August 24, 2011

Not Just for Constipation

1 Eating Prunes Helps Prevent Bone Fractures

Prunes get no respect, until now, that is. A new FSU study finds that eating prunes helps prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Researchers, who tested two groups of postmenopausal women over a period of 12 months, found that the group who ate 10 prunes/day had significantly higher bone mineral density than the group who ate a similar amount of dried apples. Both groups also received daily doses of calcium and vitamin D. Researcher Bahram H. Arjmandi says prunes suppress the breakdown of bone which exceeds the rate of bone growth as we age. Women are at risk of losing 3 to 5% of bone per year after menopause. After age 65, men start losing bone at the same rate. Arjmandi recommends a proactive schedule of eating 2-3 dried prunes/day and increasing to 6-10/day.

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

Previously: Beer Could Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Tags: Bone Health, Calcium, Florida State University, Osteoporosis, Vitamin D, Prunes, Bone Fractures, Bahram H. Arjmandi

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Avoid Doses above 40 Milligrams

2 FDA Heart Warning on Celexa at High Doses

Taking the antidepressant drug Celexa at doses above 40 milligrams may result in fatal heart complications, the FDA warns doctors. MSNBC reports that the Celexa label says that some patients should receive 60 milligrams, yet the FDA says that studies don't show a benefit in treating depression at doses higher than 40 milligrams a day. The FDA also warns that the drug could interfere with the electrical activity of the heart when given at high doses. The drug's new label will emphasize the importance of not using with patients who have conditions that affect the heart's pumping action, including congestive heart failure. Made by Forest Laboratories, Celexa is available in doses of 10, 20 and 40 milligrams.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Celexa, Fatal Heart Complications, Antidepressant Warnings, Antidepressant Side Effects, Antidepressant Heart Complications, Celexa Side Effects, Celexa Risks, Forest Laboratories

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Infected to Prevent Infection

3 Scientists Create Dengue-Fighting Mosquitoes

By infecting the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with the bacteria Wolbachia pipientis scientists in Australia are hoping they stop the spread of dengue fever, a potentially deadly virus affecting those in tropical and subtropical regions. One hundred percent of the offspring born to resistant females were resistant. For a two and a half month period beginning last January, over 140,000 dengue-fighting mosquitoes were released in two northeastern Australian communities. They did very well in nature, making up 90 to 100 percent of the populations by mid-April. Future research will focus on areas where dengue is always being spread and its effect against other strains of the virus. Previous research utilized mosquitoes that were genetically modified with the goal of decreasing the population.

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

Previously: Record Dengue Deaths in Puerto Rico

Tags: Dengue Fever, Mosquitoes, Dengue-Fighting Mosquitoes, Using Mosquitoes to Stop Spread of Dengue Fever, Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes, Wolbachia Pipientis

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