Merck India launches the 'Sharp & Active' Initiative

Limited (India
), a subsidiary of Merck KGaA of Darmstadt
, Germany
, the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company, today announced the launch of the “Sharp & Active” Initiative.
The “Sharp & Active” Initiative aims to spread awareness about iron deficiency and the dangers that lie in ignoring its seemingly innocuous symptoms, which could ultimately result in iron deficiency anaemia.
in the red blood cells leading to diminished Read the rest of this entry »

FDA response on stevia sweetner likely next week

The FDA could respond as soon as next week to filings for stevia-based sweeteners that Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo hope to use in their drinks, Beverage Digest reported Friday. Beverage Digest, a trade publication, cited unnamed sources in both the sweetener and beverage industries. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola has been working with Merisant, a food products company, on a sweetener called Truvia. PepsiCo, based in Purchase, N.Y., has been working with Whole Read the rest of this entry »

NCSD offers new fitness program for employees

Promoting healthy living is just one reason the Natrona County School District has teamed up with the Casper Family YMCA to provide a new wellness program for its employees.
Teachers and other district staff are taking part in the Route 66 fitness program. Participants will track their exercise for 16 weeks to take a “trip” starting in Chicago and ending in Santa Monica, Calif.
Participants will take pre- and post-fitness tests for the program. Read the rest of this entry »

Post-term Pregnancies Risk Infant's Life And Health, Study Shows

ScienceDaily (Oct. 9, 2008)
— Infants born more than one week past their due dates have a higher risk of both impaired health and death, according to two new studies by authors from the University of California’s San Francisco and Berkeley campuses.
The studies compared more than 2.5 million normal-weight births from healthy pregnancies of 37 to 42 weeks gestation, the range that is considered to be full-term. 
The two studies focused Read the rest of this entry »

Diet, Exercise May Modify Breast Cancer Risks

TUESDAY, Nov. 18 (HealthDay News) — Scientists believe they have found out why diet and exercise affect a women’s chance of breast cancer after she’s past menopause, a new study says.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that cutting calories and exercise affect pathways to mTOR, a molecule that integrates energy balance with cell growth and can contribute to various human diseases when it is not functioning properly.
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Fad diets: Experts offer the skinny on what works

Rosen tried hypnosis a few times to help her eat better. One hypnotist said to listen to tapes, which advised her to visualize herself thin and emphasized that she control her choices.
No weight loss. As the tapes droned on, “I was cutting zzz’s to the tune of
Cheeseburger in Paradise,
” she says.
Eating right and keeping the weight off happens through a gradual learning process. People need to think about what they’re eating and make good Read the rest of this entry »

Child Stabbings Probe

9:35am UK, Friday November 14, 2008
Investigations are continuing today into the deaths of two young boys who were allegedly killed by their mother.
is to investigate Greater Manchester Police’s response to calls made in the hours before the killings.
Romario Mullings-Sewell, two, and his three-month-old brother Delayno were stabbed to death at their home in Cheetham Hill, Manchester.
Their 21-year-old mother, Jael Mullings, is being held Read the rest of this entry »

Teachers display talent during annual Topeka West event

By day, Ryan McCoy, a Topeka West High School educator, is a mild-mannered language arts teacher. But this evening, he will transform into a fire-juggling daredevil.
No, McCoy isn’t moonlighting as Topeka’s masked crusader, but rather will be just one of the many performers in “Faculty Follies,” a show starring 50 of Topeka West’s most talented faculty members. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. today in the Topeka West auditorium. Admission is $5 Read the rest of this entry »

Recession puts chinks in health-care industry armor

The nation’s financial crisis and tight credit markets have started to affect hospitals across the country, including some of the wealthiest medical centers in the Chicago area.
Although Advocate Health Care has more than $1.6 billion in cash on its balance sheet, the
-based hospital operator is holding onto its reserves to brace for an increase in the number of patients who cannot pay their bills. It also is preparing to deal with an increase Read the rest of this entry »

Health facilities flush estimated 250M pounds of drugs a year

Some states are taking steps to make the medical industry discard pharmaceutical waste more safely. Among them:
Minnesota encourages incineration of an expanded list of drugs.
Washington state lists almost all pharmaceuticals as dangerous waste to give its regulators more power to force safer disposal.
North Carolina makes nursing home pharmacies take back unused controlled drugs and sends inspectors to verify their destruction in incinerators.
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