Category Archives: Health

Stricter Fuel-Efficiency Standards For American Vehicles

In a move that is being heralded by environmentalists and automakers alike, the Obama administration announced on Aug. 28, 2012 that new fuel-efficiency standards will require the U.S. auto fleet to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The standards also regulate carbon dioxide emissions, which allow 144 grams per mile for passenger cars and 203 grams per mile for trucks. Continue reading Stricter Fuel-Efficiency Standards For American Vehicles

No more test tube babies

Abortion has been in the public eye as of late, largely due to attempts by conservative politicians and fundamentalist religious groups to impede or even entirely outlaw the practice. Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin recently caused a stir when he opposed abortion for rape victims based on unscientific ideas about how conception works, and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan stepped into the fray to defend him.

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Generic diabetes drug may fight cancer

A diabetes drug released in 1995 shows promise of possibly being a cancer-fighting treatment for those in need.

Metformin, which has been on the market for over 7 years, was approved by the FDA to help those with diabetes control their sugar intake. Since its introduction, it has become one of the most widespread drugs used for this purpose. The reason for this is the patent for metformin expired in 2002. This made the drug much cheaper, lowering the cost to a few pennies per pill as generic versions began hitting the market. Continue reading Generic diabetes drug may fight cancer

Drug-resistant malaria on the rise

Recent research is finding that resistance to the main form of malaria treatment is increasing.

Researchers have found drug-resistant strains of the parasites responsible for malaria over 500 miles away from sites of previous outbreaks of drug-resistant malaria. This would seem to indicate that the drug-resistant version of the disease is on the rise and spreading. Continue reading Drug-resistant malaria on the rise

New cancer-fighting drug is not so new

Aspirin, one of the cheapest pain relievers on the market, may have found a new use. It has been known for years that taking one aspirin a day can help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Recent studies suggest that this common painkiller may have been a long overlooked weapon in the fight against cancer. Continue reading New cancer-fighting drug is not so new

Artificial pancreas could provide relief for thousands

For many with diabetes, life is a constant drill of poking and prodding as many are required to regularly test their blood sugar levels. Pharmaceutical companies are working hard to be the first to create a fully artificial pancreas.

Currently, the artificial or bionic pancreas is undergoing a number of studies. The vast majority of these studies are small, lasting only three days. The reason for these short studies is that FDA regulations will not allow for the devices to be used outside of a hospital. Continue reading Artificial pancreas could provide relief for thousands

Nomophobia: A condition of the digital age

Nomophobia is described as the condition of being tense and/or anxious when not having access to a mobile phone. The condition is also known as no-mobile-phone-phobia. Recent research conducted by an Internet security firm has indicated that this condition of the digital age is growing at a rapid rate. Continue reading Nomophobia: A condition of the digital age

The controversy of the pink slime

Pink slime has become a recent buzz word in the media. Pink slime is the process through which scrap meat and connective tissue are cleaned and clarified to create ground meat safe for humans to eat. Attention was drawn to this issue by an episode of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

The process of creating pink slime is grinding scrap meat and connective tissue from parts of the animal most people do not eat. The connective tissue acts to firm the meat up. As the meat is being ground, a mixture of water and ammonia is added to the meat connective tissue mixture; this is done to help ensure the meat lasts longer by preventing E. coli or salmonella. The company that creates this product is called Beef Products, Inc. They are responsible for providing McDonald’s and other companies with their meat products. Continue reading The controversy of the pink slime

MicroCHIPS invents the pharmacy of the future

MicroCHIPS is a company that hopes that their flash-drive sized microchips could be the way of the future for doctors looking for a better way to treat their patients. In a study published in early February, MicroCHIPS released their findings on a new study involving women with osteoporosis. Continue reading MicroCHIPS invents the pharmacy of the future