February 11, 2012

And No Stupid "Warpath" Jokes

1 Sioux Sue Beer Providers for $500 Million

The Ogalala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is suing brewing goliaths Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Molson Coors, Pabst Brewing and others for $500 million for deliberately contributing to chronic and destructive problems at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The suit charges them with providing massive quantities of beer to tiny Whiteclay, Nebraska, adjacent to the reservation, despite its longstanding ban on alcohol. The town, population 14 or so, hosts 4 liquor stores, which sold almost 5 million cans of beer in 2010 and are also being sued. The suit asserts that due to the beer providers, the reservation is being devastated by alcoholism and illegal trafficking, 25% of newborns suffer fetal alcohol conditions, and the average life expectancy is about 50 years, versus 77 years nationwide.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Alcoholism and Obesity Risk Linked

Tags: Alcoholism, Ogalala Sioux, Tribal Lawsuit, $500 Million Suit, Anheuser-Busch, Molson Coors, Miller Brewing, Pabst Brewing, Pine Ridge, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Reservation Alcohol Ban, Whiteclay, Native Americans and Alcoholism

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Respiratory Distress Syndrome

2 C-Section Raises Breathing Risk for Preemies

Caesarean sections may raise the risk of respiratory distress syndrome, a breathing problem that can lead to organ damage, for some small babies who are born prematurely because they are not growing properly in utero, finds a study. Researchers, who analyzed 9 years of data from NYC births, found that babies who were small for their gestational age and delivered between 25 and 34 weeks of pregnancy by C-section were 30% more likely to develop respiratory distress syndrome than those delivered vaginally. Researchers don’t know why vaginal deliveries appear to improve respiratory function although some experts believe that the physical compression that babies experience during the birth process helps remove fluid from their lungs. Nearly 1 in 3 births was via C-section in 2007.

More at Www.well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Inducing Labor Increases Risk of C-Section

Tags: C-Section, Caesarean Section, Premature Babies, Premature Birth Risk Factors, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Breathing Difficulties in Newborns, Vaginal Delivery

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Returns Functions Lost in AD

3 Cancer Drug Targets Alzheimer's in Mice

New research in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) found that a drug used to fight a rare immune system cancer destroys the amyloid plaque deposits in the brain and eliminates symptoms within a matter of hours. The drug, bexarotene, increases liver retinoid X receptors which activates synthesis of brain Apolipoprotein E which removes the amyloid plaques. Levels of soluble amyloid ultimately decreased by 75 percent and the drug’s therapeutic effect lasted for 72 hours and many of the capabilities lost in AD, such as memory and smell, returned. Normal mouse behavior, specifically building nest with tissue paper, is lost in those with AD but bexarotene caused it to return. Whether the drug will work in humans is going to be determined by clinical trials currently being set up.

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

Previously: Protein Linked to Alzheimer's and Leukemia

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Amyloid Plaques, Bexarotene, Apolipoprotein E, Retinoid X Receptor

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