March 13, 2012

FDA Investigating

1 Chicken Jerky May Be Tied to Canine Deaths

Chicken jerky treats, sold by Nestle Purina and Del Monte, and made in China, may be responsible for at least 600 canine illnesses and deaths. Internal FDA documents, obtained by MSNBC, list complaints against Nestle Purina’s Waggin’ Train, Canyon Creek Ranch and Del Monte’s Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats. No recall has been issued; no “definitive” cases have been determined, says the FDA that warned about the treats in November. It was the 3rd caution since 2007 when a number of dogs and cats became ill or died due to melamine-contaminated food from China. Nestle and Purina say their treats are safe and the FDA concurs. However, the FDA “invites owners and veterinarians to submit complaints and samples” saying, “The more information we have, the more likely we can find a link.”

More at Http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Kathie Lee Gifford Chows Down on Dog Food

Tags: FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Dog Food, Tainted Dog Food, Dog Food from China, Melamine in Dog Food, Pet Food, Contaminated Pet Food, MSNBC, Nestle Purina, Del Monte, Pet Food Recall

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Alcohol Is a Dietary Pattern

2 Dietary Patterns Identified by Demographics

Eating patterns for U.S. adults were identified by scientists as Southern, Traditional, Healthy, Sweets and Alcohol. The dietary patterns are strongly influenced by age, race, gender, region, income and education. The Southern eating pattern includes sugary beverages, and fried, processed meats, while Traditional has Chinese and Mexican food, pizza, pasta and frozen or take-out. Healthy has mostly fruits, vegetables and grains. Sweets consists of many desserts, and Alcohol includes proteins, alcohol and salads. College-educated adults avoid Southern, while people making less than $35,000 are more likely to follow it. Black people are less likely to follow the Alcohol pattern, favoring instead Southern. People ages 45 to 54 like Traditional, while those 75 and older tend to avoid it.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Eating Large Amounts Sweet Snacks, Eating Too Much Desserts, Southern Food Types, Dietary Patterns, Epidemiology and Prevention Nutrition Physical Activity and Meta

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Just Cool It to Stick wIth It

3 Key to Liking Exercise May Be Cool Hands

Keeping the palms of hands cool during workout could improve exercise tolerance and cardiovascular fitness, suggest researchers. The study involved obese women who used the AvaCore Rapid Thermal Exchange (RTX palm cooling device) while exercising. The device cooled palms and circulating blood, which pulled heat off the body. While the control group of women who didn't use the cooling device dropped out of the study quickly, women with cooler palms trimmed three inches from their waists, were able to cut five minutes off the time it took them to walk 1.5 miles, and had lower resting blood pressure and higher exercise heart rate. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fast Before Workout to Burn More Fat

Tags: Exercise Tolerance, Tricks to Liking Exercise, How Increase Physical Activity, Cooling Palms Hands, AvaCore Rapid Thermal Exchange, RTX Palm Cooling Device, Lower Resting Blood Pressure

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Big Effect on Baby Making

4 Obese Men Face Bigger Risk of Being Infertile

Being overweight or obese may put men at greater risk for infertility, say researchers in France. A new analysis strongly suggests that extra body weight affects sperm production, reports MSNBC. Researcher Dr. Sébastien Czernichow of the Ambroise Paré University Hospital in Paris says that the findings may help explain why the global obesity epidemic has occurred at the same time as a decrease in male fertility. Researchers believe that overweight or obese men may be more likely to have low sperm count or no viable sperm because fat tissue can change testosterone into estrogen. Another explanation for the link may be that the hormone leptin, produced by fat cells, could damage sperm cells

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fertility Treatments Help Men with HIV Become Dads

Tags: Infertility Risk Factors, Male Infertility, Obesity Risks, Ambroise Pare University Hospital, BMI Effect Sperm Count, Global Obesity Epidemic

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Government Is Good

5 Cancer Treatment Excellent at VA Hospitals

A new study shows that men over 65 who seek cancer treatment at Veterans Health Administration hospitals do slightly better, in terms of survival rates after diagnosis compared to those on Medicare, public health insurance for elderly Americans. Researcher looked at men treated for colorectal cancer, small-cell lung cancer, lymphoma and bone marrow cancer who sought treatment through both programs. Colorectal cancer patients in the VHA group had a survival rate of 49 months compared to 42 for those on Medicare, likely due to more comprehensive screening and earlier diagnosis through the VHA. Men treated for small-cell lung cancer at the VHA lived two months than those on Medicare. The majority of men who were treated at the VHA were more likely to be black and from low-income areas.

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

Previously: Mom Breastfeeds Wrong Baby at VA Hospital

Tags: Cancer Treatment, Colorectal Cancer, Lymphoma, Veterans Health Administration Hospitals, VA Hospitals, Small-Cell Lung Cancer, Bone Marrow Cancer

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No Where to Hide

6 Drug Brings Latent HIV Out of CD4+ T Cells

A new study is showing that vorinostat, a drug used to treat cancer, can cause latent HIV to come out of the CD4+ cells it infects. A small cohort of six HIV positive men taking antiretroviral drugs to control the viral load were given vorinostat and the HIV RNA, the virus’ genetic material, was higher in the T cells of all of them which demonstrated the virus was being pushed out within a matter of hours. It targets enzymes that allow HIV to hide in these T cells. Researchers believe being able to purge the latent virus out of cells so drugs can get to it is crucial in finding a cure. While antiretroviral drugs have been successful, they cannot completely eliminate HIV and have to be used for life which is very expensive and can lead to serious side effects and resistance.

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

Previously: Gene Therapy Used to Fight HIV in T-Cells

Tags: CD4+ Cells, HIV, Human Immunodeficieny Virus, Vorinostat, Latent HIV Virus

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