May 26, 2010

Stress Improves Health

1 Stress Can Be Good for You

Dog eat your report that’s due tomorrow? In-laws coming to visit … for a week? Good for you. Research suggests that moderate levels of stress can actually improve your health because it makes your adrenal glands release hormones, including adrenaline (boosts heart rate and energy) and cortisol (increases blood sugar). Long periods of these high levels can have negative effects but short bursts can be good for you. Cortisol can improve memory so focus on studying a new project when stress is keeping you awake, instead of tossing and turning in bed. Oxytocin, which facilitates bonding, is also released into your system, making stressful times a good time to reconnect with friends and family. Short-term stress can also have long-term benefits because it gives your immune system a boost.

More at MSN Health and Fitness | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Increase in Stress Protein May Help Slow Aging

Tags: Cortisol, Immune System, Oxytocin, Stress, Improve Health, Adrenaline

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Heartburn Drugs Breaking Bones

2 Nexium to Get New Fracture Risk Warning

Proton pump inhibitors, including the popular prescription drug Nexium, will soon carry a new fracture risk warning from the FDA, reports CNN. The FDA warns consumers that long-term use or high dosages of the drugs may increase the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures. In addition to Nexium, proton pump inhibitors include Prevacid, Dexilant, Prilosec, Zegerid, Protonix, Aciphex, Prilosec OTC, Zegerid OTC and Prevacid 24HR. The drugs are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammation of the esophagus, frequent heartburn, and stomach and small intestine ulcers. The warning label will be included since studies reviewed by the FDA have shown that proton pump inhibitors taken for one year or more or at high doses increase fracture risk.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: New Warning on Nexium, Side Effects Nexium, New Proton Pump Inhibitor Warning, New Fracture Risk Warning on Heartburn Drugs, Prevacid, Dexilant, Prilosec, Zegerid, Protonix, Aciphex, Prilosec OTC, Zegerid OTC, Prevacid 24HR, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Inflammation of the Esophagus, Frequent Heartburn, Small Intestine Ulcers, Stomach Ulcers, Spine Fractures, Wrist Fractures

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Watch for Yellow Eyes with Alli

3 Alli May Cause Liver Damage

"I have been using Xenical for 6 months and have gone from 16 stone 11 to 14 stones 5"
- Nina in the comments

Over-the-counter drug alli, a weight loss aid, could cause severe liver damage in rare cases. According to MSNBC, alli and the prescription version Xenical are receiving a new warning after the FDA identified 13 instances of liver damage associated with use of the drugs. Alli, with $293 million in sales last year, is offered by GlaxoSmithKline, while Xenical, which gained FDA approval in 1999, is marketed by Roche. The FDA says that patients taking the drugs and their doctors should watch for symptoms of liver damage, including yellow eyes and skin, itching and loss of appetite. The OTC version of Xenical, alli, was launched in 2007, but hasn't been as popular as predicted due to lower consumer spending and side effects like anal leakage, reports MSNBC.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fake Alli Drug

Tags: Itching, Liver Damage in Alli Users, Rare Liver Damage with Alli, Alli Side Effects, About Alli, Alli Causes Liver Damage, Xenical, Prescription Version of Alli, Anal Leakage with Alli, Symptoms of Liver Damage, Yellow Eyes and Skin, Loss of Appetite, Otc Weight Loss Pills, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche

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Sharks Love Contrasting Color

4 Most Shark Attacks Occur on Sunday

If you're a surfer wearing a black and white bathing suit in less than 6 feet of water during a new moon on Sunday, watch out for sharks! A new case study by the University of Florida suggests you're more likely to be a shark victim if you meet the criteria mentioned. According to researchers, most shark attack victims in the study wore black and white suits, followed by yellow and black suits. George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the university, says that those colors attest to a shark's ability to see contrasts. Statistics from the study came from shark attacks between 1956 and 2008 in Florida's Volusia County, which is known as the "Shark Attack Capital of the World."

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Shark Attacks, How Sharks Choose Victims, When Sharks Attack, Surfers Attacked by Sharks, International Shark Attack File, George Burgess, University of Florida Shark Study, Shark Attack Capital of the World

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Hepatitis C Drug Increases Cure

5 New Drug Plus Standard Treatment Improves Outcome

The New York Times reports that a Phase 3 clinical trial for a new drug called telaprevir to treat hepatitis C cures 75 percent of those on a twelve week regimen followed by the standard treatment. Seventy percent of those cured saw results in six months. Hepatitis C virus causes inflammation of the liver and approximately 170 million people around the world are infected. The standard treatment is alpha interferon and ribavirin. Telaprevir works by inhibiting an enzyme the virus makes. The two main side effects are rash and anemia. National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable Lorren Sandt said “the community hopes that if telaprevir is approved by the F.D.A. that it will be accessible and affordable to everyone.” Telaprevir is manufactured by Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Hepatitis C, Hepatitis C Virus, Hepatitis C Cure, Telapravir, Alpha Interferon, Ribavirin, Hepatitis C Treatment

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1 Tumor, 1000s of Mutations

6 Lung Tumor From Heavy Smoker Has Many Mutations

Researchers at Genentech compared DNA between healthy and lung tumor tissue from a man who smoked about 25 cigarettes per day for 15 years and found 50,000 different genetic mutations in the tumor. Researcher Zemin Zhang, said "Fifty thousand is a huge number. No one has ever reported such a high number.” Zhang calculated a ratio between the number of cigarettes smoked and the number of mutations and determined that one mutation resulted for every three cigarettes smoked. Genes that make proteins that help cells survive had fewer mutations compared to other genes, and their expression is often increased in cancer cells. Zhang acknowledged that this is one patient’s tissues and his smoking history most likely affected the results. The results of this study are published in Nature.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer Mutations, Genetic Mutations, Mutations, DNA, DNA Mutations

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