Thursday, November 19, 2015

American Council on Science and Health

Drug For the Lazy is Just Crazy
No, this is not from satirical magazine. But there are some doctors recommending that stimulant drugs should be used by some who are too lazy to exercise. That's right — take a pill that will make you less lazy, so that you might go to the gym. But, what happens if you are too lazy to pick up the pills? 
Implanted insulin pumps deliver regular, blood-sugar-based insulin doses to Type 1 diabetes patients, who are often children and teens. This study documents the variability in utilizing this state-of-the-art therapy among various nations, and asks why such variability exists and how it can be remedied. Read more

A new study says that high-dose Vitamin C selectively kills cells that carry a common cancer mutation in mice, and slowed the growth of tumors with the mutation. Seems promising, but it's way too early to say if this will apply to human health. In the meantime, be wary of the headlines. Read more
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is one of those vaccine-preventable diseases that have been on the rise, as we pointed out here. That's because of waning immunity and low rates of revaccination, as well as fears of some parents. Read more

When parents consider video games, many thoughts come to mind -- but a medical prescription may not be one of them. Two companies have completed small, clinical trials aimed towards achieving FDA approval for its interactive brain games as a therapeutic option for kids with ADHD. Read more

How obesity feeds into insulin resistance remains somewhat of a mystery. A new study, which confined normal-weight men to hospital beds while having them consume 6,000 calories per day, sheds some light onto the possible cause of insulin resistance in the obese. Read more
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving forward with federal regulations to ban cigarette smoking in public housing across America. Which raises the all-important question: How far do personal rights extend when unhealthy behavior is involved?  Read more
A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins revealed a greater prevalence of erectile dysfunction, also known as ED, among men with vitamin-D deficiency. Further investigation is needed to see if optimizing this vitamin level could be used to prevent ED from developing. Read more
Many homeowners and those buying property are concerned about potential radon-related health issues, specifically having to do with radiation exposure as a cause of cancer. A new publication by Dr. Jerry Cuttler, an advisor at the American Council, dispels that concern using science. Read more
A hair-styling movement is underway that shuns shampoo, which critics say has toxic chemicals and deprives hair of its natural oils. It's being replaced with products containing aloe vera extracts and essential oils. This silliness is only stirring up fear for those who were otherwise happy with their hair products. Read more

Actor Charlie Sheen told the world that he is HIV-positive. This was once considered a death sentence. However, it is now possible to manage this chronic disease, and nearly eliminate the risk of transmission by suppressing the viral load. Here's an explanation on how that's done. Read more
Placing a stent in coronary vessels to relieve a blockage does not improve survival in patients with chronic stable ischemic heart disease. A recent study validates findings from an earlier, important trial that includes an extended follow-up of 15 years with its participants. Read more
The U.S. Department of Justice is now finally doing what the FDA has been prevented from attempting in the past it's taking down makers and sellers of supplements, pursuing criminal and civil charges stemming, in part, from unlawful advertising practices. Read more
Although many consumers believe organic food is better than the conventionally-produced varieties — and are willing to pay a premium for it — U.S. farmers apparently aren't drinking this particular KoolAid. At least, they're not rushing to grow organic crops. Read more
A recent study looked at psychosocial work factors and their impact on obesity. It showed a correlation between the number of workplace decisions and a person's waist size. Researchers focused on two job components, skill discretion and decision authority. Here's what they found. Read more



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