Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Researchers for the first time have linked air pollution exposure before birth with lower IQ scores in childhood, bolstering evidence that smog may harm the developing brain.
The results are in a study of 249 children of New York City women who wore backpack air monitors for 48 hours during the last few months of pregnancy. They lived in mostly low-income neighborhoods in northern Manhattan and the South Bronx. They had varying levels of exposure to typical kinds of urban air pollution, mostly from car, bus and truck exhaust.
"We need to bring new language to this debate," Republican message man Alex Castellanos wrote in a memo to fellow GOP strategists this month. "If we paint the house the same color, no one will notice anything has changed: We will still be the same, outdated Republicans who have no new ideas and oppose everything."Castellanos, a consultant to the Republican National Committee, offered poll-tested language that the party could use to kill President Obama's health-care legislation in Congress. "If we slow this sausage-making process down, we can defeat it," he reasoned.
With prospects slipping for Senate action on health care this month, House Democrats are lowering expectations that they will move their own version of a sweeping overhaul before taking off for a monthlong August recess.
The president becomes more involved in rallying the public and Congress behind a healthcare overhaul. Like in a campaign, he will take his case to the American people.
The experimental treatment Benlysta greatly reduced symptoms of the autoimmune disorder in a test, says Human Genome Sciences. The findings offer hope that a 50-year drought in new drugs may end.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reiterated that President Barack Obama wants initial bills passed in the House and the Senate by the August recess, but without the type of insistence White House officials have used in earlier statements.
Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital are working on an alternative to shots and other treatments to treat ear infections in children.The new method would involve just a single drop of liquid, simply rubbed onto the outside of the ear. And best of all, it's a vaccine designed to stop ear infections before they ever start.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Even as Washington lawmakers attempt to overhaul the nation’s health care system to make insurance attainable for more people, a new state program to cover those considered high risk has been quietly growing its rolls since starting in January.
Newsweek Managing Editor Daniel Klaidman explains that his magazine decided to ask Sen. Ted Kennedy to author a cover piece on health care, because “his absence during this historic debate had been so palpable, yet here was a way for this respected voice on health care to weigh in and be part of the national conversation at a critical moment.”
Well, Sen. Kennedy has weighed in, and he may have helped doom Obamacare.
The health care testimony of the director of the Congressional Budget Office sounded almost desperate.
There was poor Douglas Elmendorf — Larry Summers’ protegé, Brookings Institution liberal, Pelosi-picked, Harvard mega-wonk — practically begging his bosses in Congress to just slow down a little.
As Skepticism on Health Reform Mounts, He Will Intensify His EffortsSix months into his presidency, Barack Obama may have no greater test of his ability to translate personal popularity into a successful legislative agenda than the upcoming two weeks.
Pope Benedict XVI underwent minor surgery Friday after he slipped in the bath and broke his wrist.
The 82-year-old Pontiff's injury reflects a common occurrence among the elderly. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says one in three senior citizens in the U.S. falls each year. And, "Every 18 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall, and every 35 minutes someone in this population dies as a result of their injuries."
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has national data on injuries from falling (2006).
Sick days, child care looming issues for firms too focused on recessionToronto businesses are not prepared and are "struggling to keep ahead" when it comes to planning for a global H1N1 pandemic, warns the head of a Toronto-based non-profit that focuses on urban health.
LONDON (Reuters) - A pledge by the country's two main political parties to protect the state-run health service means other departments will face sharp spending cuts, an influential fiscal report said on Monday.
(CNN) -- The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it is conducting a safety review of the asthma drug Xolair after data from an ongoing study suggested an increased number of heart attacks and strokes among patients who use it.
For his first feat this legislative session, (D-Calif.) staged a coup and deposed a sitting chairman and dean of the House. He followed that up with a nail-biter victory in the House for his beloved climate change bill.But on Monday, the hard work will begin for the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee as he labors to advance President Obama's endangered health-reform agenda.