October 4, 2010

No Safe Treatment

1 Still No Cure for Morning Sickness

There is still no safe or effective treatment for morning sickness, find researchers who evaluated evidence for pharmaceutical and alternative medicines. Morning sickness, feelings of nausea and vomiting, affects more than half of all pregnant women in the early stages of their pregnancies and can occur at any time of the day. The review involved 4041 women in the early stages of pregnancy and compared benefits of acupuncture, acupressure, ginger to relieve nausea, vitamin B6 and the antenatal drug Debendox, among others. "Despite the wealth of different treatments available, it is not possible currently to identify with confidence any safe and effective interventions for nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy," said lead researcher Dr. Anne Matthews, Dublin City University.

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

Previously: Good Oral Hygiene Is Vital During Pregnancy

Tags: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Morning Sickness, Nausea, Pregnancy, Vitamin B6, Vomiting, Debendox, Dr. Anne Matthews

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Big Butts Better Than Bellies

2 Scientists Discover How Body Fat Grows

Increased abdominal fat raises the risk of metabolic disease while fat in the lower body decreases it, say Mayo Clinic researchers who had volunteers gain weight for a study of how body fat grows. "The cellular mechanisms are different," says lead author Michael Jensen, M.D. "The accumulation of abdominal fat happens largely by individual cells expanding in size, while with fat gain in the femoral or lower body, it's the number of fat cells that increases. So, different mechanism, different impact." Fifteen men and 13 women participated in the eight-week study, gaining an average of 5.5 pounds and challenging the theory that the number of fat cells remains stable throughout adulthood. Plus, it strengthens the theory that upper body fat is more detrimental than femoral body fat.

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

Tags: Abdominal Fat, Belly Fat, Mayo Clinic, Michael Jensen, Body Fat Distribution, Femoral Body Fat, Metabolic Disease

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Impatience Can Be Deadly

3 People Walking Away from ER Without Treatment

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, people are getting fed up with long waits in ER's and are walking away without getting treated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 92% of the people who go to the ER have a condition that requires immediate attention. A lack of facilities and a shortage of hospital staff, especially nurses, are among the top reasons for longer waiting times in the ER, but another big reason is that people are being held longer in the ER instead of being moved to an in-patient bed. Hospitals can help reduce this problem as studies show an increase in in-patient transfers when ER “boarding” is reported to superiors. Don’t sit quietly if the wait time seems excessive and don’t let a long wait be the death of you.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: More Treated in ERs Than by Primary Care Docs

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Room Problems, Emergency Room Visits, American College of Emergency Physicians, ER Boarding, Long ER Waiting Time

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No to Air Hitting the Brain

4 Michael J Fox Says No More Surgeries

In an interview with neurosurgeon, Sanjay Gupta, Michael J. Fox said he doesn’t want the air to hit his brain too many times and there would be no more surgeries until one can deliver curative results, instead of just a mechanical stopgap. The procedure being discussed is deep brain stimulation, where electrodes are put in the brain to deliver electrical impulses, similar to a pacemaker in the heart. Fox says it’s his personal preference to decline the surgery, acknowledging that it can be beneficial and has helped hundreds of people that he’s met. “If you had told me this is where’d I be twenty years from now, after my diagnosis, I would’ve taken this in a heartbeat,” said Fox. “I’m very happy with my life, and what I’m able to do; what I’m able to accomplish.”

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Parkinson's Disease, Michael J. Fox, Deep Brain Stimulation, Sanjay Gupta

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Making Babies Since 1978

5 Creator of IVF Awarded Nobel Prize

One of the creators of in vitro fertilization (IVF), Robert G. Edwards, won the Nobel Prize for medicine today, reports CNN. Edwards' partner in the creation of IVF, Dr. Patrick Steptoe, died in 1988. The first successful birth from IVF was in 1978 when Louise Joy Brown was born by Caesarean section. While fertility clinics had to contend with protesters in their early days, many couples now view IVF as an expected treatment for infertility. However, Catholic church leaders have always opposed IVF, saying that the procedure depersonalizes conception. Since some embryos are disposed of, Catholics view the procedure as equal to abortion. Despite some opposition to IVF, many see the procedure as a way to make miracles happen.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: IVF Kids Score Better on Tests

Tags: Caesarean Section, Dr. Patrick Steptoe, Robert G. Edwards, Catholic Church Leaders, Catholic View on IVF, First Successful Birth from IVF, Nobel Prize for Medicine IVF

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Sun Exposure May Not Be Enough

6 More Americans Taking Vitamin D Supplements

According to a survey conducted by Ipsos for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), about 66 percent of Americans take nutritional supplements and about 27 percent of those take vitamin D. The survey was conducted online this year between August and September and included data from just under 2000 adults. Although overall supplement usage remained constant from surveys conducted in years past, vitamin D supplement intake has increased by 16 percent since 2009. Americans taking the supplement also believe that vitamin D plays a “great role” in maintaining or improving health. While Vitamin D is one of the few nutrients that our bodies can actually make for itself, many Americans have been found to be deficient.

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

Previously: Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread

Tags: Vitamin D, Vitamins, Vitamin D Supplements, Nutrition Supplements

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Junk Food Leads to Poor Health

7 Kids Filling Up on Empty Calories

Nutrition experts from the US National Cancer Institute have found that about 40 percent of the diet of a typical American child comes from solid fat and added sugar – empty calories which are fueling the obesity epidemic and putting children at risk for future chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Although intake varied by age, race and ethnicity, the top sources of empty calories came from six foods: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza and whole milk. The authors of the study were particularly concerned about added sugars. Reducing consumption of sugar sweetened beverages should be a priority, they say. The findings from the study are published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

More at Health Day | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Revamped Cafeterias Lead to Healthy Eating

Tags: Children's Nutrition, Fats, Heart Disease, Junk Food, Obesity, Empty Calories, Added Sugars

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Keep It Simple

8 Americans Need More Meaningful Dietary Advice

Every five years the federal government updates its dietary guidelines for Americans. Our current, called MyPyramid, was unveiled in 2005 and has been widely judged a failure. According to a recent study, 46 percent of consumers find the food and health information currently presented as confusing and conflicting. This year, policymakers are working to develop advice that is “meaningful and engaging”, yet simple and blunt enough to help make a difference in improving American diets. "We have to focus on practical, simple, easily applied messages that show action that consumers can take," says Dr. Robert Post, deputy director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition and Policy Promotion. The new guidelines are set to be unveiled in December 2010.

More at The Washington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Americans Still Don't Eat Enough Vegetables

Tags: Dietary Guidelines, Food Guidelines, Nutrition, USDA

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Do Not Actually Place on the Lap

9 Heat from Laptops Can Damage the Skin

By placing laptops that reach high temperatures underneath on their lap for extended periods of time, people can damaging their skin. Doctors call it "toasted skin syndrome," because the damaged skin is mottled in appearance. Overusing heating pads can cause it and it used to be seen in people whose occupations required them to be close to a heat source. It can cause the skin to be permanently darkened and in rare instances it can lead to skin cancer. Ten cases involving laptops have been reported in the last six years. Men who use laptops on their lap increase their scrotal temperatures, possibly leading to fertility problems. Major computer manufacturers put warning in their manuals about the dangers of placing laptops on the lap for long periods of time so people do not burn themselves.

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

Previously: UV Nail Lamps May Be Linked to Skin Cancer

Tags: Skin Cancer, Laptop, Skin Damage from Laptops, Heat from Laptops, Toasted Skin Syndrome

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The Big Three in Parkinson's

10 Some Symptoms of Parkinson’s Signal Earlier Death

A study in Norway that involved 230 people with Parkinson’s found that those who did worse on movement tests and experienced dementia and psychotic episodes were more likely to die earlier due to the disease. Drugs used to treat the psychosis and Parkinson’s and tremors were found not to be risk factors. The time from diagnosis to death had a huge range, from 2 to 37 years, with the average years a person lived with the disease being 16 years. There is no cure, only symptomatic treatments that does not halt progression of the disease. Based on the findings, lead researcher Dr. Elin Bjelland Forsaa said “Our findings suggest that treatments to prevent or delay the progression of movement problems, psychosis and dementia in people with Parkinson’s could help people live longer.”

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Ibuprofen Regimen Could Reduce Parkinson’s Risk

Tags: Dementia, Parkinson’s, Psychotic Episode, Tremors, Movement Test

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Half Develop Immune Response

11 Vaccine for Glioblastoma Extends Survival

A vaccine that targets a cancer gene called EGFRvIII that fuels about a third of glioblastomas, the deadliest form of brain cancer has shown promising results. Eighteen people recently diagnosed were matched to 17 people who were controls. Both groups had surgery, radiation and temozolomide. Those who were vaccinated a month after their radiation was done remained on it until it stopped working. The median survival time of the treatment group was 26 months compared to the average 15 month. Progression-free survival was 14.2 months for those who got the vaccine, more than double the 6.3 months for those not vaccinated. About half of those who received the vaccine developed an immune response. Researchers believe the results of this study prompt more research into the EGFRvIII vaccine.

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

Previously: Nose Drops to Treat Brain Cancer on Horizon

Tags: Glioblastoma, Brain Cancer, EGFRvIII, Temozolomide, Brain Cancer Vaccine, Glioblastoma Vaccine

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Osteoporotic Mice Lack Compound

12 Compound Produced by Bone Increases Density

Researchers in Israel have discovered that a compound made by bone cells linked to bone density and are hoping to use the results to develop drugs that prevent and treat osteoporosis and other bone disorders. The found that bone produces a group of compounds called “acyl amides,” which are made of fatty acids and amino acids. Once they found them, they made them in the lab and placed them in bone cell cultures. They also conducted studies in mice and found that one of the substances, oleoyl serine increased bone density in mice that were healthy and had osteoporosis. Mice with osteoporosis were actually missing this particular compound in their bones and this finding is what gives researchers hope that more effective drugs that both prevent loss and promote formation can be developed.

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

Previously: Osteoporosis Drugs May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Tags: Bone Density, Osteoporosis, Acyl Amides, Oleoyl Serine

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