October 5, 2012

Sit Up Straight!

1 Good Posture May Ease Depression Symptoms

A new study from San Francisco State University and Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan finds that having good posture can improve your mood. One hundred participants, mostly female, were separated into two groups that performed two movements: either walking with a slouched posture or skipping, which requires participants to look upward. Participants with the slouched walk reported a significant decrease in their energy levels and feelings of sadness and loneliness. Those who skipped felt more energetic, happier, and more positive. The authors acknowledge their theory has limitations and plan to do more studies, but they do note that more people today stay hunched over desks and computers and the of prescriptions doctors write for depression medications has increased.

More at Medical Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Exercise, the Magic Drug for Depression, Study Finds Positive Connection Between Yoga, Mood

Tags: Depression, Depression Treatment, Mood, Positive Thinking

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Monsanto's NK603 GM Corn

2 EU Food Safety Panel Dismisses GM Corn Study

The European Union's food safety watchdog organization has determined that a recent French research paper claiming that GM corn caused cancer in rats lacks "scientific quality," and suffers from design, analysis, and reporting deficiencies. The judgment of the European Food Safety Authority echoes earlier criticism by New Scientist and others. The EFSA said it would reconsider the matter if the researchers would make more data available to them, but lead author Gilles-Eric Seralini says that he will keep his full data data secret because he feels that earlier studies considered by the EFSA that favored GM corn were also not completely transparent. Although most European consumers avoid GM food products, GM animal feed imported from the U.S. and South America is widely used.

More at Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: GMO Food Cancer Study Begins to Unravel

Tags: GM Food, GMO Food, Roundup Health Concerns, Gilles-Eric Seralini, European Food Safety Authority, NK603

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Contaminated with Fungus

3 Meningitis Outbreak Pinned on Pharmacy Drug

The back pain drug implicated in the meningitis deaths of 5 people was made not by a pharmaceutical company, but rather by a Massachusetts pharmacy, and the practice is perfectly legal and not regulated by the FDA. The New England Compounding Center mixed up the steroid for injection into the spine, and it has sold 17,000 vials to clinics in 23 states. The FDA found that the the drug, which has sickened an additional 30 people, is contaminated with a fungus. If you have recently received a steroid spine injection and feel at all unwell, you need to get to a doctor immediately. Why do doctors use these DIY drugs? Compounding pharmacies make specialized drug cocktails not available from big pharma, as well as cheaper versions of big pharma products. The NECC has a long history of problems.

More at The New York Times | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: Teenagers to Get Meningitis Booster

Tags: FDA, Meningitis, Compounding Pharmacies

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