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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...

Natural Society - 2018-12-28 - Original post - cached version

Life isn’t always easy for night owls (one who often stays up late at night). They’re not the ones to hop out of bed early in the morning and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee. Unfortunately, being a night owl comes with some other harsh realities, too, including a greater risk of health problems not...

Natural Society - 2018-12-27 - Original post - cached version

It was a harrowing holiday season for more than 3,000 patients who were treated at a New Jersey surgical center after they were told they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis at the facility.

People who underwent surgery at the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook, New Jersey,...

Natural Society - 2018-12-23 - Original post - cached version

A class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones has been associated with numerous serious side effects over the years, so it’s not uncommon to see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issue new warnings about more complications of taking the medications. On December 20, the agency yet...

Natural Society - 2018-12-18 - Original post - cached version

Kimberly-Clark, a manufacturer of personal care products, has recalled some Kotex tampons after receiving reports that the feminine-care product was unraveling and coming apart in women’s bodies.

Last week, the company announced that regular absorbancy U by Kotex Sleek Tampons were being...

Natural Society - 2018-12-17 - Original post - cached version

Remember when glitter was fun to put in cards and letters? You probably loved it when your art teacher got out the glitter. I bet you never imagined a day when you’d be eating the stuff, but here we are, eating glittery iced cakes and confections. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Natural Society - 2018-12-16 - Original post - cached version

Do a quick search for “Mediterranean diet” on our site and you will find oodles of articles espousing the health benefits of this eating lifestyle.  In December, yet another study showed that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease – possibly even as...

Natural Society - 2018-12-15 - Original post - cached version

You expect your doctor(s) and their staff to be familiar with your medical history. You probably also assume the information in your records is correct. But your doctor and nurses are only human, and mistakes can happen. Unfortunately, errors on your medical records can be hazardous to your...

Natural Society - 2018-12-13 - Original post - cached version

One of the top causes of antibiotic resistance is the use of the medicines in livestock. Many factory farms feed animals antibiotics to prevent disease and promote growth. Yet, despite countless warnings that the practice fuels drug-resistant superbugs, it continues to be a serious problem....

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

The Canadian federal government has launched a new risk assessment for AquaBounty’s new genetically modified (GM) salmon, following the company’s July 2018 announcement that it planned to build a new egg production and grow-out facility in Rollo Bay West, Prince Edward Island (PEI), according to...

Natural Society - 2018-12-11 - Original post - cached version

Experts in the United Kingdom (UK) are alarmed by a sharp increase in anxiety among British children. Equally alarming is the rise in medication addiction and the number of youngsters seeking outside counsel to cope with their anxiety. [1]

In Britain, children who need a listening...

Natural Society - 2018-12-10 - Original post - cached version

If the world were to lose honey bees, it would be a crisis for humanity unlike any we have ever seen. The food supply would shrink drastically, leaving large swaths of the Earth’s population to starve. Unfortunately, bees face numerous threats, and bacterial diseases are among the direst of...

Natural Society - 2018-12-09 - Original post - cached version

Every summer, the media reports on someone who died after being infected with a brain-eating amoeba. These cases usually occur after a person has visited a pool, waterpark, or a tepid lake. These horrifying infections are exceedingly rare, but they can still occur after a person comes into...

Natural Society - 2018-12-08 - Original post - cached version

On December 7, the Trump administration relaxed rules aimed at making school lunches healthier, affecting 30 million children annually, many of them from low-income homes. Kid-friendly favorites like noodles, tortillas, biscuits, pasta, and an overall abundance of refined grains will be...

Natural Society - 2018-12-07 - Original post - cached version

Cold and flu season is upon us, so the medicines-intake will likely be rolling around. But if you’ve recently purchased liquid ibuprofen from Walmart, CVS, or Family Dollar, you should stop using it immediately and return it for a refund. The over-the-counter pain relievers were recalled...

Natural Society - 2018-12-06 - Original post - cached version

Following the news that a set of gene-edited twin girls had been born in China in November, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it was creating a working group to study gene-editing and the many ethical, social, and safety issues surrounding the process.

The panel’s job...

Natural Society - 2018-12-05 - Original post - cached version

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that exposure to numerous chemicals used in our daily lives can have a significant impact on human development. One recent study shows that chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products such as soaps and shampoos may push early puberty in...

Natural Society - 2018-12-04 - Original post - cached version

Like many workplaces, the nurses and staff of the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy Children’s Hospital pool their money to enter the lottery. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. When it does pay off, the winnings are usually small beans. But in October 2018, the staffers at the St...

Natural Society - 2018-12-03 - Original post - cached version

Being an obese teenager is not easy. As if the bullying isn’t enough, being obese during adolescence puts kids at greater risk of health problems such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. But that’s not all; a recent study suggests that being obese during adolescence could even increase your...

Natural Society - 2018-12-02 - Original post - cached version

The Resilience Butte County Proud IPA campaign out of northern California is bringing together breweries from across the nation to brew 1 very special beer and donate 100% of the proceeds from the sales of that beer to those struggling to get back on their feet after the Camp Fire incident in...

Natural Society - 2018-11-30 - Original post - cached version

Just days after a Chinese scientist announced the birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies and a possible 2nd pregnancy, the Chinese government ordered a halt to the highly controversial experiments.

According to Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping, an...

Natural Society - 2018-11-29 - Original post - cached version

Have you ever used a touchscreen at McDonald’s to order your food? You’re reading an article on Natural Society, so of course not! But if you have, this bit of news may interest you. That touchscreen you ordered from probably has some poop on it, at least according to a recent investigation by...

Natural Society - 2018-11-29 - Original post - cached version

A researcher in China claims to have created the world’s first gene-edited babies, sparking deep discussion, along with some harsh criticisms and outrage among some of the world’s leading scientists.

The highly-controversial news that a set of twin girls was born in November with...

Natural Society - 2018-11-28 - Original post - cached version

In a study exploring the link between vitamin D and levels of physical fitness, researchers discovered that people who had a higher capacity for exercise also had higher levels of the nutrient in their blood. This suggests that having an ample amount of vitamin D in your diet can help boost your...

Natural Society - 2018-11-28 - Original post - cached version

Stress is getting to a lot of people these days. Even if you have a great job, plenty of money in the bank, and a healthy family, the current political climate can be enough to make you pack your bags and move to the mountains. It’s important for overall health to minimize stress as much as...

Natural Society - 2018-11-27 - Original post - cached version

You’ve probably heard that Americans spend too much time sitting on their duffs. Well, not much has changed. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans still sit too much. In fact, 4 out of 10 adults don’t get any moderate or vigorous exercise on a weekly...

Natural Society - 2018-11-26 - Original post - cached version

Newer nonstick compounds that were supposed to be safer than previous ones may be just as toxic, even in minuscule amounts, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study released on November 14 shows. [1]

First, here is some background information straight from the EPA about the...

Natural Society - 2018-11-25 - Original post - cached version

The word is out: yoga and meditation are excellent ways of dealing with stress, pain, and other woes. Impressively, it seems people are accepting this reality, as a government survey recently revealed that more U.S. adults and young people are practicing these forms of complementary medicine....

Natural Society - 2018-11-24 - Original post - cached version

If you often find yourself struggling to keep your eyes open during the day, it could mean you’re dehydrated, according to a recent study. And while you might be tempted to pour yourself another cup of coffee, drinking a glass of water might be the best and fastest way to perk yourself up.

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Natural Society - 2018-11-23 - Original post - cached version

A study released earlier this year shows that there are some mindset hacks revolving around total self-improvement that can help you make healthier choices in life.

If you’ve been finding it difficult to make healthy lifestyle changes, you’re not alone. That frustration can wreck your...

Natural Society - 2018-11-22 - Original post - cached version

Not getting enough sleep can cause a slew of health problems that generally are aware of, but research suggests it may cause a couple of other conditions you wouldn’t normally associate with sleep deprivation: loneliness and isolation.

What’s more, your lack of sleep doesn’t just affect...

Natural Society - 2018-11-21 - Original post - cached version

If you’re a woman, you should know that your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you age. But just know that there are things you can do to protect yourself. One study shows that losing weight after menopause may help reduce your risk of invasive breast cancer, and you don’t have to...

Natural Society - 2018-11-20 - Original post - cached version

An experimental new drug may now make it possible for some people with allergies to peanuts to build up a tolerance over time, saving countless lives. Could similar allergy-treatments be in the works for other major food allergens? [1]

The clinical trial, funded by Aimmune Therapeutics,...

Natural Society - 2018-11-18 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents and caregivers not to give honey to babies under 1 year of age after 4 infants in Texas were hospitalized with botulism after using pacifiers containing the sticky, sweet substance.

The warning was issued November 16 after the...

Natural Society - 2018-11-16 - Original post - cached version

When feeding baby, breast is always best. A recent study shows that both breast milk and formula encourage the growth of similar types of gut microbes, but the bacteria from the 2 forms of food work differently. [1]

How those differences affect a child’s health are unclear, however.

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Natural Society - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Consuming omega-3 fatty acids is one of the best things you can do for your heart, and this has been established in numerous studies. Research shows that people who eat more fish rich in omega-3’s have lower rates of heart problems and have a lower risk of dying from heart disease compared to...

Natural Society - 2018-11-14 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new exercise guidelines on November 12 – for the first time in a decade. The recommendations state that Americans should sit less and move more, but there is good news for those who don’t particularly enjoy a 5-mile run: The...

Natural Society - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

On November 12, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) updated the clinical guidelines for managing cholesterol for the first time since 2013. Unlike in the past, the new guidelines do not suggest a one-size-fits-all approach, but a more personalized...

Natural Society - 2018-11-11 - Original post - cached version

When you step into the shower, you’re expecting to come out all clean and shiny. But as a study shows, your shower-head may be dumping risky bacteria all over you – bacteria that can even cause lung infections.

You (hopefully) keep your toilet and sink clean, but be honest – you don’t pay...

Natural Society - 2018-11-10 - Original post - cached version

Oxford researchers said on November 7 that taxing meat could help off-set healthcare costs and save hundreds of thousands of lives. Additionally, taxing red and processed meat could allow hundreds of billions of dollars to be put toward healthcare costs each year, they suggest. [1]

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Natural Society - 2018-11-09 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered some good news on November 8 when it released data showing that smoking rates in the U.S. are the lowest they’ve ever been. Unfortunately, there was some bad news to go with it.

 

Smoking rates have fallen by 67...
Natural Society - 2018-11-08 - Original post - cached version

Americans went to the polls November 6 to vote in the midterm elections, giving the green light for marijuana either medical or recreational uses in 3 more states. [1]

On November 6, Michigan became the first Midwest state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, joining 9 other states...

Natural Society - 2018-11-07 - Original post - cached version

In recent years, health experts have been warning about the health consequences of consuming energy drinks, which contain a mixture of caffeine, sugar, and other herbal ingredients, due to the beverages’ effect on the heart. In a recent study, researchers found that consuming just 1 energy drink...

Natural Society - 2018-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Many genetic engineers have been vocal in their concern over genetically modified (GM) potatoes, but perhaps the most surprising voice is that of Caius Rommens, the creator of 1 type of engineered spud.

Rommens was director of research at Simplot Plant Sciences from 2000 to 2013, where he...

Natural Society - 2018-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Smartphones and tablets have become electronic babysitters for many children. They may keep kids out of mom’s hair for a while, but they do come with perils. According to a recent study, the devices are causing mental health problems in children as young as 2 years old. [1]

Hours per day...

Natural Society - 2018-11-03 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the nation’s health watchdog, yet it has just approved a powerful new opioid, even as opioid overdoses continue to claim thousands of lives each year. [1]

The drug, approved November 2, is for use in healthcare settings. It will not be...

Natural Society - 2018-11-02 - Original post - cached version

The former school groundskeeper who alleged at trial that the popular herbicide Roundup caused his cancer will accept a reduced award of $78 million, instead of the $289 million award a jury originally decided on.

In August, a San Francisco Superior Court jury awarded Dewayne Johnson $289...

Natural Society - 2018-10-31 - Original post - cached version

As more people pay attention to what they eat, food manufacturers are trying to convince buyers that their products are healthy. But what does “healthy” really mean as it applies to food? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of changing the way it defines the word in...

Natural Society - 2018-10-30 - Original post - cached version

If you stay on top of world news, then you already know that countries, cities, and individual companies are trying to reduce the amount of plastic waste littering the planet. In many places, single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, and plastic eating utensils have already been axed, but it will...

Natural Society - 2018-10-28 - Original post - cached version

An expert panel of toxicologists is calling for an entire class of pesticides to be banned because they threaten the health of both pregnant women and children.

The paper, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, states that exposure to organophosphates (OPs) increases the risk of lower...

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