A re-warmed coffee scare brought to you by Prop 65 activists - Activists are suing Starbuck's because their coffee contains acrylamide — a supposed carcinogen. But it's not really about public health at all — just a move to generate funding and attention. Read more.
Number of smokers in NYC surpasses one million - As smoking rates fall across the country, the
percentage of New Yorkers who smoke is paradoxically on the rise. This is a
wake-up call to the city's public health officials that the time has come to
try novel approaches to helping smokers quit. Read more.
Whole Foods' Anti-GMO Swindle - The use of labels to differentiate between GM
and non-GM foods is arbitrary, but they are effective in generating unnecessary
fear in consumers. And who benefits? Whole Foods and other like-minded organic
food companies looking to make a profit. Read more.
Water pollution not from fracking, it
seems - neither are "health" effects - Fracking news, pro (water
"contamination" not frack-related from a group based at Ohio State
University) and con (junk "survey" of residents of Pennsylvania
alleging health effects from nearby natural-gas wells and drilling). Read more.
Important discussion elucidates the
forces behind "chronic Lyme" scams - The beat goes
on: "chronic Lyme disease" quacks and scammers exploit minimal
knowledge and maximal greed to "treat" ingenuous patients
indefinitely for a condition they do not have, and likely does not exist. Read more.
testosterone? Grow your own - Should men who have testosterone
levels within the normal range be taking drugs to boost them? No, says the FDA.
The only use of testosterone replacement should be in specific, rare instances
such as hypogonadism (low T). Read more.
Medicare coverage for CT-lung screening
in high-risk individuals - Lung cancer kills 435 people in the
US each day, making it the leading cancer killer in America among both men and
women. CT-lung screening can potentially save lives, but Medicare does not as
yet provide coverage for high-risk individuals. Read more.