May 12, 2010

If Stomach Itches, Eat Cheetos

1 FDA: Don't Swallow Benadryl Skin Gel

"What morons. Why are they drinking it without at least reading the label for dosage? At that point it should become clear it's for skin use."
- Conan in the comments

The FDA is warning consumers not to swallow Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel. The gel is designed for topical use on skin. Despite the gel's goopy consistency and squeeze bottle, it appears that multiple consumers have taken it by mouth and been poisoned by the active ingredient, diphenhydramine. The problem seems to be that the Benadryl brand is also used on liquid allergy products meant to be swallowed, confusing a few consumers. This is a problem that manufacturers may run into when they use the marketing technique called line extension, the use of an established product’s brand name for a new item. Oreo ice cream treats we can understand, but perhaps using "Benadryl" on skin gel was not such a good idea, sort of like Easy-Off makeup remover.

More at FDA | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Previously: FDA Cautions on 4 LABA Asthma Inhalers

Tags: Benadryl, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Itching, Poisoning, Consumer Alerts, Line Extension, Diphenhydramine

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Unexpectedly Fitness Inducing

2 Writer Works Up a Sweat on an Electric Bicycle

Riding an electric bicycle, under some circumstances, can be an excellent way to get some exercise, according to Slate writer Farhad Manjoo. He borrowed a pedal-activated powered bicycle made by Canadian Company BionX and ran it through its paces in his hometown of San Francisco. Although you might think an electric bike would take the muscle out of transportation, Manjoo found himself challenging hills he otherwise would have avoided and traveling a mile just to pick up a sandwich for lunch. Despite the electric boost, summiting some of San Francisco's hills was still an effort. Such bicycles are still rare in the U.S., costing between $1,500 and $3,000. In Japan they are common, costing around $1,000 from manufacturers like Panasonic, Yamaha, Bridgestone, Sanyo and Fujita Denko.

More at Slate | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: Fitness, Workout, Electric Bicycles, BionX, Farhad Manjoo, Slate, Panasonic, Yamaha, Bridgestone, San Francisco, Bicycles, Sanyo, Fujita Denko

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Sexual or Emotional Abuse

3 Childhood Abuse May Lead to Severe Binge Eating

The underlying causes of binge eating disorder (BED), a psychiatric condition characterized by uncontrolled eating of large quantities of food in a short period of time, remained a mystery - until now. A new study, led by psychiatric researcher and clinical psychologist David M. Dunkley, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, reveals that the severity of BED may be linked to childhood sexual and/or emotional abuse. “Childhood sexual or emotional abuse were associated with greater body dissatisfaction in BED, whereas physical abuse or physical or emotional neglect were not," said Dunkley. BED is more common in women and, according to Dunkley’s research, therapists should concentrate on self-criticism in suspected cases. The study appears in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Program Outlines Help for Binge Eaters

Tags: Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Childhood Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Psychiatric Condition, Eating Disorder, David M. Dunkley, Jewish General Hospital, International Journal of Eating Disorders

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Wireless Safer for Patients

4 Wireless Heart Defibrillators Could Become Reality

Defibrillators deliver a jolt of electricity to the heart to interrupt a potentially fatal heart rhythm and restore normal beating. Current devices require that an electrical sensing wire be threaded through a blood vessel into the heart, but that could be changing soon. Dr. Gust H. Bardy, of the Seattle Institute for Cardiac Research in Seattle, and other researchers report that initial trials of a new wireless defibrillator were successful, although more testing is required for FDA approval. Wired defibrillators pose a risk because the wires could puncture the heart during implantation or fracture while in place. The new version delivers the electrical jolt with a sensor implanted under the skin near the chest bone and a power unit placed under the skin on the side of the chest.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Overtime Hurts the Heart

Tags: Heart, Defibrillator, Wireless Technology, New Research

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Not Many Allergic to Foods

5 Fewer Food Allergies Than People Think

"Now can we please get peanuts back on airplanes?"
- Sandra in the comments

Many people think they have food allergies, but the actual number of people with true food allergies is small, reports MSNBC. A new study commissioned by the federal government and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association reveals problems, including misdiagnoses and misleading test results. According to the research, only around 8 percent of children and fewer than 5 percent of adults have food allergies. Despite the small number of people with true food allergies, around 30 percent of the population believes that they have food allergies! While food allergies can be serious, living with a false food allergy can cause a lifetime of unnecessary worry. Also, children may outgrow food allergies as they become adults.

More at MSNBC | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: The Journal of the American Medical Association, True Food Allergies, Misdiagnoses Food Allergies, False Food Allergy, Outgrow Food Allergies

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Phone Call As Good As Hug

6 Phoning Mom Releases "Love Hormone" Oxytocin

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin - Madison found that talking on the phone to your mother could decrease the stress hormone cortisol and release the love or bonding hormone oxytocin. Girls in the study gave a speech and solved math problems in front of judges. Then, they were either greeted with reassuring hugs from mom, a phone call from mom, or a viewing of the movie "March of the Penguins." The positive hormonal response was nearly the same with a phone call as with an actual physical hug! However, watching the movie "March of the Penguins" didn't increase oxytocin or decrease cortisol in study participants. Researchers also noted that if tension exists in a mother-child relationship, the cortisol and oxytocin response may not be beneficial.

More at MSNBC | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Beautiful Women Bad for Men's Health

Tags: Cortisol, Oxytocin, March of the Penguins, Increasing Love Hormone, Decreasing Stress Hormones, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Talking to Mom on Phone, Hugging Mom

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What's Not Listed

7 Secret Chemicals Found in Perfume

You may not like what's hiding in your perfume. According to new laboratory tests analyzed by Environmental Working Group, many popular perfumes, body sprays and colognes contain chemicals not listed on the ingredients. That secrecy is legal due to a loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act that exempts fragrance from the requirement to list ingredients. The main offenders in the new testing were American Eagle Seventy Seven with 24 unlisted chemicals and Chanel Coco with 18 secret chemical ingredients. Both Britney Spears Curious and Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio fragrances contain 17 unlisted chemicals. The average fragrance analyzed had 14 secret chemicals, including substances linked with hormone disruption and allergic reactions.

More at Environmental Working Group | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Secret Chemicals, Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, Britney Spears Curious, Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio, Hormone Disruption, Perfume Allergic Reactions, What's Inside Perfume, Secret Ingredients in Body Sprays, American Eagle Seventy Seven, Environmental Working Group

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Opens Her Big Sicilian Mouth

8 Rachael Ray Lobbies for Better School Lunches

Rachael Ray joined with Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York’s junior senator, to lobby for better reimbursement rates for public school lunches. Gillibrand also wants ban trans fats from school lunches. The Federal Child Nutrition Act determines how much schools are reimbursed for meals and to what extent regulators can control snacks sold in vending machines. New York Times reports that Ray called the current school lunch reimbursement rates of $2.68 "ridiculous," and she often commented that she's using her "big Sicilian mouth" to promote change. Ray spoke to lawmakers for four hours. While Gillibrand and Ray are asking for an increased reimbursement of 70 cents, they'll settle with a smaller increase. The new increase will likely be only 6 cents.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Public School Lunches, Reimbursement Rates School Lunches, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Rachael Ray Lobbies for School Lunches, Ban Trans Fats, Federal Child Nutrition Act, New York’s Junior Senator

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Famous Bark Journeys into Space

9 Newton's Apple Tree Takes Flight

One of the world's most brilliant scientists will be honored posthumously in a very unique way on May 14. Bark from the apple tree that inspired Sir Isaac Newton's theory of gravity will be taken into space by British-born astronaut Dr. Piers Sellers on the Atlantis shuttle. Newton said that an apple falling from a tree in his garden inspired his theory of gravity, now a proven law. BBC reports that astronaut Sellers said Newton would have loved to see the space flight, as it proves his first law of motion. The Royal Society loaned out the bark for its special trip in celebration of their 350th anniversary. They also loaned an image of Newton to accompany the apple tree bark on its journey into space. Both items will be returned to the Royal Society after their historic flight.

More at BBC | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Big Apple Bagels

Tags: Royal Society, Astronaut Dr. Piers Sellers, Atlantis Shuttle, Sir Isaac Newton's Theory of Gravity, Sir Isaac Newton's Apple Tree, 350th Anniversary Royal Society, Law of Gravity

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