August 13, 2010

Supersize with Statins

1 Statins with Your Fast Food, Suggest Scientists

"A cheeseburger, shake and a statin," may not be such a farfetched fast food order suggest researchers who say that statins can offset the heart attack risk associated with eating fast food, according to a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. "It makes sense to make risk-reducing supplements available just as easily as the unhealthy condiments that are provided free of charge. It would cost less than 5p per customer – not much different to a sachet of ketchup,” says lead author Dr. Darrel Francis, Nat’l. Heart and Lung Inst., Imperial College London. Francis’s comparative studies found that most of the risks from eating fast food are offset by statins but caution that further studies should be conducted to assess the risks of taking statins without medical supervision.

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

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Fast Food, Heart Attack, Imperial College London, Statins, Dr. Darrel Francis, National Heart and Lung Institute, American Journal of Cardiology

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Sons with Fond Memories of Dad

2 Childhood Memories of Dad Help with Stress

Sons with fond childhood memories of their fathers are better able to cope with stress, say researchers from California State University-Fullerton. Study findings were presented Thursday at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. "... fathers do play a unique and important role in the mental health of their children much later in life," says psychology professor Melanie Mallers, PhD. Researchers found that sons with happy childhood memories were more likely to be emotionally stable when faced with typical daily stresses. The finding wasn't as common with women. More than 900 adult men and women participated in the study.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hug a Tree for Stress Relief

Tags: Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Childhood Memories, Memories of Father, Memories of Dad, Effects of Childhood Memories, Melanie Mallers

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Allergies Increase with Drug

3 Tylenol May Double Asthma Risk

Teens taking acetaminophen, the ingredient in many pain relievers and fever reducers like Tylenol, may have an increased risk of developing asthma and some allergic conditions, say researchers reporting in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. According to the study, 13- and 14-year-olds who take acetaminophen at least once monthly are 2.5 times more likely to have asthma symptoms than kids the same age who never take the drug. And kids who take acetaminophen only once a year are 40 percent more likely to have symptoms of asthma. Teens taking the drug once a month were about twice as likely to experience some allergic conditions like eczema, watery or itchy eyes and stuffy nose. However, more research is needed to determine if acetaminophen causes the conditions.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Health News About Asthma

Tags: Tylenol, Acetaminophen, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Asthma Risk, Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers, Tylenol Causes Asthma, Tylenol Causes Allergies

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A Young Father Saves Brother

4 Brother Dies After Donating Part of Liver

A Colorado hospital has put living donor liver transplants on hold after a donor death, reports MSNBC. Ryan Arnold, 34, from South Dakota donated part of his liver to save his brother Chad's life, but he ended up dying four days after his donation. Ryan, an orthodontist, fell into a coma after suffering cardiac arrest, but the coroner hasn't yet determined a cause of death. University of Colorado Hospital has temporarily halted all their living donor liver transplants while they investigate the case. Ryan is survived by three young sons and his wife, Shannon. Chad, 38, is continuing his recovery from liver disease. Living donor liver transplants are somewhat rare in the U.S., occurring only 4,126 times since 1989. The hospital has performed 141 successful living donor liver transplants.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Stem Cell Therapies

Tags: Brother Dies Saving Brother, Liver Transplant Story, Living Liver Donor, Risks of Organ Donor, Donating Liver, Ryan Arnold, Living Donor Liver Transplants

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Where Are the Centenarians?

5 True Count of Japanese Centenarians under Scrutiny

Japan, known for having the longest life expectancy in the world, is quickly becoming known for something more sinister-centenarians gone missing. Tokyo’s oldest man, Sogen Kato, had actually been dead for 32 years and the oldest woman, Fusa Furuya, is also missing along with 100 others. On September 21, 2009, designated as Respect for the Aged Day reported 40,399 people over 100 years but that may be off the mark by a few hundred. A major factor in the lack of reporting may be that pensions keep coming until the death notice is filed with the authorities, so some relatives keep the deaths of their loved ones a secret. An increasing number of elderly are also becoming more isolated and suffering from societal ills such as criminal behavior, alcoholism and suicide.

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

Previously: New Playground for the Elderly in London

Tags: Elderly, Life Expectancy, Centenarians, Missing Persons

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Plan B’s Plan B

6 Five Day Emergency Contraception Approved

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a pill called ella, that can be taken up to 5 days after sex to prevent pregnancy. Studies showed that ella worked longer and more consistently than Plan B in preventing pregnancy. Women who took it had a 1.8 chance of becoming pregnant compared to a 2.6 percent chance after taking Plan B. Ella, manufactured by HRA Pharma based in Paris, uses progesterone to delay ovulation. Side effects of the drug are headache, nausea and abdominal pain. The FDA did not see any reports of life-threatening side effects. HRA Pharma had not requested that ella be available over-the-counter. It will be marketed in the United States by Watson Pharmaceuticals based in Morristown, NJ.

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

Previously: Copper IUD Very Good Emergency Birth Control

Tags: Emergency Contraception, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Plan B, HRA Pharma, Ella

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Obese and Pregnant

7 Obesity Appears to Increase the Risk of C-Sections

A study involving almost 125,000 women who gave birth between 2002 and 2008 suggest a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) may increase the risk of having a C-section. Fourteen percent of the women in the study had a c-section and for every unit increase in BMI, that chance increased by 4 percent. Women giving birth for the first time or who had children but no C-section had a 5 percent risk of having one with a one-unit increase in BMI, while those who had had children and a previous C-section had a 2 percent increased risk. Other factors do increase the chance of a C-section and now obesity appears to be another. Dr. Hugh Ehrenburg of The Ohio State University said, "The increase in the cesarean rate in this country is a multifaceted issue. Obesity is certainly a significant cog in that wheel."

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

Previously: US Obesity Rates Rise Again

Tags: BMI, Body Mass Index, C-Section, Obesity, Pregnancy, Cesarean Section

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