Iron Levels In Alzheimer’s Patients

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Our bodies need iron in order to stay healthy but recent studies are showing that keeping an eye on the iron levels in a person’s body can help predict whether or not they are at a higher risk of developing

Alzheimer’s disease later on in their life. You might be thinking that low levels of iron will indicate a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease later in life but it is actually the complete opposite. People who have higher levels of iron in the blood are at a higher risk of developing memory loss later on. Luckily, there may be treatment available early on. There are a number of prescription medications that are designed to lower iron levels in the blood.

There are a number of risk factors that make you more apt to develop Alzheimer’s later on such as genetic factors according to the NYPost.com. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital is trying to look out for them all. High levels of iron can contribute as well. You can easily reduce your iron levels by donating blood on a regular basis but if this is not an option you may want to speak with your medical professional next time you have some blood work done. Studies have shown that iron lowering medications can actually reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to fifty percent. No matter what the treatment option is, caution should be paid to these patients. Lowering iron too much can put a person at risk for anemia and this can come along with its own set of issues.

Ex-Big Pharma Rep Comes Clean About the Industry

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To say there is a lot of money in the pharmaceutical industry may be one of the biggest understatements of our age. With billions of dollars on the line, pharmaceutical reps are encouraged to push drugs that are billed as helping with a plethora of medical and psychiatric conditions. One of these sales people has come forward to say that they have been misinforming people to get them to take their drugs. There are also accusations of doctors and psychiatrists prescribing drugs for conditions that may not warrant them. One alarming fact is that 50 percent of the side effects of some drugs are still not known at the time they are approved by the FDA and released for use by the general public.

Given the relationship between big pharma and the medical profession, it should come as no surprise that some doctors act, in essence, as legal drug pushers stated pinterest. Doctors and psychiatrists regularly receive benefits from drug companies and their reps for pushing their company’s pharmaceuticals. This has become such a problem that there is actually a website now where people can see if their doctor takes money from this industry. The more they take, the more inclined you should be to steer clear of them. They will be less inclined to ‘fix’ what’s wrong with you and simply ‘medicate’ it, so they can boost drug sales.

Solving Childhood Obesity Through Taxation?

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Childhood obesity is an epidemic in some developed countries. There may be those in certain parts of the world where famine still occurs who would love the problem of having so much food that there could be such a thing as childhood obesity. Too much food, however, especially when it is junk food, can be almost as bad as not enough. WDRB reported childhood obesity is a big problem in the United States, but the United Kingdom suffers from this issue as well. There are those in the UK calling for a tax on junk food as a way to fight this problem due to the fact that the UK has a higher rate of childhood obesity than other European countries.

People do learn a lot of habits that stick with them through their lives when they are young. This does make watching what eating habits our children develop early on very important. The effects of taxes on cigarettes in the United States show that it can have an effect on cigarette consumption. American politicians will no doubt be looking at how such a tax directed at junk food fares in the UK and perhaps consider one here. The only problem will be the administration of such a tax. You can bet various manufacturers will be lobbying to have their product not labeled junk food and that their competitors’ products be labeled junk food. Will science determine what gets taxed or will money?

Arizona Lawsuit Attempts To Take Healthcare Away From 300,000 People

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It is rare that lawsuits are used to take away something as fundamental as healthcare. That being said, Arizona is a strange state in a lot of ways. This lawsuit is moving forward as a challenge to the expansion of Medicare that is brought about by Obamacare.

Thinkprogress.org reports that even though the Republican governor of the state of Arizona, Jan Brewer supported the expansion of Medicare, this lawsuit is going forward anyway. There were majorities in both houses of the Arizona state Congress to get the expansion of Medicare into the state. However, Sam Tabar says the courts have ruled that the minority of lawmakers who opposed the expansion have the legal right to file a lawsuit to oppose this change and to possibly even strip away the healthcare that had been granted to the people.

It is impossible to not point out the fact that hospitals were also in favor of this Medicare expansion, and that the federal government would be paying for it until 2017. At that point, the state would have to come up with as much as 10% of the cost of the expansion. However, this is still a pretty good deal for the state and has helped to add hundreds of thousands of people to the insured population. Now it seems like a spiteful few are going to do all that they can to strip away the healthcare that had been granted to those who previously did not have any.