Health Articles

National Institutes of Health Seeks Custom-Made Chairs . . . for Monkeys

6:17 AM, Apr 25, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is looking for custom-made chairs, but not just any chairs.

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Feds to Ban Junk Food in Schools

9:32 AM, Apr 12, 2014

The government is putting its (big) foot down.  No more junk food in schools.  As Danica Lo of Epicurious writes:

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Defense Dept. Fights the Enemy: Tobacco, Cigarettes

7:01 AM, Feb 19, 2014

The Department of Defense (DOD) has just announced that the public will be invited to vote in a video competition called "Fight the Enemy."  In this case, the enemy is tobacco.  The innovation office of the military's assistant secretary of defense for health affairs is sponsoring the competition among U.S. service members around the world who were invited to film and submit "tobacco countermarketing" videos.

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The Unhealthy Economy

1:14 PM, Dec 02, 2013

In a routine, short-run economic downturn, people tend to adopt more healthy behaviors.  You quit smoking and cut back on the drinking because … well, maybe to save money and maybe because you tend to focus more on the essentials and live less indulgently.  But our current long, lingering economic malaise seems to have pushed people toward unhealthy choices.  For release, perhaps, or from a fatalistic sense that things may not get better and so what.

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Obamacare Delenda Est!

9:28 AM, Nov 23, 2013

Scott Johnson calls attention to a column in the Roanoke Times by Sharon Ingerson, a registered nurse in Salem, Virginia.

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Mother Forced by Obamacare to Choose Between 'New Health Plan or Putting Food on the Table'

7:21 AM, Oct 11, 2013

An Allentown, Pennsylvania TV station reports that, because of Obamacare, one mother is forced to choose between a "new health plan or putting food on the table":

"One mother tells us the choice for her has come down to selecting a new health plan or putting food on the table," reporter Will Lewis says.

"A small group of people bound together by the need for health insurance, all say they are the people that the Affordable Care Act is not helping."  

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Joe Biden's Son Evaluated After 'an Episode of Disorientation and Weakness'

5:13 AM, Aug 20, 2013

The office of the vice president announced last night that Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, is in Houston being evaluated after "an episode of disorientation and weakness."

"This morning, the Vice President accompanied his son Beau Biden to Houston, Texas, where Beau is being evaluated to determine the cause of an episode of disorientation and weakness that he experienced while on vacation with his family last week," reads a statement from the vice president's office.

"Further information about the Vice President’s schedule will be forthcoming."

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Thank You for Not Vaping

The irrational hostility to e-cigarettes.
Aug 05, 2013

Smokeless, odorless, and, indeed, tobacco-less, electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” in common parlance, are projected to become a $1 billion industry this year. Yes, that’s “electronic” cigarettes: battery-powered gadgets that convert liquid nicotine into vapor, which the user inhales. The act is known—unfortunately, if accurately—as “vaping.” (It’s important to note that one doesn’t smoke an e-cigarette.) Some e-cigs are made to closely resemble actual cigarettes—they have the same shape and color and even an LED light at the end, designed to simulate a lit butt.

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Baseball’s Virtues

9:21 AM, Jul 06, 2013

"Because of the way in which baseball links the generations it has been a channel through which vital traits of American character are instilled. The health of baseball concerns all of America, and the health of ­America — perhaps especially the American family — finds itself reflected in the state of our national pastime. Baseball is a mirror of American liberty and of the virtues necessary to sustain it."

Diana Schaub, "America at the Bat," National Affairs, Winter 2010.

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Rubio to Introduce Senate Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

6:55 PM, Jul 02, 2013

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today agreed to be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill to ban abortion after an unborn child is 20 weeks old.  A similar measure passed the House last month and a state version is now being debated in the Texas legislature, where it is likely to be approved.

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HHS eCards: Lose Weight, Quit Smoking, Stop Bullying

12:25 PM, Jun 25, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website even has a selection of over 100 eCards that can be sent to friends and family to encourage them to lose weight, quit smoking, get screened for various diseases, and even stop bullying.

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Diabetes Death Rate Hits All Time High in New York City

10:02 AM, Jun 10, 2013

The New York City health department reports an all time high for diabetes-related deaths in the City, according to a press release announcing a new report.

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Rethinking Salt & Things

10:51 AM, May 15, 2013

If you have been worrying that you consume too much salt, then you might want to give that one a rest.  As Gina Kolata reports in the New York Times:

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Obama to Largest Abortion Provider: 'God Bless You'

"Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you."
10:36 AM, Apr 26, 2013

President Obama ended his address to the largest abortion provider in the U.S., Planned Parenthood, by saying, "God bless you."

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Restaurant Dined at By Obama Closed Due to Health Concerns

3:27 PM, Apr 05, 2013

A restaurant where President Obama took winners of his 2012 campaign’s “Dinner with Barack” contest was forced to close this week because it was cited for failing to comply with Washington, D.C.’s health and sanitation regulations.

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Feds to Allow Nicorette to Ease Off Warning Labels

8:56 AM, Apr 02, 2013

The federal government will now allow companies that sell "nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products," such as Nicorette, not to put warning labels on their merchandise, the Food and Drug Administration announced. The change, the FDA now admits, is because the warnings, which were mandated for the last 30 years, were misguided from the very beginning.

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White House Stats on Childhood Obesity Decline Pre-Date ‘Let's Move’

10:22 AM, Feb 28, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama is continuing her road trip celebrating the 3rd anniversary of her “Let's Move” initiative, appearing on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts on Tuesday and at an event with Rachael Ray on Wednesday. The initial press release last week 

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Hillary: 'I Still Have Some Lingering Effects From Falling On My Head'

"I'm, you know, looking forward to being at full speed," said Clinton.
7:34 PM, Jan 27, 2013

Hillary Clinton talked about her health briefly this evening on 60 Minutes. "I still have some lingering effects from falling on my head," she said. Clinton added, "The doctors tell me that will all recede."

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Napolitano, Sebelius to Accompany Biden to Richmond for 'Gun Safety' Roundtable Discussion

12:21 PM, Jan 24, 2013

Joe Biden will head down to Richmond, Virginia on Friday to give a "gun safety" roundtable discussion. The vice president will be accompanied by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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Hillary Clinton Releases Statement from Hospital ... on Haiti

9:35 AM, Jan 01, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been in the hospital the last couple days with a blood clot in her head, released a statement yesterday. But it had nothing to do with her health. Instead, the statement was on "Haiti's Independence Day."

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Clinton to Go Back to Work

9:53 AM, Dec 28, 2012

Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy reports:


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to the State Department next week after three weeks of recovery from a stomach virus and a related concussion, The Cable has confirmed.

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Michelle Obama to Hold Large Health Initiative Event in London

10:25 AM, Jul 26, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama will hold a large event for her health intiative Let's Move in London tomorrow. The White House announced: 

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FDA Approves Over-the-Counter HIV Testing

12:19 PM, Jul 03, 2012

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, the first over-the-counter, self-administered HIV test kit to detect the presence of antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and type 2 (HIV-2). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)," a press release from the FDA states.

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We're From the Government, and We're Here to Help You Lose Weight

8:15 AM, Jun 26, 2012

While most of Washington is waiting around, nervously chewing on its fingernails in anticipation of the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision (may I have the envelope, please), there are some who are still in the fight. As Melissa Healy writes in the Los Angeles Times:

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The Fat Police

A sugary slope.
10:05 AM, Jun 07, 2012

The mayor of New York does not believe that a willing buyer in search of a 32-ounce soft drink and a willing seller of the same should be allowed to make the deal. This, in a city that is famous for deals that involve quite a bit more than a few pints of sugar water and do a whole lot more societal damage. But never mind. People may have gone bust when Lehman went toes up, but nobody got obese as a result of its over-indulging in credit default swaps.

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Gallup: Americans Want Repeal

3:29 PM, Nov 16, 2011

A new Gallup poll shows that Americans want repeal and that about two-thirds of those who want repeal think it’s “very important.”

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