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Study throws new light on impact of Great Depression on human DNA
Sandipan Talukdar: The findings suggest that the economic recession impacted how people would age, even before they are born. The cells of those who were conceived during the Great Depression show signs of faster ageing ... adds to the body of research on how exposure to conditions of hardships like stress and starvation when a baby is conceived can shape their health for their whole life. ... “findings highlight how social programs designed to help pregnant people could be a tool for fighting health disparities in children.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 28, 2022, 3:35pm

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Millions Suffer as Junk Food Industry Rakes in Profit
Colin Todhunter: Increased consumption of ultraprocessed foods (UPFs) was associated with more than 10% of all-cause premature, preventable deaths in Brazil in 2019. That is the finding of a new peer-reviewed study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. ... Examples of UPFs are prepackaged soups, sauces, frozen pizza, ready-to-eat meals, hot dogs, sausages, sodas, ice cream, and store-bought cookies, cakes, candies and doughnuts. ... The food industry has vigorously mobilised to stop vital public health legislation in this area by pushing free trade agreements and deregulation drives, exercising undue influence over regulatory bodies... Visit Website ]
Nov 16, 2022, 5:19pm

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Cannabis holds promise for pain management, reducing the need for opioid painkillers – a neuropharmacology expert explains how
Benjamin Land: Opioid emergency room visits drop by nearly 8% and opioid prescriptions are modestly lower in states where marijuana is legalized. ... cannabinoids could potentially be used to offset the use of opioids such as morphine and oxycodone that are commonly used in pain treatment ... Both THC and CBD have been shown in numerous studies to lessen pain, though – importantly – they differ in which receptors they bind to in order to produce these effects. ... THC is believed to reduce inflammation in a manner similar to anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen... Visit Website ]
Nov 2, 2022, 2:52pm

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Mind, Body, Spirit, Government Funds: Is IHS Failing Native Americans?
Ryan Hudgins: Native American communities have significantly higher rates of suicide, overdoses, and alcohol poisoning than the general population. ... One of the major drivers? The inability to engage in spiritual and communal practices during the pandemic. ... Congress has severely underfunded the Indian Health Service, an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services, for decades. ... It can be challenging for people outside of Native cultures to understand the importance of weaving indigenous cultural supports into the behavioral health care setting, ... “We need providers — who work with families, children, and communities preventatively — with an understanding of historical trauma and social drivers of health,” ... “Ultimately, we save ourselves.”... Visit Website ]
Oct 27, 2022, 12:37pm

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Press Coverage of Declining US Life Expectancy Evades the Truth
W. T. Whitney: U.S. press coverage of bad news on life expectancy barely mentions international comparisons and neglects the political and economic context of the drop in life expectancy. ... Unsurprisingly, there are no calls for universal access to healthcare, improved preventative care, additional first-contact providers of care, removal of financial barriers, and higher quality of care. ... There is silence on social class. ... The 2021 life expectancy of both countries (China and Cuba), 78.2 years and 79 years, respectively, was higher that year than that of the United States... China and Cuba are socialist countries that redistributed wealth and opted for working-class political power... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2022, 12:26pm

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For a Healthier Society, Ditch the Myth of Normal
Gabor Maté: on how our toxic culture is making us ill ... His book: The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture ... what many consider “success” and says nothing about poverty, racism, or sexism—three cancers of the modern Western world with serious health impacts that are thoroughly documented but seldom discussed ... To assume that this society, because it’s the norm, is therefore natural and healthy, is a really false and dangerous assumption ... I think there’s a real spectrum of well-being and ill-being that runs through society. ... There are no clear lines between normal and abnormal... Visit Website ]
Sep 4, 2022, 3:46pm

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Bayer facing long line-up of new Roundup trials as cancer takes toll
Carey Gillam and Aliya Uteuova: One trial is underway now in Monsanto’s former hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, while another in Missouri is scheduled to start in October and yet another trial is set in Hawaii for November. Several others are on court calendars in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida and elsewhere well into 2023. ... the new trials mark a renewed effort to either force Roundup off the market or ensure a cancer warning is added to the weedkiller’s label ... The first lawsuits were filed in 2015 shortly after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen, finding “strong” evidence of genotoxicity and a “statistically significant association between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and exposure to glyphosate.”... Visit Website ]
Aug 23, 2022, 10:55am

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Cuba develops successful treatment against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Elizabeth Espinoza: Visiting Mexico, Héctor Vera Cuesta, director of Ciren (International Center for Neurological Restoration), highlights the progress that the NeuroEPO substance represents, since it improves the quality of life of patients. ... a treatment for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s that, based on a molecule, prevents neurons from continuing the degeneration process ... in patients with Parkinson’s and they detected that said substance improved their motor condition, but much more the cognitive part ... It is very safe and very easy to administer, because it is through the nasal route, where a few drops are administered”... Visit Website ]
Aug 18, 2022, 12:59pm

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The Strike at Kaiser
Cal Winslow: Thousands of Northern California Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians, members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), are on strike. ... “For the past decade, Kaiser psychologists, therapists and social workers have done everything in their power to make Kaiser fix its broken mental health care system... are striking to compel Kaiser to put an end to its gaping disparity between the care it provides for mental and physical health conditions ... few could deny that this country is experiencing a deep crisis in mental health (depression, addiction, suicide) made all the worse by COVID, the massacres, a political malaise, and the spectacle of never-ending war... Visit Website ]
Aug 16, 2022, 11:51am

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Yes, Providing Drug Users With Safe Drugs Will Fight the Opioid Crisis
David Moscrop: Vancouver is the latest city to sign up for a Safe Supply program, which provides safe drugs to users. Pilot programs — and the failure of the war on drugs — show that this approach is the best way to combat the opioid crisis. ... The goal of safe supply is to reduce harm, save lives, and give people who use drugs control of their lives. ... Combined with an economic system that undervalues, underpays, overworks, and structurally exploits individuals, the state is fighting a war against the consequences of its own decisions... Visit Website ]
Aug 3, 2022, 2:32pm

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Traditional Medicine in the Modern World
Cesar Chelala: Traditional practices of both preventive and curative health care have existed for thousands of years, and today they are often used in conjunction with modern medicine. ... In the South American Andean countries of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, traditional medicine still plays a prominent role in the health care of indigenous communities ... Equilibrium and harmony with nature is considered the basis for good health ... Healing is achieved when harmony is restored between the sick people and their environment... Visit Website ]
Jul 28, 2022, 3:51pm

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The Activist Offering: We Need Over-the-Counter Birth Control
Steph Black: The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing an application for a prescription progestin-only birth control pill to become available over the counter. ... “Research has documented that the prescription requirement is a barrier for many people and can push birth control out of reach because it means a potentially costly healthcare provider’s visit, taking time off of school or work to get to the appointment, and more.” ... oral contraception is one of the safest and most studied medications in the world ... “Over-the-counter birth control pills would reduce many of these barriers and advance health equity.”... Visit Website ]
Jul 19, 2022, 5:03pm

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For Indigenous Peoples, Abortion Is a Religious Right
Abaki Beck & Rosalyn LaPier: For thousands of years, reproductive health care has been an important part of Indigenous peoples’ cultural practices, which include religious rituals, sacred rites, and the right to abortion. ... Indigenous peoples have utilized the knowledge of medicinal plants throughout every stage of reproductive health care ... Whether using medicinal plants or religious rituals, Blackfeet people viewed reproductive health and bodily autonomy as part of our relationship with the sacred realm... Visit Website ]
Jul 9, 2022, 12:48pm

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Electromagnetic Fields Forever
Kathy Deacon: EMFs received a fair amount of media attention. Those directly concerned with the problem—such as public health advocates and residents of communities where children lived near power lines—complained no action was being taken. ... In June of 2001, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), finally weighed in, classifying EMFs as “possibly carcinogenic” ... As each and every cell phone company installs its own separate antennae every two or three blocks–there will be no escape from interconnectivity– or RF radiation–in the coming “Internet of Things.” ... “The richest man on the planet is building cars that will expose passengers to complex EMFs... Visit Website ]
Jul 3, 2022, 3:48pm

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China And The US Response To Covid-19
John V. Walsh: Covid deaths in the US (over 1 million) and China (about 5000) ... Clearly China put the saving of lives above the advance of the economy with its “dynamic zero Covid policy.” ... But contrary to what was believed in the West at the time, saving lives also turned out to be better for the economy ... what does it say when the US, one of the richest nations in the world, spending over $1 trillion a year on its “national security” budget, could not muster the means to deal with Covid-19 and ended up with more deaths than any other nation on earth?... Visit Website ]
Jun 28, 2022, 11:26am


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