August 21, 2010

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1 Painting Profession and Bladder Cancer Linked

Painters are 30 percent more likely to develop bladder cancer than those in other professions, finds a comprehensive analysis of recorded data. The study, published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine is based on almost 3000 cases of bladder cancer among professional painters. Bladder cancer is the ninth most common cancer internationally with more than 330,000 cases arising annually. While smoking is the key risk factor, certain occupations, including painters, wallpaper hangers, glaziers, decorators and artists report a higher than average number of cases. And the risk increases the longer one works in the profession. "Because several million people are employed as painters worldwide, even a modest increase in the relative risk is remarkable," say the authors of the study.

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

Previously: Health News About Bladder Cancer

Tags: Bladder Cancer, Cancer Risks, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Smoking, Painters

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Not Psychosomatic

2 IBS Has Physical Cause, Report Researchers

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects about ten percent of the population, many of whom have been told that the symptoms, which include flatulence, stomach cramps, diarrhea, headaches and constipation are “all in your head.” Now, German scientists have discovered a physical cause for IBS and, with the use of special measuring methods, have shown that inflammation and nerve sensitization in the digestive tract is higher in people with irritable bowel syndrome. Following this lead, they further found that symptoms improved after treatment with an antihistamine used to reduce the allergic reactions of hay fever. Scientists are hopeful that this pioneering research will lead to effective development of treatments for this chronic disorder

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

Previously: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Helped by Hypnotherapy

Tags: Diarrhea, Headaches, IBS, Inflammation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Stomach cramps, Antihistamine, Flatulence, Constipation

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Now Half a Billion Eggs Recalled

3 Another Iowa Producer Recalls Eggs

The country’s egg industry took another hit when Hillandale Farms recalled 170 million eggs due to possible salmonella contamination - bringing the total recall to more than half a billion shell eggs. The company’s eggs, which were produced from April 10 through this past Thursday, are packaged under at least five brands including the company’s own name plus West Creek, Sunny Meadow, Sunny Farms and Wholesome Farms. They were distributed in No. Dakota, So. Dakota, Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas, Indiana, California, Arkansas, Texas, Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Consumers should check egg cartons for the plant numbers, P1860 or P1663 and the packing date code ranging from 099 to 230 for the plant number 1860 and from 137 to 240 for P1663.

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

Previously: Nationwide Egg Recall

Tags: Egg Recall, Egg Recall Expanded, Salmonella, Hillandale Farms, West Creek, Sunny Meadow, Sunny Farms, Wholesome Farms

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Twitter Holds Dieter Accountable

4 Dieter Tweets to Weight Loss Success

Instead of dieting alone or joining a weight loss group like Weight Watchers, writer Brian Stelter shared his weight loss journey online by using Twitter to post his meals and weight loss progress. Stelter wrote about his experience recently in New York Times. While Stelter started his Twitter project at the 270-pound mark, he was only comfortable enough to share his starting weight after he had lost 50 pounds. Today, the dieter is under 200 pounds. Stelter will have lost 75 pounds by September 3, and he's already looking ahead to maintaining his weight loss. In his article, Stelter wrote, "I have ordered a specially made scale that posts its results onto Twitter every week. It will confess — or brag — for me automatically."

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Twitter Triggers Love Hormone

Tags: Twitter, Tweeting Habits, Tweets About Diet, Tweets About Weight Loss, Tweeting Diet, Brain Stelter, Using Twitter for Recording Meals, Weight Loss Group, Dieting Help, Weight Watchers Alternative, Scale That Posts Weight on Twitter

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Dads Feels Love Without Milk

5 Oxytocin Equal in New Dads, Moms

Though the bonding hormone oxytocin is stimulated in new mothers by birth and lactation, a recent study reveals for the first time that fathers have equal amounts of oxytocin as mothers. Researchers think that other aspects of parenthood stimulate the release of oxytocin in fathers. The findings showed that oxytocin levels were higher in fathers who displayed more stimulatory contact and encouraged exploration, including directing infant attention to objects. Oxytocin levels were higher in mothers who provided more affectionate parenting, including gazing at the infant and affectionate touch. Dr. John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry, says that the differences may reflect culture-specific role expectations or indicate different oxytocin circuit effects in the male and female brain.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Oxytocin Nasal Spray

Tags: Oxytocin Nasal Spray, Biological Psychiatry, John Krystal, Bonding Hormone Oxytocin, Love Hormone Oxytocin, Birth and Lactation, Oxytocin Differences in Mom and Dad

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Livestrong Stay Strong?

6 Armstrong Doping Case Could Affect His Charity

Lance Armstrong, whose Livestrong foundation provided $31 million last year for cancer patients, is part of a federal investigation on doping activities, which may threaten his role as a philanthropist. Armstrong, who survived metastasized testicular cancer, won a record number of Tour de France titles. Now, the hero to many, along with his former team, is facing an unpleasant investigation. While Armstrong has never officially tested positive for illegal substances, many have long suspected his use of performance-enhancers. However, the chief executive of the American Cancer Society, Dr. John R. Seffrin, told New York Times that any of Armstrong's transgressions as an athlete "pale in comparison with the good he has done."

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: World's Most Deadly Disease

Tags: Livestrong Foundation, Lance Armstrong, Doping Investigation, Armstrong Doping Case, John R. Seffrin, Tour De France Titles, Metastasized Testicular Cancer

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Long-Term Better Than Acute

7 Exercise Reduces Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

A new study in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society, has found that those who suffer from chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) may fell an increase in pain with acute exercise, but over the long-term, exercise has the opposite outcome and reduces pain. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin tested levels of experimental pain sensitivity in Gulf War veterans that suffered from CMP similar to fibromyalgia and compared the results with healthy soldiers. Although the vets reported greater, more intense leg pain during initial exercise sessions, regular exercise over the long-term appeared to reduce the pain threshold. In addition, regular exercise is critical for reducing the risk of long-term disability and mood disorders.

More at Medical News Net | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Women Experience Chronic Pain More Than Men

Tags: Chronic Pain, Exercise, Fibromyalgia, Pain, Exercise Program, Journal of Pain

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Clear Face Irritated Gut

8 Antibiotics for Acne Linked to Bowel Disease

Long term use of antibiotics to treat acne may double the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Previous studies suggested Accutane was linked to IBD, but researchers who conducted this study pointed out that many people are on antibiotics for months before taking it. Medical records of 94,487 British teens and young adults diagnosed with acne between 1998 and 2006 were examined. Of the 207 cases of IBD diagnosed among this cohort, 152 were using doxycycline, minocylcine or tetracycline. Patients taking doxycycline were at a greater risk of developing IBD. The subgroup of IBD most closely linked to antibiotic use was Crohn’s disease. Researchers did point out that developing IBD due to this type of acne treatment is rare and severe acne may be biologically related to IBD.

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

Previously: Acne, Stretch Marks Linked to Skin Lightener Abuse

Tags: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acne, Antibiotics for Acne, IBD, Tetracycline, Minocycline, Doxycycline

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