Public Health

Of Badgers, Cattle, And Bovine TB

In recent years in Britain, we have heard much about bovine tuberculosis, which affects a wide variety of mammalian species, including mustelids, including the European badger Meles meles. There has been much argument over whether badgers should be culled ...

Article - Robert H Olley - Aug 21 2016 - 12:32am

Fatal Type Of Stroke Incidence Lower-- Thanks For Not Smoking

A new study correlates Finland's national tobacco policies- less smoking, more snus, for those addicted to nicotine- seem to be radically reducing the incidence of subarachnoid hemorrhage, the most fatal form of stroke. Previously it was thought that ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 14 2016 - 7:30am

A Primary Care Physician Doesn't Reduce Emergency Room Visits

In Canada, health care is paid for by taxpayers, but it doesn't reduce expensive emergency room visits by people with disabilities- a key argument the Obama administration claimed in passing the Affordable Care Act. But it's a small study publis ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 14 2016 - 8:00am

Helicopter Parenting Has A New Worry: Trampoline Parks

Indoor trampoline park injuries are an "emerging public health concern," warn doctors in Injury Prevention- because over 6 months, 40 children needed medical treatment at just one trauma center following a visit to one of these venues. Yes, they ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 16 2016 - 9:59am

On Sexuality, You Weren't Born That Way, Says Paper

A new paper by Lawrence S. Mayer, M.B., M.S., Ph.D. and Paul R. McHugh, M.D., both of Johns Hopkins University, uses more than 200 peer-reviewed studies across a variety of scientific fields including epidemiology, genetics, endocrinology, psychiatry, neur ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 22 2016 - 6:11am

Your Microbiome Did Not Cause Your Weight Problem

If you read media headlines or watch television programs like "The Dr. Oz Show" you might be convinced that an out-of-whack balance of microbes causes obesity, and that stool implants or fancy yogurt will cure it. No, you got obese because you e ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 25 2016 - 6:15am

It's Not The Nicotine: US Teens More Likely To Vape For Flavorings

Are e-cigarettes harmful? It's probably the wrong question. Caffeine is quite toxic but the Centers for Disease Control doesn't promote concern about Red Bull energy drinks. What is known to be harmful, the weight of evidence is indisputable, ar ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 26 2016 - 9:22am

Small Study Shows The Effects Of Smoking On Reducing Calorie Intake

A small study presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress found what you likely knew, if you are old enough to remember when smoking was common; smoking made people thinner. But the paper says people don't gain weight after w ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 6 2016 - 6:30am

Report: Traditional Efficacy Trial Model Too Removed From Clinical Practice

Traditional efficacy trials have limited relevance to everyday clinical practice and should be changed, according the authors of a new study into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatments. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine de ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 5 2016 - 8:54pm

BPA Is Everywhere, Except Where It’s Not

With the high level of attention to bisphenol A (BPA) over the years, it’s easy to get the impression that BPA is everywhere and we’re constantly being exposed to high and harmful levels in our daily lives.  You might even have seen BPA referred to as an ...

Article - Steve Hentges - Sep 7 2016 - 7:01am