May 6, 2010

Sees Breast Cancer Metastases

1 Whole Body MRI Best at Detecting Spread of Cancer

Whole body MRI is better at detecting breast cancer metastases than other forms of imaging, finds a new study. Breast cancer cells can spread to the bones, liver, brain or lungs and tumors may be found months or years later. According to the study, whole body MRI, which is non-invasive and emits no radiation, detects metastases sooner than other forms of imaging. "Of the 99 patients [involved in the study], MRI accurately revealed that 47 were positive for metastases while 52 were negative. Of those patients who were positive for metastases, whole body MRI frequently detected bone metastases earlier when the patient was still asymptomatic," said lead author Joshita Singh. Other imaging modalities include PET/CT scans, x-rays and ultrasound for the detection of breast cancer metastases.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Health News About Breast Cancer

Tags: Brain, Breast Cancer, CT Scans, Radiation, Tumors, Ultrasound, Whole Body MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, PET Scans, Metastases, Cancer Cells, Bones, Liver, Lungs, Non-Invasive Methods of Cancer Detection, Joshita Singh, X-Rays, Cancer Metastases

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Insulin Needs It's Sleep Too

2 Lack of Sleep Can Hinder Body's Insulin Use

Missing even one nights worth of sleep can hinder the bodies ability for insulin to process sugar in the bloodstream. A new research study has found information to tie the rise in adult-onset diabetes to Western societies who have begun sleeping less in recent years. Other studies have found the same link in multiple nights of no-sleep, this new study is the first to examine a single nights sleep. Esther Donga, Director of the Leiden University Medical Centre, told MSNBC, "Our findings show a short night of sleep has more profound effects on metabolic regulation than previously appreciated." A lack of insulin control can cause major damage to kidneys, nerves, eyes, heart and major arteries. The study is one of the first to find that insulin sensitivity isn't fixed just to unhealthy people.

More at MSNBC Health | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Tags: Diabetes, Sleep, Diabetes Type 2, Speed Studies, Proper Sleep

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Lack of Sleep, No Lack of Fat

3 Sleep Deprived Teens and Tweens Risk Obesity

A recent study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has found that a lack of sleep in tweens and teens can lead to obesity. The study, assessed calorie intake for 723 tweens and teens and followed each individuals levels of daily exercise. 33 percent of those who slept less than six hours were obese, while at least seven to eight hour sleepers were in the best shape with only a 22 percent obesity level. The study found that middle school and high school boys who lack sleep are most likely to have an increased body mass index (BMI), while high school girls who lack weekend sleep tend to be the most likely to be obese. The study also pointed to other conditions of sleep deprivation including higher blood pressure, an increased risk of diabetes and depression.

More at Health News | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Previously: Lack of Sleep Can Hinder Bodies Insulin Use

Tags: Obesity, Sleep, Teen Sleep, Tween Obesity, Teen Obesity

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Infants and Antibiotics Debate

4 Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Infant Drugs

Children who have been prescribed antibiotics during their first year of life are three times more likely to suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A recent study looked at imbalances in normal intestinal bacteria which is developed in larger amounts during infancy, the study found that 60% of children with IBD had received one or more prescriptions, while boys with IBD were seven times more likely to have been given infant antibiotics. Almost no link between girls and the disease was found. Researchers are still determining if other factors, such as other drugs or underlying conditions could also be contributing factors, rather than antibiotic treatments. IBD is often found in patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, conditions which can cause painful side effects.

More at WebMD News | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Previously: Children's Medicine Recalled

Tags: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Infant Medicine, Infant Antibiotics

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When Dark Chocolate Is Good

5 Dark Chocolate May Protect Brain after a Stroke

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that the compound epicatechin, found naturally in dark chocolate, may help protect the brain after a stroke. Epicatechin increases cellular signals that is known to shield nerve cells from damage. They found that the lab animals that had ingested the epicatechin before or after a stroke had suffered significantly less brain damage than the ones that had not been given the compound. Before you go and pig out on a bunch of dark chocolate, Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, states that “Only few chocolates have the active ingredient. The fact that it says ‘dark chocolate’ is not sufficient.” The research also didn't conclude how much dark chocolate one needs to consume for it to be effective.

More at Insciences | Posted 7 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Brain, Chocolate, Health, Stroke, Dark, Damage, Protect, John Hopkins, Sylvain Dore

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E. Coli Found in Lettuce

6 Romaine Lettuce Recalled for E. Coli

Freshway Foods announced on May 6, 2010, a voluntary recall of certain shredded romaine lettuce products due to a possible link to an E. coli outbreak that sickened 19 people in Michigan, Ohio and New York. The lettuce, sold to wholesalers and food service outlets, has a “best if used by” date of May 12 or earlier. Freshway Foods cautions you to refrain from eating “grab and go” salads at in-store salad bars and delis at Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets and Marsh stores. Twelve people have been hospitalized with E. coli illnesses, and three people have a life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Freshway Foods shredded romaine lettuce products with a use by date after May 12, and romaine lettuce from other producers aren't involved in the voluntary recall.

More at FDA | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: E Coli Outbreak, Romaine Lettuce Recall, Freshway Foods, Recalled Lettuce, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, Marsh Store, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, Shredded Romaine Lettuce, Grab and Go Salads

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Get Healthy for Mother's Day

7 Health Tips for Mothers

As Mother's Day approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offer up some tips to keep moms healthy. They suggest that mothers should try getting up 10 to 15 minutes early to take a brisk walk, enjoying the peace of the early morning. That quick walk can count toward the recommended two and a half hours of aerobic activity per week. Another tip from the CDC is to meditate for 15 to 20 minutes each day to increase well-being and promote relaxation. The CDC also encourages moms to snack on fruits and veggies rather than processed foods to reduce sodium intake, which lowers the risk of hypertension, stroke or heart attack. Finally, the CDC reminds moms that May 10 is National Women's Check-up Day, an ideal time make a doctor's appointment.

More at CDC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mother'ss Market & Kitchen

Tags: Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Sodium Intake, Healthy Mom Tips, Mother's Day Tips, Increase Well-Being, Promote Relaxation, CDC Health Tips for Moms, Healthy Snacks, Peace of the Early Morning, Recommended Amount Exercise a Week, Benefits of Natural Snacks, National Women's Check-Up Day

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How Doctors Know Who to Help

8 When to Revive an Avalanche Victim

A new study, published in the journal Resuscitation and reported on by Reuters, reveals under what circumstances doctors are most likely to be successful in reviving an avalanche victim. After reviewing medical literature, the doctors discovered that nine of 10 people in cardiac arrest who've been buried in the snow for 15 minutes can be revived. However, after 35 minutes buried in the snow, only three in 10 people will be revived. Doctors found that after 35 minutes in the snow, avalanche victims can be saved when there's a free airway. If the airway is clogged by snow or vomit, the victim most likely can't be saved. Since rescue teams are often far away, survival could depend on a companion's ability to help before hypothermia occurs.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Cardiac Arrest, Journal Resuscitation, Avalanche Victims, Reviving Avalanche Victims, Surviving Avalanche, Resuscitation Success Factors, Hypothermia

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