Category Archives: Health

NYC Gynecologist Sues Patient for Bad Online Review (He Wants A Million Bucks!)

*This changing world has made everyone feel like they can be a critic. It’s so easy to go online and write a review after receiving a service, or shopping at a store, or eating at a restaurant. In fact, reports say 88% of online shoppers incorporate reviews into their purchase decisions.

Customer and business review sites such as Yelp can make a business of any size a bit nervous if someone writes a bad review; and folks are sharing opinions on everything from a stay at an airbnb, how they were treated on an airline flight, lack of cleanliness in a restaurant restroom, or in this case, a visit to the doctors office.

But legal analysts warn, you’d better choose your words carefully when writing such a review. It can come back yo bite you!

This is a warning that came a bit too late for a Manhattan woman named Michelle Levine; who told CBS New York she’s already spent close to $20,000 fighting the million-dollar suit from Dr. Joon Song, a gynecologist she had a single visit with in August for an annual exam. Continue reading

No More Carbs? Here’s 10 Things that Can Happen to Your Body Now

*Hang on while I take a bite out of my sandwich, will ya? I love. Love. LOVE my smoked turkey and Havarti cheese sandwich — on cheese sourdough roll. And Jerry, my neighborhood sandwich maker at Vons knows exactly how to place the mustard and mayo, and lettuce and tomato, so its not too much or too little!

TMI? Sorry.

Hey, I know that I can’t possibly be alone when I say, ‘I tip my hat to those of you who have successfully deleted carbs from your life.” I mean seriously, how does one live happily without eating bread, pizza and pasta? 

Yet many do, and the rest of us have got some catching up to do.

So what exactly happens to your body when you do stop eating carbs. Yes, we know you lose weight…but, wait (no pun intended)… apparently even THAT’s not a given.

Here are some things that can happen to your body when you stop eating carbs you… Continue reading

Judge Rules Coffee Companies in California (Like Starbucks) Must List ‘Cancer Warnings’

*Good morning. Well, I guess that’s a matter of opinion, especially if you’ve yet to have your morning coffee. You may want to hold off on that; seeing as a California judge has ruled that Starbucks and other coffee sellers had better start warning their customers that their coffee products carry a cancer risk.

I had to read it twice before passing the news along to you. I was looking for the word “might” carry a cancer risk.

It’s not there. 

The judge ended up taking the side of a nonprofit group who filed an initial lawsuit against Starbucks and other coffee companies in 2010 for violating Prop 65, a state law that requires businesses to notify customers about chemicals in their products that could cause cancer. Continue reading

CVS Health Sued for Unintentional Reveal of 6,000 Participants in HIV Drug Assistance Program

*Damn those window envelops! That must be what CVS Health is saying after a letter mailed out last year showed the status of participants in the state of Ohio’s HIV drug assistance program through the envelopes’ glassine window.Now, the company is the target of a Federal lawsuit.

A complaint filed on March 21 also named Fiserv, the company that CVS hired to mail the letters; which shared HIV status of 6,000 patients through the envelops clear window.

Inside the envelop were new benefits cards and information on a mail prescription program.

A report by CNN states…

The companies are being sued by three unidentified plaintiffs, according to the complaint.
 
The first plaintiff, only identified as John Doe One of Delaware County, Ohio, says he “feels that CVS has essentially handed a weapon to anyone who handled the envelope, giving them the opportunity to attack his identity or cause other harm to him.”

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Does You Eye ‘Twitch?’ Here’s 8 Reasons Why and What You Can Do About It

*My eye has been twitching for the past couple of days. Maybe even weeks, and its driving me crazy.  Does this ever happen to you? Sure it does. And it comes out of the blue right? You could just be sitting there talking to a friend or colleague, and all of a sudden it happens. Embarrassed, you wonder if they notice it; so you say something like, “Omg. My eye is twitching. Can you see it?”

Why on earth does this happen and what can we do to stop it? 

Research shows that eye twitching can be triggered by a variety of things. None of which you want to hear only because you probably feel they are things that are not so easy to change. But if you want that irritating tic to stop, you have to ask yourself, how bad?

Fortunately, most times this tic is benign, meaning its not medically serious.

Here are some of the triggers.

Lack of sleep/Weariness.

You’re probably tired, and being tired can cause stress; so you can’t sleep. At least not deeply, or long enough. You’ve got to change this dude. I know there is no fast-fix otherwise I’d of done it by now. But I am going to take baby steps and you should too, based on your lifestyle. Continue reading

Excuse Me. You Sure You Want to Do That? Things You Should Know About Social Security Benefits

*First off, time flies, so if you’re reading this don’t even think about turning the page because you’re still young! (Lol!).

But seriously, experts are letting you know when it might be the best time to claim your social security. SOME people I know chose to claim it as soon as they became eligible.

They had their reasons….like um, it was the only way they could afford to buy a car…get an apartment…or a House.

But experts are on the fence with this, so to speak. If you’re eligible, the earliest you can begin claiming your social security money is 62. But you will only get a portion of it. On the other hand if you wait until your full retirement age, 66 or 67, depending on your birth year, you get 100%…and if you wait even later, say 70, you could get as much as 132% of your money.

But that’s a gamble some folk may not be willing to take. Continue reading

Dad Fears He May Lose His Penis Due to Rare Form of Cancer, But Says He Plans to Marry Anyway

*This has got to be one of the saddest stories I have ever heard. After Dale Clarke initially found a lump the size of a piece of rice on his penis — and then it grew to the size of a grape within three weeks, forcing doctors to remove a part of it, he fears the worst. 

He may lose his entire penis,

Stricken with a rare form of terminal cancer, Clarke, the father of a 6-year-old boy, and another child on the way, has already lost all sensation in his manhood and during the past seven months has had five operations, nine rounds of radiotherapy and two rounds of chemo.

Still, the tumors keep coming back.

Fox News reports he has been left with a gaping wound at the top of his groin, and has had skin taken from his thigh grafted on to his penis. 

Clarke, who lives in the UK, says the situation has “absolutely destroyed me,” and warns other men to see a doctor right away if they sense something is wrong down there.

He is certainly being extremely brave, speaking so openly about his situation. I believe we would all agree that many men would not. Continue reading

Men Be Gone? Scientists Say Babies Can Be Created Without You!

*OK, let me be the first to say: This is some scary stuff. All of that aside though, scientist say they have found a way for women to have babies — wait! — for babies to be created without men.

According to them, a particular “cocktail of chemicals” acting as artificial sperm can “trick a human egg into forming an embryo.”

Reports say medical ethics campaigners are beyond themselves; saying this new development turns nature of its head.

But researchers look at it differently. They say the groundbreaking technology could be used to help women whose husbands are infertile but who do not want to use donor sperm.

If you think that sounds a bit peculiar, listen to this. Continue reading