October 13, 2011

Hoping to Leave This Week

1 Stranded S Pole Scientist May Have Had Stroke

Renee-Nicole Douceur, an engineer at a S. Pole research facility, run by the Nat’l Science Foundation, may have suffered a stroke in August but, because of bad weather, has been unable to receive medical attention. Douceur says her employers, Raytheon Polar Svcs. Co., haven’t done enough to help her but a “weather window,” may allow a cargo plane to reach her this week to transport her to a New Zealand hospital. Douceur’s employers said the stroke is a non-emergency medical event. Doctors at Johns Hopkins say the stroke may have been brought on by a tumor and that Douceur should have been transported to a hospital weeks ago. Douceur suffers from vision and cognitive impairment. A Raytheon spokesperson says the decision to evacuate Douceur rests with the Nat’l Science Fndtn.

More at Http://www.ctv.ca | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Depression Could Increase Stroke Risk

Tags: Cognitive Impairment, Johns Hopkins University, Stroke, Renee-Nicole Douceur, Stranded S Pole Engineer May Have Suffered Stroke, National Science Foundation, Raytheon Polar Services Company

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Not Marrying Affects Men More

2 Never Married Men Likelier to Die of Cancer

Men who've never been married may be less likely to survive cancer, say researchers in Norway. New research, published in BMC Public Health, found that unmarried men and women have a bigger risk of death from cancer regardless of age, education, tumor location, length of time since diagnosis and cancer stage. Researchers from the University of Oslo and the Cancer Registry of Norway studied survival data from patients with cancer between 1970 and 2007, comparing the information to marital status. The 40-year study revealed that not marrying increased cancer mortality from 18 to 35 percent for men, and 17 to 22 percent for women.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: BMC Public Health, Cancer Death Rates, Marriage Status Affects Life Expectancy, Cancer Registry of Norway, Never Married Men, Married People Live Longer

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More Risks for Mom and Child

3 Excess Trans Fat in Diet Equals Bigger Babies

Women who consume trans fat during pregnancy have been shown to give birth to bigger babies, according to recent research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health. And bigger babies can lead to a greater risk of complications for both mother and baby, including delivery by Ceasarean-section and an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease later in life. The study, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed almost 1,400 pregnant women and found that for every 1 percent increase of the artificial fats made from partially hydrogenated oils, there was an associated increase in the baby’s fetal growth “Z-scores.” Trans fats are found mostly in processed and fast foods, such as baked goods, chips, crackers and French fries.

More at Fox News | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Mom's Diet Affects DNA and Obesity Risk

Tags: Nutrition, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Diet, Pregnancy Nutrition, Trans Fats, Women's Health, Pregnancy Complications

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Dehydration and Mucus Buildup

4 Cigarettes and CF Affect Lungs Similarly

Research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that smoking affects lungs in the same way as cystic fibrosis (CF). CF results from a mutation in the CFTR gene, which produces a chloride channel that is 60 percent less active than normal. Cells get dehydrated because salts and water do not move normally and a thick and sticky mucus forms in the airways which is a perfect environment for bacteria which can lead to potentially deadly infections. Researchers found smoking cigarettes led to mucus buildup that can lead to a dry cough, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by impairing the function of the CFTR. The CF treatment of hypertonic saline rehydrated cells exposed to cigarette smoke and increased their ability to clear out mucus.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: More Cystic Fibrosis Patients Living to Adulthood

Tags: Cigarette Smoking, Cystic Fibrosis, Lungs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CF, Mucus, CFTR

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