April 6, 2011

Supplement with Omega-3s and B12

1 Vegans at Risk for Heart Conditions

Vegans may be at risk for developing blood clots and atherosclerosis, conditions that can lead to stroke and heart attacks. This is according to a new review of articles published over the past 30 years on the biochemistry of vegetarianism that appears in the ACS’ Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Although meat eaters are known for having more cardiovascular risks than vegetarians, vegans’ diets may be lacking in key nutrients including iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. Vegans may have a higher level of homocysteine in their blood as well as lower levels of LDL, both of which are risk factors for heart disease. The review recommends that vegetarians and vegans consume salmon, eggs, nuts and fortified milk and to use dietary supplements.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek Is a Vegan

Tags: Atherosclerosis, Blood Clots, Cardiovascular Risk, Diet, Eggs, Healthy Diet, Heart Health, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Salmon, Vegan, Vegetarian, Vitamin B12, Veganism, Vegetarianism, Diet and Heart Health, Fortified Milk

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Blame It on Liver

2 Caffeine Consumption Could Be in Genes

The level of caffeine consumed by people could be determined by two genes involved with the breakdown of caffeine in the liver, say researchers from the National Cancer Institute. Some people may drink more caffeine because the liver breaks it down more quickly. In other words, those with a quick liver are more tolerant of caffeine. Researchers found that while both the brain and liver influence caffeine consumption, it's the liver that determines daily caffeine intake. Study findings were reported in the journal PLoS Genetics. MSNBC reports that more than 90 percent of U.S. adults consume caffeine, which can be helpful. If enjoyed in moderation, caffeine may counter cognitive decline. Yet, too much caffeine can cause hallucinations, as well as impaired sleep and cognition.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: When Caffeine Kills

Tags: Caffeine Addiction, Caffeine Side Effects, Caffeine Withdrawal, Cognitive Decline, Caffeine in Genes, Genes Predict Caffeine Consumption, Why Drink More Caffeine, Caffeine Hallucinations, Journal PLoS Genetics

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Cuddly with Claws

3 Panda Dad Challenges Tiger Mom

Alan Paul, a "Panda Dad," argues against the super strict "Tiger Mother" parenting style described by Yale law professor and mother Amy Chua. Paul appeared on the Today show to talk about his parenting style. He said, "Call me Panda Dad; I am happy to parent with cuddliness, but not afraid to show some claw." Paul, a freelance writer and columnist for Wall Street Journal, is an American living in China with his wife and three children. He believes that the Tiger style is "sheer narcissism." Paul thinks that kids should succeed for their own benefit, not to show that their parents are successful. He says that banning social events robs kids of the chance to practice social skills, and that controlling all of a child's time keeps kids from developing their own true interests and passions.

More at Today | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Chinese Mothers Are Better

Tags: Amy Chua, Chinese Daughters, Chinese Mothers, Chinese Parenting Style, Panda Dad, Tiger Mother, Alan Paul, Which Parenting Style Best

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Buttock Injuries After Bad Joke

4 Man Glued to Toilet Seat at Wal-Mart

An Elkton, Maryland man found himself glued to a toilet seat at Wal-Mart in what police suspect was an April fool's joke. CNN reports that the victim was taken to the hospital with the toilet seat still attached. The sticky situation ended with only minor buttock injuries, but police say that the person who left the glue on the seat on March 31 could face second-degree assault charges. Police don't think that the victim was targeted, and they've received no other reports of gluey toilet seats. One has to ask: Were there no toilet seat covers?

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Elkton Maryland, Man Glued to Toilet, Bad April Fool Joke, Walmart April Fool Joke, Buttock Injuries

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60 Percent Put off Visit

5 People with Tremors Wait to See Doctor

Many people who experience tremors wait to see the doctor, even though they know that the tremors are an early warning sign of Parkinson's disease, claim researchers. Previous research has shown that early treatment of the disease can make a difference. The survey of 1,007 people by the National Parkinson Foundation found that 60 percent would wait to see a doctor if they had regular tremors, and 81 percent said they know that tremors can signal Parkinson's. Even though men are almost twice as likely to develop Parkinson's disease, 61 percent would wait rather than go to the doctor. Fifty-five percent of women would adopt a wait-and-see approach with tremors. WebMD reports that the National Parkinson Foundation is trying to create greater awareness in April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Some Symptoms of Parkinson’s Signal Earlier Death

Tags: Tremors, National Parkinson Foundation, Parkinson Symptoms, Parkinson Awareness Month, When to See Doctor Tremors, Parkinson's More Common Men

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Isoflavones Are Safe

6 Soy Not a Problem for Breast Cancer Patients

Since soy can mimic estrogen, researchers have long wondered if it could be harmful for women with breast cancer, but new research shows that soy is safe for breast cancer patients. Soy foods have large amounts of isoflavones, compounds known to bind estrogen receptors and mimic or block the effects of estrogen. The study of women from the U.S. and China revealed that those who consumed the highest amount of soy isoflavones (more than 23 mg each day) had no difference in death rate from breast cancer or recurrence when compared with women who ate the lowest amount of soy (0.48 daily). Findings were presented this week at the American Association for Cancer research meeting in Orlando, Fla.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Women at Risk for Breast Cancer Should Get MRI

Tags: Isoflavones, Soybeans, Tamoxifen, Soy Ok Breast Cancer, Women Breast Cancer Eat Soy, Soy Not Bad for Breast Cancer, Soy Harmless Breast Cancer, Association for Cancer Research

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Prochieve Achieves

7 Progesterone Gel Reduces Premature Births Rates

Women with short cervices are more likely to give birth prematurely, both conditions believed to be due to lower than normal levels have progesterone. But scientists as Columbia Laboratories Inc and Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc developed a progesterone gel called Prochieve cuts the rate of premature delivery by 45 percent. Scientists had 458 pregnant women with this condition use the gel or a placebo between the 19th and 23rd week. Of the women using the gel, 8.9 percent gave birth before the 33rd week whereas 16.1 percent of women in the placebo group did. Babies from women in the Prochieve group were less likely to have respiratory problems as well. The 33rd week is crucial because babies born before that are at an increased risk of death and chronic health and developmental problems.

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

Previously: Skip That Diet Soda to Avoid Premature Delivery

Tags: Preemies, Premature Birth, Preterm Babies, Preterm Birth, Preterm Health, Prochieve, 33rd Week of Gestation, Columbia Laboratories Inc, Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc

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Chemical Catalyzes "the Change"

8 Women with High PFCs at Risk for Early Menopause

A study of 26,000 West Virginia women drinking water with perfluorocarbons, or PFCs, endocrine disruptors present in products used around the house are more likely to go into early menopause. Women between 42 and 51 years old with blood PFC levels in the top 20 percent were 40 percent more likely to have experienced menopause compared to those in the bottom 20 percent. For women over 51, those with the highest levels were two times more likely to have gone through menopause compared to women with the lowest levels. An indirect correlation between blood estrogen and PCF levels were observed. Decreasing estrogen is linked to heart disease and osteoporosis. One way to reduce PFC exposure is to avoid products that contain them such as fabric treatments and certain cookware.

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

Previously: Future Genetic Tests May Predict Early Menopause

Tags: Early Menopause, Estrogen, Menopause, Perfluorocarbons, PFCs, Chemicals in Household Products, Premature Menopause, Endocrine Disruptors, Cause of Early Menopause

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Allows Protein to Accumulate

9 Genetic Mutation Linked to Parkinson's Understood

Researchers in Canada have found a mutation that keeps neurons from removing a protein that is associated with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disease that kills brain cells and manifests as tremors, stiffness and slowness. A protein called alpha-synuclein accumulates in the brains of individuals as the disease progresses. The gene is called glucocerebrosidase (GBA) and researchers know that 10-12 percent of people with Parkinson’s carry one copy of the mutated gene but were not sure what role it played in the disease. Laboratory studies showed that the mutated gene does not allow the protein to broken down and removed normally. The mutated GBA gene does not cause the disease but researchers believe it increases the odds of developing it by allowing alpha-synuclein to accumulate.

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

Previously: Gene Therapy for Parkinson’s Shows Promise

Tags: Genetic Mutations, Parkinson's Disease, Glucocerebrosidase, GBA, Alpha-Synuclein, Parkinson's Risk Factors

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Lowers Spread and Invasiveness

10 Diabetes Drug May Lower Risk of Endometrial Cancer

Women with endometrial cancer may benefit from the diabetes drug metformin. Metformin is used in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) to manage insulin resistance and elevated blood insulin levels and also regulates ovulation and the menstrual cycle. Some women with PCOS develop endometrial hyperplasia, a risk factor for cancer. Previous research demonstrates that metformin fights many cancers so serum was obtained from women with PCOS treated and not yet treated with metformin. Metformin-treated serum reduced the invasiveness of endometrial cancer cells in the lab and slowed the rate of spread by 25 percent compared to serum from women who had not started treatment. Whether or not metformin is effective in treating endometrial cancer will be determined by future clinical trials.

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

Previously: Exercise Helps Prevent Endometrial Cancer

Tags: Endometrial Cancer, Metformin, PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Metformin’s, Endometrial Hyperplasia

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DESIGNER DRUG JEWELRY

11 Cancer Survivor Makes Jewelry Out of Unused Drugs

Susan Braig is a 61-year-old breast cancer survivor who crafts jewelry out of unused cancer medication. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 but didn't begin crafting her cancer jewelry until 2007 when she entered into a medical-themed art show in Pasadena, California. Her pill-encrusted princess tiara was a huge hit with show-goers who encouraged her to start her own jewelry line. Braig makes each piece out of donated cancer pills that she coats in a special sealant and applies using a strong adhesive to prevent abuse. Every piece of Designer Drug Jewelry comes in a pill bottle wrapped with a ribbon with a surgical face mask for a bag. Each piece can sell from anywhere between $15 to $150 with all of the proceeds going towards paying off Braig's staggering medical bills.

More at Facebook - Designer Drug Jewelry | Hat tip to Oddity Central | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Miley Cyrus Jewelry at Walmart May Be Toxic

Tags: Breast Cancer, Cancer Drugs, Designer Drug Jewelry, Cancer Survivor

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