September 6, 2010

Killer Diet

1 Animal Protein Diets Increase Death

Animal-based protein diets may increase death rates, concludes a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The study found that people consuming low-carbohydrate, animal-based protein diets had a higher risk of death compared to people eating a low-carb diet with plant or vegetable-based proteins, says CNN. Increased mortality rates included deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Researchers were able to confirm a direct association between animal-based low-carb diets in males and increased cancer mortality, especially from colorectal and lung cancer. CNN reports that the Atkins company defends their diet, saying the study doesn't apply to their eating plans. Study researchers say that the diet used in the research wasn't designed to mimic any particular low-carb diet.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Loww Carb Breakfast Bowl

Tags: Atkins Diet, Colorectal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Low-Carb Diet, Animal Based Protein Diet, Dangers of Low Carb Diet, Annals of Internal Medicine, Increased Cancer Mortality

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Magic Mushrooms Ease Anxiety

2 Hallucinogen Helps Terminal Cancer Patients

Psilocybin, a hallucinogen known as magic mushrooms, may be helpful for easing anxiety in terminally ill cancer patients, reports MSNBC. Magic mushrooms cause effects similar to LSD, and were shown to help cancer patients feel less depressed six months after just one dose. The study, published in Archives of General Psychiatry, revealed that psilocybin may be safely used in cancer patients. None of the participants had a "bad trip." Since the drug is illegal for any purpose in the U.S., regulators would have to make special accommodations before the drug could be given to late-stage cancer patients. CNN notes that similar studies were abandoned in the early 1970s when drugs like LSD hit the streets.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Terminally Ill Cancer Patients, Magic Mushrooms, Late-Stage Cancer Patients, Psilocybin, Hallucinogen, LSD, Magic Mushrooms for Cancer Patients, Bad Trip, Archives of General Psychiatry

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Long Term Risk Not Known

3 Compounds in Nonstick Pans Can Raise Cholesterol

Humans are exposed perfluoroalkyl acids, including PFOA and PFOS, through many sources, but those that are used in the production of nonstick cookware and waterproof fabrics may increase cholesterol levels in children and teens. In a study released in the September issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, children with higher blood levels of perfluoroalkyl acids are more likely to have elevated total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Those with the highest levels had total cholesterol readings almost 5 milligrams per deciliter higher than those with the lowest levels. The substances did not appear to affect triglyceride levels. Other common exposure sources of the compounds include food packaging, microwave popcorn, and drinking water.

More at Newswise | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Cholesterol Levels in Young Predict Coronary Artery Disease

Tags: Cholesterol, Cholesterol in Young, Perfluoroalkyl Acids, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Coronary Arteriosclerosis, LDL, Triglycerides, Nonstick Cookware, Nonstick Pans, PFOA, PFOS, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Microwave Popcorn

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Good Night, Sleep Tight

4 Poor Sleep in Young Kids Raise Risk of Obesity

Kids that do not get enough sleep could be at risk for developing childhood obesity, according to a study in the September issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Researchers studied 1,930 children ages 0 to 13 years between 1997 and 2002. At the end of the study, between 33 and 36 percent of participants were overweight or obese with a BMI at or above the 95th percentile of national growth standards. In younger children (under age 5), short duration of nighttime sleep was associated with an increased risk of later childhood overweight or obesity. Napping was not an adequate substitute for sufficient nighttime sleep. Obesity in children under the age of 5 has doubled during the last three decades, according to the study authors.

More at Newswise | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Too Much or Too Little Sleep Are Both Bad for You

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Children's Health, Sleep, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

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The Pressure Is On

5 Researchers Try to Tailor Hypertension Therapy

Researchers are trying to predict which antihypertensive drugs work best for different patients. Hypertensive individuals are at an increased risk of cardiovascular problems such as stroke and heart attack. Only about half of the 1 in 3 individuals in the U.S. with hypertension are able to manage it, often through taking multiple drugs and only when they don't feel well. Dr. Ernesto Schiffrin of the American Heart Association said, ". . .trial and error is to some degree what has to be done because patients are different and some patients develop adverse effects with one agent and others don't." Three current studies suggest that a simple blood test that can measure levels of a hormone called renin that may help doctors choose the most effective drugs for an individual.

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

Previously: Blood Pressure Meds May Increase Death Risk

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Antihypertensive Drugs, Renin, American Heart Association, Dr. Ernesto Schiffrin

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