New Report Says Cholesterol in Food ‘Not a Concern’


Interest has been mounting this year as the time for the Department of Health and Human Services, working with the Department of Agriculture in the US, come to issue their five year Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  The publication has wide-ranging implications around the country on what people eat, what food is included in children’s lunches and what advice doctors and nutritionist give. This year, the report is being viewed with higher than average interest following a report in the … [Read more...]

Ability to Taste Fully Can Be Health Indicator


The ability to taste all five of the basic tastes, particularly the least well known one umami, can have an effect on overall health, according to researchers in Japan.  The five tastes are sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami and being able to taste the last of these is particularly important for older people’s health. The study showed that when elderly patients lose their taste for umami they often also have loss of appetite and weight loss.  However, boosting saliva flow in the mouth can … [Read more...]

UK Ebola Screening Procedures Under Scrutiny After Nurse Diagnosed

Scottish Nurse

The procedures used to screen health workers who are returning to the UK after treating patients suffering from Ebola need to be reviewed following the travel of an infected nurse from London to Glasgow despite concerns. Pauline Cafferkey told officials at Heathrow that she was feeling unwell but was allowed to travel from the London airport to Glasgow.  She then went to hospital the following day and was diagnosed with Ebola. A passenger on her flight described the screening process as … [Read more...]

McDonald’s trimming menu


“A number 6 with a large Coke, please.”   “Uh, sorry. We don’t have that anymore.”   Those are words one might hear at their local McDonald’s starting in January.   However, it’s uncertain if the number 6 (Whatever the hell that may be) is going anywhere, because McDonald’s hasn’t announced which items they plan to trim from their menu.   The Golden Arches will 86 eight items off its current menu in an effort to bounce back from dismal sales numbers in … [Read more...]

Ebola Outbreak Still Ahead of Efforts Says WHO


Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed thousands, are still running behind the virus, according to the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO).  Director General Margaret Chan said that while the situation had improved in some parts of the region, complacency was something to be wary of. She added that the WHO and the international community failed to act quickly enough when the outbreak began and the risk to the wider world ‘is always there’ while the … [Read more...]

HIV Evolving to Less Infectious Version of Itself


According to a new study conducted by the University of Oxford, England, HIV is becoming less infectious and less deadly.  The team has discovered that the virus is being watered down as it adapts to human immune systems. This means it is taking longer for HIV infections to become Aids and these changes may help efforts to control the pandemic.  Some virologists suggest this change may mean that the virus could eventually become nearly harmless as it continues its evolution. Master of … [Read more...]

Adult smoking rate falls below 18%


According to a recent government report, the smoking rate for adults in the United States has fallen below 18% for the first time since last year. The rate remains consistent with 2012’s, and is equivalent to about 42 million smokers nation-wide. Smoking was found to be common amongst the poor, less educated, and gays and bisexuals, according to the report, which was released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Until a few years ago, the nation’s smoking rate … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving: Beware of overeating


Ah, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s a day when millions of Americans will loosen their belts, pretend to like their in-laws, and inevitably over-consumer thousands of calories. In fact, the Calorie Control Council says that the average American consumes over 4,500 calories on Turkey Day. One also has to consider the extra-thousand or so calories that consumed through leftovers. With all the delicious options on the table during the holiday season, it almost seems inevitable … [Read more...]

Laundry detergent pods risk to children


Last year a Florida mother discovered her 7-month-old son had accidentally eaten a bright colored laundry detergent pod. He was sleeping in a laundry basket when it happened. The boy was rushed to a hospital, but, according to Kissimmee, Florida Police, he died of poisoning from the detergent. The 7-month-old Florida boy wasn’t the first child to die from eating a detergent pod. Poison control authorities around the control have gotten hundreds of calls regarding children consuming the … [Read more...]

Second Ebola Death in Mali


Officials have confirmed that a nurse has died from Ebola in Mali after treating a man who arrived from Guinea in the Pasteur Clinic in Bamako.  The clinic is now in quarantine.  The case is unrelated to the first, a young girl who died in late October from the disease. The death toll across West Africa has now reached nearly 5,000 with the majority of cases still in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the outbreak a global health … [Read more...]