March 20, 2011

Air Safer in 2016

1 EPA: New Protection Against Air Toxins from Coal

The EPA recently unveiled new health protections against air pollution created by coal plants, reports Earthjustice. Decades ago, Congress made a promise to reduce dangerous air pollutants, such as arsenic, lead and mercury. Yet, coal-fired power plants are only now coming under stricter regulation. The EPA has noted that when the new health protections go into effect in 2016, as many as 17,000 lives will be saved each year. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said that the new protections could prevent as many as 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms each year. Children, individuals with respiratory problems and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution.

More at Earthjustice | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: EPA Toxic Cleanup Proposal Deadline Looms

Tags: Health Protections Against Air Pollution, Air Pollution from Coal Plants, Arsenic Air Pollution, Lead from Power Plants, Mercury Pollution, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Childhood Asthma Symptoms

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Baby Boomers Wanna Look Good

2 More Men Are Getting Plastic Surgery

The number of men having plastic surgery has increased significantly, especially for facelifts, reveals statistics released today from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The report shows increases in plastic surgery in 2010 compared with 2009. The number of men getting facelifts increased by 14 percent. Other popular procedures chosen by men include ear surgery (11 percent increase), soft tissue fillers (10 percent increase), botulinum toxin type A (9 percent increase), liposuction (7 percent increase) and male breast reduction (6 percent increase). Among men, there was a 4 percent increase in eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, laser hair removal and laser treatment of leg veins. Stephen Baker, MD says that baby boomers are the new face of the male plastic surgery trend.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Male Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Rise in Males Getting Plastic Surgery, Botulinum Toxin Type A, Dermabrasion, Laser Treatment of Leg Veins, Ear Surgery, Men Getting Facelift, male plastic surgery trend

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Dangerous Pads Recalled

3 OTC Iodine Prep Pads Contain Rare Bacteria

Iodine prep pads, which are supposed to prevent infection in minor cuts or burns, are being recalled by H&P Industries after a rare and dangerous bacteria (Elizabethkingia meningoseptica) was detected on the pads, reports the FDA. The company has also had problems with tainted alcohol wipes, says MSNBC. The recalled non-sterile iodine pads, available as an over-the-counter product, may also be used to prep the skin before surgery. The Povidine Iodine Prep Pads affected by the recall may have the following names on the packaging: Cardinal Health, Medical Specialties, VHA, Triad, Triad Plus, North Safety and Total Resources. Consumers should stop using the affected products and obtain a refund. H&P Industries may be reached at 262-538-2900.

More at FDA | Hat tip to MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Spider Invasion Causes Mazda6 Recall

Tags: Elizabethkingia Meningoseptica, Povidine Iodine Prep Pads, H&P Industries, Contaminated Povidine Prep Pads, Recalled Iodine Prep Pads, Cardinal Health, Medical Specialties, VHA, Triad, Triad Plus, North Safety, Total Resources

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Interacts with Bone Marrow Cell

4 Researchers Target Breast Cancer Stem Cells

Mesenchymal stem cells, a type of cell that originates in the bone marrow, have been found to control breast cancer stem cells, creating a microenvironment called a “niche,” where they can replicate and metastasize. Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center are excited because new drugs that block the niche’s signals could be developed. Cancer stem cells do not respond to current treatments which may be why recurrence is common. In studies with mice, two signals from breast cancer cells “tell” the mesenchymal stem cells to leave the bone marrow and go to the tumor. The signals are part of a cellular communication network that regulates stem cells and inflammation which are targeted by drugs that treat inflammatory diseases.

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

Previously: Broccoli May Help Prevent or Treat Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Stem Cells, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Stem Cells, Mesenchymal Stem Cells

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ARTHRITIC CHEFS CELEBRATE

5 Arthritis Handle Lets Sufferers Cook Safer

Australian university student Ching-Hao Hsu has designed a new tool dubbed the Arthritis Handle to help sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis cook safer. Hsu was inspired to create the Arthritis Handle after interviewing people with Rheumatoid Arthritis and learning that they often carried pots and pans with their forearms due to their weakened grip and finger flexibility. The Arthritis Handle slips over the forearms to aid in the transfer of pots and pans from the stove to the counter top and is made out of thermoplastic elastomers coated in heat-resistant silicone designed to limit heat transfer. The Arthritis Handle has been shortlisted for the first-round of the Australian Design Award/James Dyson Award competition and entered into the Kitchen Tools International Design Competition.

More at Gizmag | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Alcohol May Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tags: Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cooking

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