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  • 11 Aug 2014 1:24 PM | Anonymous

    FDA enforces rule saying the claim can only be used for foods containing less than 20 parts per million of gluten Starting Tuesday, the label “gluten free” will actually mean “gluten free.” Before Aug. 5, there were no standards or regulations governing the use of gluten-free claims placed on packaged foods. As of Tuesday, however, the Food and Drug Administration determined that the claim can only be used for foods containing less than 20 parts per million of gluten.(Time) Read more


  • 06 Aug 2014 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    A popular health care program that serves more than 130,000 military family members and retirees is redundant and should be eliminated, the Government Accountability Office says.

    The U.S. Family Health Plan, an association of six health care companies that provides Tricare Prime to military beneficiaries in 15 states and the District of Columbia, costs the Defense Department more than $1 billion a year, and its unique nature restricts DoD from maximizing use of military hospitals and clinics, GAO officials wrote in a report released Thursday. ( Read more...


  • 06 Aug 2014 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will offer free Tdap vaccinations for rising city sixth-graders this month.

    The shots will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and again on Aug. 23 at 4452 Corporation Lane.

    Parents or guardians should bring a picture ID for themselves and the child's shot record. The department's immunization clinic also offers the shots. For dates and times, call 757-518-2700. The child's shot record also is required for vaccinations at the clinic.


  • 06 Aug 2014 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    The once tough-to-treat liver infection hepatitis C could become a rare disease in the United States in the next two decades, a new study estimates.

    Hepatitis C, a viral infection that harms the liver, is usually passed through infected blood. For most people, the infection becomes chronic and it can eventually lead to scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) or liver cancer.

    U.S. health officials estimate that over 3 million Americans currently have chronic hepatitis C -- most of whom don't know it because the infection usually causes no symptoms. (The Charlottesville Newsplex) Read more...


  • 06 Aug 2014 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    Political leanings unquestionably influence how many people hear the conversation over climate change. The political polarization of the discussion has made it difficult to reach agreement on changes in environmental policy.

    Might more people be persuaded to act if the issue was framed in terms of public health?

    A new study by Earth Institute researchers suggests that talking about the human health impacts of air pollution related to burning fossil fuels might make a more convincing argument for action among conservatives, who are generally more skeptical of the scientific evidence for climate change. ( Read more...

  • 04 Aug 2014 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    In Washington, a pivotal battle over sugar is heating up. One small corner of the wider culture war over public health and sweeteners, this fight isn’t about how much sugar should be in your food, but how much you should know about it. U.S. food regulators say the public needs to know how much sugar manufacturers add to their products, beyond the sweetener that naturally occurs in the raw ingredients. Companies such as Campbell Soup Co. say they don’t need to inform the public, and that making a distinction risks dangerous confusion. (Chicago Tribune) Read more...

  • 04 Aug 2014 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    Medical costs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States are more than $32 billion each year, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The yearly financial toll of COPD (which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) is expected to reach an estimated $49 billion by 2020. (HealthDay News) Read more...

  • 04 Aug 2014 11:00 AM | Anonymous
    Pregnant women are asked to keep calm and reduce their anxiety levels to lower risk of complications during pregnancy. A latest study, conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, has shown that in pregnant mice, even a single bout of stress leads to a higher risk of asthma in the offspring. (Nature World News) Read more...


  • 04 Aug 2014 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture today denied a three-year-old regulatory petition from the Center for Science in the Public Interest asking the department to declare dangerous strains of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella as adulterants. The department also released a long-awaited redraft to a proposal ostensibly aimed at modernizing poultry inspection but that has been roundly criticized by advocates in the labor, animal welfare, and food safety movements. (Center for Science in the Public Interest) Read more...


  • 31 Jul 2014 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    The July 21, 2014 editorial of The Roanoke Times entitled “Our view: From zero to six?” highlighted the growing need for physicians in America and the efforts underway in Virginia, especially in Southside and Southwest Virginia, to meet this need. The decreasing physician population creates real challenges for many rural Virginia communities; yet, increasing access to quality health care in these communities requires a much broader approach than simply the education of physicians. (The Roanoke Times) Read more...

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