Public Health

In Elderly, Dieting Without Exercise Just Costs Muscle Weight

Muscle weighs more than fat and that's why it's sometimes the case where you can maintain the same weight but end up a lot less healthy. In the elderly, this effect becomes even more pronounced and the reverse is true. But the 'take home mes ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 17 2008 - 12:05pm

Caveat Emptor- Pfizer Takes The Cake When Lipitor Is Mismarketed

It drives me mad when I hear a guy complain that he eats and eats but can’t gain weight, and that he resorts to drinking protein shakes to “bulk up.” [Insert world’s smallest violin playing here.] Excuse me? Did I hear him right? He gorges himself when I’ ...

Article - Jen Palmares Meadows - Sep 17 2008 - 2:33pm

Acupuncture Reduces Side Effects Of Breast Cancer Treatment As Well As Drugs

Acupuncture is as effective and longer-lasting in managing the common debilitating side effects of hot flashes, night sweats, and excessive sweating (vasomotor symptoms) associated with breast cancer treatment and has no treatment side effects compared to ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 22 2008 - 9:47am

Going To The Hospital- A Cure For Disease, Or The Source Of It?

This story caught my eye because of the 'ew' factor, so naturally I wanted to share my newfound fear of catheters (which already took up a healthy amount of time during my daily phobia-pondering) with you all. Misery loves company, so I assume t ...

Article - Becky Jungbauer - Sep 22 2008 - 2:39pm

ASGs- The Healthy Secret Of Pre-Germinated Brown Rice

A team of researchers has identified the active compounds that contribute to the health benefits of pre-germinated brown rice; the healthy components are a related set of sterol-like molecules known as acylated steryl-beta-glucosides (ASGs). Pre-germinate ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 22 2008 - 5:49pm

If You're An Alcoholic, You're Still More Likely To Die Of Smoking-Related Diseases

Alcoholics are more likely to die of smoking-related diseases than from the consequences of drinking. Even 'casual' smokers are more likely to be alcoholics, but it's the smoking that more often does them in. A new study published in the Dec ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 24 2008 - 12:45am

Is Red Bull A Gateway Drug? Some John Hopkins Experts Say Caffeine Drinks Need Warning Labels

Are drinks like Red Bull and other 'energy' beverages making caffeine a gateway drug? Johns Hopkins scientists who have spent decades researching the effects of caffeine say that is the case, and they report that a slew of caffeinated energy drin ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 24 2008 - 1:19am

Disinfectants Can Make Bacteria Resistant To Antibiotics

Chemicals used in the environment to kill bacteria could be making them stronger, according to a paper published in Microbiology. Low levels of these chemicals, called biocides, can make the potentially lethal bacterium Staphylococcus aureus remove toxic c ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 5 2008 - 4:33pm

Honey Gets An Endorsement For Treating Burn Wounds

Honey may reduce healing times in patients suffering mild to moderate burn wounds., according to a systematic review by Cochrane Library Researchers who concluded that honey might be useful as an alternative to traditional wound dressings in treating burns ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 7 2008 - 3:30pm

Mom Does Know Best- Chicken Soup May Also Help With High Blood Pressure

Chicken soup isn't just good for the common cold and, apparently, our souls, that popular home remedy so ubiquitous it is sometimes known as "Grandma's Penicillin" may also have a new role alongside medication and other medical measures ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 13 2008 - 11:23am