In a rare display of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, a group of key senators unveiled legislation Wednesday that would require chemical companies to provide more health and safety information about their products and give regulators more power to force harmful compounds off the market.
Production of cheap copycat drugs for H.I.V. and cancer used by people in developing countries in Africa and Asia was ensured on Monday in a ruling by India’s Supreme Court.
Source: The New York Times
The widening gap in life expectancy between these two adjacent Florida counties reflects perhaps the starkest outcome of the nation’s growing economic inequality: Even as the nation’s life expectancy has marched steadily upward, reaching 78.5 years in 2009, a growing body of research shows that those gains are going mostly to those at the upper end of the income ladder.
A baby girl in Mississippi who was born with HIV has been cured after very early treatment with standard HIV drugs, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday, in a potentially ground-breaking case that could offer insights on how to eradicate HIV infection in its youngest victims.
The child’s story is the first account of an infant achieving a so-called functional cure, a rare event in which a person achieves remission without the need for drugs and standard blood tests show no signs that the virus is making copies of itself.
Great ideas and recipes! I used to think fighting “hot with hot” was crazy. But I get now why in South Asia they fight hot (heat) with hot (e.g., tea, spicy foods).
Take a cue from Ayurveda and beat the heat with these balancing recipes.
It turns out most of us value nearby stores and parks rather than McMansions. Luckily, that’s probably where we’re headed.
The food industry likes to portray obesity as a matter of personal responsibility: People who eat too much gain weight, and it’s their own fault.
That view willfully neglects the role that industry marketing, particularly to children, plays on shaping people’s food habits. Meanwhile, evidence is mountingthat exposure to certain industrial chemicals in food, often at very low levels, changes the way people metabolize calories and can lead to weight gain. While no one would say that these chemicals, known as obesogens, are the sole cause of rising rates of obesity in the US, they may well be contributing significantly to it.
Source: Mother Jones
This is awesome…
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Also did you know that I applied for health insurance a year ago (self-employed at the time), and my eczema counted as a “pre-existing condition”? I guess my dry skin is too much for them to handle, and I got denied health coverage. So glad that barrier is no longer an issue for me.
Obamacare turns 2. Here are the facts about what Americans have already gained.