August 4, 2010

Jack Russell Terror?

1 Dog Chews off Man's Toe, Saves Life

A Michigan man's Jack Russell terrier performed a special "operation," potentially saving his owner's life. The terrier, Kiko, chewed off Jerry Douthett's big toe while he slept. The man's wife, a registered nurse who suspected diabetes, had asked him see the doctor, but he got drunk instead. He slept while the dog performed his duties. Douthett was rushed to the hospital upon waking to a bloody stump where his big toe used to be. Doctors discovered that the man had a serious bone infection caused by Type 2 diabetes. Apparently Kiko was just trying to amputate for the doctors. They finished the job that Kiko started for them.

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

Tags: Type 2 Diabetes, Dog Story, Dog Hero, Diabetes Complications, Jerry Douthett, Jack Russell Terrier, Dog Saves Life, Kiko

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Outwit, Outsmart, Outplay

2 Ovulating Women Buy Sexier Clothes

Ovulating women unconsciously dress to impress, buying sexier clothes during peak fertility. However, the study, conducted at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, finds that women choose the more desirable clothing during ovulation not to attract men, but to outdo attractive, rival women. Kristina Durante, post-doctoral fellow, says, “If you look more desirable than your competition, you are more likely to stand out.” She theorizes that consumer behavior is influenced by hormonal factors, and that marketers can use the information to their advantage. For about 5 to 6 days every month, women may be especially likely to purchase products and services that enhance physical appearance, such as clothing, accessories, health supplements, and fitness products.

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

Previously: High Heels May Be Detrimental to Women's Knees and Joints

Tags: Fertility, Hormones, Supplements, Women, Ovulation, Appearance, Fitness Products

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Iron and Breast Cancer

3 Protein Affects Breast Cancer Growth and Outcome

A protein called ferroportin that removes iron from cells is found at a lower rate in breast tumors compared to normal tissue and the lower it is, the more aggressive the tumor is, according to a study in mice. Iron is used by cancer cells to grow and possibly to become more aggressive. When ferroportin was placed back into the breast tumors, the tumor’s growth slowed down. Data on over 800 women with breast cancer showed that high level of ferroportin was associated with a 90 percent chance of becoming a long term cancer survivor and lower levels of the protein meant a poor outcome was more likely. It may also become a way to treat breast cancer. It is not recommended that patients change the levels of iron in their diet based on this study.

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

Previously: Fish Oil May Protect Against Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Ferroprotin, Iron Metabolism and Cancer, Iron

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95 Ways to Affect Cholesterol

4 Many Genes Are Linked to Cholesterol Levels

Analysis of human genomic DNA showed that 95 genes affect the levels of cholesterol, demonstrating the complexity of cholesterol regulation but also providing some answers that could help prevent heart disease. Variations in these genes make up 25 to 33 percent of the variation in the cholesterol and triglyceride levels that people inherit. Diet and exercise also play a role in cholesterol levels and statin drugs are used to control cholesterol levels. Twenty percent of people have a variation in a gene called SORT1, which predisposes them to lower levels of LDL and as a result, they have a 40 percent reduced risk of a heart attack. Researchers hope this variation allows them to develop a drug that will lower LDL levels.

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

Previously: Cholesterol Levels in 20s, 30s Important

Tags: Cholesterol, Cholesterol Levels, HDL, High Density Lipoprotein, LDL, Low Density Lipoprotein, Genetics and Cholesterol

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