May 24, 2013
By Helen Ouyang At age 33, I outlived my father this year. He died when he was only 32. I was 3 years old and my brother was 5. My father was diagnosed with liver cancer on Halloween. On Thanksgiving Day, my mother was a widow. He first complained of fatigue in September of that year. Then he noticed his urine was the color of tea. At first, no doctor at our local hospital in New Jersey could pinpoint the diagnosis. But as soon as my grandmother heard his symptoms, she knew he had liver cancer - she had already lost another son to the same disease.
April 4, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday released detailed plans for its comprehensive radiation study of oil and gas development and said it intends to begin sampling this month. The agency plans to analyze radioactivity levels of flowback waters, treatment solids, drill cuttings, and drilling equipment, along with the transportation, storage and disposal of drilling wastes. DEP says current data do not indicate any health risks, but activists have raised concerns about naturally occuring radioactivity in materials extracted from the mile-deep wells.
March 19, 2013 |
When Annmarie Cantrell, a chef and wellness educator, gives cooking demonstrations, she always talks about the importance of fresh, unprocessed food and her concerns about genetically engineered ingredients. She and her husband, Sam, no longer plant corn on their Maysie's Farm in Chester County, in part because she worries their organically grown crop will be contaminated by windblown pollen from nearby farms that grow genetically engineered corn. She and other members of a fledgling local group, GMO Free PA, are fully behind legislation that would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms that are sold in Pennsylvania.
March 4, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I want to try for another baby; my husband doesn't. We have two beautiful children and a happy family, but I always wanted more. We started later than planned, and we're both late 30s, so he's concerned about health risks (mostly for the would-be child), being that much older when the child graduates high school, etc., and to a lesser extent, the additional stress, strain on finances, etc. If I really, really pushed, I know he'd give in - he has said as much - and I know that's not right.
February 28, 2013
FOR CENTURIES, African-Americans have valiantly fought against every vicious and brutal inhumanity known to mankind - chattel slavery, rape, lynching - as well as pernicious, everyday racism in the forms of segregation, and discrimination in employment, housing and education. While it is true that significant achievements have been made, including the election of an African-American president, those achievements are not reflected in the current state of African-American health. Virtually every health expert and institution - including the Centers for Disease Control and the federal Office of Minority Health - says that African-Americans are dying at a disproportionate and alarmingly higher rate than other demographic groups from every major disease.
February 21, 2013 |
1 OBESITY Carrying extra pounds is a risk factor for nearly every preventable disease. No, it's not about being skinny - and it's not about being obese. It's about being at an optimal, healthy weight for your height. Forget the BMI and just look at yourself in a full-length mirror naked. 2 PHYSICAL INACTIVITY Don't worry about running a marathon. Just commit to walking every day for a minimum of 30 minutes and doing a few calisthenics in your bedroom. It doesn't have to be complicated.
February 1, 2013 |
LAST WEEK, City Council dealt with zoning issues and discussed looming school closures, but on Thursday the legislative body takes on a new controversial issue: tanning beds. The indoor-tanning industry has come under fire recently after the American Suntanning Association tried to dispute that tanning raises the risk of skin cancer. To make indoor tanning aficionados aware of the risks, Councilman Bill Greenlee will introduce a bill that would require a minor to be accompanied by an adult when tanning at a salon.
February 24, 2012 |
A 3-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man from South Jersey became ill recently from drinking raw milk from a Pennsylvania farm. New Jersey health officials are warning residents about the risks of drinking unpasteurized milk in wake of the illnesses. The state Department of Health and Senior Services says the two became sick after consuming the milk from Family Cow Dairy in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The department does not specify when the two became sick. Currently 78 people from several states have fallen ill with Campylobacteriosis, a gastrointestinal illness, from the consumption of raw milk contaminated with bacteria traced to the farm.
December 9, 2011 |
LONDON - Abortion does not increase a woman's chance of developing mental-health problems, according to a British health agency's review of dozens of studies worldwide over 20 years. Among women with unwanted pregnancies, those who had abortions were no more likely to suffer from problems including anxiety or depression than women who gave birth, the analysis by the United Kingdom's National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health found. The research offers "reassuring news" that abortion does not cause mental-health problems, but raises a warning that officials must address the problem of unwanted pregnancy, said Tim Kendall, the center's director.
April 21, 2011 |
FUKUSHIMA, Japan - Workers battling the crisis at Japan's stricken nuclear plant suffer from insomnia, show signs of dehydration and high blood pressure, and are at risk of developing depression or heart trouble, a doctor who met with them said Wednesday. The crews have been fighting to get the radiation-spewing Fukushima Dai-ichi plant under control since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled it. "The conditions at the plant remain harsh," epidemiologist Takeshi Tanigawa said.