March 23, 2011

High Levels of Radioactivity

1 Tokyo Tap Water Unsafe for Infants to Drink

Japanese authorities warn that infants should not drink Tokyo tap water after it tested high for levels of radioactivity. “We advise against using the tap water for drinking and for making infant formula for babies under 1-year-old," said Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara. Radioactive iodine, which can cause thyroid cancer, was found in Tokyo tap water at twice the amount deemed safe for babies to consume. Officials say the level does not pose an immediate threat to adults. Those living in prefectures close to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which is 140 miles from Tokyo, have already been warned against drinking their tap water.

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

Previously: Radiation Detected in Milk and Spinach from Japan

Tags: Fukushima Daiichi, Infants, Japan, Radiation, Thyroid Cancer, Radioactivity, Tokyo Tap Water Unsafe for Infants, Radiation Found in Tokyo Tap Water

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Donate to AIDS Foundation

2 Elizabeth Taylor Dies at Age 79

Surrounded by her children, actress Elizabeth Taylor died this morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 79, reports ABC News. Taylor's son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement that his mother's remarkable work, not only in film, but in advocacy for the fight against HIV/AIDS made everyone proud of what she accomplished. "We know, quite simply that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it," Wilding noted. Taylor, who won the Academy Award twice, is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Taylor's publicist, Sally Morrison, has said that the funeral will be held later this week. Instead of flowers, the family is requesting contributions to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

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

Tags: Michael Wilding, Elizabeth Taylor Died, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, Maria Burton, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

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Also Keeps Blood Vessels Happy

3 Cocoa Consumption Improves Heart Health

Cocoa, loved by many, apparently also loves the body back as Harvard researchers found that eating it is associated with improvement in cholesterol levels and blood vessel health, as well as decreased blood pressure. WebMD reports on the new research that involved an analysis of 21 studies including 2,575 participants. Researchers think that the health benefits of cocoa come from its polyphenolic flavonoids, which may help prevent heart disease. Cocoa consumption was also linked to decreases in risk factors for diabetes. Researchers found that consuming cocoa didn't change triglyceride levels of research participants or cause them to become obese. However, researchers caution that more study is needed to understand the risk-benefit effect of eating commercially available chocolate.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles Will Have Less Sugar

Tags: Cocoa Benefits, Cocoa Is Heart Healthy, Cocoa Lowers Blood Pressure, Cocoa Lowers Cholesterol, polyphenolic flavonoids

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Short Sleep, Tall Food

4 Get Enough Sleep to Eat Less

Getting too little sleep can make people overeat, suggest researchers from Columbia University and the New York Obesity Research Center. Not only did study participants who got less sleep overeat, but sleepy women were more likely to choose fatty foods. The study involved 13 men and 13 women who were observed in a controlled environment for six days on two different occasions. Men who got only four hours of sleep instead of nine ate an extra 262.7 calories, while women who got less sleep ate an extra 328.6 calories. The study findings, which reveal an increased fat intake when sleep is reduced, help shed light on the link between sleep duration and obesity, reports WebMD. People trying to lose weight may now want to pay extra attention to their bedtimes!

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Short Sleep Duration, Sleep and Weight Loss, Effect Sleep Eating, Reasons Overeat, New York Obesity Research Center

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Look at the Genes

5 DNA Screen Provides Insight into Multiple Myeloma

Screening the DNA of 38 individuals with multiple myeloma has revealed common variations in the processes that allow cancer cells to survive and spread. The technique of scanning genomic DNA has provided researchers with insight as to why some people are more at risk of disease compared to others. Multiply myeloma is a cancer of white blood cells and impairs their ability to make antibodies, leaving people vulnerable to infections. Twenty thousand people in the U.S. are diagnosed with multiple myeloma annually and the five year survival rate is less than 40 percent. Researchers hope these results will help them better understand the disease which hopefully will lead to the development of more effective treatments.

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

Previously: Two Drugs Fight Cancers of the Blood

Tags: Blood Cancers, Multiple Myeloma, Genomic DNA

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No Link Even with High Levels

6 No Link Between Mercury and Cardiovascular Risks

Two long term studies of 174,000 people, some of whom gave toenail clippings, showed that there is no link between mercury (Hg) exposure and cardiovascular disease. Of those who gave toenail clippings, 3,500 developed heart disease of had a stroke. Their Hg levels were compared to those of 3,500 healthy controls and there was no link even with very high Hg levels. Hg accumulates at high levels in fish at the top of the food chain as they eat smaller fish in a process called bioaccumulation. Hg is present in the environment and released from coal-fired plants. Even though fish contains omega-3 which has health benefits, children and pregnant women should limit their consumption to fish that contain lower levels of the metal because of the risks to the developing brain and nervous system.

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

Previously: FDA Reexamines Amalgam Dental Fillings

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Fish, Heart Disease, Mercury, Stroke, Bioaccumulation

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Cancer-Fighting Combo

7 Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Fight Melanoma

Studies on mice and human melanoma cells demonstrate that the rheumatoid arthritis drug leflunomide, both along and in combination with a new melanoma drug, PLX3042, developed by Roche and Plexxikon slows melanoma’s growth. Leflunomide’s potential to fight melanoma was discovered when it was tested to determine its effects on pigment compounds in zebrafish and frogs. It slowed the growth of melanoma cells engrafted onto mice and studies in which both leflunomide and PLX3042 were given to mice with melanoma resulted in a dramatic decrease of the cancer and 40 percent had a complete response. Based on these results and the fact that both have already been proven safe, human trials could begin in six months and the regimen may be available in three to five years.

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

Previously: Drug Shrinks Tumors in Metastatic Melanoma

Tags: Melanoma, Plexxikon, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Roche, Leflunomide, PLX3042

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The Secret Brains of Bees

8 Bees Provide Researchers with Clues About Dementia

Researchers showed that older bees can improve their memory and ability to learn, helping researchers understand diseases like dementia. A laboratory learning test that linked a scent to a reward showed that older bees took more time to make the connection but bees with dementia-like symptoms never did. Then the older bees were made to tend to the larvae instead of their normal job of gathering food. As a result, 50 percent of the older bees improved on the learning test. Researchers analyzed the brains of the bees that improved on their test and found that two of the eight proteins linked to growth, repair and maintenance of neurons doubled compared to the other bees. It showed the bee brain, which works like the human brain, was flexible which may be true of other animals and humans.

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

Previously: High Vitamin B12 Intake May Lower Risk of Dementia

Tags: Brain, Dementia, Memory, Bees, Learning, Brains of Bees

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Agua Bonita

9 Banana Peels Assist in Purifying Brazilian Water

Researchers in Brazil have discovered that banana peels could a be a new ally in the fight against contaminated water. Minced banana peels were found to bind and accumulate trace amounts of lead and copper in river water. The toxic metals were 20 times easier to detect by using crude equipment and the banana-enhanced H20. The results don't suggest that simply dropping a a banana peel into a glass of tap water will magically make the water pure, but they could be a huge help for industries in Brazil looking for cheap and non-toxic ways to ensure clean drinking supplies. However, Ashok Gadgil, an environmental engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, feels more tests are necessary and added, "I would want to know if a banana in Bangladesh works the same way as a banana in Brazil."

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

Tags: Brazil, Banana Peels, Brazilian Water

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Extreme Gentrified Gastronomy

10 Boston Bathroom to Turn into Sandwich Shop

The owners of the Florida-based sandwich chain 'Earl of Sandwich' has decided that this Boston bathroom will be home to one of their new kiosks. The structure is commonly known as the 'Pink Palace' to Bostonites and was originally built as a restroom in the 1920s. Although situated within Boston's famed Boston Common, the building has remained neglected and vacant for decades. The name Pink Palace comes from the masonry that gives off a pinkish hue. The city parks department of Boston expects that the sandwich eatery should be open by early 2012 and has stated that the Earl of Sandwich's lease will run for 15 years. The city's revenue from the lease will go to upkeep of the Commons park. Now all they have to do is sift through the countless inappropriate restroom-turned-restaurant jokes.

More at All Voices | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Previously: Woman Trapped in Bathroom for 20 Days

Tags: Boston Bathroom, Pink Palace, Boston, Earl of Sandwich

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Glock or Guac?

11 Man Fires Gun over Taco Bell Menu Change

A man in Texas fired a gun at a KFC/Taco Bell drive-thru employee after discovering the price of a burrito had risen. Upon learning that the price of the Beefy Crunch Burrito had risen to $1.49 from 99 cents, 37 year-old Ricardo Jones shot an air gun at restaurant manager Brian Tillerson. Luckily, Tillerson and all others at the restaurant were not injured. Jones then fled to a nearby Rodeway Inn and took part in a three hour stand off with SWAT. Eventually, Jones was taken into custody by the local authorities of Bexar County. Ricardo Jones was charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and was admitted to Bexar County Jail with a bail of $50,000. That could have bought Mr. Jones roughly 33,557 Beefy Crunch Burritos -- At the new price, of course.

More at Digital Spy | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Tags: Taco Bell, Beefy Crunch Burrito, Ricardo Jones, Bexar County

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