January 18, 2011

Details Unclear

1 Steve Jobs on Medical Leave

Steve Jobs, ceo of Apple Inc. announced his decision to take a medical leave amid rampant speculation on the blogosphere, print and broadcast media. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003. He received a liver transplant in 2009 when it was learned that the cancer had spread. Few details were given but the LA Times reports the leave “was probably triggered either by an infection, a rejection episode related to his recent liver transplant or, most likely, a recurrence of his pancreatic cancer, experts said Monday.” Said Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz, USC's Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, "If we don't know more, it is all speculation, but we worry the tumor is back." Experts say Jobs’ leave indicates that he’s planning to undertake a program of treatment.

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

Tags: Pancreatic Cancer, Steve Jobs, Apple Computer, Apple CEO, Liver Transplant, Medical Leave of Absence, Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz, USC's Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Still into Politics Though

2 Dick Cheney Considers Heart Transplant

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who uses a left ventricular heart assist, is considering getting a heart transplant. Cheney's heart assist is a battery-powered pump that boosts blood flow around the body. CBS News reports that Cheney called the heart assist a "miracle of modern technology." The assist is typically used to keep patients healthy until they have a heart transplant. However, Cheney has not yet decided whether he'll have a transplant. Despite his health woes, Cheney still has time to ponder politics. He's said that he still believes that President Obama will fail to secure another term.

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

Previously: South Asian Kidney Transplants Affecting Heart

Tags: Dick Cheney Heart Surgery, Former Vice President Dick Cheney, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Cheney Heart Transplant, Dick Cheney Heart Issues, Cheney's Heart Assist, What a Left Ventricular Heart Assist Does

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Big As the World

3 New Jumbo Jalapeño Called NuMex Jalmundo

A new larger jalapeño pepper called NuMex Jalmundo has been created by the New Mexico State University chile pepper breeding program. NuMex Jalmundo, the result of hybridization between a jalapeño and bell pepper, is a medium hot pepper that's plenty large enough to be used for poppers. Paul Bosland, co-founder of the nonprofit Chile Pepper Institute, says that "the name Jalmundo is a contraction of jalapeño and the Spanish word for world (mundo), implying that it is as big as the world." Seeds may be purchased from the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University. Seeds for NuMex Jalmundo will be available next year from Renees Seed.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Capsaicin

Tags: NuMex Jalmundo, New Larger Jalapeño Pepper, Chile Pepper Institute, New Mexico State University, Paul Bosland, Plant and Environmental Sciences at NMSU, Chile Pepper Breeding Program, Deep-Fried Jalapeños Stuffed with Cheese, Poppers, Renees Seed

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Brain Scan May Show Plaque

4 FDA to Consider PET for Diagnosing Alzheimer’s

Following research findings showing that PET scans may be useful in diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, the FDA is considering whether the brain scans may be used for diagnosing the disease in living patients. Currently, Alzheimer’s disease is only definitivly diagnosed in death when an autopsy shows amyloid plaques in the brain. CNN reports that a small study by Avid Radiopharmaceuticals revealed that PET scans showed the plaque in 97 percent of patients who had a subsequent autopsy confirming the findings. The 35 terminally ill patients involved in the research agreed to the brain scan and autopsy. PET scans of 75 healthy people revealed no finding for Alzheimer’s disease. The research was published today in Journal of the American Medical Association.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Brain Scan, Journal of the American Medical Association, PET Scans, Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease, Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, Terminally Ill Patients

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Preventing Shark Attacks

5 Sharks May Be Color Blind

Sharks can't distinguish colors, suggest researchers from two universities who found strong evidence that sharks have a single cone type, which may mean they're cone monochromats and potentially color blind. The research, published in Naturwissenschaften - The Science of Nature, reveals that even though shark eyes are capable of functioning over a big range of light levels, they possess a single long-wavelength-sensitive cone type in the retina, which could mean sharks are incapable of distinguishing colors. Dr. Nathan Scott Hart of the University of Western Australia says that the findings may help to prevent shark attacks on humans. He believes that contrast against a background may be more important than color for object detection by sharks.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: University of Queensland in Australia, University of Western Australia, Sharks Color Blind, Preventing Shark Attacks, Can Sharks See Color, Best Color to Avoid Shark Attacks, How to Avoid Shark Attacks, Why Sharks Attacks, What Sharks See in Water, Shark Research, Dr. Nathan Scott Hart, The Science of Nature, Naturwissenschaften, Cone Monochromats

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Cooling Flashes with an SSRI

6 Lexapro Is Helpful for Treating Hot Flashes

Lexapro, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) for depression, has been shown to be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes experienced by menopausal women. Women who take an SSRI for hot flashes may notice an improvement almost immediately or within a week, reports CNN. The FDA hasn't approved SSRIs for treating hot flashes, but some doctors prescribe them off-label. A recent government-funded study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reveals that women who took Lexapro for eight weeks rated their hot flashes 24 percent less severe than before. They also experienced about 5.25 hot flashes a day, compared to 10 a day before taking Lexapro. When the women stopped taking Lexapro, their hot flashes returned to previous levels.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Menopause Treatment, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, SSRI, Reducing Hot Flashes, Reducing the Severity of Hot Flashes, Lexapro for Hot Flashes, Depression Medicine for Hot Flashes, Medicine for Hot Flashes, Treating Hot Flashes with Drugs, Best Hot Flash Treatment

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Study Supports Soy Health Claims

7 Soy Protein Beats Milk for Lowering Cholesterol

Soy protein is more effective at lowering non-HDL and total cholesterol than milk protein, find researchers. The study, involving men and women 18 to 79 years old with moderately high cholesterol levels, was published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. "The fact that soy protein significantly decreased non-HDL cholesterol levels compared to milk protein in this study is very promising," says Elaine Krul, co-author of the study. Soy protein lowered LDL and total cholesterol with a yet-to-be-determined mechanism that doesn't involve increased bile acid excretion. However, researchers think that their findings support the heart health claim for soy protein.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lower LDL Naturally

Tags: How to Lower Cholesterol, Soy Lowers Non-HDL Cholesterol, Soy Lowers Ldl, Lowering Total Cholesterol with Diet, Elaine Krul, Journal of Clinical Lipidology, increased bile acid excretion, Soy protein for high cholesterol

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What Is a Whole Grain Anyway?

8 Americans Overestimate Whole Grain Consumption

When talking about diet, most people fudge the numbers, saying they eat more of a healthful nutrient than they actually do. A survey conducted by General Mills finds that while 61 percent of Americans believe that they consume enough whole grains in their diet, in reality, only about 5 percent actually do. US Dietary Guidelines recommend 3 daily servings, or at least 48 grams, of whole grains each day. One barrier is that many do not know exactly what a whole grain is – only 55 percent could correctly identify it on a food label. Convenience and price are also barriers. A whole grain contains all three parts of the grain and is associated with a reduction in risk for heart disease and certain cancers. It can also benefit diabetes and weight management.

More at Newswise | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Bran Leads to Longer Life for Diabetics, Whole Grains Missing from Kids Diets

Tags: Cancer, Diabetes, Dietary Guidelines, Heart Disease, Whole Grain, Whole Grains

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Still Watch Calories and Carbs

9 Don't Go Gluten Free for Weight Loss

Gluten-free is the new buzz word in food products. According to the Nielsen Company, gluten-free products are projected to become a $2.6 billion industry by 2012. While some require a gluten-free diet due to an autoimmune medical condition called celiac disease, a number of dieters are mistakenly turning to these products in a misguided effort to lose weight. “There’s nothing magical about eliminating gluten” for weight loss, says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Heather Mangieri. In fact, some gluten-free products are higher in calories and higher in carbohydrate than the foods they are replacing. Going gluten-free for health reasons is great, but “don’t go out and buy a bunch of gluten free cookies” expecting weight loss, says Dr. Julie Greer, a gastroenterologist.

More at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Subway Restaurant Testing Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

Tags: Carbohydrates, Gluten, Gluten-Free, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Help

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