October 10, 2011

First in the Nation

1 CA Bans Tanning Beds for Users Under 18

CA Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill preventing those under 18 to use tanning beds, making it the first state to do so. The law takes effect on January 1. Thirty states have age restrictions on tanning bed use, says Sen. Ted Lieu, the bill’s author - but California is the most restrictive. The bill will hurt businesses that are already subject to regulations from the state Dept. of Consumer Affairs and the FDA, says the Indoor Tanning Assn, which estimates that 5 to 10% of its members’ customers are under 18. Tanning is popular in CA, especially among affluent girls say bill proponents. LA County has more tanning salons than it has Starbucks or McDonald’s, says Lieu. He says skin cancer is “a rising epidemic and the leading cause of cancer death for women between 25 and 29."

More at Http://yourlife.usatoday.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Majority of Young Indoor Tanners Ignore Risks

Tags: Food and Drug Administration, Indoor Tanning, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Tanning Salons, Tanning Salon Dangers, Governor Jerry Brown, Indoor Tanning Association Senator Ted Lieu, California Bans Indoor Tanning for Ages 18 and Under, Tanning Safely, Department of Consumer Affairs

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Let Cancer Run Its Course

2 Prostate Cancer Test More Harm Than Good?

There’s no doubt that cancer is a bad thing, but some doctors are suggesting the cure might be worse than the disease. "The majority of people with prostate cancer are destined to not die from it," says Dr. Bruce Roth, professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, who specializes in oncology. “They're more likely to die of more common causes such as stroke or heart attack.” Unfortunately, the test used to screen for prostate cancer, the PSA test, is unable to determine if a patient has the type of cancer that’s best to ignore or the type that needs to be treated. While Dr. Roth compares current testing to a sledgehammer, he hopes that a test will exist someday to determine who will actually have an aggressive tumor.

More at CNN Health | Posted 6 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Exercise Lowers Prostate Cancer Death Risk

Tags: Prostate Cancer

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Mango and Nectarine Helping Out

3 Body Suit May One Day Help Paralyzed Walk

The opening day of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil may be extra exciting if a group of collaborators achieve their goal of suiting up a young quadriplegic to walk out and open the games. Los Angeles Times reports that a group of engineers, neuroscientists and physiologists are attempting to build a "prosthetic exoskeleton" that would enable those paralyzed by injury to walk again. The collaborators from Brazil, Switzerland, Germany and the United States are working toward their goal with two female monkeys named Mango and Nectarine. New research, published in the journal Nature, demonstrates that the group of researchers have bypassed the body's network of nerve endings to supply the sensation of touch directly to the brains of the monkeys.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Chitosan Proposed As Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

Tags: Journal Nature, Body Suit, Paralysis Research, Prosthetic Exoskeleton, Miguel Nicolelis, Helping Paralyzed Walk Again, 2014 World Cup Soccer Brazil

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Plaques and Dementia Years Apart

4 New Drug Removes Amyloid Plaques Due to AD

Results from a phase I study show that an experimental drug called gantenerumab binds to and gets rid of amyloid plaques that accumulate in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) does what it was designed to do and is safe in the 16 people with early-stage AD who took it. Roche Holding AG, the maker of gantenerumab, tested the drug at two different doses and compared it to a placebo for six months. It is still not completely known whether the plaques, a hallmark of AD, cause memory loss and future research will determine if the drug actually prevents dementia. The time between amyloid plaque accumulation and dementia can be as long as 15 years and the hope is that people who have them but are still functioning can take the drug to slow the disease’s progression.

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

Previously: Asthma Drug Zileuton Might Help Manage Alzheimer's, Drug Clears Amyloid Plaques in Rat and Mice Cells

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Amyloid Plaques, Ganternerumab, Roche Holding AG

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