August 10, 2010

Keep Your Heart Warm

1 More Heart Attacks Occur in Cooler Weather

As temperatures cool, the number of heart attacks rise, claim researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). "Older people between the ages of 75 and 84 and those with previous coronary heart disease seemed to be more vulnerable to the effects of temperature reductions," says lead researcher Krishnan Bhaskaran. He adds that those who take aspirin long term were less vulnerable to heart attacks in cooler weather. The study results, published in the British Medical Journal, also suggest that even in summer, heart attack risk is increased by temperature reductions. Researchers concluded that short term increase in heart attack risk is linked with lower ambient temperature, mainly in the two weeks after exposure.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: British Medical Journal, Heart Attack Risk, Cool Weather Dangers, Factors in Heart Attack, Lowering Heart Attack Risk, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, LSHTM, Krishnan Bhaskaran, Lower Ambient Temperature, Effects of Temperature Reductions

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Young Regret Ear Gauging

2 Surgery Reverses Stretched Ear Lobes

Ear gauging, the practice of stretching your ear lobes until you have an inch-wide opening, may lead to regret in later years. However, there's a plastic surgery fix for the unwanted holes, says MSNBC. Ear gauging is most popular among men, but when they get older the ear plugs and holes may start to seem like a bad fad. To fix the holes, surgeons can reconstruct the whole earlobe by slicing the earlobe, creating two pieces. Excess skin is trimmed away, and pieces are sewn back together, leaving a scar that reaches to the edge of the lobe. While some patients pierce their ears to distract from the scar, future ear gauging is out of the question. That would tear the earlobe apart. MSNBC reports that the surgery costs around $1,500 to $3,000.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Plastic Surgery News

Tags: Ear Gauging, Plastic Surgery for Earlobes, Fixing Earlobes, Holes in Earlobes, Ear Plug Holes, Regretting Ear Gauging, Healing Ear Gauging

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Seasoned Cat Rescued from Trunk

3 Marinating Cat Saved by Traffic Stop

Police in Buffalo, New York charged 51-year-old Gary Korkuc of Cheektowaga with animal cruelty after they found a cat marinating in oil and seasonings inside the man's car trunk, reports Yahoo News. The cat's mews saved him during a traffic stop on Sunday night. Police stopped the man for running a stop sign, and then discovered 4-year-old Navarro caged and covered with crushed red peppers, chili peppers and oil. Korkuc told police the cat was ill-tempered, and he also said he was planning on cooking the feline. The confused man told police that his neutered male cat was pregnant. Navarro is now clean and up for adoption in Erie County.

More at Yahoo! News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Gary Korkuc, Navarro, Cat Marinating, Animal Cruelty, Rescued Cat, Cat for Adoption, Weird Animal Stories, Animal Rescue, Cheektowaga, Crushed Red Peppers, Chili Peppers

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Quicker Diagnosis and Treatment

4 Brain Scan Accurately Predicts Autism in Adults

A study conducted at King's College in London shows that a brain scan that takes 15 minutes was 90 percent accurate at predicting autism in adult, and researcher hope it works in children. Traditional tests can take four to eight hours and at about $157.50, a brain scan is twenty times cheaper. It works by analyzing areas of the brain associated with language and social behavior. Twenty healthy adults and 20 diagnosed with autism spectral disorder had their brains scanned. A more objective test will allow for a better and quicker diagnosis so patients can begin cognitive behavioral therapy and educational treatment, which is beneficial in children. Murphy, lead researcher, believes one day specialists will use scans along with interviews to monitor their patients’ progress.

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

Previously: Lancet Retracts Autism Study

Tags: Autism, Autism Diagnosis, Brain Scan, Autism Spectral Disorder

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Living Large. . .Not so Fast

5 Large Waistline a Killer Even If Weight Normal

A study linked a large waist line to an increased risk of dying in men and women. Over 100,000 men and women 50 years and older were followed over nine years, with 9,315 men and 5,332 women dying during the study. Men and women with waistlines 110cm and 95cm or greater, respectively, had a greater risk of death regardless of weight. The risk of death doubled in women and men with waistlines of 110cm and 120 cm, respectively. Most common cause of death was respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer in that order. Dr David Haslam, chair of the National Obesity Forum, said “This underlines the message that fat inside the belly is dangerous…Even if you have a normal BMI and a big tummy then you are just as much at risk as someone who is classified as obese with a large tummy."

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Fructose Sugar Makes Maturing Fat Cells Fatter

Tags: BMI, Body Mass Index, Waistline, Belly Fat, Premature Death

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