March 14, 2011

Saves Lives, Money

1 Tamoxifen Can Protect Against Breast Cancer

Taking Tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer in post-menopausal women under age 55 who are at increased risk, saves lives and lowers medical costs and the drug’s protective benefits last for years after treatment ends. However, the drug can have serious side effects that include early menopause, endometrial cancer, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Researchers found that for post-menopausal women, ages 55 years and below, with a 5-year risk of developing breast cancer of 1.66 % or greater, the drug’s benefits are maximized and side effects are minimized. Said researcher Dr. Peter Alperin of this group, "chemoprevention with tamoxifen prevents 29 breast cancer cases and 9 breast cancer deaths per 1,000 women treated, and it saves $47,580 per 1,000 women treated in the US.”

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

Previously: Two Good Choices to Prevent Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Early Menopause, Endometrial Cancer, Pulmonary Embolism, Tamoxifen, Dr. Peter Alperin, Tamoxifen Risk, Do the Risks of Taking Tamoxifen Outweigh the Side Effects, Chemoprevention

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Critters May Be Victorious

2 The Bed Bug Epidemic Continues

As the battle against bed bugs wages on, an article in Chemical & Engineering News says it may be a losing one. Bed bugs, which hide in mattresses and furniture, feast on human blood and may cause allergic reactions - to say nothing of the mental anguish of knowing the critters have infested your home. Costly extermination can take weeks and some effective chemicals, such as DDT, are now banned due to threats against human health and the environment. Scientists are seeking new substances and have asked the government to resume the use of propoxur, a pesticide that was pulled from the market after the EPA raised safety concerns. For now, the article recommends laundering, vacuuming, removing clutter, sealing up cracks in walls, and pesticides as the best ways to control bed bugs.

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

Previously: National Bed Bug Summit Held Today

Tags: DDT, EPA, Pesticides, Bed Bugs, Infestation, Epidemic, Battling Bed Bugs, Insecticides, Propoxur, Extermination, Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

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Hobby Could Contribute to Asthma

3 Used Instruments Can Make Kids Sick

Used woodwind and brass instruments can put kids at risk of allergic diseases and minor to serious infectious, claim researchers who tested previously played instruments of a high school band. Lead author of the study, R. Thomas Glass, DDS, PhD, warns that if instruments aren't properly sanitized, bacteria and fungi may live for months following the last use. Kids may be at risk for development of asthma or skin infections. The tested instruments included seven that had not been played in a month and six that had been played within a week. Published in General Dentistry, the research shows that the instruments had 442 different bacteria, 19 yeasts and 58 molds. Researchers recommend regular cleaning of the mouthpieces, as well as cleaning the inside of instruments.

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

Previously: Tylenol May Double Asthma Risk

Tags: General Dentistry, Triggers of Childhood Asthma, Asthma Triggers in Kids, R. Thomas Glass, Routine Cleaning of Instruments Important, Clean Inside of Instruments, No Sharing Instruments, Dangerous Hobby, High School Band Instruments Unsafe

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Omega-3 Fatty Acid for Eyes

4 Fatty Fish Reduces Risk of Macular Degeneration

The secret to reducing your risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may be on the menu as researchers say that eating fatty fish one or more times per week can make you less likely to develop the disease. Compared with women who ate fish less than once monthly, women who consumed one or more servings of fatty fish (mostly canned tuna and dark-meat fish) each week were 42 percent less likely to be diagnosed with AMD, reports WebMD. The study findings, published in the Archives of Opthalmology, also reveal that women receiving the largest amounts of DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid in fish) were 38 percent less likely to develop the eye disease compared with women who got the least DHA. The leading cause of vision loss in those 60 and older, AMD affects the ability to focus on details.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: New Embryonic Stem Cell Study Approved

Tags: Central Vision, Fish Oil Benefits, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Eating Fatty Fish, Preventing Age Related Macular Degeneration, Archives of Opthalmology, DHA Benefits

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Handrails Line the Halls

5 New Emergency Rooms Are Built for the Elderly

Hospitals across the U.S. are looking to redefine the emergency room experience for seniors, and a few have even built ER facilities dedicated exclusively to the elderly. New York Times reports that St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is one of the country's few senior ERs. Their new wing, designated for the elderly, features handrails lining the walls and a pressure-reducing mattress with an alarm that can be set to detect if a patient prone to wandering gets up from the bed. The ER also features a nonskid floor to reduce fall risk, larger clocks and softer room lighting, as well as the availability of reading glasses and hearing devices. Trinity Health System, parent company of St. Joseph Mercy, opened their first senior ER in 2008, and they're planning to open 19 more by 2013.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Elderly Should Wear Shoes Indoors to Prevent Falls

Tags: Senior Citizens Falling, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Preventing Elderly Falls, Custom Emergency Rooms for Elderly, ER for Seniors, Meeting Health Needs of Elderly

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Shake It on or Shake Your Head

6 Skeptical About Sensa for Weight Loss

Sensa, an appetite suppressant that you sprinkle on food, supposedly works to turn off appetite without stimulants or drugs by enhancing the user's sense of taste and smell, but some experts ask whether the product actually works as advertised. Los Angeles Times explores the question of just how skeptical consumers should be. While a previous study on strawberries showed that making the smell more intense can reduce the amount eaten, there's no research to support substances or flavors working on a wide variety of foods, says Adam Drewnowski, director of the nutritional sciences program at the University of Washington in Seattle. While findings from a Sensa study show it helped users lose 15 percent of their body weight, the study wasn't published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mediterranean Diet Can Reduce Risk of Diabetes

Tags: Sensa, Appetite Suppressant, Adam Drewnowski, University of Washington in Seattle, Does Sensa Work, Sense of Taste and Smell, Weight Loss Products

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Depression May Be Tied to Birth

7 Depressed Dads More Likely to Spank 1 Year Olds

A study released in Pediatrics suggests that fathers who spank their one year olds are more likely to be depressed than those who do not. Spanking one year olds is dangerous and they cannot make the link between their behavior and the spanking. Data from a yearlong study of 1,746 dads in 16 large cities in the U.S. was analyzed and researchers found 40 percent of dads who said they were depressed spanked their kids compared to 13 percent who said they were not. While depression in dads in strongly associated with unemployment, lead study author Dr.Neal Davis believes some cases may be linked to the birth of their child like postpartum depression in women. Not a whole lot is known about depression in new fathers but this study suggests that their mental health needs to be assessed as well.

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

Previously: Mom Makes Son Wear Sign Advertising His GPA

Tags: Depression in Men, Postpartum Depression in Men, Spanking, Disciplining Young Children, Depression in New Dads

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The Animal-Free Adoption Case

8 Vegetarian Couple Not Allowed to Adopt in Crete

A vegetarian couple from the Greek island of Crete has been banned from adopting based on the fact that their diet has been deemed unfit for a child by government officials. Welfare services head Spyros Epitropakis defended the decision by saying that a "consultation with University of Crete medical school confirmed that a child's diet should contain meat and fish." The vegetarian couple have gone to court to try and overturn the decision, but there is still no word on the outcome of their appeal. The University of Crete medical school expert who issued the recommendation has recently said that he sees no problem in allowing the parents to adopt a child "if the family has no intention of imposing its diet habits on the child." The decision now rests with the judicial authorities of Crete.

More at Ecorazzi | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Tags: Vegetarian, Vegetarian Couple, University of Crete

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Million Dollar Melancholy

9 4 in 10 Millionaires Do Not Feel Rich

A new survey by Fidelity Investments has found that 4 in 10 millionaires do not feel rich. The millionaires polled said they don't feel like they have a substantial amount of wealth and wouldn't feel wealthy until they had at least seven million dollars in the bank. Of course, variables such as a person's idea of what wealth is must be taken into account when studying the data, but the findings still uncover very interesting trends. The study also measured the confidence in the market based on a -100 to 100 scale. The -54 score places the economy's perceived strength at "very weak." Additionally, 4 in 10 listed retirement savings as their main financial concern and 7 in 10 were "extremely or very" concerned about possible tax increases -- a feeling not shared by most of the middle class.

More at Mainstreet | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Previously: Slim, Gates and Buffett Top Forbes List of Rich

Tags: Fidelity Investments, Millionaires

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GREEN EGGS and HAM DIET SLAMMED

10 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' to Fight Obesity

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been chosen to promote the new "Eating Healthy. Growing Strong." campaign designed to fight childhood obesity. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Academy of Pediatrics have teamed up to provide 17,500 copies of the book, complete with growth charts and reading handouts to pediatricians around the country. Former president Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, one of the founding organizations of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation said, "We are starting a dialogue between parents and doctors that will go beyond the waiting room and into the home, enabling 21 million children to make more nutritious choices and lead healthier lives."

More at Alliance for a Healthier Generation | Hat tip to AOL Health | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Anti-Obesity

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BRITAIN'S YOUNGEST ALCOHOLIC

11 Three-Year-Old Treated for Alcoholism

British newspaper The Sun is reporting that a West Midlands three-year-old has been treated for alcoholism. The toddler is Britain's youngest alcoholic on record and is thought to have been given alcohol repeatedly for six months. The child reportedly suffered from mood swings and shaking, symptoms typical of alcohol withdrawal. Between 2008 and 2010 13 children under the age of 12 have been diagnosed in Britain as alcoholics by the Heart of England NHS Trust. The alcohol awareness organization Drinkaware says childhood drinking could lead to a disruption of brain development. 106 13-16 year-olds have been treated for alcohol-related problems in the area where the three-year-old lives.

More at The Sun | Hat tip to Fox News | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Indonesian Toddler Smokes 40 Cigarettes a Day

Tags: Alcoholism, Britain, Underage Drinking, The Sun, Child Abuse

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PLaNS to DRINK FOUR BEERS a DaY

12 Man to Live on Beer for Lent

An American newspaper editor is planning to live on beer and water for Lent. J Wilson, 38, of Prescott, Iowa is attempting to recreate a 17th century tradition in which German monks brewed a heavy "liquid bread" to sustain themselves throughout Lent. Wilson, who says his last goal is to get drunk, has consulted with a doctor who will continue to monitor him during and after his 46 day alcohol-fueled fast. Wilson is an avid home-brewer and will drink four of his specially created 'Illuminator Doppelbock' beers a day, saying, "I did a 36-hour test drive about a week ago, and I don't think four beers is going to be a problem." The beer has a 6.67 percent alcohol content and 228 calories per 335ml serving.

More at Orange: News | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Beer Could Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Tags: Beer, Lent, Fasting, Home-Brewed

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HUSBANDS CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC

13 Diets High in Vitamin B May Prevent PMS

A new study has shown that diets high in Vitamin B may help prevent PMS. The study showed that women who consumed high amounts of riboflavin (B1) and thiamine (B2) significantly lowered their risk of PMS. The study followed over 3,000 women, all initially PMS-free, between 1991 and 1999. The researchers found that women with diets high in food-based riboflavin and thiamine significantly lowered their risk of PMS, with women who had high amounts of riboflavin in their diets cutting their risk for developing the emotional and physical symptoms of PMS by 35 percent. The study was recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and was led by Dr. Patricia O. Chocano-Bedoya of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

More at The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition | Hat tip to MSN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Vitamin B May Halt Brain Shrinkage in Elderly

Tags: PMS Studies, Vitamin B, Riboflavin, Thiamine, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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