September 22, 2010

Heart Disease Scare

1 Is Bill Clinton a Vegan or a Pastatarian?

Former president Bill Clinton is eating a "mainly vegan diet," according to green website Ecorazzi. Since he eats fish on occasion, we're assuming that "mainly vegan" is what is normally called "pescatarian," which means "vegetarian plus fish." The difference between vegan and vegetarian is that vegans don't eat honey and gelatin, and don't wear leather shoes, silk or wool. Vegans, along with many vegetarians, also don't eat eggs and dairy products. We'd bet the farm that Mr. Clinton is nowhere near being a true vegan. If we had to guess, Mr. Clinton is probably closer to a "pescapastatarian," a "pastatarian" who eats fish. A pastatarian is a vegetarian in a technical sense, but one who doesn't actually eat vegetables, other than the duram wheat used to make pasta.

More at Ecorazzi | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Vegan, Vegetarian, Pastatarian, Bill Clinton

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It Does a Body Good

2 Milk Drinkers Lose More Weight

"Milk drinkers lose more weight because of a larger calcium intake"
- Alan Winter in the comments

People who drink milk lose more weight than those who don’t, says a study supported by, among others, the Israel Dairy Council. But before you scoff, researchers found that blood levels of vitamin D affected weight loss and that, as the more than 300 participants lost weight, their Vitamin D levels increased. Said lead researcher Dr. Danit Shahar, "It was known that overweight people had lower levels of serum vitamin D but this is the first study that actually shows that serum vitamin D increased among people who lost weight. This result lasted throughout the two years that the study was conducted, regardless of whether they were on a low-carb, low fat or Mediterranean diet." In addition to sunshine and supplements, Vitamin D is obtained from eggs, fatty fish and fortified milk.

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

Tags: Diet, Milk, Vitamin D, Weight Loss, Israel Dairy Council, Verum vitamin D, Milk and Weight Loss

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

3 Docs' Personal Habits Affect Patient Advice

A doctor’s confidence in the ability to advise patients on healthy eating habits or the benefits of exercise may be affected by the doctor’s own habits, finds a new survey. "Living a healthy lifestyle themselves translates into a more believable message to their patients," says lead author Dr. Michael Howe, U of Michigan. The survey included attending and training physicians with the latter giving the least lifestyle advice to patients. Howe attributes this to the fact that attending physicians, who have completed their training, live healthier lifestyles than those in residency or internship programs who, because of their schedules, don’t exercise and often resort to fast foods. Researchers recommend that healthy lifestyle counseling be part of all levels of medical education.

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

Previously: Teaching Doctors Healthy Cooking Skills

Tags: Diet, Exercise, Fast Food, Healthy Living, University of Michigan, Doctors' Lifestyles, Michael Howe

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Initial Tests Are Promising

4 Nose Drops to Treat Brain Cancer on Horizon

Methotrexate, an anticancer drug used as an injectable, has been formulated as nose drops to treat hard to reach brain cancer and has been effective in early tests. Current anticancer drugs are blocked by the brain’s protective layer of cells but a new study shows promise for drugs administered nasally, as either a spray or drops. Methotrexate nose drops, when tested in animal studies, reduced the weight of brain tumors by about one-third compared to the same drug used as an injectable. The study appears in ACS’ Molecular Pharmaceutics and states, in part, “"The strategy to utilize the nose-brain direct transport can be applicable to a new therapeutic system not only for brain tumors but also for other central nervous system disorders such as neurodegenerative diseases."

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

Previously: Health News About Anticancer Drugs

Tags: Anticancer Drugs, Cancer, Methotrexate, ACS Molecular Pharmaceutics, Nose Drops

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Fewer Divorced Parents with IVF

5 IVF Kids Score Better on Academic Tests

Children conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) scored better on average than their age- and gender-matched peers on standardized tests, say researchers from the University of Iowa. "Our findings are reassuring for clinicians and patients as they suggest that being conceived through IVF does not have any detrimental effects on a child's intelligence or cognitive development," says lead study author Bradley Van Voorhis, M.D. The study, published in Human Reproduction, also revealed that factors linked to the higher test scores of IVF kids include older age of the mother, lower levels of divorce and higher education levels of both parents. The tests used in the study were the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Iowa Test for Educational Development (ITBS/ED).

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Iowa Test for Educational Development, Children Conceived by in Vitro Fertilization, IVF Kids, IVF Grades, How Kids from IVF Do in School, Bradley Van Voorhis, Iowa Test of Basic Skills

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Insect Larvae Invades Formula

6 Beetles Found in Similac Powder for Infants

Abbott Laboratories has voluntarily recalled up to 5 million Similac-brand powder formulas after finding insects in the product in a Michigan plant last week, reports MSNBC. The recalled infant formulas were sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as Caribbean countries. The formula, which may contain small beetle or larvae, could cause stomach pain and digestion issues. The recall doesn't affect Similac liquid formulas or other Abbott products. While the idea of feeding beetles to infants is certainly disturbing, the FDA has said that the contamination doesn't represent an immediate health risk. Consumers may call 800-986-8850 with questions about the Similac recall.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Abbott Laboratories, Powder Formulas, Recalled Infant Formula, Similac Recall, Beetles in Powder Formula, Baby Formula Recall, Baby Formula Safety

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Not Really Bunless, Is It?

7 KFC Pays for Ad Space on College Girls’ Butts

Kentucky Fried Chicken is taking a unique approach to advertising its bunless Double Down sandwich. Women on college campuses are being paid $500 each to hand out coupons while wearing fitted sweatpants with “Double Down” in large letters across their backsides. KFC marketing chief John Cywinski says that it is “an effective way to catch the attention of young men” who are “KFC’s key customers and the biggest fans of Double Down.” The National Organization for Women is not a fan. “It’s so obnoxious to once again be using women’s bodies to sell fundamentally unhealthy products,” says NOW president Terry O’Neill. Plus, she says, women make more than half the decisions about what to eat for dinner. The program began last week at Spalding University in Louisville.

More at USA Today | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: KFC Donating Unwanted Buns to Food Banks

Tags: Double Down, Fast Food, Kentucky Fried Chicken

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Halts Disease Progression

8 Long Term Use of Gleevec Recommended for GI Cancer

A study involving 50 patients with advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) on Gleevec for 3 years showed that the drug prevents progression of the disease. Some were randomly selected to discontinue treatment and saw their disease progress within nine months of discontinuing the drug. This was not observed in those who continued taking Gleevec. At the end of three years, 80 percent of those who continues treatment had two years survival without disease progression compared to only 16 percent who stopped treatment. These results indicate Gleevec will not completely eradicate cancer cells. Researchers were able to control tumor progression in those whose treatment was interrupted by restarting Gleevec treatment, demonstrating that the tumors do not develop resistance to the drug.

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

Previously: Two New Drugs Beats Gleevec in Treating CML

Tags: Gleevec, Imatinib, Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors, GIST

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Fights Formation of Toxic Tau

9 Enzyme Decreases Toxic Protein in Alzheimer’s

Researchers found an enzyme that protects nerves by blocking the formation of the toxic form of protein tau (p-tau) in mice, providing insight into new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. SIRT1 is found at low levels in Alzheimer’s patients and researchers hope that they can develop drugs that would increase levels of this enzyme and hopefully prevent formation of the p-tau. Studies in mice demonstrated that SIRT1 knockouts had higher levels of p-tau which were reduced when the enzyme was restored. Alzheimer’s is a fatal form of dementia in which brain cells are killed, resulting in memory loss and thinking until people become completely helpless. Drugs currently used only treat the symptoms, but does not stop progression of the disease.

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

Previously: Mutation Predicts Progression Rate of Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer’s, Tau Protein, SIRT1, P-Tau, Toxic Form of Protein Tau, Tau

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Helps with Relapsing Form

10 First Oral Drug to Treat MS Approved by FDA

Gilenya, drug manufactured by Novartis, is the first oral medication to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the treatment of the relapsing form of multiple sclerosis (MS). It reduces the severity of MS in certain patients by preventing certain types of blood cells from going to the brain and spinal cord. This is a welcome improvement in the treatment for those with this autoimmune disease who have to receive numerous injections. Novartis said the drug was approved “based on the largest-ever clinical trial program submitted to the FDA for a new MS drug” and are working to get the drug approved in Europe and the rest of the world. Side effects of Gilenya include lowered heart rate when starting the drug, headache, flu, diarrhea and back pain.

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

Previously: Vitamin D Influences Key Genes in Certain Diseases

Tags: Food and Drug Administration, Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing Form of Multiple Sclerosis, Gilenya, Fingolimod, Oral Multiple Sclerosis Drug

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DNA in Droppings Tell the Tale

11 Malaria in Humans May Have Originated in Gorillas

Researches have demonstrated that the most common strain of malaria in humans is almost identical to one of the strains present in gorillas, suggesting the parasite may have jumped from them to a human. Researchers looked at the DNA of malaria in the droppings of almost 3,000 apes (gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos). Chimpanzees were at the top of the list of apes that passed the parasite onto humans, but when the DNA was observed, a species of Plasmodium in gorillas was almost identical to the one that most commonly infects humans. Researchers believe the parasite could have been spread by direct blood transfer as opposed to via a mosquito. The results of this study suggest that efforts to eradicate malaria will have to take into consideration that gorillas may be a reservoir.

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

Previously: One Dose Antimalarial Drug Effective in Mice

Tags: Malaria, Plasmodium Species, Apes, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Mosquitoes

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Alternative to Cracking Chest

12 Catheter Used to Put in New Aortic Valve

A new procedure called that involves snaking a replacement valve through a leg artery to the heart appears to be better than cracking the chest and removing the old valve. Three hundred and fifty eight patients who could not be operated on were randomly assigned to receive either the Edwards transcatheter valve or comfort care. After the first month, 5 percent of those who received the valve died compared with 2.8 percent of those who did not, reflecting the risk very sick patients face when undergoing any procedure. Five percent of those who got valves had a stroke compared to one percent in the control group. But a year after, 50 percent of those who did not get a new valve died compared to 30 percent who did. Patients will be tracked for five years to determine if the valves will last.

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

Tags: Aortic Valve Replacement, Heart Valve Replacement, Transcatheter Aortic Valve, Edwards Transcatheter Valve, Heart Valves

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