April 11, 2011

Bored in Class

1 Yawning Teen’s Mouth Gets Stuck Open

Holly Thompson, 17, UK, yawned in the middle of a class on politics -- and her mouth got stuck open, reports the Daily Mail. When her teacher and classmates became aware of her dilemma, they burst out laughing, much to Holly’s embarrassment. When Holly’s mouth wouldn’t close after the school nurse tried various things to get her jaw to shut, she was taken to the hospital, where doctors inserted 26 tongue depressors in her mouth to get her jaw to tire, relax and close. The technique worked and, after five hours, Holly’s jaw clicked back into place. "It can be quite serious, because she can't eat, can't really drink and you get really dehydrated," says Dr. Ejiro Obakponovwe. "But again, it's quite painful as well." In the meantime, Holly has become a YouTube sensation.

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

Previously: Big Burgers Can Cause Jaw Dislocation

Tags: Jaw, Dislocated Jaw, Holly Thompson, Teen Yawns and Dislocates Jaw, Ejiro Obakponovwe, Daily Mail

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Now at Chernobyl Levels

2 Japan Raises Nuclear Threat to Highest Level

Japan raised the nuclear threat level of its Fukushima Daiichi power plant from a level 5 to the highest level 7, putting it on a par with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, said an official with the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan. Experts say the amount of radioactive iodine released at the damaged plant was at least 15 times the volume needed to reach the top of the International Nuclear Event Scale. Regulators say that’s still about 10 % of the amount released at Chernobyl. A level 7 rating equates to a “major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects requiring implementation of planned and extended countermeasures.” The Japanese government expanded evacuations beyond the danger zone already declared around Fukushima Daiichi.

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

Previously: Meltdown Possible at Japan's Nuclear Power Plants

Tags: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Nuclear Safety Commission Japan, Japan Raises Nuclear Threat Level, Chernobyl, Nuclear Event Scale

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IL-12 Versus Bioterrorism

3 Immune Chemical Boosts Nasal Flu Vaccines

Adding a natural immune chemical, interleukin-12 or IL-12, with standard vaccines may boost effectiveness when delivered via the nose. Research presented at a Society for General Microbiology conference reveals that adding IL-12 to nasal vaccines in mice resulted in a high level of protection against influenza virus, pneumococcal bacteria, and even bioterrorism threats like Yersinia pestis, which causes the plague. Nasal vaccines have the extra advantage of protecting the pulmonary tract after pathogen exposure, which is a big benefit in the case of a bioterrorism threat or an influenza pandemic, notes Professor Dennis Metzger of Albany Medical College, New York.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Norwegian Company Developing New Flu Vaccine

Tags: Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine, Society for General Microbiology, Nasal Vaccines Effective, Respiratory Pathogens, Bioterrorism Threat, Interleukin-12, Pneumococcal Bacteria, Yersinia Pestis, Influenza Pandemic, Albany Medical College

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Goal: Las Vegas in September

4 Michigan Couple to Walk 2,500 Miles to Wedding

Joseph Crist and Laura Brunett of Michigan, both 24 years old, are embarking on a unique journey before their wedding in September: The engaged couple will walk 2,500 miles to get there! The couple, who've been friends since middle school, will walk 15 miles each day beginning April 15. Their plan is to reach Las Vegas in September, then walk to their wedding at Lake Meade. After that, it's a honeymoon in Hawaii, via plane, of course! According to Fox 2 News, Crist and Brunett refer to their plan as "creative marriage counseling."

More at Fox 2 News | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dunkin' Donuts Makes Royal Wedding Donuts

Tags: Walking Wedding, Unique Wedding Plans, Joseph Crist, Laura Brunett, Las Vegas Wedding, Creative Marriage Counseling

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Less Dialysis, Kidney Injury

5 Statins Could Protect Kidneys After Surgery

Serious kidney complications following major elective surgery may be reduced by taking a statin before surgery, claim researchers. The study, to be published in Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN), included information from all older patients who underwent major elective surgery in Ontario, Canada from 1995 to 2008. The patients in the study who were taking a statin were 20 percent less likely to develop kidney injury, require dialysis and die after surgery compared with the patients who weren't taking a statin. "Our study suggests that statin use in older persons results in less kidney injury following major elective surgery and reduces the risk of premature death after surgery," says Amber Molnar, MD, of University of Western Ontario.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Little Support for Statins for Low-Risk Patients

Tags: Journal of the American Society Nephrology, Statins and Mortality Rate Due to Infections, University of Western Ontario, Statin Studies, Major Elective Surgery, Serious Kidney Complications

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Debunking Menstrual Myth

6 Female Voices Don't Change During Cycle

Women's voices remain the same throughout their menstrual cycles, say researchers from West Texas A&M University. The study findings contradict previous research showing that a woman's voice rises as ovulation nears. The research involved 35 female participants and 175 voice samples. Women recorded themselves saying the same words at four points during two menstrual cycles. WebMD reports that researchers used voice analysis software to measure eight voice parameters. Researchers note that previous research used subjective means to measure voices or included only three or four parameters. In this study, no differences were found in the voice samples for women from cycle to cycle, or among women using hormonal contraceptives and those who weren't.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Shift Works Alters Menstrual Cycle

Tags: Menstrual Cycle, Menstruation, Voice Changes, Voice Stays Same Throughout Cycle, Menstruation Myths, Voice Analysis Software

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Don't Bring Back Turkey Twizzler

7 Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution in Trouble

Despite the successful turnaround of school lunches in the UK, the future of the healthy school lunch movement in the UK is now threatened. In 2005, the government in the UK banned sweets and chips in vending machines at schools and implemented new meal plans with green vegetables and red meat, not processed fish sticks and fried turkey twizzlers. TreeHugger reports that research showed that the changes had several positive effects, including improving test scores in English and science. However, the government has removed subsidies, resulting in price increases of up to 17 percent for school lunches. And Food Revolution whiz Oliver is pretty ticked off about that. He believes that compromising on a healthy lunch for kids equals child abuse.

More at TreeHugger | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Food Revolution, Jamie Oliver, Changing Kids Lunches, Healthy School Lunches, Turkey Twizzlers

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May Add to Effects of Treatment

8 Sleep Problems in Cancer Survivors Affects Brain

Researchers conducting the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study in which 1,426 people treated for cancer as kids between 1970 and 1986 found the participants who reported problems sleeping, being sleepy during the day or fatigue were three to four times more likely to report having cognitive problems such as difficulty paying attention and memory . The treatments used in the fight against childhood cancers put survivors at risk of cognitive problems so these results imply that sleeping problems may exacerbate them. Factors such as current age of the survivor, effects of radiation on the brain or chemotherapy have no link to the cognitive problems due to sleep deprivation or fatigue. Antidepressant use among survivors was strongly linked to memory and attention problems.

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

Previously: Childhood Cancer Survivors Risk Premature Death

Tags: Childhood Cancers, Fatigue, Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, Long Term Effects of Childhood Cancers, Difficulty Sleeping, Cognitive Problems in Childhood Cancer Survivors, Attention Problems, Memory Problems

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No Increased Risk of Lung Cancer

9 Nicotine Levels in Smoking Cessation Products Safe

The doses of nicotine found in smoking cessation products such as the patch and gum should not increase the risk of lung cancers in people trying to quit based on results from a 12 week study conducted in mice. group received three injections of the tobacco carcinogen NNK, the second group constitutively expressed the KRAS oncogene which is mutated in many smoking-related lung cancers and the last group received cells lines from mouse lung cells cancers. All the mice consumed water containing nicotine at normal levels. Nicotine’s metabolite, cotinine was found at levels present in people who used nicotine replacement products and did not increase the number of tumors that developed, multiplied or grew in the mice. Some people take these products for years in order to kick the habit.

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

Previously: Kicking the Cigarette Habit Just Got Easier

Tags: Nicotine, Quit Smoking, Smoking Cessation Products, Nicotine Replacement Products, Nicotine and Lung Cancer Risk, NNK, KRAS Oncogene, Continine, Nicotine Patch, Nicotine Gum

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Tetracycline Still Fights Staph

10 Antibiotic Resistance Not Seen with Acne Drugs

The tetracycline antibiotics used to treat acne do not appear to be an important factor in driving antibiotic resistance. Eighty-three people undergoing treatment for acne at a dermatology clinic had nose and throat swabs taken so researchers could determine if Staphylococcus aureus was present and tetracycline-resistant. Of the 40 to 50 percent of patient that had staph in either the nose or throat (representative of the general population), only 10 percent of all the staph bacteria were resistant to tetracycline. Ironically, Staphylococcus aureus causes MRSA, which results in serious infections resistant to a number of antibiotics and very difficult to treat. About 50 percent of the patients used antibiotics to treat their acne, with some using it for as long as a year.

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

Previously: Antibiotics for Acne Linked to Bowel Disease

Tags: Acne, Antibiotic Resistance, Antibiotics for Acne, Doxycycline, Minocycline, MRSA, Tetracycline, Acne Medication, Staphylococcus Aureus

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Increases Cholesterol Synthesis

11 Protein Increases Antioxidants and Atherosclerosis

A protein called Nrf2 that increases antioxidant release and the expression of anti-inflammatory genes when bound to DNA has been shown to possibly fight cancer but researchers at UCLA show that same protein may increase artherosclerosis in which plaques thicken and harden arteries, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Animal studies found that Nrf2 increased cholesterol levels in plasma and the liver and therefore increased formation of arterial plaques. Nrf2 knockout mice had lower levels of antioxidants but also had significantly less aortic plaques. Mice that only expressed half of the Nrf2 gene had similar plaque formation compare to those that fully expressed Nrf2. Researchers want to investigate other factors that may affect Nrf2 role in cholesterol and antioxidants.

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

Previously: Men on Antidepressants at Risk of Atherosclerosis

Tags: Antioxidants, Cholesterol, Nrf2, Artherosclerosis

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Only If Weight Affects Health

12 Two-in-One Weight Loss Drug Shown to Be Effective

Results from a study involving 2,500 overweight or obese people shows that experimental weight-loss drug Qnexa works. Participants were counseled on diet and exercise or counseled with low-dose or high-dose Qnexa. People lost 18 and 22 pounds on the low and high dose, respectively, over 56 weeks, compared to the average of 3 pounds lost in the control group. The two Qnexa groups had lower blood cholesterol, triglyceride, blood glucose and blood pressure. Qnexa, made by Vivus, combines the weight-loss drug phentermine and the epilepsy/migraine drug topiramate. It should only be used for people whose weight is affecting their health since it does have side effects such as dry mouth, a “pins and needles” sensation, constipation, insomnia and dizziness, and an increased depression risk.

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

Previously: FDA Rejects Qnexa Weight Loss Drug

Tags: Qnexa, Topiramate, Weight Loss Drugs, Phentermine, Vivus, Obesity Drugs, Side Effects of Qnexa

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