New research that looked at whether two commonly prescribed statin medicines, used to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad cholesterol’ levels in the blood, can adversely affect cognitive function has found that one of the drugs tested caused memory impairment in rats.
A California-based coalition of environmental and public health groups has released the fourth season of its acclaimed web series, The Toxies, a seven-part media presentation that brings to life some of the most deadly chemicals in our environment and food supply for the purpose of educating the public about them.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has quietly approved the first of a new generation of GE crops resistant to more toxic herbicides.
The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in legal battles.
Recent studies point to a strong link between aluminum and breast cancer. The correlation between aluminum and brain damage, including Alzheimer’s disease, has been established by extensive research and is reason enough to avoid aluminum exposure.
We’re all about combining potatoes and tomatoes together when cooking — but the development of a new plant, the TomTato, has us a little weirded out. The TomTato, now available in the U.K., is a tomato and potato plant in one. Both the tomatoes and potatoes ripen at the same time.
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90-year-old Charlotte Gerson looks very healthy for her age. Her blue eyes seem to sparkle with youth and vitality.
As consumer awareness grows around the risks associated with genetically modifying the food chain, the rise of foods that have been certified as having not been altered in the lab grows accordingly. The folks at Packaged Facts say non-GMO foods could potentially account for 30% of all U.S. food and beverage sales, or $264 billion worth, by 2017 — and if package labeling becomes mandatory, it could hit 40%!
As Indian pharmaceutical companies face charges of selling counterfeit drugs in Africa, India has dubbed the allegations as ‘calculated attempts’ by Western cartels to destroy its march to provide affordable medicines.
Ever heard of “shift work disorder?” It’s a new disease being played up by the pharmaceutical industry to sell drugs so dangerous that even the home page of the drug website admits the drug may kill you.
GWEN OLSEN spent fifteen years as a pharmaceutical sales rep working for such healthcare giants as Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Abbott Laboratories.
The curse of being a critical thinker is that you can’t turn it off, I’ve discovered. So you become a critical thinker about everything you’ve been told or taught, and as it turns out, most of what we’ve all been taught about genetics is a lie.
Very young children and the elderly may be at particular risk from a potentially carcinogenic chemical compound formed in margarines, bread and vegetable oils when heated, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
The Coca-Cola Company has won a legal rat race after a US jury ruled in its favor against a woman who claimed she found a dead rodent in a can of Minute Maid frozen lemonade.
Physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions for patients with existing coronary heart disease and stroke, suggests a review of evidence published in BMJ today.
French food safety agency ANSES recommends that the nation stop drinking energy drinks together with alcohol and during physical exercise due to the risk of adverse effects from caffeine.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is withdrawing approval for three arsenic drugs previously used in pig and poultry feed.
It appears mainstream science might finally be catching up with what nutritionists have known for hundreds of years: antioxidant-rich plant-based polyphenols can build health and stave off disease.
Health experts are warning that new vaccines for whooping cough are needed quickly and that additional booster shots for children are likely to be required as well for the disease after a new study found that the effectiveness of the current vaccine fades sharply over a period of time.
An increasing number of Americans are having trouble falling asleep at night and staying that way, says a new government report on sleeping pill use. According to data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly nine million Americans now pop pharmaceutical sleeping drugs like Ambien (zolpidem) and Lunesta (eszopiclone) on a regular basis just to get some normal shut-eye, a disturbing trend that appears to be ever-escalating.
An Italian research institute has severed collaborative ties with British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) following a major dispute over who should have access to a series of clinical trial data on antibiotic treatments.
Doctors have found a way to put healthy people’s poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections—a less yucky way to do “fecal transplants.” Canadian researchers tried this on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help.
Repeated warnings that antibiotics don’t work for most sore throats and bronchitis have failed to stop overuse: U.S. doctors prescribed these drugs for most adults seeking treatment at a rate that remained high over more than a decade, researchers found.
A study published in this month’s Environmental Health Perspectives found that perinatal exposure to toxic bisphenol-A (BPA) is linked to breast cancer later in life. Although literally hundreds of studies have shown BPA is poisonous to human health, this groundbreaking study is the first to confirm that developmental exposure to environmentally relevant bisphenol levels can cause malignant tumor formation.
Israel-based company Salt of the Earth has introduced a reduced-sodium salt, coloured with fruit and vegetable extracts, intended to help children learn to reduce the amount of salt they add to foods.
A vast majority of people who see their doctors for sore throats or acute bronchitis receive antibiotics, yet only a small percentage should, according to analyses of two major national surveys. Those illnesses usually are caused by viruses, and antibiotics — which only treat bacterial infections — do not help.
The incidences of dementia and Alzheimer’s in the United States are anticipated to increase along with people’s longevity. A study indicated that the direct and indirect medical costs in the country may be expected to double by the year 2040. The rising number of incidences of these mental conditions have triggered efforts to devise preventive measures. According to research specialists, people can modify their lifestyles to decrease the probability of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. These include integrating daily physical and mental exercises and a healthier diet.
Speculation about longevity, aging, and rejuvenation has flourished since antiquity.
Most of us have heard of the myth of Shangri-La, where people live for a thousand years, free from all earthly ills, in a land of perpetual sunshine. This is just one example among many.
Endo Health Solutions ($ENDP) tried hard to ward off generic competitors for its big-selling pain med Opana ER. For instance, it petitioned the FDA to block competitors on safety grounds. According to a new lawsuit, Endo also paid off generics maker–and potential rival–Impax Laboratories ($IPXL).
Endo accused of $112M payoff in Opana pay-for-delay suit
There’s an old saying: “Don’t drink the water.” But a scientist warns Americans not to drink water from plastic bottles if it’s been sitting in a warm environment for a long time. A research team examined 16 bottled water brands at 158 degrees for four weeks. The study found that as bottles warmed over the four-week period, antimony and BPA levels increased.
Deborah Swackhamer, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota, decided last year to investigate the chemistry of the nearby Zumbro River. She and her colleagues were not surprised to find traces of pesticides in the water.
If you don’t want to dumb down with age, vitamin D may be the meal ticket. A boosted daily dosage of the vitamin over several months helped middle-aged rats navigate a difficult water maze better than their lower-dosed cohorts, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The amount of antibiotics sold for use in livestock rose substantially in recent years, according to the Food and Drug Administration, a pattern that experts said was troubling given the efforts to battle antibiotic resistance in humans.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. (4502) was accused by a lawyer for a woman who blames Actos for her cancer of sacrificing safety for profit by failing to warn patients and doctors about the diabetes medicine’s risks.
China corruption settlement, check. Now GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) CEO Andrew Witty needs to come to terms with investors. With quarterly sales off and new drugs lagging, shareholders are demanding change at the top–and this time, some are willing to go on the record.
The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.
Waist circumference is a simple measure of total and intra-abdominal body fat. Although the prevalence of abdominal obesity has increased in the United States through 2008, its trend in recent years has not been known, according to background information in the article.
Billion is taxpayer monies have been spent on ineffective, dangerous and destroyed inventories (reported in the NY Times and The Wall Street Journal) on Tamiflu with no accountability or correction whatsoever.
~ Uncle Russ
A debate has raged over the past couple of years over whether world governments are wasting money by stockpiling Roche’s ($RHHBY) Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline’s ($GSK) Relenza to help combat a potential flu epidemic. At issue is a tough question: Are the drugs effective enough to justify the estimated $2 billion spent to stockpile them?
Now, it’s Sanofi ($SNY) digging into potential bribery in the Middle East. The French drugmaker told U.S. officials that it’s eyeing allegations from an anonymous whistleblower about improper payments from 2007 to 2012.
Atrial fibrillation (AF), characterized by a rapid and irregular heartbeat, is the most common chronic arrhythmia in adults, but is rare in children. In one of the first studies of pediatric “lone AF” (AF without associated heart disease), researchers found a nearly 40% recurrence rate and that AF in the young is accompanied by substantial symptoms. Three patients had significant complications: one with a stroke and two with substantially impaired heart function. The researchers’ findings are published in the October issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.
As legally allowed medical marijuana becomes more widespread, it is no surprise that many are realizing there is legal money to be made off of this traditionally illegal cash crop. Even Illinois has adapted medical marijuana laws, and soon it will be legal to buy weed in Chicago as long as you have a prescription. With so many dollar signs hanging in the air, ready to be snatched, it is no surprise to see agriculture giant Monsanto may be getting poised to jump into selling genetically modified marijuana as well.
You are what you eat, the saying goes, and now a study conducted by researchers at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Pittsburgh suggests that the oft-repeated adage applies not just to physical health but to brain power as well.
A new study finds children are prescribed antibiotics twice as often as is necessary.
Why corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century.
Artificial sweeteners have long been promoted as diet and health aids. But breaking research shows that these products may be leading to the very diseases they were said to help prevent: scientists have discovered that, after exposure to artificial sweeteners, our gut bacteria may be triggering harmful metabolic changes.
Artificial sweeteners, promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention, could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease; and they do it in a surprising way: by changing the composition and function of the gut microbiota – the substantial population of bacteria residing in our intestines.
A pilot study of American mothers’ milk has found levels of the herbicide glyphosate around 1,000 times higher than allowed in European drinking water. Campaigners are demanding a ban on the use of glyphosate on food crops.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. plans to cut about 5,000 employees mostly by the end of next year as part of a restructuring designed to slim the drugmaker’s business and make it more efficient.
After years of careless neglect that prompted threats of a lawsuit by environmental and human rights advocacy groups, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reluctantly agreed to nullify approval for three of the four arsenical drugs currently being used in conventional animal feed.
What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer.
Hospira has echoed the recent words of Amgen and Mylan by calling for biosimilars to be given the same international nonproprietary names (INNs) as original biologics.