Health & Wellness


Go slow on medicating children

Face beet-red, fists balled up, and back arching, the 6-week-old baby lay on the exam table screaming.

Had I not had my own baby with colic, I would hardly have believed a baby could cry that hard for hours on end, setting everyone's nerves on edge. The baby's mother came to me for advice on whether to medicate her baby.

She had searched the Internet and talked to several neighbors who all recommended Zantac, an acid blocker normally prescribed for adults with heartburn. The data on Zantac as a treatment for colic were mixed, and my own experience with my patients was not convincing. But I could hardly blame the mother for wanting some relief - any relief - from this distressing situation.

Research: One in 200 People Born with DNA Mutation That Can Lead to Devastating Disease

The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) today announced landmark research finding that one in every 200 people has a DNA mutation that could potentially cause a mitochondrial disease in them or their offspring. Mitochondrial disease is a devastating and often fatal disease, and mitochondrial disorders are at the core of many well known diseases and chronic illnesses, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and autism spectrum disorders. This research, which was partially funded by UMDF, was conducted by Patrick Chinnery, MBBS, PhD, MRCPath, FRCP, Wellcome Senior Fellow in Clinical Genetics and professor of neurogenetics at Newcastle University in the UK. Dr. Chinnery's findings are published in the current issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics.

Strange Disease Kills Three in China

In mid-July, sources in mainland China reported that approximately 20 days ago, a man suddenly died from an unidentified disease in Wanjiakou Village, Xiaoguan Town, Wendeng City, Shandong Province. His entire body turned dark purple, and he bled from his mouth, nostrils, ears, and eyes just as he died.

Shortly after the man died, two other men who had been in contact with him, died showing the same symptoms. Villagers who had left the village to work said, "Three people died 10 days ago. Six or seven more are being treated in the Wendeng Central Hospital. People have been to the area to investigate, but they are unable to classify the disease."

"Secret Shots": Former Marine Claims Illness From Mystery Vaccine

CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- Target 5 has discovered that an alarming number of U.S. troops are having severe reactions to some of the vaccines they receive in preparation for going overseas.

"This is the worst cover-up in the history of the military," said an unidentified military health officer who fears for his job.

A shot from a syringe is leaving some U.S. servicemen and women on the brink of death.

"When the issue, I believe, of the use of the vaccine comes out, I believe it will make the Walter Reed scandal pale in comparison," said the health officer.

UK: Overstretched maternity units put mothers and babies at risk

Women giving birth are being admitted to maternity wards short of doctors and midwives as well as basic medical facilities, a review concludes today. "Significant weaknesses" persist in maternity and neonatal services across England, putting mothers and babies at risk despite years of sustained criticism from watchdogs, the Healthcare Commission said.

Medical errors and poor standards of care have contributed to the deaths of at least six women in England in recent years, inquests have found.

Genes from Middle East yield autism clues

Harvard researchers have discovered half a dozen new genes involved in autism that suggest the disorder strikes in a brain that can't properly form new connections.

Alleged Scheme Involved Homeless

An investigation into what the authorities say was a scheme that used homeless people to bilk tens of millions of dollars from federal and state health insurance programs began four years ago with a tip from a rescue mission employee.
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Cellphone use potentially risky for kids, teens

Toronto's department of public health is advising teenagers and young children to limit their use of cellphones to avoid potential health risks.

Comment: According to the corporations that make them cellphones are safe, yet there is an increasing amount of evidence that these devices are not safe at all. But predatory capitalists are quick to dismiss anything that might interfere with profit margins, even at the cost of human lives.

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Problem: Boys Don't Like to Read - Solution: Books That Are Really Gross

The book's main character slaughtered his victims by running them through with sharp stakes. He once left hundreds dying slowly on a hillside while the soil grew "muddy with blood" and "blackbirds flocked around the corpses, fighting for a meal."

Although it has the contours of a horror story -- with splotches of red ink on its pages depicting blood -- it's actually a children's book. Vlad the Impaler: The Real Count Dracula is widely available in libraries and is making its way into middle-school social-studies classes.

You're Bored, but Your Brain Is Tuned In

Even the most fabulous, high-flying lives hit pockets of dead air, periods when the sails go slack. Movie stars get marooned in D.M.V. lines. Prime ministers sit with frozen smiles through interminable state events. Living-large rappers endure empty August afternoons, pacing the mansion, checking the refrigerator, staring idly out the window, baseball droning on the radio.

Wondering: When does the mail come, exactly?

Scientists know plenty about boredom, too, though more as a result of poring through thickets of meaningless data than from studying the mental state itself. Much of the research on the topic has focused on the bad company it tends to keep, from depression and overeating to smoking and drug use.

Comment: If boredom has the potential (at least in some individuals) to "[begin] trying much more creative solutions", it makes sense that the PTB have arranged a world where the average sheeple can be distracted 24/7.