January 20, 2011

When Anesthesia Doesn't Work

1 Awake During Surgery

Two of every 1000 patients wake up during surgery, despite anesthesia. Unintended awareness, while rare, can leave patients with long-term psychological trauma. In a new report, Petra Bischoff, Ruhr U and Ingrid Rundshagen, Charité Berlin, blame an inadequate depth of anesthesia. Risk factors include long-term use of painkillers, misuse of medication and age. Children are eight to 10 times more likely to be aware under anesthesia. C-sections, emergency procedures and operations at night carry a higher risk of awareness also. The authors recommend training sessions for medical personnel to recognize risk factors as well as monitoring electrical brain activity. If post traumatic stress disorder occurs, prognosis is good if professional treatments are started immediately.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Survey Says Most Patients Anxious About Anesthesia, Woman Conscious While Eyeball is Being Cut Out

Tags: Anesthesia Awareness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, Anesthesia, Unintended Awareness, Awake During Surgery, Petra Bischoff, Ruhr University, Ingrid Rundshagen, Charite Berlin

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Some Side Effects

2 Astaxanthin: Powerful Antioxidant Hailed on Dr. Oz

Appearing on the Dr. Oz show recently, Dr. Joe Mercola said that astaxanthin, which comes from marine algae, is up to 60 times more potent as an antioxidant than Vitamin E or Vitamin C. Astaxanthin, a carotenoid that gives salmon its rosy color, is the "hottest new antioxidant on the market,” says Dr. Mercola. The benefits of astaxanthin come from its anti-inflammatory properties. Dr. Mercola says that it may be helpful against arthritis, cataracts, cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, astaxanthin isn't without side effects. Talk with your doctor about possible side effects, including hormonal changes, decrease in blood pressure and libido, and increased skin pigmentation. People with asthma, immune disorders, osteoporosis or parathyroid disorders should avoid astaxanthin.

More at CalorieLab | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Astaxanthin, Carotenoid, What Gives Salmon Color, Dr. Oz Guests, Dr. Joe Mercola, Supplements to Take, Side Effects of Supplements, Side Effects of Astaxanthin, Hormonal Changes, parathyroid disorders

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Produce Prices Going Down

3 Wal-Mart to Offer Healthier Food Options

First lady Michelle Obama joined Wal-Mart executives today when they announced their plan to reformulate many of their food products, making them healthier. As part of their new healthier foods focus, Wal-Mart will reduce added sugars and sodium content in some items. They're also going to push their suppliers to offer healthier food, reports Yahoo News. Wal-Mart is also planning on developing a logo for healthier items. In addition, the company will build stores in poor areas without grocery stores and reduce prices on produce. Bill Simon, president and CEO of the U.S. divisions of Wal-Mart, said today that families shouldn't have to pick between food that's affordable and food that's healthier for them.

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

Previously: Walmart Recalls Deli Meat

Tags: Walmart Food, Wal-Mart to Have Healthier Food, Wal-Mart Changing Food, Wal-Mart Reducing Added Sugar, Reducing Sodium Wal-Mart Foods, Changing Groceries at Walmart, Reduce Prices on Produce, Bill Simon, Wal-Mart CEO

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A Bad 10 Days

4 George Clooney Recovers from Malaria

George Clooney, 49, contracted malaria during his recent trip to Sudan, but he has recovered. This was the actor's second bout with malaria. Clooney's rep told People that the actor's quick recovery demonstrates how with proper medicine, the most deadly disease in Africa may be "reduced to a bad 10 days instead of a death sentence." Clooney was in Sudan earlier this month to launch a satellite monitoring system which he hopes will aid in helping to avoid another civil crisis in South Sudan. Clooney is expected to talk about his health condition on Friday on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight.

More at People | Hat tip to CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Malaria May Have Originated in Gorillas

Tags: Most Deadly Disease in Africa, George Clooney Fights Malaria, George Clooney Recovering from Malaria, George Clooney in Sudan, Piers Morgan Tonight, Civil Crisis in South Sudan

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Skin Prick Test Solves Mystery

5 Man Inoculated Against Own Semen

For years, Mr. A, 50, scheduled sex on Fridays so he'd have two days to recover from the ailments that followed, but doctors finally found a way to help him by using his semen. Initially, doctors thought that Mr. A's problem was psychological. After an orgasm, he'd suffer swollen lips and throat, headache, disordered speech, irritability, and frightening dreams, among other ailments. Mr. A has Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS), described in a recent paper in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Skin prick testing revealed that Mr. A is allergic to his own semen. MSNBC reports that scientists believe that a "gap in the seminal plumbing" may allow semen to contact T-lymphocytes, setting off an immune response. Mr. A has experienced relief after being inoculated with his own diluted semen.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal of Sexual Medicine, Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome, Skin Prick Testing, Allergy to Semen, Sexual Allergy, Headache After Sex, T-Lymphocytes

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Learn Who's Really Happy at Work

6 Wegmans Food Markets among Best Places to Work

Starbucks barely made the Fortune list of "100 Best Companies to Work for" at spot number 98, while Whole Foods claimed the number 24 spot in this year's list, posted on CNN. Yet, it's Wegmans Food Markets that seems to have the most happy employees in the food world. The company took third place. Many health-focused companies also made the list of best companies to work for: The Methodist Hospital System (19), CHG Healthcare Services (27), Southern Ohio Medical Center (36), Scripps Health (37), Baptist Health South Florida (42), Atlantic Health (54), Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company (56), Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (60), Mayo Clinic (61), OhioHealth (62), Stryker (68), Arkansas Children's Hospital (75), and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (80).

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Best Places to Work, Good Places to Work, Where to Work, Best Employers, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Southern Ohio Medical Center, CHG Healthcare Services, The Takeda Oncology Company

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Teddy Helped with Treatment

7 The Toddler Who Survived Breast Cancer

Aleisha Hunter, who was diagnosed with a rare juvenile strain of breast cancer, visited the Today show with her mother. Aleisha, now 4, was only 3 years old when she had a radical modified mastectomy. Aleisha's teddy bear was there to comfort her after doctors at North York General Hospital treated her cancer by removing her areola, nipple, breast tissue and the lymph nodes under her left arm. Aleisha's mother, Melanie, talked with Today because she wanted to help raise awareness about breast cancer. While Aleisha will eventually need reconstructive surgery, she's now cancer-free.

More at Today | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: No Single Diet Best for Preventing Breast Cancer

Tags: Youngest Breast Cancer Survivor, Breast Cancer in Juveniles, Aleisha Hunter, Rare Juvenile Strain of Breast Cancer, North York General Hospital

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Elderly Smokers Who Take Vit C

8 Vitamin E May Lengthen Life in Certain Men

This study is not going to be applicable to the majority of the men who read it, but if you are over 71, smoke a little and enjoy citrus fruits and leafy green vegetables, then taking a vitamin E supplement may extend your lifespan. Researchers from the University of Helsinki in Finland studied 2,284 men who had a vitamin C intake above the median and smoked less than a pack of cigarettes per day. Those over the age of 71 who took a vitamin E supplement had an extended lifespan by two years, a reduction in mortality of about 24 percent. Of those men between the ages of 65 to 70 (80% of the cohort), however, the dietary supplementation had no effect. The researchers published their findings in the journal Age and Ageing.

More at EScience News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: High Blood Levels of Vitamin E Decrease Alzheimer's Risk, Genetics May Be Factor in Vitamin E Metabolism

Tags: Dietary Supplements, Senior Health, Vitamin E, Senior Nutrition

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Launched January 2011

9 Sodexo Offers Meatless Monday in Many US Hospitals

Sodexo, a leading food service provider for hospitals, colleges, government and corporate locations, is now offering “Meatless Mondays” in each of its 900 hospital client accounts across the country. Beginning in January, the company will provide and promote at least one plant-based entrée option to its menu each week. The initiative will soon expand to all Sodexo clients. Meatless Monday was developed by the non-profit Monday Campaigns in 2003 to promote healthy food choices that are also good for the planet. A diet rich in whole grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts and fruit has been associated with lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and less obesity. A well-balanced vegetarian diet may also decrease risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

More at Red Orbit | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: New York City Schools Launch Meatless Monday

Tags: Meatless Monday, Vegetarian, Hospital Food

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