F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspections of Some High-Risk Foods

Food safety inspectors furloughed during the federal government shutdown will be returning to work beginning Tuesday — but still without pay — so that the Food and Drug Administration can begin to resume inspections of some high-risk foods at manufacturing and other processing plants, the agency’s commissioner said on Monday. Food inspections — about 160 …

Researchers Successfully Turn Breast Cancer Cells Into Fat to Stop Them From Spreading

Researchers have been able to coax human breast cancer cells to turn into fat cells in a new proof-of-concept study in mice. To achieve this feat, the team exploited a weird pathway that metastasising cancer cells have; their results are just a first step, but it’s a truly promising approach. When you cut your finger, …

F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspecting Some High-Risk Foods

Food safety inspectors furloughed during the federal government shutdown will be returning to work beginning Tuesday — but still without pay — so that the Food and Drug Administration can begin to resume inspections of some high-risk foods at manufacturing and other processing plants, the agency’s commissioner said on Monday. Food inspections — about 160 …

Meth’s resurgence highlights lack of meds to combat addiction

This story is from Kaiser Health News In 2016, news reports warned the public of an opioid epidemic gripping the nation. But Madeline Vaughn, then a lead clinical intake coordinator at the Houston-based addiction treatment organization Council on Recovery, sensed something different was going on with the patients she checked in from the street. Their …

Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a car crash, report reveals 

You are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a car crash in the US for the first time in history, a new report reveals.  Amid the unrelenting opioid crisis, the National Safety Council found that the odds of dying of an overdose are one in 96, compared to one in 103 …

U.S. Lawmaker Launches Investigation Into Pharma Drug Pricing

A top U.S. lawmaker launched an investigation into pharmaceutical industry pricing practices on Jan. 14, less than a week after he and fellow Democrats introduced legislation aimed at lowering medicine prices. Representative Elijah Cummings, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, sent letters to 12 drugmakers seeking information on price increases, investment in research and development, …

Grown Woman Writes Open Letter to Mother Who Drugged Her as Child for ADHD

Parent shaming is nothing new. Long before social media came around, stares, whispers and snap judgments still existed. For parents with children who have special needs or learning disabilities, it can be easy to make assumptions based on what we see but don’t truly know much about. One woman living with ADHD understands the struggles …

Vegans more likely to take sick days than meat eaters: UK study

Veganism is a lifestyle prized for its superior health benefits. Yet, according to one study, your vegan colleague takes twice as many sick days as the office carnivores. According to one survey conducted in the UK analysing 1000 office workers, vegans take almost five days off a year for flu, cold and other minor ailments – twice the …

Black Patients Are 40 Percent Less Likely Than White Patients to Get Pain Meds From EMTs

A recent study out of Oregon suggests emergency medical responders—EMTs and paramedics—may be treating minority patients differently from the way they treat white patients. Specifically, the scientists found that black patients in their study were 40 percent less likely to get pain medication than their white peers. Jamie Kennel, head of emergency medical services programs …

Woman in Pain for 14 Years After Shattering Ankle at Age 13, Makes Brave Decision To Amputate Leg

After living in chronic pain for 14 years, 27-year-old Jo Beckwith made the tough decision to amputate her leg below the knee. At age 13, Beckwith was living a horse lover’s dream. She was galloping in a field with her horse, soaking up the delicious freedom of childhood: wild, free and loving every minute. But …

Rand Paul heading to Canadian private hospital for hernia operation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s attorneys say in a court filing that he plans to undergo hernia surgery in Canada because of injuries he suffered when a neighbour attacked Paul while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home. The filing in Paul’s lawsuit against Rene Boucher says the senator will travel …

Ticks and how to safely remove them from you and your pets (no, eyebrow tweezers don’t cut it)

Updated January 15, 2019 10:16:09 If the mere mention of ticks sends a shiver down your spine, you’re not alone. But knowing more about the tiny creatures, how to spot them, and how to safely remove them from you or your pet may help to allay your fears. Here’s what you need to know. What …

Texas Teacher Diagnosed With Rare Cancer After Complaining of ‘Stomach Bug’

A teacher in Texas was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer after initially believing she had a stomach bug. Victoria Flores, 31, was diagnosed with bile duct cancer, which is typically found in elderly men. The elementary school teacher is in a hospital bed as doctors work to treat the mass, which is too …

Judge blocks Trump effort to roll back birth control mandate nationwide

Amy Goldstein Reporter covering health-care policy and other social policy issues January 14 at 4:54 PM A federal judge in Pennsylvania stepped in at the last moment to pause Trump administration rules that would restrict the ability of some women to get birth control at no charge because their employers object on religious or moral …

The Latest: Trump birth control rules blocked nationwide

The Latest on rulings on Trump birth control coverage rules (all times local): 5:40 p.m. A federal health official says the nationwide injunction on Trump administration rules that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control will force Americans to “violate” their consciences. Health and Human Services Department spokeswoman Caitlin …

This Facebook Group’s “Health” Trend Has Gone Viral Because It’s Just So Grim

The 21st century has been pretty weird. After centuries of scientific advancements, fringe groups have decided they’re not a big fan of the dietary advice and ground-breaking medical treatments that have helped extend our lifespans enormously. Now joining the long list of things humanity is insisting on doing despite knowing better comes “urine therapy”. Yes, …

Brainstorm Health: Nature Vs Nurture, Outcome Health Rebrand, Drug Pricing Investigation

Outcome Health’s rebrand. Outcome Health, the digital health-focused advertiser, hasn’t exactly had the most chipper few years. The tech startup was accused of obfuscating and manipulating metrics data to clients, leading to lawsuits and an executive shakeup. But the company’s top brass asserted that the firm has changed during the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) conference …

Attempted murder charge for WA mother accused of poisoning baby with bleach

A Perth mother accused of poisoning her own baby son with bleach will spend the next week under guard in a mental health hospital. On Monday, Ellenbrook mother Brooke Evelyn Lucas was charged with attempted murder. Relatives have said that one year old William is “doing better” and have pleaded for the abuse directed at …

UCLA Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s Perfect 10 Routine Goes Viral

Getty ImagesTim Nwachukwu On Saturday night, UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi front-flipped, then front-flipped with a twist, then front flipped again with another twist before bounding up into the air and landing in a split—all perfectly in time with a riff from Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” That—plus the rest of her heart-stopping …