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Expert: alternative health should feature in healthcare reform

President Obama came to power promising to reform the ailing healthcare system, and proponents of alternative medicine call on his administration to treat their industry on par with traditional medicine.

Stimulus bill’s privacy issues spark debate

The stimulus plan’s health IT provisions include new regulations regarding privacy protection, but the debate about their merits is far from over.

SEC failed to act on tips about massive fraud

As the aftermath of the Bernie Madoff scandal reverberates throughout the economy, an analyst has testified that his warnings over the years were ignored by the government’s securities watchdog agency.

FDA failed to warn about tainted cosmetics

In yet another example of serious oversight, advocacy groups have revealed that the health industry watchdog is failing to act on information about cosmetics containing lead.

Calcium supplements may prevent birth defects

Calcium supplements help menopausal women avoid osteoporosis, but a newly published paper shows that they have significant benefits in pregnant women as well.

Americans contemplate delaying retirement as meltdown wipes out savings

As the financial crisis shows no signs of easing, a new study has found that more Americans are planning to delay retirement for up to five years.

Obama’s health records plans still raise privacy questions

President Obama campaigned on the platform of healthcare reform, but his plans to computerize medical records are facing opposition from some privacy advocates.

Scientists: HRT use related to breast cancer

A large study has found a drop in breast cancer cases after a reduction in the use of certain types of hormone replacement therapy.

Taking fishiness out of fish oil supplements

While the benefits of fish oil are well known, many people object to the often unpleasant taste of related supplements. Thankfully, a health newsletter has some tips that may help remedy the problem.

Economist: more borrowing a wrong way to go

As President Obama presses Congress to pass a nearly $900 billion stimulus plans, some experts question the fundamental elements of the package.

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