June 7, 2010

Second Hand Smoke Just As Bad

1 Passive Smoking Linked to Poorer Mental Health

We've all been told about the negative impact on our physical health of second hand smoking. A new study suggests that passive smoking can also lead to poorer mental health. The study looked at 5,560 non-smoking adults and 2,689 smokers without history of mental illness from the Scottish Health Surveys. Psychological distress was apparent in 14.5 percent of the sample. Furthermore, high second hand smoke exposure among non-smokers were 50 percent more likely to report psychological distress. Lead author Dr. Mark Hamer, UCL Epidemiology & Public Health, commented that, "Our findings emphasize the importance of reducing second hand smoke exposure at a population level, not only for the benefit of our physical health but for our mental health as well."

More at PhysOrg | Posted 7 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Health, Research, Smoking, Study, Tobacco, Mark Hamer, Smoke, Second Hand, Passive, Mental, Psychology

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Stinky Helmet Could Save Life

2 Crash Helmet with a Smell for Cracks

"Helmet manufacturers want you to replace your helmet everytime there is the slightest scuffing of it. This is not necessary. Only when the foam is seriously compressed is there a realistic reduction in safety."
- Castille Sanchez in the comments

Cyclists may one day celebrate safer helmets that release a scent when cracked, thanks to a new process developed by research scientists in Germany. Only entirely damage-free helmets can protect a cyclist's head from injuries, but it's sometimes anyone's guess as to whether a helmet has a small crack that can't be seen. Sometimes cyclists end up throwing out good helmets out of caution. The new process developed by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg features polymer materials or plastics that produce a smell when small cracks develop. Big cracks cause a stink! While smell detection is in use already for coated metal components, this will be the first time it's used with polymer materials.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Crash Helmets, Cycling Safety, Smelly Helmets, Helmet Safety, Detecting Helmet Cracks, Bike Safey, Helmets That Smell When Cracked, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

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Make Your Own Almond Milk

3 Milk Recipes for Dairy Alternative Month

In celebration of Dairy Alternative Month in June, Go Frugal Blog is offering six do-it-yourself milk recipes, including almond, cashew or sunflower seed milk. Other DIY milk alternative recipes include coconut, rice or oat milk, as well as apricot, date or fig milk! Reasons for choosing a milk alternative include lactose intolerance or just a simple distaste for animal milk. Since milk alternatives in the store can be pricey, Go Frugal Blog suggests making your own with simple ingredients like rice, hot water, vanilla and salt for making rice milk. When using dairy alternatives without the protein and calcium content of milk, you may need to take dietary supplements.

More at Go Frugal Blog | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Milk Alternatives, Dairy Alternatives, Go Frugal Blog, Rice Milk, Oat Milk, Make Your Own Almond Milk, Make Your Own Soy Milk, Fig Milk Recipe, Almond Milk Recipe, Soy Milk Recipe, DIY Milk Alternative Recipes, Coconut Milk Recipe, Dairy Alternative Month

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Doctor Ozzy Is In

4 Ozzy Osbourne Is UK's Newest Health ColumnIst

The Sunday Times Magazine has introduced an unlikely health columnist – Ozzy Osbourne. His first column titled “The Wisdom of Oz” introduces the world to the reason why he is an expert in the healthcare field. Dr. Ozzy, as he will be called, has survived vehicle accidents, addictions to drugs and alcohol, and a rare Parkinson-like genetic condition. He is also the self-proclaimed “world’s worst hypochondriac.” Today , Ozzy is a different person. He watches what he eats, keeps fit, doesn’t drink or get high, and now receives regular medical care. His new philosophy: “Another thing that puts a bee up my arse is people who never get checkups, and never go to the doctor, even when they’re half-dead.” As for the hypochondria, he says that everything will get taken seriously.

More at TimesOnline | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Creativity and Mental Illness Found to Be LInked

Tags: Addiction, Mental Illness, Ozzy Osbourne, TimesOnline, Hypochondria

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Increases Sales in Schools

5 Pretty Display of Fruit Promotes Healthy Choices

Researchers from the Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab headed up by Dr. Brian Wansink have found that moving apples out of a stainless steel tray and placing them in an attractive basket in a well-lit area increased the sales of fresh fruit by 58 percent in one New York School. The study is part of the university’s “Smarter Lunchrooms” Initiative, an effort to find low-cost solutions for smarter food choices in schools. "The best solution is often the simplest one," said Professor Brian Wansink. "Rather than penalizing a less healthy food choice, we just made the healthier item much more likely to be noticed and chosen." The research was presented at the Food for Your Whole Life Health Symposium in New York City.

More at Medical News Today | Hat tip to UPI.com | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Revamped Cafeteria Lead Kids to Healthy Eating

Tags: Apples, Food and Brand Lab, Fruit, Fruits Kids Like, School Children, School Lunches, Brian Wansink

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Two New Treatments for CML

6 Two New Drugs Beats Gleevec in Treating CML

People with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) should initially take dasatinib (Sprycel) and nilotinib (Tasigna) and not imatinib (Gleevec), according to two studies published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the first study with 519 patients, 77 percent taking Sprycel had their cancer disappear from the bone marrow completely, compared to 66 percent on Gleevec. In the second study of 846, a complete response was seen in 80 and 65 percent of those on Tasigna and Gleevec, respectively. Dr. Marshall A. Lichtman at the University of Rochester Medical Center in said "there have been good reasons to consider nilotinib or dasatinib as upgrades to imatinib in the treatment of BCR-ABL-positive chronic myeloid leukemia.”

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

Previously: High Cholesterol Linked to Cancer Risk

Tags: Leukemia, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, CML, Gleevec, Imatinib, Sprycel, Dasatinib, Tasigna, Nilotinib, Treatment of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Treatment, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, BMS, Novartis

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Cholesterol on the Brain

7 Cholesterol Levels Regulated by the Brain

"Cholesterol is an essential component of every cell membrane and important for myriad physiologic functions"
- Paul in the comments

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati discovered that ghrelin increases cholesterol levels in mice. Ghrelin is a hormone that tells our brains we are hungry. In another experiment, cholesterol increased in mice when ghrelin receptors were blocked. This challenges the idea that levels are simply determined by diet and how much the liver makes. High levels of cholesterol harden arteries, increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke. Fotini Rozakeas, cardiac nurse at British Heart Foundation, said "This could potentially open up new forms of treatment to control cholesterol levels, which would be great news for people with heart and circulation problems." More research is needed to completely understand how ghrelin increases cholesterol.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Cholesterol, Ghrelin, Cholesterol Levels, Cholesterol Levels in the Blood

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