November 21, 2010

Get Cut, Go to Jail

1 Advocates Want to Outlaw Circumcisions

"Let doctors rule on health issues. Lawyers should keep their noses out of this."
- Johnny in the comments

Advocates in San Francisco are pushing to make circumcisions illegal for anyone 17 or younger, saying they are a form of genital mutilation. Violators could be jailed for up to one year or fined up to $1,000, and circumcisions done for religious views would not be an exception. The timing for the proposed ban couldn’t be more perfect as a circumcision task force with the American Academy of Pediatrics gets ready to issue a new stance on the issue early next year. The Academy’s current opinion is that circumcisions have potential benefits but not enough to make them a routine procedure for newborns. Recent surveys indicate that, while still widespread in the U.S., circumcision rates could be falling.

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Circumcision Can Prevent Sex-Related Injuries

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Circumcision, San Francisco, Ban

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Have That Second Helping

2 Thanksgiving Turkey Does More Than Fill You Up

Turkey Day is right around the corner and there’s no reason to feel bad about loading that plate up with the main course during your Thanksgiving meal. Turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps make niacin, serotonin, and melatonin. Niacin is needed for gastrointestinal and nerve processes, serotonin helps control mood and appetite, and melatonin assists in regulating sleep. Research has shown that increased levels of tryptophan have been shown to decrease appetite, while levels that are too low can increase the chances of insomnia. It’s also needed for normal growth in infants and for nitrogen balance in adults.. You don’t have to eat a holiday meal to get the benefits of the amino acid, either. Tryptophan is also in chicken, fish, milk, cheese, peanuts, soy, and tofu.

More at Health News | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Thanksgiving, Turkey, Tryptophan

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Weekend Unlucky

3 Kidney Patients Do Worse in Weekend Hospital Stays

End-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients admitted to the hospital on a weekend may face increased risk of death, claim researchers from Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Ankit Sakhuja, MD, says that more research is needed to uncover reasons behind the weekend link to death. Researchers analyzing 8,000 ESRD admissions found that the ESRD patients admitted on weekends faced a 17 percent higher chance of dying while in the hospital compared with patients who were admitted during the week. "Our study stresses the need to redesign hospital staffing models to assure improved staff and dialysis availability for patients dependent on dialysis over the weekend," says Sakhuja. Study findings were presented at the American Society of Nephrology's Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: End Stage Renal Disease, Medical College of Wisconsin, ESRD Admissions, Weekend Patients More Likely to Die, Hospitals More Dangerous on Weekends, American Society of Nephrology's Annual Meeting, Dialysis Availability

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Safe Water and Food Crucial

4 E. Coli Infection Could Have Long-Term Impact

Those who develop gastroenteritis after drinking water contaminated with E coli face an increased risk of developing kidney problems, high blood pressure and heart disease later, say researchers reporting in the British Medical Journal. Researchers from Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson) and University of Western Ontario (Western) studied the risk for various health problems within eight years of developing gastroenteritis from drinking contaminated water. They found that study participants who had acute gastroenteritis were 3.4 times more likely to develop kidney problems, 1.3 times more likely to have high blood pressure, and 2.1 times more likely to experience a cardiovascular event like stroke.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: British Medical Journal, University of Western Ontario, Lawson Health Research Institute, High Blood Pressure Risk Factors, Drinking Contaminated Water, Gastroenteritis Risks

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Early Diagnosis

5 Detecting Melanoma Without Cutting

Doctors may have a way to diagnose melanoma without cutting the skin, reports CNN. An FDA advisory committee recently recommended approving MelaFind, a machine that examines lesions that doctors suspect may be melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Since many biopsied lesions turn out benign, the new machine could spare patients unnecessary surgery and anxiety. MelaFind can detect early melanoma. If melanoma is found by MelaFind, a biopsy is done. If melanoma is found in later stages, the fatality rate is very high. The American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies of melanoma each hour.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Melanoma Drug Shrinks Brain Tumors

Tags: Melanoma, MelaFind, Melanoma Diagnosis, Finding Melanoma Without Cutting, New Melanoma Finding, Skin Cancer Diagnosis, Most Deadly Skin Cancer, How Many People Die Melanoma

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Treating Rare Eye Disease

6 New Embryonic Stem Cell Study Approved

For the second time in the U.S., a new embryonic stem cell study with humans has been approved, reports MSNBC. Researchers will use stem cells from human embryos to study a rare genetic eye problem called Stargardt disease. The rare disease only affects 30,000 people in America, but the research may also apply to age-related macular degeneration. The study, which will involve 12 patients, is expected to begin early next year. Stargardt disease, which usually starts in adolescence, attacks central nervous vision, causing some people to go totally blind. Early research is focused mainly on testing safety, but researchers hope that study participants may also gain some visual acuity.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Liver Cells Created from Skin Stem Cells

Tags: New Stem Cell Study, New Embryonic Stem Cell Study, Stargardt Disease, Age Related Macular Degeneration, Stem Cell Research on Humans, Central Nervous Vision

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Sold at Warner Brothers Store

7 Cadmium and Lead Found in More Drinking Glasses

Drinking glasses manufactured in China and purchased at the Warner Brothers Studios store in Burbank, California have been found to exceed federal limits for lead in children’s products by up to 1,000 times. The same glasses also contained relatively high levels of cadmium. The decorative enamel on the glasses which depict comic book characters such Wonder Woman and Superman and movie characters from the Wizard of Oz contained between 16 and 30 percent lead. The federal limit on children’s products is 0.03 percent. While there is no federal limits on cadmium as of yet, the toxic metal was found to comprise up to 2.5 percent of the decorative surface of the glass, primarily in the color red. The colored surface can flake off over time and children can ingest the dangerous metals.

More at Raleigh News and Observer | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: McDonald's Recalls Shrek Movie Glasses for Cadmium

Tags: Cadmium, Lead, McDonalds, Drinking Glasses, Recalls

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500 Million Have Wine Allergy

8 The Development of an Allergy-Free Wine

About 500 million people in the world have an allergy to wine. About 10 to 15 percent of wine-allergy sufferers are allergic to sulfites, a preservative added to the beverage. However, the majority of those allergic are not sure of the exact allergen to avoid. One culprit, according to researchers publishing in the Journal of Proteome Research, appears to be glycoprotein, or a type of protein coated with sugar that develops during the grape fermentation process. Molecular biologist Giuseppe Palmisano and his team of scientists found 28 glycoproteins in Italian chardonnay, for example, that were similar in structure to known allergens such as ragweed and latex. This discovery could lead to a “hypoallergenic” wine safe for those with allergies.

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

Previously: Avoid Allergic Reactions and Have a Safe Halloween

Tags: Allergy, Wine, Food Allergy, Allergen, Alcoholic Beverage

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