October 28, 2010

May Affect Fertility

1 BPA Reduces Sperm Count and Motility

Men who’ve been exposed to high levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) had low sperm counts and decreased sperm motility, finds a new study by Dr. De-Kun Li, Kaiser Permanente, CA. However, it is unknown whether exposure to BPA, which is found in many plastic products, affects fertility. Dr. Li notes that men with very low sperm counts can still father children. The study followed 130 Chinese workers who had direct exposure to materials containing BPA and 88 who didn’t handle the products and whose exposure was said to be similar to that of most American men. Low sperm counts were two to four times more common in men who had exposure to BPA than to those who didn’t. The FDA continues to evaluate the chemical’s safety although some scientists say Americans’ exposure is limited.

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

Tags: Bisphenol a, BPA, Kaiser Permanente, Plastic Products, Dr. De-Kun Li, Low Sperm Count, Decreased Sperm Motility

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Third Drug Rejected This Month

2 FDA Rejects Qnexa Weight Loss Drug

The Food and Drug Administration rejected the weight loss drug Qnexa due to its potential to cause birth defects and heart problems. It was the third weight loss drug this month to be rejected by the FDA. Last week, Lorcaserin was denied approval because it caused tumors in lab animals and Meridia was forced from the market due to its potential heart attack and stroke risk. The FDA requested an evaluation from Qnexa’s manufacturer and, if satisfied with the results, the drug could be approved in the next year. As of now, Xenical is the only drug approved for long-term use as a diet aid. Some experts fear that the recent rejection of Qnexa might put a damper on the development of future weight loss drugs while others think the next generation will be injectables rather than pills.

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

Previously: Weight Loss Drug Denied FDA Approval

Tags: Birth Defects, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Heart Attack Risk, Lorcaserin, Meridia, Qnexa, Stroke, Weight Loss Drugs, Weight Management, Xenical

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Become a Museum Display

3 Ways Your Body Is Useful After Death

While many people have heard of donating their bodies to research after death, not everyone knows about several other interesting things that happen to some bodies. CNN reports on "Ten uses for your body after you die," including some more unusual ideas like becoming a crash test cadaver at Wayne State University School of Medicine or giving your body over to a broker who will find scientists who can use your body parts for research or education. You may also donate your body to the Institute for Plastination where it will be filled with rubber silicone and positioned into a frozen pose, possibly ending up on exhibit. Other ideas for body donation from CNN include becoming a skeleton, or, of course, donating your organs or tissue for people waiting on transplants.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Brother Dies After Donating Part of Liver

Tags: Organ Donation, Body Farm, Become a Skeleton, Your Dead Body on Exhibit, What to Do with Body After Death, Ways to Donate Your Body, Institute for Plastination, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Crash Test Cadaver

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Vaccines Not Working As Hoped

4 Teenagers to Get Meningitis Booster

Sixteen-year-olds should get a meningitis booster shot, say federal vaccine advisers. The boosters are being suggested because the meningitis vaccines given to this age group aren't as effective as had been hoped, reports New York Times. The vaccines, often given at age 11 or 12, seem to be losing their effectiveness after five or less years. The vaccines were supposed to offer protection for 10 years. Advisers say that the meningitis booster would help offer protection for the first few years of college, when most outbreaks occur.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Vaccine with Two Polio Strains Best Protection

Tags: Meningitis Booster, Meningitis Risk, Meningitis Vaccine Age, Meningitis Vaccine Decisions, Adding a Meningitis Booster, Meningitis Booster for Sixteen Year Olds

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Occupational Hazard

5 McDonald’s Pays Man Thousands for Getting Fat

A former manager of a McDonald’s franchise in Porto Allegre, Brazil was awarded $17,500 from a lawsuit he brought against the company for causing him to gain 65 pounds from a starting weight of about 155 pounds to 231 pounds over the 12 years he worked for the franchise. The 32-year-old plaintiff claims that in addition to the free food he received during the course of his employment, he also felt obligated to taste everything on the menu to ensure it was up to par because the company regularly hired undercover customers who reported back to McDonald’s executives on quality. Judge Joao Filho said McDonald’s has the opportunity to appeal the ruling and the company is contemplating its options.

More at Time Magazine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Olympians Eat McDonald's Too

Tags: Fast Food, McDonald's, Obesity

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