September 27, 2010

Lowering Alcohol-Related Deaths

1 As Taxes on Alcohol Go Up, Consumption Goes Down

An increase in the cost of alcoholic beverages would lower consumption finds a new U of Florida study which indicates that doubling the average state tax on alcohol would result in a 35 percent reduction in alcohol-related deaths as well as lowering crime, violence, risky sexual behavior, traffic safety outcomes and injuries. The analysis cumulated data from research published over the past fifty years and, said lead author Professor Alexander C. Wagenaar, PhD, “Simply adjusting decades-old tax rates to account for inflation could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars in law enforcement and health care costs." This is consistent with previous research that indicates that a 10 percent hike in the price of alcohol results in a five percent reduction in consumption.

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

Tags: Alcohol, Alcohol Consumption, University of Florida, Alexander C. Wagenaar, Health Care Costs, Law Enforcement, Alcohol Related Deaths

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Reversal of a Trend

2 Baby Boomers Are Driving Up Suicide Rates

Middle-aged people have had historically stable suicide rates - until now, says a new study published in the journal Public Health Reports. Findings indicate that while suicide rates have been dropping for most age groups, baby boomers, people born between 1945 and 1964, have suicide increases of more than two percent per year for men and more than three percent per year for women. Researchers attribute this to several things including higher rates of drug abuse, the onset of chronic diseases and the fact that boomers had higher rates of suicide as adolescents. "Clinical studies often show that knowing someone who committed suicide is considered a risk factor for later doing it yourself, and that may be one factor here,” says researcher Ellen Idler, Emory University.

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

Previously: Anti-Seizure Medicine May Lead to Suicide

Tags: Middle-Aged, Suicide, Baby Boomers, Suicide Rates, Public Health Reports, Ellen Idler, Emory University

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Gluten Free Is Only Cure

3 Celiac Disease Can Worsen with Age

Celiac disease can develop over time and worsen with age, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Celiac disease is an autoimmune illness that damages the small intestine because of an allergic reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Patients must avoid all gluten-containing foods, such as pasta, bread, and cookies, or experience symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal cramping. The researchers note that overall, the incidence of celiac disease is increasing, doubling every 15 years since 1974, and especially increasing in adults in their 50s and 60s. It is thought to affect about one in 133 Americans today. Environmental factors may play a larger role than previously thought.

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

Previously: Diets Rich in Whole Grains Reduce Risk of Obesity

Tags: Wheat, Gluten, Gluten-Free, Celiac Disease

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Sugar Drinks Taking Over

4 Kids Today Do Not Drink Enough Water

Children in the United States are not drinking enough plain water and even mild dehydration can lead to a decrease in physiological functioning, fatigue, muscle weakness, and impaired cognitive and mental performance. According to a study of almost 4,000 kids under 19 published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, only 15 to 60 percent of boys and 10 to 54 percent of girls (depending upon age) drink the minimum amount of water recommended by the US Institute of Medicine. Children are more apt to meet their fluid needs through sugar-sweetened beverages instead, increasing caloric intake and the risk of excess body weight. Parents are encouraged to start kids off early in life enjoying the taste of plain water over sugary beverages such as sodas and sports drinks.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Boston May Ban Sugary Drink Sales in City Buildings

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Children, Children's Nutrition, Dehydration, Water, Beverages

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Mutated Gene Inhibits Protein

5 Gene Inhibits Protein Resulting in Migraines

Researchers found that a mutated gene, KCNK18, inhibits a protein involved in nerve cell communication and may result in migraines with aura, the most common form. The protein is called TRESK and the gene it is inhibited by was found to be mutated in every person in a large family who suffered from these types of migraines. The inhibition of the TRESK protein by the mutated gene changes the electrical activity, or ability to be excited. This protein is also present in certain neuronal structures in the brain that have been linked to migraines. Aura migraines often have “sensory warning symptoms” before or during the migraine which can include flashes of light blind spots or tingling in a limb. Sensitivity to light, sounds and smells and nausea and vomiting can also occur with them.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Gene That Clears Glutamate Linked to Migraines

Tags: Migraines, Aura Migraines, KCNK18 Gene, TRESK Protein

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Yaz Plus Folate

6 Birth Control With Birth Defect-Fighting Nutrient

A new birth control pill that prevents parenthood may also reduce the incidence of certain birth defects. A new birth control pill approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, called Beyaz, contains not only estrogen and progestin but a folate, levome folate calcium, a B-vitamin recommended for women of childbearing age. The hope is that women who stop the pill when they want to conceive will decrease the odds of neural tube birth defects linked to a deficiency in folate. The most common side effects were uterine bleeding, nausea, breast tenderness and headache. Blood clots and liver disease were two of the serious side effects. Beyaz is contradicted in women 35 years old and older. It includes the same amount of estrogen and progestin as the birth control pill Yaz.

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

Previously: The Pill Puts Women with Heart Defects at Risk

Tags: Birth Control Pill, Birth Defects, Contraceptives, Folate, Food and Drug Administration, The Pill, Beyaz, Yaz, Neural Tube Defects

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