September 13, 2010

Freezin’ Your Warts Off

1 Cryotherapy Most Effective Wart Treatment

The most effective therapy to remove common warts is to freeze them off with liquid nitrogen says a Netherlands study. The study, which included 240 patients with warts, divided them into three groups. One group used cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen every two weeks; another self-applied salicylic acid and the third group did nothing at all to treat their warts. The cure rate for patients who used cryotherapy was 49 percent while 15 percent of patients who used salicylic acid were cured. Only eight percent of the patients who did nothing saw their warts go away. Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen is the most popular treatment for warts followed by the use of salicylic acid. About two percent of the general population and six percent of children seek medical attention for warts.

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

Previously: Homeopathy Called Witchcraft

Tags: Warts, Cryotherapy, Liquid Nitrogen, Salicylic Acid, Childhood Ailments, Plantar Warts

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You're Being Watched?

2 More People Washing Hands in Public Restrooms

Researchers who spy on people washing their hands in public restrooms now reveal that we're scrubbing the most since the periodic surveys started in 1996! MSNBC reports that checks in four major cities last month led researchers to conclude that 85 percent of public restroom users are now washing their hands. That rate is up from only 77 percent in 2007. All this washing is good, but men still have to catch up to women. The restroom spies, from Harris Interactive, said that only seven percent of women failed to wash, compared with 23 percent of men. The observers pretended to comb their hair or put on makeup as they recorded the hand-washing habits of more than 6,000 adults in various places like Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and Turner Field ballpark in Atlanta.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Common Cold

Tags: Handwashing Habits, Hand Washing Habits, Who Is Washing Hands, Bathroom Spies, Restroom Spies, Washing Hands in Public Restrooms Up, More People Washing Hands Now, Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Turner Field Ballpark in Atlanta, Harris Interactive

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Sneaky Simplification

3 Starbucks Removes Tall Option from Menu

Starbucks has made their drive-through menus easier to read by removing the smallest drink size option, the 12-ounce Tall. Time NewsFeed reports that consumers can still order the Tall size at the drive-through, but it won't be on the menu. Only the 16-ounce Grande and 20-ounce Venti drinks will be featured on the menu board at the drive-through. Some believe that the re-design is trickery that may lead people to believe they can't order the smaller 12-ounce drink. However, Starbucks has said that the menu change, effective August 31, was in response to consumer feedback about difficulty reading the complicated drive-through menu. Around one-third of all Starbucks in the U.S. have a drive-through feature.

More at Time NewsFeed | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Starbucks Calories, Starbucks Drink Sizes, Starbucks Menu Changes, Starbucks Removes Tall Size, Starbucks Drive Through Menu Changes

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No Tobacco Safe

4 Smokeless Tobacco Increases Heart Risks

The American Heart Association said today that long-term use of smokeless tobacco increases odds of having a fatal heart attack or fatal stroke, and the products don't help smokers quit. Smokeless tobacco products also increase risk of certain cancers. “No tobacco product is safe to consume,” said Mariann Piano, Ph.D., lead writer of the statement from the American Heart Association. The group says that dry snuff, moist snuff and chewing tobacco shouldn't be used for smoking cessation since the products carry a risk of addiction and may also lead people back to smoking cigarettes again. The American Heart Association is concerned that smoke-free air laws will lead more people to using smokeless tobacco products, which aren't a safe alternative to cigarettes.

More at American Heart Association | Hat tip to CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Safe Alternative to Cigarettes, Smokeless Tobacco Products, Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco, Dry Snuff, Moist Snuff, Heart Risks of Smokeless Tobacco, Mariann Piano, Smoking Cessation, Smoke Free Air Laws, Chewing Tobacco Dangers

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Low PSA Levels Good

5 Blood Tests May Predict Prostate Cancer Risk

A simple blood test analyzing prostate-specific antigen (PSA) may help doctors predict those at risk for developing prostate cancer, say researchers. Findings, published today in the journal Cancer, show that men with low PSA levels may be less likely to develop prostate cancer than men with high PSA levels. Researchers found that to save one man's life they needed to examine nearly 25,000 men with low PSA levels, or only 133 men with high PSA levels. They would have to treat 724 males with low PSA levels to save one man's life, but they only needed to treat 60 men with high PSA levels. PSA is a protein found in prostate cancer tissue. As that tissue breaks down, the protein enters the bloodstream. Higher PSA levels indicate risk of a more dangerous prostate cancer requiring treatment.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer Risk, Prostate Specific Antigen, High PSA Levels, Blood Test Predict Prostate Cancer Risk, Prostate Cancer Tissue

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MDs Lack Nutritional Training

6 Teaching Doctors Healthy Cooking Skills

Experts often recommend a visit to a primary care doctor for advice on weight loss. However, doctors are often not taught nutrition in medical school beyond a two-hour class. Taking a hands-on approach for preparing nutritious meals, 13 doctors-in-training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York are participating in cooking classes offered by the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan. The program will offer six seminars on nutrition, weight management, and exercise in addition to the cooking classes. It is based on a project called “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives”, from Harvard Medical School. “If doctors know how to eat, cook better and make healthier choices they will be ambassadors of healthy eating to their patients,” said Robert Graham, associate program director.

More at Wall Street Journal | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Rosemary Reduces Toxins in Grilled Meat

Tags: Nutrition, Obesity, Weight Management, Healthy Cooking

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Ghrelin and Leptin

7 Weight Maintenance May Depend on Hormones

Most people who lose weight eventually regain the pounds and scientists are closer to finding out why. During a study of 104 overweight and obese men and women, participants followed an eight-week diet and had fasting hormone levels checked 32 weeks later. The average loss was five percent of total body weight. Those with higher levels of leptin, a hormone that is released to tell the brain that the body has had enough to eat, and lower levels of ghrelin, a hormone that increases appetite, were more likely to regain the weight that they had lost during the diet. Lead author Ana Crujeiras believes the findings may provide professionals a tool for identifying an individualized program that optimizes weight loss by first targeting hormone levels.

More at LA Times | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Cholesterol Levels Regulated by the Brain

Tags: Ghrelin, Hormones, Obesity, Weight Loss, Leptin, Weight Maintenance

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Same Gene in Several Bacteria

8 New Gene Creates Drug-Resistant Infections

The fear that a gene that creates resistance to a wide range of antibiotics can be picked up by common types of bacteria is now reality. People around the world who received medical care in India contracted bacterial infections resistant to almost all antibiotics, because they carried the new resistance gene, NDM-1. The bacteria carrying the gene in these cases are spread from hand-to-mouth and with widespread diarrheal disease and lack of clean water in an overpopulated country, India is a source of worldwide transmission. Some infections are being treated with antibiotics that were commonly used in the 1950s and 60s. The Centers for Disease Control wants patients with these infections to be isolated, their close contacts tested and monitoring of hospitals for the same infections.

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

Previously: Resistance to Antibiotics Can Last Up to a Year

Tags: Antibiotic Resistance, Centers for Disease Control, NDM-1, Superbugs

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