Health & Wellness


FDA Set to Approve Genetically Engineered Animals

Genetically Engineered grains have been in existence for several years, amidst many concerns from various organizations and individuals. Now, the FDA is set to approve Genetically Engineered Animals to be introduced into the food chain.

Ever since the beginning of Genetically Engineered grains, controversy has surrounded their safety. The Sierra Club initiated a national petition against Monsanto's genetically engineered wheat.

The Organic Consumers organization is equally against genetically engineered grains stating "Campaign activists are also demanding that corporations and governments heed the concerns of consumers, North and South, and remove genetically engineered corn and other foods and crops from the market, unless they can be proven to be safe for human health and the environment. Recently hundreds of US consumers have reported allergic reactions to the FDA after eating Kraft and other brand name products likely containing genetically engineered corn." [Link]

Pomegranate Extracts Found to Inhibit Inflammation

Pomegranate extract may inhibit the chronic inflammation linked with a variety of health problems such as heart disease and arthritis, according to a study conducted by researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and published in the Journal of Inflammation.
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MSU researcher studies ties between cholesterol drugs, muscle problems

A Michigan State University researcher is studying whether the most popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs may cause muscle problems in users.

Got Gout? Discovery at Duke University Yields Potential New Treatment

A new approach to treating gout - a debilitating form of arthritis - can normalize levels of uric acid in the blood within hours in patients who have failed to respond to any other treatments, and in some patients, eliminate the painful, needle-like crystals of uric acid that clump around fingers, toes and other joints.

Details of the use of the drug, pegloticase, among 212 patients with severe gout enrolled in two, phase III clinical trials, were released today at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.

"There hasn't been a new drug for gout in the U.S. for over forty years," says Dr. John Sundy, a rheumatologist at Duke University Medical Center and the lead investigator of the study. "While most gout patients do well with the drug allopurinol, there is a subset of about 50,000 patients in the U.S. who don't respond to it or who can't tolerate it and who have no real alternatives. These are the patients who might benefit from a new therapeutic option."

Sheffield, UK: Fluoride is added to children's milk in 42 primary schools

A new strategy with the focus of preventing dental problems among children is be introduced in Sheffield. Dentists in the city, who are currently paid according to how much treatment they carry out, will be asked to sign a new contract that will encourage them to carry out more preventive work.

The changes are part of NHS Sheffield's Dental Health Com missioning Strategy, which outlines how services should be run up to 2011. Key changes will come into force in March next year, when the current three-year dental contract comes to end.

The director of dental public health for Sheffield, John Green, said the current dental contract was very "activity focused."

Gene may have role in lung cancer but smoking gets the blame!

A large international study suggests that some people's genes make them more susceptible to lung cancer, which kills Kentuckians at the highest rate in the nation.

The research, published online last week in the respected journal Nature Genetics, came out of the largest genetic study of lung cancer ever conducted. It involved a team from 18 countries, including the United States, and was organized in part by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France.

Comment: Though the study proved that a certain gene makes people more susceptible to lung cancer, doctors continue the fear-mongering preaching against smoking. With the number of poisons in the air we breath constantly, it is also curious that smoking gets solely the blame, when in fact it can be beneficial for some people.

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Shaking a crying baby can cause brain damage

Cologne, Germany - A crying baby should never be shaken as this can cause severe brain damage or even death, Germany's professional association for paediatricians said in Cologne. Parents should first leave the room or count to 10 and take a deep breath before acting hastily and doing something they later bitterly regret, the association advises. A paediatrician could recommend a nearby outpatient clinic that can make the interaction with a difficult infant easier.

Comment: We are speechless... What kind of parent shakes their crying infant?!


Malaysia: Health ministry keeping a tab on Chikungunya virus

Malacca: Some 516 people had come down with the Chikungunya virus beginning this year till Oct 18.

State Women's Affairs, Family Development and Health committee chairman Norpipah Abdol said that the virus was detected only in June where infections peaked before tapering off by early Oct.

Of the total, she said that 226 cases were detected in Melaka Tengah, 63 in Alor Gajah and 272 in Jasin.

Intervention: America, You are a Nation of Drug Addicts

How can passengers on a ship heading toward an iceberg, sit happily on their deck chairs? Why would anyone believe that McCain is conservative and that Obama is liberal? After being lied to and abused again and again, why would any American believe a single thing that the government and its corporate media tells them? Why are Americans so gullible?

Answer: The American population is drugged. Some are acutely aware of the drugging, while others are oblivious. However, as a group, we are close to comatose.

Tango your way to better health

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Norma Di Maulo, 61, and Cam Cornier improve their balance, posture and co-ordination by taking tango lessons.
Looks like 82-year-old Cloris Leachman, a favourite cast member of this season's Dancing with the Stars, is on to something.

According to a study led by Patricia McKinley of McGill University's school of physical and occupational therapy, dance is beneficial for seniors.

McKinley's research focused on Argentine tango, a style born in Buenos Aires and known for its long, deliberate steps, outstretched arms and close contact between partners.

"I started doing tango myself after (age) 50, and I realized that the exercises I did in learning tango would be perfect for seniors who need to improve balance," said McKinley.

Anxious to test her theory, McKinley recruited 30 people between the ages of 62 and 91 who took either a tango class or went walking twice a week for 10 weeks. At the end of Week 10, the tango group outperformed the walking group in all measures of balance, posture, motor co-ordination and cognition.