Health & Wellness


Most Americans Want Health Care Reform

The vast majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the U.S. health care system, and 82 percent think it needs to be overhauled, a new survey found.

"There is a broad view by the public that our health care system needs a full overhaul, either to be totally rebuilt or reformed," said Cathy Schoen, senior vice president for research and evaluation at The Commonwealth Fund, which commissioned the survey.

The survey, titledPublic Views on U.S. Health Care System Organization: A Call for New Directions, questioned 1,004 adults on their views of the U.S. health care system.

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Clinics Use Tissue From Babies Killed in Abortions for Cosmetic Injections

Women from around the world are traveling to clinics in various locations that are now offering face lifts and cosmetic surgery using tissue from babies who have been killed by abortions.


A new light on the brains of people with borderline personality disorder

In a game of give and get, the brains of people with borderline personality disorder often don't get it.

In fact, an interactive economic game played between two people in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) devices revealed a brain malfunction associated with the disorder, a serious but common mental illness that affects a person's perceptions of the world and other people, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears in the current issue of the journal Science.

"This may be the first time a physical signature for a personality disorder has been identified," said Dr. P. Read Montague, professor of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the BCM Brown Foundation Human Neuroimaging Laboratory.

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Researchers study diet and autism

Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have embarked on one of the first double-blind, clinical studies to determine whether gluten and dairy products play a role in autistic behavior as parents have anecdotally claimed.


Monsanto Wants Out of Dairy Hormone Business

Will rBST Survive Without a Corporate Backer with a Reputation for Bullying?

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Agrochemical giant Monsanto has spent the past year going state to state, trying to convince agricultural departments to ban "hormone-free" labels on milk.


Your Milk on Drugs -- The Dangers of rBGH in Dairy Products

Although banned in most other industrialized nations due to the health risks to humans and harm to the animals, Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST) is still injected into dairy cows in the US to increase milk-production.

So why was rBGH approved for use in the US? The approval of rBGH in our country is a story of fired whistleblowers, manipulated research, and a corporate takeover of the US Food and Drug Administration. US dairies responding to the health concerns of consumers by not injecting their herds, now battle with Monsanto for their right to label their milk as rBGH-free. For those familiar with the history of this controversial drug, and Monsanto, this is no surprise. Monsanto's controversial past is plagued with toxic disasters, lawsuits and cover-ups.


Mystery Disease Kills Dozens in Venezuela

A mystery disease has killed dozens of Warao Indians in recent months in a remote area of northeastern Venezuela, according to indigenous leaders and researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, who informed health officials here of the outbreak on Wednesday.

At least 38 people have died, including 16 since the start of June, said Charles Briggs, an anthropologist at Berkeley, and Dr. Clara Mantini-Briggs, a medical researcher there. They are a husband-and-wife team known for their research on a cholera outbreak that killed 500 people in Venezuela in the early 1990s.


Scientists trial oestrogen in treating women with schizophrenia

Australian scientists are taking a novel approach in treating women with schizophrenia. They have just published the findings of a clinical trial using the female hormone oestrogen.

Comment: For a more complete picture of the interactions between the female hormone estrogen and the human body, read the following articles:
- Chronic Exposure To Estrogen Impairs Some Cognitive Functions
- Complex Changes in the Brain's Vascular System Occur after Menopause
- Improved Estrogen Reception May Sharpen Fuzzy Memory
- Enzyme may play role in aggressive lung cancer


PCBs Contamination: New Cause of Diabetes Found

More than 20 million Americans have diabetes and 54 million people are considered pre-diabetic and at high risk of developing it. Although genes play a role, risk factors include age, obesity, physical inactivity and race. Now, researchers believe they have found a new cause of this life threatening condition ... and it could be found in your own backyard. Now, we explore a place that's considered one of the most contaminated towns on Earth, where diabetes is running rampant.

For decades now, Steve Cooper has made his living off the land, selling the produce he grew in his own garden. That was until he found out the veggies he grew were laden with a deadly chemical manufactured in a factory, just a stones throw from his home in Anniston, Ala., in the same neighborhood where his grandparents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers and cousins all grew up.


I Can, Automatically, Become Just Like You: The Effects of Exclusion on Nonconscious Mimicry

No one likes to be excluded from a group: exclusion can decrease mood, reduce self-esteem and feelings of belonging, and even ultimately lead to negative behavior (e.g., the shootings at Virginia Tech). As a result, we often try to fit in with others in both conscious and automatic ways.

Psychologists Jessica L. Lakin of Drew University, Tanya L. Chartrand of Duke University, and Robert M. Arkin of The Ohio State University studied people's tendency to copy automatically the behaviors of others in order to find out how this mimicry can be used as an affiliation strategy.