January 9, 2011

Products Can't Raise New Concern

1 New Tobacco Products under Review by FDA

The FDA will review new tobacco products, including those that were introduced or changed after February 15, 2007. Companies marketing new tobacco products, such as cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless products, are required to prove their products are “substantially equivalent” to other tobacco products that were commercially available on February 15, 2007. The According to the FDA, “substantially equivalent” products should have the same ingredients and other characteristics as an existing product. If the product differs, it can't raise different questions of public health than existing products.

More at FDA | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Smokeless Tobacco Increases Heart Risks

Tags: Roll-Your-Own Tobacco, Questions of Public Health, Smokeless Products, Fda to Approve New Tobacco Products, FDA Control over Tobacco, Substantially Equivalent

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Hey Fatty, Lose Some Weight

2 Chinese Mothers Are Better

"It's possible that, on average, the Chinese kids will grow up to be happier and more fulfilled because they were given a strong foundation of skills and a strong work ethic: the ability to concentrate on tasks through to completion."
- Patrick in the comments

"Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior," an essay by Amy Chua, may be eye-opening for many parents who don't approve of the demands some Chinese parents place on kids. Appearing in Wall Street Journal, the essay from "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" illustrates a parenting style many find overly strict or mean. Chua explains that her daughters were never allowed to get a grade less than an A or watch TV. Yet, Chua shows she loved her kids too much to give up on them when they couldn't do something. She wasn't afraid to be tough either. She assumed her kids could take it. Chua writes, "Chinese mothers can say to their daughters, 'Hey fatty -- lose some weight.'" She says that Western parents tiptoe around the issue, mentioning health concerns, and their kids still end up with eating disorders.

More at The Wall Street Journal | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Woman Acquires Chinese Accent After Migraine

Tags: Chinese Daughters, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua, Difference Between Chinese and American Parents, Involved Chinese Parenting, Strict Chinese Parents, Lazy American Kids, Explaining the Chinese Parenting Style

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Doctor Is Cautiously Optimistic

3 Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Communicating with Doctor

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can communicate with doctors by following simple commands, reports CNN. Dr. Michael Lemole, Jr., chief of neurosurgery at University Medical Center in Tuscon, says he's "cautiously optimistic." Giffords is sedated, but will be woken periodically so that doctors can check her progress. Lemole says the biggest threat Giffords faces is brain swelling. Part of Giffords' skull was removed as a precaution to protect her brain in the event of swelling. CNN notes that the most traumatic gunshot injuries occur if the bullet crosses from one hemisphere the other. In Giffords' case, Lemole explains that the bullet didn't travel through critical trajectories. The bullet "traveled through the left hemisphere of her brain from back to front," reports CNN.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Faces Prolonged Recovery

Tags: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Most Traumatic Gunshot Injuries, Left Hemisphere, Critical Trajectories, Giffords' Recovery, Giffords' Wound, Giffords' Doctor, Brain Swelling, Giffords' Ability to Communicate, Part of Gifford Skull Removed, University Medical Center in Tuscon, Dr. Michael Lemole

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Snow and Ice to Hit Southeast

4 Dangerous Winter Storm Headed for Southeast

Southeastern states are bracing for a major winter storm to arrive tonight. Significant snow levels may make travel dangerous, warns the National Weather Service. The winter storm warnings for Sunday night into Monday have been issued for parts of Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Alabama. Iced roads, tree damage and power outages may be likely in some areas. According to The Weather Channel, significant icing is more likely to occur from northern Louisiana to central portions of Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas. Airlines have taken steps to cancel many flights ahead of the winter storm, says CNN. AirTran Airways cancelled 270 flights for Monday and 14 flights for Sunday.

More at CNN | Hat tip to The Weather Channel | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Major Winter Storm, Mississippi Winter Storm, Texas Snow, Arkansas Ice, Louisiana Winter Storm, Tennessee, Alabama Snow Storm, Southeast Winter Storm

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Voices Not Necessary

5 Music Is Like Sex for the Brain

The brain has been observed reacting to music by releasing dopamine, the pleasure chemical released during sex and eating, reports MSNBC. The new study helps explain why music is popular across cultures, notes Robert Zatorre and Valorie Salimpoor of McGill University in Montreal. The research, published online today by Nature Neuroscience, included eight participants who underwent PET scans and functional MRI while listening to instrumental music. Salimpoor said that the research proves that voices aren't needed to produce the dopamine response in the brain. PET scans showed that more dopamine was pumped in the striatum brain area when subjects listened to favorite pieces of music compared to other pieces. Functional MRI revealed when and where the dopamine was released.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dopamine Rush

Tags: Dopamine Rush, Nature Neuroscience, McGill University, Robert Zatorre, Valorie Salimpoor, Dopamine Response in the Brain, Brain Response to Music, How Brain Reacts to Music, Striatum Brain Area

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Life-Saving Exercise

6 Exercise Lowers Prostate Cancer Death Risk

Three hours of vigorous exercise weekly has been associated with a greatly reduced risk of death from prostate cancer and from any cause. WebMD reports on an 18-year study involving 2,705 men who had been diagnosed with nonmetastatic prostate cancer. Findings from the study by the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of California-San Francisco showed that men who exercised vigorously three hours a week had a 61 percent lower prostate cancer-specific death risk compared with men who exercised less than an hour weekly. WebMD reports that men who walked at a normal to brisk pace more than 90 minutes each week experienced a 46 percent lower risk of dying from any cause when compared to men who spent less time walking. Findings were published in Journal of Clinical Oncology.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nonmetastatic Prostate Cancer, Brisk Pace, Walking Increases Prostate Cancer Survival, Vigorous Exercise Lowers Prostate Cancer Death Risk, Health Professionals Follow-Up Study

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Losing Health and Sanity for Art

7 "Black Swan" Shows Dangers of Ballet

The movie "Black Swan" portrays the darker side of ballet, including eating disorders, sexual abuse and psychological problems. New York Times writes that the movie has "become something of a must-see movie for young ballerinas." And that's not the case simply because the movie revolves around ballet. New York Times reports that some ballet dancers believe that the movie "holds up a mirror to a darker side of ballet." The film centers around Nina, a ballet dancer who suffers greatly for her art, at the cost of her sanity and health. She even endures sexual abuse. Yet, some in the ballet world see the movie as stereotypical and overdone, even close to becoming a farce. Other dancers say the biggest downside to the film is that it didn't contain enough dancing.

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

Tags: Black Swan, Eating Disorders in Ballerinas, Ballet Dangers, Sexual Abuse in Ballet, Eating Disorders Risk of Ballet, Darren Aronofsky

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Blocks Protein That Alters Brain

8 New Drug Treats Some with Fragile X

Fragile X, an inherited condition that can result in behavioral and cognitive impairments, can be managed in some with a new drug developed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Individuals with Fragile X have a mutation in a gene called Fragile X Mental Retardation-1 (FMR1) which yields FMRP. The protein produced is abnormal or non-existent, preventing it from regulating a protein called mGluR5 which is involved in making brain connections. Unregulated mGluR5 results in abnormal connections in the brain which causes the symptoms seen in the disorder. The drug regulates this protein. Significant improvements were observed in 7 of the 30 patients with no FMRP in the blood or brain. The drug, known as AFQ056, was also determined to be safe and a larger clinical trial is pending.

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

Previously: ADHD May Be Genetic

Tags: Fragile X, Fragile X Mental Retardation-1, FMR1, FMRP, MGluR5, Novartis Pharmaceutical, AFQ056

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Improve Mood and Motor Function

9 Prozac Improves Paralysis Due to Stroke

A study conducted in France demonstrated that that fluoxetine (Prozac) allows people who suffer strokes to regain more muscle function compared to those who received a placebo. One hundred and eighteen people who suffered paralysis or weakness on one side of their body due to a stroke received either 20 mg Prozac or a placebo daily five to ten days post-stroke. The patients’ motor function was measured three months later. Those who got Prozac had a 34 point higher score compared to their initial test, compared to 24.3 who took the placebo. Motor function improved in the legs and arms. Patients on Prozac were less likely to be depressed but some researchers question if that is because of the improvement in function made physical therapy more effective.

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

Previously: Dark Chocolate May Protect Brain After a Stroke

Tags: Prozac, Stroke, Paralysis Due to Stroke, Managing Stroke Patients

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