March 21, 2011

Necessary for Survival

1 Elder Disaster Preparedness in Wake of Tsunami

Japan’s seniors are the most vulnerable to casualties from the recent earthquake and tsunami, indicates data from previous catastrophic events. Japan has the highest proportion of older people of any country giving “us an indicator of where the world as a whole is headed," says James Appleby, exec. dir., The Gerontological Soc. of America. "The significance of this demographic shift and the severity of the tsunami's effects are highlighted by the numerous reports showing that seniors suffer disproportionately during natural disasters." Many experts outline steps for elder disaster preparedness that include evacuation plans and "go-kits” containing contact information for family members and health care providers, nutritious foods and a supply of prescription and otc medications.

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

Previously: Lots of People Experience Anger Towards God

Tags: Aging Population, Earthquake, Senior Citizens, Tsunami, Elder Disaster Preparedness, Natural Disaster, The Gerontological Society of America, James Appleby, Go-Kits, Preparing for a Natural Disaster, Evacuation Plans

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Buyer Beware

2 FDA Warns Against Fake Potassium Iodide Pills

The US government says there’s no radiation risk from the disaster that struck Japan last week, yet some Americans are scrambling to buy potassium iodide pills to help prevent thyroid cancer after exposure to radiation. The FDA warns that some pills bought on internet sites and retail outlets may be fake. Consumers should look out for “claims that a product not approved by the FDA can prevent or treat the harmful effects of radiation exposure; promotions using words such as ‘scientific breakthrough,’ ‘miraculous cure,’ and ‘secret ingredient.’ The short list of products approved by the FDA are Iosat Tablets, ThyroSafe and ThyroShield Solution. For the full report visit the FDA’s website.

More at CBSNews.com | Hat tip to fda.gov | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Tiny Amount of Radiation Detected in Sacramento

Tags: FDA, Nuclear Meltdown After Earthquake, Potassium Iodide Pills, Radiation Exposure, Thyroid Cancer, Tsunami, Radiation Risk, Exposure to Radiation, Iosat Tablets, ThyroSafe, ThyroShield Solution

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Hoping to Feel Daughter's Kiss

3 Texas Man Has First Full Face Transplant in US

A team of medical professionals carried out the first full face transplant in the U.S. for a Texas construction worker who was disfigured during a 2008 power line accident which erased his facial features. The man, Dallas Wiens, now has new lips, nose, skin, muscles and nerves, reports BBC. Wiens, 25, won't look like his donor or his previous self, and he didn't receive eyes. Wiens hopes that the transplant will allow him to feel his daughter's kiss. It took a team of 30 doctors more than 15 hours to complete the operation at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The $300,000 transplant was paid for by the Defense Department, which hopes to learn more about how to help soldiers with severe facial wounds.

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

Previously: Surgeon Successfully Transplants Man’s Entire Face

Tags: Brigham and Women's Hospital, First Full Face Transplant, Dallas Wiens, Power Line Accident, Face Transplants, Soldiers with Severe Facial Wounds

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Food Truck Trend Grows

4 Big Brands Taking over Food Carts

Jack in the Box has introduced their new "Munchie Mobile" to the streets of Southern California, writes EcoSalon. While some may think a roving Jack in the Box is convenient, foodies fear that the food truck trend will be hijacked by corporate chains. EcoSalon writes, "... larger interests are encroaching on the success that has been created by independent business seeking to do something different, veering from the norm and surprising customers." However, EcoSalon also points that a food truck pioneer is none other than the Oscar Meyer weinermobile, which is still on the road, even if it's not loved by foodies.

More at EcoSalon | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Jack in the Box Calorie Counter

Tags: Jack in the Box Food Truck, Munchie Mobile, Food Trucks in Southern California, Food Truck Trend, Healthy Lunch Solutions, Alternative Lunch, Oscar Meyer weinermobile

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Almost Half Removed

5 Poor Long-Term Outcomes for Lap-Band

Long-term outcomes for patients receiving laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding for morbid obesity may be poor, suggest researchers from Belgium. However, a spokesman for the company that makes Lap-Band believes that the small study is flawed. The study followed 82 patients for 12 years after gastric banding procedures. While many patients were satisfied with the procedure, nearly half required removal of the bands, and 40 percent experienced major complications. Researchers also found that nearly 60 percent of patients needed additional surgery. The study will appear in Archives of Surgery.

More at Eurekalert | Hat tip to WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Los Angeles Invaded by Lap-Band Billboards

Tags: Lap-Band Outcomes, Complications from Gastric Banding, Gastric Banding for Morbid Obesity, Long-Term Outcomes Gastric Banding

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Unknown If from Damaged Plant

6 Radiation Detected in Milk and Spinach from Japan

The World Health Organization has called Japan’s food safety situation “serious” after radiation was detected in milk from Fukushima Prefecture and spinach from neighboring Ibaraki Prefecture. On Sunday, the sale these foods were banned due to detected levels of radioactive iodine and cesium that surpassed government limits. These chemicals are byproducts of nuclear reactors like the ones damaged in the March 11th earthquake and tsumani, but it is not clear if the radioactive compounds were actually leaked from the Daiichi plant. Peter Cordingley, a spokesman for WHO, says that the agency has no evidence of contaminated food reaching other countries but cautions that the situation is “a lot more serious than anybody thought in the early days.”

More at CNN | Hat tip to Fox News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: FDA Stepping Up Food Inspections from Japan, Asian Countries Test Japanese Food Imports

Tags: Earthquake, Food Safety, Japan, Milk, Spinach, Tsunami, Radioactive Isotopes

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Scientifically Speaking

7 Guinness Beer Tastes Better in Ireland

Did you have a Guinness in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day? If you didn’t drink the beer in Ireland, you may not have gotten the best tasting product, says most beer enthusiasts. And they may have a point. A study published in the Journal of Food Science finds that there is evidence to support the theory that Guinness tastes better in Ireland than in other parts of the world. Over the course of one year, four researchers traveled to 14 countries and visited 71 Guinness-serving establishments in 33 cities to collect data for 103 tastings. Scores were generally high in all locations, but those pints tasted in Ireland scored significantly higher even after adjusting for researcher bias, pub ambience, and beer appearance.

More at Institute for Food Technology | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Man to Live on Beer for Lent

Tags: Alcohol, Beer, Guinness, St. Patrick's Day

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Significantly Reduce Injury Risk

8 Proper Use of Car Seats Save Children's Lives

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its nine–year-old policy on child passenger safety, encouraging the proper use of car seats for children. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for children older than 3, causing more than 5,000 deaths in children and young people each year. The use of safety seats can reduce the risk of injury 71 to 82 percent and the risk of death by 28 percent compared with kids wearing seat belts alone. The agency has also updated its guidelines for rear-facing car seats, saying that kids up to age 2 should ride facing backward. The previous recommendation advised waiting until children were 1 year old to place them in forward-facing car seats. Children between the ages of 4 and 8 should ride in belt-positioning booster seats.

More at NPR | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: 85 Percent of Adults Use Seat Belts Regularly

Tags: Car Safety, Child Safety, Seat Belts, Automobile Safety, Car Seats

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First Food Outside Japan

9 Radiation Contaminated Fava Beans Found in Taiwan

Authorities in Taiwan checking food for radiation on Sunday found a 30 pound shipment of fava beans from southern Japan had been contaminated, says Food and Drug Administration official Tsai Shu-chen. It is the first report of contaminated food being found outside of Japan since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami caused devastating damage to a nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture. Shipments of milk and certain vegetables, including spinach, have also been halted after abnormal radiation levels were detected. However, chief government spokesman Yukio Edano asks that people act calmly because “even if you eat and drink them several times it will not be a health hazard.”

More at Discovery News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Radiation Detected in Milk and Spinach After Japan Earthquake

Tags: Earthquake, Food Safety, Japan Earthquake, Radiation, Tsunami, Beans

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Self-Control Provokes Aggression

10 Dieting Increases Irritability and Anger

While cutting back on calories is usually an effort toward a positive, healthy lifestyle, researchers have found that dieting actually makes people more likely to be irritable and angry. Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of California came to this conclusion following two experiments that show that exerting self-control can actually provoke aggressive behavior. In one study, for example, people who chose an apple over a chocolate bar were more likely to choose movies with anger and revenge themes than milder movies. Those counting calories were also more likely to express irritation when subjected to a public service announcement promoting exercise. The research study is published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

More at UK Daily Mail | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: The Dukan Diet Is Coming to America

Tags: Aggression, Calorie Counting, Diet, Dieting, Weight Loss, Diet Psychology

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The Tiniest Lungs at Risk

11 Very Premature Babies at Risk for Asthma As Adults

Researchers used to think that respiratory problems that occurred in preemies subsided during childhood, but a new study in Sweden challenges that. Data from 622,616 Swedes born between 1973 and 1979 show that those born between the 23rd and 27th week of pregnancy had 2.4 times the risk of developing asthma compared to those born full-term and after 27 weeks. Of the 165 babies born very early, nine percent were prescribed drugs to treat asthma between 2005 and 2007 compared to 4 percent who were born full term or after the 27th week. Large studies on people born very premature used to be impossible because so many did not survive. These results do not prove cause and effect, but researchers believe there may be a link between immature lung development and other environmental factors.

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

Previously: Antibiotic Use in Babies Linked to Asthma

Tags: Asthma, Asthma Risk Factors, Premature Birth, Preterm Birth, Preemies, Fetal Lung Development

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One Lung Cancer Cell. . .

12 Circulating Cancer Cells Predict Course of Disease

Scientists in Britain have found that the number of lung cancer cells in a patient’s blood can tell them how aggressive the cancer is and if the treatment is working. One hundred and one patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) had blood drawn before and after a cycle of chemotherapy. Patients with at least 5 circulating tumor cells (CTCs) had a survival rate of 4.3 months compared to 8.1 months for patients who had less than five. By monitoring CTCs during treatment doctors can change treatments quicker, develop more individualized treatment plans and may help in understanding drug resistance in lung cancers that return. Each year 1.2 million people die from lung cancer and it has one of the worst survival rates because most people are diagnosed after the cancer has advanced.

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

Previously: Toenails Foretell Lung Cancer Risk

Tags: Lung Cancer, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, NSCLC, Circulating Tumor Cells, CTCs, Drug Resistant Cancer Cells

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Inflammation Begets Inflammation

13 Asthma Linked to Diabetes and Heart Disease Risk

A study looking at asthma and the risk of other inflammatory diseases found that asthma may increase diabetes and heart disease. Medical records of 2400 people with asthma and 4,784 healthy controls from 1967 to 1983 were analyzed. For asthmatics, 138 per 100,000 people had diabetes and 189 per 100,000 had heart disease compared to 104 per 100,000 and 134 per 100,000 non-asthmatics who developed diabetes and heart disease, respectively. Asthmatics have an immune profile that differs from these diseases so researchers were surprised by the results. One theory is steroids used to treat asthma at the time caused weight gain, risk factors for both diseases. Studies that follow asthmatics to determine if they are more likely to develop other diseases need to be done to confirm these results.

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

Tags: Asthma, Asthma Risk Factors, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Inflammatory Diseases, Steroids

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New California Condom Rules

14 Safety Regulation Overhaul for Adult Film Industry

Senior Safety Engineer for the California Occupational Safety and Health Board, Deborah Gold, has announced that officials are drawing up new safety amendments for the adult film industry. The movement for reform was spearheaded by the AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) and the amendments are set to be introduced at the Cal/OSHA advisory meeting in Los Angeles on June 7th, 2011. AHF pushed for reform based on more frequent outbreaks of HIV recently as well as the ongoing epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases within the adult film industry in California. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, 2,742 individual cases of chlamydia and 1,671 cases of gonorrhea were documented between the years 2004 and 2010 among those within the adult film industry workers.

More at Business Wire | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Tags: Ahf, Aids Health Foundation, Adult Film Industry

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Women Won't Hand Him the Hammer

15 DIY Abilities of British Husbands Doubted by Wives

61 percent of British women do not have faith in their husband's DIY abilities, according to a new survey conducted by Myhammer.com. The survey also found that 57 percent of women believe that their other half is not able to fix up a kitchen, 47 percent think tiling a bathroom is too difficult and 43 percent admit laying flooring might be too much for their man to tackle. Perhaps the most demoralizing figure reveals that roughly 35 percent of the women surveyed said that wallpapering a room or repairing a plug socket was well beyond the grasp of their husbands and they would rather call a professional to do the job. As for the men in question, 24 percent of them revealed in the survey that they would never admit to their lack of DIY abilities and typically continue with the task at hand.

More at News Lite | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Previously: Women Think Men with Deep Voices Aren't Faithful

Tags: Husbands, Women, Diy, Diy Abilities

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