Category Archives: CNN – Health

Chinese medicine to gain WHO acceptance but it has many critics

Herbal remedies have been used by healers around the world for centuries to prevent and treat disease. But it’s in China that the practice has been most extensively used and documented. Advocates have campaigned to integrate Traditional Chinese Medicine into mainstream global health care and those long-standing TCM efforts have paid off: The World Health…MORE

Nerve stimulation therapy lessens disability in stroke patients, research finds

There may be new hope for stroke patients: An experimental nerve stimulation therapy helped reduce disability, new research finds. The therapy, known as active nerve cell cluster stimulation, was used on patients within 24 hours of an ischemic stroke. This most common type of “brain attack” is often caused by a clot that blocks a…MORE

Gene therapy gets FDA approval — and a $2 million price tag

The US Food and Drug Administration approved a treatment Friday for a genetic disease called spinal muscular atrophy that causes infants’ muscles to waste away, potentially killing them before age 2. And then came the price tag: $2.125 million for a one-time treatment. The gene therapy, called Zolgensma, will be marketed by AveXis, whose parent…MORE

The DNA diet: How knowing your genes can help you fit into your jeans

“One man’s food is another man’s poison.” – Lucretius (99-55 B.C.) Most people have this basic understanding of genetics: You inherit genes from your parents, and their DNA combines to create your unique genetic makeup. This can include more obvious traits such as eye color and height but also more complex traits that may involve…MORE

Food expiration labels are confusing. The FDA wants to change that

Americans have struggled with the many food labels and their meanings for years. Sell by, best by and best if used by — what are the differences? Now, the Food and Drug Administration wants to make it a little easier. In a new guidance issued Thursday, it urged the industry to streamline food labels into…MORE

Health officials considered no-fly list to prevent measles transmission

State and local health officials have consulted with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recent months about the possibility of preventing individuals from flying to prevent measles transmission. This year, there have been such discussions about eight individuals in five states, as first reported by the Washington Post on Thursday. The eight…MORE

Colorado is the first state to cap skyrocketing insulin co-pays

The skyrocketing prices of insulin are a nationwide issue and Colorado has become the first state to pass legislation that tackles the problem. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law Wednesday that places a $100 per month cap on insulin co-pays, regardless of how much insulin a patient uses. Insurance companies will pay…MORE

Women need twice as many toilets as men, say public health experts

Toilet provisions for women in the UK must be boosted so there are two female toilets to every male one, according to a new report on the state of public facilities. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) recommends new laws governing female toilets in the UK, and cites existing “potty parity” laws in the…MORE

62,000 pounds of raw meat are being recalled, just days before Memorial Day

If you’re planning on firing up the grill this Memorial Day weekend, you may want to double check your meat products before you get a very un-festive surprise. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a recall for more than 62,000 pounds of raw beef due to E. coli concerns.…MORE