October 21, 2010

Kidney Grateful for Airbags

1 Airbags Reduce Kidney Injury Risk

Airbags reduce the risk of kidney or renal damage during an automobile accident, finds a new study. Surprisingly, not that much is known about preventing or reducing damage to solid organs during car crashes. This new study, published in Journal of the American College of Surgeons, is the first to look at how airbags protect a specific organ. The study evaluated the protective effect of airbags on the kidney and other upper urinary tract organs. "The sharp reduction in the rate of kidney injury was surprising because airbags are primarily designed to protect the head and spine," comments Thomas G. Smith III, MD, assistant professor of urology at University of Texas Medical School.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Avoiding Kidney Injury, Avoiding Renal Injuries, Airbags Help Reduce Kidney Injuries, Why Airbags Important, Thomas G. Smith III, University of Texas Medical School

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Keep Broccoli on Shopping List

2 Carrots, Greens Help Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Eating plenty of carrots, cabbage, broccoli and collard greens can help reduce breast cancer risk, especially among African American women, researchers claim. A recent large study found that aggressive estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer among African American women can be thwarted by eating plenty of carrots and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage. While the Black Women's Health Study found that the vegetables helped reduce breast cancer risk, the same was not true for fruit. For 12 years, scientists tracked health and diets of more than 50,000 African American women living across the U.S. Study findings are published in American Journal of Epidemiology.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Journal of Epidemiology, Health Benefits Carrots, Health Benefits Collard Greens, Health Benefits Cabbage, Aggressive Estrogen Receptor Negative Breast Cancer, Diet for Reducing Breast Cancer Risk, Black Women's Health Study

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Cutting Calories to Stay Thin

3 Trading Food for Alcohol a Growing College Trend

According to Emily Hedstrom-Lieser of the Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Education Office at the University of Northern Colorado, “drunkorexia” is becoming a growing, and concerning, college trend. The term is slang for the practice of replacing food calories with alcoholic beverages. A study last year found a connection between binge drinking, or drinking more than four drinks in a single setting, and eating disorders, particularly among college-age women. Students think, “I’m drinking, therefore I don’t want to eat so much,” says Pam McCracken, communications director at Colorado State University’s Health Network. With events scheduled for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, both Colorado schools are raising awareness of the concern.

More at Sun-Sentinal | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Teenage Alcohol Use Tied to Benign Breast Disease

Tags: Alcohol, Alcohol Abuse, College Students, Eating Disorders

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Combination of Factors Involved

4 Dad’s High Fat Diet, Daughter’s Diabetes Risk

Obviously a mother’s diet during pregnancy affects the health of her unborn child, but dad’s diet may have a role as well. A new animal study suggests that fathers who eat a high fat diet may predispose their daughters to diabetes. The research conducted at the University of New South Wales found that offspring of obese male diabetic rats and normal weight non-diabetic female rats showed signs of diabetes by week 13 of life. The researchers are not sure if hormonal and metabolic factors are involved, if DNA becomes damaged, or if the association is environmental, but the research points to the importance of the health of both the mother and the father at the time of conception, including maintaining a healthy body weight and diet.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Mediterranean Diet Good for Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Tags: Diabetes Risk, Diabetes Type 2, Nutrition, Pregnancy, Type 2 Diabetes

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Heart Health Could Be Affected

5 Genetics May Be Factor in Vitamin E Metabolism

The study of vitamin metabolism is difficult and scientists are one step closer to understanding why. Researchers at Cornell University in New York have identified a common genetic variation that may explain the difference in peoples’ ability to process vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin which may help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Robert Parker and colleagues looked at two versions of an enzyme that breaks down vitamin E and found two variants – one common in black Americans and one more common in Americans of European descent. The former, called W12G, was better able to degrade vitamin e for use than the latter, called V433M. Vitamin E is a nutrient found primarily in foods such as vegetables oils, nuts and seeds.

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

Previously: High Blood Levels of Vitamin E Decrease Alzheimer's Risk

Tags: Genetics, Nutrition, Vitamin E

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One Marker, Eleven Cancers

6 Marker Found in Several Types of Cancer

Research in the United States and France has shown that at least 11 different cancers have the same genetic marker. They looked at cancers of the prostate, breast, colon, pancreas, bladder, kidneys, lungs, liver, stomach, testicles and ovaries. After looking at tumors in 1,336 cancer patients, they were able to find the follicle-stimulation hormone (FSH) receptor. It is normally only found in the reproductive organs, but researchers found it in the blood vessels of tumors at all stages of growth. Upon examination of the receptors, they confirmed that they were present in the blood vessels of tumors but not in those of normal tissue. Researchers are excited about the prospect of a universal marker for testing and one target against multiple types.

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

Previously: Blood Tests May Predict Prostate Cancer Risk

Tags: Bladder Cancer, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Colon Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Liver Cancer, Lung Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Pancreas Cancer, Stomach Liver, Testicular Cancer, Follicle-Stimulating Hormone Receptor, FSH, Tumor Blood Vessels

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