March 24, 2012

The Evils of Evian?

1 Bottled Water May Be Bad for Kids' Teeth

The American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other experts, warn that giving children only non-fluoridated bottled water or other beverages may contribute to the recent rise in pediatric tooth decay. The ADA calls fluoridated water one of the three main cavity prevention measures, along with regular brushing and dental checkups, but surveys find that nearly half of all parents give their kids bottled water most or all of the time, and a growing number of communities have stopped fluoridating tap water. No research has been done on this question, but statistics are suggestive: for example, minority families are 3 times more likely to limit their kids to bottled water, and minority kids have cavity rates of 43% to 55%, versus 37% for whites.

More at Msnbc.msn.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: High Levels of Bacteria in Canadian Bottled Water

Tags: American Dental Association, Bottled Water, Pediatric Dentistry, Childhood Cavities, Childhood Tooth Decay, Water and Tooth Decay, Fluoridated Water, Bottled Water and Tooth Decay, Bottled Water and Children

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Serotonin May Play Role

2 Severe Headaches Linked with Suicide Attempts

People who suffer from migraines or severe non-migraine headaches lasting more than four hours may be more likely to attempt suicide, suggest researchers. The findings, published in Headache, don't provide proof that headaches cause suicide attempts, but they do show a tie between severe headaches and migraines and suicide attempts. During the two-year study involving 1,200 adults (500 with migraines and 151 with severe headaches), only one percent of the headache-free participants attempted suicide. Nearly nine percent of those with migraines attempted suicide and 10 percent of participants with severe headaches tried to kill themselves. MSNBC reports that researchers believe dysfunction of the brain chemical serotonin may be involved with the link between headaches and suicide risk.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Methamphetamine Linked to Suicide Attempts

Tags: Suicide Attempts, Risk Factors Suicide, Headaches Tied Suicide, Severe Headaches Linked Suicide Risk, Migraines Suicide, Journal Headache

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20-Month Wait for Transplant

3 Dick Cheney Thankful for Heart Transplant

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has received a heart transplant after waiting 20 months on a cardiac transplant list, reports CNN. Cheney had surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital, located in Falls Church, Virginia. According to a statement from Cheney's office, the former vice president and his family don't know the identity of the organ donor, but they're "forever grateful" for the "lifesaving gift." Cheney, now 71, had his first of five heart attacks at age 37. In 2010, Cheney received a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to assist his heart with pumping.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Heart Transplant Outcomes

Tags: Dick Cheney Heart Issues, Dick Cheney Heart Surgery, Dick Cheney Heart Transplant, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 20 Month Wait Heart Transplant, Cardiac Transplant List, Left Ventricular Assist Device

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But Could Increase Tobacco Users

4 Dissolvable Tobacco May Reduce Health Risks

Dissolvable tobacco products have the potential to reduce health risks compared to smoking cigarettes, says an FDA advisory panel. Los Angeles Times reports that dissolvable tobacco is pressed in tablets or other shapes that can dissolve slowly in the mouth. Made up of finely milled tobacco, dissolvable tobacco makes up just a small share of the market. The FDA advisory panel says that while dissolvable tobacco may decrease health risks compared with smoking, it may also increase the overall number of tobacco users. The FDA will review the findings of the advisory panel and determine further actions, but there's no timeline for action.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Smokeless Tobacco Products Save Lives

Tags: Dissolvable Tobacco, Fda Panel Dissolvable Tobacco, Reducing Smoking Risks, Increasing Number Tobacco Users, Smoking Alternatives

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Higher Dose Poses Higher Risk

5 Aspirin's Heart Benefits Not Tied to Dose

A worldwide study involving over 11,000 people who had a heart attack found no difference in protection from subsequent cardiac events in those who taking a low dose aspirin (150 milligrams or less) and those who took a high dose aspirin (150 milligrams or greater). While studies show that a daily aspirin reduces the risk of having another heart attack or a stroke, there is a risk of bleeding, particularly with a higher dose. The study found that in North America, 67 percent of patients are prescribed a high dose aspirin, a number that flips for the rest of the world. Patients with risk factors for cardiac problems and high cholesterol were more likely to be prescribed high dose aspirin, but based on these results researchers do not think high dose aspirin is necessary for this reason.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Aspirin a Day Might Not Be Such Great Advice

Tags: Aspirin, Cardiovascular Events, Heart Attack, Low Dose Aspirin, Stroke, High Dose Aspirin

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Adds to Cognitive Decline

6 Insulin Resistance in Brain Plays Role in AD

A new study demonstrates that insulin resistance in the brain adds to the symptoms people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) experience. Postmortem examinations of brain tissues from non-diabetic individuals with AD showed that resistance in the brain was independent of diabetes and found that pathways that signaled insulin had lower activity levels and abnormal protein, one which was tied to memory problems, cognition and amyloid plaques. Insulin helps tissues to use glucose and brain cells need it to function normally. There are three FDA-approved diabetes drugs that increase insulin sensitivity and cross the blood-brain barrier. They may have the potential to modulate resistance, a potentially symptoms, in people with AD and mild cognitive impairment.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Alzheimer's Risk Doubled for Diabetics

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Blood-Brain Barrier, Diabetes, Glucose, Insulin, Insulin Resistance, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Memory and Cognition Problems

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