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Statin side effects are more troubling than a new paper admits

A review published in the Lancet argues that the negative side effects of statins are widely exaggerated. (The paper, however, has its own flaws — see our expert analysis below). The review, led by the Clinical Trial Service Unit at the University of Oxford, looked at data on 10,000 patients who were taking an average of 40mg of statins daily over a period of five years. It was found that within the sample...

COMMENTARY: House bill back-pedals lunch reform progress

Almost six years ago, the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) enacted substantial changes to the federal Child Nutrition Programs the bill authorises, including the beloved National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Among several noteworthy provisions, CNR 2010 set strengthened science-based nutritional standards for school meals, expanded school breakfast and summer food service programs, and laid the foundation...

3 Lessons Health Care Leaders Can Learn from the EpiPen Story

Mylan Pharmaceuticals’ 461 percent price hike for its EpiPens is the latest controversy facing drug manufacturers. It’s the latest high-profile story about escalating drug costs and is perhaps the most instructive for leaders across the entire healthcare spectrum. Price hikes by drug companies are not news; what’s getting attention are companies whose pricing strategies appear exploitive. Mylan,...

Real weight loss story — Ishita Singh lost 12 kgs in 10 weeks with yoga!

It’s not just your genes or  your eating habits that make you gain weight. Being on medications and not exercising can also add extra inches to your waist. And this is what happened to Ishita Singh, who met with a serious accident on 2nd May, 2014. She had to spend 32 days in hospital following 5 surgeries and then another 5 months of bed rest. And this was the time when she had to take loads of medications,...

Expect More Volatility for Healthcare ETFs

No sector has been plagued election year antics and volatility on par with healthcare, the third-largest sector weight in the S&P 500. Political posturing has been weighing on exchange-traded funds such as the Vanguard Health Care ETF (NYSEArca: VHT) and theHealth Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLV). Last month, Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, put the spotlight on Mylan (NasdaqGS: MYL)...

7 Foods That Have Way Too Much Sodium

Fad diets may come and go but limiting sodium intake is a constant when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, contrary to what marketing efforts may lead you to believe, the food industry is in business for the sole purpose of making money and because words like “natural” and “skinny” are loosely regulated, it’s easy to be led astray. In fact, there are a number of foods high...

Here’s what Dale Earnhardt Jr. said in updating his health, NASCAR future

Dale Earnhardt Jr. admitted Sunday that he has no business being in a racecar. But he also said he is feeling better and seeing progress in his long, slow recovery from a brain injury. And, in the most positive statement fans could hear, Earnhardt says he has no plans to retire. Speaking with media members ahead of Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR’s most popular driver offered...

GUC: Spiritual health should be prioritized

It was early morning as I strode across campus surrounded by groggy students making their way to their 8 a.m. classes. The air was brisk and my shoes stomped upon crinkled yellow leaves indicative of the arrival of autumn. By the bus stop, a student was hunched over, her face distorted in pain. I stopped to ask her if she was feeling well and if she was in need of assistance. She was clearly sick so I advised...

Health insurance giant Aetna will pay you to wear an Apple Watch

Health insurance giant Aetna plans to make the Apple Watch cheaper to its customers. The company announced a partnership with the tech titan on Tuesday to create health initiatives exclusive to iOS devices. As part of the program, Aetna will make the Apple Watch available to “select large employers and individual customers during open enrollment season,” and plans to reduce “a significant...

Is the Zika Threat Over-Hyped For India?

As Zika continues to bite Singapore, from 0 to 242 cases in ten days, the anxiety around the virus in India is surging too. A new study in medical journal, The Lancet, tries to predict where the Zika virus is going to make an appearance next. Will it be China? Hong Kong has already reported its first Zika case. Africa – the original ‘home’ of the virus? Or India, with its billion-plus population,...