Health

Putting the Compassion Back Into Social Media

Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin and Rethink.org show how social media can be the perfect vehicle for altruism and celebrating random acts of kindness.

New Labeling Laws Have Meat Industry Up in Arms

In case you haven’t already, forget about Europe’s horsemeat problem. The U.S. has troubles of its own. Groups like the National Cattlemen’s Association don’t want you to know what country your store-bought pork chops came from. Why? Possible retaliatory trade sanctions. And expensive new labels. Isn't there a real food safety problem, though? Shouldn't everyone have the right to know where their food came from?

Separating Fit from Fat – Junk-Food Advertising Aimed at Kids

The Canadian province of Quebec banned fast-food advertising to children in TV and print – 35 years ago. With more than a third of kids and teens today considered to be overweight, should there be a ban on junk-food ads aimed at the under-18 crowd? Isn't it high time that the U.S. government did something about food companies and their “pester power”? Or will nutrition recommendations from the likes of SpongeBob continue to rule the day?

Are More and More People Turning Away from Pharmaceuticals?

Most people have been through enough cycles of common illnesses to know which remedies should ease their symptoms. And the amount of available medical knowledge online makes treatments like home remedies seem a better alternative to prescription or even over-the-counter drugs. Except when they aren't. Have more and more people lost faith in using pharmaceuticals? Or is the home remedy movement destined to die out?

Rolling Out Shock and Awe in the Fight Against Unhealthy Living

The British government recently began running shock advertisements intended to fight the twin evils of obesity and smoking. But can shock alone convince people to give up bad habits for good?
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