Diabetes Treatment And Insulin Price Fixing
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - In a rare case in which a Nobel prize was awarded less than two years after the honored treatment modality was demonstrated, Canadians Frederick Banting and John Macleod shared the 1923 prize for their discovery of insulin.
Dec 9, 2017 - 7:13:06 AM
Striking A Blow Against A Killer Disease
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - While there are any number of killer diseases, few have a more deadly reputation than pancreatic cancer. Â The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research presents these grim summary statistics and related facts (culled from American Cancer Society data):
Dec 3, 2017 - 7:01:00 AM
Avoiding Dr. Hodad Part 2
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Last weekâ€™s article generated a lot of interest. Â It seems that many of us have had one or more bad medical experiences. Â But, as that piece indicated, it is by no means simple to either evaluate your doctor or a medical procedure.
Nov 25, 2017 - 7:05:39 AM
Avoiding Dr. Hodad
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - â€śDr. Hodadâ€ť is an acronym/nickname introduced by Johns Hopkins surgeon Marty Makary, in his book Unaccountable: What Hospitals Wonâ€™t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care.
Nov 19, 2017 - 7:00:43 AM
Serving the Medically Underserved
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Medically Underserved Areas/Populations are those having too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty, or a high elderly population.
Nov 11, 2017 - 9:36:51 AM
CBD, Diabetes, And Sleep
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - This column first covered Cannabidiolâ€”CBDâ€”in April, 2016. Â In that piece, we identified this Cannabis extract as a compound that not only has no psychotropic effects, but as the main source of Cannabisâ€™ medicinal properties.
Oct 29, 2017 - 7:01:52 AM
Can Lack Of Sleep Cause Type 2 Diabetes?
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - According to a CDC report released last July, more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes.
Oct 23, 2017 - 7:28:16 AM
A Look At Direct To Consumer Advertising Of Pharmaceutical Drugs
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Itâ€™s no secret that Big Pharma spends a fortune marketing its products direct to consumers. A good deal of this is targeted to aging Baby Boomers, who see it in the pages of countless magazines and newspapers, not to mention television.
Oct 15, 2017 - 8:39:08 AM
Parents For Healthy Kids: A Great Idea
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Many years ago, when I was in elementary school, you could count the number of fat kids in the entire student body on the fingers of one hand. Moreover, these few kids were likely to be on the stocky or barely chubby side, rather than truly obese.
Oct 8, 2017 - 7:00:45 AM
High Level Disinfection Might Not Be Good Enough For Endoscopes
This column has covered the so-called â€śprocessingâ€ť of endoscopes before.Â By way of background, three types of endoscopes are commonly used in hospitals: rigid, semi-rigid, and flexible.
Oct 1, 2017 - 9:57:16 AM
Hormone Replacement Therapy And Pernicious Good Intentions
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - As a woman approaches menopause, ovarian production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone is reduced.
Sep 24, 2017 - 6:30:11 PM
Not Legends Of The Fall: Theyâ€™re A Big Problem For Seniors
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The title of this piece may strike a chord for those familiar with Jim Harrisonâ€™s novella (1979) or the film version (1994). Â The work is a compelling epic melodrama, covering 50 years in the life of the Ludlow family.
Sep 17, 2017 - 7:00:14 AM
To Be Or Not To Beâ€”Military Version
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The famous soliloquy from Shakespeareâ€™s Hamlet reflects the title characterâ€™s profound internal conflict.
Sep 10, 2017 - 7:03:08 AM
Another Reason Not Mess With Meth
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - d-N-Methylamphetamineâ€”aka methamphetamine, meth, glass, ice, shard, crank, tina, tweak, yaba, and crystalâ€”is a highly potent drug, known to produce stimulation....
Sep 3, 2017 - 7:01:15 AM
A Review Of Some Topics In Complementary Medicine
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (part of NIH) offers the best definitions of the terms â€ścomplementaryâ€ť and â€śalternative,â€ť as they refer to healthcare:
Aug 27, 2017 - 8:56:56 AM
Total Solar Eclipses And Health
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Weâ€™ve been hearing about the great National Eclipse for months, and on August 21st it will finally arrive! In this article, we point out some interesting facts about this eclipse, and look at a few eclipse-related health scares you may have missed.
Aug 20, 2017 - 7:00:19 AM
A Look At The Opioid Crisis
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Letâ€™s start with some definitions (courtesy of NAABT and opium.com):
Aug 6, 2017 - 7:00:32 AM
Good News For e-Cigarettes
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - This column has previously covered e-cigs. The first article got into the outrageous conflicts of interest....
Jul 29, 2017 - 9:52:46 AM
Summer Sampler: Quick Takes On Some Interesting Stories
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - We spotlight a few healthcare happenings, thatâ€”as they used to sayâ€”have recently come across my desk. Letâ€™s begin our eclectic mix with...
Jul 23, 2017 - 7:00:25 AM
Tampering With Tamiflu
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Tamiflu (Oseltamivir phosphate) is an antiviral indicated for the treatment of influenza. The drug was approved by the US FDA in 1999; and was approved by the European Medicines Agency in 2002. As of 2014, the drug had generated sales in excess of $18 billion.
Jul 16, 2017 - 7:11:14 AM
ACSH And The Little Black Book Of Junk Science
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The American Council on Science and Health was founded in 1978 by the late Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan, and from the outset has been dedicated to publicly advocating and supporting evidence-based science and medicine.
Jul 9, 2017 - 7:00:00 AM
The Salt Fix: A Book Review
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - This column has covered the low-salt mythology in August and February of 2014.Â Certainly, articles have appeared over the years on insider blogs attacking the low-salt orthodoxy.
Jul 2, 2017 - 7:00:43 AM
Distracted: How Regulations are Destroying the Practice of Medicine and Preventing True Health-Care Reform
(HealthNewsDigest.com)- Modern day country doctor Matthew Hahn, MD applies his scalpel to much that is wrong with American healthcare in this excellent new book.
Jun 25, 2017 - 9:55:34 AM
A Look At Beta Blockers
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Beta-adrenoceptor antagonistsâ€”aka beta blockersâ€”are drugs that bind to beta-adrenoceptors and thereby block the binding of norepinephrine and epinephrine to these receptors.
Jun 18, 2017 - 7:00:47 AM
Should You Worry About Taking NSAIDs?
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are in widespread use, and are effective against pain and fever.
Jun 10, 2017 - 7:00:00 AM
Supplements And Food
(HealthNewsDigeswt.com) - A fascinatingâ€”if somewhat biasedâ€”history of the natural products/supplement industry appears on the blog of health journalist and bestselling author James J. Gormley. Here are a few highlights:
Jun 3, 2017 - 11:03:27 AM
Another Look At Ibogaine
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - This column first covered ibogaine last September. In the type of serendipitous turn that one might expect from the drug subculture, this naturally-occurring hallucinogenic drug was discoveredâ€”in the 1960sâ€”to have powerful anti-addictive properties.
May 28, 2017 - 8:48:21 AM
Another Look At Physician Suicide
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - We first covered this topic back in 2014. The linked article went through the basics...
May 21, 2017 - 9:06:39 AM
Have Mercy...On Those Infected With MRSA
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - MRSA (usually pronounced â€śmersaâ€ť) is an acronym for the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
May 14, 2017 - 4:58:24 PM
CBD And The NFL
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Itâ€™s not every day that a newspaper like theWashington Post puts a sports story on the front page. What makes this one rarer still is that it has nothing to do with a pending championship or even a big game.
May 7, 2017 - 8:10:45 AM
Unneeded Or Outdated Meds? Get Rid Of Them!
(HealthNewsDigest.com) Â - This article was inspired by National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which occurs this year on April 29th.
Apr 30, 2017 - 7:45:51 AM
Hear Ye, Hear Ye
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Youâ€™ve probably heard the statistic that healthcare is one-sixth of the US economy. Actually, at 17.8 percent of our gross domestic product, itâ€™s a bit more than one-sixth.
Apr 22, 2017 - 9:09:12 AM
Searching for Self-Help Resources--In Mental Health
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - For many, Easter season is a time for spiritual rebirth. But for those facing mental health issues, the traditional joy--expressed even in secular customs--may not be realized.
Apr 16, 2017 - 8:24:43 AM
Autism April--A Bit More
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Last weekâ€™s article generated a fair amount of e-mail--including some pointed questions from my friend Josh Bloom, of the American Council on Science and Health.
Apr 9, 2017 - 7:06:41 AM
How To Fundamentally Transform The National Healthcare System
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - This title--ambitious as it is--matches the title of an essay written by healthcare pragmatist Kent Holtorf, MD (Holtorf Medical Group, El Segundo, CA).
Mar 26, 2017 - 7:30:58 AM
Notable Trends In Healthcare Information Technology
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - As was discussed in several media outlets at the time, the so-called revolution in healthcare IT promised a decade or so ago has not exactly materialized.
Mar 18, 2017 - 10:43:54 AM
Therapeutic Essential Oils: More Than A Nice Fragrance
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The term â€śessential oilâ€ť may sound odd to our modern ears, since the usual meaning of â€śessentialâ€ť refers to a particular item being necessary or indispensable.
Mar 12, 2017 - 9:22:14 AM
A Look At Infertility
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - It's always nice to begin an essay with a pithy quote. However, in this Internet age, many quotes--as well as their attributions---have been challenged.
Mar 5, 2017 - 11:09:47 AM
Chronic Disease: Some Interesting Theories And A New Book
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Last year, this column examined the problem ofchronic disease. As that article noted, if you combine the list of chronic diseases....
Feb 26, 2017 - 8:34:48 AM
Less Clutter, Better Health
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Our friends at Merriam-Webster define â€śclutterâ€ť as â€śa mass of disorderly or distracting objects or details.â€ť
Feb 19, 2017 - 9:29:27 AM