Floodwaters Raise Risk of Mold Allergies

Public health officials say that health problems generally start after the water recedes, when mold enters homes and mosquitoes lurk around standing water. People with mold allergies and asthma need to be particularly careful. “Where there’s water, there’s mold,” said Dr. H. James Wedner, chief of allergy and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine. “There’s…

Do Our Kids Really Need More Drugs?

As if our children’s breakfast of Ritalin and Prozac wasn’t enough, new guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (A.A.P.) are recommending cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins to our children starting as early as age 8 in hopes of preventing heart problems as adults. The push to aggressively screen and medicate for high cholesterol in children…

Know How To Spot Skin Cancer

Skin cancer, among other dangers of prolonged sun exposure, can be quite deadly. While highly curable if caught early, skin cancer can creep up on you if you’re not paying attention. Moles that bleed, change shape, color or size are cause for alarm. Men need to watch their back, and especially the top of their head and the…

“Fat Cats” To Sponsor UK Obesity Campaign

America is not the only country struggling for answers to the obesity epidemic. UK Secretary of State for Health, “Alan Johnson, has launched ‘a national movement’ to tackle obesity” according to British Reporter for London’s Independent newspaper, Janet Street-Porter. “[A] three-year health campaign is planned, with television and radio ads, warning labels on food packaging, and…

Anti-Smoking Efforts Go Global

Bill Gates’ and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s foundations will contribute a total of $500 million for raising awareness against smoking, for increased tobacco taxes, for banning smoking in public places and more. “All the money in the world will never eradicate tobacco,” said Bloomberg, according to The New York Times. “But this…