April 30, 2011

Dogs Replace Drugs?

1 Animal Assisted Therapy Lowers Anxiety Before MRI

The thought of having an MRI is often fraught with anxiety which may cause poor image quality or early termination. While anti-anxiety medications are often prescribed, Allison Ruchman, a 15-year old girl, came up with a non-invasive alternative. Allison thought that therapy dogs could alleviate patient tension and, after becoming a certified dog therapist, conducted a study with physicians at Monmouth Med. Ctr., NJ, in which patients had a session with a therapy dog prior to their MRIs. A small control group of patients did not interact with the dog. Results indicate that time spent with the therapy dog could substitute for anti-anxiety medication. Say scientists, this is the first research to study the use of animal therapy in the radiology department.

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

Previously: Women at Risk for Breast Cancer Should Get MRI

Tags: Anxiety, MRI, Animal Therapy, Allison Ruchman, Monmouth Medical Center, Anxiety Medications, Reducing Anxiety Before MRI

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Five Times Greater Risk

2 Greater Deadly Blood Clot Risk for Tall, Obese Men

Tall, obese men have a five times greater risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE), a condition in which deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism occur at the same time. A new study, published in the American Heart Association's journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, found that compared to normal weight men 5'8" or shorter, men who are taller and obese face 5.28 times higher risk of VTE, the third most common cardiovascular disease in America. The 12.5-year study also found that tall men of normal weight were 2.57 times more likely to experience VTE, while short, obese men were 2.11 times more likely to have VTE. Yet, tall women (5'6" or taller) who are obese were only 2.77 times more likely to experience VTE compared to women 5'2" or shorter.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Yasmin Poses Higher Venous Thromboembolism Risk

Tags: Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Obese Men, Pulmonary Embolism, Venous Thromboembolism, Tall Men, Health Risks of Being Tall, Obesity Health Risks, DVT, VTE

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Sexual Misconduct Common Problem

3 Male Doctors More Likely to Be Disciplined

Compared with female doctors, male physicians in Australia and New Zealand are four times more likely to be disciplined for misconduct, finds a University of Melbourne study. Sexual misconduct is the most common reason for disciplinary action, followed by illegal prescribing. For the study, researchers analyzed 85 percent of registered doctors in Australia and all of New Zealand's registered doctors. Doctors with the highest rate of disciplinary action were obstetrician-gynecologists and psychiatrists, followed by general practitioners. In 43 percent of cases, tribunals decided to remove the doctors from practice.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Facebook Sued for Showing Murder Victim Photo

Tags: Male Doctors, Misconduct Doctors, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Medical Journal of Australia, Sexual Misconduct, Illegal Prescribing

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$455 Won't Be Paid

4 Tobacco Wins Suit Brought by Hospitals

Tobacco is not guilty, and won't be paying that $455 million dollars to hospitals, ruled a St. Louis jury. Yahoo News reports that six major tobacco companies in the U.S. defeated the lawsuit brought by 37 hospitals in Missouri. The hospitals claimed that Phillip Morris USA and other companies manipulated nicotine content in cigarettes, delivering an "unreasonably dangerous" cigarette. The hospitals wanted $455 million for treating uninsured smokers who didn't pay for their care. BBC reported that the jury believed the cigarettes weren't defective or designed negligently.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: CDC Predicts Smoking Bans in All States by 2020

Tags: Smoking Lawsuit, Hospitals Sue Tobacco, Health Effects of Smoking, Phillip Morris USA, Hospitals in Missouri, Uninsured Smokers

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Casino White House

5 Obama Gets Revenge on Trump

During the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on Saturday, President Obama took his revenge on Donald Trump, who was in the room. Obama said that if Trump were elected president, the White House would be turned into a tacky casino, complete with a whirlpool in the garden. CBS News reports that Obama also said that now that he's released his birth certificate, Trump can focus on serious issues, like whether the moon landing actually occurred. Obama commended Trump's recent decision to fire Gary Busey instead of Meat Loaf during an episode of Celebrity Apprentice. The president said, "These are the types of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir."

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: First Lady Michelle Obama Does Cleanses

Tags: Donald Trump Jokes, White House Correspondents' Association, Obama Gets Revenge, Trump for President, Celebrity Apprentice, Meat Loaf, Gary Busey, tacky casino

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Location and Risk Varies by Race

6 Stiff Arteries May Be Related to Fat Location

Preliminary results from a study conducted at Emory University in Atlanta found that how fat is distributed in women may be used as a way to predict their risk of developing stiff arteries which makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and could lead to the development of atherosclerosis and ultimately a heart attack. In the study, a caliper was used to measure fat in upper chest, the armpit, triceps, below the shoulder blade, the abdomen, above the hip bone and the thigh of 102 black women and 228 white women, all of whom were middle-aged. The risk of arterial stiffness for black women was indicated by more fat in the triceps, armpit, shoulder blade and hip bone areas while for white women abdominal fat and fat in the triceps associated with the condition.

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

Previously: Scientists Discover How Body Fat Grows

Tags: Abdominal Fat, Atherosclerosis, Body Fat Distribution, Emory University, Body Fat Distribution As Indicator of Stiff Arteries, Fat Measurement, Atherosclerosis Risk Factors, Arterial Stiffness, Upper Chest Fat, Armpit Fat

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Majority Exposed to Some Toxin

7 Crude Oil Toxin Linked to Congenital Heart Defects

In utero exposure to ethyl benzene and trichloroethylene, toxic compounds in crude oil and metal degreasing agents, respectively, are linked to congenital heart defects (CHD). CHD is the most common type of birth defect and a major reason kids die and end up with life-long health problems. Stool samples from 135 newborns with heart problems and 432 healthy infants found that 82 percent of all the babies tested positive for at least one of 17 compounds measured. Ethyl benzene exposure quadrupled the risk of CHD in white infants. Black and white infants exposed to trichloroethylene had an eight-fold and two-fold increased risk of having CHD, respectively. This is the first study to demonstrate ethyl benzene’s link to CHD which is also found in vehicle exhaust and cigarette smoke.

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

Previously: Heart Defects Tied to Smoking Early in Pregnancy

Tags: Congenital Heart Defects, Toxins Linked to Congenital Heart Defects, Ethyl Benzene, Trichloroethylene, Ethyl Benzene and Congenital Heart Defects, Trichloroethylene and Congenital Heart Defects

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Not Even God Can Help You

8 Religion Fails to Reduce High Blood Pressure

A new study refutes the idea that being religious lowers high blood pressure and results demonstrated the opposite. Of the 200 participants, 29 percent took hypertension drugs. Their religiosity was measured with the Duke University Religion Index and 35 percent who said religion was a major part of every aspect of their lives had high BP compared to 19.6 who said it did not. Researchers think more religious people have a strong social network that makes them aware of their health and increased the chance they will get their BP checked. Previous research not only demonstrated that religious activities lowered BP but also stress, hostility, depression, despair and loneliness all of which are linked to high BP. Strong social networks of any kind have been associated with being healthier.

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

Previously: Religious Activity Linked with Obesity

Tags: Religion Lowering Blood Pressure, Religion and Health, Faith and Health

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