April 7, 2011

Urgent Action Called For

1 Disease-Causing Bacteria Found in India’s H2O

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can cause cholera and dysentery have been found in India’s drinking water say researchers from Cardiff U. The bacteria, found in human excreta, is the first evidence of the environmental spread of NDM-1, which causes bacteria to be resistant to antibiotics. Scientists are calling for urgent action by world health authorities to stop the bacteria from spreading. "We have discovered patients in the UK and Europe carrying NDM-1 who did not visit hospitals while in India,” says study leader Prof. Tim Walsh. Antibiotic resistance is a growing health problem and we may be entering “a post-antibiotic era, in which many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, kill unabated,” warns Margaret Chan, World Health Organization.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Hat tip to Bloomberg.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Antibiotic Resistant Infections on the Rise

Tags: Antibiotic Resistance, Cardiff University, Cholera, NDM-1, Public Health, World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, Professor Tim Walsh, Dysentery, Human Excreta

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Tsunami Alert Issued Briefly

2 Japan Rocked by Another Powerful Quake

A 7.1-magnitude aftershock rocked Japan today in the same region that was ravaged a month ago. A tsunami alert was briefly issued and then recalled. The new quake caused several injuries but no deaths have been reported. The tremor hit near Sendai, a city that was severely damaged by the March 11 earthquake. Power outages were reported in parts of Sendai and the surrounding areas and the quake was felt several hundred miles away in Tokyo. Workers at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were temporarily evacuated. A company spokesperson later said that work at the plant is now continuing with no problem. Less than 24 hours ago, workers began pumping nitrogen into a damaged reactor to prevent a build-up of hydrogen that, when it reacts with oxygen, could explode.

More at Google.com/hostednews | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Magnitude of Japan Earthquake Upgraded to 9.0

Tags: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Japan Earthquake, Japan Earthquake Aftershock, Powerful Aftershock Hits Japan, Sendai, Tokyo, Power Outages After Earthquake, Nuclear Reactor, New Earthquake Rocks Japan

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Lesions Became Less Dangerous

3 Strawberries Shown to Help Prevent Cancer

Eating strawberries may help stop cancer from occurring, finds researcher Tong Chen of Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center. The small study, funded by the California Strawberry Commission, included the use of freeze-dried strawberry powder, which tends to concentrate the beneficial properties. The 36 participants were from areas in China with the world's highest rate of esophageal cancer, reports Time. They consumed the strawberry powder mixed with water (equivalent of 2 ounces of strawberries) daily for six months. Chen found that 29 people in the study benefited from the strawberries by having their precancerous lesions revert from moderate to mild. Findings were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research.

More at Time | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Association for Cancer Research, Cancer Prevention, Esophageal Cancer, Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center, Strawberry Powder, Strawberries Prevent Cancer, Precancerous Lesions

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McNuggets Without the Toy

4 NYC Wants to Ban Happy Meal Toys

New York City Council is considering a ban on toys in fast-food meals that don't meet certain nutritional standards, reports Time. McDonald's has several Happy Meal options that don't meet the criteria for including toys, including the Chicken McNuggets meal with four nuggets, Apple Dippers and low-fat milk. The City Council argues that the toys reward kids who make poor food choices and make it more difficult for parents to steer their children toward more healthy food choices. City Council member Leroy G. Comrie Jr. from Queens was motivated to write the bill out of guilt for feeding his kids Happy Meals. The bill is even stricter than the one passed in San Francisco that is scheduled to take effect at the end of the year.

More at Time | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: SF Passes Ban on Restaurant Toy Giveaways

Tags: Apple Dippers, Leroy G. Comrie, Happy Meal Options, Chicken McNuggets Meal, Nutritional Standards, Ban Toys Happy Meals

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Even Normal BMI at Risk

5 Heavy Teens Face Increased Heart Disease Risk

Being even slightly overweight as a teenage boy can increase the risk for heart disease later in life, find researchers who conducted a 17-year study. Even if the heavy teens were slim in adulthood, they still faced increased risk. The research, published in New England Journal of Medicine, drew on information from records of more than 37,000 career Israeli soldiers who were drafted at 17 years old. Compared to their slimmest peers, men who were obese as teens were almost seven times more likely to get heart disease in their mid-30s. CNN reports that heavier-than-average teens with a normal BMI were also at increased risk of heart disease later in life. However, diabetes risk wasn't increased by a high BMI as a teen. Diabetes risk was determined by BMI as an adult.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Heart Disease Risk, Heavy Teens, Dangers Obesity, Increased Risk Heart Disease Teens Later, Amir Tirosh, Teen BMI

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Eye Creation May Be Future

6 Scientists Grow Retina from Stem Cells

Scientists in Japan used mouse stem cells to create a retina, part of the eye which is essential for vision. The study involved using cultured stem cells that spontaneously formed a complex structure resembling a developing embryonic eye. The research is reported in the journal Nature. These study findings could one day help the blind and partially sighted, reports BBC. Scientists hope that they can use their approach to create endless supplies of retinal cells or even whole retinas for transplanting into humans. One day, it may also be possible to create a whole eye using stem cells.

More at BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Stem Cell Research, Growing Retina, Curing Blindness, Eye Research, Mouse Stem Cells, Synthetic Retina, Nature Journal, Embryonic Eye

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Clock with Eyes

7 Senior Abuse Caught on Hidden Camera

Family members of an elderly woman residing at an assisted-living facility caught abusers with the help of a camera hidden inside a clock, reports MSNBC. Officials at the Quadrangle Assisted Living Facility had dismissed the complaints and blamed the patient's dementia. A hidden camera placed in the woman's room caught three aides physically and verbally abusing the 78-year-old dementia patient. The 12-minute video reveals how the woman was mocked, shaken, punched and kicked. According to MSNBC, Samirah Traynham, 22, Tyrina Griffin, 21, and Ayesha Muhammad, 19, have been charged with aggravated assault and neglect of a care-dependent person, as well as related charges.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mickey Rooney Talks About Elder Abuse

Tags: Elder Abuse, Senior Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse, Assisted Living Abuse, Dementia Patients Abused, Quadrangle Assisted Living Facility

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Clarifies "Diagnostic Gray Zone"

8 New PSA Test for Prostate Cancer More Specific

A new test to detect a subform of prostate specific antigen (PSA) is more specific and accurate than the currently approved test which has a high rate of false positives, leading to unnecessary biopsies and treatments. A blood test measures the subform called (-2) Pro-PSA and this number is plugged into a formula to yield a Prostate Health Index. The test was done on 900 men and benefits patients whose PSA is 2 to 10 based on the current test which is called the “diagnostic gray zone” because elevated levels are considered positive for prostate cancer and lower levels negative. A higher Pro-PSA and total PSA suggests an aggressive form of cancer. The new test has been approved in Europe and Canada and the FDA is reviewing the results of this study before deciding on its use in the U.S.

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

Previously: Blood Tests May Predict Prostate Cancer Risk

Tags: FDA, Prostate Cancer, PSA, PSA Screening, PSA Testing, Diagnosing Prostate Cancer, Pro-PSA Test, (-2) Pro-PSA, Prostate Health Index, Diagnostic Gray Zone of PSA Test

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Shop a Lot So You Don't Drop

9 Elderly Who Shop Frequently Live Longer

A study in which 1,850 Taiwanese older than 65 answered questions on a wide range of topics found that those who shopped once a day reduced their chance of dying by 27 percent compared to their counterparts who did not venture out that often. Ironically, the people who shopped more often also smoke and drank more but still had better overall health. Most frequent shoppers were men and relatively younger so probably more mobile. The majority of people in the study had the financial stability to shop so poverty was not a confounding factor in those who did not shop as much. Researchers find the results amusing but believe the benefits of “retail therapy” are linked to high physical activity, handling money and engaging socially which are indicators of better health.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Simple Actions Linked to Longevity in Seniors

Tags: Longevity, Living Longer, Longevity in the Elderly, Physical Activity in the Elderly, Shopping, Retail Therapy

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Way to Screen for Stroke Risk

10 Poor Memory May Be Risk Factor for Having a Stroke

A large study suggests that mental decline may be a risk factor for stroke and a way to determine who is at risk. Researchers looked at 32,693 people 45 and older and 14,842 took a verbal fluency test was given and a word recall memory test was given to 17,851. For four and a half years, they received biannual phone calls asking if they had a stroke. Over the course of the study, 123 people in the verbal fluency group had a stroke as did 129 people in the memory test group. People who scored in the bottom 20 percent on both tests had over triple the risk of having a stroke compared to those in top 20 percent. Participants over 50 in the bottom 20 percent were 9.4 times more like to have a stroke compared to their counterparts in the top20 percent.

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

Previously: Sleep Apnea Doubles Risk of Stroke in Men

Tags: Brain Function, Memory, Risk Factors for Stroke, Stroke, Mental Decline, Verbal Fluency, Screening for Stroke

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Tiny Particles Have Big Effect

11 Studies in Mice Link Car Pollution to Brain Damage

Research conducted at the University of Southern California demonstrates that mice exposed to particles in car pollution tiny enough to get through car filtration systems develop brain damage that may be related to memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Mice were exposed to air with these particles for 15 hours a week for 10 weeks and it was their brains were found to have massive damage. The brain cells most affected played a role in learning and memory and they observed inflammatory markers that are linked to aging prematurely and developing Alzheimer’s. Whether or not these results could be applied to humans will require more studies but researchers are more concerned with how those who live in the city can prevent damage that might be occurring due to car pollution.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Air Pollution Affects Blood Pressure

Tags: Air Pollution, Alzheimer's Disease, Brain Damage, University of Southern California, Car Pollution, Effects of Car Pollution, Premature Aging

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Study Participants Healthier

12 People in Stent Studies Different from Patients

A new study suggests no resemblance between those who participate in stent studies and those who receive them in clinical practice. Using a nationwide registry to study people who received stents showed that study participants were healthier when they had the mesh tube placed in the carotid artery which widens the narrowed vessel to prevent a stroke. Four out of 10 patients in studies had a stroke or mini-stroke prior to getting a stent compared to six out of 10 in the registry. Those in studies often did not have symptoms either. Some think that the discrepancy is related to insurance since Medicaid pays for stents in people with symptoms whereas asymptomatic people enroll in studies that cover the cost. A simpler explanation is that sicker patients do not qualify for these studies.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Women Underrepresented in Heart Device Studies

Tags: Stents, Study Participants, Enrolling a Clinical Study, Mesh Stents

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