April 15, 2011

Drug-Resistant Staph

1 US Meat and Poultry Is Widely Contaminated

About half of US meat and poultry sampled is contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus and 52% of those bacteria are antibiotic-resistant says the Translational Genomics Res. Inst. Researchers analyzed samples from 80 brands of beef, pork and poultry from stores throughout the US and found that food animals are the major source of contamination as they are steadily fed antibiotics. Staph which can cause skin infections, pneumonia and sepsis, is killed with proper cooking but may still pose a risk to consumers through improper food handling. "Antibiotics are the most important drugs that we have to treat Staph infections; but when Staph are resistant to three, four, five or even nine different antibiotics ... that leaves physicians few options," says senior author Lance B. Price.

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

Previously: Senate Passes Food Safety Legislation

Tags: Antibiotic Resistance, Pneumonia, Sepsis, Skin Infections, Staphylococcus Aureus, US Food Supply Contaminated with Staph, Translational Genomics Research Institute

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Not Guilty!

2 Diet Soda Doesn't Raise Diabetes Risk

Diet soda has been found not guilty of raising the risk of developing diabetes, reports MSNBC. Harvard University researchers say that diet soda and other artificially sweetened beverages don't increase the risk of diabetes. The study findings contradict previous research that implicated diet sodas with increasing the risk of developing diabetes. The study, published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that replacing sugar-sweetened drinks with a diet alternative can be a safe option. Explaining the findings of previous studies linking diet soda with diabetes risk, Harvard researchers say that the link is a result of other factors that diet drinkers and diabetes sufferers have in common, such as being overweight.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Coffee Benefits, Diabetes Risk, Diet Soda, Sugary Beverages, Risk Factors Diabetes, Health Risks Diet Drinks, Lower Risk of Diabetes

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Metal Left Inside Breasts

3 Flawed Breast Device Left Tungsten in Women

The recall involving the Axxent FlexiShield Mini breast device has been classified by the FDA as the most serious type of recall, involving a reasonable probability of serious adverse health effects or death. Axxent FlexiShield Mini, a pad made of the metal tungsten and silicone rubber, was intended to protect healthy tissue by directing a radiation beam. It was used temporarily inside breast incisions when women were given an entire course of radiation treatment at once after a lumpectomy for cancer. However, the pads left behind hundreds of tungsten particles inside breast tissue and chest muscles in 29 women known to be affected. New York Times reports that it's not known if the metal alone is dangerous, but it poses a risk since it resembles or hides cancer on mammograms.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Soy Not a Problem for Breast Cancer Patients

Tags: Calcium Deposits on Mammograms, Calcium Deposits on Breast Tissue, Axxent FlexiShield Mini, Tungsten Fragments in Breast Tissue, Serious Recall Breast Device

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Link Stronger in Those under 60

4 Younger Diabetics Risk Developing Parkinson’s

A study out of Denmark suggests that diabetes increases the chances of developing Parkinson’s. Researchers followed 2,000 people with Parkinson’s and 10,000 healthy controls and observed that 6.5 percent of those with Parkinson’s had diabetes for at least two years compared to five percent in the control group. After all other factors that may affect the results were accounted for diabetics were at 33 percent higher risk of developing the disease characterized by tremors, rigid joints and balance problems. Diabetics under 60 appeared to have the greatest risk of developing Parkinson’s. Researchers hypothesize that either chronic low-level inflammation in the body or a genetic relationship links both diseases or that insulin plays a role in Parkinson’s.

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

Previously: Study Links Parkinson’s to Immune System

Tags: Diabetes, Parkinson's Disease, Diabetes and Parkinson's, Younger Diabetics

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First of Its Kind Treatment

5 Device That Fights Glioblastoma Approved by FDA

For the first time, the FDA has approved of a device that is kills glioblastomas using electrical energy fields. The patients carry the six pound device called NovoTFF, developed by Novocure, in a small bag with electrodes attached to the patient’s head which is shaved. Electric fields attack the cancer cells by disrupting their division and for the most part spare healthy cells because they do not divide nearly as quickly as cancerous cells. The FDA is only allowing patients whose glioblastoma came back after treatment to use it. The survival time between people using the device and those using standard treatments are similar minus the many side effects therefore the quality of life is higher. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive brain cancer with 19,000 new cases diagnosed annually.

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

Previously: Vaccine for Glioblastoma Extends Survival

Tags: Brain Cancer, FDA, Glioblastoma, Killing Glioblastoma with Electrical Fields, NovoTFF, Novocure

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