April 18, 2011

One or the Other, in Moderation

1 Energy Drinks and Alcohol Don’t Mix Safely

Energy drinks such as Red Bull mixed with alcohol make for risky drinking practices that may result in accidents and injuries, finds a laboratory study that compares the effects of drinking alcohol alone versus drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks. Results indicate that energy drinks enhance feelings of stimulation from alcohol but don’t reduce the level of impulse control. Researchers feel that impaired impulse control and enhanced stimulation may be riskier than drinking alcohol alone. "Consumption of an energy drink combined with alcohol sets up a risky scenario for the drinker due to this enhanced feeling of stimulation and high impulsivity levels," says first author Cecile A. Marczinski, who adds that people need to be aware of the risks of these beverages.

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

Previously: Four Loko Banned from College Campus

Tags: Alcohol, Energy Drinks, Energy Drinks and Alcohol, Cecile A. Marczinski, Red Bull, Intoxication, Impaired Impulse Control

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Vitamin D May Play Role

2 Mono, Sun Exposure Linked with MS

Low sun exposure combined with mononucleosis could raise the risk for developing multiple sclerosis (MS), suggest researchers from England. The research, reported in the journal Neurology, reveals that areas in England with lower amounts of sunlight and higher rates of mononucleosis, also called "kissing disease" or mono, also had higher rates of MS. The combo of low sunlight and high rates of mono explained 72 percent of geographical variations in rates of MS across England, reports MSNBC. While the cause of MS is still unknown, researchers speculate that the higher rates of MS with the combo of mono and low sun exposure may be explained by lower levels of vitamin D. The body uses sunlight to make vitamin D, and lower levels of the vitamin may alter the body's immune response to mono.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: First Oral Drug to Treat MS Approved by FDA

Tags: Journal Neurology, Risk Factors MS, Multiple Sclerosis Risks, Multiple Sclerosis Linked Mono, Multiple Sclerosis Linked Sun Exposure, Dangers of Low Sun Exposure, Kissing Disease

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Are Schools to Blame?

3 Kids Not Drinking Enough Water

Many kids don't drink adequate amounts of water, and some wonder whether school lunches could be to blame. The CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reveals that some children aren't getting enough water, and CNN explores whether lack of available water at school lunch could be the reason. Many school cafeterias don't offer cups which children may fill up with water. Kids often have the choice of orange juice or milk only. For many kids, only water fountains provide water during the day. Even then, kids must stand in line for a few sips. Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNNHealth's Diet and Fitness Expert, says that since kids are at school during so many of their waking hours, they should be obtaining least 50 percent of their total water intake at school.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: School Lunch Reform, School Lunches, School Nutrition, Kids Water Drinking, No Water at School Lunch, Children Not Drinking Enough Water, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

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For Aggressive Tumors

4 New Electric Brain Cancer Treatment Approved

The first brain cancer treatment using electrical energy fields has been approved by the FDA. The portable NovoTTF device, made by Novocure, represents a fourth approach to treatment for brain cancer, reports MSNBC. Before, doctors used three methods: radiation, surgery or drugs. NovoTTF has been approved to treat patients with aggressive brain tumors that have recurred after previous treatment. While patients with recurring brain tumors typically only live for a few months, treatment with the device instead of chemotherapy would result in significantly fewer side effects. MSNBC reports that patients treated with NovoTTF lived for about six months, the same amount of time as patients treated with chemotherapy.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Teacher Faked Brain Tumor

Tags: Novocure, NovoTTF, Treatment for Brain Cancer, Brain Cancer Treatment Using Electrical Energy Fields, Treating Aggressive Brain Tumors

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Chocolate Legend Passes

5 Deadly Accident for CEO of Nutella, Ferrero Rocher

Pietro Ferrero, joint chief executive of the Italian confectionery company Ferrero SpA, has died after falling from his bicycle in South Africa. Ferrero SpA produces Nutella, Tic Tac, Ferrero Rocher and Mon Cheri. Ferrero ran the company with his brother Giovanni. CNN reports that Ferrero, 47, was taking a routine bike ride when he fainted and fell from his bicycle. He is survived by his 85-year-old father Michele Ferrero, Italy's richest man. Michele Ferrero took over the company from his parents Piera and Pietro, who created Nutella in their bakery.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Tic Tac Tic Tac Freshmints

Tags: Nutella, Tic Tac, Ferrero Rocher, Mon Cheri, Ferrero SpA, Michele Ferrero

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Better Diagnosis and Treatment

6 Fallopian Tubes Are Where Ovarian Cancer Begins

Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston demonstrated that ovarian cancer begins in the fallopian tubes by altering their gene expression so they acted like cancer in the lab and in animals. Researchers observed rapid proliferation and migration and growth from the original tissue in the lab. When put in animals, these cancer cells were like high-grade serious ovarian cancer (HGSOC) in structure, behavior and genetic profile. In addition to supporting this theory, which is not new, these results may help scientists how to diagnose and treat a cancer that is often diagnosed at an advanced stage because of the lack of symptoms early on. Ovarian cancer is diagnosed in 200,000 every year and 115,000 die due to the fifth deadliest cancer in women.

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

Previously: Marker Found in Several Types of Cancer

Tags: Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Ovarian Cancer, Fallopian Tubes, Ovarian Cancer Originates in Fallopian Tubes, High-Grade Serious Ovarian Cancer, HGSOC, Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer

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F*** Pain

7 Swearing Increases Tolerance to Pain

A study in the UK have found that a litany of naughty words that people hurl when they hurt themselves might actually help reduce their pain. Keele University students whose vocabulary did not include regular profanity were asked to stick their arms in icy water while saying a swear word over and over then did the same saying a cleaner word to express their pain. Swearing allowed the participants to keep their arms submerged in the icy water. Scientists hypothesize that swearing while in pain is an aggressive act which stimulates the fight-or-flight response which increases pain tolerance. Regular swearing does not appear to offer the same level of relief.

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

Previously: A Thicker Brain Helps People Tolerate Pain

Tags: Pain Relief, Pain Tolerance, Swearing, Foul Language, Swearing in Pain, Profanity, Keele University

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No Clear Benefit

8 Hemophilia Drug Mostly Being Used Off-Label

New research has found that a majority of the patients given a hemophilia drug are receiving it off-label. Hemophiliacs have impaired blood clotting and the drug NovoSeven counters that to prevent life-threatening bleeding. The FDA allows doctors to prescribe drug to treat conditions other than for its intended use. In 2008, 97 percent of patients treated with NovoSeven were for conditions such as brain trauma and bleeding in the skull. Sixty-four previous studies found that NovoSeven did not increase surviving cardiac, prostate or liver transplant surgeries compared to patients not given the drug. Some have pointed out that many hemophiliacs receive it on an outpatient basis and not represented in this study and the non-hemophiliacs are given the drug as a last resort in bad situations.

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

Previously: Topamax Receives New Birth Defect Warning

Tags: FDA, Prescribing off-Label Drugs, Hemophilia, NovoSeven

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