April 21, 2011

Array of Symptoms in Common

1 Mystery Illnesses in Gulf Coast from Oil

A Louisiana physician says he's seeing an array of mysterious illnesses in Gulf Coast residents and clean-up workers, reports CNN. Dr. Mike Robichaux, an ENT based in Raceland, Louisiana, shared with CNN that he's seeing a wide array of people with almost identical symptoms, including severe memory loss, very high blood pressure spikes, fluctuating blood sugar levels, pulmonary problems and gastrointestinal issues. Robichaux says he's treated around 60 patients with a combo of the symptoms. He believes that many more are suffering, and that the illnesses are caused by contact with oil and disperant.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Blood Sugar Levels, Memory Loss, Oil Spill Health Effects, Oil Spill Health Risks, Dr. Mike Robichaux, Very High Blood Pressure, Contact with Oil and Disperant

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Alert Tourist Saves the Day

2 Miracle Catch As Toddler Fell from Fourth Floor

It was no ordinary night for Helen Beard, a tourist from England enjoying the pool at the Econo Lodge on International Drive in Orlando, Florida, when two-year-old Jah-Nea slipped through the railing of a fourth-floor balcony. Beard rushed over to catch the falling toddler, who survived without even a scratch, reports Click Orlando. Orange County Sheriff's spokeswoman Denise Rollins described the incident as a "miracle." Helena Myles, the toddler's mother, had left her child with a friend in the room next to hers before the fall occurred. Jah-Nea, who was in a cheerful mood following her adventure, was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital as a precaution.

More at Click Orlando | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Parents Underestimate Preschool Kids' Weight

Tags: Helena Myles, Jah-Nea, Toddler Balcony Fall, Tourist Catches Falling Toddler, Orlando Hotels, Econo Lodge, Arnold Palmer Hospital, Balcony Dangers

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Rapper Snoop Dogg Promotes Blast

3 Attorneys General Fighting Blast Malt Beverage

Attorneys general of 17 states are trying to keep Pabst Brewing Co. from marketing "Blast" by Colt 45 to young drinkers and to stop production of the new malt drink. Blast, promoted by rapper Snoop Dogg, has been described as "binge-in-a-can" by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who wrote a letter to Pabst Brewing Co. Advocates say that the fruity blend that looks like soda pop is being marketed to young drinkers. CNN reports that while the 23.5-ounce can looks like soda, it really has an alcohol content of 12 percent, which is higher than a typical beer. Pabst Brewing Co. says that they promote responsible drinking, and the alcohol content of Blast is clearly marked on the can.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Binge Drinking, Banning Blast Beverage, Snoop Dogg Blast, Malt Drink, Colt 45 Drink, Targeting Young Drinkers, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler

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Seinfeld Not a Birther

4 Children's Hospital in Trump-Seinfeld Feud

Donald Trump, most likely a pretend presidential candidate and definitely a stirrer of the birther pot, has slammed comedian Jerry Seinfeld for canceling a September appearance that would benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Seinfeld has said that he doesn't agree with Trump's questioning of President Obama's citizenship, reports New York Post. However, Seinfeld has made a contribution to the Eric Trump Foundation, run by Donald Trump's son, and the children's hospital. Bret Michaels is taking over Seinfeld's spot at the benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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

Tags: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Donald Trump Birther, Jerry Seinfeld Cancels, Trump Seinfeld Feud, Trump Writes Letter Seinfeld, Children's Cancer Hospital, Bret Michaels Appearances, Eric Trump Foundation, Pretend Presidential Candidate, Marriage Ref

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Turn Down the Volume

5 Mindfulness Meditation Tones Down Distractions

Mindfulness meditation may help the brain "turn down the volume" of distracting information, say researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mindfulness meditation may result in an improved ability to regulate the alpha rhythm, a crucial brain wave. The study involved 12 healthy volunteers who had no previous experience in meditation. "Our discovery that mindfulness meditators more quickly adjusted the brain wave that screens out distraction could explain their superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts," says Harvard Medical School researcher Catherine Kerr, PhD. The study results will be published in the journal Brain Research Bulletin.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mindfulness Meditation Can Change Brain

Tags: Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mindfulness Meditation Program, Mindfulness Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Eliminating Distractions, Brain Research Bulletin

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Bad Science Cut Vaccination Rate

6 Widespread Measles Outbreak in Europe

Thirty-three European countries have been hit hard by an outbreak of the measles with France being affected the most. Childhood immunization took a dive in large part due to the now discredited research out of Britain linking autism to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine that still lingers in the minds of many parents. To prevent an outbreak, 90 percent of population needs to be immunized but the World Health Organization has discovered the many kids from 10 to 19 years old are not. Measles causes rash, fever, coughing and spotting on the cheeks and is very dangerous in babies and those with weakened immune systems. Further complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis and seizures occur in one out of 15 affected kids.

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

Previously: Lancet Retracts Autism Study

Tags: Measles, World Health Organization, Measles Outbreak, Measles Mump Rubella Vaccine, MMR Vaccine, Childhood Immunizations, Autism and Vaccine Research

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Autoantibodies Present

7 Three Autoimmune Diseases Tied to Type 1 Diabetes

Three autoimmune diseases occur at higher rates in kids diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes based on the results of a new study. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas are destroyed. Doctors measured autoantibodies levels linked to autoimmune thyroid disease, celiac disease and Addison’s which affects the adrenal glands. Twenty-five percent of the 12 percent with antibodies suggestive of celiac disease actually had the disease and vice versa in kids with autoantibodies to the thyroid and automimmune thyroid disease. One of the five kids with autoantibodies against the adrenal glands had Addison’s disease. The American Diabetes Association suggests that kids be tested simultaneously for diabetes and thyroid and celiac disease.

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

Previously: Is Improved Hygiene a Factor in Diabetes?

Tags: Celiac Disease, Type 1 Diabetes, Juvenile Diabetes, Autoimmune Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Addison's Disease, Autoimmune Diseases in Children

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Fussy Baby = Bad Kid?

8 Disturbed Babies Have Behavioral Problems Later On

What researchers have defined as “regulatory problems” in infants which include sleeping a lot, and problems with crying and feeding have been linked to an increased likelihood of behavioral problems in kids according to results from a retrospective study. Twenty two studies done between 1987 and 2006 with a total of 16,848 kids, 1,935 who were regulatory disturbed as infants. Babies with these problems were at an increased risk of behavioral problems such attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, aggressiveness and throwing temper tantrums. The more these regulatory problems were seen the greater the chance of developing behavioral problems. Researchers suggest babies with regulatory problems should be followed up because persistent issues may require intervention.

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

Previously: Fussy Babies Likely to Have Mental Problems Later

Tags: Babies, Infant Fussiness, Infants, Fussy Baby, Regulatory Problems in Infants, Feeding Infants, Crying Infants, Sleeping Habits of Infants, Behavioral Problems in Kids

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Beta-blockers Counter Its Effect

9 ACE Inhibitors Increase Breast Cancer Recurrence

A group of drugs used to treat hypertension and heart failure known as ACE inhibitors have been linked to a 23 percent increase in breast cancer recurrence in women. The study involved 1,779 women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer who were part of a study called Life After Cancer Epidemiology (LACE), 292 of whom had a recurrence. But another group of drugs called beta blockers which treat hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias reduced the risk of recurrence. Taken in combination the risk is somewhere in the middle. It is believed that both drugs target inflammatory pathways in different ways which explain their opposite effects on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. Researchers may conduct trials to determine if beta blockers prevent recurrence in high risk women.

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

Previously: Tamoxifen Can Protect Against Breast Cancer

Tags: ACE Inhibitors, Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors, Beta Blockers, Heart Drugs, Cardiovascular Drugs, Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk Factors, Life After Cancer Epidemiology Study, Preventing Breast Cancer Recurrence

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Two to Threefold Higher Risk

10 Yasmin Poses Higher Venous Thromboembolism Risk

Bayer’s contraceptive pill, Yasmin, increases the risk of blood clots in the veins, known as venous thromboembolism, by two or threefold in comparison to older pills. The clots can dislodge and travel to the lungs, which can be fatal. The hormone in Yasmin that increases the blood clot risk, drospirenone, was compared to that of women on levonorgestrel. Overall risk of was low, with 30.8 per 100,000 on Yasmin developing the clots compared to 12.5 on the older pill. Studies have not always shown an increased risk, and Bayer believes that results from this study should not be cause for concern even though more warnings were put on the label in Europe last year. Almost 7,000 lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. due to claims of injury due to Yasmin or its generic counterpart known as Yaz.

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

Previously: Some Birth Control Pills to Get New Warning Labels

Tags: Birth Control, Birth Control Pill, Yaz, Yasmin, Drospirenone, Venous Thromboembolism, Levonorgestrel, Bayer

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