Officials in China's Ministry of Health admit they harvest organs from death row inmates for the majority of transplants in the country. It is estimated that two-thirds of the country's total organ transplants come from executed prisoners.
A new report from Harvard University suggests that eating any red meat, even one serving, can increase your risk of dying. The research found that even a single serving increase your percentage risk by 13 percent — with processed meat, like bacon or hot dogs — increasing that risk 20 percent.
The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that the chemical perchloroethylene is a likely human carcinogen. Perchloroethylene, also known as PERC, is familiar to many of us as the smell associated with dry cleaning. In a report released February 10th, the EPA lowered its safe daily dose of perc and efforts have begun to phase the cancer-causing solvent out of the market.
An advisory panel of outside physicians for the FDA recommended approval of the weight-loss drug Qnexa, which was previously rejected in 2010. Pending approval, Qnexa could be the most effective non-surgery treatment for obese people. The FDA will make a final decision later this year.
The impact of the subprime mortgage crisis and economic strain across the country has drastically increased the number of Americans living in poverty. According to the latest census data, 47 million Americans are now living below the poverty line.
New polling suggests that Mitt Romney's healthcare reform law in Massachusetts, which President Barack Obama has held up as a model for his plan, is supported by an overwhelming margin by Massachusetts residents — supports its held basically since it was introduced.
The ads use kids who are overweight describing the problems they face in an effort to get parents to realize their children are overweight. The ads, which were designed in consultation with a local hospital, have caused critics to label them as just another example of fat-shaming.
Paula Deen, the celebrity chef known for her love of butter, has announced she has diabetes. Instead of using it as a reason to lighten her cooking, she's becoming a paid spokeswoman for a pharmaceutical company.
Late last year, the FDA said it would no longer seek to formally regulate the use of the most common antibiotics in farm animals. A month later, though, the FDA said it would regulate the use of cephalosporins, which represent less than 1 percent of the antibiotics used on farms.
In December, Facebook rolled out new tools it said should help with suicide prevention. One psychiatrist, however, while lauding the effort, says the initiative needs some tweaks.