August 16, 2011

Got Zinc?

1 Zinc Lozenges May Relieve Cold Symptoms

Zinc lozenges may shorten the duration of the common cold, says Dr. Harri Hemila, U of Helsinki. Analyzing data from all placebo-controlled trials that examined the effect of zinc lozenges on common cold symptoms, Hemila found no evidence that zinc lozenges caused long term harm. However, participants reported its bad taste In some studies. Hemila also found that zinc, in doses of under 75 mg., had little effect on the duration of cold symptoms but zinc acetate in daily doses of over 75 mg., indicated a 42% reduction in the duration of the cold. "Since a large proportion of trial participants have remained without adverse effects, zinc lozenges might be useful for them as a treatment option for the common cold," concludes Hemila.

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

Previously: Sanitizers Better Than Hand Washing for Colds

Tags: Common Cold, University of Helsinki, Zinc, Zinc Lozenges, Dr. Harry Hemila, Cure for Common Cold

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As Bad As Smoking?

2 One Hour of TV Can Shorten Life by 22 Minutes

TV viewing can cause earlier death, say researchers in Australia who found that viewing just one hour of TV after age 25 can shorten the viewer's life by almost 22 minutes. Smoking two cigarettes has about the same effect as watching an hour of TV, reports MSNBC. Scientists at the University of Queensland studied 11,000 Australian adults aged 25 or older in 2000. They checked their data against a 2008 estimate that Australians 25 years and older watched 9.8 billion hours of TV, which was associated with the loss of 286,000 years of life. TV itself isn't harmful, but the negative effect stems from lack of activity for extended periods. TV watching can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, which puts people at risk for diabetes and heart disease, among other problems.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: School of Population Health, Sedentary Lifestyle, Health Effects of Watching Television, Watching TV shortens Life, University of Queensland TV Study, Key to Living Longer

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Benefits High, Side Effects High

3 New Gout Drug Works When Others Fail

A new drug called Krystexxa (pegloticase) helps individuals with gout unable to find relief with other drugs. The study involved 212 patients with chronic gout who received Krystexxa every other week for six months, monthly or placebo injections. People who got the drug twice a week had the least amount of pain and both treatment groups felt physically better and had a higher quality of life. Uric acid levels which accumulate in patients with gout dropped rapidly and by the end of treatment 42 percent and 35 percent of people who received it two times a week and once a month had lower levels, respectively. Over ninety percent of individuals who used it experienced side effects such as painful flare-ups, injection site reactions and breathing difficulties.

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

Previously: Prevalence of Gout Rises in US

Tags: Gout, Krystexxa, Pegloticase, Gout Treatment, Chronic Gout

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