June 23, 2011

Woman Was Asleep

1 Dog Chews off Diabetic Owner’s Toe

A study of diabetic people with neuropathy tells of a woman whose dog chewed off part of her infected toe as she slept. The wound required surgery and led to amputation of her leg. The case, the 2nd to be reported in medical literature - others have been reported in the media - showcases the need for patients with neuropathy to avoid having wounds exposed when sleeping with pets. "Pets have a tendency to lick wounds, and that simple lick can turn into a bite, if there is no response from the owner. There have also been reports of dogs' saliva infecting diabetic patients with the antibiotic-resistant Superbug, MRSA, which can be deadly," says co-author Dr. Lee C. Rogers. Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans and is the leading cause of non-traumatic amputations, says the CDC.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Ginger May Prevent Diabetic Cataracts

Tags: Amputation, Centers for Disease Control, Diabetes, MRSA, Neuropathy, Dr. Lee C. Rogers

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Plus Five Foods to Eat

2 Five Foods That Make People Fat

Potato chips, other potato dishes, sugar-sweetened beverages, processed meats and unprocessed red meats are the five foods associated with the greatest weight gain in a recent study. The study, published in New England Journal of Medicine, also reveals that another five foods are linked with less weight gain, or even weight loss: yogurt, fruits, nuts, vegetables and whole grains. WebMD reports that the long-term research involved 120,000 participants in three studies. The researchers believe that in avoiding weight gain, it's important to focus on the quality of the food eaten, not just fat grams, total calories or grams of carbohydrates.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Chips Fattening, Potato Chips Habit, Foods That Make You Fat, Top Fat Foods, Healthy Food Choices, Meats Fat Food, Counting Calories

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Both Silicone and Saline

3 Breast Implants Do Not Last a Lifetime

A safety review by the FDA has found that approximately 20 to 40 percent of women who get breast implants for cosmetic purposes will have them removed within 10 years due of problems such as painful scar tissue and implant rupture. That percentage goes up in women who have implants for reconstructive surgery related to breast cancer. The focus was on silicone gel implants but the same complications can occur with saline implants. Plastic surgeons warn women of the risks but that does not deter them and breast augmentation is still the most popular cosmetic surgery. Many researchers point out that FDA-cited studies are incomplete due to poor follow-up rates but officials still believe women with implants should get regular checkups and scans to make sure they have not ruptured.

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

Previously: Breast Implants Associated with Rare Cancer, Gel in Breast Implants Meant for Use in Mattresses

Tags: Breast Augmentation, Breast Enlargement, Breast Implant Risks, Breast Implants, Breast Plant Complications, Silicone Gel Breast Implants, Saline Breast Implants, FDA Safety Review of Breast Implants

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