Mayo Clinic Q and A: Why dogs are good for your health

ANSWER: People with dogs know the benefits of pet ownership. The unconditional love, trust and loyalty shown by your canine companions, coupled with their unbridled enthusiasm on your return home each day, is hard to put into words. There's another plus of having a dog by your side: It improves your overall physical and mental health. Here's how. Dogs get you moving A notable benefit is that dogs force you to get up and move. One research...

‘You’re not cute enough, you don’t dress well enough…’

(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) Democratic congressional candidate Don Samuels sparked controversy by criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for her appearance and attire, suggesting she is “not cute enough” to disregard her constituents. In a now-viral interview, Samuels drew attention to Omar’s looks in an analogy that she swiftly denounced as misogynistic. “To see government not be responsive like that to the people who pay them, it is offensive to me,” Samuels said in a podcast,...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sues Pfizer, alleges pharma giant lied about COVID vaccine efficacy

"We are pursuing justice for the people of Texas, many of whom were coerced by tyrannical vaccine mandates to take a defective product sold by lies." – Attorney General Paxton

Uncle Sam Wants You … to Help Stop Insurers’ Bogus Medicare Advantage Sales Tactics

KFF Health News – After an unprecedented crackdown on misleading advertising claims by insurers selling private Medicare Advantage and drug plans, the Biden administration hopes to unleash a special weapon to make sure companies follow the new rules: you. Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are encouraging seniors and other members of the public to become fraud detectives by reporting misleading or deceptive sales tactics to 800-MEDICARE, the agency’s 24-hour information hotline. Suspects...

Walking faster linked to ‘significantly lower risk’ of developing type 2 diabetes

Walking speed is an important indicator of overall health and a key indicator of functional capacity.

Pollution from cigarette butts cost world US $186 billion in 10 years

The new study estimates $25.7 billion lost annually in waste management and damage to marine ecosystems due to disposal of cigarette filters.

What Would a DeSantis Presidency Look Like for Health Care?

Tampa Bay Times – On the presidential campaign trail, Republican Ron DeSantis touts himself as a champion of medical freedom, outlawing vaccine mandates and protecting doctors who refuse to provide certain medical treatments on moral grounds.   His record as Florida’s governor suggests a presidency that would prioritize individual freedom over public health, but his push for such freedoms ends when it comes to abortion and treatment for gender dysphoria. In Florida, he has pushed restrictions...

Ohio voters just passed abortion protections. Whether they take effect is now up to the courts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's new constitutional projections for abortion access and other reproductive rights are supposed to take effect Dec. 7, a month after voters resoundingly passed them. That prospect seems increasingly uncertain. Existing abortion-related lawsuits are moving again through the courts now that voters have decided the issue, raising questions about how and when the amendment will be implemented. The amendment declared an individual's right to "make and carry out one's own reproductive decisions"...

Karma Catches Up With Trump-phobic Restauranter (Out Of Business)

WESTERN JOURNAL – A restaurant that made headlines  after its owner kicked out then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is closing its doors. The Red Hen, located in Lexington, Virginia, was the subject of negative headlines in June 2018 when owner Stephanie Wilkinson asked Sanders and seven others she was dining with at the restaurant to leave. Wilkinson, during an interview with The Washington Post at the time, explained she was at home when her...

When insurers turned down patient’s request for cancer treatment, they didn’t know he was a top trial lawyer

In his decades as a plaintiff’s lawyer, Robert Salim had relied upon consumer protection laws and billion-dollar judgments to make companies fix their bad practices. But now he stood on different terrain, facing a 1970s-era federal law that deprived patients of tools to fight, let alone change, abuses by the insurance industry.

Deer hunting safety tips not normally discussed

Some of the most common injuries occur before or after the hunt is over.

Pete Buttigieg’s Protégée Sentenced to 30 Years for Exploiting 500+ Children

Monica Myers, the assistant state attorney in Prince George County, said that images of over 500 victims were in the former mayor’s phone.

Rosalynn Carter’s advocacy for mental health was rooted in compassion and perseverance

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The sun was shining in June 1979 as Rosalynn Carter made her way through an enthusiastic crowd in Laconia, New Hampshire. "She shook my hand!" yelled one delighted participant. The first lady was in the state for her husband's re-election campaign, but this was no political rally. Instead, she was at a sprawling 75-year-old institution founded for "feebleminded" children that the U.S. Justice Department had deemed "a classic example of warehousing." She was...

Cutting a teaspoon of salt is comparable to taking blood pressure medication

NPR – A new study published Monday in the journal JAMA found that cutting one teaspoon of salt a day results in a decline in blood pressure comparable to taking blood pressure medication. In this latest study, participants who cut out their daily salt intake by one teaspoon had lower blood pressure in just one week. This was even true for people already on blood pressure medication. But how much sodium is in one teaspoon of...
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