Posts Categorized: Health Insight

How to Be Your Own Best Health Advocate

Thanksgiving is coming, and we’re already planning how to celebrate–what to cook, where to eat and with whom. But do we give as much consideration to our own health? Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process and understand basic information about your wellbeing and the services you may need to make appropriate health decisions…. Read more »

Flame Retardants Don’t Stop Fire, Can Cause Illness

Brominated flame retardants are back in the news, thanks to a recent series in the Chicago Tribune and a New York Times Op-Ed column. Though their purported function is noble—to limit flammability, thereby reducing harm—brominated flame retardants (sometimes called PBDEs) pose risks of their own. Evidence already shows that exposure to these chemicals is linked… Read more »

Coming to Labels Soon: What Chemicals Are in Cigarettes

Tobacco companies must display the concentration of 20 cancer- causing chemicals in cigarettes on warning labels beginning this June, according to a new requirement enacted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the agency’s latest step to make the toxicity of cigarettes more transparent. While there are more than 7,000 chemicals in cigarettes,… Read more »

Breaking Down the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act and the Individual Mandate

To understand how US Supreme Court arguments over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be different and why it will dominate the news until the court reaches a decision in June, consider this: The time allotted for arguments – the period in which plaintiffs and defendants present their views to the justices –… Read more »