April 4, 2011

Absence of Afterglow

1 One-Third of Women Suffer Post-Sex Depression

One in three women suffer post-sex blues, according to a study from Queensland U of Technology. Postcoital dysphoria or having negative feelings after satisfactory sex is not usually dinner table conversation, yet, according to researcher Prof. Robert Schweitzer, “32.9% of women reported experiencing symptoms of postcoital dysphoria” at some point in their lives while 10% reported experiencing symptoms some or most of the time. Says Schweitzer, “Individuals who experience postcoital dysphoria may express their immediate feelings after sexual intercourse in terms of melancholy, tearfulness, anxiety, irritability or feeling of restlessness." While the causes of postcoital dysphoria remain unknown, Schweitzer says there may be a biological predisposition.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Sex That Makes You Blind

Tags: Anxiety, Sexual Dysfunction, Post-Coital Dysphoria, Post-Sex Blues, Professor Robert Schweitzer, Queensland University of Technology, Melancholy, Tearfulness, Irritability, Sexual Intercourse

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Major Adverse Cardiac Events

2 Severe Psoriasis is Risk Factor for Heart Disease

Severe psoriasis is associated with major adverse cardiac events (MACE) including stroke and heart attack, finds research conducted at the U of Pennsylvania. Researchers, after reviewing more than three thousand case histories of patients with severe psoriasis, found that sufferers have a 53% increased incidence of MACE compared with the general population. Previous research from lead author Nehal N. Mehta found that the risk of death from cardiovascular disease increased by 57% in patients with severe psoriasis. Mehta’s research also found that younger patients with severe psoriasis had relatively higher risks of cardiovascular death. Mehta concludes that his research may spur aggressive strategies for treating cardiovascular risk factors in patients with severe psoriasis.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Psoriasis More Serious Than Previously Thought

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Disease, Psoriasis, Stroke, University of Pennsylvania, Psoriasis Linked to Heart Disease, Heart Disease and Psoriasis, Inflammatory Disease, Nehal N. Mehta, Cardiac Death

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But Don’t Give Up Food Yet

3 Routine Periodic Fasting Good for Heart Health

Routine periodic fasting is good for heart health - and for health in general, finds a new study that recorded reactions in the body’s biological mechanisms during fasting. Research cardiologists report that fasting lowers the risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes and also changes blood cholesterol levels. In addition, fasting was found to reduce weight, blood sugar levels and triglycerides. Participants fasted for a period of 24 hours during which time they consumed nothing but water and were monitored throughout. Researchers say more studies are needed to fully determine the body’s reaction to fasting and its effects on health. Principal investigator Dr. Benjamin D. Home believes that fasting may one day be prescribed to prevent diabetes and coronary heart disease.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Blood Sugar, Coronary Artery Disease, Coronary Heart Disease, Diabetes, Fasting, Heart Health, Triglycerides, Blood Cholesterol, Dr. Benjamin D. Home

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Added Protein

4 Man Sues over Mouse in Monster Energy Drink

Vitaliy Sulzhik, 19, noticed that his "empty" can of Monster Energy still felt heavy, and that was right before he vomited with the discovery of a dead mouse inside the can. The can, which served as a mouse casket, had been purchased at Sulzhik's local supermarket. After seeing the tip of the mouse's tail, Sulzhik handed the can over to his attorney, who gave it to MDE Inc., an engineering and forensic lab. Gawker reports that the tests revealed that the mouse didn't suffer trauma or poisoning, meaning it wasn't killed then forced through the can. Hansen Beverage Company, maker of Monster Energy, had no comment on the lawsuit.

More at Gawker | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Your Keyboard Can Cause Illness: "Qwerty Tummy"

Tags: Mouse Inside Drink, Dead Mouse in Food, Monster Energy Drink, Lawsuit Monster Energy Drink Mouse, Vitaliy Sulzhik, Hansen Beverage Company

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No Sushi for You!

5 Sushi Nazi Fights Food Waste

Many sushi lovers in Sydney can only dream of dining at Wafu, the Surry Hills restaurant with chef Yukako Ichikawa, who requires membership for dining. CNNGo reports that a large sign on the door reads, "Do not come in!!! Wafu club members only!" Ichikawa, known as the "sushi Nazi," earned her reputation a year ago when she decided to combat the excessive food waste she observed from some of her pickier diners. She began her campaign by giving a 30 percent discount to those who ate all of their food. After that, she offered memberships to diners who ate everything. Those who couldn't clean their plates were booted. However, Ichikawa does have some compassion. She doesn't require diners to eat all of their wasabi or lemon slices!

More at CNNGo | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Sushi Nazi, Sydney Sushi, Yukako Ichikawa, Wafu Club Members

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Legal Fight Since 2004 Over

6 Lindt Wins Chocolate Easter Bunny Case

Don't mess with the gold bunny, said the Vienna court that ruled in favor of Lindt in a trademark dispute with the Hauswirth company dating back to 2004. BBC reports that the gold bunny wearing a red ribbon and bell was given EU trademark status in 2000. The Vienna court ruled that competitor Hauswirth makes a bunny that could be confused with Lindt's gold bunny, which first appeared in 1952. Hauswirth has argued that Lindt is crushing competitors with their trademark clout, but Lindt manager Adalbert Lechner said that Hauswirth has harmed their trademark.

More at BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lindt Excellence Milk Chocolate

Tags: Lindt Court Case, Chocolate Easter Bunny, Copyright on Gold Bunny, Hauswirth Company, Lindt Bunny, Adalbert Lechner, Easter Bunny Trademark, EU Trademark Status

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New York, Los Angeles on Top

7 Survey Names Top Cities for Kids with Autism

New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, northern New Jersey, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle and Milwaukee make up the list of top 10 cities in the U.S. for kids growing up with autism, finds a new survey conducted by the nonprofit Autism Speaks. The survey is the first to rank metro areas on medical, recreational and educational resources for kids with autism, as well as help for parents like respite care and flexible employment policies. States with the highest negative responses on the survey include Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Florida, Michigan and California. Most respondents across the country said they have no access to respite care, which is valuable to caregivers.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cities Autism Programs, Best Cities Raising Kid Autism, Schools Autism, Raising Autistic Kid, Schools for Autism, Autism Speaks, Flexible Employment Policies

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Men More at Risk

8 Unemployment Increases Premature Death Risk

The risk of premature death is increased 63 percent by unemployment, say researchers from McGill and Stony Brook Universities. While the early death risk is increased for both sexes, men are much more likely to die early when unemployed. "We suspect that even today, not having a job is more stressful for men than for women," says McGill Sociology Professor Eran Shor. Researchers also found that preexisting health conditions had no effect, and the premature death risk is even greater for those under 50 years old. The data used in the research covered 20 million people in 15 (primarily western) countries during the past 40 years.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Death Rates Higher for Young Adults Than Kids

Tags: McGill University, Premature Death, Stony Brook University, Premature Death Risk, Unemployment Health Effects

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May Add to Increased Incidence

9 Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Two Liver Cancers

People who have metabolic syndrome are at an increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HC) and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (IC). People with metabolic syndrome have at least three of five conditions: hypertension, enlarged waist size, low levels of HDL, high fats and elevated fasting glucose. The incidence of liver cancer in the U.S. has increased since the 1980s and while research has focused on viruses, scientists believe many cases can be linked back to metabolic disorder. Researchers examined 3,649 cases of HC and 743 cases of IC compared to 195,953 healthy controls. It was found that 37.1 percent of and 29.7 percent of patients with HC and IC had metabolic syndrome before developing cancer, respectively, compared to only 17.1 percent of adults who did not have liver cancer.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Diabetics More Likely to Die from Liver Cancer

Tags: Liver Cancer, Metabolic Syndrome, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Risk Factors for Liver Cancer

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Interferes with APP

10 Herpes Virus Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

By watching herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) grow in cells, go into a dormant state and then be reactivated, researchers believe it likely plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease. The virus ultimately ends up infecting 85 percent of people in developed countries, most commonly manifesting itself as a cold sore. HV1 was tagged fluorescently so researchers could see newly made viral particles come out of infected cells which budded into membranes with amyloid precursor protein (APP) inside. APP changes in architecture and distribution when it interacts with HSV1, interfering with normal transport of the protein that accumulates in its abnormal form in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s and kills neurons. These results support previous observations of a link between APP and HSV1.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Protein Linked to Alzheimer's Has a Function

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Amyloid Precursor Protein, APP, Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1, HSV1

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Three Isoflavones

11 Soy May Enhance Radiation to Treat Lung Cancer

A study that has been published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology has demonstrated that Human A549 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells treated with genistein, daidzein and glycitein, three isoflavones found in soybeans, have increased DNA damage and an impaired ability to repair that damage when treated with radiation. The goal of radiation is to damage cancer cells to the point they die but it often activates their DNA repair mechanisms and they survive treatment. Researchers are excited because in addition to sensitizing cancer cells to radiation, the isoflavones would protect the normal tissues that get exposed to radiation by acting as antioxidants. Soy isoflavone pills, similar to the mix in this study are safe based on results from separate clinical studies.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Eating Variety of Fruit Reduces Lung Cancer Risk

Tags: Lung Cancer, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, NSCLC, Soybeans, Radiation Treatment for Lung Cancer, Soy, Isoflavones, Genistein, Daidzein, Glycitein, Human A549 Cancer Cells, DNA Repair Mechanisms

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GOT HUMaN MILK from a COW?

12 Genetically Modified Cows Producing Human Milk

A herd of 300 cows in China have been genetically modified to produce human milk, this according to a study in the journal PLoS ONE. Researchers genetically modified the embryos of Holstein dairy cows to include human genes. The modification resulted in the cows being born with the ability to produce lysozyme, "an antimicrobial protein naturally found in large quantities in human breast milk" that helps guard newborn infants from bacterial infections. Lead researcher Professor Ning Li of the State Key Laboratories for AgroBiotechnology at the China Agricultural University said that the milk was safe to drink and that it tasted stronger than normal cow's milk. The team estimates it will take 10 years or more before the process is commercialized and the milk starts hitting store shelves.

More at PLoS One | Hat tip to The Telegraph | Posted 6 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Lady Gaga May Sue over Breast Milk Ice Cream

Tags: Genetically Modified, Human Milk

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