June 16, 2010

Moldy Smell to Blame

1 Johnson and Johnson Expands Recent Recall of OTCs

The Johnson and Johnson Company’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit has expanded a recall of over-the-counter medications to include four lots of Benadryl allergy tablets and one lot of Extra Strength Tylenol gel pills in response to customer complaints of a moldy smell. The company said the smell is due to contamination from a chemical byproduct found in wooden transport pallets and that, while risk of serious medical problems is remote, people should stop using the products. These “products were inadvertently omitted” from a previous recall. The company is under scrutiny by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform due to an earlier recall of Motrin, Zyrtec, Benadryl and Children’s Tylenol. For refund requests, call 888-222-6036 or visit http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com.

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

Previously: Children's Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl Recalled

Tags: Benadryl, Motrin, Recalled Medicine, Tylenol, Zyrtec, Johnson and Johnson, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, OTC

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Not Only Due to Estrogen Loss

2 Reasons for Postpartum Depression Explained

Up to 70 percent of new mothers experience symptoms of depression within the first week after giving birth. While, the symptoms dissipate in most cases, up to 13 percent of women experience clinical level postpartum depression (PPD). Fluctuations in estrogen have been to blame but now new research reveals that, while estrogen levels drop 100 to 1000 fold after giving birth, levels of the enzyme monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) increase dramatically throughout the brain. MAO-A is responsible for breaking down neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, and, ultimately, for controlling our moods. By balancing MAO-A, this research “could have an impact on prevention and treatment of postpartum depression in the future", says lead author Julia Sacher.

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

Tags: Depression, Dopamine, Estrogen, Neurotransmitters, Postpartum Depression, PPD, Birth, Baby Blues, Monoamine Oxidase A, Serotonin, Norepinephrine, Mood Swings, Jula Sacher

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Is There Such a Thing?

3 Treating "Male Menopause”

Is there such a thing as male menopause and can its symptoms be successfully treated with synthetic testosterone? Not necessarily, says the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB). Unlike female menopause, where estrogen levels fall dramatically, testosterone levels in males drop about 1 to 2 percent a year after the age of 40. However, says DTB, low testosterone is not a consequence of aging. Half of men in their 80s have testosterone levels that fall within the normal range. In addition, low testosterone levels do not necessarily produce symptoms. DTB also questions the benefit of hormone therapy in treating symptoms commonly thought to be associated with male menopause including depression and low sexual function which also appear in men with normal testosterone levels.

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

Previously: Cost of Treating Normal Health Conditions

Tags: Aging, Depression, Estrogen, Menopause, Male Menopause, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Symptoms of Male Menopause, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, Low Sexual Function

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Salt Cancels Bitterness

4 Supertasters May Crave Salt

Even though you might think supertasters wouldn't want more salt, a new study shows that they love adding salt, says CNN. A supertaster experiences saltiness and bitterness more intensely than most of us. The lead author of the study from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences is John Hayes, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science. Hayes and his team discovered that even though supertasters are more sensitive to salt, they liked more of it rather than less. They think this is true because salt aids in canceling out bitterness, which is experienced intensely by supertasters, who found low-sodium cheddar cheese to be twice as bitter as Cracker Barrel cheddar cheese.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Difficult Life of Supertasters

Tags: Supertasters Love Salt, Saltiness and Bitterness, Intense Saltiness, Intense Bitterness, Problems of Supertasters, Study on Supertasters, Unique Taste, Cracker Barrel Cheddar Cheese, Low Sodium Cheddar Cheese, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, John Hayes

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Surprising Finding on Faces

5 Brown-Eyed Guys Appear Tougher

Researchers think that men with brown eyes are perceived as tougher, but not because of their eye color. MSNBC reports on the new study by Charles University in Prague. In the study, eye color in photos of men with brown eyes were changed with Photoshop to be blue instead. Even with this change, study participants still rated brown-eyed men as more dominant, but women with brown eyes weren't rated as more dominant. Study researchers were surprised by the findings, but believe that brown-eyed men may share certain facial features like larger noses and broader chins and mouths that make them appear tougher. Scientists think that blue eyes didn't even exist until a genetic mutation emerged around 10,000 years ago. Before that time, researchers believe that everyone had brown eyes.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Latisse for Longer Lashes

Tags: Brown Eyed Men, Men Who Look Tougher, Brown Eyed Men Share Facial Features, Charles University in Prague, Blue Eyes Genetic Mutation, What Eye Color Means

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Cigs May Cause Stress

6 Stress Levels Go Down When Quitting Smoking

Chronic stress levels may go down once you quit smoking, say researchers writing in the journal Addiction. While people often turn to cigarettes in times of stress, it seems that the smoking habit could affect long-term stress levels. Reuters reports on the new study of 469 smokers who were hospitalized for heart disease and were motivated to quit smoking. Researchers found that the patients who abstained from smoking for a year displayed a reduction in perceived stress levels. However, the patients who continued to smoke had unchanged stress levels. The researchers believe that the findings support the idea that smoking is itself a potential source of chronic stress.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Stress Levels and Smoking, Smoking Affects Stress, Smoking Studies, journal Addiction, heart patients smoking, benefits of quitting smoking

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Skip the Filter

7 Boiled Coffee May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

Women who drink boiled coffee versus filtered coffee four times a day may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control. According to Lena Nilsson and colleagues at Umea University, Scandinavian boiled coffee, which is similar to French press or Turkish/Greek coffee, contains up to 80 times as much coffee-specific fatty acids that have been shown in animal studies to inhibit the growth of cancer. Among women who drank filtered coffee, there was an increased risk of early breast cancer (under 49 years old) but a lowered risk for late breast cancer (over 55 years old). Unfortunately, boiled coffee drinkers did appear to have an increased risk of pancreatic and lung cancer in men.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Low Heartburn Coffee May Be on the Way, Calcium Supplements May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Risk, Cancer, Cancer Fighting Foods, Coffee, Women Health

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Know It Like the Back of My Hand

8 The Brain Distorts Visual Image of Our Own Bodies

A new study that uses a model of a hand has found that our brain’s representation of our body is out of sync with reality, a perception that could lead to distortions in body image and possibly a contributing factor to eating disorders such as anorexia. University College London scientists found that when participants put their left hand palm down under a board and asked to judge where certain landmarks were, the subjects perceived their fingers to be one-third shorter and hands to be two-thirds fatter than they actually were. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, aimed to determine the process behind an ability called “position sense”, in which the brain knows where all parts of the body are in space, even with the eyes closed.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Potential Biologic Factor for Eating Disorders Found

Tags: Anorexia, Body Dysmorphia, Eating Disorders, Psychiatric Condition, Body Image

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