June 22, 2010

Rates Rise by 170 Percent

1 Skin-Related Cancers Increasing in US

Tumors of the skin appendages, known as cutaneous appendageal carcinomas, while rare, are on the rise in the US, says a report in the June issue of the Archives of Dermatology. By evaluating 16 cancer registries over a period of seven years, researchers were able to determine that these cancers, including the most common cancer of the sweat glands, increased 170 percent over the time period. Cancers of glands in the eyelid increased 217 percent. Researchers attribute the increase of these rare forms of cancer not only to better diagnosis but also to increased UV exposure and immunosuppression. “Further increases in cutaneous appendageal carcinomas over time should prompt new strategies for cancer screening and early intervention of this cancer," write the authors.

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

Previously: More ExercIse Is Best During Cancer Treatment

Tags: Cancer, Tumors, Cutaneous Appendageal Carcinomas, Archives of Dermatology, Cancer Registry, Eyelid Cancer, Cancer of Sweat Glands, Early Cancer Intervention

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Increases When Meals Are Skipped

2 Stomach Hormone Stimulates Hunger, Cravings

Ghrelin, also known as the hunger hormone because it stimulates hunger and acts to increase food intake, makes high-calorie foods more appealing than low-calorie foods, says a new study. The findings suggest that skipping meals results in an increased release of ghrelin into the bloodstream, making it more difficult for someone to resist high-calorie foods later in the day. "Changes in which foods we prefer to eat when missing meals may be explained by changes in the levels of ghrelin in our blood to help regulate our overall calorie intake,” explains lead author Tony Goldstone, MD, PhD, who added that the study raises the possibility that drugs that block the action of ghrelin may help reduce cravings for high-calorie foods and so help people lose weight.”

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

Previously: Stop Food Cravings with Psychological Acupuncture

Tags: Dieting, Ghrelin, High Calorie Foods, Hunger, Losing Weight, Low Calorie Foods, Hunger Hormone, Skipping Meals, Dr. Tony Goldstone

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Coffee Is Better

3 RA More Common in Women Who Drink Tea

"I am curious what type of tea was used in the study?"
- Beth in the comments

Women who drink four or more cups of tea per day are at a significantly increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis, finds a new study. The study, which involved more than 76,000 women, showed that drinking any amount of tea carried an increased risk of developing RA and that the risk factor goes up when more tea is consumed. The study showed no correlation between coffee consumption and the risk of RA. Said Professor Christopher Collins, Georgetown U Medical Center, "This does make us wonder what it is in tea, or in the method of preparation of tea that causes the significant increase in risk of developing RA.” Because no strong causation effect has been confirmed, RA sufferers should consult their physician before making any significant changes to their diets.

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

Previously: Coffee and Tea Good for Heart

Tags: Caffeine, Coffee, Tea Drinking, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Coffee Consumption, Christopher Collins, Georgetown University Medical Center, Tea

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If Music Be the Food of Love ...

4 Learn How to Pick Up Women

French researchers have found that women are more likely to be responsive to a pick-up attempt after listening to romantic background music. The researchers had already found that when romantic music was played in flower shops, men spend more money. This time, they found that women were more likely to give a man her phone number if love songs played in the background. Fifty-two percent of the female participants responded to a man’s advances when the music that played was romantic, whereas only 28 percent of those who had heard a 'neutral' song offered their contact information. “Our results confirm that the effect of exposure to media content is not limited to violence and could have the potential to influence a high spectrum of behavior,” said researcher Nicolas Guéguen.

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

Tags: Behavior Therapy, Music, Romantic Music, Nicolas Gueguen, Music’s, Romantic Attraction

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Related to Mom's Blood Sugar

5 Some Kids May Have Low Insulin Sensitivity

Children whose mothers had high blood glucose levels during pregnancy are more prone to low insulin sensitivity, finds a new study. Low insulin sensitivity is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and, while obesity is known to lower insulin sensitivity, body weight had little bearing on the results of this study. Instead, researchers found an inverse relationship between a pregnant woman’s blood sugar and her child’s insulin sensitivity. The higher the mother’s blood sugar levels, the lower the child’s sensitivity to insulin. “Obstetricians, pediatricians, and pregnant women should all be aware of the potential far-reaching consequences that elevated blood sugar during pregnancy can have on children's health,” said study co-author Paula Chandler-Laney, PhD, U of Alabama.

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

Tags: Body Weight, Pregnancy, Blood Glucose Levels, Low Insulin Sensitivity, Paula Chandler-Laney, University of Alabama, Elevated Blood Sugar During Pregnancy, Gestational Diabetes

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Give Your Opinion Now

6 Proposal to Ban Peanuts from Airplanes

"So if peanuts discriminate against the disabled, what's to stop them from being banned everywhere? This is beyond crazy!"
- Kent in the comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently suggested the possibility of banning peanut packets from airplanes, reports CNN. The potential peanut ban is part of a proposal for improving air travel. The ban would better accommodate travelers who suffer from peanut allergies. Since severe peanut allergies are considered a disability, DOT believes they're covered under the Air Carrier Access Act, which seeks to eliminate discrimination by air carriers against people with disabilities. However, DOT wants the public's opinion on how to handle peanut allergy problems on airplanes, including alternatives like providing a peanut-free flight with advance notice. Travelers may provide comments at regulationroom.org.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Low Allergy Peanuts

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation Considers Peanut Ban, Banning Peanuts in Air, Peanut Ban on Airplanes, Improving Air Travel, Severe Peanut Allergies, Debate on Peanut Bans in Air, Air Carrier Access Act, Peanut Free Flight

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Are Toys Making Kids Fat?

7 Consumer Group Takes Aim Against Happy Meal Toys

"It's not CPSI's job to decide if/when my kid gets a cheeseburger."
- David in the comments

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer advocacy group, is telling McDonald's that the toys they feature in Happy Meals are unfairly causing kids to market to their parents for a trip to McDonald's, reports MSNBC. The group, which may file a lawsuit, says the practice of including toys in Happy Meals is deceptive. The consumer advocacy group hopes that McDonald's will agree to stop selling the toys before a lawsuit is filed. CPSI believes that even if McDonald's only advertises the healthier Happy Meal options, like those with apple dippers and low-fat milk, kids will still choose the unhealthier meals in most cases. McDonald's didn't immediately respond to CSPI's request.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Kids Market to Parents, Toys in Happy Meals, Apple Dippers, Unhealthier Meals at McDonald's, Should Toys Be Banned in Happy Meals, Lawsuit Against McDonald's Happy Meals, Healthier Happy Meal Options

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Most Expensive and Broken

8 U.S. Ranks Last on Health System Performance

Though the U.S. has the most expensive health care system, it still ranks last on health system performance compared to Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. A new Commonwealth Fund report ranks countries in five areas: access to care, quality, efficiency, equity, and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives. The report ranks the U.S. last even though the country spent $7,290 per capita on health care in 2007, compared to $3,837 spent per capita by the Netherlands, which ranks first overall. However, lead author Karen Davis, Commonwealth Fund President, believes that the Affordable Care Act may mean we've entered a new era in health care in America.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Canada, Affordable Care Act, Health Care in Australia, Health Care in Germany, Health Care in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Karen Davis, Commonwealth Fund President, Health Care Spending in US

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Better CT Scan Less Radiation

9 Software Lowers Radiation and Ups CT Scan Quality

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ said a new software program provides a better CT image and uses half the standard amount of radiation when scanning the colon. Meant to replace colonoscopies, CT scans are underutilized due to fears about radiation exposure. Studies show that CT scans are associated with an increased risk of cancer over a person’s lifetime. Eighteen patients and a “dummy colon” had CT scans with the standard or reduced radiation. No significant difference was seen between the qualities of the images. Dr. Daniel Johnson said "The fact that we can now screen patients with an increasingly lower dose can allay concerns, attract more patients to be screened and ultimately save tens of thousands of lives each year."

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

Previously: Ultrasound Better Than CTs for Female Pelvic Exams

Tags: CT Scan, Computed Tomography, Radiation Exposure, CT Scan and Radiation Exposure, Computed Tomography and Radiation Exposure, CT Scan and Cancer Risk, Computed Tomography and Cancer Risk

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Induction May Lead to Cutting

10 Inducing Labor Increases Risk of C-Section

A new study in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology looked at 7,804 pregnant women giving birth for the first time and found that 43.6 percent of them had their labor induced. Dr. Deborah Ehrenthal, author of the study, found that inducing labor for regardless of the reason were 2.6 times more likely to have a C-section, meaning 20 percent of them were linked to inducing labor. In 1990, 9.5 percent of women in the United States had their labor induced. Sixteen years later, that number jumped to 22.5 percent. Currently, 32 percent of babies born in the United States are delivered by C-section, an all-time high. Women who deliver by C-section the first time are more likely to have a C-section in subsequent deliveries, so the goal is to prevent C-sections the first time around.

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

Previously: Waterbirth: Woman to Give Birth Live on Internet

Tags: C-Section, Induced Labor, Labor Induction, Inducing Labor

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