The American Medical Association voted to urge the government to require high-salt foods to be labeled and also vowed to push the food industry to drastically cut the amount of salt in restaurant and processed foods. The goal would be 50% less salt w
A doctor and a consumer group have sued KFC in an effort to stop the chicken chain from cooking with high-fat partially hydrogenated oil. Dr. Arthur Hoyte, a retired physician from Rockville, Md., and the Center for Science in the Public Interest,
The American Medical Association voted to refine its ethical guidelines that forbid doctors from participating in torture or "coercive" interrogations of prisoners. Prompted by unconfirmed allegations that physicians or psychiatrists played
There's a potentially life-saving technique performed on most newborns on the second or third day of their life. If you were born after 1970, chances are it was done to you. It's called newborn screening. Doctors take a drop of blood from the
A main ingredient in beer may help prevent prostate cancer and enlargement. The ingredient is present in such small amounts that a person would have to drink more than 17 beers to benefit. [There has got to be a downside.]
Americans' unhealthy eating habits will be the target of the top US physicians' group when it votes on resolutions calling for reducing salt in food and for taxes on sugary soft drinks. The American Medical Association plans to focus on the
Tens of millions of low-income Americans will soon have to show their birth certificates or U.S. passports if they want to obtain health care through their state Medicaid programs. Federal law says only citizens, people granted asylum and legal immig
There's hope for the health of Al Bundy, the fictional couch potato who spent most of his television life on a sofa, if he were to start exercising today. Physical inactivity can create loads of problems such as heart disease, diabetes and obe
Did you know that many drugs are used legally in the US today for diseases and conditions they were never approved for? It's called off-label drug use, and it's a common practice that promotes the sale of prescription drugs and circumvents t
Is bird flu for real? What can I do to prevent my family getting infected? What can the government do to prevent my family from getting infected? What is the government doing to prevent my family from being infected?
Trying just one cigarette may not be so harmless for non-smokers after all. Scientists have discovered that a single cigarette has a "sleeper effect" that can increase a person's vulnerability for three years or more to becoming a re
[Like they don't cross over the border to use ours.] The answer to Canada's health-care woes does not lie in the "insane" system in place south of the border, former US president Bill Clinton said. The US model is a "colossal w
According to the new US guidelines to be issued this summer, testing for HIV virus could become a routine test during physical examination.
Testing for the AIDS virus could become part of routine physical exams if doctors follow new US guidelines. Federal officials would like HIV testing to be as common as a cholesterol check. Apply to every American ages 13 to 64,
Studies showing the negative or null effects of vitamin supplements are so common that it is surprising doctors still find these studies to be surprising. Vitamins are not as simply as ABC.
If you can walk a quarter mile, odds are you have at least six more years of life left in you. And the faster you can do it, the longer you might live.
[Yummy!] Only four to seven cows in America are likely to have mad cow disease, according to Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. The estimate comes from data from testing for the disease. Testing likely will be scaled back after a panel of independen
REICH: Libertarians may holler about this but it seems sensible and fair. (Here's some of that hollering)
In what appears to be an amazing success for American medicine, preliminary government figures released Wednesday showed that the annual number of deaths in the U.S. dropped by nearly 50,000 in 2004 — the biggest decline in nearly 70 years.
Silicone breast implants do not affect the risk of cancer in women who have cosmetic surgery, according to a company-funded study released on Tuesday that said smoking habits, weight and giving birth had a greater impact.
A state medical board has ordered 14 weight-loss businesses that perform a procedure called ear stapling to close their doors, alleging they are operating illegally. The businesses targeted receive compensation for offering treatment for obesity, Mor
Consolidation among health insurers is creating near-monopolies in virtually all reaches of the United States. Data from the AMA show that in each of 43 states, a handful of top insurers have gained such a stronghold that their markets are considered
The arrogance of elected government officials never ceases. However, in a welfare state society like that of the United States one cannot expect anything less. The Massachusetts legislature approved a bill last week that would force all residents o
Almost all of the state's poorest residents will have to show proof of US citizenship to continue getting medical care by July 1, under a little-noticed federal law that could endanger coverage for many, as Massachusetts is trying to expand acces
Residents of Massachusetts will be the first in the nation required to carry health insurance, just as motorists in many states are required to carry auto insurance.
The media has launched an assault against healthy lifestyles and some popular dietary supplements. The public has been thrust into a state of confusion by these frenzied media reports that contradict long-established scientific principles
[Orange Alert anyone?] Bush administration officials said it was "increasingly likely" that bird flu could be detected in the US this year, but added it may not mean the start of a human pandemic. The plan is sampling in Alaska, where scien
Small, independent pharmacists — those who don't work for big chain drugstores, such as Wal-Mart or Walgreens — say the Medicare program has been a huge financial problem. [There is a reason I call my sites Fascist Nation. Wake up!]
President Bush's plan to cut $36 billion from Medicare ran into stiff opposition from dozens of his fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives. Bush proposed trimming $36 billion over 5 years from Medicare,
The deadly H5N1 virus could spread to North America in the form of an outbreak in as little as six months, potentially causing an epidemic.