Site news

The problem with user accounts expiring has been fixed.  If you are having any problems logging in please contact us.
Historic graphs are now available.
Health Sentinel news now appears on google news - check
The problem with e-mail an article has now been fixed.

Over 100 original articles on health and other topics such as the environment and the economy are now available.

Fight World Hunger
Philip Morris colludes with CIGNA to withhold smoking hazard information PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Monday, 30 August 2004 00:00

An article in the August 2004 issue of the American Journal of Public Health details a review of internal tobacco company documents that showed the company Philip Morris and the insurance company CIGNA collaborated to censor accurate information on the harm of smoking from the CIGNA health newsletter sent to employees of Philip Morris and its affiliates.

As a major cause of numerous cancers and cardiovascular disease, smoking kills more than 400,000 Americans each year. Exposure to environmental tobacco is estimated to cause 3,700 cancer deaths and more than 50,000 deaths from heart disease in adults each year in the United States. Environmental tobacco smoke is also been associated with low birthweight babies, sudden infant death among infants with acute lower respiratory infections, asthma attacks, and middle ear infections among children.

The documents reviewed revealed that between 1996 and 1998 CIGNA and Philip Morris worked together to censor information on smoking and health that was to be published in CIGNA’s quarterly Well-Being newsletter. Information that set cigarette smoking in a bad light was labeled as possibly “offensive and annoying”. The agreement between the two companies was to either replace the “offensive” material or simply not distribute the newsletter.

Read 0 Comments... >>
Last Updated on Friday, 11 September 2009 16:31
Flu vaccine greatly increases risk of asthma problems PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Sunday, 29 August 2004 00:01

A study published in the August 2004 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood shows that despite a belief to the contrary, use of the influenza vaccine increased asthma related visits to the clinic as well as emergency room visits.

The study conducted on 800 children with asthma was divided into 2 groups of 400, one group that received the influenza vaccine and one group which did not. Both groups were equally matched in respect to age, sex, and rates of exposure to tobacco smoke.

The hope of the study was that vaccination would lead to a “70% risk reduction” in asthma events. However, the study results showed that after adjusting for multiple variables the vaccine group was more likely to have clinic visits for asthma or pneumonia and were also more likely to have an emergency room visit or hospitalization. In fact, the vaccinated group had nearly a 3 times increased odds of having a clinic visit for asthma or pneumonia and a 2 times risk of emergency department visits or hospitalizations. The authors do note that the risk for hospitalizations did not reach statistical significance.

Read 0 Comments... >>
Last Updated on Friday, 11 September 2009 16:31
High glycemic and low fiber foods associated with diabetes PDF Print E-mail
(1 vote, average 4.00 out of 5)
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Friday, 20 August 2004 23:59

It has been a long-standing assertion that there is no proof that sugar is a contributing cause behind diabetes. It is generally stated that diabetes is more related to family history, wrong eating habits, and little or no physical activity. Now a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition challenges that assertion. In a large study of 91,249 women followed over 8 years the study authors found that a diet in rapidly absorbed carbohydrates and low in cereal fiber was associated with an increased risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes. The increased risk between the bottom and top fifths (or quintiles) was observed to be a large 59%.

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes has increased rapidly during the past decades in the United States. Although diabetes has increased for all age groups it has increased most in younger groups. From 1990 to 2001 diabetes nearly doubled in the 30-39 year old age group and increased by 83% in the 40-49 year old age group. Certain characteristics of lifestyle such as obesity, physical activity, and smoking are established risk factors for this disease.

According to the authors of the study, “Increasing glycemic index was strongly associated with a progressively higher risk of type 2 diabetes. The age-adjusted relative risks across quintiles 1-5 were 1.00, 1.13, 1.08, 1.31, and 1.79.” The study authors also found that, “We observed a significant inverse association between total dietary fiver intake and risk of diabetes”, and that “Of the different sources of fiber, cereal fiber was most strongly associated with decreased risk.”

Read 0 Comments... >>
Last Updated on Friday, 11 September 2009 16:32
Lycopene beats prostate cancer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Saturday, 14 August 2004 23:39

Prostate cancer is the most frequent type of cancer in American men. An estimated 189,000 new cases were diagnosed in the United States in 2002, and more than 30,000 men died of the disease. Despite these statistics, most men die “with prostate cancer” as opposed to “of prostate cancer” because the tumor is often relatively slow growing.

According to the August 2004 issue of American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists, the nutrient lycopene maybe quite valuable for prostate cancer prevention and treatment. Lycopene is a member of the carotenoid family and gives tomatoes, fruits, and vegetables their red color. Tomatoes contain a high concentration of lycopene, as do other reddish foods such as watermelon, papaya, and pink grapefruit.

Read 0 Comments... >>
Last Updated on Friday, 11 September 2009 16:33
« StartPrev21NextEnd »

Page 21 of 21



News Flashback

Humans are damaging the Earth at such an unprecedented rate that the strain on the planet may destroy about two-thirds of its ecosystem services, according to a landmark international study. The consequences of humans' activities are severe and include: new diseases, sudden...


Did you know?

“Gulf War veterans have reported health problems that they attribute to their military service, but little is understood about the nature or extent of these conditions. To determine whether Kansas Gulf War veterans are affected by excess health problems, a population-based...


Who's Online

We have 62 guests online