Tag: Health

Labor Department Extends Wage Protection To Home Care Workers

The U.S. Labor Department announced today that minimum wage and overtime protections will extend to home care workers. The change affects nearly 2 million people and will start in 2015. Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but experts say many workers are paid less and don’t receive overtime. This was due to a 1974…

Health Kick ‘Reverses Cell Ageing’

Going on a health kick reverses ageing at the cellular level, researchers say. The University of California team says it has found the first evidence a strict regime of exercise, diet and meditation can have such an effect. But experts say although the study in Lancet Oncology is intriguing, it is too early to draw…

Chobani Recall 2013: Yogurt Cups Pulled From Stores Due To Mold Concerns

UPDATE: Chobani issued an official recall on some of the yogurt cups affected by mold on Thursday morning, after saying they would not be conducting a recall. On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was investigating the matter following days of complaints from customers who said that affected Chobani yogurt cups had…

Walmart Extends Health Care Benefits To Same-Sex Partners

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will extend its health care benefits to its U.S. workers’ domestic partners, including those of the same sex, starting Jan. 1. The nation’s largest private employer, which has been a target of attacks by labour groups for what they criticize are skimpy wages and benefits, said Tuesday that the changes were made…

Burger King To Launch “French Fry Burger” On Sept. 1

Burger King says it will start offering a “French Fry Burger” for a buck, as it looks to fend off McDonald’s aggressive push with its Dollar Menu. The Miami-based chain says the burger will be available Sept. 1 through the fall, as it looks to drum up sales and customer interest with cheap new concoctions.…

US House Votes Against Obama Health Care Law For 40th Time

The U.S. House voted Friday to prevent the IRS from enforcing any aspect of ObamaCare, 232-185. Every Republican representative supported the bill, along with four Democrats. The vote was the 40th time the House has tried to fully or partially repeal Obama’s health care law. A few Democrats said gutting enforcement of the bill would…

Bagged Salad Possible Cause Of Cyclospora Outbreak; Illness May Last Weeks

Bagged salad could be the cause of the recent cyclospora stomach bug outbreak that has sickened more than 350 people in at least 15 states. Iowa has reported the most cases of the cyclospora bug, with 143 people falling ill. An investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Health has linked a prepackaged salad mix…

5,000 Patients A Year Denied Air Ambulances Due To Their Weight

An estimated 5,000 patients in the US each year are denied access to air ambulances during medical emergencies due to excessive weight. The nation’s weight problem is forcing emergency medical transporters to increase their fleets with bigger helicopters in order to avoid leaving behind critically ill patients who exceed weight or height limits. When air…

El Salvador Woman, Denied Abortion, Has C-Section

A woman who was denied an abortion by the Supreme Court in El Salvador has undergone a premature Caesarean section. The 22-year-old woman wanted to end the pregnancy because she was at risk due to lupus and kidney problems. The fetus developed without a complete brain and skull and died shortly after birth. Last week,…

Scientists Discover Cinnamon Compounds’ Potential Ability To Prevent Alzheimer’s

However, two compounds found in cinnamon –– cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin –– are showing some promise in the effort to fight the disease. According to George and Graves, the compounds have been shown to prevent the development of the filamentous “tangles” found in the brain cells that characterize Alzheimer’s. Responsible for the assembly of microtubules in…

Phthalates: Study Links Chemicals Widely Found In Plastics, Processed Food To Elevated Blood Pressur

Plastic additives known as phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are odorless, colorless and just about everywhere: They turn up in flooring, plastic cups, beach balls, plastic wrap, intravenous tubing and—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—the bodies of most Americans. Once perceived as harmless, phthalates have come under increasing scrutiny. A growing collection of evidence…

Ga. Flesh-Eating Bacteria Victim Gets Bionic Hands – VIDEO

A Georgia woman who lost both her hands and legs to a flesh-eating bacteria this past summer has been outfitted with prosthetic hands. And Aimee Copeland of Snellville, Ga., is learning to use them here at Touch Bionics in suburban Columbus, Ohio. “It feels amazing,” said Copeland, the first woman in the world with bilateral…

Doctors Blast Ethics Of $100,000 Cancer Drugs

A group of more than 120 cancer researchers and physicians took the unusual step this week of publishing a research paper taking aim at pharmaceutical prices they see as exorbitant and unjustifiable. Drug companies are profiteering, the doctors say, by charging whatever the market will bear for medications that patients literally can’t live without. The…

Professor Wants To Dig Deep Into The Health Benefits Of Nose Picking

An associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan is trying to get more students interested in science by looking at the health benefits of picking your nose and eating it. Scott Napper says nature pushes us to do different things because it is to our advantage to have certain behaviours, to consume different…

Dozens Test Positive For Hepatitis, HIV In ‘Dirty Dentist’ Case

Dozens of patients have tested positive for communicable diseases as the result of an investigation into the practices of a Tulsa oral surgeon. The Oklahoma State Health Department confirms to KRMG that after testing more than 3,000 patients of Dr. Scott Harrington, 57 have tested positive for Hepatitis C, and three more for Hepatitis B.…

US Government To Revise Cigarette Warning Label

US Government To Revise Cigarette Warning Label The U.S. government is abandoning a legal battle to require that cigarette packs carry a set of large warning labels depicting the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit, according to a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder obtained by Associated Press. Instead, the Food and Drug…

Processed Meat Linked to Early Death

Processed Meat Linked to Early Death Looking for another excuse to start eating like a Mediterranean? Look no further than this new study from the medical journal BMC Medicine. Researchers followed people from 10 European countries over an average of 13 years and concluded that diets heavy in processed meats—bacon, ham, sausage, and the like…

Baby Now Free Of HIV Has Doctors Talking

A baby born infected with the AIDS virus who got immediate treatment now has no detectable virus in her blood. Her case, presented to a meeting of AIDS researchers, will prompt questions about how early babies should be treated. It also illustrates the possibility that immediate treatment with HIV drugs could do a lot to…

Report: Keystone XL Pipeline Would Have Little Impact On Climate Change

The State Department released a draft environmental impact assessment of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline Friday, suggesting the project would have little impact on climate change, the Washington Post reported. Canada’s oil sands will be developed even if President Obama denies a permit to the pipeline connecting the region to Gulf Coast refineries, the analysis…

Teenage Highway Deaths Jumped In 2012

Teenage Highway Deaths Jumped In 2012 Teenagers are dying in car crashes at a much higher rate, particularly 16- and 17-year-olds. Their death rate jumped 19% nationwide, with 240 killed in the first 6 months of last year, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. News that teenage deaths rose last year…

Tax Fizzy Drinks And Ban Junk Food Ads, Say UK Doctors

Fizzy drinks should be heavily taxed and junk food adverts banished until after the watershed, doctors have said, in a call for action over obesity. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents nearly every doctor in the UK, said ballooning waistlines already constituted a “huge crisis”. Its report said current measures were failing and…

Flu Season Getting Worse Across US; 29 Children Killed So Far

The flu season is getting worse across the United States with 48 states reporting widespread geographic influenza activity, the Centers for Disease Control said in its weekly report. The season is hitting the elderly the hardest, but 29 children have also died so far. More than 5,000 people have been sick enough to be hospitalized,…

ER Visits Tied To Energy Drinks Doubles Since 2007, Survey Finds

A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses. From 2007 to 2011, the government estimates the number of…

Amy Winehouse Inquest: Singer Drank Herself To Death

Singer Amy Winehouse died after drinking too much alcohol, a second inquest has confirmed. > Dr Shirley Radcliffe, St Pancras Coroner, recorded a verdict of misadventure, the same as the original inquest in October 2011. The hearing also heard the same evidence as the first inquest. > The hearing was told the star was more…