July 1, 2010

1000s of Pups Will Help Find Out

1 How Does a Dog’s Lifestyle Affect Its Health?

The Dogslife study, led by the Royal School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute, hopes to enlist Labrador Retriever puppies to aid in their research about how a dog’s life affects its health. UK pet owners whose dogs are six months or younger and registered in the Kennel Club can participate in the study which will assess, via a website, answers to questions about diet, exercise and health. Each dog will have its own webpage. Said Dylan Clements, "We hope that assessing the lifestyles and health of a large number of dogs will make it possible for us to identify factors contributing to common illnesses. Ultimately, this may enable us to provide owners with advice on managing their dogs and prevent them developing diseases in future."

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

Previously: Dogs Can Smell Prostate Cancer

Tags: Dogs, Dogslife, Dogs' Health, Exercise for Dogs, Dylan Clements, Royal School of Veterinary Study, The Roslin Institute, Labrador Retriever, Puppies, Kennel Club

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Fix Is Simpler Than CircumcIsion

2 Breastfeeding Difficult for Some Babies

"Some friends of mine had this done when their baby was a few days old. It apparently didn't hurt at all, and made a big difference."
- Mark Lyndon in the comments

Breastfeeding is acknowledged as the healthiest form of infant feeding. However, a tongue tie, in which the connective tissue under some newborns’ tongues is too tight, hinders them from breastfeeding, say U of Florida researchers. Dr. Sandra Sullivan, UF neonatologist, writes that the solution is a procedure called a frenotomy which involves a simple snip and is “far simpler than a circumcision.” But it’s rarely performed by doctors who, according to Sullivan, are taught that the procedure is not medically necessary. Studies show that 40,000 to 100,000 newborns born annually in the US have tongue ties and about half of those babies have trouble breastfeeding. Sullivan says that a lot of feeding and growth problems could be avoided if babies were screened for tongue ties at birth.

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

Previously: More Breastfeeding Would Save Lives

Tags: Babies, Breastfeeding, Circumcision, Newborns, University of Florida, Tongue Tie, Dr. Sandra Sullivan

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Sleep on It!

3 Sleeping Helps You Remember To-Do List

Psychologists say that a good night's sleep will help you remember to complete the tasks on tomorrow's to-do list! According to psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis, the old saying to "sleep on it" may hold some merit. In their study, people who slept after storing or processing a memory carried out their plans much better than those who tried to execute their plans before sleeping. The researchers found that sleeping enhances your ability to remember to complete a task in the future, which is known as prospective memory. "We think that during slow wave sleep the hippocampus is reactivating these recently learned memories, taking them up and placing them in long-term storage regions in the brain," comments Michael Scullin, doctoral candidate in psychology at the university.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Hippocampus, Washington University in St. Louis, Sleep on It, Sleeping Enhances Memory, Michael Scullin, Prospective Memory, Slow Wave Sleep

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Get It Right the First Time

4 Eight Percent of ACL Surgeries Fail

About 400,000 Americans have surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury each year, but new research from the University of Michigan Health System has found that eight percent of those operations fail, leading to second, even less successful, surgeries. The ACL is one of the four ligaments that connect the bones of the knee joint. Its function is to provide stability to the knee and minimize stress across the joint. Tears to the ACL are usually the result of overstretching. Dr. Ed Wojtys, study leader, says that the surgery fails due to techniques used during surgery and as a result of return to the sport that originally caused the injury. To reduce the chance of ligament repair failure, patients should talk with surgeons about their experience with the procedure.

More at UPI | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: UGG Knockoffs Blamed for Damaging Feet

Tags: Knee Pain, Sports Injuries, Knee, Knee Surgery, ACL, Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Orthopedics

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Healthy Earth, Sick People

5 Remember to Wash Your Green Grocery Bags

Using cloth grocery bags instead of plastic is one of the better things you can do for the environment. However, a recent study shows that the majority of consumers fail to realize that these bags must be washed regularly to prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause food-borne illness. Researchers from the University of Arizona tested the reusable grocery bags of 84 consumers and found that fifty percent contained traces of E. coli and salmonella. Study leader Professor Charles Gerba is pushing for an educational campaign among stores that sell reusable cloth bags to encourage shoppers to wash them regularly between uses in hot soapy water that contains bleach. The report also suggests that lawmakers require printed instructions on the bags to serve as a reminder.

More at University of Arizona | Hat tip to Tulsa World | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: What You Need to Know About E. Coli

Tags: E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Salmonella, Food Borne Illness, Environmental Issues

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Antibody Treatment for Swine Flu

6 Hong Kong Develops New Swine Flu Treatment

A study conducted by the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Red Cross and the Hospital Authority of the city has demonstrated that by giving swine flu patients antibodies isolated from the plasma of those who recovered from the virus may be an effective way to treat people. Thirty people who did not respond to antiviral medication received this new treatment. Ivan Hung, a medical professor at the University of Hong Kong, said “Some of them died subsequently, but we have enough evidence to conclude that the antibodies are an effective cure, as most patients have since recovered." They did not say how many patients died after receiving treatment. Eighty people have died from swine flu in Hong Kong.

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

Previously: Universal Influenza Antibodies Discovered

Tags: Antibodies Against Influenza, Swine Flu, Swine Influenza, H1N1, Antibody Treatment

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Get Tested for Prostate Cancer

7 Test for Prostate Specific Antigen Reduces Deaths

A 14 year study conducted in Sweden that involved 20,000 men between the ages of 50 and 65 at the beginning of the study found that prostate cancer deaths in men who has PSA screening were 44 percent lower compared to the men who were not screened. Of those screened, 11.4 percent were found to have cancer, while only 7.2 percent of those who were not screened were diagnosed. Men who had PSA screening were also more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier in the disease. Only 46 of the men in the group that was screened had advanced prostate cancer compared to 87 men in the group that was not screened. While this study demonstrated that testing does save lives, researchers still believe better tests need to be developed to determine how aggressive a tumor may be.

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

Previously: Dogs Can Smell Prostate Cancer

Tags: Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer Screening, Prostate Specific Antigen, PSA, PSA Testing, PSA Screening, Test for Prostate Cancer

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Excess Serotonin to Blame

8 Mystery of Parkinson’s Transplant Problems Solved

The pioneering technique of transplanting brain cells from aborted fetuses into the brains of Parkinson’s patients that was stopped because of serious problems can now be explained. Researchers discovered that the dyskinesias, or sudden movements, that occurred in these patients resulted from too many serotonin secreting cells, causing the brain to release unregulated amounts of dopamine which controls movement. Two patients who received transplanted cells 13 and 16 years ago had their brains scanned and found that some of the transplanted cells did produced dopamine, replacing the cells that died due to Parkinson's, but too many of them were producing serotonin. Because of this finding, cells that will be transplanted in the future can be modified to avoid this problem.

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

Previously: Ibuprofen Regimen Could Reduce Parkinson’s Risk

Tags: Serotonin, Parkinson’s, Fetal Tissue Transplant for Parkinson’s, Fetal Brain Cells, Side Effects of Fetal Cell Transplants for Parkinson’s

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