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Ohio wants its money back — all $175 million. The state is suing five big pharma companies to get it, saying the companies committed fraud by flooding the market with addictive opioid painkillers, and in part, causing a state and nationwide drug epidemic.
The state claims the drug companies ran a marketing scheme that persuaded doctors to give opioids to uninformed patients and “illegally promoted the widespread use of opioids for chronic pain,” while falsely denying the powerful drugs’ risks. Ohio spent $175 million between 2006 and 2016 on the pills themselves through Medicaid and other health care programs, and millions more on addiction, health and foster care services.Read More »
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A new study carried out by the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in the UK and published in the Scientific Reports Journal said:
Toothpastes and a few other food products contain an additive called titanium dioxide, which may cause cancer.
An additive is a substance used in products to improve or preserve it. Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium. It is commonly referred to as E171 on the ingredient list and is often used in products like toothpastes, biscuits, chewing gums and sunscreen.Read More »
by Sisir K Majumdar
Frontier | Autumn Number, Vol. 48, No. 14 – 17, Oct 11 – Nov 7, 2015
There was always interchange of ideas between East and West-that have been a mutual stimulant to medical thought in both hemispheres. It was a stimulus based both on the continuity of the medical heritage of the past in its preservation and development within different cultures and the contact between these cultures that gave rise to a synthesis of ideas which has been of mutual benefit to all peoples all over the globe. Following the fall of the Roman Empire around 400 AD, when Western Europe sank into the Dark Ages (400—1000 AD) of semi-barbarism the great corpus of classical Greek medical literature was preserved in the emergent Islamic Empire of the Eastern Mediterranean. Here, many medical works of ancient Greece were preserved in Arabic transalation which would otherwise have been lost. Medical knowledge was further advanced especially in the fields of materia medica and Alchemy. Alchemy is the predecessor of modern scientific chemistry. It was an art by which its devotees sought, with the aid of a mixture of mysticism, astrology, practical chemistry and quackery, to transmute base metals into gold to prolong human life, etc. It flourished from about 500 AD till the Middle Ages (1100—1500 AD] when it gradually fell into disrepute.Read More »
CORNUCOPIA, WI – The latest report by The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, uncovers serious problems in cosmetics industry regulations. Regulatory weaknesses and loopholes allow for the use of questionable, even harmful ingredients in personal care products, such as toothpastes, that could negatively impact the health of the users.
Behind the Dazzling Smile: Toxic Ingredients in Your Toothpaste, describes how the quality of “natural” toothpastes varies significantly between brands and how these personal oral care products commonly include nonessential ingredients that may be harmful.Read More »
Granma | 12 January, 2016
The experience of providing services in Venezuela left its mark on Cuban cardiologist Daysi Luperon Loforte, who worked in the municipality of El Tigre, in the state of Anzoátegui, from 2006 to 2010.Read More »
By Myra Hunter
Morning Star | 31 December, 2015
WHY is it difficult to talk about menopause at work?
All credit to Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, who has challenged men as well as women to discuss the taboo topic of menopause in the workplace (M Star December 15).
This is important as women tend to find menopausal symptoms more difficult to deal with at work, and some working conditions can make their experience of the menopause worse.
Many women have few problems at all. But an estimated 25 per cent have uncomfortable hot flushes and night sweats that disrupt sleep. They can also fear being stereotyped and prefer not to reveal age and gender-related matters at work. And some have experience of indifference or lack of understanding from employers.
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Courtesy: Science Daily | 18 November, 2015
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found a link between higher levels of a specific kind of air pollution in major urban areas and an increase in cardiovascular-related hospitalizations such as for heart attacks in people 65 and older.Read More »