July 9, 2010

The Name Game

1 People’s Names Can Influence Career Choices

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently, finds a study that says people’s names may influence their choice of career. The study, which was recently published in Names: A Journal of Onomastics, was conducted by Professor Ernest Abel of Wayne State U., Michigan. His findings indicate that people with the surname of “Lawyer” were more likely to choose law as their profession whereas people with the surname of “Doctor” were more likely to become one. One of the studies found that this even extends to the first few letters of physicians’ surnames. To wit: Doctors whose last name is Raymond are more likely to be radiologists. Although there’s no evidence to prove it, there may well be a disproportionate number of gastroenterologists named Dr. Gaston Doctor practicing today.

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

Tags: Names, Careers, Doctors, Lawyers, Names: a Journal of Onomastics, Ernest Abel, Wayne State University

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Continuing a Downward Trend

2 US Cancer Deaths Dropping

Cancer deaths have declined over the past 20 years and the downward trend continues, finds a new report from the American Cancer Society that says that about 767,000 cancer deaths have been averted in that time period. The overall US cancer death rate in 2007 declined 1.3 percent from 2006’s rate of 180.7 per 100,000. This is attributed to a decrease in the number of people who smoke, earlier detection of cancer and better treatments. The Society predicts that there will be 1,529,560 new cancer cases in 2010 with an estimated 569,490 deaths. Other report highlights: The most fatal cancers for men are lung, prostate and colorectum cancers. For women, they are lung, breast and colorectum cancers. The report can be viewed at http://caonline.amcancersoc.org/papbyrecent.dtl.

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

Previously: 21 Million Cancer Patients Annually by 2030

Tags: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Deaths, Lung Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Smoking, American Cancer Society, Colorectal Cancer, US Cancer Deaths Decline

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Open Wide

3 A Quarter of California Kids Don’t See the Dentist

Nearly 25 percent of California’s children have never been to the dentist, says a new study that finds disparities between race, ethnicity and the type of insurance a family has. Researchers found that African American and Latino children were less likely than Asian American or white children to have visited the dentist in the past six months regardless of the type of insurance the family had. However, children with private insurance visited the dentist more often than children with public health insurance such as Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). However, "the findings suggest that having insurance isn't always enough," said Nadereh Pourat, Ph.D., UCLA. "We need to address the other barriers that keep children from getting the help they need."

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

Tags: Dentist, Health Insurance, UCLA, Nadereh Pourat, Kids and the Dentist, Dental Insurance, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program

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The Clock Is Ticking

4 Dwindling Fertility Heightens Women’s Sex Drives

"If this were men thinking about sex, it would never be correlated to trying to reproduce!"
- Hot Flash in the comments

Women have a heightened sex drive in response to their waning fertility and are more inclined to engage in a variety of sexual activities, find researchers from the University of Texas, Austin who grouped 827 participants into three categories, based on age. Women with low fertility, ages 27-45 were more likely to have thoughts about sexual activities, more frequent and intense sexual fantasies and more active sex lives than their younger counterparts, ages 18-26. "Our results suggest there is nothing special about the 30s, but that instead these behaviors manifest in all women with declining fertility. It may be more difficult to conceive past the age of 35, but our research suggests women's psychology will continue to motivate them to try until menopause," said researcher Judith Easton.

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

Previously: Health News About Sex

Tags: Menopause, Sexual Behavior, Sex Drive, Women's Sex Drive, Fertility, University of Texas, Judith Easton

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Fat Kids = Acid Reflux Issues

5 Obese Children at Higher Risk for Acid Reflux

Childhood obesity is bad in children for many reasons, now we can add an increased chance of acid reflux to the list. Researchers studied 690,000 children enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente health plan and they found that even moderately obese children and teens had a 30% greater change of contracting GERD, while extremely obese children had a 40% chance. In comparison only approximately 15 percent of the general population contract GERD. GERD can cause inflammation in the esophagus, acid indigestion and heart burn among other issues. The main concern is that the longer someone has acid reflux, the higher the probability of contracting esphogeaal cancer. While children can be treated for GERD, the medication can affect the way their bones form, leading to weak bones as they grow older.

More at Paging Dr. Gupta - CNN | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Previously: Extreme Obesity Becomes More Prevalent in Children

Tags: Cancer, Obese Children, Obesity, Children Health, GERD

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Drug Company CEOs Make Millions

6 Biggest Paychecks in Pharma Industry

Fierce Pharma has released their annual list of top 10 pharma CEO salaries. For 2009, the top salary earned by a CEO in the industry is $49.65 million for Fred Hassan of Schering-Plough. The second biggest salary of a pharma CEO is $30 million for Bill Weldon of Johnson and Johnson. Other top salaries include $26.2 million for Miles White of Abbott Laboratories, $20.9 million for John Lechleiter of Eli Lilly, and $20.24 for Daniel Vasella of Novartis. Coming in below $20 million is Jim Cornelius of Bristol-Myers Squibb with a salary of $18.2 million and Richard Clark of Merck with a salary of $16.8 million. Other big CEO salaries were earned at Pfizer and Cephalon.

More at Fierce Pharma | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Big Pharma Salaries, Largest CEO Salaries, Drug Company Salaries, Largest Pharma Paychecks 2009, Fierce Pharma, Bill Weldon of Johnson and Johnson, Fred Hassan, Daniel Vasella of Novartis, Richard Clark of Merck, Pfizer Salary, Cephalon Salary, Top 10 Pharma CEO Salaries, Abbott Laboratories, John Lechleiter of Eli Lilly

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Antisa Retired in 1965 at Age 85

7 Woman Claims to Be 130 Years Old

Antisa Khvichava of western Georgia says she was born in 1880, and family members and neighbors back up her story, reports MSNBC. However, the Gerontology Research Group, which currently recognizes 114-year-old Eugenie Blanchard as the world's oldest living person, has yet to verify Khvichava's claim. Khvichava, who retired from her work as a tea and corn picker in 1965, has one son and 10 grandchildren, as well as 12 great grandchildren and six great, great grandchildren! She speaks the local language, Mingrelian, and never attended school to learn Georgian. While Khvichava's birth certificate has been lost, two Soviet-era documents attest to her age, says Georgiy Meurnishvili, the spokesman for the civil registry at the Justice Ministry.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Healthy Aging, Oldest Person in the World, Oldest Woman in the World, Soviet Republic of Georgia, Antisa Khvichava, Mingrelian, Gerontology Research Group, Eugenie Blanchard, Civil Registry at the Justice Ministry

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32 Percent Reduced Risk

8 Fish Oil May Protect Against Breast Cancer

Fish oil supplements could protect postmenopausal women from breast cancer, say researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. For six years, the researchers followed 35,016 postmenopausal women with no history of breast cancer. Study findings revealed that women who regularly took fish oil supplements experienced an amazing 32 percent reduced risk of having the most common form of breast cancer, says ABC News. While fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to extend the lives of people with heart disease, researchers believe it's too soon to recommend fish oil solely for breast cancer prevention. According to the National Institutes of Health, high does of fish oil may increase bleeding risk.

More at ABC News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fish Oil News

Tags: Fish Oil Supplements, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Postmenopausal Women, History of Breast Cancer, Fish Oil Benefits, Breast Cancer Prevention, Fish Oil for Preventing Breast Cancer, Common Form of Breast Cancer, high does of fish oil

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HPV and the Risk of SCC

9 HPV Infection and Skin Cancer Risk Explored

A study at Dartmouth Medical School suggests that infection with Human Papillomavirus (HPV) may increase the risk of squamous cell carcinoma. HPV antibody levels in 663 people with squamous cell carcinoma, 898 people with basal cell carcinoma and 805 controls were measured. Being infected with two or three types of HPV increased the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 44 percent, four to eight types was a 51 percent greater risk and having more than eight put people at a 71 percent greater risk. There are over 100 types of HPV that infect various parts of the body in humans and is mostly associated with cervical cancer, which is linked to four strains. This study is not conclusive and researchers recommend avoiding too much sunlight, which is much easier than avoiding infection with HPV.

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

Previously: Tanning Beds Triple Cancer Risk

Tags: Skin Cancer, Human Papillomavirus, HPV, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, SCC

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