July 7, 2011

It Induces Vomiting

1 NY Proposes to Take Ipecac off Store Shelves

A new bill that takes ipecac, a compound that induces vomiting, off store shelves and puts it behind counters, has passed the NY State Legislature and awaits Gov. Cuomo’s signature. The bill was pushed by Debbie Begeny whose daughter, Heather, died at age 22 of cardiac arrest from anorexia and bulimia. She had been using ipecac in the last weeks of her life. Begeny hoped the bill would require a prescription to obtain ipecac and would limit the number of bottles a person could buy at one time, but these restrictions were deleted before passage. Ipecac, once a staple in most homes to induce vomiting in case of accidental poisoning, has fallen into disfavor recently, in part because it can be abused. Begeny found about 20 bottles hidden in her daughter’s room after her death.

More at Www.nysenate.gov | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Stress of College Can Lead to Eating Disorders

Tags: Anorexia, Bulimia, Vomiting, Ipecac, Induced Vomiting, Governor Cuomo, Debbie Begeny, Heather Begeny

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Synthetic Windpipe Success

2 First Lab-Made Organ Implanted

In the first lab-made organ transplant, scientists created a windpipe, bathed it in the patient's own stem cells and implanted it successfully. Instead of waiting for months for an organ donation, doctors decided to go ahead and make a trachea for the 36-year-old male cancer patient who had a tumor almost blocking his windpipe. The lab-made trachea was modeled after the specific shape of the patient's own windpipe, reports CNN. Created from polymers, the windpipe, implanted on June 9, has a spongy and flexible texture. Scientists "seeded" the windpipe with a solution containing the patient's stem cells. Researchers believe that the stem cell solution may have enabled the lab-made windpipe to become a living structure.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Returning Troops Face Lung Problems

Tags: Organ Made in Lab, Organs Covered Stem Cells, Alternatives to Waiting for Organ, Organ Transplant Alternative, Organs Made in Lab, Trachea Made in Lab

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Increases Kidney Stone Risk

3 Vitamin D3 May Help Older Women Live Longer

A retrospective study analyzing the data of over 94,000 individuals from 50 previous studies found that vitamin D3 may increase the lifespan of elderly women. The studies which on average were two years in length found that women in the D3 groups were 6 percent less likely to die compared to those taking an inactive form or placebo. But there was a 17 percent increased risk of kidney stones when taken with calcium. Most study participants were women so it is unknown if similar results would be seen in men. Elderly people are often deficient because they do not produce and convert it efficiently which puts them at increased risk of falling and fracturing bones. Vitamin D is believed to provide many health benefits but no study has proven cause and effect.

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

Previously: Simple Actions Linked to Longevity in Seniors, Elderly Who Shop Frequently Live Longer

Tags: Longevity, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency, Vitamin D3, Lifespan, Vitamins That May Increase Lifespan, Vitamin D Deficiency in the Elderly

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