Health & Wellness


Headache and Indigestion -- Is Your Bra to Blame?

Bras aren't just about looks; a poor fit can cause health problems.

France abuzz over alcoholic 'cure'

An eminent French cardiologist has triggered an impassioned debate in the medical world over his claim to have discovered a cure for alcoholism.

Dr Olivier Ameisen, 55, one of France's top heart specialists, says he overcame his own addiction to alcohol by self-administering doses of a muscle-relaxant called baclofen.

He has now written a book about his experience - Le Dernier Verre (The Last Glass) - in which he calls for clinical trials to test his theory that baclofen suppresses the craving for drink.

Male infertility 'is increasing'

Infertility may be becoming more of a man's than a woman's problem, new figures suggest.

Until now, both were level pegging - 40% of cases linked to men, 40% to women and 20% to joint problems.

However, the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology found rates of an IVF treatment typically used to help male infertility have risen.

Guinea worm 'almost eradicated'

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The infection culminates in worms emerging from the sufferer's skin
Guinea worm disease may be eliminated within two years, former US president and anti-disease campaigner Jimmy Carter has said. It would be only the second time in human history, after smallpox, that a disease had been completely wiped out. Mr Carter says infections of the painful debilitating disease have dropped by 99%.

Know your Fats

New York, NY -- CT angiography is expensive, clinically unproven, entails risk, and is overused by cardiologists, who generally gain financially when the scans are performed, according to a broadly detailed, smartly written feature that received front-page treatment in the June 29, 2008 issue of the New York Times [1].
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The cholesterol - heart disease scam: How the medical-industrial complex is raking in billions at our expense

Although a staggering amount of money has been spent on research to conclusively prove the link between saturated fat, cholesterol and Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), there exists a massive volume of scientific evidence published in peer-reviewed journals that completely absolves dietary cholesterol, saturated fat and elevated blood cholesterol of any harmful role in CHD.

Latest GMO Research: Decreased Fertility, Immunological Alterations and Allergies

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are created through an inexact science of shooting genes spliced from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or humans with a .22 caliber pistol into the DNA of plants or animals laced with a metal such as tungsten. This unsafe science ostensibly supplants millions of years of evolution with little or no scientific justification. In fact, recent research on GMO crops have reported yields to be between 4 to 20 percent less than conventional crops [1-6].

US: Traces of medicines found at Tinkers Creek

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According to a U.S. Geological Survey study dozens of compounds such as antibiotics, prescription and nonprescription pharmaceuticals, personal-care products and household and industrial chemicals were all found in trace amounts Tinkers Creek.
Next time you get up in the middle of the night to visit the bathroom, you might think about where the medications you took earlier in the evening are heading next.

Downstream is the polite answer.

More and more, biologists are finding out that traces of those in-and-out-of-body pharmaceuticals -- and dozens of other compounds, from caffeine to pseudoephedrine -- are making it through wastewater treatment plant operations and into the environment.

What that could mean in the long run, however, is not yet known.

But the U.S. Geological Survey reported in a new study Tuesday that dozens of compounds such as antibiotics, prescription and nonprescription pharmaceuticals, personal-care products and household and industrial chemicals were all found in trace amounts in June 2006 along Tinkers Creek.

Media Bombardment Is Linked To Ill Effects During Childhood

In a detailed look at nearly 30 years of research on how television, music, movies and other media affect the lives of children and adolescents, a new study released today found an array of negative health effects linked to greater use.

The report found strong connections between media exposure and problems of childhood obesity and tobacco use. Nearly as strong was the link to early sexual behavior.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and Yale University said they were surprised that so many studies pointed in the same direction. In all, 173 research efforts, going back to 1980, were analyzed, rated and brought together in what the researchers said was the first comprehensive view of the topic. About 80 percent of the studies showed a link between a negative health outcome and media hours or content.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Linked to Long-Term Health Issues for Iraq Vets

A new report provides evidence linking traumatic brain injury sustained by troops in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan to a variety of long-term health problems including dementia, aggression, depression and symptoms similar to those seen in Parkinson's disease.

But the Institute of Medicine committee charged with developing the report also pointed to a troubling lack of scientific data on such injuries, which are fairly recent in the history of warfare.

"The real bottom line significant finding is that there's not a good human literature on the kinds of neurotrauma seen in Iraq and Afghanistan caused by blasts," said Dr. George W. Rutherford, vice chair of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. "The human literature is really about people who've had [brain injury] from car crashes or falling down stairs and, in the military, from shrapnel or gunshots. We're all worried that blast neurotrauma hasn't really made it into the human literature."