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Chavez and Castro
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Chavez Raises Doubts Over Castro’s Health

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has reinvigorated speculation over Fidel Castro’s health after announcing that the Cuban leader is “locked in a battle for his life.” The two leaders are known to be close, and Castro has yet to make a public appearance since undergoing surgery in July.

Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


Obesity and Bikinis
bbc.co.uk

Anti-Obesity Gum

British scientists are developing a chewing gum that could help to regulate the appetites of obesity sufferers. Although the research is promising, the first infomercials are years away.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Tim Johnson
news.bbc.co.uk

Sen. Johnson’s Health Improves

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., whose sudden illness last month briefly threatened the Democrats’ control of the Senate, has been given a medical status upgrade from critical to fair.  We wish him well.

Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE


Cloned cow
advance.uconn.edu

Franken-Heifers Immune to Mad Cow

Using a combination of genetic engineering and cloning, scientists from the U.S. and Japan have successfully eliminated the protein that causes mad cow disease. So far the cows in the lab have proven immune to the illness, which shreds its victims’ brains, driving them mad.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


Froma Harrop: The James Brown Paradox

When they said a candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long, they couldn’t have been talking about James Brown, whose surprising longevity made fools of the health-conscious.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


Cow clones
washingtonpost.com

Cloned Food to Go Unmarked

The Food and Drug Administration is set to approve food products derived from cloned animals and their offspring. Though eating beef from a cloned cow may seem incredibly creepy, the FDA has decided the manufactured twin is just as safe as the original animal, and requires no special identification once in the food supply.

Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE


Phill Kline
nytimes.com

Kansas Abortion Doctor Gets Scrooged

A prominent Kansas abortion provider has been charged with 30 misdemeanor violations of state law by the outgoing state attorney general. Dr. George Tiller and his supporters believe that Attorney General Phill Kline (above), who lost the November election and has only three weeks left in office, issued the charges as a farewell act of malice.
Update: A judge dismissed all charges only hours after they were filed (h/t: Frank in comments).

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


cell radiation
emctech.com.au

No Cancer Risk From Cell Phones

Researchers from the Danish Institute of Cancer Epidemiology have found that cell phone use does not increase the risk of cancer.  The study looked at more than 420,000 cell users, some 56,000 of whom had used a mobile phone for more than 10 years. (h/t: Engadget Mobile)

Posted on Dec 16, 2006 READ MORE


veggies
news.bbc.co.uk

Study Links Higher IQ to Vegetarianism

A study emerging from Britain claims the IQs of kids who grew up to become vegetarians were an average of five points higher. There was no difference measured between full-blown vegetarians and those who ate chicken or fish (does that even count as vegetarianism?).

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Circumcision Reduces AIDS Risk

According to officials from the National Institutes of Health, circumcision reduces the risk in men of contracting HIV through heterosexual sex by roughly 50%.  The announcement was based on several recent studies conducted in Africa.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Medical Refugees Flee to India

An increasing number of the 46 million Americans without health insurance have begun fleeing to places as far away as India to get lifesaving medical treatments.

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


no smoking
designofsignage.com

Pelosi Mulls Smoking Ban

D.C. may be smoke-free, but Congress gets to set its own rules.  Unfortunately for nicotine-craving lawmakers (25% of Congress), the Democrats’ victory may lead to change for more than Iraq and the minimum wage—Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi is considering a ban on smoking in the U.S. Capitol.

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


High Court to Hear Global Warming Case

From the AP: “The Supreme Court hears arguments this week in a case that could determine whether the Bush administration must change course in how it deals with the threat of global warming.”

Posted on Nov 27, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: A Prescription for Congress

The Medicare prescription drug program is the single totem that best represents the ugly excesses of the now-defeated Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


steak
flickr / daxiang stef

Bad News for Steak Lovers

Young women who eat plenty of red meat may be up to twice as likely to develop a common form of breast cancer, according to a new study of more than 90,000 women.

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Red wine
target.com

A Long but Drunken Life

A new study found that obese mice given massive doses of a substance found in red wine enjoyed improved health and increased longevity.  Although the results are promising, a human would have to drink between 750 and 1,500 bottles of wine a day to achieve the dose of resveratrol given to the rodents.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


South Africa Revises AIDS Policy

The South African government has traditionally taken a head-in-the-sand approach to AIDS, even though the nation is suffering one of the worst epidemics in the world.  However, recent shifts in policy indicate a newfound interest in aggressively addressing the crisis.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: America’s Other Civil War

A bipartisan panel has concluded that most Americans want exactly the kind of universal healthcare system that Hillary Clinton was vilified for trying to create over a decade ago.

Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


Obese Outnumber Starving People Globally

The world now holds more than a billion overweight people and 800 million who are undernourished, a health expert told an international panel. A possible solution: subsidize fruits and vegetables, instead of fat-producing corn crops.

  • Wanna learn more? Check out Truthdig’s interview with food expert Michael Pollan.
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    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Holding a Gun, Hezbollah Lends a Hand

    Want to know some of the main reasons Hezbollah commands so much respect in Lebanon? “They cover medical bills, offer health insurance, pay school fees and make seed money available for small businesses. They are invisible but omnipresent, providing essential services that the Lebanese government through years of war was incapable of offering.”

    Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


    The Religious Left Rises Again

    The Washington Post charts the resurgence of religious liberals, who emphasize issues like poverty, affordable healthcare and global warming. Some observers worry that this will create an even more polarized environment in 2006 than during the 2004 election.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Tipping the Scales
    Fron CNN

    Study: Men Getting Fatter, Women Holding Steady

    OK, don’t pop out the champagne—or the pork rinds—yet, but scientists think the leveling off of obesity rates in women may signal a turning point in the nation’s epidemic.

    Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Project to Build Iraqi Hospitals Falls Badly Short

    After two years and roughly $200 million expended, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to complete only 20 out of 142 primary health centers. The World Health Organization’s rep calls it “shocking.”

    Posted on Apr 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Wal-Mart CEO Talks Tough in Internal Memos

    Wal-Mart’s CEO suggests that a store manager is disloyal, and should consider quitting, after the manager laments the lack of health benefits at the mega-chain. This happened on a confidential, internal website that the N.Y. Times sussed out.
    Earlier: Sales are brisk and accusations fly as Robert Greenwald’s Wal-Mart documentary racks up 110,000 DVD sales.

    Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Phaseout of Teflon Is Rare Win Against Chemical Companies

    With manufacturers like DuPont pouring millions into campaign coffers, it is any wonder that consumer health often finishes second to corporate profits?

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


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