March 11, 2011

The Cat Goes or I Go

1 Scientists Identify Cat Allergy Trigger

Scientists at the U of Nottingham have identified a cell component which triggers allergies to cat dander, paving the way for developing new treatments. "There has been a sharp increase in the prevalence of allergies over the past few decades and allergic asthma among children has reached epidemic proportions in many industrialized countries,” says lead researcher Dr. Amir Ghaem-Maghami, who adds, "Many people with asthma are highly sensitive to airborne allergens such as cat dander — in fact many studies have shown that up to 40 percent of children with asthma are allergic to cat allergens.” The hope is for a better understanding of the interaction between allergens and the immune system which leads to the development of more effective treatments.

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

Previously: Impossible to Avoid Cat Allergens on Planes

Tags: Allergies, Asthma, University of Nottingham, Cat Allergens, Allergy Trigger, What Triggers Cat Allergies, Cure for Cat Allergies, Treatment for Cat Allergies, Dr. Amir Ghaem-Maghami, Allergies and Asthma

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Hawaii Feels Effects

2 Earthquake and Tsunamis Cause Destruction in Japan

Hawaii started experiencing tsunami waves as high as seven feet in some areas on Friday morning after a very strong earthquake hit Japan, followed by tsunamis. Parts of the U.S. along the West Coast are also in danger. The Weather Channel reports that waves could strike the western coast of the United States between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. EST today. The 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan that struck on Friday is believed to be the largest in about 100 years. CNN reports that hundreds have been killed in Japan, while tens of thousands have been evaluated. The U.S. Geological Survey has said that the epicenter of the earthquake that struck Japan was located offshore 231 miles away from Tokyo.

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

Previously: Cholera Outbreak After Haiti Earthquake

Tags: Earthquake in Japan, Tsunami Waves in Hawaii, Tsunami Warning for West Coast, Tsunami Waves Hit Japan

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Openess to Ideas with ADHD

3 Adults with ADHD Are More Creative

Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could enjoy more creative achievement than people without ADHD, suggest researchers from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. The research, published in Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, involved 60 college students. Thirty of the participants had ADHD, and it was those students who scored higher on a series of tests that measured creativity across 10 domains. "For the same reason that ADHD might create problems, like distraction, it can also allow an openness to new ideas," comments Holly White, assistant professor of cognitive psychology at Eckerd College.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Apgar Scores in Babies May Predict ADHD Risk

Tags: Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Adults ADHD, Cognitive Psychology, Eckerd College, Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, ADHD and Creativity Link, Holly White

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Debunking Conventional Wisdom

4 Health Advice in The Longevity Project

Following conventional wisdom for good health (i.e, think happy thoughts) may have the opposite affect on some people, say psychology professors and authors of The Longevity Project, Howard S. Friedman and Leslie Martin. According to Atlantic, the authors used the unprecedented "80-year-rich archive" of information from a study begun by psychologist Lewis Terman in 1921. Authors Friedman and Martin discuss many surprising findings, including how worrying is sometimes good for you. In fact, conscientious people lived significantly longer and usually had happier marriages, healthier work environments and better friendships. Another finding was that career accomplishments usually lead to a longer life, not increased stress and shortened life as many think.

More at The Atlantic | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: The Secret to a Long Life? Eating Apples

Tags: The Longevity Project, Conventional Wisdom for Good Health, Health Adages, Howard S. Friedman, Leslie Martin, Should Kids Start School Early, Worrying Not Always Bad, Which Health Advice Is Right

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Radiation Increasing Outside 1

5 Meltdown Possible at Nuclear Plants in Japan

A meltdown at a nuclear power plant in Japan is possible, says an official with the nuclear safety commission in Japan. However, even if a meltdown does occur due to failed cooling abilities, humans outside a six-mile radius should be safe, reports MSNBC. On Saturday, Japan declared states of emergency for five nuclear reactors located in two power plants. Following Friday's 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan, some units at the power plants lost their ability to cool. Authorities have detected eight times the normal levels of radiation outside the Fukushima Daiichi plant's Unit 1, plus 1,000 times the normal radiation levels inside the control room in Unit 1. Residents have been evacuated as workers struggle to prevent meltdowns at the plants.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Nuclear Plants Japan, Nuclear Power Plant Japan, Fukushima Daiichi, Nuclear Meltdown After Earthquake, Nuclear Safety Commission Japan

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Peeling Back Broccoli's Secrets

6 Broccoli Fights Cancer by Blocking Gene

Compounds found in broccoli and other cruciferous veggies like cauliflower may block a gene associated with cancer growth, claim researchers from Georgetown University. The research, published in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, uncovers how broccoli achieves its cancer-fighting abilities. The compounds called isothiocyanates (ITCs) found in cruciferous vegetables have been shown to target and block the mutant p53 genes that are associated with cancer growth. WebMD reports that the healthy gene p53 is a tumor suppressor that plays a key role in protecting cells from cancer, but the p53 mutation is found in around 50 percent of all cancers in humans. Researchers say that their findings reveal that ITCs can remove defective p53 genes, leaving healthy genes alone.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Broccoli Can Help in Cancer Prevention

Tags: Broccoli Fights Cancer, Gene P53, Blocking Defective Cancer Genes, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Fighting Cancer with Diet, Defective P53 Gene

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The Seasons of Drug Metabolism

7 Sunlight Affects Drug Metabolism in the Body

A study conducted in Sweden involving approximately 70,000 patients on the immunosuppressant drugs tacrolimus and sirolimus suggest that the body’s ability to metabolize them varies with the amount of sunlight exposure which is linked to vitamin D levels in the body. People on these drugs have blood taken regularly to monitor their levels. The time of the year when vitamin D levels were highest, the drugs were at their lowest levels. Vitamin D activates the enzyme cytochrome P4503A4 (CYP3A4), part of the liver’s detoxification system which breaks down tacrolimus, sirolimus and many other drugs. When metabolism increases, more of the drug has to be given to maintain the same desired effect. This is the first study to show that changes in sunlight exposure can affect drug sensitivity.

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

Previously: 5 Reasons to Spend More Time Outdoors

Tags: Sunlight, Vitamin D, Tacrolimus, Sirolimus, Cytochrome P4503A4, CYP3A4, Drug Metabolism, Breakdown of Drugs

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Mutation in EGFR Targeted

8 New Drugs Effective in Some Lung Cancer Patients

Researchers have found that two new drugs, Erlotinib and Gefitinib work very well in people with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that have a mutation in their epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). EGFR allows cancer cells to survive, grow vasculature and spread throughout the body. Erlotinib and Gefitinib are part of a class of drugs known as protein kinase inhibitors that work by blocking EGFR. In patients with an EGFR mutation, researchers saw a greater than 70 percent rate to these drugs. Currently they are second and third-line in terms of treatment, but researchers believe that these results should make them first in line in this subset of NSCLC patients. NLSC makes up 80 to 90 percent of all lung cancers and is considered incurable once it spreads.

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

Previously: Experimental Lung Cancer Drug Shrinks Tumors

Tags: Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, NSCLC, Erlotinib, Gefitinib, Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors, EGFR

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