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Natural Society - 2019-04-19 - Original post - cached version

Boston Scientific and another transvaginal mesh manufacturer were ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 16 to stop selling and distributing the products. The move comes in response to safety concerns regarding the surgical implants, which have been used in more than 2...

Natural Society - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

When you’re dead, you’re dead. Once your brain stops “waving,” you’re as good as gone.


Well, maybe not. An ethically-questionable experiment has seen scientists revive the brain cells of pigs 4 hours after they died. The experiment did not produce consciousness, but the...

Natural Society - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

A new lawsuit alleges that JUUL Labs Inc. illegally underplays the dangers of its product to make it more appealing to kids.

A Little Background First

Experts have warned in recent years that e-cigarettes are a gateway to tobacco use for teens. The problem has become so dire that the U.S...

Natural Society - 2019-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Thousands of cancer patients are suing Monsanto alleging their exposure to the company’s Roundup herbicide caused their illnesses. This is all taking spotlight in court, where recently U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria officially ordered Bayer AG and lawyers (who represent the mass of cancer...

Natural Society - 2019-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Researchers at the Institute of Life in Athens, Greece, announced April 9 that medical history had been made with the birth of a healthy baby boy to a 32-year-old woman who had experienced several failed cycles of in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The boy was born with DNA from three different...

Natural Society - 2019-04-11 - Original post - cached version

A decade after being discovered in Tokyo, a type of fungus that is resistant to multiple drugs is spreading globally, including here in the United States. Scientists don’t know how the “yeast that acts like a bacteria” arrived on America’s shores, but they do know two things: The infection can...

Natural Society - 2019-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Sweat bees are a common nuisance in the summertime, but they’re much less frightening than, say, hornets or wasps. Still, you wouldn’t want to have a sweat bee in your body. Yet, a Taiwanese woman experienced just that. Doctors discovered 4 of the winged creatures living in the woman’s eye,...

Natural Society - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

On March 23, the Henry Avocado Corporation announced it was recalling California-grown avocadoes sold in bulk to retail stores in 6 states due to potential Listeria contamination.

The company said in a statement:

“Henry Avocado is issuing this voluntary recall out of an...

Natural Society - 2019-03-23 - Original post - cached version

Roundup, the popular weed-killer linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, will not be sprayed in Los Angeles County for now after its Board of Supervisors issued a moratorium on the application of the herbicide, citing a need for more research into its potential health and environmental effects. [1]...

Natural Society - 2019-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Bayer was dealt a huge blow on March 19 when a San Francisco federal jury unanimously agreed that Roundup weed-killer caused a man’s cancer. [1]

It is the second time a jury decided in favor of a plaintiff who had alleged that the main ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, caused his non-...

Natural Society - 2019-03-16 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday banned retail sales of methylene chloride, a popular but highly dangerous paint-stripping chemical, but opted to leave it on the market for commercial use – a decision that angered some health advocates.

The agency banned methylene...

Natural Society - 2019-03-15 - Original post - cached version

Maryland could become the first U.S. state to ban polystyrene foam containers after both chambers of the state legislature passed bills this month banning food containers from being made with the substance.

A conference committee will work out the differences between the 2 bills,...

Natural Society - 2019-03-10 - Original post - cached version

The first major trial of whether pharmaceutical companies bear responsibility for the opioid crisis is slated to start in Oklahoma on May 28.  Three major drug manufacturers and 10 of their subsidiaries tried to convince Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman to delay the jury trial for...

Natural Society - 2019-02-10 - Original post - cached version

Juul Labs, makers of the highly popular Juul e-cigarettes, increased the nicotine content of their products, spurring other e-cigarette makers to do the same. This, experts say in a new report, has led to a serious vaping epidemic among teens and young adults, and a nicotine “arms race” among e-...

Natural Society - 2019-02-09 - Original post - cached version

Early detection and improvements in treatment have reduced overall rates of new cancer cases and cancer deaths, but lifestyle factors are keeping rates somewhat inflated across the board, even if some rates are going down overall. Actually, some types of cancer are increasing among Millennials,...

Natural Society - 2019-02-08 - Original post - cached version

For many people with diabetes, living with the disease requires multiple needle sticks a day to inject insulin and control their blood sugar. But in the future, diabetics might be able to take their insulin in pill-form. Two groups of researchers are working to make this possible in the future...

Natural Society - 2019-02-07 - Original post - cached version

You know you don’t have the healthiest diet. Most of your meals come from a box or a can. Vegetables are the exception, not the rule. You’re frustrated and you know you need to eat more healthily, but you need someone or something to light a fire under your sedentary behind. According to new...

Natural Society - 2019-02-06 - Original post - cached version

Acid reflux is a very common condition, where stomach acid backs up into the oesophagus or throat, causing symptoms such as a burning chest pain (heartburn). The ailment is often treated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which may be effective, but can cause poor digestion and related issues...

Natural Society - 2019-02-05 - Original post - cached version

Using data from a large, ongoing study, researchers have discovered what they think is a direct link between increased coffee consumption and better heart health.

That direct link is a strong one, too. Researchers, funded by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the University of...

Natural Society - 2019-02-04 - Original post - cached version

The 2 most important keys to a healthy lifestyle are diet and exercise. But Coca-Cola desperately wants people to believe that diet isn’t as important as exercise, which isn’t much of a surprise, considering the products the company makes. But what you may not know is that Coca-Cola is willing...

Natural Society - 2019-02-03 - Original post - cached version

There are numerous pending lawsuits revolving around Bayer AG and an herbicide product known as Roundup – with claims that the herbicide is causing cancer. Well, Bayer AG suffered a blow January 28 when a federal judge tentatively agreed to allow controversial evidence the company had hoped to...

Natural Society - 2019-02-02 - Original post - cached version

You probably know someone who has had cancer. Perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with it yourself. Hearing a doctor tell you that you have the “C-word” is one of the most frightening experiences a person can have. But scientists in Israel say a cure for cancer is only a year away. Could it really be...

Natural Society - 2019-02-01 - Original post - cached version

The recent polar vortex left temperatures in the sub-zeros and even lower when taking wind chill into account. In some parts of the upper Midwest and northern Plains, it was expected to be colder than the surface of Mars. With the polar vortex claiming at least 8 lives, it’s obvious that we need...

Natural Society - 2019-01-31 - Original post - cached version

New research says that more than half of the world’s wild coffee is at risk of extinction. Thanks to an ever-changing climate, deforestation, and disease, your morning caffeine could one day become a thing of the past, if the authors’ conclusions are correct. [1]

Scientists from the Royal...

Natural Society - 2019-01-30 - Original post - cached version

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is urging people to start having colorectal cancer screenings at age 45, not 50, as previously advised. [1]

Colorectal cancer is the 4th-most diagnosed cancer, and the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

In the past, adults...

Natural Society - 2019-01-29 - Original post - cached version

Does high salt intake lead to cardiovascular problems? According to a study released in June, it does. A ‘more accurate’ test measurement showed a direct link between consuming high amounts of salt and an elevated risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

The study, conducted by...

Natural Society - 2019-01-28 - Original post - cached version

It’s likely that most Americans are well-versed when it comes to how unhealthy fast-food is, yet a survey published October 3 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that more than 1 in 3 Americans eat fast food on any given day. [1]

The survey, compiled by the...

Natural Society - 2019-01-27 - Original post - cached version

An increasing number of scientists now say that cholesterol doesn’t cause heart attacks, but eating a high-cholesterol diet may come with other risks, including a higher risk of colon cancer. Now, scientists understand exactly how cholesterol increases that risk. [1]

Researchers from the...

Natural Society - 2019-01-26 - Original post - cached version

Alzheimer’s is an insidious disease that many people fear, so it’s super exciting to hear that a blood test could detect the disease as many as 16 years before onset. This would give doctors and sufferers time to make lifestyle changes and try treatments that could slow the onset of the disease...

Natural Society - 2019-01-25 - Original post - cached version

The pharmaceutical industry, as usual, is doing whatever it can to profit off the suffering of Americans. Recent filings show ‘Big Pharma’ spent a record amount of money on lobbying in 2018. While you and your family are struggling to figure out how to pay for prescriptions, pharmaceutical...

Natural Society - 2019-01-24 - Original post - cached version

You, dear readers, are intelligent people. It’s unlikely anyone has to tell you that fried food is unhealthy. Nobody bites into a deep-fried Oreo thinking it’s going to nourish their body. But if you’re like me, and deep-fried anything is hard to resist, there is something you should know....

Natural Society - 2019-01-23 - Original post - cached version

If you’re a smoker, anti-aging creams and lemon skin treatments might not be enough to truly help you look younger. It’s generally accepted that smokers age more quickly than non-smokers, but by how much? According to a recent study, men and women who puff-puff for years on end are about twice...

Natural Society - 2019-01-22 - Original post - cached version

In the past year, it has become increasingly-evident that there is a vaping epidemic among the nation’s youth. Though it’s unknown how much of a ‘gateway’ vaping may be to regular tobacco use among teens and young adults, it’s certainly true that many more kids who wouldn’t smoke at all are...

Natural Society - 2019-01-21 - Original post - cached version

Medical marijuana is a touchy subject and many people are still on the fence about whether it’s a legitimate medicine and should be legalized. If you’re one of those people who remain unconvinced, perhaps this new study will change your mind.

In a survey of 450 adults who...

Natural Society - 2019-01-20 - Original post - cached version

If it seems like your clothes are shrinking, it could be that you’ve gained weight and your clothes aren’t really shrinking. But researchers have found that something even more important may be shrinking due to excess body fat – your brain.

It seems that having excessive body fat around...

Natural Society - 2019-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Women who struggle to fall asleep or who have other sleep problems are at an increased risk for high blood pressure. In fact, it only takes mild sleep problems for a “significant” increase in hypertension risk, even if women are able to sleep a healthy dose of 7-9 hours. [1]

As many as 50...

Natural Society - 2019-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Being physically fit in middle age may prevent 2 things: developing depression as a senior, and dying from heart disease if you do happen to become depressed.

Researchers looked at 18,000 Medicare individuals and found that those who were the most fit were 16% less likely to develop...

Natural Society - 2019-01-11 - Original post - cached version

The Chinese scientist who announced to the world in November 2018 that he had created a pair of gene-edited twin girls could face the death penalty for corruption and bribery charges, a British geneticist fears.

News of the birth of twin baby girls whose DNA had been edited using CRISPR...

Natural Society - 2019-01-10 - Original post - cached version

On January 8, 2019, following a protracted legal battle, India’s top court ruled that Monsanto can own patents on genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds. The decision overturns a Delhi High Court ruling which said the country’s laws barred plant varieties and seeds from being patented.


Natural Society - 2019-01-09 - Original post - cached version

The prospect of developing cancer is a terrifying one for everybody, but there is reason to feel a bit more encouraged. A recent report shows that U.S. cancer death rates have decreased constantly for the last 25 years. [1]

The report, which comes from the American Cancer Society...

Natural Society - 2019-01-09 - Original post - cached version

You might have read in the news that people are “breaking up” with Facebook due to the social media platform’s abysmal privacy and security record. But this is just one small, clear example of how Facebook may be negatively impacting your life. Actually, it could be bad for both your mental and...

Natural Society - 2019-01-08 - Original post - cached version

You’re working hard, paying your bills, and enjoying a social life on the side when, all of a sudden, you lose your job. Life isn’t so easy anymore. You worry about how you’re going to pay your rent and put gas in your car. Income fluctuations are stressful, and can lead to numerous health...

Natural Society - 2019-01-06 - Original post - cached version

Juul and Altria, both makers of e-cigarettes and vape products, are in trouble with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) again, this time for reneging on a promise the companies made to the government to help curb the epidemic of youth vaping.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said...

Natural Society - 2019-01-05 - Original post - cached version

As most people who work in retail can tell you, there are good customers who make your day go by faster and bad customers who make you want to quit your job. And, usually, there are a few regulars who truly make your job worthwhile. But how far would you go to help a favorite customer? One...

Natural Society - 2019-01-04 - Original post - cached version

Oskri Organics Corp. has recalled its sunflower and tahini butter products due to concerns that they may be contaminated with Listeria. [1]

In a statement, Oskri, based in Wisconsin, said a customer informed them in mid-December that they “randomly” sent its product in for testing and...

Natural Society - 2019-01-03 - Original post - cached version

The holidays are officially over, and although you may still be picking at leftovers and what’s left in the office cookie tin, it’s time to start thinking about how to make THIS year a healthy year… again!

U.S. News & World Report, which calls itself “the global authority in rankings...

Natural Society - 2019-01-02 - Original post - cached version

Low-carb diets are nothing new. If you haven’t tried the Keto diet or the Atkin’s diet, you’ve likely heard of them. Many people consider these “fad” diets, and they very well may be, but fad or not, research does suggest that cutting carbs could be an effective way for people who have lost...

Natural Society - 2018-12-31 - Original post - cached version

A coalition of experts and politicians in the United Kingdom are warning that the meat industry will gain the murderous reputation of the tobacco industry if it doesn’t stop adding cancer-causing nitrites to meats like bacon and ham.

According to food scientist Professor Chris Elliott,...

Natural Society - 2018-12-30 - Original post - cached version

When you think of ways to improve the health of your heart, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising probably comes to mind (though you may not do them!). Those things are definitely important – by far most important, in fact – but there are other heart-healthy things you can do, too. It may...

Natural Society - 2018-12-29 - Original post - cached version

Gene editing has the potential to save lives and prevent devastating diseases, but the technology is still new and the ramifications of such experiments remain largely unknown. So, when a patient’s DNA has been edited using CRISPR-Cas9, researchers keep a close eye on them to track their...


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