August 16, 2010

May Be Coming to a Town Near You

1 Bedbugs Are Taking over New York City

A Daily News-Marist poll finds that one in 10 New Yorkers has had bedbugs in their home. That’s double the number estimated by the city for last year. While the creepy crawlers are generally equal opportunity suckers, the poll indicates that twice as many people making under $50,000 reported a problem and 12 percent of Democrats vs two percent of Republicans were plagued by them. Ten percent of respondents reported bedbugs at their offices in the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island although Manhattan respondents reported the lowest incidence in the workplace. Bedbugs, which were all but eradicated by DDT in the 1940s, can go months without feeding and are apparently pesticide-resistant. They’re spread by being carried into homes on clothing, luggage and used furniture.

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

Previously: African Worm Grows in Human Eyeball

Tags: New York City, Bedbugs, Parasites, Blood Suckers, DDT

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Rural Dwellers Less Sentimental

2 Urbanites More Likely to Think of Pets As Kids

City dwellers are more likely to think of their pets as children, finds a study from Indiana U, South Bend. "To think of pets as just another animal is not uncommon in rural areas," said researcher David Blouin, "which makes sense given the utilitarian relationships people in rural areas are more likely to have with a range of different animals -- from farm to wild animals." But, having kids changes this, says the study which finds that frequency of interaction between owners and pets, as well as how often pets were taken to the vet, were tied to whether pets were viewed as children, companions, or just another animal. Many pet owners confided that their pets’ health and well-being were major concerns and that they spent significant amounts of money to ensure their health.

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

Tags: Cats, Dogs, Pet Health, Pets, Pet Owners, Veterinarians, Indiana University, David Blouin

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An Emotion That Comes in Waves

3 Homesickness Defined

Homesickness isn't really an illness, and it's not necessarily about a physical home, says CNN, reporting on a new paper on the subject. As many college freshmen leave home, Chris Thurber and Edward Walton co-authored a homesickness paper published in Pediatrics. The authors define homesickness as "distress and functional impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home and attachment objects such as parents." Those with homesickness aren't just missing a house, but they're missing a normal routine and sense of social space, which are things that help us survive, reports CNN. Homesickness is a spontaneous emotion, experienced by children and adults, says Thurber. Only 9 percent of children in the study had homesickness with strong feelings of depression or anxiety.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Pediatrics, Homesickness, Definition of Homesickness, Sad Emotions, College Freshmen, Sadness on Leaving Home, When We Miss Home, Tips for Homesickness, Summer Camp, Chris Thurber, Edward Walton

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It's Getting Easier to Breathe

4 Gulf Coast Oil Spill Health Risks Reduced

University of California San Francisco researchers say that the health risks posed to volunteers, fishermen, clean-up workers and members of coastal communities in the Gulf may be reduced since the flow of oil has stopped. Coastal air quality is now improving in the area, making it safer for workers and those who live in areas affected by the oil spill. Commentary from the researchers was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They say that people in affected areas should follow some safety measures, including not eating fish that smells oily or strange and avoiding skin contact with tar or oil on beaches or in marshes. If feeling ill from a strong odor of oil, researchers advise going inside and setting the air conditioner to recirculate air.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Tarballs No Reason for ER Visit

Tags: Health Risks from Oil Spill, Journal of the American Medical Association, Gulf Coast Air Quality, Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Volunteers, Fishermen, Clean-Up Workers, Fish That Smells Oily

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Who's Filling Prescriptions?

5 Most Medicated State Is West Virginia

According to an article at Forbes, West Virginia is the most medicated state in the U.S. The state has 18.4 retail prescriptions filled per capita. In West Virgina, 68 percent of adults are overweight or obese. The national average is 60.8 percent. The second most medicated state is Tennessee with 16.9 retail prescriptions filled per capita. In Tennessee, 65.9 percent of adults are overweight or obese. Alabama came in third on the list with 16.7 retail prescriptions filled per capita, and an overweight or obese population of 65.9 percent. Data for the list of top most medicated states came from retail pharmacies, and was compiled by SDI, a health care information company.

More at Forbes | Hat tip to MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Most Medicated State, West Virginia Most Medicated State, Tennessee Prescriptions Filled, Alabama Prescription Drug Use, Which States Fill Most Prescriptions, Retail Prescriptions, Retail Prescriptions Filled Per Capita, Obesity and Drugs, Top Most Medicated States

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Don't Give Yourself Psoriasis

6 Drinking Beer May Result in Psoriasis for Women

Women who drink beer could be at increased risk for psoriasis, reports MSNBC. New research involving participants in the Nurses' Health Study II revealed that women who had five or more non-light beers a week had a psoriasis risk 1.8 times higher than that of females who didn't drink beer. Researchers found no link between risk of developing psoriasis and light beer, liquor, red wine or white wine. When analyzing confirmed psoriasis cases, researchers learned that the psoriasis risk for women who drink beer was 2.3 times higher. Writing in the journal Archives of Dermatology, researchers suggest that women at high risk of developing psoriasis consider avoiding drinking a large volume of non-light beer.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Beer Calorie Counter

Tags: Psoriasis, Psoriasis Risk, Psoriasis and Beer Linked, Beer May Cause Psoriasis, Why Women Should Drink Light Beer, Red Wine Good Beer Alternative

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Cancer Costs More Than AIDS

7 Cancer Is World's Most Costly Disease

The American Cancer Society says that cancer is the costliest disease in the world. They also believe that cancer is likely the leading cause of death, reports CBS News. The American Cancer Society will present the new report on the costs of cancer this week at a global cancer conference held in China. The report, which is the group's first major effort to examine the economic toll of cancer in terms of global productivity, was completed with the help of Livestrong, the foundation created by cancer survivor and cyclist Lance Armstrong. According to the report, cancer costs more in terms of productivity and deaths than AIDS, the flu, malaria and some diseases spread by contact with people. According to the report, the economic toll of cancer in 2008 was $895 billion.

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

Tags: AIDS, American Cancer Society, World's Most Costly Disease, The Flu, Malaria, Costliest Disease in the World

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Younger Siblings May Work Harder

8 Firstborns Smarter, but Younger Have Higher GPAs

Firstborns may be smarter, but younger siblings have higher grade point averages, says a researcher from Adelphi University. The research was presented at the American Psychological Association. Research author and doctoral candidate Tiffany Frank studied 90 pairs of siblings from a diverse group attending a suburban New York High school. She found that both the firstborns and their younger siblings believed themselves to be the more naturally gifted teenager! However, aptitude test scores and GPAs sorted out the truth: Firstborns had more intelligence, while younger siblings worked harder to get better grades. Frank and her fellow colleagues think that perhaps younger siblings feel a greater urge to compete for parental attention, possibly motivating them to make better grades.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Psychological Association, Firstborns Smarter, Younger Siblings Compete, Competition among Siblings, Middle Kids Make Better Grades, Younger Sisters Make Better Grades, Oldest Kids Smarter, Doctoral Candidate Tiffany Frank, Birth Order Affects Intelligence, Adelphi University

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Are Key

9 Eating Fish May Protect Against Depression in Boys

In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, consuming higher levels of certain fatty acids in fish has been associated with the protection against adolescent depression in boys. Researchers assessed the dietary intake of over 6,000 boys and girls aged 12 to 15 years. About 20 to 30 percent exhibited depressive symptoms. A significant association was found between both fish and the omega-3 fatty acid (eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA) and a lower prevalence of depressive symptoms in boys. A lesser association was found with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) intake. There did not appear to be the same association with adolescent girls. “Dietary modification to increase the intake of fish, EPA, and DHA may be an important strategy for the prevention of depression,” the authors write.

More at Modern Medicine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: ExercIse Is the Magic Drug for Anxiety and Depression

Tags: Adolescents, Depression, EPA, Fish, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Teens, Teen Health, DHA

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Take a Chill Pill

10 Inability to Control Anger Affects Heart Health

Having a Type A personality or being unable to control anger is linked to heart health and the increased risk for having a stroke, according to a new study published in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers from the National Institute on Aging studied over 5,000 residents of Sardinia in Italy who reported behavior via questionnaire. Ultrasound imaging was used to measure carotid artery and arterial wall thickness at five points. The participants were also screened for other major cardiovascular disease risk factors such as smoking, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Those who were considered the least agreeable and most antagonistic had a 40 percent increased risk for arterial wall thickening, a key risk factor for heart attack or stroke.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Carbs Boost a Woman's Heart Disease Risk

Tags: Aggression, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Disease Risk, Stroke, Anger, Type a Personality

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