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For Diet & Lifestyle Change, “Accentuate the Positive”

A recent study out of Taiwan indicates that people are more likely to be motivated by positive messages about health and nutrition than negative ones. That is, they respond more to information about promoting and supporting healthy behaviors and positive outcomes than to information about preventing disease and warding off negative outcomes. This suggests...

Botanical Relief for Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are not only culprits that keep people from enjoying the bloom of spring or the coolness of fall, but they can be painful and miserable altogether, sometimes even triggering mood disorders. The pollen and mold trigger a rise in proinflammatory leukotrienes and prostanoids in the mucus membranes, and ushers in an army...

Public’s Anger Toward And Loss Of Trust In Big Pharma Is Adding Fuel To The Fire Of Measles Outbreak

An erosion of public trust in anything Big Pharma says is undermining advocates' efforts to get parents to trust the vaccines that are coming from the companies. Meanwhile, in California legislation moves forward that would remove doctors' ability to grant exemptions--placing that authority in a state official, instead. News comes out of Oregon,...

New WHO Guidelines On Screen Time: Zip For Infants Under One, One Hour Max For Kids Under Five

In addition to setting harsh guidelines on how much time children spend on devices, the United Nations' agency recommends high-quality programming and includes advice on physical activity and sleep. Pediatrician groups have previously expressed concerns on the issue, some differing from WHO's. The New York Times: W.H.O. Says Limited Or No Screen Time For...

Scientists Develop Prosthetic Voice That’s Able To Interpret Brain Signals And Turn Them Into Understandable Speech

The development offers much hope for patients who have lost their ability to speak through strokes, neurodegenerative disorders or accidents. The New York Times: Scientists Create Speech From Brain Signals“In my head, I churn over every sentence ten times, delete a word, add an adjective, and learn my text by heart, paragraph by paragraph,”...

Public Health Threats Are On The Rise, But Resources To Fight Them Have Been Slashed Across The Country

Thousands upon thousands of public health positions have been eliminated as budgets have been tightened, just as public health threats are steadily increasing. In other public health news: surgical robots, knee injuries, drug recalls, staffing levels, aging, mental health, and more. Modern Healthcare: Report: Public Health Funding Falls Despite Increasing ThreatsYears of budget cuts...

Lawmakers Question Why HHS Hasn’t Worked Out Stalemate With Gilead Over Royalties For HIV Prevention Pill

The research done to create the life-saving pill was funded by taxpayer money, but talks have stalled about royalties so the government hasn't been able to collect. For its part, a Gilead spokesman said “there are no ongoing negotiations between Gilead and HHS” about patents owned by the government. In other pharmaceutical news:...

A Bipartisan Consensus: Vast Majority Of Americans Want Government To Do Something About Surprise Medical Bills

Majorities in both parties also want the government to act on high drug prices as well, a new tracking poll finds. The poll also shows that the Trump administration is out of sync with Americans when it comes to overturning the health law. Just slightly more than one-fourth of the public overall say...

State Highlights: Roundup Manufacturer Asks Calif. Appeals Court To Throw Out $78M Verdict; Louisiana House Approves Amendment To Ban Abortion

Media outlets report on news from California, Louisiana, Florida, Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Oregon, New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, Iowa and Kansas. Reuters: Bayer Asks California Appeals Court To Throw Out $78 Million Roundup VerdictBayer AG on Wednesday asked a California appellate court to throw out a $78 million judgment...

Anthem Posts Better Than Expected First-Quarter Profits Even As Markets Roil Over Possibility Of ‘Medicare For All’

Still, analysts at J.P. Morgan wrote in a note that “the modest ‘noise’ in the numbers pales in comparison to the political risk that has been discounted into the stock” so far this year. Other industry news focuses on Athenahealth and Humana. Reuters: Anthem Beats Earnings Estimates, Outlines Plans For Pharmacy Benefits UnitAnthem Inc...

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