Excessive Consumption of Prilosec Can Be Harmful, Specialists Warn

Spanish version Since its introduction in 1980, omeprazole – known commercially as Prilosec among other brand names – has been widely used to treat heartburn, also known as, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and erosive esophagitis. Omeprazole is generally well tolerated, with the most common side effects being headache, dizziness and diarrhea. But studies conducted by […]

FDA Oversight of PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Food Packaging Essential, Report Finds

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A study by the Government Accountability Office finds that better oversight of so-called forever chemicals in good packaging and production is needed but says manufacturers are not currently required to provide the Food and Drug Administration with information about such additives. U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), requested the report. “Let me […]

How to Create a Home Gym Without Breaking the Bank

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Since the Covid lockdowns, it isn’t just the work from home concept that has taken root. The workout from home concept has exploded in popularity, too.  Covid changed our ideas about fitness and self-care:  gaining a few pounds during those lockdown periods drove home the point that being immobile does you no good! As a […]

Mexican Consumer Agency Studies Chocolate Brands


Spanish Version All chocolate is not the same. Some chocolate brands contain more vegetable fats than cocoa, for one thing. The Federal Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO) of Mexico decided to take a closer look at popular brands of chocolate and has now released the results of a laboratory analysis of different brands of both powdered […]

Red 3 Is Trick, Not Treat, Scientists Say

The dye known as Red 3 is illegal in cosmetics. It’s known to cause cancer. And yet, it is legal in foods, ingested drugs, and supplements. It’s especially prevalent in the candies that children will be collecting this Halloween, like candy corn, Nerds, Peeps, Pez, and SweeTarts. “Halloween has never been the healthiest holiday, but […]

FDA Taking Another Look at BPA, Most Recently Found in Sports Bras

Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of those long-lasting chemicals that’s just about everywhere — even in sports bras, according to a new study. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to reconsider the chemical’s safety. The sports bra revelation came a few days ago, in a study released by the Center for Environmental […]

E-cig Use by Teens Remains High, Disposables Most Popular

Years of progress in reducing cigarette use are going up in smoke, as teens turn to vaping for their nicotine hits, public health officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say. “The FDA remains deeply concerned about e-cigarette use among our nation’s youth. It’s clear that we still have a serious public health problem […]

Four Tips for Hiring the Right Personal Trainer

The battle of the bulge may be too tough to handle alone. Time to call in the personal trainer. But how?  “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” This little philosophical nugget by English writer Samuel Johnson describes exactly the overweight out of shape […]

Looking for a ‘Lifestyle Health’ Doctor?

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New online directory lists certified lifestyle medicine practitioners You might not know what a “lifestyle medicine practitioner” is, but there’s a new online directory that will help you find one when you need it. It’s just been launched by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and lists doctors who try to use improvements in […]

Genetic Testing: Promise or Pitfall?

At-home genetic testing is all the rage, but should you change your life based on the results? “You have to know the past to understand the present,” Carl Sagan famously said. Makes you wonder what the astrophysicist would think about today’s obsession with knowing where we came from — not just in astrophysics terms, or […]

Does Beauty Have to Be Toxic?

“There is no torture that a woman would not endure to enhance her beauty.” Michel de Montaigne (French Renaissance philosopher) History tells us men and women have been willing to risk even death to enhance their natural beauty and follow the fashion of the day. Indeed, the quest for beauty has been the basis for […]

New Salmonella Safety Standard for Poultry

It’s taken awhile but the U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking steps to prevent poultry products contaminated with salmonella from reaching store shelves. USDA announced the new standards today.

Abortions Outlawed but Vasectomy Still Works

The recent Supreme Court ruling has upset family planning efforts for millions of Americans. But nothing stops men from getting a vasectomy when they and their partner want to prevent future pregnancies. Men often express horror and revulsion at the idea but the procedure is much less debilitating than childbirth and carries almost no risk […]

‘Wellness Vapes’ May Not Live Up to Their Name

You don’t normally think of vaping as a way to improve your health, and that’s probably a good thing, experts say. Yet, the latest trend in the vaping world is something called “wellness vaping.” As the name implies, wellness vapes contain substances consumers often regard as healthy – vitamins, caffeine, melatonin and so forth. They’re […]

Suicide: The Other Outlawed Abortion

It’s once again illegal to perform an abortion in much of the United States. And it is still illegal, in most cases, to assist someone who wants to end their life.

Facebook Accused of Spying on Hospital Patients

Medical records are supposed to be confidential but Facebook’s parent company, Meta, has allegedly been tracking patient data at one-third of the top 100 hospitals in the United States. A report published by The Markup says the tracking has been carried out secretly, without patient consent and apparently without the knowledge of the hospitals. The […]

What’s In That Meatless Meat You’re Eating?

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just a curious eater, you’ve probably tried one of the meatless burgers or other meat substitutes that have seen a growth spurt the last few years. Whether you like them or hate them as you gnaw away, you may be curious about what you’re eating. Just what’s in those things […]