Health Front: New Genetic Health Risks, Drugs and Hair Samples

• The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first direct-to-consumer genetic health risk tests. Known as the 23andMe Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk Tests, they assess a person’s inherited risk for 10 diseases and conditions. Read More →

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The more you use your brain the more it continues working better for you. Some of us use our brains a lot and some of us have surrendered to watching television. Your brain is bound to shrink as you age – it’s unavoidable. The rate of brain shrinkage increases with age and is a major factor in early cognitive decline and premature death. Loss of memory and depression occur slowly and subtly when the brain shrinks. People can mistake this low mood and frustration as anger, or when just about everything around them appears to need critiquing. Read More →

Health Front: Olympic Precautions, Obesity Preventions

• Many countries are very concerned as to how to keep their Olympic athletes safe from all the biohazards in the city of Rio De Janerio. With contaminated waters, bad air, heat, humidity and viruses, there does not seem to be a shortage of health concerns facing the athletes. Read More →

Health Front: Sunscreens, Glow Sticks and Poison Control, Bacteria or Virus Infection Test

• A new study just published in the JAMA Dermatology concludes that 4 out of 10 popular sunscreens sold by do not meet sun safety standards. The findings stem from a look at the sun protection labels of 65 products of the top sunscreens sold by Forty percent of those sunscreens lacked the minimal resistance to water and sweat. Read More →

Health Front: Some Herbal Alternatives For Pain and Swelling

• With the growing incidence of dependence of powerful pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, people are looking toward traditional herbs as a credible option. True, many people ultimately resort to the pharmaceutical pain killers due to urgency or desperation. But many wish there was another option that doesn’t come with dependence. Read More →

Health Front: Cell Phone Radiation, Rethinking Low Salt Diets, Pot and Pregnancy

• Most health authorities do not think that radiation from phones cause cancer. However, a new federal study found that the radiation from cell phones had increased the risk of tumor development in hearts and brains of male rats. The study is from the National Toxicology Program, part of the Department of Health and Human Services whose job it is to assess the possible risks of chemicals. Read More →

Health Front: Emission Standards and Wood Stoves, The Silent Heart Attack

• The Canadian government has ordered the residents of Montreal to first register their wood-burning stoves, and then ultimately dispose of them within three years; unless they meet rigid air quality standards. The deadline to register their wood burning stove, oven or fireplace in Montreal was December 22, 2015. The new emissions regulations will be implemented in 2018. Those who refuse to comply will be subject to fines, and those who are not willing to make the adjustment will be forced to pay for expensive modifications to their wood burning stoves and fireplaces. Read More →

Health Front: Hospital Hackers and Ransomware

22-8 Health FrontHollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Southern California is at least the fourth hospital this year affected by ransomware. Ransomware is a ransom demand made by cyberthieves who have hacked into data and cryptographically locked devices with malware. The thieves then demand millions of dollars to unlock the computers or machines. Hospitals and medical clinics fall victim to digital threats that now appear to be affecting healthcare. Read More →