Health Timeline

Massachusetts Sends Parents ‘Hey, Your Kids Are Fat’ Letters

Childhood obesity

“Hey parents. Quick reminder: Your kids are fat.” That’s basically the gist of letters sent to Massachusetts families by the Department of Public Health, and boy are they causing an uproar. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has upset countless parents and children by requiring schools to calculate the body mass index (BMI) of students… Read more »

Lack Of Sleep Messing With Your Genes, Immunity

lack of sleep genes

A lack of sleep is one of the more miserable chronic issues of life, and, while scientists have discovered a host of issues connected with poor sleep (such as obesity and shorter life span), research has revealed more pitfalls for which a sleep-deprived populace is at risk. A new study on lack of sleep and… Read more »

Fibromyalgia Drugs Only Effective For 22 Percent

Common Medication Not Effective Treating Fibromyalgia

Research has revealed that fibromyalgia drugs are only effective for 22 percent of patients. Twenty-one percent of patients taking medication for the debilitating syndrome have to stop due to unwanted side effects. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome, most common in women, that is thought to cause long-term symptoms of pain and tenderness in soft tissues. Patients… Read more »

Bird Flu: Concerns About Airborne Version Of The Virus Spark Controversy

H5N1 pandemic

Bird flu concerns surrounding an airborne version of the disease being created via ongoing research continue to spark controversy. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the ban on avian flu research was just recently lifted. Concerns that advanced research on the “highly transmissible” H5N1 virus could inadvertently create an airborne version of bird flu continue… Read more »

FDA Approves Advanced Breast Cancer Drug Kadcyla

Breast Cancer drug Approved Kadcyla

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved the use of an advanced breast cancer drug that targets tumor cells. The drug Kadcyla is produced by Roche. Kadcyla combines the popular breast cancer drug Herceptin with a powerful chemotherapy drug. The drug then uses a third chemical to link those two drugs together…. Read more »

Morning-After Pill Is Not An Abortion, According To Science

Plan B abortion

Is the morning-after pill an abortion? Studies say no. Birth control is center stage in the national discussion these days due to the fight between the Obama administration and religious groups over new health rules that require contraception coverage for female employees. But the fight has less to do with birth control and more to… Read more »

Flu Shot Only Effective For 56 Percent Of Patients

Flu Vaccine Only Effective For 56 percent

A government study has revealed that the flu shot is effective for only 56 percent of patients. The vaccination, according to study, is least likely to protect the elderly against the flu. The vaccine tested was meant to protect against influenza A and influenza B. The research revealed that the influenza B vaccination was equally… Read more »

Pain Meds Cause Most Overdoses: CDC Study

pain meds cause overdoses

Prescription pain meds are to blame for the overwhelming majority of drug overdoses in the United States. Christopher M. Jones, a doctor of pharmacy, and his colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their findings in today’s issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. Caroline Cassels at Medscape Today… Read more »

Diet Soda May Not Make You Hungrier, Is Officially The Eggs Of Beverages

diet soda obesity

A new diet soda study has seemingly contradicted previous beliefs that consumption of the sweet but calorie free drinks has an undesired effect: increasing appetite and, thus, incremental weight gain. The new diet soda study adds to heaps of conflicting data about the much maligned drink. Much like eggs, it seems research can’t come to… Read more »

Consumer Group Asks FDA To Limit Sweeteners In Soft Drinks

Limit Sweeteners In Soft Drinks

The Center for Science in Public Interest has officially implored the FDA, urging them to require soda manufacturers to reduce the amount of sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup in their products. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a US regulatory agency responsible for setting health and safety guidelines for items such as food,… Read more »

Sitting Down: The Newest Thing That Gives You Cancer

Sitting too much

Sitting down too much could increase your risk of cancer, according to a new study. It’s an oft-repeated cliche (especially among smokers) that “everything gives you cancer.” More and more, it really seems that everything actually does. Case in point, “too much sitting” can now be added to the ever-growing list of things that will… Read more »

Lungs Of Pack-A-Day Smokers Fit To Transplant [Study]

Lungs of a smoker

Lungs taken from people who have habitually huffed and puffed a pack-a-day cigarette habit for more than 20 years are functional enough for transplantation. With overcrowded transplant waiting lists, some patients desperately requiring an organ would take a set of smokers’ lungs given the alternative. The average wait time for an available organ can be… Read more »

Human Brain Activity Map Project Planned By Obama

New project for human brain map announced byObama

The Obama administration has announced plans for a new project to map activity in the human brain. The 10-year project will examine the brain and construct a comprehensive map of neural activity aiming to understand exactly how the brain works right down to explaining the science behind consciousness. The Brain Activity Map Project will also… Read more »

Parkinson’s Drug Fails Clinical Trial

Fails Clinical Trial

A new Parkinson’s drug failed to meet expectation in a recent clinical trial despite showing initial promise. The failure dashed hopes among those seeking improved treatment for the disease. Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. Early symptoms can affect motor skills, often manifesting as rigidity, tremors, and slowness of movement. Behavioral… Read more »