October 21, 2011

May Cause Injury or Death

1 Pediatricians Warn Against Crib Bumper Pads

Bumper pads should not be used in cribs because babies can be strangled or suffocated by them, says the Am. Academy of Pediatrics’ new guidelines which were issued to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The trade group for manufacturers of the product say they help prevent head injuries and disputes evidence that the bumpers pose dangers. "We weighed the pros and cons and the evidence, and felt that the safest thing would be to keep bumpers out of the crib altogether," says Dr. Fern R. Hauck of the Academy's SIDS task force. The sale of bumpers has been banned in Chicago and Maryland. Federal officials have investigated at least 17 deaths which may have been caused by bumpers although this was not clear, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

More at LATimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Two Million Baby Cribs Recalled

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Infant Death, SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Baby Bumpers, Infant Injuries, Infant Strangulation, Dr. Fern R. Hauck

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Was It the Ginger Curry?

2 100-Year-Old British Man Runs Marathon

Fauja Singh, a 100-year-old British runner, has finished a 26.2-mile course in Toronto, reports BBC. He completed the waterfront marathon in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds. Singh came in 3,850th place, finishing ahead of five other competitors. He says that he owes his long life to not smoking or drinking alcohol, but he also mentions that staying positive and eating ginger curry helped. While Singh is an inspiration, Dr. Sharon Brangman of the American Geriatric Society tells BBC that most centenarians should give up any dreams of running a marathon and focus on more achievable goals instead.

More at BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Marathon Training, Oldest Marathon Runners, Fauja Singh, Long Distance Running, Secrets to Living Long Time, American Geriatric Society

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Reduces Recurrence and Mortality

3 New Study Shows Femara Superior to Tamoxifen

An eight year study involving 8,000 women from the U.S., Europe and Australia who had been treated for breast cancer found that a five-year regimen of Femara (letrozole) reduced the risk of recurrence and mortality by about 20 percent compared to taking tamoxifen. Both drugs inhibit estrogen’s effect on breast cancers which have estrogen and progesterone receptors, known as hormone-sensitive. Femara is an aromatase inhibitor and works by preventing the enzyme from synthesizing estrogen while tamoxifen binds to estrogen receptors but does not tell the cell to grow and divide. Sometimes both are given in combination. Taking one after the other did not reduce recurrence or mortality, regardless of the order. The complete study was published on October 21 online at The Lancet Oncology.

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

Previously: Drugs May Prevent Breast Cancer in High Risk Women, Tamoxifen Can Protect Against Breast Cancer, Two Good Choices to Prevent Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Femara, Tamoxifen, Aromatase Inhibitors, Cancer Recurrence, Hormone-Sensitive

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