November 15, 2011

Bugs Hitched a Ride

1 Couple Imprisoned by Cockroaches on Plane

Attorney Harry Marsh and his fiancé Kaitlin Rush are suing AirTran Airways for infliction of emotional distress caused by cockroaches crawling out of air vents and overhead bins used for carry-on luggage. The couple is also suing for nuisance, false imprisonment, negligence and recklessness, and unfair and deceptive trade practices. CNN reports that they want $100,000 and the price of their tickets. During the flight from Charlotte to Houston in September, Marsh and Rush allege that the roaches and other pests caused a great deal of distress to several passengers on the flight. They also say that flight attendants did nothing to help.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Airline Food May Be Unsanitary

Tags: Air Travel, Cockroaches Health Threat, Roaches on AirTran, Bad AirTran Airways Flight, Air Travel Horror Stories

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Unnecessary Meds Can Ruin Fun

2 ED Risk Increased by Taking Many Medications

The more medicine a man takes, the greater his risk for having moderate or severe erectile dysfunction (ED), find researchers. While it's unknown why taking multiple medications increases risk for severe ED, researchers think that tapering off of unnecessary medicine could be a good initial step toward treating the problem. They suggest reducing OTC drug use, and discussing prescription drugs with doctors. WebMD reports that the study involved tracking medication use among 37,712 males ages 45 to 69. The findings show that medication use increases risk for ED even after accounting for other risk factors, such as diabetes, depression, high body mass index (BMI), high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure and smoking. The research was published in British Journal of Urology International.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: ED Increases Risk of Death from CV Disease

Tags: Ed Drugs, Erectile Dysfunction Causes, Erectile Dysfunction Risk Factors, ED Causes, Treatment ED, British Journal of Urology International

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Deficiency Ups Risk and Death

3 Vitamin D Levels and Heart Health Linked

Researchers studied 16 years worth of data and found that vitamin D deficiency was linked to having more risk factors and dying from cardiovascular disease. Over 2000 women had their vitamin D levels measured and 788 were found to be deficient. Being deficient also increased the likelihood of having elevated triglyceride levels, higher faster blood sugar levels, greater body mass index and decreased HDL (“good” cholesterol). Smoking was linked to being deficient. Another study showed that inflammation was reduced in those who took 4000 units for five days after a cardiac event. Another study shows that low vitamin D with chest pains were linked to an increased chance of dying within two years and higher levels of the vitamin reduced mortality rates due to cardiovascular disease.

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

Previously: Low Vitamin D Associated with Vascular Problems

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Attack, Heart Disease Risk Factors, Stroke, Vitamin D, Healthy Heart

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