March 2, 2011

Tanning Beds May be Deadly

1 Dying for a Tan

Using tanning beds to treat skin eruptions, especially those caused by allergies to some medications, may cause serious reaction or even death, finds a new study. "There are many reasons to be cautious of tanning bed radiation but some people use tanning beds to 'self-treat' skin eruptions," says senior author Dr. Jeffrey B. Travers. "... if the eruption is caused by a drug reaction then it can be dangerous." The study reported a patient who went to a tanning salon to treat a mild skin rash due to an allergy to ibuprofen. The patient developed toxic epidermal necrolysis, a life threatening skin disorder which can cause multi-system organ failure. According to the study, about 10% of tanners sought to treat skin disease yet only 5% had the advice of a physician.

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

Previously: Tanning Beds Triple Cancer Risk

Tags: Ibuprofen, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, Tanning Beds, Self-Medicating, Tanning Beds Turn Deadly, Skin Eruptions, Skin Allergies, Skin Allergy, Jeffrey B. Travers, Organ Failure

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Job Options May Narrow

2 Men Facing More Depression

Men could be facing a more depressing future as their job options may narrow in the 21st century, report researchers from Emory University School of Medicine. Researchers, writing in The British Journal of Psychiatry, say that it could be more difficult for men to "adjust to a domestic role than for women to adjust to a work role." Since women are outpacing men in pursuing degrees, men may have fewer job options in the future. If men are less suited to caring for children and maintaining households, they could have lowered self-esteem and more depression, reports MSNBC.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Depression Rates among Men, Depression in Men, Increasing Rates of Depression in Men, British Journal of Psychiatry

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Triple-Negative Cancer Increase

3 Giving Birth May Up Uncommon Breast Cancer

Compared with women who'd given birth just once, women who'd given birth three or more times were 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with the uncommon, but very aggressive triple-negative breast cancer, find researchers who were surprised by their study results. The study also revealed that women who'd never given birth had a 40 percent reduced chance of developing triple-negative breast cancer. The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, was based on reproductive history information provided by more than 150,000 postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative study. Three hundred of those women developed triple-negative breast cancer, reports MSNBC.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Study Shows Herceptin Has Long Term Benefits

Tags: Breast Cancer Risk, Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Aggressive Type of Breast Cancer, Affect of Having Kids on Breast Cancer Risk, Women's Health Initiative study

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Linked to Various Heart Defects

4 Heart Defects Tied to Smoking Early in Pregnancy

A study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined information from 2,525 infants with congenital heart defects and 3,435 healthy infants born between 1981 and 1989 and found they had an increased risk of heart defects by 20 to 70 percent if their mothers smoked in the first trimester. One defect decreases blood flow to the right side of the heart while another results in holes in the upper chambers known as the atria. Researchers believe that approximately 800 of these cases might be prevented if women stopped smoking before getting pregnant or very early on in the pregnancy. These type of heart defects occur in over 8,000 babies born in the U.S. every year and account for almost a third of infant that die due to birth defects.

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

Previously: Antidepressant Use May Lead to Birth Defect

Tags: Birth Defects, Smoking During Pregnancy, Congenital Heart Defects, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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NSAID Use More Closely Linked

5 Painkillers Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Questionnaires filled out by approximately 81,000 men 45 to 69 years old linked painkillers to an increased risk of erectile dysfunction. Sixty-four percent of those who took painkillers at least five times a week said they could were impotent compared to 36 percent who took the drugs less often. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and Celebrex were linked to a 38 percent increase in erectile dysfunction and this increase remained after adjusting the results for other factors such as age, weight, high blood pressure and heart disease. Even with these results, researchers think factors such as other diseases may be more closely linked to erectile dysfunction and do not want men to stop taking pain medication based on this one study.

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

Previously: ED, Depression Increase Cardiovascular Risk

Tags: Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Erectile Dysfunction, Ibuprofen, Pain Medications, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, NSAIDs, And Celebrex

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Unknown Neuroprotective Effect

6 Ibuprofen May Lower Risk of Developing Parkinson's

The risk of developing Parkinson’s, a neurological disease that results in tremors and difficulty in moving in people mostly over 50, may be reduced by 27 percent by taking the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) ibuprofen. When compared to other NSAIDs such as aspirin and acetaminophen men and women who took ibuprofen at least two times a week had a 38 percent decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s. Ibuprofen is better known as Advil, Motrin and Nuprin on store shelves. Researchers have no clue as to how ibuprofen protects against the central nervous system disease, they do believe it has a neuroprotective effect. The complete study, which was conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health, can be found in the journal Neurology.

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

Previously: Amphetamine Use Linked with Parkinson's

Tags: Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Harvard School of Public Health, Ibuprofen, Motrin, NSAID, Parkinson’s, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug, Advil, Nuprin

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