- Vaccination opt out is a cop out that literally is making people sick, says infectious disease leader
- Compounds in saliva, common body proteins may fend off DNA-damaging chemicals in tea, coffee and liquid smoke
- Meditation: Healing more than just minds? Mindfulness intervention for people with diabetes, coronary heart disease
- Indoor tanning, even without burning, increases the risk of melanoma
- Families with preschoolers buying fewer high calorie foods and beverages
- More access to health care may lead to unnecessary mammograms
Posted: 30 May 2014 11:24 AM PDT
Measles have reached a 20-year high in the United States and the cause lies squarely with those who deliberately refuse to be vaccinated. Eighty-five percent of the unvaccinated U.S. residents who contracted measles cited religious, philosophical or personal reasons for not getting immunized. "Religious, philosophical or personal reasons are not medical reasons for not getting vaccinated," says one infectious disease expert.
Posted: 30 May 2014 10:31 AM PDT
A compound in saliva, along with common proteins in blood and muscle, may protect human cells from powerful toxins in tea, coffee and liquid smoke flavoring, according to results of a new study. The findings suggest that the presence of these defenses could help explain why PLPs are not crippling cells and causing illness as would be expected from their toxic punch and widespread use, the researchers say.
Posted: 29 May 2014 11:23 AM PDT
Researchers examine how meditation and mindfulness affect people with diabetes mellitus and coronary heart disease. Mindfulness-based interventions have been hailed as effective in targeting negative cognitions such as worry and thought suppression, but their ability to improve long-term conditions (LTCs) has remained unexamined. Mindfulness, as defined by the study, is a "heightened sense of present centered self-awareness that fosters non-judgmental observations of emotions, bodily states, and other sensations in the attentional field, leading to mental well being."
Posted: 28 May 2014 01:37 PM PDT
People sometimes use indoor tanning in the belief that this will prevent burns when they tan outdoors. However, indoor tanning raises the risk of developing melanoma even if a person has never had burns from either indoor or outdoor tanning, according to a study.
Posted: 28 May 2014 07:29 AM PDT
Families with young children are purchasing fewer high calorie drinks and processed foods, which may be a factor in declining rates of childhood obesity, finds a new report. "Somewhere between 2003 and 2010, the upward trend in childhood obesity started to stall, leveling off around 2007," said the lead study author. The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showed a significant decline in obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years, from 12.1 percent to 8.4 percent.
Posted: 27 May 2014 10:33 AM PDT
Providing better access to health care may lead to the overuse of mammograms for women who regularly see a primary care physician and who have a limited life expectancy, researchers suggest. The cautionary note is that screening women in this category could subject them 'to greater risks of physical, emotional and economic suffering.'
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