Top 3 Gadgets to Help You Lose Weight

Almost all of us would look in the mirror and say that we would like to weigh a little less, or at least be physically fitter. But how do we go about this? For many, it means joining a gym, which often constitutes a either a reasonably sized one off payment, or a monthly commitment [...]

Are Prescription Drugs Issued Too Readily?

The topic of prescription medication is a controversial one throughout the world.  While our headline question is perhaps the biggest issue faced by the medical industry today, there are many other problems that exist when it comes to prescription drugs, many of which may lead directly into medicines being prescribed too readily, or without the [...]

Is Mental Health Ignorance America’s Biggest Risk?

        It is widely accepted that mental health awareness and services, in most of the world, not just America, needs to improve significantly.  What most Americans, not just the general populace but also seemingly those in the positions of power, fail to realize is the impact that the lack of attention on [...]

Can Where You Live Make You Fatter?

Is your bodyweight linked to where you live? A new study, released at the end of January in the International Journal of Obesity[1], suggests that where we live could play a key role in whether or not we are overweight.  Unfortunately, there is a scientific side to it, it is not as simple [...]

The 12 Most Surprising Medical Facts

At least one of these facts will be so surprising that you'll never forget it.  There's some weird stuff going on. 1) Chewing gum is a valid medical treatment with research papers written and clinical trials run for its use in treating ileus. 2) DBCP is a pesticide that was used on over 40 crops [...]

Ethical Issues in Health & Medicine

As we gain better and better control of the body and its health, we are exposed to worse moral dilemmas.  Here are some of the toughest ethical issues in health & medicine. Being a medical ethicist has never been harder. 1) Genetic modification The complete sequencing of a copy of the human genome was a [...]

The Winter and Swine Flu: How Bad is it?

Swine flu, H1N1 Swine flu has hit us hard already, but with winter, the worst may be yet to come. We're likely to get massive incapacitation and illness. Still, so far swine flu isn't a big killer. In the Spring, roughly 800,000 New Yorkers had symptoms of swine flu, but only 54 died [...]

How To Improve Health Care in the USA

  Obama is trying to change the health care system in America.  I agree with him that there needs to be change.  What's not entirely clear is what his ideas actually are. The fact is, we spend among the most on health care of all the major nations, and aren't getting better health [...]

Are Cholesterol Target Levels Too Low?

  Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the single biggest cause of health problems and death in the USA and the world. Statins offer a way to help treat CHD, but have become perhaps too heavily pushed. And the target level of cholesterol to reach may have been lowered too far. What causes CHD? [...]

Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

Do Vaccines Cause Autism? There's nothing more scary for parents than the thought that they might hurt their children. The controversy about vaccines and autism is frightening, but seems to have little scientific backing. It started in 1998. The Lancet reported on 12 children with gastrointestional problems that they believed were caused - [...]