you. But yes, it does have specific medicinal uses.
Strong scientific evidence shows that eating berries benefits the brain
By J. D. Heyes,
(NaturalNews) As we age, one of the functions that can often deteriorate dramatically is our mental function – our brain power, if you will. The good news is, researchers may have discovered a way to prevent this kind of decline: Eat more berries. That’s right. According to research published in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, eating more blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berry fruits may help prevent age-related memory loss and…
Support ‘Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act’ to help decentralize food system
By Jonathan Benson,
(NaturalNews) Federal food policies that distribute billions of taxpayer dollars every year to subsidize the growth of commodity crops like genetically-modified (GM) corn and soy are largely responsible for the dismal state of food quality and health in our nation today. But Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Oh.) have introduced a new bill known as the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act that would help decentralize the food system and promote diversified, small-scale farming operations…
While California persecutes raw milk farmers, France unveils raw milk vending machines for happy, healthy consumers
By Mike Adams,
(NaturalNews) Thanks to the extraordinarily cruel and vindictive actions of the LA County and Ventura County District Attorneys’ offices, California is rapidly losing its reputation as a state that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Instead, the state is becoming increasingly known as “the torture state” where senior citizen farmers and fresh food advocates are imprisoned, tortured, and charged with felony crimes for making fresh milk available to customers. See our astonishing report on California’s…
Heard about the colloidal silver ‘Blue Man?’ Here’s why the scare story is public relations fraud
By Jonathan Benson,
(NaturalNews) The case of the legendary “Blue Man” whose entire body turned blue after taking a liquid concoction that the mainstream media continues to refer to as “colloidal silver” is a fraud. Contrary to what you may have heard about the incident, 57-year-old Paul Karason from California had not been taking real colloidal silver at all when he turned blue, and the entire charade appears to have been nothing more than a shock-factor story to detract the public from exploring the truth about properly…
Monsanto’s Roundup threatens stability of global food supply
By Anthony Gucciardi,
(NaturalNews) Monsanto’s reckless disregard for public health and the agricultural stability of the planet may be even more significant than previously thought. A shocking new report reveals how Monsanto’s Roundup is actually threatening the crop-yielding potential of the entire biosphere. The report reveals that glyphosate, which was developed by Monsanto in the early 1970s and is the active ingredient in its patented herbicide Roundup, may be irreversibly devastating the microbiodiversity of the…
Why Rx drugs? (opinion)
By Hesh Goldstein,
(NaturalNews) We live in a world where corporate profit is more important than consumer health. Because our diets, for the most part suck, we turn to Rx drugs for health and survival. Before getting into why Rx drugs? Let’s talk a walk on the wild side. It’s a Friday or Saturday night, nothing going on, so you decide to take in a flick. You get to the theater, buy your ticket and decide to get some munchies so you can enjoy the movie better. What are your options? You might be able to get some…
How to Prevent Heartworm Infection in Your Cat
Newcastle Disease Outbreak Kills 170 Chickens
SOUTH AFRICA – An outbreak of Newcastle disease has killed more than 170 chickens in the North West, the provincial department of agriculture and rural development said on Friday.
The outbreak in the Greater Taung Local municipality, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District has so far caused the death of about 140 chickens – belonging to five farmers – in the Pudimoe village, said spokeswoman Bonolo Mohlakoana in a statement.
Additional cases were reported in Leshobo village where more than 25 chickens were reported dead within a week, according to IOL News.
Agriculture MEC Boitumelo Tshwene has expressed his concern to the department’s state veterinarians and urged farmers to report any mortality cases immediately.