July 20, 2010

Side Effects Not a Problem

1 Ecstasy for Treating PTSD

Ecstasy (methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA) may hold promise for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), claim researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina. In a new study, patients with chronic PTSD responded to a combination of MDMA and psychotherapy, reports CBS News. Patients receiving MDMA and psychotherapy had an 83 percent response rate, compared with only a 23 percent response in the placebo group receiving only psychotherapy. While the group receiving MDMA experienced raised blood pressure and some other symptoms, there were no serious adverse events related to the drug, such as adverse neurocognitive effects or clinically significant temperature or blood pressure increases. The study was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

More at CBS News | Hat tip to The Inquisitr | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Ecstasy for Ptsd, Ecstasy Trials, Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, MDMA, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatments, Chronic Ptsd, Journal of Psychopharmacology, Medical University of South Carolina, Psychotherapy for Ptsd

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Moms, Drink Your Probiotics

2 Probiotics in Milk Guard Against Baby Eczema

When mothers drink milk with probiotic bacteria, their babies may not get eczema, report researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In the double-blind study, incidence of eczema in kids up to 2 years old was reduced by 40 percent when mothers drank milk with probiotic bacteria during and after pregnancy. Kids in the ‘probiotics group’ of the study who did have eczema had less severe cases. However, probiotic milk consumed by mom didn't prevent asthma or allergies in kids. “Our study is the first to show that certain probiotic bacteria given to the mother during pregnancy and breast-feeding prevents eczema,” says Christian Kvikne Dotterud, a student in the Medical Student Research Programme at NTNU.

More at NTNU | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Probiotics for Baby, Probiotics for Baby Skin, Probiotics for Mothers During Pregnancy, Probiotic Bacteria, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, Childhood Eczema Treatments

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Are Those Really Local Fries?

3 McDonald's Tries a Local Food Approach

Amid the growing movement to eat locally grown food, the popular fast-food chain McDonald's is trying to cash in by claiming they're buying local food too, reports the online environmental magazine Grist. The images on the new McDonald's billboards are a potato and fries with copy describing where the fries are served, and where the potatoes are grown. Grist, calling the new campaign "localwashing," points out the amusing disclaimer in small type on the McDonald's billboard: "Participation and duration may vary." A commenter (sotwlo) on Grist's post asked a question highlighting the fact that even if the potatoes are grown nearby, they're still processed somewhere: "What journey have these FROZEN potatoes gone on?"

More at Grist | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Carbs May Boost Women's Heart Disease Risk

Tags: Local Fries, Localwashing, Mcdonalds New Billboards, Mcdonalds Serving Local Fries, Mcdonalds Using Local Food, False Advertising, Fast Food Ads

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Same Calories, More Body Fat

4 Meat Eaters Gain More Weight

A secret to slimming down may be as simple as eating less meat. Researchers from Imperial College London discovered that people who consumed more meat gained more pounds over five years than people who consumed less meat, yet the same amount of calories. Writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers said that their study findings suggest that decreasing meat consumption can improve weight management. Study participants from 10 European countries consisted of more than 100,000 men and 270,000 women. MSNBC reports that the biggest meat eaters in the study were Danes, Germans, Spaniards and Swedes with males consuming about 300 calories in meat daily and women eating 200 calories. Greeks ate the least amount of meat: about 140 calories daily for women and 200 for men.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Weight-Loss Surgery Reduces Pregnancy Disorders

Tags: Eating Less Meat, Secret to Losing Weight, Easy Way to Drop Pounds, Vegetarians Skinnier, Imperial College London, Decreasing Meat Consumption, Improve Weight Management

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Scrotal Tongue Is Wrinkly!

5 Geographic Tongue Is Benign

About 2 percent of people in the world have an unusual tongue problem: benign migratory glossitis or geographic tongue. People with geographic tongue notice unusual and changing tongue patterns that may resemble continents, says MSNBC, The Body Odd. A recent New England Journal of Medicine case study revealed that the "lesions" are formed by atrophying protuberances on the tongue that contain taste buds, also known as filiform papillae. Other tongue disorders discussed in The Body Odd recently include scrotal tongue, which causes deep, wrinkly looking fissures on the tongue. Another tongue disorder is black, hairy tongue caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth!

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Human Tongue Can Taste

Tags: Tongue Disorders, Weird Shapes on Tongue, Geographic Tongue, Benign Migratory Glossitis, Filiform Papillae, Black Hairy Tongue, Scrotal Tongue

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Binge Drinking Increased

6 More Americans Drinking Alcohol

More adult Americans appear to be consuming alcohol, but the average number of drinks enjoyed remained steady, reports CNN on recent research. A new study found that between 1992 and 2002, the percentage of people, both males and females, who drank alcohol increased. Researchers learned that white people are more likely than Hispanics or blacks to get drunk. While the study found that people aren't drinking heavily as frequently as they used to, there was still an increase in binge drinking, which is defined as having five or more drinks in one day. Experts speculate that the number of binge drinkers could be even higher now due to financial woes. The study was published in the online edition of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Alcohol Clinical and Experimental Research, Binge Drinking, Binge Drinking on Rise, Financial Woes and Drinking, Drinking Habits of Adults

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What's Doc Really Saying?

7 Reading Doctor Notes About Your Visit

A new study called OpenNotes aims to find out whether patients would do better if they had access to the notes that doctors write about them before and after each visit, reports MSNBC. Some patients aren't aware that such notes are part of their medical charts. Three large health centers will be part of the OpenNotes project, which will involve 115 doctors and 25,000 patients. During the study, patients will receive an e-mail after doctor visits informing them that the notes are ready to be viewed electronically through a secure portal. Researchers intend to discover whether patients read the notes, how they use them, and if they find errors. They will also try to learn whether doctors censor themselves or create notes that are more patient friendly.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Rudeness May Impact Work Performance

Tags: OpenNotes, What Doctors Think, What Doctors Write, Access to Medical Charts, Learn What Doctors Say About You, Secure Portal, Patient Study on Doctor Notes

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Build Bone, Reduce Cancer

8 Osteoporosis Drugs May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Three recent studies indicate that postmenopausal women who take oral bisphosphonates for osteoporosis have a reduced risk for breast cancer. Two of the studies were published online in the June 21 issue of Journal of Clinical Oncology and the third was published in the British Journal of Cancer. All three studies indicate that bisphosphonate use reduces the relative risk for breast cancer by approximately 30 percent. The drug also appears to inhibit growth of preclinical tumors and those that develop cancer are more likely to have a less aggressive form. The most common bisphosphonate used in the studies was alendronate, marketed under the brand name Fosamax. Because the studies are retrospective, it is premature to recommend the use of bisphosphonates to prevent breast cancer.

More at Medscape | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Two Good Choices to Prevent Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Risk, Osteoporosis, Alendronate

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Cause and Effect Not Confirmed

9 PFC Exposure Linked to Attention Deficit Disorder

A study led by a team of researchers from Boston University School of Public Health suggests that exposure to polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs) is linked to an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Blood samples taken from 571 children found that those with the neurological disorder had higher levels of detectable PFC. It is not known if there is a cause-and-effect relationship. Per lead author Kate Hoffman, the children may also have engaged in behavior that led to increased exposure. PFCs are compounds that are used in industrial and commercial products such as stain-resistance coatings, food packaging, and fire-fighting foam. Previous animal studies have suggested that exposure to the chemical can have neurotoxic effects.

More at PhysOrg.com | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: ADHD Tied with Pesticide Exposure

Tags: Attention Deficit Disorder, Children, Polyfluoroalkyl Chemicals (PFCs), ADHD

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