March 24, 2011

Radiation Levels Down

1 Tokyo Tap Water Safe to Drink Again

Tokyo tap water is safe to drink again says the Japanese government one day after deeming it unsafe for infants to drink due to high levels of radioactive iodine. After word of contaminated tap water spread, there was a run on bottled water and, says reporter Joohee Cho, “People are scared. This is very psychological. You’ve seen from yesterday on people just going to the stores and buying as much bottled water as they can.” Tokyo shopkeepers are rationing milk, toilet paper, rice and water as runs on these products have left store shelves bare almost two weeks after a devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit the country.

More at Www.news1130.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Tokyo Tap Water Unsafe for Infants to Drink

Tags: Japan Earthquake, Radioactivity, Tokyo Tap Water, Radioactive Iodine, Tap Water, Japan Tsunami, Joohee Cho, Unsafe Drinking Water

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Radiation Injuries

2 Two Workers in Japan’s Nuclear Plant Hospitalized

Two workers in Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been hospitalized due to radiation injuries. Japanese government spokesperson, Yukio Edano, says, “Yesterday, at reactor building No. 3, workers were laying cables. Some stepped into water and it apparently contained higher levels of radiation.” CNN says the levels of millisieverts recorded in the workers’ bodies were about 180.7, the highest levels recorded so far. Japan’s health ministry raised the maximum level of radiation exposure for workers from 100 millisieverts to 250 millisieverts per year to address the crisis at the damaged power plant. It’s estimated that people living in the US are naturally exposed to 6.2 millisieverts per year, says the US Environmental Protection Agcy.

More at Www.news1130.com | Hat tip to LATimes.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Meltdown Possible at Japan's Nuclear Power Plants

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Fukushima Daiichi, Nuclear Power Plant Japan, Radiation Exposure, Radiation Injuries, Yukio Edano

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Defeating Machismo

3 Mexico Trying to Conquer Sexist Language

The interior ministry of Mexico published a how-to guide for reducing the use of sexist language in Mexico, a country well known for machismo. The manual, composed by a group that fights violence against women, aims to decrease the types of comments that enforce gender stereotypes. According to BBC, the guide discourages the use of phrases like "You are prettier when you keep quiet" and "If you want to work, why did you have children." Also discouraged is the default use of the masculine form in Spanish language, and referring to women as possessions with phrases like "Pedro's woman."

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Strike Against Female Libido Drug

Tags: Interior Ministry of Mexico, National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Wo, Defeating Sexist Language, Gender Stereotypes

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Young Adults Consume More Sugar

4 Added Sugars Parallel Trends in Weight Gain

In adults studied, increased consumption of added sugars coincided with weight gain, indicate researchers presenting today at an American Heart Association scientific session. Added sugars are defined as syrups and sugars added to foods while they're processed or prepared. Adding sugar at the table counts too. The researchers used the Minnesota Heart Survey's 27 years of data on added sugar intake and patterns of body weight. They found that added sugar intake increased with BMI levels in both men and women in all age groups (25 to 74 years old). Women consumed fewer added sugars than men, but younger adults ate more added sugars than older adults. The American Heart Association advises adults to consume no more than half of their daily discretionary calories in added sugars.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Added Sugar Leads to Higher Cholesterol Levels

Tags: Added Sugars, Reasons Behind Weight Gain, Physical Activity and Metabolism, Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, Discretionary Calories, Health Risks Added Sugars, Minnesota Heart Survey, Daily Discretionary Calories

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TIA Warns of Heart Attacks Too

5 Mini Stroke May Double Heart Attack Risk

People who've had a mini stroke, also called a TIA or transient ischemic attack, have twice the risk of heart attack compared with the general population. Researchers reported their findings in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. TIAs occur if a blood clot temporarily blocks a blood vessel leading to the brain. A TIA lasts only minutes or a few hours. TIAs are referred to as warning strokes, but researchers now say they also warn of heart attacks. Researchers found that TIA patients had a 1 percent risk of heart attack per year, which is double the risk of people who've never experienced a TIA. The increased risk was highest among patients under 60 years old, a group that was found to be 15 times more likely to have a heart attack compared with the general population.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Damage from TIAs May Be Long Lasting

Tags: Risk of Heart Attack, TIA, Heart Journal of the American Heart Association, Mini Stroke Doubles Heart Attack Risk, Transient Ischemic Attacks, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Warning Strokes

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Approved for Ages 50 to 59

6 Zostavax Vaccine Approved to Prevent Shingles

Zostavax, a live attenuated virus vaccine, was approved today by the FDA to prevent shingles in people ages 50 to 59 years old. The vaccine was already approved for those aged 60 and older. "The likelihood of shingles increases with age. The availability of Zostavax to a younger age group provides an additional opportunity to prevent this often painful and debilitating disease," notes Karen Midthun, M.D., director of FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. According to the FDA, shingles affects about 200,000 healthy people between 50 and 59 each year in the U.S. Shingles can cause long-lasting severe pain and a rash of blisters, but the side effects of the vaccine are much milder: headache and injection site redness, pain or swelling.

More at FDA | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Shingles Vaccine, New Vaccine Approval, Shingles Vaccine Approved for Younger People, Side Effects of Shingles Vaccine, Symptoms of Shingles, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Zostavax

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CDC Didn't Meet Goal

7 TB Rates Lowest Ever in U.S.

Tuberculosis, or TB, rates are the lowest they've ever been in this country, but the CDC still didn't meet their goal of eradicating TB by 2010. The new report from the CDC was released Thursday, World TB Day. The report reveals that TB cases are the lowest since reporting started in 1953. In 2010, 11,181 people in the U.S. were reported to have TB. That number equals 3.6 cases per 100,000 people, a decrease of almost 4 percent from 2009. If the CDC had met their goal of eradicating TB, there would have less than one case per million people, reports CNN. The CDC report also shows that most people affected by TB were born in another country.

More at FDA | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: New Tuberculosis Test Gets Results in Two Hours

Tags: World TB Day, Eradicating TB, Who Has TB, Number of People with TB in US, Foreign Born More Likely to Have TB, Tuberculosis Rates

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HIV "Washed” Away

8 Fertility Treatments Help Men with HIV Become Dads

Semen from HIV positive men that is “washed” can be used to fertilize an egg in vitro or inseminated into the womb without passing on the virus that causes AIDs. Brazilian researchers analyzed 17 previous studies of 1800 couples with a HIV positive male partner who had this done and found none of the women or babies born had HIV. Of the women impregnated, there was an 80 to 85 percent success rate, similar to treating infertility in HIV-negative couples. The fact that HIV was not spread to mother or child is probably because there needs to be a “trauma” that passes the virus from semen to blood which is highly unlikely with fertility treatments. In the future, women with an HIV positive male partner may also take drugs to prevent her and her unborn child from becoming infected.

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

Previously: Babies Who Evade Mom's HIV Still at Risk of Death

Tags: Fertility Treatments, HIV, Infertility, Sperm, Fertility Treatments with HIV Positive Semen, Male Infertility, Semen

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Stay Far Away from Main Road

9 Pollution Increases Lung Transplant Rejection Risk

Lung transplant patients that are exposed to high levels of pollution are at twice as likely to suffer from organ rejection due to a serious inflammatory condition. Two hundred and eighty-one lung transplant recipients were studied for five years and it was found that that patients who lived 187 yards from a main road were two times more likely to develop the condition called bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome and die within five years. As the distance from a main road increased by tenfold, a 43 percent decrease in developing the condition was observed their risk of death was lowered by 28 percent and inflammatory markers were present at lower levels. No other factors such as gender, age or type of lung transplant affected the risks.

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

Previously: Heart Transplant Outcomes

Tags: Air Pollution, Lung Transplant, Transplant Rejection, Bronchiolitis Obliterans

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RESEARCHERS GROW STRONG SWIMMERS

10 Fertile Sperm Grown in Lab

Japanese researchers have successfully managed to grow fertile mice sperm in a lab according to a new study published in the March edition of the journal Nature. Takehiko Ogawa and his colleagues at Yokohama City University grew the fertile sperm by changing the sperm culture conditions. The team achieved success after soaking the sperm with KnockOut Serum Replacement, a substance used to grow embryonic stem cells. After several weeks the sperm had grown flagella, the tails that help sperm swim. The sperm was implanted into eggs which bore live and fertile offspring a few weeks later. Reproductive biologist Ali Honaramooz of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, hopes to see the technique adapted to one day help young boys about to become sterilized due to cancer treatment.

More at Nature | Hat tip to Nature: News | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Anus-to-Scrotum Length Predicts Sperm Count

Tags: Sperm, Nature, Yokohama City University

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