June 5, 2010

Permanent Vision Damage

1 Ophthalmologists Warn on Vodka Eyeballing

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has strongly advised the public to refrain from pouring vodka directly into their eyes, a practice known as "vodka eyeballing." The eye doctors' organization says that vodka eyeballers risk damaging the epithelial cells on the surface of their eyes. They also warn that permanent vision damage could result if deeper cells in the cornea are killed. Alcohol in strong concentrations can cause corneal ulcers and scarring, in addition to severe pain. The practice of vodka eyeballing has been called a hoax by some journalists, but the proliferation of supposed vodka eyeballing videos on YouTube has got the doctors worried. The AAO press release gave no indication that any of its members had ever actually seen a patient who had vodka eyeballed.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Alcohol, Vodka, Vodka Eyeballing, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Health Hoaxes, Eyeballs

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Further Brain Surgery Scheduled

2 Giant Woman Tanya Angus Denies Cure

Representatives of Tanya Angus have denied reports that her condition is under control. Apparently an announcement of an upcoming brain surgery on June 17 had optimistically morphed into rumors that Angus's growth had already been halted. Ms. Angus suffers from acromeglia, or gigantism, which causes the body to overproduce growth hormone. Ms. Angus's condition caused her entire body to grow larger. Doctors discovered an orange-sized tumor in her brain causing an over-production of growth hormone. Surgery was considered too risky, but she finally found a doctor willing to do it. The tumor was removed and the growth hormone levels temporarily controlled with medicine. Another surgery had to be done in 2005 when the tumor came back, but her hormone level is still double the normal level.

More at TanyaAngus.com | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Tumor, Acromeglia, Gigantism, Tanya Angus, Growth Hormone

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Get Help If You're Like Him

3 Darth Vader Was Mentally Ill

French psychiatrists and psychologists have decided that the Dark Lord's problem was borderline personality disorder, reports MSNBC. If Darth Vader were real, the mental health professionals also believe that he was on drugs, symbolized by The Force. The psychiatrists and psychologists think that Darth Vader's mental health issues were precisely what attracted so many teens to "Star Wars" movies! According to MSNBC, French psychiatrist Eric Bui and colleagues describe their theory about Darth Vader in a letter that will be published in the journal Psychiatric Research. Bui believes that the letter will help spread awareness about borderline personality disorder, characterized by unstable relationships. He reasons that if people see a bit of Vader in themselves, they may seek help.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Borderline Personality Disorder, Darth Vader Had Mental Disorder, Darth Vader Personality Disorder, Symptoms of Borderline Personality, Psychiatric Research, Eric Bui, Why Teens Like Star Wars, Mentally Ill Star Wars Characters

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FTC Snaps the Whip

4 Restricted Advertising Ordered for Rice Krispies

The Federal Trade Commission won't let Kellogg get away with claiming that their Rice Krispies cereal “now helps support your child’s immunity” and “has been improved to include antioxidants and nutrients that your family needs to help them stay healthy.” New Rice Krispies cereal packaging with those health claims was unveiled last year. New York Times reports that the FTC expanded an earlier order affecting Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats. Kellogg had been told to stop claiming that Frosted Mini-Wheats improved cognitive health. Now, Kellogg must stop making “claims about any health benefit of any food unless the claims are backed by scientific evidence and not misleading.”

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

Tags: Rice Krispies Cereal Health Claims, FTC Rules on Kellogg Advertising, Kellogg Making Health Claims, Rice Krispies Healthy, FTC Corrects Rice Krispies Ads, Frosted Mini Wheats Health Claims

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New Pediatric Brain Tumor Drug

5 New Drug Safe in Kids With Brain Tumors

A Phase 1 trial showed 12 out of 13 children with medulloblastoma that returned or was resistant to initial treatment did not suffer serious side effect from a new drug, GDC-0449, developed by Curis and Roche. Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor in kids. GDC-0449 blocks a signaling pathway known as Hedgehog which affects cell growth and plays a role in 20 percent of medulloblastomas. One patient’s tumor did not progress for over a year. Dr. Amar Gajjar, director of neuro-oncology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee said, “Some patients have remained on this trial for extended periods of time and our early results are positive and encouraging." The result were presented at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.

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

Previously: Cellphone Cancer Link Still Uncertain

Tags: Roche, Brain Tumor, Pediatric Brain Tumor, Malignant Pediatric Brain Tumor, Malignant Brain Tumor in Children, Brain Tumor in Children, Brain Tumor in Kids, Malignant Brain Tumor in Kids, Medulloblastoma, Medulloblastoma in Kids, Medulloblastoma in Children, Curis

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Drug for Advanced Lung Cancer

6 Experimental Lung Cancer Drug Shrinks Tumors

Tumors shrank in eighty-seven percent of 76 patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer who took Crizotinib, an experimental developed by Pfizer, after eight weeks of treatment. A 30 percent reduction in tumor size was observed in over half of those patients. One patient’s tumor disappeared and three or four has tumors that could not be measured even though activity suggested they were still present. Symptoms due to having a lung tumor also decreased. Treatment lasted longer than the three or four months people with NSCLC are given to live. Crizotinib inhibits the ALK gene, which fuels uncontrolled cell growth in cancer and fuses with a gene called EML4 in most cases of NSCLC in non-smokers. At the time of data analysis, more than half the patients in the study were still alive.

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

Previously: Lung Tumor from Heavy Smoker Has Many Mutations

Tags: Pfizer, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, NSCLC, Lung Tumor, Lung Tumor Shrinkage, Crizotinib, ALK, Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase, EML4, Echinoderm Microtubule-Associated Protein-Like 4, Advanced Lung Cancer, Advanced NSCLC, Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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A Boost Against Melanoma

7 Drug Prolongs Survival with Advanced Melanoma

A study involving 676 people worldwide with advanced melanoma who had been previously treated showed that an experimental drug prolonged survival rates. There were three treatment groups; those that got ipilimumab alone, ipilimumab plus an immune-stimulating treatment, or only the immune-stimulating treatment. After two years, 24 percent who were treated with either ipilimumab or the drug in combination were alive versus 14 percent in the third group. Average survival for patients on the drug was 10 months, a 67 percent survival rate. It boosts a person’s immune system by binding to a molecule on T helper cells so they can attack the cancer. Fourteen patients are believed to have died from its side effects, which can be alleviated with high doses of steroids. But more died due to cancer.

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

Previously: Tanning Beds Triple Cancer Risk

Tags: Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Advanced Melanoma, Metastatic Melanoma, Ipilimumab, Boosting Immunity to Fight Melanoma

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