November 16, 2010

Call for Better Screening

1 Infant Food May be Toxic in Developing Countries

Infant food may be toxic in developing countries, say researchers who call for stricter screening procedures, especially of food produced from corn. Fumonisin, a toxin that infects corn, stunts growth and is associated with low body weight. Corn-based food products are a staple in many developing countries and are introduced into a child’s diet after breastfeeding stops. Worldwide, 1 in 3 children suffers from growth retardation; 1 in 4 is underweight, resulting in more than 5 million annual deaths of children under the age of five. Malnutrition had been blamed but now scientists believe that fumonisin is the main culprit. Researchers found that children, one year and older, who were exposed to fumonisin, were significantly shorter and weighed less than their counterparts.

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

Tags: Corn, Food Toxicity, Malnutrition, Developing Countries, Child Deaths, Fumonisin, Growth Retardation

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“Don’t Touch My Junk”

2 FDA Says Body Scanners Pose Small Cancer Risk

John Tyner, the airline passenger who resisted an airport security pat down by exclaiming “Don’t touch my junk,” might be better off with the security guards than with full body scans, say scientists who acknowledge the risk of low levels of radiation. The FDA also acknowledges the potential danger but says it’s “so low it presents an extremely small risk.” To date, there haven’t been studies regarding repeated exposure to x-rays that might affect frequent fliers. The EPA says frequent exposure to low doses of radiation may lead to cancer but hasn’t determined how much is too much. According to a report from the IACRS, a consortium of agencies, the outcome of exposing millions of people to the machines won’t be known - until millions of people are exposed to the machines.

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

Previously: A Full Body Scan Shortens Life by 42 Minutes

Tags: Cancer Risk, Environmental Protection Agency, Radiation Exposure, US Food and Drug Administration, Full Body Scans

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Just a Little Salt Means a Lot

3 Cutting Back on Teen Salt Intake

Cutting salt intake by teenagers as little as one-half teaspoon (three grams) a day could reduce the number of young adults with high blood pressure by up to 63 percent, claim researchers presenting at the American Heart Association's recent meeting. Researchers estimate that lowering salt intake by three grams in the teen years could lead to between 69,000 and 120,000 fewer deaths by age 50, and up to 64,000 fewer heart attacks, as well as up to 210,000 fewer incidents of coronary heart disease. Since snacks, fast food and other processed foods can account for much of a teen's daily salt intake, cutting back is more complicated that just putting away the salt shaker. Researchers believe that the food industry should make reductions in the amount of salt in food.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Salt Substitute May Improve Blood Pressure

Tags: Salt Consumption, Salt in Food, Salt Substitute, Salt Intake, Salt Dangers, Teen Salt Intake, Reducing Salt Intake in Teens, Preventing High Blood Pressure, Young Adults with High Blood Pressure, Teen's Daily Salt Intake

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Infections and Medicine Problems

4 Medicare Patients Harmed in Hospital

One of every seven Medicare patients staying in the hospital are harmed from the medical care they receive, finds a new government study. The study from the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services found that in the month of October 2008, an estimated 134,000 Medicare patients staying in the hospital suffered at least one adverse event, including anything from a temporary setback to dying. Researchers believe that 44 percent of the incidents were probably preventable, reports New York Times. While hospital infections were cited as a major problem, the most frequent harm came to patients by way of adverse reactions related to medications or patient care issues like intravenous fluid overload.

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

Previously: Medicare to Help Smokers Quit

Tags: Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare Patients, Medication Errors, Problems with Hospital Stays, Adverse Reactions to Medicine, Hospital Errors, Medicare Problems, Harmed During Hospital Stay

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Mini Horse with Big Job

5 Blind Woman Has a Guide Horse

While growing up, Moni Ramouni, now 28, didn't have a guide dog for the blind. Her Muslim family objected to having a dog in the house, but now Ramouni has a miniature guide horse named Cali. Ramouni, a graduate student at Michigan State University, bought the horse two years ago, reports MSNBC. She sent Cali to training to become a guide horse, and was able to pay for the horse's care and training through her work as an editor of Braille books. The Guide Horse Foundation has trained miniature horses for 11 years now. The horses weigh about 100 pounds and can live up to 50 years, far longer than a guide dog's expected life span. The Guide Horse Foundation, run by volunteers, has had so many requests, they've had to suspend applications.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Blind Listen to Playboy

Tags: Michigan State University, Editor of Braille Books, Guide Horse Foundation, Seeing Guides for Blind, Alternative to Guide Dogs, Moni Ramouni, Guide Horses Live Longer, Miniature Guide Horse

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Pepsi Just Wants to Help

6 Battle over Autism Service Dog in Class

J.C. Bowen, a 6-year-old boy with autism, can't take his service dog to school in the Collier County School District in Florida, reports CBS News. The service dog, named Pepsi, is a yellow retriever who helps the boy stay calm. Pepsi also knows what to do if Bowen has a seizure, and the dog can catch him in case of falls. However, the request to add Pepsi to Bowen's individualized education plan wasn't approved. The family attorney can't comment since the hearing on the matter will resume next month. Readers' comments on the story at CBS News indicate that some are concerned about potential allergies of classmates and distractions caused by the dog. However, other readers support the use of the special dog.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Autism Help, Service Dog, Autism Service Dog, Service Dogs in School, Allowing Autism Service Dogs in Class, Collier County School District, Individualized Education Plan

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Reality Star Kids Fighting

7 Gosselin Kids Could Have Rage Problem

Two of the kids who star in the reality show "Kate Plus Eight" were expelled from a school in Pennsylvania, says CBS News. The kids, part of a sextuplet, are accused of fighting with peers, name calling and making fun of other kids. The expelled kids, Collin and Alexis Gosselin, are reported to have said words they shouldn't know, reports New York Post. It's speculated that they could be suffering from rage. The father, Jon Gosselin, believes that the show doesn't allow the kids to just be kids. Divorced from Kate, Jon is fighting to have the kids removed from television.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Reality Show, Kate Plus Eight, Alexis Gosselin, Collin Gosselin, Jon Gosselin, Sextuplet, Gosselin Kids Expelled

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Probably Won't Happen

8 No Case for X-Ray Body Scanners

Physics professor Peter Rez of Arizona State University in Tempe argues there's no case for using X-ray body scanners at airports. Rez told MSNBC that the risk of getting cancer from a single scan is about one in 30 million, about the same as the probability that an airplane would get blown up by a terrorist. He told MSNBC that it doesn't make sense to deploy the scanners for such a low probability event. Also, scientists from the University of California at San Francisco have written a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expressing their concerns over the scanners being used on children and people with HIV who may be more vulnerable to the X-ray dose on their skin.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Body Scan Shortens Life Span

Tags: University of California at San Francisco, Low Probability Event, Dangers of X Ray Scanners, Body Scanners Dangerous, Radiation Dose in Body Scanners, Peter Rez, Arizona State University in Tempe, Body Scanners Unsafe for HIV

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Most Kids Recover with No Meds

9 Antibiotics May Not Help with Ear Infections

Antibiotics for childhood ear infections may not be helpful, say researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles. The medicine doesn't always speed recovery, and it may bring about side effects, reports CNN. Researchers found that 80 of 100 children would recover from an ear infection in a few days with only medicine to help with pain or fever. If all 100 kids received antibiotics, 92 children would recover in the same time period. However, three to 10 kids of the 100 given the drugs would develop a rash, and five to 10 would suffer from diarrhea, says Dr. Tumaini Coker, the study's lead author. Coker, a pediatrician at Mattel Children's Hospital, notes that the number of children helped by the antibiotics is similar to the number experiencing side effects.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Antibiotics Not Always Best

Tags: Antibiotic Resistance, Antibiotics, Mattel Children's Hospital, Antibiotic Side Effects, Drugs Don't Always Help Ear Infections, Recovering from Ear Infections Without Drugs, University of California Los Angeles, Tumaini Coker

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A Great Tasting Drug

10 Dark Chocolate Heart Health Connection Explained

Consuming dark chocolate inhibits an enzyme called ACE that's involved with regulating blood pressure, say researchers from Linkoping University in Sweden. Three hours after eating dark chocolate with a 72 percent cocoa content, study participants had 18 percent lower levels of ACE, an effect similar to that achieved by drugs designed to inhibit ACE. When ACE declines, blood pressure also decreases, but researchers didn't check blood pressure in study participants. Scientists have known that dark chocolate helps lower blood pressure, but the new study explains how this is possible. Findings are published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dark Chocolate Again Linked to Heart Health

Tags: Chocolate and Heart Disease, Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure, Reasons to Eat Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Health Benefits, Lower Blood Pressure with Diet, Chocolate to Lower Blood Pressure, Linkoping University, Chocolate As ACE Inhibitor

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