November 24, 2011

Hmm, Hmm, Bad

1 BPA Levels Spike After Eating Canned Goods

Bisphenol-A (BPA), a substance known as an endocrine disruptor, has been linked to a higher risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It’s been phased out of the manufacture of baby bottles due to health concerns but is still widely used in canned goods to prevent corrosion. New research from Harvard University finds significantly high levels of BPA - more than a 10-fold increase - in people who ate just one serving of canned food/day over 5 days. This is the first study to measure the amounts of BPA ingested when people eat canned food. Researchers didn’t expect to find such alarmingly high levels of BPA and say that, while they don’t know the “health effects these transient increases in BPA may have,” they suggest that companies take BPA out of the canning process.

More at Http://well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: EPA and FDA Intensify Study of Dangers of BPA

Tags: BPA, Bpa Canned Food Linings, Cancer, Diabetes, Harvard University, Obesity

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Sonic the Hedgehog Is Back

2 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Turns 85

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade turns 85 this year, and Sonic the Hedgehog makes an appearance for the first time in 18 years, reports CNN. About 50 million viewers at home are expected to tune in for parade coverage. More than 50 balloons will be included. Several newcomers will take part: Julius the monkey, Tim Burton's "B" creation, Gazer the Elf and Harold the Policeman. The parade will also feature the Aflac Duck Balloonicle (a balloon on wheels). More than 1,600 cheerleaders and 11 marching bands will also participate in the event. Performers include Marcy J. Blige and Cee Lo Green. As usual, Santa Claus will also make an appearance!

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sonic Calorie Counter

Tags: Thanksgiving Travel Day, Thanksgiving Trivia, Sonic Hedgehog Returns Thanksgiving Parade, Macys Thanksgiving Parade 85 Anniversary, Aflac Duck Balloonicle

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Good Outcome, More Side Effects

3 Aggressive Treatment Better for Lymphoma

A new study found that younger people with aggressive lymphomas do better when treated more intensely with shorter breaks between. Standard treatment is CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone) plus the monoclonal antibody rituximab. Researchers in France treated 379 patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with either eight cycles of CHOP every three weeks or doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, vindesine, bleomycin, prednisone and rituximab every two weeks for four cycles. Event-free survival and risk of death was 44 percent and 56 percent lower in those who received the more aggressive treatment, respectively, but had more side effects such as a low white blood cell count with a fever. Future research will determine the best candidates for this treatment.

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

Previously: Lymphoma Drug Works in Dogs, May Help Humans, New Study Shows Half-Match Transplant Success

Tags: Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Doxorubicin, Lymphomas, Rituximab, Cyclophosphamide, Vindesine, Bleomycin, Cyclophosphamide Vincristine, Prednisone, CHOP Protocol

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