Drugs and Side Effects

Pills Galore

If drugs only had the beneficial effects that they are designed for all would be well.  However, all drugs have what is commonly known as side effects.  According to Wikipedia, “In medicine, a side effect is an effect, whether therapeutic or adverse, that is secondary to the one intended; although the term is predominantly employed […]

Osteoarthritis is Becoming More Common

Human knee pain with the anatomy of a skeleton leg

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease.  It was once considered a problem of older folks but it is now becoming more common in middle-aged and even young adults as a result of obesity and sports related injuries.  Traditionally doctors advised people with osteoarthritis to take it easy to protect their joints.  However, studies now find that weight loss combined with exercise specifically to […]

The High Cost of Healthcare

woman with fruits rejecting junk food

When it comes to saving our healthcare system and actually improving our collective health, no amount of money, insurance, doctors, new technology, drugs or Obamacare will be successful or save us from rising costs and disease.  Healthcare and health insurance costs continue to rise by almost 12% per year with many insurance premiums seeing even […]

Children Need to Be Taught to Eat Healthy

Potato chips and dip

Researchers have determined that a child’s taste preferences are forged at home and most often involve salt, sugar and fat.  Moreover, young kids learn quickly what brands deliver the goods.  In the journal Appetite, T. Bettina Cornwell of the University of Oregon and Anna R. McAlister of the University of Wisconsin report on their study of […]

FDA Panel Rejects Food-Dye Warnings

Food Coloring in Wine Glass

Need another reason to avoid processed foods? On March 31, 2011 a Food and Drug Administration panel advised the FDA in an 8 to 6 vote that warning labels are not needed for a possible link between artificial food dye and hyperactivity in children.  They did state however that more studies need to be done. […]