August 29, 2010

Money for Peanut Corp. Victims

1 12 Million Settlement on Bad Peanuts

People sickened by bad peanuts and families of those killed may have resolution as a federal judge recommends a $12 million settlement from Virginia-based Peanut Corp. of America. The settlement amount has to be approved by a bankruptcy judge, reports MSNBC. The peanut company's insurer may end up paying more than 120 claims from people affected by the salmonella outbreak, which killed nine people and sickened 45 children. In all, around 700 people became ill from the bad peanuts. Peanut Corp. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to dissolve, but their insurer, Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., will distribute payments based on the extent of illness experienced. Settlements are also being paid by Kellogg Co.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Peanut Corp. of America, Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., Peanut Recall Victims, Deaths from Peanut Recall, Lawsuits from Peanut Recall, Bad Peanuts, Salmonella Outbreak from Peanuts, Contaminated Peanut Paste

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Glutamate Accumulation the Cause

2 Gene That Clears Glutamate Linked to Migraines

A study that looked at the genetics of over 50,000 people, some who experienced severe migraines and healthy controls, found a mutation in a gene that results in the accumulation of glutamate in the spaces between neurons may be the culprit in common types of migraines. The gene, EAA2, lies on Chromosome 8 and removes glutamate from the brain synapses and has been associated with diseases such as epilepsy, schizophrenia and various moods and anxiety disorders. It is thought that inflammatory chemicals released near nerves and blood vessels are what cause the pain of migraines, which often manifest as nausea and hypersensitivity to light. Researchers want to see if there are more genetic factors and if people who suffer from less severe migraines are genetically predisposed in some way.

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

Previously: Those with Chronic Migraines Are Poor & Depressed

Tags: EAA2 Gene, Migraines, Glutamate, Glutamate Release

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Improves Function of Heart

3 Bone Marrow Stem Cells Treat Heart Failure

"This treatment should be available for those with COPD as well. Many more COPD patients die from heart failure than from the COPD. "
- Jeannine Richardson in the comments

A study in Germany showed that chronic heart failure patients injected with of their own bone marrow stem cells lived longer and had improved heart function. One hundred and ninety one patients were given the treatment and 200 were not. The benefits were observed after three months of injections and lasted for 5 years. Over the five-year period during the study, only seven patients in the treatment group died compared to 32 in the control group. Doctors have been using many different forms of stem cells to treat heart damage. Unlike drugs which do not treat the loss of tissue function, lead researcher Strauer pointed out that “this therapy can improve quality of life, increase ventricular performance and increase survival" in place of or in addition to conventional treatments.

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

Previously: Modified Blood Stems Cells May Protect Against HIV

Tags: Bone Marrow Stem Cells, Chronic Heart Failure

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