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Beet Read: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20, 2012

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Women still pay more for health insurance than men do, although the new health care bill would change that. Women pay an average of 31% more, and as much as 80% in some cases, even when maternity coverage is not included. Ibuprofen may prevent altitude sickness, which is bad news for the makers of the […]

AdBeet: “Hot Dogs Cause Butt Cancer” Part 2

March 16, 2012

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I recently posted about a billboard in Chicago that uses the bold print “Hot Dogs Cause Butt Cancer” to advertise the link between processed meat and colorectal cancer. The post discussed how health ads were getting blunter and gorier, as shown in the current legal battle over the FDA’s proposal for repulsive photos on cigarette […]

Beet Read: Friday, March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012

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Male fruit flies get drunk after being repeatedly spurned by female fruit flies, which means humans aren’t the only ones [and it may have implications for treating alcoholism]. People are happiest in the morning, according to our tweets. Some new free apps help you track your mood and your sleep, to illuminate what makes you happier. […]

Beet Read: Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012

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In terms of mobile healthcare solutions, using iPads with software made for a full-screen computer can pose a surprisingly “significant threat to patient safety,” when doctors can’t view the whole screen they’re meant to see. Omega-3’s are good for your eyes, even with relatively low doses and especially for preventing macular degeneration in older populations. Marion […]

Wellness on Wheels: The car that gives insulin shots

March 14, 2012

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There are health-focused iPhone apps, health-focused video games, and now there are health-focused cars – cars being the “third-most important computing device after smartphones and tablets,” according to the FT. Drivers, especially younger ones, are becoming less concerned with the build of a car and more concerned with comfort and connectivity. Ford isn’t stopping with cars that […]

Beet Read: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

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The natural health market just keeps growing and growing and growing: global consumers will spend $107 billion on herbal supplements & remedies by 2017, according to analysts. The market grew steadily through the recession while other industries flagged, with middle-aged women and baby boomers are the biggest buyers. The soy market is going in the opposite […]

AdBeet: “Hot Dogs Cause Butt Cancer”

March 13, 2012

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This billboard is causing a stir in Chicago this week, prompting “Frank talk about hot dogs, cancer” as the Chicago Tribune puts it. The billboard, placed along the Eisenhower Expressway, is sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and is meant to promote awareness about the link between processed meats and colorectal cancer risk. It’s definitely […]