May 18, 2010

Couldn't Move or Talk

1 Woman Conscious While Eyeball Is Being Cut Out

"Cut deeper, pull harder" was what Carol Weiher heard when she woke up on the surgical table in 1998. A surgical team was cutting out her eyeball, and although Weiher was paralyzed, immobile, and unable to speak because of anesthesia, she was still conscious. The rare but horrifying condition called anesthesia awareness occurs only in 1 in 10,000 surgeries, but can cause severe pain and have ongoing psychological effects. In Weiher's case she felt pressure, but not severe pain. Nevertheless, she feared that she might have gone to hell as punishment for some unknown moral lapse during her life. After recovering from her operation, Weiher founded an organization to educate people about the problem, and claims to have identified 4,000 other victims of the syndrome.

More at CNN Health | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Previously: Children's Learning Abilities Affected by Anesthesia, U.S. Pediatricians Back Fake Female Circumcision

Tags: Eyeballs, Carol Weiher, Anesthesia Awareness

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For Fetal and Maternal Health

2 Good Oral Hygiene Is Vital During Pregnancy

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can adversely affect oral health, resulting in gingivitis, the buildup of plaque that causes gum inflammation; dental erosion due to increased acid in the mouth following a bout of morning sickness and benign pregnancy tumors that often disappear on their own but might require surgery if they do not, if they bleed or interfere with eating. Yet, only 22 to 34 percent of women visit their dentists during pregnancy. "Patients tend to delay the treatment of oral disease due to concerns for fetal safety; however, routine dental treatment can be performed safely at any time during pregnancy," says Dr. Homa Amini, DDS, co-author of an article on dental health during pregnancy that is published in the May/June 2010 issue of the journal General Dentistry.

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

Tags: General Dentistry, Oral Health, Pregnancy, Surgery, Dental Health, Gingivitis, Benign Tumors, Gums, Inflammation of the Gums, Dental Erosion, Morning Sickness, Dentist, Oral Disease, Fetal Safety, Routine Dental Treatment, Dr. Homa Amini, DDS

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Gray May Become the New Black

3 Your Hair Dye Might Be Poisoning Your Liver

A recent British study of 5000 people found that women who use hair dye have a 37 percent greater risk of developing primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) than women who don’t. PBC is thought to be caused, in part, by environmental factors including chemicals used in the manufacture of hair dye. The study is published in the gastroenterology journal Gut and states that previous research indicated a correlation between certain chemicals used in hair dye and nail polish, most specifically octynoic acid. The study did not question how often participants colored their hair, leaving out a perhaps important aspect of the equation. It is known that other factors including smoking, certain skin diseases, genetics and some pre-existing autoimmune diseases can put people at greater risk for PBC.

More at Stylist | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Genetics, Gut, Liver Disease, Smoking, Hair Dye, Hair Color, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, PBC, Octynoic Acid, Autoimmune Disease

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Could Explain Vincent Van Gogh

4 Creativity and Mental Illness Found to Be Linked

Creativity has been found to be linked to a slightly higher incidence of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia say researchers at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, who also found that the extremely creative have a higher incidence of mental illness in their families. Researchers point to the brain’s dopamine system, the receptor genes of which are linked to a person’s ability to find different solutions to a problem. Psychological testing shows that highly creative problem solvers had similar dopamine brain chemistries as schizophrenics. "Fewer D2 receptors in the [brain] probably means a lower degree of signal filtering, and thus a higher flow of information, says researcher Dr. Fredrik Ullén, who adds, “Thinking outside the box might be facilitated by having a somewhat less intact box."

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

Previously: Changes to Mental Illness Definitions Proposed

Tags: Creativity, Mental Illness, Dopamine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, Brain Chemistry, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Thinking Outside the Box, Fredrik Ulien

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Tuberculosis Extends Reach

5 Tuberculosis Now More Prevalent Than Ever

"An increase in the diagnosed cases of TB was predicted many years ago because of the predicted growth in the number of immune-compromised people with HIV/AIDS"
- LD in the comments

Despite the efforts of health experts around the world, the number of Tuberculosis cases has continued to rise. According to a Tuberculosis edition of the British Medical Journal Lancet, 9 million infected people in 2009 with 2 million reported deaths. According to the report, more people now have TB than any time in history. The World Health Organization implemented a program several years ago in which health workers must actually watch patients take their TB drugs, a program which has failed to yield results. New strategies to fight the disease include fixing living conditions including housing, education and transportation, especially in crowded areas where TB thrives. Getting patients to finish their drugs can also ensure new drug-resistant strains do not continue to develop.

More at MSNBC Health | Posted 8 years ago by James Johnson

Tags: Tuberculosis, Diseases, Deadly Diseases, World Health

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Just Sugar, Please

6 Hunt's Ketchup Tosses Out Corn Syrup

Hunt's Tomato Ketchup will no longer contain high fructose corn syrup, reports MSNBC. ConAgra Foods, which also makes Hebrew National and Peter Pan brand products, responded to consumer worries over the ingredient, which has been blamed by nutritionists for the growing obesity problem in the United States. However, some dietitians and scientists insist that high fructose corn syrup isn't more fattening than sugar. While the popular high fructose corn syrup is cheaper than sugar, the price of the new Hunt's ketchup will not change. The new Hunt's will be available to consumers this month, and the ingredients will include: tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, salt and other seasonings.

More at MSNBC | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cheaper to Use Than Sugar, Corn Syrup More Fattening Than Sugar, Hunt's Drops Corn Syrup, Hunt's Ketchup Changes Recipe

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We Fib to Mothers Most

7 Top Lies We Tell

According to a new survey in the UK, the average man tells 1,092 lies a year, compared with 728 fibs a year by females, reports Telegraph. The survey of 3,000 adults by OnePoll was done ahead of a revamped exhibit on brain science, behavior and genetics at the Science Museum in central London. The top lies told by men surveyed were "I didn't have that much to drink," "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine," and "I had no signal." Top lies told by women were "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine," "I don't know where it is, I haven't touched it," and "It wasn't that expensive." The person lied to most frequently was mom. Interestingly, more women than men suffered from a guilty conscience after lying.

More at Telegraph | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: OnePoll, Men Lie More, How Often Women Lie, Biggest Lies Told, Lying to Mom, Guilty Conscience After Lying, Who Fibs More, Telling Lies, Science Museum in central London

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Hard Price to Pay?

8 Viagra May Cause Hearing Loss

Using the popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra may affect hearing. New research by Gerald McGwinby, a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, reveals an association between hearing loss and the use of Viagra. Findings were published today in Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The study showed a potential for long-term hearing loss after using Viagra. While study results were inconclusive on similar drugs, researchers believe it's possible that hearing loss may also occur after use of other phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE-5i) like Cialis and Levitra. McGwinby says it's prudent that "patients using these medications be warned about the signs and symptoms of hearing impairment ... to potentially forestall permanent damage."

More at EureakAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Long-Term Hearing Loss, Viagra Side Effects, Viagra Causes Hearing Loss, Viagra Study, Cialis Side Effects, Levitra Side Effects, Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Gerald McGwinby, erectile dysfunction drugPhosphodiesterase Type 5 Inhibitors

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10 Percent of Fathers Sad

9 Dads with Postpartum Depression

A new study found that around 10 percent of men suffer from prenatal and postpartum depression, reports CNN. The estimate is 5 percent higher than previously thought. The postpartum study led by James Paulson from Eastern Virginia Medical School was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. While postpartum depression is underdiagnosed in women, it's almost never diagnosed in men. Paulson believes that postpartum depression in men has the potential to impact the entire family, as well as the child's emotional and behavioral health. The study also found that fathers are more likely to be depressed if the mother is depressed, but more research is needed in that area.

More at CNN | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: New Diapers Dangerous

Tags: Postpartum Depression in Men, Prenatal Depression in Men, Postpartum Depression More Common in Men Than Thought, Number of Men Who Get Postpartum Depression, Journal of the American Medical Association

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Whole Grains Improve Blood Sugar

10 More Bran Leads to Longer Life for Diabetics

A diet rich in whole grains has been linked to lower risks of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, but a new study has found benefits among those who already have the conditions, including the possibility of a longer life. Researchers from Harvard followed 7,800 women for 26 years and found that those who had the highest intake of bran, about 9 grams per day, were 28 percent less likely to die prematurely from any cause during the study period than those who ate less. Whole grains contain fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients that can help lower cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and reduce inflammation and improve blood vessel functioning, all contributing to a longer life. The research is published online in the journal Circulation.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 8 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Diets Rich in Whole Grains Reduce Risk of Obesity

Tags: Blood Sugar Control, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Diabetes Type 2, Heart Disease Risk, Whole Grains, Bran

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