on Science and Health
Meat Can Come Off the Forbidden List
self-styled dietary "experts" have urged Americans to avoid red meat for
fear that eating it would raise their blood cholesterol levels and so increase
their risk of heart disease. New research suggests, however, that such
dietary proscriptions are outdated -- and unnecessary.
Perspectives: Part 3
Chinese acupuncture originated, an understanding of biochemistry, physiology,
and bodily healing mechanisms did not exist. Interior surgical procedures
on humans were long taboo in China, and it was not until the 18th century
that an understanding emerged that knowledge of function has little use
without knowledge of structure.
Perspectives: Part 2
constructs form the structure of traditional Chinese acupuncture, and its
variations distinguish such methods from forms of acupuncture that are
It is said
that acupuncture has become a standard of care in America. It's something
patients expect their physicians to be able to provide or refer to. Find
out the history of acupuncture, and evidence from acupuncture research
on humans and animals.
Routine Mammograms at Age 50, Not Age 40
Medical Association has recommended that all American women start having
regular mammograms for breast-cancer detection at age 40. Is there good
reason to recommend this routine breast-cancer screening for all women
at such a relatively early age? Will this recommendation save lives?
the Alar Incident
is an ACSH interview with Robert Bidinotto, author of "The Great Apple
'60 Minutes' Admit Decade-Old Alar Story Was a Hoax?
More than 10
years ago -- February 26, 1989 -- the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" terrified
a nation by claiming that apples treated with an agricultural chemical
called alar were putting America’s children at risk of cancer.
Breakthrough in Patient Education
is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men. That is why a newly
released handbook is an extraordinarily useful contribution to patient
Mounts for Effects of Trans Fatty Acids on Blood Lipids: Significance Not
There has not
been a consensus on the effect another type of fatty acid -- trans fatty
acids, or TFAs -- has on blood lipid levels. Now, in its June 24, 1999,
issue, The New England Journal of Medicine has published a report on the
results of a study supporting the view that trans fatty acids are detrimental
If our beauty
standards are set movie stars and supermodels, teeth should be straight,
big and ultra-white. Dentists have responded with an explosion of new procedures
and marketing plans. Find out about the latest treatments in keeping the
teeth whiter than white.
It Time to Look for Another Dentist?
past 25 years, dentistry in America has seen numerous changes in technology,
treatment techniques, marketing and traditions of practice. Long gone are
the days when choosing a dentist and a treatment was simple. Today's consumer
seeking the best dental deal is faced with a bewildering profusion of options.
Study Shows Deaths from Childhood Cancer Declining
In a study
that one public health expert has called "marvelously reassuring," a group
of researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has reported that
death rates from all major types of childhood cancers declined steadily
in the years between 1975 and 1995.
Disappoint as Reducers of Stroke Risk
have been touted as reducers of the risk of various cancers, of heart disease
and of other vascular problems. However, a new study has cast some doubt
on the health-promoting effects of some of these nutrients, at least with
respect to their ability to lower the risk of stroke in men.
Belgium Waffles About the Safety of Coke
in a metastatic manifestation of food-phobia, the Belgium government banned
indefinitely the sale of all Coca Cola beverages because of what the Associated
Press characterized as "poisoning across the country." Clearly the Coke
"scare" is not just a coincidence -- but a direct consequence of Belgium's
current phobic mentality.
Plastics' Chemicals Not Harmful
A panel of
experts, brought together by the American Council on Science and Health
and Dr. Koop, has concluded that certain chemicals that are added to plastics
for flexibility are not harmful to your health.
Smoking, Not Eating
quit smoking typically gain a modest amount of weight. This weight gain
seems to deter many women from attempting to quit, even though the health
benefits of smoking cessation far outweigh any negative health effects
of weight gain.
1989 Alar Scare
Coke scare in Belgium brings to mind other food scares that have happened
in the past 40 years. In 1989, a scare about an apple pestice ran wild.
When the dust had cleared, apple growers lost an estimated $250 million,
and apple processors lost another $125 million.
'Cranberry Scare' of 1959
Coke scare in Belgium brings to mind other food scares that have happened
in the past 40 years -- starting with a scare in 1959 that paved the way
for food scares to come. The public was taught to fear trace amounts of
chemicals regardless of the actual human health risk.
and Sudden Heart Attacks
reported this month even more bad news about cocaine's effect on the heart.
The news is particularly important given that recent estimates indicate
that some 30 million Americans have experimented at least once with cocaine
-- and an estimated 5 million are currently regular users.
Police' on Wrong Track
Over and over,
the "food police" exhort us to keep so-called junk food away from children
in order to steer them toward healthy dietary habits. Recent research findings,
however, suggest that attempts at policing youngsters' food choices may
May Ring in Golden Age for Breast Cancer Care
Two new studies
touting the breast-cancer preventive benefits of the "selective estrogen
receptor modulator" (SERM) drugs may mark the beginning of in a new era
in breast cancer care.
Hold the Mayo!
are uneasy about eating chicken salad, potato salad and similar dishes
at summer picnics because they have heard that these foods -- which are
made with mayonnaise -- are likelier than other foods to cause food poisoning.
But the scientific reality is that the mayo is generally not to blame.
are unconcerned about chronic illnesses -- such as heart and lung disease
conditions -- but the British Medical Association is betting that smokers
will take notice of another tobacco-related condition: male sexual impotence.
Estrogen Increase Risk of Breast Cancer?
A new study
shows that while the use of hormones is associated with a slightly increased
risk of breast cancer with a favorable outcome, the use of postmenopausal
hormone replacement therapy was not linked to an increased risk of the
more commonly diagnosed, dangerous breast cancers.
Belgian Waffles Safe?
When it comes
to food scares, a rumor can be halfway ’round the world before the truth
gets its boots on. Find out what you should you do the next time you hear
there are "poisons" in your food.
Cancer and Alternative Therapies
A recent study
-- showing that breast cancer patients who use herbs, acupuncture or other
alternative therapies along with their standard treatment may be more likely
to be depressed -- shines a spotlight on such patients' unmet needs.
frustrating for both patients and their physicians. But what is it about
arthritis that, more than any other chronic condition, brings the unorthodox
out of the woodwork?
About the 'Breast Cancer Prevention Diet'
The idea that
you can prevent breast cancer by eating certain food is a common claim.
The experts at ACSH address some of the misleading claims of the book "The
Breast Cancer Prevention Diet: The Powerful Foods, Supplements, and Drugs
That Can Save Your Life."
be using the new "cholesterol-lowering" margerines Benecol and Take Control?
Find out before you buy that $5 tub.
Praise Fiber Study
Women who consume
high amounts of fiber in their diets may be at lower risk for heart disease,
according to a new study. Experts from the American Council on Science
and Health laud the new study for emphasizing the role of fiber in a balanced
diet and for calling attention to heart disease in women.
'War' Against Cigarettes
What are public
health officials preparing to do in the war against tobacco now that a
major cigarette company admits that smoking is hazardous to your health?
link between childhood exposure to environmental chemicals and the development
of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has recently been the
subject of new stories. But experts say the focus on invisible toxins diverts
the public's attention from some of the real -- and highly-visible -- threats
to children's health.
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