April 2, 2011

Workers Trying to Seal Leak

1 Radioactive Water Leaking into Pacific Ocean

Radioactive water is leaking from Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. It’s seeping from a crack in the containment for a maintenance pit of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant which has been spewing radioactivity since it was damaged by a tsunami three weeks ago, says Hidehiko Nishiyama, Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency spokesperson. Measurements indicate the air above the leak contains 1000 millisiverts of radioactivity. The risk of cancer is increased from exposure to 500 millisiverts but that radiation is quickly diluted in the vast ocean, say experts. Nishiyama says officials will use concrete to seal the crack to try to stop the radiation from leaking. "There could be other similar cracks in the area, and we must find them as quickly as possible."

More at Www.news.yahoo.com | Hat tip to www.metronews.ca | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Radioactivity Could Enter Japan's Food Supply

Tags: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Japan Nuclear Disaster, Radiation, Hidehiko Nishiyama, Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, Radioactive Water Leaks into Pacific Ocean

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Often Diagnosed Too Late

2 Early Diagnosis of OCD in Kids is Important

Early recognition and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder can positively affect the course of the disease in children, says researcher Susanne Walitza. OCD is often diagnosed too late and may impair mental health into adulthood. Walitza explains the need for early recognition of signs of OCD, i.e., compulsive washing is present in up to 87% of all patients. Other compulsive repetitive behaviors may include checking and obsessive aggressive thoughts. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder are present in more than 70% of patients. Behavioral therapeutic methods are effective in treating OCD and may be combined with serotonin reuptake inhibitors. OCD results from psychological, neurobiological and genetic factors, say researchers.

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

Previously: Deep Brain Stimulation for Severe OCD

Tags: Behavior Therapy, Obsessive Compulsive Behavior, Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, OCD, Susanne Walitza

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Sweets in Moderation Not Bad

3 Candy, Chocolate Eaters Are Slimmer

Those who consume candy and chocolate often have smaller waists, a lower BMI and weigh less compared to people who don't eat the sweets, claim researchers. Yet, researchers aren't saying that eating candy causes weight loss. They think that perhaps candy consumers exercise more to compensate for the extra calories. Research participants who ate candy only consumed an average of about 1.3 ounces a day. The study also revealed that people who ate chocolate and candy had a 14 percent reduced risk for high blood pressure, plus a 15 percent lower risk for metabolic syndrome, which places people at risk for heart disease and stroke. The study, published in the journal Nutrition Research, was funded by the National Confectioners Association and the United States Department of Agriculture.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Chocolate Healthy, Chocolate Is Good for You, Metabolic Syndrome, Managing Weight, Candy Eaters, Chocolate Eaters Slimmer, Nutrition Research, Chocolate Consumers Lower Blood Pressure

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Remote Penguin Habitat Invaded

4 Rockhopper Penguins Threatened by Oil Spill

Thousands of Northern Rockhopper penguins are fighting for their lives after a ship carrying heavy oil, soybeans and diesel fuel ran aground and split in two. CNN reports that the oil spill occurred in a remote area of the south Atlantic, around 1,500 miles west of Cape Town, South Africa. The ship's crew members were rescued. The island chain, located between Africa and Argentina, is home to 40 percent of the world's penguin population, which equals about 150,000 penguins. However, only 300 people live in the area. Rescuers and volunteers are struggling with the massive operation of saving the threatened, oily birds. Around 300 penguins have already died, but thousands have been rescued.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Phoning Mom Releases

Tags: Effects of Oil Spill, Penguins in Trouble, Rockhopper Penguins, Nightingale Island, Molting Season, Oil Covered Penguins, Saving Penguins, Northern Rockhopper Penguins, Soya Bean

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An Unhealthy Tax

5 Arizona Medicaid Wants Some Health Problems Taxed

To try and keep health care costs down, Arizona’s Meidcaid program would like to charge people who smoke, are diabetic or overweight $50 a year to encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles such as listening to their doctor’s advice to lose weight. Some with these health issues working for private employers and state governments have been paying higher health insurance premiums and this could be the first state-federal health care program intended for low-income individuals to do this. Republicans are looking to make cuts to eliminate the state’s budget deficit but the federal government would need to approve the fee. While those who support it want people to realize that their health affects cost, opponents feel it punishes people for conditions that may be out of their control.

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

Previously: Cheaper Version of Makena Still Available

Tags: Medicaid, Obesity Tax, State-Federal Health Care Programs

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Deep Breath, Regular Heartbeat

6 Yoga Reduces Episodes of Atrial Fibrillation

Preliminary results from 49 patients with atrial fibrillation that took part in three 45 minute classes every week for three months went from an average of 3.8 episodes of the dangerous arrhythmia prior to the classes to an average of 2.1. They were also told to practice yoga at home. Before the yoga classes, participants who ranged in age from 25 to 70 were exercising. It is believed the deep breathing lowers the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) reducing the arrhythmia which can be triggered by a burst of adrenaline. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of clotting and stroke and surgery and medications are the only current treatments and carry side effects. It also improved quality of life and reduced depression and anxiety which often affect patients with this condition.

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

Previously: Yoga Enhances Brain Chemical for Better Mood

Tags: Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation, Yoga, Irregular Heartbeat

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A Formula for Fungus

7 Baby Formula Contaminated with Fungal Hormones

Researchers in Italy found that 28 percent of samples from milk-based baby formulas are contaminated with mycoestrogens which are hormones from fungi. Of the formula samples, 17 percent contained the hormone zearalenone and about a quarter had alpha- and beta-zeralenol. Less than 25 percent of the meat-based baby food was found to contain alpha- and beta-zeralenol. Alpha- and beta-zerlenol are derived from zearalenone which is found in corn, wheat and soy. Studies in animals have shown that Zearalenone and similar chemicals are associated with infertility in mammals, mainly pigs. Whether these compounds would cause infertility in adults exposed to them as infants is unknown and some experts want to stress that just because they are present in baby food does not mean they are harmful.

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

Previously: Beetles Found in Similac Powder for Infants

Tags: Baby Food, Baby Formula, Zearalenone, Alpha- Zeralenol, Beta-Zeralenol, Mycoestrogens, Fungi, Fungal Hormones

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Any Antidepressant a Risk Factor

8 Men on Antidepressants at Risk of Atherosclerosis

Results from a preliminary study suggests men taking antidepressants may be at a higher risk of atherosclerosis of the carotid artery which transports blood to the brain and is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Five hundred and thirteen middle-aged men who had twins participate in the study. Sixty percent used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) such as Prozac, Lexapro and Zoloft while the rest were on older antidepressants. The thickness of the carotid artery was measured and men on any type of antidepressant had a thicker artery than their twin brother. The linked remained after other factors were accounted for. One theory is that higher serotonin and norepinephrine may result in tighter vessels which restricts blood flow and increases the risk of atherosclerosis.

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

Previously: CV Disease Risk Down in Women Who Visit Dentist

Tags: Atherosclerosis, Depression in Men, Norepinephrine, Prozac, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, Serotonin, SSRI, Lexapro, Zoloft

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MORE ACCURATE DIAGNOSES

9 Diagnosing Mental Illneses with Blood Tests

A new company called Rules-Based-Medicine has developed a new way to diagnose mental disorders. Rules-Based-Medicine, alongside Cambridge University has developed VeriPsych, hailed as the first blood test for schizophrenia. VeriPsych is a protein-based test that detects schizophrenia in the blood by looking at 51 confirmed biomarkers of the disease. VeriPsych has been designed specifically to avoid false biomarkers created by outside sources such as schizophrenia medication. Since its launch VeriPsych has been met with tepidity as only 500 tests have been ordered. That tepidity will hopefully decrease as Rules-Based-Medicine plans to release tests for depression and bi-polar disorder in the next few years.

More at VeriPsych | Hat tip to Fast Company | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Schizophrenia

Tags: Blood Test, Schizophrenia, Rules-Based-Medicine, University of Cambridge, VeriPsych

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