January 25, 2012

At Last, a Healthy Use for Bacon

1 Nasal Tampon of Pork Halts Nosebleeds

A report in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology notes the successful use of cured salt pork, inserted into the nostril as packing, to halt an otherwise uncontrollable and life-threatening nasal hemorrhage "promptly, effectively, and without sequelae (bleeding recurrence)." The procedure, used by staff at Detroit Medical Centre to treat a girl with a rare bleeding disorder, is in fact neither new nor totally unorthodox, and published papers as early as the 1940s extol the use of salt pork to halt nosebleeds, but it fell out of favor due to concerns about bacterial and parasitic infections. Being inexpensive and non-surgical, such "nasal tampons" (the report's phrase) could quickly halt nosebleeds caused by leukemia, hemophilia, hypertension, measles and other disorders.

More at Guardian.co.uk | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Bacon, Sausage Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

Tags: Hemophilia, Nosebleed, Cured Salted Pork, Nasal Packing, Nasal Tampon, Bacon and Nosebleed, Detroit Medical Centre

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No More Strenuous Than Golf

2 Sex Safe for Most Heart and Stroke Patients

Sex is safe for most heart and stroke patients says Loyola University cardiologist John Moran who explains, "For a patient who has sex with a familiar partner in a familiar setting, sexual activity generally is safe and no more strenuous than golf.” Dr. Moran echoes a new scientific statement released by the American Heart Association which says that people with stable heart disease and no or minimal symptoms during routine activities can safely engage in sexual activity. Medical experts recognize that resuming sexual activity and intimacy is important to heart patients and their partners. "Enhanced communication and post-stroke sexual education are paramount to a healthy, ongoing relationship," says Loyola stroke specialist Dr. Jose Biller.

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

Previously: A Heart Attack Doesn't Have to Kill Your Sex Life

Tags: Heart Attack, Loyola University, Sex, Stroke, Sex and Heart Attack, Sexual Activity, Sex and Stroke, John Moran, Jose Biller

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Milk Does Body Good

3 Fight Gout with Enriched Skim Milk

Gout, a form of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood, can be made more tolerable by drinking enriched skim milk, according to a recent study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 120 people that had experienced at least two flare-ups of gout during the previous four months were split into four groups, with one group drinking a vanilla-flavored shake made with either lactose powder, skim milk powder, or skim milk powder enriched with glycomacropeptide (GMP) and G600 milk fat extract (G600). Results show those that drank the enriched skim milk had fewer flare-ups and greater improvements in pain and uric acid levels in the urine. The enriched skim milk didn’t lead to weight gain or higher levels of potentially harmful blood fats.

More at Health.com | Posted 6 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Prevalence of Gout Rises in US

Tags: Arthritis, Gout, Milk, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Enriched Skim Milk

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High CoPay/High Deductible

4 Health Insurance No Benefit for Unemployed

Chalk up another strike against the recession because a recent study revealed that having health insurance really isn’t beneficial if you’re unemployed. “Insurance without a job is a difficult position to be in,” said report author Anne Driscoll, a senior fellow at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Results indicate that people without jobs suffer worse mental and physical health, and are less likely to get prescriptions. Deductibles and high co-payments are cited as reasons for health benefits not being as useful for the unemployed because the cost of health care is so high. “You’re better having insurance than no insurance, but it’s not a panacea. A job and insurance is the most advantageous category to be in, not just being insured,” Driscoll says.

More at Health.com | Posted 6 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Unemployment Increases Premature Death Risk

Tags: Health Insurance, Insurance Co-Pays, Unemployment, Health Deductible

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11 Hours Is Too Long

5 Odds of Depression Increased by Long Work Day

Working 11 or more hours each day doubled the odds of experiencing a major depressive episode compared to working just seven or eight hours, found researchers in Britain. The study, published in PLoS ONE, followed around 2,000 middle-aged British civil servants. Researchers uncovered a robust association between depression and overtime work. The association remained even after researchers adjusted the analysis for socio-demographics, lifestyle and other work-related factors. "Although occasionally working overtime may have benefits for the individual and society, it is important to recognize that working excessive hours is also associated with an increased risk of major depression," notes lead author Dr. Marianna Virtanen.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Depression Could Increase Stroke Risk

Tags: Depression Risk, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Major Depressive Disorder, Working Long Hours, Journal PLoS ONE, Major Depressive Episode, Marianna Virtanen, Risks of Overtime

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