Health and Medical News and Resources

General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

You Can Quit Smoking Now includes a step-by-step quit guide, tools to help you quit, and a talk to an expert feature for personalized assistance.

The US government has an extensive smoking cessation Web site at Smoking and Tobacco Use.. Information is separately tailored for individuals, health care workers, scientists, and children/adolescents. Tools and resources include reports, fact sheets, and programs.

September 15, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | , | Leave a comment

Surgeons fail to disclose big payments to journals

From a Reuters Health Information news item

Nearly half of surgeons who earned more than $1 million from companies that make orthopedic devices did not disclose it when they published medical journal articles, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

“The findings raise troubling questions about undisclosed payments or royalties and other fees from medical device companies that could lead to biased scientific conclusions,” said David Rothman of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession, a think tank based at Columbia University in New York.

Members of Congress including Senator Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, have been pushing to limit the influence drugmakers have over the practice of medicine in the United States after investigations revealed that Harvard University psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Biederman and others failed to fully disclose payments from drug companies.

Rothman’s team used a public database to check the accuracy of surgeons’ financial disclosure statements.

They focused on five companies: Biomet; DePuy Orthopedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson; Smith & Nephew; Stryker and Zimmer.

These companies made a total of 1,654 payments that amounted to $248 million in 2007 for consulting, honoraria or other payments for services, the team reported.

September 15, 2010 Posted by | Health News Items | , , | Leave a comment

Get Ready for Flu Season

Have a minute? Click here for a short video on getting ready for flu season.
MedlinePlus (a gold mine of trusted health information) has additional flu related information at Childhood Immunization and Flu. Also, consider visiting for a wealth of current influenza information gathered from many branches of the US federal government.

A related article
Considering the Nasal Flu Vaccine?Some people shouldn’t get it, experts say (Health Day)

The American Academy of Family Physicians, however, says not everyone is a candidate for the nasal vaccine. The academy says the following people should talk with their doctor before getting the spray:

Children under age 2, or adults 50 and older.
Anyone with a chronic health problem or a compromised immune system.
Children or teens who take long-term aspirin therapy.
Anyone who has heart, kidney or lung disease, or diabetes.
Women who are pregnant.
Anyone who has had Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Anyone who has had an allergic reaction from a flu vaccine, or who is allergic to eggs.

September 15, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | , | Leave a comment

Tropical Disease Research

Tropical diseases affect millions of people with effects ranging from extreme pain to permanent disability to death.
Currently the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts research and clinical studies for many of these diseases (examples of tropical diseases may be found here).

If you would like to volunteer for clinical trials on tropical diseases, go here for further information.

Additional Information on Tropical Diseases

**Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (World Health Organization)
**Traveler’s Health(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

September 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment


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