August 18, 2010

Drinking Is Good for Thinking

1 Wine Consumption May Help Cognitive Function

A long-term Norwegian study of more than 5000 men and women finds that moderate wine consumption is linked to higher cognitive function. Participants were followed for seven years and were given various cognitive function tests. Researchers found that women who drank wine at least four or more times over a two week period, as compared with those who drank less than one time, were at a lower risk of returning a bad score. Plus, women who didn’t consume any alcohol at all returned the lowest scores. This is the most recent of 68 studies done over the past 30 years that show a link between moderate alcohol consumption and better cognitive function, including a reduced risk of dementia. Researchers believe the antioxidants in wine might play a role in reducing cognitive decline.

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

Previously: Vitamin D Linked to Improved Cognitive Function

Tags: Cognitive Function, Alcohol Consumption, Moderate Alcohol Consumption

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Salmonella Suspected

2 Nationwide Egg Recall

228 million eggs have been recalled nationwide due to salmonella contamination. The eggs, produced by Wright County Egg, Iowa, are marketed under the brand names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. They are packaged in various size cartons including six, 12 and 18 eggs and have Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946 stamped on the bottom, e.g., P-1413 137. The eggs were packed between May 16 and August 13 and, thus far, illnesses due to contaminated eggs have been reported in Colorado, California and Minnesota. The FDA has launched an investigation. Consumers are being told not to eat the eggs and to return them to the store of purchase.

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

Tags: Eggs, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Salmonella, Wright County Egg, Egg Recall, Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farm, Kemps

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You Are What You Eat

3 Mediterranean Diet, Skin Cancer Prevention Linked

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can help protect skin from cancer, finds Dr Niva Shapira, Tel Aviv U, whose research promotes a Mediterranean diet of olive oil, fish, yogurt, fruits and vegetables and a moderate amount of red wine. These foods provide nutrients that accumulate in the skin and serve as the first line of defense against the sun’s damaging rays. For the study, Shapira asked one group of volunteers to hydrate with an antioxidant drink while another group drank sodas. After two weeks that included several hours of sun exposure, the former had fifty percent fewer oxidation products in their blood. While protective clothing and SPF lotions shouldn’t be ignored, Shapira’s research is now included in the Israeli Cancer Assn’s Smart in the Sun advisories.

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

Tags: Antioxidants, Mediterranean Diet, Mediterranean Style Diet, Melanoma, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Skin Cancer, SPF Recommendation, Dr. Niva Shapira, Tel Aviv University, Israel Cancer Association

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Hundreds Sickened

4 Egg Recall Expanded

As of this writing, a recall of shell eggs has been expanded to 380 million nationwide after an outbreak of salmonella that sickened hundreds of people. The outbreak began in May when doctors in several states began seeing an increase in the number of cases of salmonella. By July, a database that tracks the disease found an increase from an average of 50 to about 200 cases per week. Public health officials traced the source to Wright County Egg in Iowa, a company that has had problems with regulators in the past. About one in 30 cases of salmonella are reported and authorities believe that thousands of people may have been affected. Salmonella causes stomach pains, diarrhea and vomiting and can be fatal. To date, no salmonella deaths have been reported.

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

Previously: Nationwide Egg Recall

Tags: Diarrhea, Egg Recall, Public Health, Salmonella, Vomiting, Wright County Egg, Egg Recall Expanded

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Why You're Acting Girly

5 Women Walk, Talk Differently While Ovulating

Women exhibit several behavioral changes during ovulation, including being more feminine in the way they talk, walk, dress and flirt, claim researchers. MSNBC reports on new findings that suggest hormonal changes affect the behavior of women in more ways than one might have imagined. The research also suggests that starting or stopping birth control pills could also affect a woman's choice in men! Researchers think that their findings may help women with online dating efforts, or help marketers target clothes and jewelry for women. Previous studies from the 1990s also suggested that during ovulation women are more attracted to masculine men with symmetrical faces and deeper voices, and they're more likely to cheat on spouses, especially if they're unhappy with current partners.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Ovulating Women Dress to Impress

Tags: Behavioral Changes During Ovulation, Hormonal Changes, Masculine Men, Women Dress Differently During Ovulation, Women Act Differently During Ovulation

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A First in Orifice Surgeries

6 Woman Has Stomach Removed Through Mouth

Connie Harris, who had been dieting for 50 years, is the first woman to have most of her stomach removed through her mouth in a procedure called sleeve gastrectomy, reports MSNBC. Harris had 80 percent of her stomach removed in the natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). The NOTES surgery was used to reduce scarring, recovery time, infection risk and pain. Harris told MSNBC that she was expecting to have a sore throat after the surgery, but instead her throat just felt dry. The weight-loss operation was performed by the director of minimally invasive surgery at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, Dr. Santiago Horgan.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Weight Loss Surgery, Natural Orifice, Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Connie Harris, Stomach Removal, NOTES Surgery, Santiago Horgan, Minimally Invasive Surgery

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They Already Know About Sex

7 Early Sex and Media Exposure Not Linked in Teens

Early teen sex and media exposure aren't linked after all, claims Temple University psychologist and lead study researcher Laurence Steinberg. A 2006 study showed that kids between 12 and 14 who were exposed to lots of sexualized media like TV, music and movies were more likely to have sex by age 16. However, Steinberg says that his new study, which reevaluated data from the 2006 study, reveals that the study didn't fully account for the fact that adolescents interested in sex will decide to consume more sexual media. It's not the sexualized movies or magazines making adolescents have sex, but it's their existing interest in sex that leads them to the media, suggests Steinburg. Study findings are published online in Developmental Psychology.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Teen Pregnancy

Tags: Temple University, Temple Psychologist, Early Teen Sex, Reasons for Early Adolescent Sex, Sex Before 16, Teen Sex and Media Exposure, Laurence Steinberg

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Makes Him a New Man

8 First Time Dads Experience Hormone Changes Too

Research from India has found that fluctuating hormones affect first-time fathers too. Ruth Feldman, professor at Bar-Ilan University, studied levels of prolactin and oxytocin in new dads. She found that the father’s daily encounters with his baby increased both hormones, having a powerful role in helping men bond with their newly born children. Prolactin is best known for promoting milk production in mothers; in men, it may trigger a relaxation response. Oxytocin, also called the “hormone of love”, aids the bonding process, reduces anxiety, and brings about feelings of contentment. There was also a strong correlation between hormone levels and father’s expertise at interacting with his baby. The study is published in the journal Hormones and Behavior.

More at UK Daily Mail | Hat tip to NY Daily News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Talking on Phone to Mom Releases Oxytocin

Tags: Fathers, Hormones, Men's Health, Oxytocin, Prolactin

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Pregnant Women Should Get Milk

9 Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Preeclampsia

A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has found that women who develop a severe pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia tend to have lower blood levels of vitamin D than healthy pregnant women. Preeclampsia, or pregnancy-related severe high blood pressure, happens in about 2 to 3 percent of pregnancies and contributes to about 15 percent of the preterm births in the United States. Many experts say that a blood level of at least 42 nanograms per milliliter of vitamin D is needed for overall health. The women in the study who suffered from preeclampsia had an average of 18 ng/mL. Currently the daily recommended intake for pregnant women is 200 to 400 IU of vitamin D daily. Most prenatal vitamins contain 400 IU.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Milk Is Main Source of Vitamin D

Tags: Preeclampsia, Pregnancy, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency

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No Difference in Kidney Function

10 OK to Donate Kidneys from Cardiac Victims

A study in Cambridge has shown that the quality kidneys from those who die from cardiac disease are just as good as kidneys from brain-dead victims, removing previous concerns that they were inferior and increasing the donor pool. The study looked at the how kidneys received from either brain-dead or cardiac-dead donors were accepted in first-time recipients and kidney function one to five years after transplant. With 80,000 people in the United States and 7,000 in Great Britain waiting for kidneys this study potentially provides another source from which to obtain a kidney. The lead researcher, Andrew Bradley, hopes that this study will result in the expansion of using organs from cardiac-dead victims all over the world. The study has been published in the Lancet journal.

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

Previously: Heart Transplant Outcomes

Tags: Kidney Transplants, Kidney Donors, Cardiac-Dead Donors, Heart-Dead Donors, Brain-Dead Donors, Donor Pool

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