February 7, 2011

Lowers Testosterone Levels

1 Acupuncture Aids Women with PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a disorder that affects up to 10 % of women of child-bearing age and is characterized by irregular periods or the absence of ovulation and menstruation, may be improved by acupuncture and exercise, says a U of Gothenburg study. Patients typically produce more testosterone which may lead to unwanted hair growth and acne. Other characteristics may include obesity, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and infertility. "The study shows that both acupuncture and exercise reduce high levels of testosterone and lead to more regular menstruation," says lead researcher Elisabet Stener-Victorin. "Of the two treatments, the acupuncture proved more effective." Despite its common occurrence, medical experts do not know what causes PCOS.

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

Previously: Women with PCOS Smart to Avoid BPA

Tags: Acne, Cardiovascular Disease, Insulin Resistance, Obesity, Testosterone, PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, University of Gothenburg, Elisabet Stener-Victorin

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Chubby Baby Is Healthy

2 Mom Gives Birth to 13-Pound Baby

Yesterday, Jonathan Patrick Rozzi made a big splash at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass., with his birth weight: 13 pounds and 2 ounces! Jonathan is 22 inches long with chubby cheeks and fat feet. Jonathan's mother, Amanda Byron, said that his birth only took 10 minutes. This is the first baby for parents Eric and Amanda. Both parents were "normal sized at birth," reports the local news WHDH. While there's a risk of complications with large babies, Jonathan is healthy, and his parents look forward to taking him home.

More at WHDH | Hat tip to CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Smoking and Miscarriage

Tags: Large Baby, Big Birth Weight, Complications Large Babies, Holy Family Hospital, Amanda Byron, Jonathan Patrick Rozzi

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First Approval for a Mobile App

3 Mobile MIM App Approved for Doctors

The FDA has approved the Mobile MIM App for doctors to view medical images on devices like the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The newly approved app will allow remote viewing of images from CT scans, PET scans and MRIs, reports CNN. Mobile MIM is the first app approved by the FDA for mobile devices. The advantage for patients is the potential for a quicker diagnosis. Doctors won't have to wait for film or view images at a workstation. Developed by MIM Software, Inc., the app will most likely be used only when doctors don't have immediate access to their workspaces.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Weight Watchers IPad App

Tags: CT Scans, IPad, IPhone, How to View PET Scans, Mobile App for Doctors, First Remote Mobile App, Fda Approves First Mobile App, MIM Software, Best Medical App, IPod Touch

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Perfect Valentine's Gift

4 Chocolate Loves the Heart

Just in time for Valentine's Day, new research reveals just how chocolate "loves" the heart with cocoa's antioxidant compounds known as polyphenols that boost production of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) and lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Polyphenols are abundant in dark chocolate. Researchers, writing in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that polyphenols do their magic by enhancing the work of sterol regulatory element binding proteins (SREBPs), which attach to DNA to activate genes that boost HDL. Cocoa polyphenols were found to increase levels of ApoA1 (a component of HDL) and decrease levels of ApoB (a component of LDL) in the intestine and liver.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: HDL, Polyphenols, Healthy Benefits Chocolate, Chocolate Explained, Why Chocolate Is Good for You, Cocoa Is Heart Healthy, Antioxidant Compounds, Production of High-Density Lipoprotein, Lower Levels of Low-Density Lipoprotein LDL, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Fun Ways to Lower Cholesterol

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A First in Heart Studies

5 CRT-D Therapy Works Better for Women

For the first time, a therapy for preventing heart disease has been proven more beneficial for women than men. Study findings, published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology, show that women received a significantly greater benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D). Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center found that women receiving CRT-D therapy to prevent heart failure progression had a reduction in heart failure of 70 percent, compared to only 35 percent in men. In females with only mild heart failure, CRT-D therapy helped prevent heart deterioration. "It's not that men did poorly in the trial, but rather, women had really fantastic results," notes cardiologist Arthur J. Moss, M.D.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Avandia Blamed for 100s of Heart Attacks

Tags: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Heart Therapy for Women, Heart Studies for Women, Heart Month, Reduction of Heart Failure, CRT-D Therapy, Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy with Defibrillator, Arthur J. Moss

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Negative Body Image

6 Girls on Facebook Have Increased Anorexia Risk

Previous research has found that participation in social networking sites can lead to negative perceptions and an increased risk of depression. New research takes this a step further and finds that the more time that girls spend on Facebook, the greater the risk of suffering from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Adolescent girls in particular can develop a negative body image, physical dissatisfaction and a disordered approach to eating. Extensive online exposure to fashion and music content showed similar tendencies, finds a team of researchers from the University of Haifa. They recommend more parental supervision over internet use and other media exposures. More parental involvement appeared to create a greater sense of personal empowerment in the girls.

More at PhysOrg.Com | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Facebook Can Be Depressing

Tags: Adolescents, Anorexia, Body Image, Bulimia, Eating Disorders, Facebook, Adolescent Girls

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But Benefits May Outweigh Risks

7 Cardiac Caths May Increase Cancer Risk

Cardiac imaging procedures such as catheterizations and nuclear scans may increase radiation exposure as well as long-term cancer risk, finds a research study from McGill University Health Center. In a study of over 80,000 patients who had suffered a heart attack between April 1996 and March 2006, those who had undergone an imaging procedure with low-dose radiation appeared to have an increased cancer risk especially in the abdomen, pelvis, and chest areas. The researchers suggest that doctors should consider the possibilities before having patients undergo unnecessary imaging tests and procedures. In many cases, however, the benefits of the procedures for preventing further cardiac complications outweigh the potential cancer risks.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: High Cholesterol Linked to Cancer Risk, Full-Body Scan Cuts Life Span by 42 Minutes

Tags: Cancer, Cancer Risks, Cardiac, Heart, Radiation

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Diet and Exercise (again)

8 Lifestyle Affects Longevity More Than Genes

Did your parents or grandparents live to be 100? Don’t automatically assume that means that you will also. Research concludes that although heredity may play a role in longevity, it is likely a small one. Lifestyle factors, such as eating a good diet, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking add up to have the biggest impact on how long you will live. Controlling heart disease risks such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels had the greatest amount of influence, as cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of most people in developed countries. “The study clearly shows that we can influence several of the factors that decide how old we get,” writes Professor Lars Wilhelmsen. “And it doesn’t entail any major drug costs.”

More at EurekAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: The Secret to Long Life? Apples, Simple Actions Linked to Longevity in Seniors

Tags: Cardiovascular Risks, Long Life, Longevity, Senior Health

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Just Say No...Until You're Older

9 Marijuana May Hasten Development of Mental Illness

Kids who start smoking pot between the ages of 12-15 and even younger put themselves at increased risk for developing serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and psychosis much earlier than if they wait until they are older. Although most who smoke pot do not develop psychosis, several previous studies showed the younger a person was when they started the more likely they were to develop a mental illness even after other factors were accounted for. Although the cause and effect between marijuana and mental illness has not been proven, researchers believe marijuana may trigger diseases like schizophrenia. Based on this study researchers want public health campaigns to be geared toward pre-teens and adolescents so telling them to at least put off using marijuana until they are older.

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

Previously: Pot More Popular with Teens Than Cigarettes

Tags: Marijuana, Schizophrenia, Smoking Pot, Teenagers and Marijuana, Marijuana and Mental Illness, Psychosis

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Itchy Skin a Nutrition Problem?

10 Atopic Dermatitis May Be Sign of Food Allergies

Dermatologists are warning parents whose infants and young kids suffer from atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema, to be on the lookout for food allergies in the future. It has been reported that six out of 10 kids with AD also have food allergies. A study with three to 18 month old infants showed that 15 percent of those with even mild AD had a food allergy. People with AD make larger amounts of the IgE antibodies than others, which is produced in response to allergens. Allergies are determined by the presence of IgE antibodies using blood and skin tests. Dermatologists also developed new food allergy guidelines to ensure that children with AD who are truly allergic to food are correctly diagnosed and not being deprived of essential nutrients because of an incorrect one.

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

Previously: Probiotics in Milk Guard Against Baby Eczema

Tags: Eczema, Food Allergies, Atopic Dermatitis, IgE Antibodies

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Pollution Has Systemic Effects

11 Burning Coal in the Home May Stunt Kids’ Growth

Children who inhale smoke from coal used to heat the homes they live in may be stunted in their growth, and the effects of smoke from cigarettes and coal is cumulative based on a new study done in the Czech Republic. Looking at 1,333 children, it was observed that by 3 years of age children in homes that burned coal for heat and cooking were approximately 1.3 cm shorter compared to their peers in homes with other heating sources. The difference was more pronounced in boys and after accounting for some confounding factors, there was still a relationship between growth and exposure to coal smoke. While researchers are not sure why the chemicals in smoke may stunt growth, one hypothesis is that they affect cells in the growth plates and possibly alter hormones that play a role in growth.

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

Previously: Wood Fire Smoke Poses Health Hazard

Tags: Coal, Stunted Growth in Children, Smoke Exposure

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