Health Points: Friday

The Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) have different recommendations regarding the use of medications. NOF seems to recommend medications for those patients with osteopenia with no risk factors if the T score is below -2 and for those patients with T scores of less than -1.5 if they have one or more risk factors which include low body weight ( less than 127),history or family history of fragility fractures,smoking, estrogen lack or excessive alcohol use ,use of certain medications including steroids. AACE would recommends medication if the T score is less than 1.5 IF the patient has had fracture(s) or if the T score is less than -2.5.( This is the WHO definition of osteoporosis so-strictly speaking- AACE is recommending treatment for osteoporosis not osteopenia and recommends treatment for osteopenia only if there is a history of fractures.)
U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler rejected a government proposal to impose fines on the industry if youth smoking rates fail to drop in the coming years, despite finding that the companies marketed to teens and lied about it.

The judge did order the companies to stop labeling cigarettes as "low tar," "light," "ultra light" or "mild," saying they have used those terms to mislead consumers.

"They distorted the truth about low tar and light cigarettes so as to discourage smokers from quitting," Kessler said.
The Environmental Protection Agency this month banned the highly toxic pesticide lindane, which has been used for 50 years to treat crop seeds.

But incredibly, lindane can still be used in prescription shampoos and lotion treatment for head lice and scabies, because these products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, not the EPA, according to news reports.

Moreover, "regulated" does not mean the products have necessarily been safety tested. Cosmetic products and ingredients are not subject to FDA pre-market approval.
The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a laboratory measure scientists developed to measure the time it takes skin to burn under UV exposure, but you have to do some of your own math, since it's an individual thing. If you know how long it takes you to start burning without protection in the midday sun, say 10 minutes, multiply that by the SPF number. In theory, for someone who burns in 10 minutes without protection, a sunscreen with an SPF 30 would deliver 300 minutes of protection against burning -- that's five hours. But experts note that's not the reality.