Gupta: Cell phones, brain tumors and a wired earpiece

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent Just about every time I use a cell phone, I plug in my wired earpiece first. Having discussed the use of earpieces on several news shows, people expect to see me using one. If I am walking around the CNN studios, my colleagues often comment on it. In…

Acetaminophen tied to blood cancers

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – New research shows chronic users of acetaminophen, a top-selling painkiller known as Tylenol in the U.S. and paracetamol in Europe, are at slightly increased risk for blood cancers. Yet the risk remains low, and it’s still uncertain what role the drug plays. The finding adds another twist to the complicated…

U.S. asks if food dyes make kids hyperactive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are weighing a question parents have asked since the 1970s: do artificial food dyes make children hyperactive? A consumer group has petitioned the government to ban blue, green, orange, red and yellow food colorings. The synthetic dyes are common in food and drinks ranging from PepsiCo’s Gatorade, Cheetos and Doritos…

Night-shift work linked to cancer

LONDON (AP) — Like UV rays and diesel exhaust fumes, working the graveyard shift will soon be listed as a “probable” cause of cancer.It is a surprising step validating a concept once considered wacky. And it is based on research that finds higher rates of breast and prostate cancer among women and men whose work…

Handwashing more useful than drugs in virus control

Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:07am EST               HONG KONG (Reuters) – Physical barriers, such as regular handwashing and wearing masks, gloves and gowns, may be more effective than drugs to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as influenza and SARS, a study has found. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, came as Britain…

Video of workers abusing cows raises food safety questions

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A video showing California slaughterhouse workers abusing dairy cows — a violation that raises questions about U.S. food safety — was released by the Humane Society of the United States on Wednesday. The video, which one lawmaker said raises questions about the safety of the nation’s food supply, shows Hallmark Meat Packing…

Natural birth control well-received, study says

Using beads to keep track of fertility was effective, inexpensive option March. 27, 2008NEW YORK – A “natural family planning method” in which women use a set of beads to keep track of their fertile days is effective and widely acceptable to women and their partners, according to a new study conducted at 14 sites…

CHEESE AND BUTTER TO CARRY HEALTH WARNING’

Monday March 3,2008 Ian Fletcher DAIRY foods like cheese and butter could soon have to carry cigarette-style warnings in a bid to slash Britain’s soaring levels of obesity and heart disease. The Government’s Food Standards Agency is said to be considering using shock tactics to persuade Britons to cut down on their consumption of saturated…

Study finds gut germ in 40 percent of grocery meats; CDC says not to worry

By JoNel Aleccia Health writer Tues., Nov. 18, 2008 A potentially deadly intestinal germ increasingly found in hospitals is also showing up in a more unsavory setting: grocery store meats. More than 40 percent of packaged meats sampled from three Arizona chain stores tested positive for Clostridium difficile, a gut bug known as C. diff.,…