October 24, 2011

Usage Escalates

1 Bath Salts As a Recreational Drug

The use of bath salts as a recreational drug is on the rise, say researchers from the U of Oklahoma. Bath salts packages warn that the product is “not for human consumption” but, according to statistics from the American Assn of Poison Control Centers, calls for bath salts poisonings have risen significantly in recent years. In 2010, there were 302 calls for bath salts poisonings compared with 1,782 since January 2011. While the ingestion of bath sales produces a “high,” it also produces rises in blood pressure and heart rate, agitation, paranoia and hallucinations. Treatment for bath salts poisoning is sedation until the effects wear off as well as supportive care. Twenty-six states have made bath salts illegal although there is currently no federal regulation of the substance.

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

Previously: Bath Salts More Dangerous Than the Names Imply

Tags: American Association of Poison Control Centers, Drug Abuse, Bath Salts, University of Oklahoma, Recreational Drug Use

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Excuse for Three or More Cups

2 Drinking Coffee May Help Reduce Skin Cancer

Heavy coffee drinkers may be less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma, a slowly growing form of skin cancer. Women in the study were 20 percent less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma if they consumed more than three cups of coffee a day. Men who had more than three cups of coffee daily were 9 percent less likely to develop the skin cancer. However, coffee consumption didn't reduce risk for the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma. Also, decaf drinkers didn't enjoy the same reduction in skin cancer. MSNBC reports that the study found an association, not a cause-effect link, between coffee consumption and reduction in basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. The research was presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Boston.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Coffee Benefits, Health Benefits Coffee, Skin Cancer Prevention, Skin Cancer Risks, Reasons to Drink Coffee, Heavy Coffee Drinkers, American Association, For Cancer Research, Reducing Risk Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Influence Healthier Choices?

3 Americans Don’t Read Nutrition Facts Label

While most consumers are aware that food labels contain information about the nutrition content of the product, according to a recent survey, most really don’t pay much attention to them. University of Minnesota researchers asked just over 200 people about 64 different grocery products and found that only about a third look for the calorie content or fat content of a food on the “Nutrition Facts” label. The location of the label has bearing on whether or not Nutrition Facts are checked. If the chart is centrally located, consumers will pay more attention, but most in the US are placed peripherally, or on the side of the package. “Knowing the amounts of key nutrients that foods contain can influence consumers to make healthier purchases,” note the authors.

More at US News (Health Day) | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: FDA Says Some Food Labels Are Misleading

Tags: Food Labels, Nutrition, Nutrition Facts, Nutrition Labels

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Risk Begins Before Menopause

4 HPV May Be Linked to Heart Disease

Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted from 2003 to 2006 involving 2,500 women 20-59 who took their own vaginal swabs and 44.6 percent tested positive for HPV, 23.2 had strains linked to cervical cancer. HPV is the number one STD and about 50 percent of sexually active men and women will become infected in their lifetimes but most people are able to fight off the infection. Researchers believe that HPV may be the reason that women with no obvious factors develop heart disease when they get older. This hypothesis was prompted by the fact that HPV’s inactivation of p53 and pRb is linked to hardening of the arteries and regulating cellular properties, respectively.

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

Previously: HPV Infection and Skin Cancer Risk Explored

Tags: Heart Disease, HPV, Human Papillomavirus, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, P53, PRb

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