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Health


Gattaca becomes reality as scientists start to screen, abort human babies based on 3,500 ‘genetic faults’

By Ethan A. Huff,
(NaturalNews) The popular 1997 science fiction film Gattaca portrays a futuristic world in which human beings genetically engineered (GE) with certain desirable and superior genetic traits are given preference to natural-born human beings who are considered inferior. And in just 15 years since the release of the film, this scenario has become a reality, as modern science has come up with a new way to test unborn babies for roughly 3,500 so-called genetic “defects.” The U.K.’s Telegraph reports…

9 health habits that are a waste of time

By Bill Phillips and the editors of Men’s Health


A little more than a year ago, my eye doctor prescribed new disposable contact lenses. My insurance, he explained, would pay for only one six-month supply per year.

“I’ll just take six months’ worth then,” I told him.

I called to reorder just last week. Since it’s been more than a year, my insurance will pay for my next “6-month” supply, which I hope will last me another year or so.

Sacrificing my eye health in the name of saving a few bucks? Hardly. I’m simply following the advice I received from Keith Baratz, M.D., an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic. If a contact lens is approved for continuous day and night wear for 2 weeks, he said, it can last twice as long if you wear it only during the day.

When it comes to staying healthy, much of what we accept as gospel is actually heresy. It’s what Mom said. It’s what our friends do. And everything sounds so reasonable. But some of it is completely unnecessary.

Here are 8 more items you can cross off your to-do list.

See Your Dentist Twice A Year
This advice originally came from an old toothpaste ad. There was no science behind it, and there still isn’t. A 2003 review looked at 29 studies and found no conclusive evidence supporting a need to go every 6 months. If your choppers (and gums!) are healthy, once a year is enough to catch any developing problems, says James Bader, D.D.S., M.P.H., a research professor at the University of North Carolina school of dentistry.

Just don’t wait longer than that: A study presented at the American Heart Association meeting last year found that having your teeth cleaned by a professional once a year lowers your risk of heart attack by 24 percent and stroke by 13 percent.

Don’t Eat After 8 P.M.
Calories can’t tell time. There’s no difference between the 6:30 a.m. and 8:20 p.m. kinds, says Susan Bowerman, M.S., R.D., assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. Plus, hitting the sack hungry can disrupt sleep patterns. In fact, new research suggests you should eat right before bed if you exercise at night, or if you’re over 60. A protein-packed meal — or even a whey protein shake — provides more fuel for your body to synthesize muscle. It also helps combat the effects of age-related muscle loss.

(Have you found it hard to stick to your workouts? Don’t worry–the No Gym, No Excuses Workout will help you incinerate fat and pack on muscle without lifting a weight.)

How much protein? A recent study in the American Journal of Physiology found that elderly men who ate 35 grams of whey protein experienced more muscle growth than those who ate 10 or 20 grams.

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MRI, CT scan use spikes, study finds. Should we be worried?

By Robert Bazell, Chief science and medical correspondent, NBC News

The latest medical images can provide spectacular pictures, giving doctors and patients enormous amounts of information about a wide range of medical conditions. But doctors may have gotten overly enthusiastic about using them.

A study out Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the number of MRIs quadrupled, CT scans tripled and PET scans went up 57 percent between 1996 and 2010. The researchers tracked up to 2 million members of six large health systems in the U.S.

There is no question that before performing a surgery, for example, a doctor wants to see as much as possible. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses magnets and radio frequency fields to scan the body and help doctors make diagnoses of tumors, torn ligaments or strokes without surgery. A PET, or positron emission tomography, scan can be conducted alone or combined with MRI with radioactive isotopes to show metabolic activity in the body such as cancer.

The images help; the question is just how much.

“The increase in use of advanced diagnostic images has almost certainly contributed to both improved patient care procedures and outcomes, but there are remarkably few data to quantify the benefits of imaging,” radiology professor and lead author Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman from the University of California, San Francisco, and her colleagues write.

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Women still do more housework — and it stresses them out

By Jennifer Welsh
LiveScience

While women are doing less housework than they used to, they still take on the brunt of the household cleaning chores. New research indicates that this extra work stresses them out, and that stress worsens when there is salary or gender inequality present in the relationship.

The findings match up well with previous studies regarding changes in the division of housework in the last decade. Though both men and women spend less time spent on domestic duties thanks to time-saving technologies, women still take on a large amount of the work, past studies show.

“In this study, women were in the majority (85 percent) in the combination of having more than half of the responsibility for domestic work and an equal socioeconomic position to the partner,” the researchers write in their research detailed today, June 13, in the journal PLoS ONE.

The researchers studied data from 371 women and 352 men from the Northern Swedish Cohort, collected in 1986 and 2007, when the participants were on average 21 and 42, respectively. At 42, all participants analyzed were living with children.

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Would reversing health law end Medicare drug discounts?

Billions of dollars in drug savings for Medicare beneficiaries may come to an end if the Supreme Court overturns the 2010 federal health law, a drug industry spokesman said.

The law provides “the necessary legal framework” for drug companies to slash brand-name drug prices by half for seniors and people with disabilities when they enter a coverage gap in their Medicare drug plans, Matthew Bennett, a spokesman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, said Tuesday.  Eventually the discounts grow so that the gap, known as the doughnut hole, is closed by 2020. Butif the law goes, the discounts may go, too.

“Without that legal framework, there are many questions that arise about whether the discount program could continue,” he said.

As part of the negotiations in the health care debate in 2009, drug makers pledged $80 billion over 10 years to cut the doughnut hole expenses for consumers and help provide funding to cover the uninsured. More than 5.1 million Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the Part D drug plans saved more than $3.2 billion on prescription drugs from March 2010 through December 2011 because of the health law provision, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  In the first four months of this year, seniors saved another $301.5 million.

Until the Affordable Care Act’s coverage gap drug discounts, “nearly one in four seniors reported skipping doses, cutting pills in half or not filling a prescription, simply due to cost,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said at town hall meeting for seniors on Monday.

Voluntary drug coverage was added to Medicare in 2006, but consumers and advocates have been eager to get rid of the coverage gap. Insurance coverage stops when the beneficiary and the insurer together have spent $2,930 for prescription drugs, excluding monthly premiums. Under the health law, beneficiaries then get a 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs and 14 percent on generics drugs. When the beneficiary alone has spent a total of $4,700, coverage restarts. At that point, the beneficiary picks up 5 percent of the costs.

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Holistic Health

‘Vitamin D Guide’ infographic explains importance of vitamin D for optimal health

By Ethan A. Huff, 
(NaturalNews) The vital importance of getting plenty of vitamin D as part of a healthy lifestyle cannot be overstated, and a newly released NaturalNews infographic explains some of the many reasons why vitamin D is crucial to health, as well as how much of it you should be getting. You can view the infographic here: http://www.naturalnews.com/Infographic-The-Vitamin-D-Guide.html Vitamin D can prevent practically every disease known to manA prohormone, vitamin D is a crucial component of proper…

Effective alternative treatments for Lyme disease and protection from tick bites

By JB Bardot, 
(NaturalNews) Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne infectious disease in the US. It’s transmitted to humans spending time in woodsy areas and from ticks on dogs. The Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria causes Lyme disease and arthritis, manifesting in a multitude of symptoms ranging from rheumatoid arthritis, to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, neurological states, Bell’s palsey, meningitis, heart and lung symptoms. Untreated, Lyme becomes deeply entrenched in the body, developing into an…

Researchers zero in on a diet designed to support individuals with ADHD

By Raw Michelle, 
(NaturalNews) Recent research from the University of Copenhagen suggests that some people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from dietary changes that extend past the preliminary recommendations of removing toxic elements. If everyone else can eat their way out..There is a growing understanding of how different dietary choices can impact the overall health of an individual, as well as its ability to mediate the symptoms of many chronic conditions. Behind each diagnosis…

Infographic – Ten ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar

By J. D. Heyes, 
(NaturalNews) You may not think of apple cider vinegar as something that is a boon to your overall health, but it can be, and here are 10 ways you can use it to help pave the way to a better you. See the infographic at: http://www.naturalnews.com 1. Balance your inner ecosystem: The body constantly strives to achieve a state of homeostasis, or a state of equilibrium. One way is by keeping the body’s pH balance (or acid-base balance) within the normal range of 7.35 – 7.45. Apple cider vinegar…

Arm yourself against disease with these anti-cancer foods

By PF Louis, 
(NaturalNews) Most of us know the “War on Cancer” is a bad joke that churns revenue for the cancer industry while per capita cancer rates continue to surge. Based on the premise that food should be our first medicine, the cruciferous family of vegetables is the food choice for resisting cancer. Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, turnips, rutabaga, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, and watercress. They all contain glucosinolates, antioxidant compounds that…

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Pet Health

Is my pet acting this way due to old age or is he sick?

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Question: Is my pet acting this way due to old age or is he sick?
Changes happen as pets age, similar to the changes seen as people age. Sight and hearing may be diminished, pets may sleep more, and so on. These are expected changes. However, people often miss potentially serious signs of illness in their pets by writing off symptoms as “just old age” when a veterinary exam is in order. This FAQ outlines what to watch for as your pet enters the senior years.

Answer: One of the most common questions for veterinarians is something along the lines of “is my pet just ____ (fill in the blank) due to old age?” The symptoms range from sleeping all of the time to drinking more water. Weight loss (or gain) is also easily excused away as “old age”. Yes, some changes are inevitable as we age, but there are many changes that are not considered “normal” at any age and should be checked out by your veterinarian to rule out underlying disease.

Some people may argue that the if pet is already old, an extended treatment regime would not add much quality to the pet’s life in the case of advanced age. This may be true — something to discuss with your veterinarian. It is important to note, however, that a pet may simply seem older due to illness and, once restored to health, exhibits increased energy and zest. This is when the phrase “acting like a puppy (or kitten) again” comes to mind.

A dog is considered to be a “senior” after age 7 (varies with the breed – giant breeds are considered senior at 5 or 6) and a cat is considered to be a “senior” after age 10 or so. An annual veterinary examination is essential for keeping your pet in optimal health and staying on top of age-related changes.

What is to be expected as a pet ages? This is not a definitive list, but here are some common age-related changes to watch for:

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Caring for Senior Dogs

What to expect as your dog gets older

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Old Dog © BobMacInnes on FlickrOld Dog© BobMacInnes on Flickr
 

This question is from a viewer asking what to expect as his dog grows older. What is “normal” for an older dog? Being aware of the normal aging changes for your senior pet will help you identify when there is a medical problem that should be addressed.

From the Mailbag:

“We have two dogs – The Bud, 11 years old, and the Little Guy, 2 years old. The Bud is active, the Little Guy sees to that. My concern is I know nothing about old age, and how to deal with, what to look for, in the serious signs, and how to make aging the most comfortable for us all. Bud and Little are inseparable, and (Bud’s passing) will impact him too. Could you recommend a book or paper that will help me out?” – Louis

What is “old age” for dogs?
The old classic “one human year equals seven dog years” is an easy way to calculate and relate to your dog’s age, but isn’t the most accurate. Large breed dogs (i.e. Great Danes) are considered a senior at 6 or 7 years of age, whereas small breeds (i.e. toy poodle), aren’t considered a senior until their teen years. I have seen more than one poodle in the 18 to 20 year range. There are studies to suggest that certain breeds are more long-lived than others, too.

To see how dogs of various sizes and breeds relate to human age, see this dog age calculator page.

As a general rule of thumb, a dog who is 7 years or older should be considered middle to senior aged, and a consultation with your vet is in order to determine the best health care maintenance program for your dog as s/he ages. For smaller breed dogs, your vet (in consultation with you) may elect to wait a couple of years before doing any geriatric monitoring.

What things should I expect as my dog ages?
Each dog, like each human, is different. Here are some general things to watch for as a pet ages.

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As Your Cat Ages

Normal changes seen with age in senior cats

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Please see the archive for more Q & A topics.

What is “old age” for cats?
The old classic “one human year equals seven cat years” is an easy way to calculate and relate to your cat’s age, but isn’t entirely accurate. The feline stage of life (kitten, adolescent, adult, senior) determines the comparison between human and cat years.

To see a comparison chart of cat years to human years of age, based on the above concept, click here.

As a general rule of thumb, a cat who is 8 to 10 years old and older should be considered middle to senior aged, and a consultation with your vet is in order to determine the best health care maintenance program for your cat as s/he ages.

What things should I expect as my cat ages?
Each cat, like each human, is different. Here are some general things to watch for as a cat ages.

Slowing down – Admittedly, this can be hard to discern for many cats! You know your cat best — do you notice any of the following:

  • sleeping more than usual?
  • Not wanting to climb the cat condo as much?
  • Any difficulty grooming the “hard to reach” areas?
  • Difficulty going up or down the stairs, jumping up or down off of favorite perches, etc.?

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Positivity Mind and Body

Is there Power in Positive Thinking?

Uploaded by on Jul 29, 2010

How can we stay positive when competing demands and time pressure can impact everything from how our immune system functions, to whether or not we exercise, to the interactions we have with each other, and even to every breath we take? Our improved understanding of the relationship between behavior, physiology and disease development provides the rationale for integrative approaches that empower people for more mindful and effective navigation in today’s world. UCSF’s Dr. Margaret Chesney presents some of the current research on mind-body interventions and provides strategies to help enhance health and well-being. Series: Healthy Living [8/2010] [Health and Medicine] [Professional Medical Education] [Show ID: 19383]

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Wildlife

 

Bear sightings in north central Montana on the rise

Posted: Jun 13, 2012 1:16 PM by Tara Grimes – MTN News
Updated: Jun 13, 2012 7:45 PM

GREAT FALLS- Recently, reports of bear sightings around north central Montana been flooding into sheriff’s offices and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Shannon Gabbard recently spotted a grizzly bear and its yearling near Valier along the Rocky Mountain Front.

“I was 300 yards of them, that was close enough for me. It ended up on the east end of the lake to where the dam is, and then I don’t know how it got across the lake from there,” Gabbard said.

Not a week went by before another grizzly had wandered into town, he said. Valier residents and officials say the bear came near the post office and walked into residential areas.

Valier isn’t the only town seeing mother grizzly bears and yearlings, some have been spotted near Fort Shaw and Simms in recent weeks.

Two yearlings managed to slip into a pen and kill two goats near Simms.

“We know that the grizzly bear population is growing at an annual rate of 3 to 4 percent,” FWP bear specialist Mike Madel noted.

He said grizzlies are moving out of their habitats along the Rocky Mountain front because of population growth.

“These female grizzly bears that come out with their litters are teaching their offspring to do the same and they’re learning new habits and habitats. That’s why we’re getting this new movement of females down the Marias R, the Sun River, down the Teton River,” Madel explained.

Madel said there’s no sign yet grizzlies are denning at river bottoms farther from the Rocky Mountain front, but it could be possible in the future.

 

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Articles of Interest

NYT distorts GMO labeling issue, tries to make it a debate about crop yields

By Ethan A. Huff, 
(NaturalNews) The American people are tired of being lied to about the ingredients that are present in the foods they eat, which is why many of them have helped launch or support grassroots efforts to require mandatory labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). But corporate agriculture interests and their lackeys in the mainstream media are desperately trying to derail the labeling movement by shifting the focus from transparency and honesty in labeling, to fairy tales about crop yields…


Australian three-year-olds targeted for bogus psychiatric disorders such as sleeping with the light on

By Mike Bundrant, 
(NaturalNews) The Australian government and the Australian Medical Association are targeting 27,000 three-year-olds for psychiatric treatment. A new government funded program seeks to treat normal preschool children to discover if they show “signs of mental illness.” What are the symptoms of mental illness in three-year-olds? Shyness, temper tantrums and needing to sleep with the light on. Yes, folks, I guess even monster in the closet is now a symptom of psychosis. The whole human race must need…

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Health

Dental X-rays Linked to Twofold Increase in Brain Cancer

Mike Barrett
Natural Society

How often does your dentist insist on giving you a dental X-ray just to make sure all is well? While a dental x-ray may be justifiable if there is some serious risk, research is pointing out that too many of these X-rays may result in a twofold risk increase in a brain cancer known as meningioma.

Dental X-Rays Could Increase Brain Cancer Risk

For the research, Elizabeth B. Claus, MD, PhD, of Yale University, and colleagues examined the records of 1,433 patients who were diagnosed with meningioma between May 2006 and April 2011. The researchers made a control group matched for sex, age, and geography. Researchers found that bitewing X-rays (showing upper and lower back teeth) performed less than once per year was associated with patients being 1.1 to 1.6 times more likely to experience meningioma across age groups. They also found that annual or more frequent panorex dental X-ray (an X-ray showing all teeth and surrounding bones) exposure increased odds by 2.7 to 3.0 in 3 of the oldest age groups, while x-rays performed “before age 10 was associated with a meningioma odds ratio of 4.9.”….

Obese Mothers 67% More Likely to Have a Child with Autism

Anthony Gucciardi
NaturalSociety

New research has drawn a direct link between obese mothers and autistic babies, finding that overweight pregnant women have a startling 67% higher chance of having an autistic child than those who are not. In the study, the researchers note that the extreme prevalency of obesity in the United States is serious cause for alarm, as autism rates continue to skyrocket.Conducted between January 2003 and June 2010, scientists observed 1,000 California children between the ages of 2 and 5. With more than two-thirds of the study population being diagnosed with either autism or developmental delays, the researchers reached some shocking statistical conclusions. When compared with the average women, who has a reported 1 in 88 chance of having an autistic child, obese mothers have a whopping 1 in 53 chance. On a large scale, especially when considering the explosive obesity epidemic, that is a major difference.

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Holistic Health

The benefits of raw honey

By Luella May
(NaturalNews) When we look at the word “raw”, we associated it with the preservation of important vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Just as raw vegetables are preferable because of their nutritional content, the same is true of honey. Raw honey is honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way. The differences between raw and pasteurized honey are substantial. Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important…

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How to keep your kidneys healthy, happy and stone-free

By Jonathan Benson,

(NaturalNews) Kidney stones are one of the most excruciatingly painful conditions a person can develop. But a recent study published in the Journal of Urology has found that maintaining high intake of calcium and fluids, and cutting back intake of refined salt, can help to prevent kidney stones from forming. Dandelion, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, cranberry, magnesium, and potassium can all help prevent, or even pass, kidney stones as well. Dr. Mathew Sorensen, a urologist at the University…

Water filtration is an essential component to a healthy lifestyle

By Dr. David Jockers,

(NaturalNews) Clean water is a fundamental part of a healthy lifestyle. The majority of our society relies on municipal water sources to supply their household needs. Most city water sources contain highly contaminated forms of water that are then sanitized with potent chemical agents. Water filtration is especially important to make municipal water acceptable to drink. Municipal water systems contain chemical residue from pesticides, herbicides and industrial waste. It also contains several strains…

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Pet Health

How to Know if the Poultry in Your Pet’s Food is Chicken… or Roadkill

By Dr. Becker

In early October 2011, the poultry industry held a seminar in Nashville to discuss the use of poultry by-products in pet food.

A scientist employed by a major pet food company gave a presentation audaciously titled, The Importance of Rendered Ingredients in Pet Foods.

Of course, a more candid title would emphasize to whom rendered ingredients are important, which is primarily pet food manufacturers.

Rendered ingredients are often the opposite of “important” when it comes to nutrition for the pets eating the stuff.

At the same seminar, a member of the National Renderers Association gave a presentation on emerging markets for rendered products.

It seems in the U.S. we produce about 4 million metric tons of “animal protein meal” per year.

Pet food is the biggest growth market for rendered products.

I thought this would be a good opportunity to discuss the food rendering industry, what types of raw materials are rendered for inclusion in pet food, and how easy it is to become confused by what’s really in the commercial pet food you serve your dog or cat…..

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Please… Don’t Get a Dog!

By Dr. Becker

There was a time when the majority of dogs lived at least partly outdoors rather than inside the house like members of the family.

The widely held opinion of the day was, “Hey, they’re dogs – not people.”

A different species.

Not only furry and grubby, but downright unsanitary, disease-riddled critters.

And perhaps because dogs did spend so much time isolated from their humans — on the outside looking in – people and dogs didn’t bond in the same close way we commonly see today.

To a dog, life spent mostly alone in the backyard or fenced run is no life at all.

Canines are naturally social creatures.

It’s as hard for a dog to live without companionship as it is for a human.

Fortunately, in the last few decades more dog owners have become enlightened about the basic need of canine companions to feel close to their human ‘pack.’

And the more time people spend with their dogs, the stronger the bond between them grows – a bond that provides tremendous benefits for everyone involved.

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Positivity Mind and Body

Is there Power in Positive Thinking?

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How can we stay positive when competing demands and time pressure can impact everything from how our immune system functions, to whether or not we exercise, to the interactions we have with each other, and even to every breath we take? Our improved understanding of the relationship between behavior, physiology and disease development provides the rationale for integrative approaches that empower people for more mindful and effective navigation in today’s world. UCSF’s Dr. Margaret Chesney presents some of the current research on mind-body interventions and provides strategies to help enhance health and well-being. Series: Healthy Living [8/2010] [Health and Medicine] [Professional Medical Education] [Show ID: 19383]

[In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit, for research and/or educational purposes. This constitutes ‘FAIR USE’ of any such copyrighted material.]