Sep 18th, 2012
NEW YORK (Reuters) – If Americans stick to their eating and exercise habits, future historians will look back on the early 21st century as a golden age of svelte.
The latest in a long string of reports on the obesity epidemic in the United States presents the usual glum picture of the present, when 35.7 percent of adults and 16.9 percent of children age 2 to 19 are obese, as the Centers for Disease Control...
Sep 6th, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said Thursday in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign.
President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are accusing each other of trying to slash Medicare and...
Sep 1st, 2012
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Critics call him a puritanical scold, Gotham’s Dr. No and a nursemaid to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s nanny state. Meet Thomas Farley, New York City’s health commissioner.
Farley, a pediatrician and endurance athlete, says they are wrong about his efforts to help New Yorkers eat better, smoke less and exercise more — moves that have been linked to New York’s...
Jul 14th, 2012
Chemicals, phthalates, found in some cosmetics such as creams and soaps, increase the risk of diabetes in women, according to a recent study by U.S. researchers.
Women with the highest levels of phthalates in urine were 60% more likely to have diabetes, concluded researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, after analyzing data on 2,350 women.
“This is an important first step in exploring the...
Jul 10th, 2012
Hormone therapy did not negatively impact the health of postmenopausal women, concluded a research group representing 15 major medical organizations in North America.
This group, which includes the Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada and the SIGMA Canadian Menopause Society, spoke in favor of hormone therapy.
“Too many postmenopausal women are deprived of the benefits of hormone...
Jun 28th, 2012
WASHINGTON – It’s a huge political victory for Barack Obama, in just over four months of the November U.S. presidential. The Supreme Court of the United States has approved Thursday the bulk of its law on the generalization of the Medicare reform emblematic of its mandate, intended to provide health coverage to more than 30 million Americans who were uninsured.
This historic reform arouses fierce...
Jun 11th, 2012
There is a link between lack of sleep and food choices unhealthy, according to a study by the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley.
It appears that sleep deprivation disrupts the functioning of the frontal lobe, a region crucial when it comes time to make complex choices such as the distinction between a healthy and an unhealthy diet.
“Our main objective was to see if...
Jun 11th, 2012
The health of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak condemned to life imprisonment by the Criminal Court of Cairo, “remains serious”, said a spokesman for the Egyptian prison service in an interview to television channel Al Nile on Sunday.
He said the former president is currently in the Tora prison hospital and the Ministry of Interior is considering transferring him to a military hospital.