June 2, 2010

Millions of E. Coli Hang Around

1 Germs Remain in Washing Machine After Cycle Ends

Think your underwear is clean after it’s been washed in your machine or that the inside of your washing machine is clean after it’s been put through a cycle? Think again. ABC News, in an interview with Charles Gerba, microbiologist, University of Arizona, reports that millions of bacteria linger in the washer and are then transmitted to the next load of laundry and eventually onto you. "If you wash a load of just underwear, there will be about 100 million E. coli in the wash water, and they can be transmitted to the next load of laundry," says Gerba who adds, "There's about a tenth of a gram of poop in the average pair of underwear." He suggests using plastic gloves when handling laundry but cautions people not to be completely germ-phobic as there is such a thing as “good bacteria.”

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

Tags: Bacteria, E. Coli, Germs, ABC News, Charles Gerba, University of Arizona, Laundry, Washing Machine

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Know When to Fold Em

2 Many Poker Players Use Drugs to Enhance Skills

More than 80 percent of poker players report using drugs and/or other substances to enhance their card-playing skills, says a Nova Southeastern University study. Cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana, Valium, energy drinks and caffeine are among the drugs and substances cited by those who participated in the survey. "The use of these substances could allow poker players to stay awake longer, as well as focus and concentrate better, which would be a competitive advantage," said researcher Kevin Clauson, Pharm.D., NSU associate professor. "Stamina is important for any poker player because tournament poker and cash games can go on for many hours." NSU researchers initially interviewed players who were in Las Vegas for a World Series of Poker Tournament and then expanded their research globally.

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

Tags: Caffeine, Cocaine, Drugs, Energy Drinks, Valium, Poker, Cards, Kevin Clauson, Nova Southeastern University, Amphetamines, Marijuana, Stamina, Professional Poker Player, Las Vegas, World Series of Poker Tournament

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May Save Millions of Lives

3 Instant and Cheap Blood Typing Test Developed

A new paper “dipstick” for determining blood type has been developed and is in the initial testing stages, report scientists in the journal Analytical Chemistry. Quick, accurate and inexpensive, the test involves placing a drop of blood on specially treated paper strips. Gil Garnier, researcher, explains that knowing a patient’s blood type can help save millions of lives each year. Blood typing is critical for life-saving transfusions and, prior to the development of the new test, required the use of sophisticated instruments that are not available in many of the world’s countries. Studies on the new blood typing papers indicate that they are as accurate as more sophisticated methods and "The paper diagnostics manufacturing cost is a few pennies per test,” the report notes.

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

Previously: Time to Kill the Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood

Tags: Blood Type, Gil Garnier, Analytical Chemistry, Transfusions, Blood Transfusions, Blood Type Dipstick

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21 Million Cancer Cases a Year?

4 21 Million Cancer Patients Annually by 2030

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that they expect 21 million new cases of cancer to be diagnosed annually by 2030, while nearly 13 million deaths will be attributed to the disease by that time. According to their study 12.7 million new cancer cases occurred in 2008, while 7.6 million cancer patients died during that same period. That same study showed that lung cancer is the most diagnosed of cancers, afflicting 1.8 million patients in 2008, while breast cancer was second at 1.4 million cases and colorectal cancers rounded out the top three at 1.2 million cases. The study also found that lung cancer is the most deadly with 1.4 million people killed, followed by stomach cancer with 740,000 deaths and liver cancers with 690,000 people dying from the disease.

More at CNN: Health: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Blog | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Previously: Vaccine Targets Breast Cancer Protein

Tags: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer Cases, Cancer Deaths, Liver Cancer

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Too Much Burgers Are Never Good

5 Burger Diet Increases Asthma in Kids

The International Study on Allergies and Asthma in Childhood revealed that eating three or more burgers a week can boost a child's risk of asthma and wheeze. The research was based on data collected between 1995 and 2005 on 50,000 children ranging from eight to 12-years-old, and from rich and poor countries. The findings showed that a child's diet can influence the prevalence of asthma and wheeze. An unhealthy, fatty diet had the biggest effect on children developing respiratory symptoms. A diet that consisted of high-intake of fruit, fish and cooked green vegetables protected children against wheezing. The study does note that, "Burger consumption could be a proxy for other lifestyle factors. Particularly as the increased asthma risk associated with it was not found in poor countries."

More at PhysOrg | Posted 7 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Asthma, Child, Children, Diet, Fast Food, Food, Health, Research, Study, Unhealthy, The International Study on Allergies and Asthma in Childhood, Allergy, Wheeze, Burger

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PSD502 Code for Longer Sex

6 Spray for Premature Ejaculation in Trials

PSD502 spray is doing well in trials with men who have premature ejaculation, report researchers at the the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. The topical spray medication by Shionogi Pharma, Inc. is a combo of two drugs currently available for pain relief: lidocaine and prilocaine. According to the CNN blog Paging Dr. Gupta, study participants in 70 locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe applied the spray on "the conical structure at the tip of the penis" known as the glans penis. The spray, which was applied five minutes before intercourse, was responsible for a 5.5-fold increase in time between penetration and climax with an average of 3.3 minutes, up from the baseline of 36 seconds. Men who used the placebo experienced a 1.6-fold time gain before climax.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Americans Too Tired for Sex

Tags: Premature Ejaculation Medicine, PSD502 Spray, Topical Spray Medication, Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Shionogi Pharma, Paging Dr. Gupta, American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Glans Penis, Tip of the Penis, Penetration and Climax

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Herb Makes Grilling Safer

7 Rosemary Reduces Toxins in Grilled Meat

While cooking meat at high temperatures can create potentially cancer-causing toxins known as heterocyclic amines, adding rosemary before cooking has been shown to reduce the toxins, reports New York Times in their "Really?" column. According to one study mentioned in the column and published in The Journal of Food Science, researchers found that adding rosemary extracts to ground beef patties that were grilled, fried, broiled or barbecued between 375 degrees to 400 degrees Fahrenheit reduced heterocyclic amines by more than 90 percent in some cases. Marinating the meat also lowers the toxin risk.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Overcooked Meat Increases Risk of Bladder Cancer

Tags: Heterocyclic Amines, The Journal of Food Science, Cooking Meat at High Temperatures, Toxins in Grilled Meat, Dangers of Grilling Meat, Frying at High Temperatures, Marinating Meat Healthy, Cooking with Rosemary, Health Benefits of Rosemary, Grilling Tips, Frying Tips

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The Rhythm of Teen Pregnancy

8 Teens Use Rhythm Method to Avoid Pregnancy

A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted on about 2800 teens ages 15 to 19 from 2006 to 2008 revealed that 17 percent of sexually active girls used the rhythm method as birth control, up from 11 percent in 2002. With the rhythm method, women avoid sex on days they are fertile. It has a failure rate of 25 percent. Teen pregnancy declined from 1991 to 2005, but increased from 2005 to 2007. Bill Albert, a spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy said, "We've known the decline in childbearing stalled out. This report kind of fills in the why." Attitudes towards single mothers among teens may play a role, with about 64 percent of boys and more than 70 percent of girls seeing nothing wrong with single motherhood.

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

Previously: Parents Deny Their Teens' Interest in Sex

Tags: Birth Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Teen Pregnancy, Teen Sex, Teen Pregnancy Rates, Rhythm Method, Increase in Teen Pregnancy, Attitudes on Single Motherhood

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