May 28, 2010

MSU Team Seeks Answer

1 Do Statins Cause Painful Tendon Ruptures?

A team of researchers at Michigan State University seeks to confirm if there is a connection between the use of statins and increased tendon ruptures. The team, led by Francesca Dwamena, associate professor in the College of Human Medicine's Department of Medicine, will analyze more than 100,000 Blue Care members in an effort to confirm findings from a pilot study that found an increase in the incidence of ruptured tendons in female patients. "Statins are such commonly prescribed medications, and the number of statin-users is on the rise," Dwamena said. "It is important for physicians and patients to be aware of all the risks. We need to find out definitively if statins predispose patients to this disabling complication." The research is expected to be completed within a year.

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

Previously: Health News About Statins

Tags: Statins, Tendon Ruptures, High Cholesterol. Michigan State University, Francesca Dwamena, Blue Care

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CDC Can Keep That Pregnancy Away

2 CDC Offers Contraceptive Advice for Sick Women

Officials at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced today their first ever guidelines for the use of contraceptives. The guidelines, aimed specifically at women who have lost weight due to surgery or with certain medical conditions targets more than 1 million individuals in the United States alone. According to the the CDC "it's safe for women with medical conditions to use most contraceptives." However, some woman with certain after surgery weight-loss can not absorb the pills active ingredient, rendering it less effective, if not useless all together. The CDC's guidelines were largely borrowed from International guidelines, however they chose to focus largely on inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions more commonly observed in the United States.

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

Previously: Some Birth Control Pills to Get New Warning Labels

Tags: Birth Control, Birth Control Guidelines, Woman Health

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Gulf Oil Spill Affects Health

3 Health: One More Victim of the Gulf Oil Spill

Seven Gulf fishermen who were helping with the oil cleanup were sent to the hospital Wednesday. Experts say stress, heat, and exposure to chemicals could have been among the reasons. Dr. LuAnn White, director of the Tulane Center for Applied Environmental Public Health, says it’s possible for volatile compounds that remain in the oil to make people sick. Direct contact with concentrated chemical dispersants could also affect health. Brief contact with small amounts of oil or oil spill dispersants won’t cause any harm so there’s minimal risk for people living near the beaches, but long-term health effects for clean-up crews are hard to gauge. Workers from the ’89 Exxon Valdez spill reported a variety of illnesses, including liver problems, pancreatic cancer, emphysema, and oil on the lungs.

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Health Risks from Oil Spill

Tags: Health Risks from Oil Spill, Deepwater Horizon, Cleanup, Workers, Exxon Valdez, Chemical Dispersant

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Finally, a Star System

4 New, Simple Sunscreen Ratings on the Way

"Well Done, Medium, Medium Rare, Sashimi"
- Kendrick in the comments

If you're confused by the many different sunscreens offered on store shelves, you aren't alone, and the FDA wants to clear things up. However, changes won't be in place until the fall, reports MSNBC. The new rating system will consist of one star for a low level of UVA protection, two stars for medium, three stars for high, and four stars for the highest level of protection. Until the new, more concise rating system is in place, experts suggest choosing at least SPF 30 sunscreen. You should also apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., peak UV hours.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Star Rating Systems for Sunscreens, UV Protection, Peak UV Hours, SPF Recommendation, New Sunscreen Ratings This Fall, FDA Sunscreen Rating, Choosing the Right Sunscreen, Sun Protection Tips

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Widow Denied Damages

5 Hospital Not at Fault in Male Uterine Cancer Death

Jurors found that NYU Langone Medical Center, a prominent organ transplant hospital, isn't to blame for the death of an organ transplant recipient who received a kidney from a female stroke victim who had undiagnosed uterine cancer. Vincent Liew, a 37-year-old diabetic, died of cancer in 2002 after receiving a kidney that was supposed to transform his life, freeing him from dialysis. Kimberly, Liew's widow, sued for more than $3 million in damages, but jurors believed that the hospital wasn't at fault for what's thought to be the only case of anyone developing uterine cancer after receiving a transplant. The hospital said that they did their best to give Liew proper medical advice following the news he had received a transplant from someone with cancer.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Man Gets Female Cancer

Tags: Liew, Male Uterine Cancer Death, Transplant Death, Kidney Transplant Dangers, Undiagnosed Uterine Cancer, NYU Langone Medical Center, Vincent Liew

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Pukemon Attacks Man and Kid

6 Phillies Fan Guilty of Vomit Assault

Matthew Clemmens, a 21-year-old New Jersey man and Phillies fan, has pleaded guilty to vomiting on a fellow spectator and his 11-year-old daughter! Michael Vangelo, an off-duty police captain, received the vomit. Nicknamed "Pukemon," Clemmens placed his fingers down his throat and vomited intentionally on Vangelo in the stands during a Philadelphia Phillies game on April 14. Some of the vomit splashed on Vangelo's daughter. The incident occurred after Vangelo's older daughter asked Clemmens and his friend to stop using profanity, reports Huffington Post. For his vile actions during the Phillies-Nationals game at Citizens Bank Park, Clemmens has pleaded guilty to simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

More at Huffington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Pukemon, Citizens Bank Park, Vomit Assault, Phillies Fan Vomits on Police, Michael Vangelo, Matthew Clemmens, Philadelphia Phillies, Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct

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Play Ball with Caution

7 More Kids Injured on Memorial Day

According to a new study, Memorial Day and Labor Day are the top two holidays for childhood injuries. MSNBC reports on the study, which was conducted by researchers at Ohio State University and the Center for Injury Research and Policy in Columbus, Ohio. Researchers compared injuries during a five-day period surrounding several big holidays, including Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. They found that kids suffer more injuries from everyday activities on Memorial Day and Labor Day than any other major holidays. They believe this increase is due to more time spent outdoors engaging in activities like football. Boys suffered from 62 percent of the injuries. The study is published in May's issue of the journal Pediatrics.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Holidays with Most Kid Injuries, Childhood Injuries, Football Injuries, Memorial Day Injuries, Increase in Injuries on Labor Day, Holidays with Most Injuries to Kids, Study on Holiday Injuries, Center for Injury Research and Policy

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Female Smokers on Rise

8 World No Tobacco Day 2010 Focuses on Gender

World No Tobacco Day on Monday, May 31 will focus on gender and tobacco, particularly how tobacco marketing is aimed toward women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will join with partners to celebrate World No Tobacco Day, which is sponsored each year since 1987 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The day puts worldwide focus on the preventable death and disease caused by tobacco. According to CDC, women account for just 20% of the 1 billion smokers in the world, but tobacco use by women is on the rise. The CDC is concerned with evidence that the tobacco industry is increasingly targeting girls and women with advertising.

More at CDC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: World No Tobacco Day, Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Women, World Health Organization, Tobacco Use by Women, Gender and Tobacco, CDC Tobacco Control

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Only Known Case

9 Man Gets Female Cancer from Kidney Transplant

Vincent Liew, a diabetic since his teens and on dialysis three times a week, received a kidney transplant in 2002 from Sandy Cabrera who had died of a stroke one day earlier. Upon autopsy, she was found to have uterine cancer that had begun to spread to her lungs. Doctors at the time told Liew that the chance of developing female cancer from the transplanted kidney was unlikely, so he opted not to have it removed. Unfortunately, Mr. Liew eventually did die of cancer about six months later at the age of 37. His widow is suing NYU Langone Medical Center for $3 million in damages. Although about 1% of organ transplants in the US are suspected of transmitting infection, this is the only known case of female cancer being transmitted to a man.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Curcurmin Enhances Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Tags: Kidney Failure, Uterine Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Medical Lawsuit

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Prescription for Addiction

10 Prescribing Heroin Decreases Use of Street Drug

British researchers wanted to determine if prescribing heroin to addicts who cannot get clean reduces use of the street drug. 127 addicts were split into three treatment groups: prescription heroin, injectable methadone and oral methadone. Over two-thirds of those prescribed heroin did not have street heroin in their urine for at least 50 percent of their tests, compared to less than one third receiving methadone. Dr. John Strang said people "are not only physically getting better, but they're getting back into society," by getting jobs and connecting with family. The urine test used in this study looked for papaverine which is only found in street heroin. This study has been published in The Lancent.

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

Tags: Heroin, Heroin Addiction, Prescription Heroin, Street Heroin, Methadone, Methadone Treatment, Treatment for Heroin Addiction

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