March 22, 2011

Barred from Importation

1 FDA Says No to Foods from Near Japan’s Nuke Plant

The FDA has barred all milk, milk products, fresh fruits and vegetables from four areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for importation to the US over concerns of radiation. In addition, all other food imports from those areas of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, will be screened upon arrival in the US and will be allowed into the country only if radiation tests are negative. Japan has already barred the shipment of spinach and raw milk due to radiation concerns. "If it happens to get out of Japan, this is another mechanism to keep it from getting into this country," says an FDA spokeswoman. However, there is no indication that any radiation-contaminated food products have entered the US, she says.

More at LATimes.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Asia Will Test Japanese Food Imports for Radiation

Tags: FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Radiation Concerns, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, FDA Bans Foods from Japan, Japanese Imports, Radiation-Tainted Foods

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Bullied Kid Defends Himself

2 Anti-Bullying YouTube Sensation Gives Interview

Casey Heynes, an Australian high schooler who fought back against bullying, has been interviewed by the Australian TV show A Current Affair. The moment that Heynes physically stood up for himself against his bully was caught on camera and became a YouTube sensation. Heynes, 15, has become "a voice for the voiceless and the poster child for anti-bullying" around the world, reports Salon. His first interview, which has been described as "heart rending," reveals the horrific effects of bullying. Heynes described the years of bullying he endured, and says that he suffered from loneliness and even briefly contemplated suicide.

More at Salon | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: No Obese Kids Isolated from Childhood Bullying

Tags: Bullying, Dangers of Bullying, Bullied Kid Fights Back, Casey Heynes, Bullies in School, Bullied Kid Suicide

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Individual Risk Still Small

3 Sex and Exercise Can Triple Heart Attack Risk

Having sex or exercising can almost triple your risk of heart attack for hours, particularly if you don't engage in those activities frequently, say researchers from Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Those who exercise regularly have a smaller increased risk, if any, note researchers. Despite the risk, heart patients shouldn't stop exercising or having sex, reports CNN. While the study did find a near triple risk of heart attack in the hours immediately following sex or exercise, researchers caution that the effect at an individual level is small. The overall risk of suffering from a heart attack after sex or exercise is still only 3 in 1,000,000. The study findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Recurring Miscarriages Raise Heart Attack Risk

Tags: Heart Attack Risk, Tufts Medical Center, Dangerous Sex, When ExercIse Is Deadly, Heart Attack After Exercise, Heart Attack After Sex

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Spidey Nemesis Injured

4 New Spider-Man Musical Injury

The seemingly cursed and dangerous Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has suffered yet another blow after T.V. Carpio was injured during an onstage battle scene with another actor. The actress portrays Arachne, Spidey's nemesis. Carpio, who took the role when her predecessor suffered a concussion after being hit by a rope backstage, will be out for two weeks, reports Los Angeles Times. America Olivo will bravely take her place. Several injuries have occurred during rehearsals, but Spider-Man double, Christopher Tierney, fell during a flying scene onstage in December. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the most expensive production in Broadway history, is expected to officially open in June after more than six months of previews.

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

Previously: Dog Chews off Diabetic Man's Toes, Part of Foot

Tags: Rick Miramontez, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, T.V. Carpio, Nemesis Arachne, America Olivo, Spider Man Musical Injuries

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Public Can Apply

5 Aflac to Give Its Duck a New Voice

Aflac is actively searching for the new voice of the Aflac duck, and the general public is invited to apply, reports CBS News. Gilbert Gottfried lost his job as the voice of the Aflac duck after making insensitive remarks about Japan's recent natural disasters on Twitter. Later this week at www.quackaflac.com, those interested in becoming the new voice of the Aflac duck will be able to submit a 30-second video or audio file of themselves making the duck's signature "Aflac" squawk. The deadline to apply for this quirky job is April 1. The first ad featuring the new Aflac voice will air on April 22.

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

Previously: Doctors Replace Woman’s Thumb with Her Big Toe

Tags: Gilbert Gottfried Fired from Aflac, Gilbert Gottfried Twitter Comments Japan, Apply to Become Voice of Aflac Duck, Unusual Jobs, Aflac Duck Voice

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Students Wash Hands, Rinse Mouth

6 Parents Fed Up with Peanut Allergy Precautions

Parents of kids in Edgewater Elementary School in Florida want a girl with severe peanut allergies to be home-schooled, sparing everyone else all the special rules to protect her health, reports MSNBC. The first-grader has a life-threatening peanut allergy which is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students in the girl's class must rinse their mouths and wash their hands before going into the classroom in the morning and after lunch. A peanut-sniffing dog also checked out the school.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Americans with Disability Act, Peanut Allergies, Helping Kids Peanut Allergies, Edgewater Elementary School

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A Bowl for Your Heart

7 Cereal May Prevent High Blood Pressure

Eating a bowl of cereal each day may lower your risk of developing high blood pressure by as much as 20 percent, claim researchers presenting at an American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta. The research involved more than 13,000 men who were part of the Physicians' Health Study. Additional study is needed to determine if the same benefit holds for women. Hypertension can't be prevented by cereal alone, but eating the whole-grain variety in particular could be a practical way to lower your risk, note the researchers. CNN reports that cereals made from whole grains offer a slightly greater level of protection against hypertension compared with cereals made with refined grains. Researchers also point out that cereal costs a lot less than the drugs for controlling high blood pressure.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Preventing High Blood Pressure, Preventing Hypertension, Health Benefits Cereal, Whole Grain Cereal Health Benefits, American Heart Association Meeting, Physicians' Health Study

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Develop Tolerance Quicker

8 Xolair Plus Milk Used to Treat Allergy in Kids

Early research shows that children with milk allergies who took Xolair with sensitization may develop a tolerance quicker than sensitization alone. Sensitization involves giving the allergen in tiny, but increasing amounts. It usually works, but it is a slow process and there is a risk of an allergic reaction. A small group of kids got injections of the drug that blocks IgE, the antibody produced in response to allergens and increasing amounts of milk for seven to 10 weeks. For eight more weeks, they drank about two ounces of milk daily. All the kids finished the study unlike the 10 to 20 percent that drop out of treatment. Nine of the 11 kids were able to drink a maximum of 12 ounces of milk a day. Researchers feel their results should prompt larger studies looking at this method.

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

Previously: Giving Newborns Cow's Milk May Prevent Allergies

Tags: IgE, Milk Allergy, Xolair, Sensitization

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Highest Risk in the First Year

9 Digoxin Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

A study in Denmark that looked at prescriptions from over 2 million people showed that the heart drug digoxin may increase the risk of breast cancer in women. Approximately 100,000 women who were at least 20 years old took digoxin at some point during the 12 year study. Two percent of women who ever took digoxin or took it at some point but stopped developed breast cancer. But those currently on it had a 40 percent increased risk. The first year on digoxin presented the highest risk which drops off and then increases again after being on it for three years. Digoxin is used in people with arrhythmias and heart failure and has been shown to act as an estrogen. Even with the increased risk of breast cancer, researchers do not suggest women not take the drug for serious heart conditions.

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

Previously: Estrogen Protects Some from Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer Risk Factors, Digoxin

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Turn Anger into Prayer

10 Angry at Someone? Pray for Someone Else

A series of studies involving 53 U.S. college students have found that best way to deal with insults from strangers may be to pray for someone else. In one study, they were asked questions about anger, fatigues, depression, vigor and tension, they wrote an essay about an event that angered them and got an anonymous evaluation that stated: "This is one of the worst essays I have ever read!" Then they read about a woman with a rare cancer and were asked to empathize with her and then some prayed for her for five minutes or just thought about her. Again they were asked the same questions prior to the first study and those who prayed for her were less angry than those who just thought about her. Results from all studies are linked to benevolent prayers and not ones full of vengeance and hate.

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

Previously: Prayer Helps Victims of Violence

Tags: Anger, Prayer, Praying for Others

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