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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Health Link

Herd Immunity and Measles: Why We Should Aim for 100% Vaccination Coverage

The measles outbreak traced back to Disneyland has spread to eight states, with as many as 95 cases reported by January 28. Media outlets are highlighting the rise of anti-vaccination sentiments. Scientists are expressing their dismay at people who reject sound medical advice and put their families and

Getting Fitter Boosts Even the Survival of the Fattest

Like many high school students I completely misunderstood the philosopher Herbert Spencer’s phrase “survival of the fittest.” I interpreted it to mean that those animals of a species that were the most physically fit were most likely to survive and reproduce. What Spencer was actually proposing when he first coined the phrase

A Dream Come True: The Diet Program That Worked for Me

Over the course of thirty years, I have been trying to lose 20 pounds to no avail... although I’ve always watched my weight, steadfastly dieted for two days straight, and lost momentum on the third day. With the cycle of dieting and eating, my weight fluctuated up and down depending on the day’s food intake. But I always wanted to get

Fat and Sugar-Heavy Diets Harm Your Brain and Make You Keep On Eating

Do you eat only when you’re actually hungry? Many of us eat even when our bodies don’t need food. Just the thought of food entices us to eat. We think about food when we see other people eating, when we pass a favorite fast-food restaurant, when we see a scrumptious snack near the check-out at a convenience store. In

The Stresses and Strains of Backpacks

To worried parents, they can look like pack mules on two legs—students who carry a load on their minds and a load on their backs. A backpack loaded with books may cause strain rather than success. Many studies have shown that heavy backpacks place significant stress on children’s spines and may lead to back pain. A recent study

Pathways Provides Needed Support for our Community’s Women

Summit—Pathways is a blessing for women with cancer. As one of only a few community-based cancer support organizations, Pathways has provided support, education and wellness programs to female cancer patients and survivors free of charge for twenty years. The program offers a unique and personal approach, unlike some of the larger support

Israeli Cannabis Patch Deal Signed

israel21C—Australia-based PhytoTech Medical has signed an exclusive licensing and collaboration agreement with Yissum, the technology-transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to develop, manufacture and market a novel delivery system to enhance the bioavailability of cannabidiol (CBD) and/or THC, the active ingredients in

Time for Business to Deal With Its Costly Sugar Problem

Professor of Marketing at University of Birmingham

We need to reassess where responsibility lies for obesity and who should be spending the money to tackle it. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which advises the National Health Service in England, has published new

21st Century Dentistry: Stress and Your Teeth

STRESS. We all have it, usually multiple times in a day. Stress is an unfortunate by-product of our hectic schedules and busy routines. Stress is not only harmful to our bodies and minds, but to our teeth as well. Just think about the last large traffic jam you sat in–cars not moving an inch, time clicking away…did you clench

Israeli-Developed ALS Treatment Shows Promise in Clinical Trial

(JNS.org) The Israeli company BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, revealing results from a clinical trial for its stem cell treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in adults, said most patients in the trial displayed improvement in the form of slower progression of the

A Smart Approach to Treating the Brain

When children catch a cold or need vaccinations, many parents may take them to a pediatrician. If children (or adults) break a bone, they might go to an orthopedic doctor. But, what kind of doctor should children and adults see after sustaining a concussion? What about the child who is struggling with homework, can’t

NJ Medical Facilities Penalized for High Number of Hospital-Acquired Infections

Some of what are considered New Jersey’s best hospitals are among those that will lose significant federal funding because too many patients have acquired infections and other conditions while in their care.

More than one-third of the state’s hospitals are being hit with a 1 percent cut in their