Retrospective 2011 A Year of Health In Review

Health 2011 Retrospective

By Amanda Rillo

Million Hearts is a national initiative to help save one million hearts from heart attacks and strokes within the next five years (

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! organization will help promote healthy eating habits for children as a way to fight childhood obesity. Her latest innovation: my plate, rather than the food pyramid. Children will learn to put more vegetables, fruits, grains, and proteins on their plate rather than learning the present food pyramid and being confused.

“Movember Movement” was very successful this November with thousands of men growing mustaches and keeping them for the duration of the month to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer.

Head above the game: Acupuncture can be used to help cure migraines and headaches. Additionally, the old Chinese tuina massage, a deep massage muscle manipulation, has been used to relive the pain of migraines and headaches.

Disapprove the approval: The FDA approved horse meat for safe human consumption, as well as allowing genetically engineered salmon to be sold and consumed.

Dr. Oz accused apple juice of containing arsenic, the FDA looked into it and concluded while everything contains hints of arsenic, there was not a dangerous amount and it is safe.

Prescription Shortage: Hospitals report the worst drug shortages in nearly a decade, leading hospitals to have to purchase live saving drugs at up to 1,000 times their actual cost, surpassing 2010 as the worst year for drug shortages seen.

Gulf Coast fish was rumored to be tainted due to the oil spill in 2010, however the FDA tested the fish and decided it was perfectly healthy. The only remaining hardship is the economy in the region due to the false claims.

40 Year Anniversary: It’s been forty years since congress passed the National Cancer Act of 1971—while we did not “conquer cancer” as the bill had projected, this year the FDA approved two drugs that are used to fight melanoma. Seven of the thirty five drugs accepted by the FDA this year are advances in cancer treatment.

Breast Cancer Research: Additionally to the breast exam controversy, there has been a back and forth argument as to whether or not cell phones emit enough radiation to cause brain cancer. The World Health ​Organization said in May that it is possible.

There has been much controversy over whether or not mammograms and self breast exams are necessary to help catch breast cancer ahead of time. In April it was decided that women in their forties should continue these habits, yet in July it was decided that these sometimes lead to false positives and unnecessary biopsies. Finally, in September it was decided again that mammograms and self breast exams are useful even in younger women.

Children and Television: No TV for children under 2 according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. They claim time in front of the screen provides no educational benefit for children under two, despite the self-proclaimed educational shows and video games, because it leaves less time for social interactions which they feel are more important at that age.

Sodium Wars: A study in May of this year found there is a 56% increase in death from cardiovascular reasons in those who consume less sodium.

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