Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The New Trend - Free Cervical Cancer Vaccine in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is offering a free cervical cancer vaccine to girls ages 9 -18. The normal cost of this vaccine is about $360 for 3 shots over 6 months, according to AP. It is said that it is a response to the high demand for free vaccine that’s why medical practices have created a list of patients with ranks according to priority.

Read more about Cervical Cancer.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Virginia Tech Massacre – Gunman Cho Seung-Hui may be under the Influence of Psychiatric Drugs

According to the investigators at Virginia Tech, Cho may be under the influence of depression drugs which may cause suicidal behavior, psychosis and homicidal ideation. Some people couldn’t help thinking about the Columbine High School rampage happened almost 8 years ago and wondered if antidepressants were involved.

It is not possible that antidepressants are involved on these issues. It is very common story and most attacks are committed by those people under antidepressant medications. I wonder what the FDA would do next.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Antidepressants - Take it or Leave it

Nowadays, most people when depressed take over the counter antidepressants. Media is one f the factor why these medicines become so popular. They advertise about the benefits of antidepressants here and there. But did you know that antidepressants are not necessary and that they have no significant benefits to your health?

Surveys have been made in America about early 90’s where the participants are those people that are having mood problems. 25% of the patients were incorrectly diagnosed with depression. This is because those people are only reacting to those normal stressful events like death of a family member, losing a job, and relationship breakups. These events are normal and just part of our lives; we get really depressed by these events so there’s no use of taking antidepressants. It is also advised that only those people who are diagnosed to have clinical depression should take the antidepressants.

Here are some general side effects of taking antidepressants:
Weight gain
Abdominal pain
Sleep disruption

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Birth Of Healthy Soda

Soft drink, also known as soda is a drink that does not contain alcohol. The term soft drink originally referred to carbonated drinks. Nowadays, soft drinks or sodas are very popular all over the world.

Actually, big soda companies like PepsiCo and Coca-Cola came up to introduce their new carbonated drinks that are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Companies prefer not to call them soft drinks but rather as “sparkling beverages”. The reason for this is because the traditional soda or soft drink has been linked to obesity.

Sparkling juices, green tea drinks and bottled water have become more popular in United States. It was in 2005 when the amount of soda sold drastically dropped and even the diet soda businesses were affected.

Marketing those artificially sweetened soft drinks as healthy beverages is actually “a joke” said by Tom Pirko, president of a food and beverage consulting firm. ‘‘Putting something synthetic and not natural into their bodies when they consume diet colas,'' Mr. Pirko said. ''And in the midst of a health and welfare boom, that ain't good.''