Health Front

Health Front: Native Diet or Pre-Captain Cook Diet

The young officer James Cook first encountered scurvy at sea in July of 1756, when the ship he was joining, the H.M.S. Eagle, put ashore 130 sick men. Even that ship’s surgeon died from scurvy, a disease that caused bleeding gums, skin sores, weaknesses and pains in the joints and muscles. Read More →

Health Front: Big Audits May Stop Excessive Back Surgeries

Low back pain is a common disorder that will affect at least 80% of people at some time in their lives. Causes stem from a wide variety of conditions that include dysfunctional vertebral joint movement, unrepaired back sprains, and compression and degeneration of the vertebral discs. The over dependence on spinal surgery now appears to be a national scandal, notes some spine research journals. The seriousness of excessive surgeries and the loss of money have initiated the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to investigate the spinal care industry. Read More →

Health Front: Bold Healthcare Agenda May Attract Antagonist

Of all the political parties in California, the most prominent and influential to the body politic is the Democratic Party. The other minority parties often present themselves as opposed to many of the political positions taken up by the Democratic Party, including health care policy. When the California Democratic Party concluded its convention last week, they managed to take some controversial positions that may be debated upon during this election year. Read More →

Health Front: Bold Healthcare Agenda May Attract Antagonist

Of all the political parties in California, the most prominent and influential to the body politic is the Democratic Party. The other minority parties often present themselves as opposed to many of the political positions taken up by the Democratic Party, including health care policy. When the California Democratic Party concluded its convention last week, they managed to take some controversial positions that may be debated upon during this election year. Read More →

Health Front: Home Birthing Rises, Male Fertility Decreases

• The percentage of women choosing to give birth at home or in a birthing center rather than a hospital has grown by 56 percent in less than a decade. Although not the norm, out-of-hospital births accounted for 1.36 percent of all U.S. births in 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC). The new numbers reflect the growing popularity of home births aided by midwives. The reason why more young women are interested in midwifery assisted birth is because some women worry about losing their autonomy and having a doctor calling all the shots during delivery. Read More →

Health Front: ADD Linked to Tylenol Use During Pregnancy

Pregnant women who take Tylenol (acetaminophen) might be more likely to have a child with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new long term study suggests. Acetaminophen is the most commonly used over-the-drug medication for pregnant women who have headaches or experience fever or pain. Children whose mothers took Tylenol while pregnant had up to a 40 percent risk of being diagnosed with ADHD, according to research involving 64,000 European mothers and children, that was published last week in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics. Read More →

Health Front: Doc and Web Ratings, Skin Exam Videos

Many Americans are choosing their doctor with the ratings supplied by online websites like Healthgrades.com and rateMDs.com. In a new survey of more than 2,100 Americans, researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School found that two-thirds of those surveyed knew f that the rating sites exist, and one quarter of those surveyed actually used the sites in 2013. Read More →

Health Front: The Deregulation of Lab Results

A new federal rule now allows patients to obtain their test results from the laboratory that produced them, without approval from the doctor’s office that ordered them. The rule to reduce regulations on who controls test results was just announced by the Obama administration. The rule is an effort by the administration to give Americans broader control over their healthcare. It supersedes state law and will have particular significance in 13 states that prohibit labs from releasing test results to patients directly. Read More →