November 16, 2011

Seeing Red

1 5M Contact Lenses Recalled for Contamination

Five million contact lenses manufactured by CooperVision Inc. under the Avaira brand are being recalled because they may be tainted with silicone oil residue that could result in blurred vision, eye injuries and severe pain. This, the second recall by CooperVision, was expanded to include Avaira Sphere lenses; the first recall, which occurred in August, was for Avaira Toric lenses, also for contamination from oil residue. The recall comes after the FDA issued a Class 1 warning about the products and pressured the company to increase public awareness about the August recall. Class 1 recalls involve serious problems in which there is a reasonable chance of adverse health consequences or death. Consumers should call the company at 855-526-6737 with questions or problems.

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

Previously: New Treatment for Glaucoma on Horizon

Tags: Contact Lenses, Food and Drug Administration, Recall, CooperVision Inc., Contact Lens Recall, Class 1 Warning, Avaira, Contamination

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Move Phone Away from Bed

2 Sleep Texting Is Growing Problem

Doctors are reporting a new disorder called "sleep texting," says MSNBC. Those who suffer from sleep texting don't realize that they're sending text messages while asleep. The messages may consist of words or random letters. Sleep experts say the best way to get a good night's sleep is to leave the cell phone in a location more remote from the bed, even outside of the bedroom if possible. An extreme version of sleep texting is sleep sexting. Dr. Marcus Schmidt tells MSNBC that there's not much research on the new phenomenon, but one young patient has found herself sending compromising photos of herself in her sleep!

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Texting Disrupting Learning, Texting Hazards, Texting Problems, Sending Text Messages While Sleeping, Texting While Sleeping, Sleep Texting, Sleep Sexting

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Blocks Growth and Spread

3 Milk Thistle Extract Targets Lung Cancer

A compound in milk thistle called silibinin has been shown to stop the spread of lung cancer in mice by blocking the activities of two transcription factors that are part of the beginning of a cell signaling cascade involved in the growth of tumors. They are STAT1 and STAT3 and they work by permitting DNA binding of proteins in the pathway. Ultimately COX2 and iNOS, enzymes which promote inflammation and are linked to tumor growth, are generated. Other pathways that help STAT1 and STAT3 produce COX2 and iNOS were also blocked by silibinin as was the spread of lung cancer cells. Researchers are excited that STAT1 and STAT3 could be viable targets when developing drugs to fight lung cancer and it is likely that silibinin may work just as well as currently available treatments.

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

Previously: Targeted Therapy Successful Against Lung Cancer

Tags: Lung Cancer, Metastasis, Milk Thistle, Silibinin, STAT1, STAT3, COX2, INOS, Tumor Growth

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