January 18, 2012

The Most Dangerous Game

1 The Choking Game Is Popular with Texas Teens

The Choking Game, where blood flow is deliberately cut off to the brain in order to achieve a high, is popular at Texas colleges where 1 in 7 students have participated in the deadly activity, finds a study by the Crime Victims’ Inst. at Sam Houston State U. Also known as the Fainting Game or Pass Out, the Choking Game is “played” by choking oneself or others, placing a plastic bag over the head, placing heavy objects on the chest or hyperventilating. The practice has led to several deaths. According to a survey of 837 Texas university students, the primary motivation for engaging in this activity is curiosity. While awareness of the “game” is growing, researchers hope that parents will talk with their children about the dangers of engaging in such activities.

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

Previously: Dangerous School Fad Causes Serious Groin Injuries

Tags: Blood Flow to Brain, The Choking Game, The Fainting Game, Hyperventilation, Choking, Suffocation, Deliberate Suffocation, Sam Houston State University, Crime Victims' Institute

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Mom Uses Blog to Rally Support

2 Transplant Denied for Mental Delays?

The Web is buzzing since Chrissy Rivera wrote in the blog wolfhirschhorn.org that her 3-year-old daughter was rejected for a kidney transplant because she suffers from Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic disorder that delays growth, development and intellectual abilities. “We were going into the meeting thinking we're going to be informed on the process,” Rivera said. “Instead he (the doctor) gives us a paper that said she's mentally retarded so she doesn't qualify.” The hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, couldn’t confirm the story because of privacy protection laws but stated on their Facebook page that they “do not disqualify potential transplant candidates on the basis of intellectual abilities.”

More at CNN Health | Posted 6 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: OK to Donate Kidneys from Cardiac Victims

Tags: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Kidney Transplant, Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome

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Other Age-Related Diseases Too

3 Vitamin D Reduces Effect of Aging on Eyes

Research conducted at the University College London has found that vitamin D supplements could reduce age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration (AMD). A team led by Professor Glen Jeffery found that older laboratory mice given vitamin D for just six weeks reduced inflammation, removed part of the debris collected in the eye from energy demands, and improved vision. Jeffrey noted also that mice given vitamin D supplements also had less amyloid beta built up in the blood vessels, which could potentially be useful in reducing Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease – other common health conditions of older people. The Institutes of Medicine recommends that adults over the age of 70 take in at least 800 IU of vitamin D daily from food or supplements.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: More Americans Taking Vitamin D Supplements, Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread

Tags: Age Related Macular Degeneration, Aging, Dietary Supplements, Eye Disease, Older Adults, Senior Health, Vitamin D, Vitamins

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Interferon Not Necessary?

4 Experimental Hepatitis C Drugs Successful

Two new antiviral drugs developed to fight hepatitis C virus (HCV), along with the standard therapy, have been shown to clear the virus in hard-to-treat cases. All the participants had the same type of HCV and were unsuccessfully treated with interferon and ribavirin. Researchers treated 10 patients with interferon and ribavirin, plus daclatasvir and asunaprevir and 11 were only treated with the two experimental drugs for six months. Blood tests at the end of treatment and 12 weeks after and both groups had undetectable virus levels. These results demonstrated that interferon and ribavirin may not be necessary and researchers were excited about the possibility of an interferon-free regimen. If future trials prove successful, treatment could be done with all oral drugs.

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

Previously: FDA Approves Telaprevir to Treat Hepatitis C, FDA Approves Boceprevir to Treat Hepatitis C, Telaprevir Recommended for FDA Approval, Boceprevir Recommended for FDA Approval, Another Hepatitis C Drug on Its Way to Approval, New Hepatitis C Drug Cures Patients Faster, New Drug Plus Standard Treatment Improves Outcome

Tags: Antivirals, Hepatitis C Virus, Interferon, Ribavirin, Daclatasvir, Asunaprevir, HCV

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