November 24 is Family Health History Day.
In 2003, the U.S. Surgeon General declared Thanksgiving as the nation’s “Family Health History Day,” when families can share information
by using a secured web site portal: the My Family Health Portrait to gather their family’s health history in one place.
This tool is secure, free and takes about 20 minutes to create your unique family health portrait. Information can be shared with
other family members who may not be home for Thanksgiving. They can build on your Family Health Portrait by adding their health information
and can choose to share with you.
LifeScience Moment: Congress passed the Saccharin Study and Labeling Act."
November 23, 1977, Congress passed the Saccharin Study and Labeling Act to stop the FDA from banning the
chemical sweetener. The legislation instead required a warning on the label. The FDA proposed the ban because
of safety concerns after studies in which rats developed bladder cancer after receiving high doses of saccharin.
In 2000, the National Toxicology Program determined that saccharin should no longer be listed as a potential cancer-causing agent.
It's a Small World
"When you are solving a problem, don't worry. Now, after you have solved the problem, then that's the time to worry."
Richard Feynman, Physicist