June 1, 2010

Stop "Sack Tapping”

1 Dangerous School Fad Causes Serious Groin Injuries

“Sack Tapping,” the act of hitting a boy in the groin, is a fad that’s become a dangerous school game that has caused some children extreme emotional, psychological and physical pain. In at least one instance, it also led to the amputation of a young man’s testicle. “It’s just gotten way out of control,” said urologist Dr. Scott Wheeler in an interview with a Minneapolis television station. Dr. Wheeler, who now operates several times a year to correct complications such as ruptured testicles that result from sack tapping, warns parents to talk to to their children and tell them not to engage in this dangerous fad. The proliferation of sack tapping is evidenced on YouTube which is rife with homemade videos of students engaged in the act. But, says Dr. Wheeler, “It’s lost its humor.”

More at NYDailyNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Sack Tapping, Testicles, Groin Injury, Dr. Scott Wheeler, YouTube, Dangerous Game, Amputation

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Too Much Calcium Dangerous

2 Calcium-Alkali Syndrome on the Rise

Calcium-alkali syndrome, caused by increasing use of over-the-counter calcium and vitamin D supplements, is on the rise. Affected people may suffer from high blood pressure and even kidney failure. The illness, also known as milk-alkali syndrome, was first diagnosed in the early 1900s when some people drank large amounts of milk and took antacids to control ulcers. As newer ulcer medications hit the market, the syndrome declined. However, doctors Stanley Goldfarb and Ami Patel from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine note that the syndrome, which often requires hospitalization, is on the rise once again due to increased use of OTC supplements used to prevent and treat osteoporosis. Commentary about the issue is published in Journal of the American Society Nephrology.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Calcium Essential for Lifelong Bone Health

Tags: Calcium Alkali Syndrome, Milk Alkali Syndrome, Too Much Calcium, Too Much Milk, Dangers of Too Many Supplements, Stanley Goldfarb, Ami Patel, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Journal of the American Society Nephrology, Treat Osteoporosis

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Cat Inspires Hospice Program

3 Hospice Cat Sabrina Made Dying Easier

"Cats are such a comfort to me. When I was physically ill recently they stayed right there."
- Peninah Acuna in the comments

When LaVerne Sargeant, former ER chief, knew she had weeks to live, she craved the comforting presence of a cat by her side, writes the animal blog for USA Today, Paw Print Post. Having been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer years earlier, Sargeant had decided she shouldn't adopt another pet after her dog died, but she was able to find a hospice kitty for her final weeks, thanks to help from her sister Yvonne and Tails High cat rescue in Alexandria, Virginia. While Yvonne had initially approached Tails High with the idea of borrowing a cat for a few weeks, the chosen cat, Sabrina, ended up finding a permanent home with Yvonne. Not only did Sabrina go to live with Yvonne after hospice duties were lovingly completed, but the cat inspired Tails High to start a hospice loaner cat program!

More at Paw Print Post / USA Today | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Hospice Cat, Loaner Cat, Cats Help Dying, Yvonne Sargeant, Tails High Cat Rescue, Hospice Cat Loaner Program, LaVerne Sargeant

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Lower Your Pesticide Exposure

4 Dirty Dozen Produce Has More Pesticides

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released their new report on produce containing the most or least amount of pesticides. CNN reported on EWG's list, including the infamous "Dirty Dozen" to avoid. According to EWG, non-organic celery, the most "dirty" food, may contain as many as 67 pesticides. Other foods in the group's Dirty Dozen list include peaches, strawberries, apples, domestic blueberries, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach (including kale and collard greens), cherries, potatoes, imported grapes and lettuce. The EWG says you can reduce your exposure to pesticides by 80 percent by choosing organic versions of the Dirty Dozen. The "Clean 15," foods with little pesticides in non-organic versions, include onions and avocados.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: ADHD Tied with Pesticide Exposure

Tags: Environmental Working Group, Dirty Dozen, Clean 15, New Dirty Dozen List, EWG, Peaches, Strawberries, Apples, Domestic Blueberries, Nectarines, Sweet Bell Peppers, Spinach, Organic Food Safer, Why Choose Organic Food, Nonorganic Celery High in Pesticides, Foods High in Pesticides, Lower Your Pesticide Exposure

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Save the Cigs for Healing Bones

5 Quit Smoking for Better Fracture Healing

"Any nicotine delivery device will delay healing in bone, including e-cigarettes"
- Dr. J in the comments

Smokers who stop using tobacco in the six weeks following emergency acute fracture surgery experience fewer complications and heal more quickly than those who continue smoking while healing, report researchers in the June issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). "Our results indicate that a smoking cessation intervention program during the first six weeks after acute fracture surgery decreases the risk of postoperative complications by nearly half," said Hans Nåsell, MD of Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. The study is the first of its kind to examine effects of quitting smoking after surgery for fractures. Smoking, which lowers blood oxygen levels and inhibits circulation, can cause wound site infections or delay healing of bone, skin and tissue.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Nexium to Get Fracture Warning

Tags: Smoking Cessation Intervention Program, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Acute Fracture Surgery, Hans Nasell, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Effects of Quitting Smoking, Wound Site Infections, Dangers of Smoking After Surgery, Delay Healing of Bone

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Low Education, Income Up Risk

6 ADHD Linked to Socioeconomic Risk Factors

A major Swedish study of more than one million children has found that attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is strongly linked with limited maternal education, single parent families, and receiving welfare benefits. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University found that women who had only the most basic education were 130 percent more likely to have a child on ADHD medication. Children from single parent households had a 54 percent greater risk of being treated and families receiving welfare benefits had a 135 percent increased chance of having ADHD children. "Our study showed that almost half of the cases could be explained by the socioeconomic factors included in our analysis,” said Prof. Anders Hjern. The study is published in the journal Acta Paediatrica.

More at EurkeAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: ADHD Tied with Pesticide Exposure

Tags: ADHD Causes, Children, Education, Poverty, Socioeconomic Factors

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Vaccine Prevents Cancer

7 Vaccine Targets Breast Cancer Protein

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Institute have developed a vaccine to prevent breast cancer mice. They vaccinated half with á-lactalbumin, a protein found in most breasts tumors and the other half without. All of the mice vaccinated with the protein did not get breast cancer while all of the other group did. The challenge was that unlike viruses and bacteria, cancer cells are not seen as foreign. Because of these results, clinical trials will be conducted in women to determine if the vaccine is safe and effective. If the vaccine works in humans, Vincent Tuohy says "We believe that this vaccine will someday be used to prevent breast cancer in adult women in the same way that vaccines have prevented many childhood diseases.” The results of this study are in Nature.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Breastst Cancer, A-Lactalbumin, Breast Cancer Vaccine, Cancer Vaccine, Preventative Cancer Vaccine, Preventative Breast Cancer Vaccine

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Contaminated Cocaine

8 Cocaine Laced with Dewormer Can Cause Flesh to Rot

Two women who used cocaine came to Rochester Medical Center with purplish plaques on their body, characteristic of levamisole toxicity. Levamisole, a dewormer used in cattle, pigs, and sheep is being used to cut cocaine, to enhance the high or increase the volume to make a bigger profit. It is banned for human use in the U.S. because of the side effects; lowering the white blood cell count and inflammation of small blood vessels causing the outer layer of skin to die. It is usually reversible once the patient stops using cocaine. Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati, who reported these findings, said, "Almost 80 percent of the cocaine coming into this country has levamisole mixed in," an increase from just a few years ago. The study was reported in the June 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

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

Previously: Accidental Drug OD Deaths Up Fivefold

Tags: Cocaine, Levamisole, Contaminated Cocaine, Flesh Rot, Levamisole Side Effects, Tissue Death, Skin Death, Cocaine Contaminated with Levamisole

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