Should Philip Morris pay for lung cancer screenings? Case goes to trial

AP Legal Affairs Writer
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 07:04

A decade after a group of smokers from Massachusetts sued Philip Morris USA to try to force the cigarette maker to pay for lung cancer screenings, the case goes to a jury trial.

Smokers in the class-action lawsuit allege Philip Morris manufactured a defective cigarette knowing it could have made a safer product with fewer carcinogens.

Dietary supplements send 23,000 to hospitals each year in US

AP Chief Medical Writer
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 19:24

Many claim to be natural, which may sound safe, but dietary supplements send 23,000 Americans to hospital emergency rooms each year, a new federal study estimates.

Study shows employers shifting more medical costs to workers

Written by TOM MURPHY
AP Business Writer
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 18:23

Employers are leaving a bigger chunk of the bill for care to workers who use their health insurance, and benefits experts see few signs of this trend slowing.

Most companies now offer health coverage that requires employees to pay an annual deductible before insurance kicks in, and the size of that deductible has soared in the past decade, according to a survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust.

Wisconsin Republicans advance fetal tissue research ban

Written by The AP Friday, 11 September 2015 09:01

Research on tissue obtained from fetuses aborted after Jan. 1 of this year would be banned under a Republican-backed bill that an Assembly committee approved this week despite the opposition of University of Wisconsin researchers who say it would impede their efforts to find cures for diseases.

The full Assembly could debate the measure later this month, but its prospects remain uncertain in the Senate where Republicans have expressed concern about the effect on research. The Senate and Assembly would have to pass it and Gov. Scott Walker would have to sign it to become law.

‘Broga’ classes catch on with guys

Written by The AP Tuesday, 27 October 2015 09:58

More men are being drawn to yoga classes especially designed just for them called “Broga,” including at a studio in St. George, Utah.

The classes focus more on the exercises and strength side of yoga, instead of the mystical aspect of the discipline.

California to big-league ballplayers: Stop chewing tobacco

Written by JOHN ROGERS,
Associated Press
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 08:06

California lawmakers have taken the first step toward accomplishing something Major League Baseball could never do: Stop players from stuffing those big wads of chewing tobacco into their mouths during games.

With Gov. Jerry Brown signing a bill banning the use of smokeless tobacco in all California ballparks, a practice dating to the days of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb now seems headed toward the sport’s endangered species list.

Clinton vows to address 'price gouging' in drug industry

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 08:49

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton said she'll soon release a plan to address "price gouging" in the industry.

Clinton's announcement on Twitter followed news that drugmaker Turing Pharmaceuticals hiked the price of a 53-year-old drug for a potentially deadly parasitic infection from $13.50 per pill to $750. Because the drug, Daraprim, treats patients with compromised immune systems, the price hike of more than 5,000 percent sparked outrage from medical groups representing doctors who care for patients with HIV and other infectious diseases.

Can't count sheep? There's a name for that

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 28 August 2015 06:36

If counting sheep is an abstract concept, you could have aphantasia — a newly defined condition to describe people who are born without a “mind’s eye."

Some people report a significant impact on their lives from being unable to visualize memories of their partners or departed relatives. Others say that descriptive writing is meaningless to them and careers such as architecture or design are closed to them, as they would not be able to visualize an end product.

Hot dogs, cold cuts and red meat classified as carcinogens

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 27 October 2015 05:40

Bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts are under fire: The World Health Organization threw its global weight behind years of experts' warnings and declared Monday that processed meats raise the risk of colon and stomach cancer and that red meat is probably harmful, too.

A pill for exercise? Scientists say maybe someday

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 06 October 2015 10:21

Scientists may be better equipped to develop "exercise pills" that could mimic at least some of the beneficial effects of physical exercise on the body, according to new research published on Oct. 2 in Trends in Pharmacological Sciences.

Meat from most fast-food chains from animals raised on antibiotics

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 September 2015 07:07

Consumer, health, and environmental advocates graded the country's 25 largest fast food and fast casual chains on their meat and poultry antibiotics policies, giving all but five “F”s for allowing routine antibiotic use by their meat suppliers.

The five chains earning passing grades are Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts.

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‘Blue Zone’ communities boost longevity, productivity through lifestyle changes

Written by Alice Culp,
South Bend Tribune
Sunday, 23 August 2015 08:35

People in Nicoya, Costa Rica, are twice as likely as Americans to reach a healthy age 90.